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Design and designing => Thematic collecting => Topic started by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:46:11 PM

Title: The sun on coins
Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:46:11 PM
The sun face is mainly used these days on the coins of some of the countries of South America, where it is known as the The Sun of May (Spanish: Sol de Mayo).

From Wikipedia:

The Sun of May is one of the national emblems of Argentina and Uruguay, and it is featured on the countries' flags. It is a representation of the Inca sun god Inti. The sun, called the Sun of May, is a replica of an engraving on the first Argentine coin, approved in 1813 by the Constituent Assembly, whose value was eight escudos (one Spanish dollar). In form, it is similar to — and may be partially derived from — the sun in splendour common in European heraldry.

The specification "of May" is a reference to the May Revolution which took place in the week from 18th to 25th May 1810, which marked the beginning of independence from the Spanish Empire for the countries that were part of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. There is a legend that as the new government was proclaimed, the sun broke through the clouds, which was seen as a good omen.

In 1978 the sun colour was specified to be golden yellow (amarillo oro), to have an inner diameter of 10 cm, and an outer diameter of 25 cm (the diameter of the sun equals 5⁄6 the height of the white stripe, and the sun's face is 2⁄5 of its height). It features 32 rays, 16 undulated and 16 straight, in alternation.

Image: 8 reales, 1813, United Provinces of the Río de la Plata.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:46:39 PM
Chile, 1818, 8 escudos.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:47:08 PM
Argentina, 1826, silver 2 soles.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:48:07 PM
Argentina, 25 pesos, 1964.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:48:33 PM
Argentina, 5 pesos, 1976.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:49:23 PM
Argentina, 1 Peso, 2010.  Replica of the obverse of the first national coin.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:50:27 PM
Argentina, 2 Pesos, 2010.  Bicentenary of the Revolution of May 1810.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:51:26 PM
Bolivia, 5 pesos, 1976.
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 04:51:48 PM
Uruguay, 50 pesos, 2011.  200th Anniversary of Independence.
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Post by: Abhay on May 05, 2012, 04:55:09 PM
Sun face coin from Gwalior Princely State of India, 1/4 (Quarter Anna).

Abhay
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Post by: <k> on May 05, 2012, 05:15:27 PM
Nice one, Abhay.  ;)

The image below shows an 8 reales coin of 1836, from the Central American Republic, now Guatemala.
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Post by: <k> on May 08, 2012, 03:44:44 PM
Argentina, 1000 australs, 1992.  "Encuentro de dos mundos".
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Post by: haaseizhere on May 09, 2012, 02:23:03 PM
Imperial British East Africa company made these coins in 1888 and 1890 with the Sun on them

also the USA started out with her first trial coins before the actual continental currency with a coin with the sun on it 1783... the quote in Latin is a new constellation (or new sun) has risen...
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Post by: haaseizhere on May 09, 2012, 02:28:11 PM
Japan (the empire of the rising sun)

and Iran (maybe Iraq) 18-early 1900's
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Post by: haaseizhere on May 09, 2012, 02:40:10 PM
Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1957 (present day Malawi and Zambia and Zimbabwe...)
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Post by: chrisild on May 09, 2012, 03:57:07 PM
Here is the sun (and other, hmm, celestial bodies) on the German €10 collector coin that commemorates the Nebra Sky Disk ...

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Germany_2008_10_euro_Nebra_Obverse.jpg) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Germany_2008_10_euro_Nebra_Reverse.jpg)

Christian
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Post by: Md. Shariful Islam on May 09, 2012, 04:02:43 PM
Mexican 8 Reales has this beautiful presentation of sun I guess.
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Post by: Md. Shariful Islam on May 09, 2012, 04:06:26 PM
Karshapana has commonly has presentation of sun. One example is here.
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Post by: $$ on May 10, 2012, 05:43:16 AM
20 paise coin from India

Samir
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Post by: $$ on May 10, 2012, 05:50:41 AM
Another coin from Indore state with sun image

Indore state silver coin

Samir
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Post by: @josephjk on May 10, 2012, 05:51:10 AM
India princely states - Indore 1/2 rupee
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Post by: PeaceBD on May 12, 2012, 06:34:19 AM
A few more Indore sun face coins from my collection.
Quarter Rupee

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6787261921_566663cef7_z.jpg)

Half Rupee

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/6811827268_0accdf335f_c.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8164/7179700430_d9a695b731_c.jpg)

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Post by: @josephjk on May 12, 2012, 12:38:29 PM
US state quarter dollar - Nevada
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Post by: @josephjk on May 12, 2012, 12:40:56 PM
US state quarter dollar - North Dakota
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Post by: @josephjk on May 12, 2012, 12:43:08 PM
US state quarter dollar - Arizona
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Post by: @josephjk on May 12, 2012, 12:49:08 PM
India 1993, 2 rupees World food day
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Post by: <k> on May 16, 2012, 06:24:19 PM
In 1990 Greece introduced a new circulation 100 drachmes coin. The obverse depicted Alexander the Great of Macedonia, whilst the reverse festures the Vergina Sun, the symbol of ancient Macedonia.  In 1992 this symbol also appeared on the first flag of the FYROM: the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Greeks objected to this flag, and eventually Macedonia was forced to adopt a new flag in 1995. The new flag portrayed the "new sun of Liberty", which is referred to in Macedonia's national anthem.
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Post by: <k> on May 16, 2012, 06:27:47 PM
Macedonia introduced its own circulation coins in 1993. Ever since then, the reverse of these coins have usually shown the rays of the rising sun.

The reverse of the 5 denar coin, 1993.
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Post by: <k> on June 10, 2012, 05:12:47 PM
Uruguay, 1 centesimo, 1977, and 2 centesimos, 1978.
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Post by: chrisild on June 10, 2012, 08:47:52 PM
In 1990 Greece introduced a new circulation 100 drachmai coin. The obverse depicted Alexander the Great of Macedonia, whilst the reverse festures the Vergina Sun, the symbol of ancient Macedonia.

Greece and Macedonia have sure done a lot in terms of making history suit their needs. ;) In this case the coin was issued in order to keep Macedonia ("FYROM") from using the Vergina Sun as the country's symbol. The Republic of Macedonia became independent in 1991, so this coin was designed and issued in 1991, and then dated 1990 -- as if it was older than the newly founded country ... By the way, the Greek plural is drachmes; "drachmai" was used until 1982.

Christian
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Post by: <k> on June 11, 2012, 02:13:00 AM
Peru, 5 centavos, 1879.
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Post by: <k> on June 11, 2012, 03:31:52 AM
Not the sun itself, but the Inca mask of the sun, on a 1991 50 sucres coin from Ecuador.
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Post by: <k> on July 10, 2012, 06:09:35 PM
Kiribati, 5 cents, 1979.  The national coat of arms includes a frigate bird and the rising sun.
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Post by: <k> on July 13, 2012, 10:49:58 PM
Georgia, common obverse of coinage, 1993.  This is apparently a symbol for the sun, and it appears over the "Christian tree of life".
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Post by: chrisild on July 13, 2012, 11:50:40 PM
Right; here is what Wikipedia and I :) can tell you about the symbol:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borjgali

Christian
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Post by: <k> on July 27, 2012, 09:14:39 PM
Uzbekistan, 100 som, 2004.
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Post by: adam on July 28, 2012, 03:25:12 AM
Poland 2 zl - Japan Expo 2005
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Post by: chrisild on September 25, 2012, 08:12:19 PM
The Oregon Trail commemorative US half dollar has a sun too. Image from Wikipedia.

Christian
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Post by: chrisild on September 25, 2012, 08:14:23 PM
And Oscar Roty's famous Sower (Semeuse), with the sun in the background, should be added as well. (Source (http://timbreposte.free.fr/mag-timbre/la-semeuse/la-semeuse.html))

Christian
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Post by: squarecoinman on September 25, 2012, 08:57:36 PM
Sri Lanka  SAF games 100 Rupees Silver
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Post by: <k> on September 29, 2012, 12:48:28 AM
Argentina, 8 Reales 1838, La Rioja.
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Post by: dheer on January 02, 2013, 09:53:12 AM
The Republic India 1970 Rs 10 Silver Coin [A 20 Paise coin image has already been put up in an earlier reply]



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Post by: dheer on January 02, 2013, 10:01:55 AM
The Republic India 1971 Rs 10 Silver Coin and 20 Paise coin - Food for All


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Post by: <k> on January 07, 2013, 03:29:15 PM
Lithuania, 2 centai, 1991.  Sun symbol.
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Post by: <k> on January 07, 2013, 04:37:44 PM
The first Bulgarian post-communist coins of the 1990s all show a sun face (and a fish) on the reverse. Apparently the two symbols represent the "founding nations" of Bulgaria: the Slavs and the Thracians.
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Post by: <k> on February 03, 2013, 09:48:47 PM
Zimbabwe, 50c, 1980.  Rising sun, symbolic of Independence.
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Post by: <k> on February 03, 2013, 10:01:52 PM
Uruguay, $10, 2011.  A mountain lion against the setting or rising sun.
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Post by: <k> on July 21, 2015, 02:37:08 PM
Romania, 500 lei, 1999.  Total eclipse of the sun.
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Post by: MORGENSTERNN on July 21, 2015, 02:59:15 PM
sunth india princely state
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Post by: <k> on January 01, 2019, 01:32:34 PM
Denmark, 20 kroner, 2013.  In 1675, the Danes discovered that the sun has a face. They still believe it.  :-X