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Title: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:13:32 PM
Here I intend to go through the current list of world nations in alphabetic order, choosing a favourite design. Ideally it will be a current circulation design. However, if I do not like any of a country's current circulation designs, I will choose a circulation design that is no longer current. If I then still can't find a design that appeals to me, I will then turn to collector-only pieces, past or present. If I still can't find a piece that appeals to me, then I will omit that country and say so; others will then be welcome to fill the gap.  :)

You may join in too and post your own favourites (or favorites, depending on your preferred spelling). It doesn't matter if they are not in the correct alphabetical order: the idea is to post one design (at least) for each current country or territory in the world.

Here is the list of countries I shall be using:

List of countries-New World Encyclopedia (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/List_of_countries).

Let me know if I have missed any country or territory as I go through the list.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:16:24 PM
I shall omit Abkhazia and Afghanistan, but you can fill in the gaps in you wish.

I will therefore start with Albania. This design of 1926, 5 franga, has always appealed to me. Did it circulate, or was it just a collector piece? I don't know. It shows a peasant boy with his oxen. If you know any interesting details about coins that I post, please share them.

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:19:08 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43344.0;attach=83947;image)

Algeria, ¼ dinar. Fennec fox.



This is the only coin in the world to feature a fennec fox, to my knowledge.

See also: Algeria animal coin series of 1992 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,43344.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:22:53 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43527.0;attach=84877;image)

Andorra. Chamois and eagle.

This design appears on the 1, 2 and 5 cents of the Andorran euro set.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:28:36 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23797.0;attach=81034;image)

Argentina, 1 centavo, 1987.  Rhea. 




It's hard to find a nicely struck piece. There are plenty of nice designs from Argentina, of course, but once again I've chosen a wildlife design.



Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda - I shall omit these. Fill the gaps if you wish.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:36:10 PM
Armenia, 25 dram, 1994. Apricot.

In modern terms, a young state, so I've gone for a collector coin with an unusual design.

Is it the only modern coin to feature an apricot?

© Image courtesy of GNDM
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:40:11 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3929.0;attach=72875;image)

Aruba, 25 florins, 1995.  I do like a turtle design. There are many of them on world coins.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:45:48 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4018.0;attach=80019;image)

Australia, $2.  Plenty of animals I could have chosen too, but this a very strong design.



Ascension - omitted.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:51:50 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13632.0;attach=34400;image)

Austria, 1 Schilling, 1957.  Peasant sowing seed. It has a simple charm.

See also: Nudes on coins (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,13632.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 10:58:28 PM
Azerbaijan, 20 qapik.  Spiral staircase.

There is something quite dreamlike about this design for me. I often find myself climbing stairs in my night dreams.

What are those recurring letters on the design?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:04:11 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=30865.0;attach=53285;image)

Bahamas, 5 cents, 2015.

The Bahamas has a tradition of beautiful designs. There is much to choose from, but I'll go for this striking design of a pineapple, captured at an unusual angle.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:07:03 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26550.0;attach=43832;image)

Bahrain.  Best of all, I like this palm tree, seen on a coin of 1965.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:11:08 PM
Bangladesh, 25 poisha, 1991.  A splendid tiger.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:13:30 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4024.0;attach=60214;image)

Barbados, $1.  An equally splendid flying fish.  And the coin is a heptagon too - bonus!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:19:58 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10026.0;attach=49306;image)

Belgium. 50 centimes, 1965.  A coal miner.

An unusual choice of subject. One of my earliest coin possessions. As a child, I imagined the miner was a saint with a halo, for some reason.  :-[

Belarus - omitted.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:24:00 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26997.0;attach=53009;image)

Belize. $1, 1990. Columbus's fleet.  Another polygon - bonus!

This circulation design was adapted from a collector design, below.

See also: Numismatic heritage: commemorative designs that became standard designs (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,41863.0.html).




(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41863.0;attach=80663;image)

Belize, 250 dollars, 1989.  500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the New World.

This was a gold coin.

 
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:32:27 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=82325;image)

Bermuda, $60, 1996.  The Sea Venture.

With Bermuda, I am spoilt for choice. Their circulation coins are OK but do not stand out.

Therefore I have gone for this beauty of a collector coin by Robert Elderton. It's part of the "Bermuda Triangle" series.  :D



Benin - omitted.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:46:27 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43373.0;attach=84138;image)

Bhutan, 25 chertum, 1979.  Golden fishes of good fortune. One of the eight revered Buddhist symbols.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:52:31 PM
Bolivia, 5 pesos, 1976. 

The charming national emblem seems to invite you to tell a story about what is happening.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 16, 2018, 11:55:21 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18765.0;attach=29322;image)

Bosnia-Herzegovina. 500 dinara collector coin of 1994. An attractive scene.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:00:58 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=37409.0;attach=72179;image)

Botswana, 1 pula, 2013.  Zebra.



Do you know why zebras evolved stripes?

1] So that the zebras could look blurred when running, and predators would not spot them in the background.

2] They are very vain animals, and stripes make you look slimmer.

Which is correct?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:02:59 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26997.0;attach=50362;image)

Brazil, 2000 reis, 1900.  A generic Portuguese carrack (nau) from the fleet of Pedro Alvares Cabral.

With Brazil, again you are spoilt for choice, but this one is a real beauty.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:05:27 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=30518.0;attach=51773;image)

Brunei, 50 sen, 1967.  Arms with no body. Curious.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:13:28 AM
Bulgaria, 1 lev, 1910.

A difficult one. Here I am forced to travel back in time over 100 years in order to find a decent coin design.

Nice flowers, though.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:20:36 AM
Burma, 1 kyat, 1852.

Burma or Myanmar? Burma. The modern country has never produced a single pretty design, so here I must travel even further back in time to fetch this splendid peacock.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:27:43 AM
Burundi, 5 francs, 2014.  Balaeniceps rex - Shoebill.

Attractive design. Apparently this is a circulating coin. Not what you'd expect from a country you forgot you'd even heard of.


See: BURUNDI 5 francs circulating commemorative coins bird series (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,33015.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:55:48 AM
Cameroon, 2 franc, 1948. A gazelle, with a plentiful assortment of vegetation as decoration.

See also: Beasts of French Africa (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,27927.0.html).



Cambodia omitted.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:00:47 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17896.0;attach=73352;image)

Canada, 5 cents.  The beaver. The design is very old now but still full of character.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:05:15 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43380.0;attach=84173;image)

Cayman Islands, 5 cents.  Stuart Devlin's design of a prawn follows the contours of the coin's circular shape.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:11:09 AM
Central African Republic, 100 francs, 1971.  Another classic design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:17:03 AM
Chile, 10 pesos, 1968.  The arrival of Lord Cochrane's Liberation fleet.

A nice ship design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:21:51 AM
Cape Verde, $250, 1976.  Tuna.

I missed that country and had to backtrack. This is where people discover I'm human. And I was hoping they would never find out.  :-\
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:26:03 AM
Chad, 5000 francs, 1970.  10th Anniversary of Independence.

Backtracking again. Gold, definitely a collector piece only.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:27:38 AM
China. I'm out of ideas. Who can post a nice design from China?

Taking a break for a while.  ;)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:14:43 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=91364;image)

Colombia, 15 000 pesos, 1978.  Gold collector coin.

Here I am looking at the obverse design was by Philip Nathan. A fine-looking portrait, but I do not know of the personality.

The ocelot design by Michael Hibbit is also splendid, of course.

 
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:17:51 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4458.0;attach=32770;image)

Comoros (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,20754.0.html).

The FAO-themed 25 francs coin of 1982, showing chicks hatching - possibly a unique theme for a coin design.

This design always makes me smile.  :D
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:23:59 PM
Democratic Republic of Congo (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9499.0.html), 5 makuta, 1967.

A brutal dictator in military uniform. The cool appraising gaze of a psychopath. He doesn't care what you think, and anyway - he's watching you!  :-X
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:26:53 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=31133.0;attach=54676;image)

Cook Islands, 5 dollars, 2015.  This catamaran is known locally as a vaka.  A wonderful design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:39:23 PM
Costa Rica, 100 colones, 1979.  Year of the Child.

Three charming children in this case: fledglings.  :D
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:46:40 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=40600.0;attach=77109;image)

Croatia (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,40600.0.html). The charming obverse of the kuna denominations, showing a marten.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 12:50:00 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23446.0;attach=80558;image)

Cuba, 5 pesos, 1981.  World Food Day.  Sugar Production.

A nice agricultural scene.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 01:04:20 PM
Cyprus, 50c, 1994.  The abduction of Europa by Zeus.  Heptagon - bonus!  8)



Interestingly, there are people who claim to have been abducted by ETs and later to have suffered missing time. Often these people - allegedly - first see an animal, often an owl or a deer. Theorists of this strange phenomenon - assuming it exists - think that ETs induce "screen memories" of animals into their victim's mind, in order to hide their own presence. So if you ever meet an animal that speaks to you - run!  :D



See: The Biochemist and the Raccoon (https://www.davidhalperin.net/the-biochemist-and-the-raccoon-the-alien-abduction-of-dr-kary-mullis)

Extract:

It was 1985. Mullis was spending the weekend at his cabin on a tract of forested land in Mendicino County, California. He arrived about midnight on Friday, turned on the kitchen lights and put his bags of groceries on the floor, took his flashlight and headed for the outhouse. He never made it there.

“I walked down the steps, turned right, and then at the far end of the path, under a fir tree, there was something glowing. I pointed my flashlight at it anyhow. It only made it whiter where the beam landed. It seemed to be a raccoon. I wasn’t frightened. Later, I wondered if it could have been a hologram, projected from God knows where.”

The raccoon said: “Good evening, doctor.”

“The next thing I remember, it was early in the morning. I was walking along a road uphill from my house. What went through my head as I walked down toward my house was, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’ I had no memory of the night before. I thought maybe I had passed out and spent the night outside. But nights are damp in the summer in Mendocino, and my clothes were dry, and they weren’t dirty.”
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 01:15:18 PM
Czech Republic, 20 korun.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 01:18:42 PM
Time for a break. When I return, it'll be Denmark's turn, land of the four "L"s: Lager, Lego, Lurpak, and the Little Mermaid. It just doesn't get any duller. And the coin designs? I'm panicking already.  :(
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:06:52 PM
I've concluded that Denmark has never produced an attractive coin design in its life, so I'm omitting it.  >:D
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:14:37 PM
Djibouti, 250 francs, 2012.  Djibouti francolin.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:21:37 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27516.0;attach=81109;image)

Dominica, 20 dollars, 1978.  50th anniversary of the Graf Zeppelin.

A strange subject for Dominica, though.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:22:03 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=84627;image)

Dominican Republic, 1 peso, 1969.  125th anniversary of independence.



Puerta del Conde (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerta_del_Conde).

La Puerta del Conde (The Count's Gate) is the site in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, one of the Dominican Founding Fathers, proclaimed Dominican independence and raised the first Dominican Flag, on February 27, 1844.

The gate is part of a structure called El Baluarte del Conde (The Count's Bulwark), a fort in Ciudad Colonial, the colonial area of Santo Domingo. The fort was part of a larger system of fortifications that ran along a defensive wall which surrounded Ciudad Colonial. The Altar of the Fatherland and Independence Park are located there.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:26:10 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=20133.0;attach=32258;image)

Ecuador, 20 sucres, 1988.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=20133.0;attach=32259;image)

Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador.



From Wikipedia:

The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Spanish: Middle of the World City) is a tract of land owned by the prefecture of the province of Pichincha, Ecuador. It is located at San Antonio parish of the canton of Quito, 26 km north of the center of Quito. The grounds contain the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo, a museum about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador.

The 3-meter-tall monument was constructed between 1979 and 1982 by Pichincha's Province Council to replace an older, smaller monument built by Government of Ecuador under the direction of the geographer Luis Tufiño in 1936. It is made of iron and concrete and covered with cut and polished andesite stone. The monument was built to commemorate the first Geodesic Mission of the French Academy of Sciences, led by Louis Godin, Pierre Bouguer and Charles Marie de La Condamine, who, in the year 1736, conducted experiments to test the flattening at the poles of the characteristic shape of the Earth, by comparing the distance between a degree meridian in the equatorial zone to another level measured in Sweden. The older monument was moved 7 km to a small town near there called Calacalí.

Based on data obtained by Tufiño, it was believed that the equator passed through those two sites. However, according to readings based on the World Geodetic System WGS84, used in modern GPS systems and GIS products, the equator actually lies about 240 meters north of the marked line.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:28:54 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=22587.0;attach=43672;image)

Egypt, 5 pounds, 1991.  Gizah Zoo.

I'm looking at the design on the left.  And see how the animals all posed nicely without attacking each other.  8)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 02:33:57 PM
El Salvador, 5 colones, 1997.  Collector coin.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 03:47:45 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23809.0;attach=40217;image)

Equatorial Guinea, 10 ekuele, 1975.

Here I am focusing on the quaint chicken, though the human portrait is nicely done too.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 03:51:02 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27107.0;attach=82544;image)

Eastern Caribbean States, 2000 cents, Year 2000.  A symbolic scene for the new Millennium, by Robert Elderton.



Here I have briefly backtracked to the East Caribbean States. Inevitably I will get the odd country in the wrong order.

Beautiful design, though.  8)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 03:56:05 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3314.0;attach=82065;image)

Eritrea, $1, 1993.



The common obverse of these collector coins featured an attractive scene with a camel and a dhow.

Eritrea's circulation coinage was not issued until 1997.  See: Coins of modern Eritrea (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,42523.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 03:57:52 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26996.0;attach=44541;image)

Estonia, 1 kroon, 1934.  Has Estonia ever produced a better design than this Viking ship?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 04:15:04 PM
Ethiopia, $20, 1966.  Emperor Haile Selassie in full regalia.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 04:17:54 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23782.0;attach=89150;image)

Falkland Islands, 50 pence, 1987.  King penguins.  WWF commemorative.

Who would have guessed that the Falkland Islands have penguins? Falklanders living near the jungle are regularly attacked by herds of giant ones.  :-X

 
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 04:25:01 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17792.0;attach=80916;image)

Fiji, 10 cents. Flying fox bat.

The only regular circulation coin featuring a realistic bat. I believe some of Macao's coins featured a heavily stylised bat in the 1980s - little more than an outline.

But which alignment / orientation does this coin come in? ↑↑ ↑↓ - or both?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 04:28:51 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=30276.0;attach=44815;image)

Finland, 5, markkaa 1984.  Icebreaker "Urho".

I prefer this design to the Icebreaker "Varma" (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,30276.msg175630.html#msg175630) design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 04:37:41 PM
France, 10 francs, 1951.  This little cockerel design is full of character and quintessentially French.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 04:40:54 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26954.0;attach=44502;image)

French Polynesia: the reverse of the 50 francs, which also appears on the 100 francs, must be one of the most beautiful and exotic to appear on any circulation coin.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:04:21 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=20288.0;attach=76634;image)

Gambia, 1 dalasi.  A heptagon - bonus!

That mischievous-looking crocodile is just longing to bite you.  >:D
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:06:55 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18887.0;attach=72269;image)



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18887.0;attach=72270;image)

Georgia, 5 tetri, featuring the famous gold lion statuette from Alazani valley. It dates to around 2000 BC and is held at the National Museum of Georgia.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:14:31 PM
Federal Republic of Germany, 2 Mark, 1951.

A charming design, reminding us that Germany is a wine producer.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:18:00 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=31525.0;attach=53171;image)

Ghana, 50 cedis, 1981.  Design by Michael Rizzello, who captures Dr Akrofi's humanity and African-ness perfectly.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:19:30 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10918.0;attach=80517;image)

Gibraltar, 25 pence, 1971.



Mr Ironside's charming design features a macaque monkey, commonly known as a "Barbary ape".
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:29:05 PM
Greece, 5 drachmai, 1973.  Pegasus, your friendly neighbourhood flying horse.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:32:35 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10898.0;attach=88834;image)

Greenland, 1926.  That old polar bear.

 
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:35:36 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10037.0;attach=30377;image)

Guatemala, 25 centavos, 1964.  Guatemalan woman in traditional costume.



See also: Guatemalan and Paraguayan variations (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,22736.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:38:50 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=15003.0;attach=62342;image)

Guernsey, 20 pence, 1982.  Milk can.  A reminder of Guernsey's dairy industry.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:41:28 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41420.0;attach=79547;image)

Guinea, 20 000 francs, 1995.  Protect our world.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:45:25 PM
Guinea-Bissau, 2½ pesos, 1977.  Date palm.  A Royal Mint product, surprisingly.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 06:49:26 PM
Guyana, $10, 1996.  A nice human touch to this design, and it tells a story too.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 08:50:44 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9903.0;attach=83092;image)

Haiti, 5 gourdes, 1995.  Four heads - bonus!  A heptagon - bonus!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 08:53:37 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8770.0;attach=32047;image)

Honduras, 8 pesos, 1862.

Way back in time we must hurtle once more, in order to find a nice design from Honduras.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:05:15 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23336.0;attach=80930;image)

Hungary, 200 forint, 1985.  Wild cat.



I can't find a single beautiful design for Hungary. Maybe you can.

Instead, I have chosen this "fake news" design. It's supposed to be a wild cat. When did you ever see a wild cat that was as fat as the cat in the design? I believe that the artist simply drew his own pet cat and gave it longer whiskers to make it look fierce.  :D
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:14:06 PM
Iceland, 10 krónur, 1930.  1000 years of Althing (the Icelandic parliament).

© Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions



A naked couple, male and female, kneeling before the King of Thulé, seated on his throne.

This is an eerily beautiful design. The denomination appears as an edge inscription.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:25:05 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10884.0;attach=85225;image)

India, 25 paise, 1988.  Rhinoceros.

This is the only coin I own from modern independent India.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:31:29 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13104.0;attach=72698;image)

Indonesia, 50 rupiah, 1971.  Greater Bird of Paradise.

Indonesia has several beautiful designs to choose from. Here the bird looks as if it is about to launch itself from its branch, so there is a sense of a moment caught in time. I also like the font and the placement of the text. Many coins of Indonesia are very artistic in their treatment of text and fonts.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:37:43 PM
Iran - not my subject. Maybe somebody could post their choice?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:40:32 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8912.0;attach=11977;image)

Ireland: One pound, 1990.  Irish red deer: Cervus elaphus.


The design is by Irish artist Thomas Ryan and depicts a stag: the male of the species. He produced it in the style of Percy Metcalfe, but it is a classic in its own right.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:45:42 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26996.0;attach=62265;image)

Isle of Man, 50 pence, 1979.  Viking ship.

Mann has produced many Viking ship designs. This is my favourite.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:48:20 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23388.0;attach=81036;image)

Israel, 5 agorot.  Pomegranates.

Artistic, different, simple but not simplistic. Nicely struck too, with reasonably high relief adding to the sculpted texture of the design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 09:53:51 PM
Italy, 50 lire, 1955.  A Vulcan blacksmith, standing at an anvil.

The mythological touch again.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:45:45 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23718.0;attach=80429;image)

Jamaica, 25 cents.  Hummingbird on flower.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:48:10 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10743.0;attach=38412;image)

Japan, 500 yen, 2007.   50th Anniversary of Japanese Antarctic Research.

Nice dogs. I wouldn't usually associate Japan with the Antarctic.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:49:06 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=62493;image)

Jersey, 50 pence.  The Gatehouse at Grosnez Castle.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=62494;image)

The castle was built around 1330 and was probably demolished around the time of the French occupation of Jersey (1461–1468). The gatehouse is now the only substantial remnant of the castle.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13636.0;attach=62497;image)

A closer look at the gatehouse.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:52:10 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13756.0;attach=83014;image)

Jordan, 5 dinars, 1995. UN commemorative.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 10:58:59 PM
Kazakhstan, 100 tenge, 2016.  Abul Khair Khan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abul_Khair_Khan).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 11:09:38 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26954.0;attach=44499;image)

Kiribati, 1 dollar, 1979.  Outrigger.



Kenya - omitted - too few suitable designs.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 11:12:02 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26849.0;attach=44616;image)

Korea, North. 500 won, 1991.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 11:16:43 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=20766.0;attach=57486;image)

Korea, South, 100 won.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 17, 2018, 11:23:05 PM
Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan omitted.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:30:38 AM
Laos, 500 kip, 1998.  Wild bull.

Even obscure countries have some exciting designs.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:39:13 AM
Latvia, 1 lats, 2004.  Silver collector coin.

Two serfs making timber against a background of a board with letters carved in wood, with a pair of dividers on each side of the board.

You can depend on Latvia to produce some unusual deisgns.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:42:05 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=11080.0;attach=29081;image)

Lebanon, 10 piastres, 1961.  Ancient galley.

Lebanon has issued a surprising number of fine designs.

See: Lebanon: trees, galleys and lions (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,21938.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:46:04 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=34570.0;attach=66959;image)

Lesotho, 5 lisente, 1998.  Traditional huts and an agave americana.

See: Coinage of Lesotho (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,37447.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:48:49 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=6931.0;attach=80361;image)

Liberia, $200, 1982-3.  Year of the Scout.

See: The Scout and Guide Movements (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,6931.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:50:10 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=83653;image)

Libya, 100 dirhams, 1979.  Armed horseman.

I've grown to like this design over the years.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 10:57:00 AM
Lithuania, 5 litai, 1998.  Gediminas castle.



Liechtenstein omitted.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 11:03:39 AM
Luxembourg, 250 francs, 1963.  The millennium of Luxembourg city.

An instantly recognisable scene, for anybody who has visited Luxembourg.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:22:53 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=15897.0;attach=60779;image)

Macao, 50 avos, 1993.  A traditional dragon dance.

Looks like they're having fun.

See: The modern coinage of Macao (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,34851.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:28:08 PM
Macedonia, 5 denar, 2006 and 1995. A Eurasian lynx.

This feline is much slimmer than the Hungarian wild cat you saw upthread.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:31:03 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18329.0;attach=74917;image)

Madagascar, 20 ariary, 1998.  UNICEF.  Boy with lemur.

I long for a decent Madagascan circulation design series, that highlights some of the country's unique species.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:33:19 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4024.0;attach=59932;image)

Malawi, 1 tambala, 1995.  Two tilapia fish.

The scales on these fish are beautifully done. This is a product of the Royal Canadian Mint, but unfortunately RCM refuses to reveal the artists of overseas designs.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:35:59 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10896.0;attach=58058;image)

Malaysia, 500 ringgit.  Tapir.  Gold coin, WWF issue.

Interesting that South America has its own version of this fascinating animal.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:39:02 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3314.0;attach=77290;image)

Maldives, 10 laari, sailing boat. 

Superb design. See also: Modern coins of the Maldives (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,42522.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:41:59 PM
Mali, 5 francs, 1961.  Hippopotamus. "Here's looking at you, kid!"

Quaint design. The coin was produced by the Kremnica Mint of the Czechoslovakia.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:43:48 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17783.0;attach=79338;image)

Malta, 1 cent, 1986.  Weasel.

Is this the only weasel on a world coin?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:50:17 PM
Mauritania, 20 ouguiya, 2017.  Camels.

Who would ever have expected that Mauritania would produce a thematic circulation series, and a trimetallic coin?  :o
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 12:55:00 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9903.0;attach=80163;image)

Mauritius, 10 rupees.  Heptagon - bonus!

First issued in 1997, this coin features a worker who is harvesting sugar cane. It reuses Robert Elderton's design from the 1981 10 rupees World Food Day commemorative (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,42318.msg264752.html#msg264752).



See also: Numismatic heritage: commemorative designs that became standard designs (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,41863.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 01:02:48 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=33599.0;attach=58265;image)

Mexico, 5 pesos, 1976.  Vicente Guerrero.

Look at that collar. When will it come back into fashion? But those soldiers went into battle, dressed like that.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 01:13:55 PM
Moldova, 5 bani, 1997.  Grapes. 

A nice fruity design. Probably there are more grapes than people in little Moldova.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 01:20:12 PM
Monaco, 5 francs, 1966.  Prince Rainier III.

Another follower of high collar fashion. Maybe he used it to seduce the film star Grace Kelly and marry her.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 01:24:43 PM
(http://web.archive.org/web/20151110181430/http://imagizer.imageshack.us/scaled/landing/18/wdzb.jpg)

Mongolian, 100 tugrik, 1990.  Chinggis Khan.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 01:34:13 PM
Morocco, 5 dirhams, 1975.  FAO-themed design, showing a turnip and a dam.

The description of "turnip" comes from the Royal Mint Annual Report of the time.

For Londoners who don't know what a turnip is (and confuse it with a parsnip), it's the vegetable that you call a swede.  :P
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 01:36:29 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23340.0;attach=61749;image)

Mozambique, 50 meticais, 1994.  A cheetah, up close and personal.  :-*



There are many fine designs from Mozambique.

See: Mozambique since independence (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,39360.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:35:42 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43351.0;attach=83999;image)

Nambia, 50 cents.  A quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma).

See: The coinage of Namibia (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,43351.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:39:00 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41420.0;attach=79535;image)

Nauru, $10, 1993.  Protect Our World.  A modern Noah's Ark.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:44:40 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10347.0;attach=49254;image)

Nepal, 2 rupees.

I'm looking to the right - nice design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:48:44 PM
(https://s25.postimg.cc/k6nfr7arz/image.jpg)

Netherlands, 1 cent, 1939.  Orange branches.



The country is not noted for fine numismatic design, so I had to hurtle far back in time to find this.

See also: Milestones in the coinage of the Netherlands (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,35965.0.html).

Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:52:36 PM
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4074/35589583476_355d1c8e8a.jpg)

Netherlands Antilles, 5 Gulden, 2013.

150th Anniversary of Abolition of Slavery and Liberation in the Dutch West Indies.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:56:16 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10347.0;attach=83317;image)

New Caledonia. Three heads are better than one.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 03:59:12 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27107.0;attach=44786;image)

New Zealand, 50 cents, 1994.  HMS Endeavour.



This bimetallic version of the 50 cents coin was included in mint sets in 1994 only.

See also: The decimal coinage of New Zealand (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,40504.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:02:00 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41608.0;attach=79954;image)

Nicaragua, 1 cordoba, 1992.  Meeting of two worlds. 1492 to 1992.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:03:52 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13615.0;attach=81181;image)

Nigeria, 2006, 2 naira.  National Assembly.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:07:07 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=30425.0;attach=61753;image)

Niue, $5, 1996.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:09:13 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9983.0;attach=72534;image)

Norway, 10 øre, 1964.  A rather cartoonish bee.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:10:44 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4458.0;attach=23859;image)



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4458.0;attach=23858;image)

Oman, 10 baiza, 1975.

A FAO-themed design featuring palm trees and fish. The inscription reads: "Work on the development of food resources  The Sultanate of Oman".
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:14:13 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27138.0;attach=45888;image)

Pakistan, 25 rupees, 2014.  A submarine.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:18:17 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41102.0;attach=57078;image)

Panama, 10 balboas, 1982.  Year of the Child.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:23:44 PM
Papua New Guinea, 5 kina, 1983.  Tenth anniversary of the national bank.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:28:52 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=33569.0;attach=58104;image)

Paraguay, 10 centimos, 1947.  Orange blossom.

See: Paraguay: floral set of 1944 to 1951 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,33569.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:31:12 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10901.0;attach=77386;image)

Peru, 1 sol de oro.   Vicuña.

A classic, to awaken memories for the older collector.  :)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:33:30 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=40607.0;attach=77146;image)

1 sentimo, aluminium. A sea snail (Voluta imperialis).

See also: Philippines 1983 series (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,40607.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:35:30 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27107.0;attach=80701;image)

Pitcairn, $50, 1988. The HMS Bounty, and the drafting of Pitcairn's constitution.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:39:13 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23388.0;attach=81047;image)

Poland, 2 zloty, 1974.  Blueberries.  Very tasty!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:40:50 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=26997.0;attach=44744;image)

Portugal, 5 escudos, 1966.

An elegant design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 04:46:12 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13426.0;attach=84437;image)

Qatar, 100 riyals, 1998.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 05:59:22 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=11081.0;attach=44649;image)

Romania, 100 lei, 1999.  The Belgica.

PENGUINS! PENGUINS! PENGUINS! PENGUINS! PENGUINS!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:03:21 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=22713.0;attach=37115;image)

Russia, 2008, 100 rubles.  Pereslavl-Zalessky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pereslavl-Zalessky).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:06:17 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=13426.0;attach=80713;image)

Rwanda, 1000 francs, 1989.   25th anniversary of the National Bank of Rwanda.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:10:47 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23679.0;attach=62136;image)

St Helena-Ascension, 5 pence.  Plover.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:12:43 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23084.0;attach=38630;image)

Samoa, 10 sene, 2011.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:23:58 PM
San Marino, 2 lire, 1974.  Beetle.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:33:53 PM
São Tomé e Príncipe, 10 dobras, 1977. 

All that poultry - what the cluck?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:36:11 PM
Senegal, 50 francs, 1975.  Nice boat.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:39:57 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=22875.0;attach=69691;image)

Seychelles, 5 rupees, 1972.  An Aldabra giant tortoise.  Heptagon - bonus!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:42:13 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=82111;image)

Sierra Leone, 500 leones, 2004.  The parliament building in Freetown.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:54:25 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18887.0;attach=32705;image)

Singapore, $1, 2013.  A splendid merlion on a beautiful bimetallic coin with an polygonal inner rim.  8)  8)  8)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 06:58:21 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41102.0;attach=57074;image)

Solomon Islands, $5, 1983.  Year of the Child.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:02:03 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3039.0;attach=50243;image)

Somalia, 1 somalo, 1950.  Lioness.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: chrisild on September 18, 2018, 07:03:23 PM
Azerbaijan, 20 qapik.
[...]
What are those recurring letters on the design?

Oh my ... mathematics. (Shudder.) Well, what we see there is called a regular pentagon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon#Regular_pentagons) within a circle, and I suppose that "a" is the length of each line between two (grabbing dictionary) vertexes/vertices, and "ß" is the angle.

The coins (and notes) were designed by Robert Kalina by the way. He also designed the first euro banknote series ...

Christian
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:03:51 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=40537.0;attach=76907;image)

South Africa issued a special 5 rand coin was issued in 2008 to celebrate the 90th birthday of President Mandela. He died in December 2013.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: chrisild on September 18, 2018, 07:09:19 PM
Have not paid that much attention to this topic because ... well, I do not have one favorite coin per country. ;) If anybody asked me to name the "best" piece from XYZ, I could not do that.

Now as for Denmark, some of the circulating 20 kroner "theme coins" I find quite attractive. Pick your favorite here (https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danske_temamønter) ... Text in Danish but with lots of images.

Christian
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:14:02 PM
Spain, 25 centimos, 1925.  Ship on a raging sea?

I can never decide whether this design is good, bad or genius.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:17:19 PM
Well, what we see there is called a regular pentagon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon#Regular_pentagons) within a circle, and I suppose that "a" is the length of each line between two (grabbing dictionary) vertexes/vertices, and "ß" is the angle.

The coins (and notes) were designed by Robert Kalina by the way. He also designed the first euro banknote series

Thank you, Christian. Superfluous dots removed.  >:D
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:20:58 PM
Have not paid that much attention to this topic because, well, I do not have one favorite coin per country. ;) If anybody asked me to name the "best" piece from XYZ, I could not do that.

No, I couldn't either, in truth. I thought it would be nice to have a random tour through the best.

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Now as for Denmark, some of the circulating 20 kroner "theme coins" I find quite attractive. Pick your favorite.

How dare you, sir! Be silent when you speak to me!  :o  Did I ever tell you that you have all the wrong opinions?  >:D  :P
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:28:53 PM
Sri Lanka, 10 rupees, 2013.

Look at the musical notes coming out of that fish's mouth. Cute, eh? But fish don't sing. It's quite obviously another shape-shifting ET in disguise, looking to trick somebody and abduct them. You have been warned!  >:(
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:33:18 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4458.0;attach=81070;image)

Sudan, 1 pound, 1978.  Peasant woman tanning animal skins.

FAO issue for the advancement of rural women.

I've never seen another design like this one.  :-X
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:37:10 PM
Suriname, 25 Gulden, 1991.  "Save the Children Foundation".
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:40:32 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23375.0;attach=82167;image)

Obverse of Swaziland 1 cent coin. King Sobhuza II.

The king who wore head feathers. Nice that he didn't feel the need to Westernise himself for his portrait.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:45:34 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=41466.0;attach=79627;image)

Sweden, 1 krona, 1979.

Nowadays there is much discussion about the dangers of artificial intelligence. Back in those more innocent days, nobody noticed that the King of Sweden was a robot.  :-\

See: Stylised portraits (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,41466.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:49:01 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=27461.0;attach=81111;image)

Switzerland, 20 francs, 2002. The Rega helicopter rescue service, Agusta A 109 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agusta_A109).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 07:52:18 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39491.0;attach=72610;image)

Syria, 10 pounds, 2003.   The ruins of Palmyra.

See also: Ruined buildings on coins (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,39491.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: chrisild on September 18, 2018, 11:03:16 PM
Sri Lanka, 10 rupees, 2013.

Look at the musical notes coming out of that fish's mouth. Cute, eh? But fish don't sing.

These do. Well, at least people in the Batticaloa area believe that others have heard them sing. :)
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/050710/plus/4.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bn086

Christian
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 11:45:44 PM
The audio documentary is long - does the sound of these fish occurs anywhere on it?

But if there is a lot of anecdotal evidence for it, then I will have to accept it. After all, we have no veridical evidence that anyone has ever had a night dream, only anecdotal evidence, but we accept it.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 11:47:10 PM
Taiwan, 1 yuan, 1969.  FAO issue.

This looks more like a Communist Chinese issue - but it is not. Nice design, though.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: Figleaf on September 18, 2018, 11:50:06 PM
But fish don't sing.

One of my friends was stationed in Greenland for some time. He is convinced whales sing. So there.

Peter
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 11:54:09 PM
Yes, whale song is well known. Nobody has been able to work out what tune they are singing, because they muffle the lyrics.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: Figleaf on September 18, 2018, 11:55:25 PM
This looks more like a Communist Chinese issue - but it is not. Nice design, though.

It's not about the woman, it's about the hand tractor. The Taiwanese are saying "mine is larger than yours". Below is an example of a mainland Chinese hand tractor.

Peter
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 18, 2018, 11:58:55 PM
I see. I'm not very knowledgeable about agriculture. As long as my local supermarket supplies my needs, I'm happy and don't think about it.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:01:53 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4458.0;attach=78184;image)

Tanzania: FAO-themed 5 shilingi coin of 1978.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:05:44 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3877.0;attach=28629;image)

Thailand 1929. ½ baht.  Prajadhipok (ruler), Rama VII, 1925-35.   Asiatic elephant.

A dressed elephant, probably wearing its school uniform.  ;)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:14:41 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23388.0;attach=53248;image)

Tokelau, 1 tala, 1978.  Pandanus fruit.  Collector coin.  Tokelau uses the New Zealand dollar in real life.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:20:31 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4024.0;attach=85258;image)

Tonga, 50 seniti, 1975.  Fifty fish, matching the denomination.  :D

See also: 50 fish on 50 cents: Denomination reflected in design (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9562.0.html).
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:24:28 AM
Trinidad, $1, 1995.  FAO theme - banana tree.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:26:02 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=6931.0;attach=68521;image)

Tristan da Cunha, 2 pounds (gold), 1982-3.   Year of the Scout.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:28:27 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23445.0;attach=79896;image)

Tunisia, 5 dinars, 1995.  The olive harvest.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:32:26 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17529.0;attach=45645;image)

Turkey, 1 lira, 2014.  Striped hyena.

What is this on the ground, to the left and right? I hope it's not what I think it is.  :-X
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:34:58 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=34394.0;attach=59866;image)

Turks and Caicos, 5 crowns, 1975.  Turk's head cactus.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 12:36:51 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=11081.0;attach=44711;image)

Tuvalu, $20, 1993.  HMS Royalist.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 08:04:33 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39368.0;attach=71744;image)

Uganda, 5 shillings, 1972.  A crowned crane against the background of Mount Muhavura, an extinct volcano.

Heptagon - bonus!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 08:14:58 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=22587.0;attach=53500;image)

Ukraine, 2 hryvnia, 2015.   120 years of Kharkiv Zoo.

Animals against the cityscape.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 08:31:25 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17663.0;attach=43741;image)

United Arab Emirates, 25 fils.  Dune gazelle.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 08:31:46 AM
UK, 2 pounds, 2016.  The Great Fire of London.

The scene is depicted in the style of those times.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 08:38:26 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10347.0;attach=85262;image)

USA, 5 cents, 2005 - making bison great again!
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 08:40:14 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23347.0;attach=80566;image)

Uruguay, 1 peso, 1942.   Mountain lion.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:03:31 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9114.0;attach=85263;image)

Vanuatu, 20 vatu, 1983.  Coconut crab, palm trees - superb design.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:12:26 AM
Venezuela, 75 bolivares, 1980.  150th anniversary of the death of Simón Bolivar.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:16:26 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=33306.0;attach=77774;image)

Yemen, 10 rials, 1993.

The Shahara Bridge, Yemen, was built in the 17th century.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:20:58 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=89943;image)

Zambia, 20 ngwee, 1985.   20th anniversary of the Bank of Zambia.

 
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:24:54 AM
Zimbabwe, $2, 1997.  A pangolin.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:27:31 AM
So, another long journey, with some omissions.

I hope you enjoyed the show and saw a few designs you'd never seen before.  :)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 10:09:31 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=43635.0;attach=85245;image)

San Marino, 2 lire, 1974.  Beetle.



I am revisiting this design because, after all this time, all the reference books describe the insect as simply a beetle. Yet it looks very specific. Does anybody know its species or know somebody who could identify it?
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: Stef on September 19, 2018, 03:06:36 PM
Does anybody know its species or know somebody who could identify it?



Officially it is a ladybird beetle ("La coccinella"). Only about 6000 possibilities (species) remaining. :)
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 03:21:54 PM
Officially it is a ladybird beetle ("La coccinella"). Only about 6000 possibilities (species) remaining. :)

Thank you, Stef. Now that you say that, it looks obvious. The colours are absent from the coin, of course.

Yes, we Brits call them ladybirds. The Americans usually call them ladybugs. A German woman once told me the German word for the insect and asked me the English term. I told her "ladybird". She gave me a dirty look, telling me, "But it's not a BIRD!" She must have thought I was tricking her. I'd never really thought about the "bird" part before - I just thought of it as one word and one concept. The German word is more like "Mary beetle", as in Virgin Mary, for some reason.
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: chrisild on September 19, 2018, 09:07:08 PM
Odd word, yes, but farmers used to believe that those useful insects were a gift from St. Mary - hence Marienkäfer in German, ladybird/ladybug in English, mariquita (little Mary) in Spanish, and so on.

The French "bête à bon Dieu" is a little different but comes with an even better story (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bête_à_bon_Dieu). ;)  Some time in the Middle Ages, a man was to be beheaded. He had said many times that he was innocent, but ... So when his head was placed on the block, a ladybird came to sit right on his neck. The executioner tried to move it away, but it would come back and land on the very same spot, again and again. Ultimately the king considered this to be a divine intervention and pardoned the guy. Even better, a few days later the actual crinimal was caught ...

Christian
Title: Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
Post by: <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:26:54 PM
See: Why "ladybird?" (https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/5370/why-ladybird).

Extract:

it is generally considered more likely that bird simply refers to the insect’s winged nature and flying abilities, as is evident in other European languages such as German, which calls the ladybird Frauenhenne, ‘the lady’s hen’.

Lady apparently refers to the seven spots of the Coccinella septempunctata, which were popularly supposed to symbolize the seven pains of the Virgin Mary. The link between the Virgin Mary and the insect’s name has been drawn more clearly in the Swedish regional jungfru Mariae höna and jungfru Marias gullhöna, literally ‘Virgin Mary’s hen’ and ‘Virgin Mary’s golden hen’ respectively, and the German Marienkäfer (‘Mary’s beetle’). Ladybird may therefore mean ‘(Our) Lady’s bird’.