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The most famous example of "Numismatic Heritage" is the State of Israel.
Modern Israeli circulating coins never deviated from one or another of the Jewish revolt coinage.

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depict a chalice on the obverse with the year of the revolt above, surrounded by the ancient Hebrew inscription "Shekel of Israel". Three budding pomegranates are featured on the reverse, with the inscription "Jerusalem the Holy".[2]



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Re: Numismatic heritage: ancient designs reused on modern circulation coins
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013, 01:44:29 AM »
Alexander the Great as Zeus Ammon on a silver tetradrachm of Lysimachus
Greece 100 Drachma, 2000, Alexander the Great


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Cyprus, 50c, 1994.

This design is said to come from an ancient Greek coin. Does anybody have an image of that coin?

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Cyprus, 50c, 1994.

This design is said to come from an ancient Greek coin. Does anybody have an image of that coin?

According to the central bank, that design is "based on a 4th century BC coin of the Cypriot Kingdom of Marion depicting the abduction of Europe by Zeus transfigurated into a bull." So ... something like this, I think.

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Copyright of the The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Cyprus, stater, circa 450-400BC.

The coin of the Cypriot Kingdom of Marion depicts the abduction of Europe by Zeus, transfigured into a bull.

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Slovakia, 5 korun.

This type circulated from 1993 to 2008. The reverse design depicted the reverse of a Celtic coin from the first century AD. It shows Prince Biatec, an ancient Celtic Prince, who was named on the earliest Bratislavan coins.

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Dont know if the modern Greek coin was inspired by this coin from Syracuse, but the portraits are pretty close.

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An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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"Head of the sea god Poseidon, from a tetradrachm (circa 225 BC) of the Macedonian King, Antigonos III." From Gerhard's world coin catalogue.