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Design and designing => Thematic collecting => Topic started by: Gusev on January 25, 2015, 10:12:15 AM

Title: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Gusev on January 25, 2015, 10:12:15 AM
Obvers.
Such images of the royal family, I think unacceptable.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on January 25, 2015, 01:36:15 PM
The offender should be sent to the issuing territory for the rest of his life. The British are experienced in that regard. 8)

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: augsburger on January 25, 2015, 02:30:01 PM
Just like this one, William with some unidentified mystery woman. Who could she be?

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01839/coin_1839754c.jpg)

Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on January 25, 2015, 02:33:23 PM
Judging from the name right next to the head, that is some "William". ;D (The other portrait, on the right, is not that bad ...)

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: augsburger on January 25, 2015, 02:58:22 PM
Yeah, could be any boy band member....  >:D
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Gusev on January 28, 2015, 03:08:16 PM
 :o :o
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on January 28, 2015, 07:42:31 PM
:o :o

(Gusev finds this one just too sexy to bear).

For goodness' sake, Gusev! The Queen is old enough to be your mother!   :-X

Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: andyg on January 28, 2015, 08:15:34 PM
Turks and Caicos 5 Crowns 1998...

Can be yours for 6.25 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1998-Turks-Caicos-Gold-plated-5-Crowns-SNo37379-/331455767752?pt=UK_Coins_World_RL&hash=item4d2c4da4c8)

(I like the way the teeth follow you about the room!)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on January 28, 2015, 08:31:10 PM
Is that the worst you can do? How about these Zambian beauties?
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: andyg on January 28, 2015, 08:33:18 PM
Mine has better teeth ;D
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on January 29, 2015, 05:42:35 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5036.0;attach=25693;image)

Bahamas, $1, 1996.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5036.0;attach=24225;image)

Swaziland, 5 emelangeni, 1978.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5036.0;attach=31860;image)

Tristan da Cunha, 5 pounds, 2006.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5036.0;attach=24221;image)

Turks and Caicos, 20 crowns, 1989.



Looks like the Queen has had more "cosmetic" surgery than Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers combined.  :-X
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: eurocoin on June 23, 2016, 07:20:58 PM
(http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m93/eurocoins/queen_zps55zy0yif.jpg)

Nauru, 5 Dollars, 2007. Diamond wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Figleaf on June 23, 2016, 10:17:41 PM
I object! Bad portraits are not a UK monopoly. :)

Peter
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: bart on June 23, 2016, 10:25:59 PM
Who says Leopold's portrait is a bad portrait? It could be flattering as well. It is known the Habsburg emperors were not the most handsome men...
I agree about Margrethe's portrait.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Figleaf on June 23, 2016, 10:37:23 PM
Indeed, the real thing's bad enough, but the coin makes it worse.

Peter
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Prosit on June 23, 2016, 11:43:53 PM
This is a nice coin.
Dale
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on June 24, 2016, 12:01:48 AM
Yes, the likeness is astonishing, Dale.  ;D
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Figleaf on June 24, 2016, 05:18:01 PM
Another non-beauty Habsburg. This time, the nose is too close to the name (Hab = Hawk)

Peter
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on June 25, 2016, 12:33:37 PM
Ah, but that is only one of the theories about where the Habsburg name comes from. ;)  And Rudolf's (frontal) portrait on this coin (http://img.ma-shops.de/witte/pic/x_39173a.jpg) is much nicer anyway ...

Another bad portrait is what will come from Germany next year, for the 500 year Lutheran Reformation anniversary. While it does make sense to combine Luther's portrait and parts of his 95 theses, the vertical row of thesis numbers crosses the face in a strange way. (Hope the embedded link below works.) Did good old Martin have nose pimples and a mustache?

Christian

(http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Bilder/Briefmarken-Sammlermuenzen/Sammlermuenzen/Programme/2017-500-Jahre-Reformation.jpg?__blob=wide&v=2)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Arminius on June 25, 2016, 11:07:18 PM
(http://www.arminius-numismatics.com/coppermine1414/cpg1414/albums/userpics/10001/10853v.jpg)

250-251 AD., Herennia Etruscilla, Rome mint, Antoninianus, RIC 55b.

 ;D
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: andyg on May 02, 2017, 08:36:26 PM
Spied this one from the Marshall Islands....
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on May 02, 2017, 09:07:33 PM
That is why text on coins is so useful. Not only do we know about the value, date, etc. of a piece - no, we also learn who is depicted. >:D Here is another fine portrait, on a coin issued in 2015 and honoring somebody who at that time was president of the US (more details here (https://m.hse24.at/product/401386/)). Gambia, 200 dalasis, gold (Au 999). Admittedly this is a small coin (11 mm and 0.5 g) but still ...

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: quaziright on May 02, 2017, 09:43:46 PM
there's that awful swedish commemorative of some wedding as i recall
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on May 02, 2017, 11:10:27 PM
Guess this is the one you love so fondly ...

(https://img.ma-shops.de/kohlross/pic/11524_250-1566-1plus2.jpg)
(Embedded - Source: https://img.ma-shops.de/kohlross/pic/11524_250-1566-1plus2.jpg)

For some inexplicable reason, about one fourth of the total mintage was returned (http://www.riksbank.se/Upload/Dokument_riksbank/Kat_sedlar/mynt_till_ara_och_minne.pdf). :) "Upplaga: 2 000 000 (457 616 returnerades)"

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Prosit on May 02, 2017, 11:35:50 PM
I have one of these. Not the best portraiture. Many US collectors vote it the ugliest US coin. There are so many to choose from  :D I don't think it is the worst design.
But I guess worse design and ugly coin might not be the same thing. Any way I like it.

Dale
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on May 03, 2017, 12:04:53 AM
Don't love the design; it is too busy in my opinion. What I do like however is the concept of not putting living people on coins ... oops. ;) Now the portrait is not all that bad, I think. Don't really know her, but if one looks at photos (http://www.gettyimages.ch/fotos/eunice-kennedy-shriver) where she is in her mid-seventies ...

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Prosit on May 03, 2017, 02:10:48 AM
I think a lot of collectors wanted her as a younger woman. I believe it was reasonably realistic at the time of minting and never understood what the hoorah was about. But then what do I know? I like the Churchill Crown.

I think about the worst US design is the $5 Gold Visitor Center commemorative but that didn't stop me from buying it and selling it a couple years latter for $200 profit. I wouldn't call it ugly just a lackluster design. I knew it would be a poor seller at the start...about 6k mintage.

Very many of the US commemorative coins are busy and many of the circulation coins too.

Dale

 


Don't love the design; it is too busy in my opinion. What I do like however is the concept of not putting living people on coins ... oops. ;) Now the portrait is not all that bad, I think. Don't really know her, but if one looks at photos (http://www.gettyimages.ch/fotos/eunice-kennedy-shriver) where she is in her mid-seventies ...

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Overlord on May 03, 2017, 05:10:47 PM

(http://i805.photobucket.com/albums/yy340/MajesticOverlord/Vic_zps401f1520.jpg)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Figleaf on May 03, 2017, 10:37:15 PM
OK, can't draw, can't spell, but if you don't know how to write the name of your own country...

MS71 indeed.

Peter
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Gusev on May 21, 2017, 04:49:27 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on May 21, 2017, 04:59:17 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=19903.0;attach=31761;image)

Cuba, 1 peso, 1993.  Mao Zedong.  Formerly known as Mao Tse-tung.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: onecenter on May 21, 2017, 06:53:19 PM
Does not even look like Mao.  The coin has a more German style Adenaueresque look to the portrait.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on May 21, 2017, 07:13:19 PM
It's true. Adenauer was slim, though. It reminds me more of a fat middle-aged Bavarian.  :D
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on May 22, 2017, 01:41:31 AM
Does not have to be a fat person. ;) A profile of Theodor Heuss (http://www.brandesautographs.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/0/6001606.jpg) (our first president), for example, would look somewhat similar. The Heuss portrait on the 2 DM coin was quite different though.

Christian
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Figleaf on June 03, 2017, 05:29:18 PM
I guess they were pretty drunk when they posed for this one..

Peter

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=15517.0;attach=71341;image)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Overlord on June 04, 2017, 03:46:11 PM
The sheep king...

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=74.0;attach=74279;image)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on June 04, 2017, 04:01:13 PM
But what does he REALLY look like?
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Overlord on June 04, 2017, 04:15:58 PM
But what does he REALLY look like?
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/king-edward-i-of-england/
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: andyg on June 10, 2017, 03:07:34 PM
Another - this time from Niue...

(picture from ebay)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: andyg on June 10, 2017, 03:08:28 PM
this one from Pitcairn...
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: eurocoin on June 24, 2017, 10:34:23 PM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4282/35124150700_2f05cced05_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on June 25, 2017, 06:48:46 PM
Another fine example of why inscriptions are very important. Without the "H.R.H." etc., we would have no idea who that is. ;D

Christian
Title: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Bimat on June 25, 2017, 06:54:46 PM
Another fine example of why inscriptions are very important. Without the "H.R.H." etc., we would have no idea who that is. ;D

Melania Trump...so simple! ;D

Aditya
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Finn235 on June 27, 2017, 04:00:43 PM
Kingdom of Sindh, Raja Chach of Alor (r. 632-671 AD)

(https://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk96/sw423146/20170622_163311.jpg) (http://"http://s278.photobucket.com/user/sw423146/media/20170622_163311.jpg.html")

Picasso's ghost is blushing
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: <k> on July 16, 2017, 04:52:55 PM
China, 10 gold dollars, 1919.  Who is this fellow? He looks like a baddie from one of the early James Bond films.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Gusev on July 19, 2017, 06:28:05 PM
 ;D
 ;D
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: chrisild on July 19, 2017, 07:50:33 PM
Great portraits. And no, I will not make a political comment. No, I won't. Oh no.
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: mrbadexample on July 21, 2017, 12:50:58 PM
this one from Pitcairn...

Is it just me?
Title: Re: Worst portraits on coins
Post by: Gusev on August 20, 2017, 03:39:03 PM
TRISTAN DA CUNHA

The Queen is dissatisfied something ;D