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Started by <k>, December 03, 2012, 07:26:27 PM

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Colombia 5ctv 1967.jpg


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In 1918 Colombia issued its 1, 2 and 5 centavos coins with the denominations in Roman numerals. These numerals were retained on the 1 and 5 centavos denominations until 1978 and 1979 respectively, when they were dropped due to inflation, whilst the 2 centavos coin was dropped after 1965. The higher denominations were always shown either in words or modern numerals: 10, 20, DIEZ, VEINTE.
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<k>

#1
Cuba 20c 2006.jpg

Cuba, 20c, 2006.


Cuba 1,2,5 ctvos.jpg


Cuba, 1, 2 and 5 centavos.

Cuba still uses Roman numerals on its non-tourist modern coins.

That is surprising for a state that regards itself as revolutionary.
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<k>

#2
Portugal 10+20 ctvos 1970.jpg

Portugal, 10+20 centavos, 1970.


Portugal x centavos 1968.jpg

Portugal, 10 centavos, 1968.


Portugal 20ctv 1965.jpg

Portugal, 20 centavos, 1965.

From 1942 until 1969, Portugal used Roman numerals on its 10 and 20 centavos coins.

However, the other denominations used normal modern numerals.

I have no idea why the Portuguese authorities introduced this hybrid system.
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<k>

#3


Angola, 20 centavos / 4 macutas, 1927. 

Only the 4 is in Roman numerals, whilst 20 is shown as a word: VINTE.
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East India company 1803 - 1808 cash

<k>

#5


This commemorative Canadian circulation 5 cents piece of 1943 shows the denomination as a Roman numeral. Cleverly, however, the numeral doubles as a 'V for Victory'. It was issued prematurely, but luckily for the Mint it did accurately predict the future.

See also: Canada Victory 5c piece: alternative sketches
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US 3 cents 1865 - 1889. KM95

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US V nickel 1883 - 1913 KM112

<k>



Danish West Indies, 10 skilling, 1845.  The 20 skilling existed in a very similar design, "X" being replaced by "XX".
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#9
Mussolini 1943.jpg

Mussolini, 1943.


Italy 50 lire 1936'.jpg

Italy, 50 lire, 1936.


The Italian Fascists portrayed themselves as the heirs to the spirit of ancient Rome and boasted that they would found a new empire. From 1927, Italian coins started including the year in both the Christian era and the so called Fascist era. The Fascist era, they claimed, began in 1922, with the March on Rome.

Here you see a gold coin of 1936, which gives the year of the Fascist era, year 14, in Roman numerals: XIV. The Roman numerals are a direct allusion to the Fascists' self-identification with the glories of ancient Rome, a conceit that was ever present in their propaganda.
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<k>

#10


The UK originally planned to put the year in Roman numerals on the edge of the bimetallic pound.

That idea was ditched, apparently because the numerals would eventually become too long to fit.  :D
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#11
Monneron-2-sols-an-iv.jpg


Dates in Roman numerals are common on the coppers of the French revolution. Since many will know what the coins look like, here's a token with a date in Roman numerals: Monneron 2 sols 1792 / year 4 of freedom. IIRC, they were struck in Birmingham.

Peter

PS: you may want to insert the word date in the title of this thread.
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SquareEarth

20 years of the Warsaw Pact, DDR
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FosseWay

That's an East German commemorative, not a Soviet one...

SquareEarth

#14
Okay.. this one will be Soviet

20 years of Victory against Fascism, USSR
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