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Design and designing => Thematic collecting => Architecture and Landmarks => Topic started by: <k> on February 16, 2011, 11:16:05 PM

Title: Windmills on Coins
Post by: <k> on February 16, 2011, 11:16:05 PM
This topic is in honour of Peter, aka Figleaf, whose generosity gives us the World of Coins forum. As possibly the world's proudest Dutchman, he considers the windmill to be the greatest creation of the Netherlands, and he becomes depressed if he doesn't see at least two a week. Well, here is his weekly quota, from Barbados and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The T&C coin is equal (denomination-wise) to a US half dollar and was meant to circulate, and I am told they are still found in change on rare occasions.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=28150.0;attach=46861;image)

Barbados, 25 cents.
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on February 16, 2011, 11:33:13 PM
This one is a circulating €2 commem from Spain:

(http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/images/image8592.gif)

The coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the book "Don Quixote" by Cervantes.

Christian
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on February 16, 2011, 11:39:22 PM
No windmills on Dutch coins as far as I know. ;) But at least there is this ...

(http://www.knm.nl/CmsData/Artikelen/Fotos/3/0/1/130155.1995.03/130155.1995.03_mi_pd_1.jpg)

A mint set from 1995. As the theme is South Holland, that should be Kinderdijk.

Christian
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: izotz on February 16, 2011, 11:58:12 PM
This one is a circulating €2 commem from Spain:
(...)
The coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the book "Don Quixote" by Cervantes.

Christian
Christian is much faster than me :D

There are many coins in Spain about "Don Quixote". Some show a windmill. Another one :
(http://worldcoingallery.com/countries/img9/164-962.jpg)
This stands for the region of Castilla - la Mancha, where the story of "Don Quixote" (actually Don Quijote de la Mancha) takes place.
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: <k> on February 17, 2011, 12:04:05 AM
Guernsey coin, windmill on the island of Sark, a dependency of Guernsey.
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: <k> on February 17, 2011, 12:23:28 AM
Australia.
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on February 17, 2011, 12:34:48 AM
I am honoured! And I think the windmill was what gave the inventor of the helicopter inspiration. :D

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on February 17, 2011, 12:39:26 AM
Indeed, no windmills, wooden shoes, people in funny clothes or marihuana plants on Dutch coins and the one Dutch coin with a tulip was issued during the second world war. Such objects may loom just a little bit smaller in the Dutch psyche. ;D

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Abhay on February 17, 2011, 01:21:52 AM
One of the photographs showing Windmill on wooden shoes, from my trip to Holland way back in 2002. :)

Abhay
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on February 17, 2011, 01:49:07 PM
I hope you enjoyed yourself, Abhay.

The ministry I worked for hated the agrarian tourist symbols, as part of its task was flogging the Dutch economy (which is not based on agriculture but on services) abroad. One day, I was travelling with a Chinese vice-minister, dutifully making the standard plug on how the country was not dependent on agriculture, telling him that only 4% of the population worked in agriculture. He asked me about the percentage in agricultural products in total exports and I said 20%. AHA, he reacted, enthusiastically. That is what I want to achieve for China!

Another battle lost.

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: <k> on February 20, 2011, 01:05:55 AM
Leiden. 
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on February 20, 2011, 01:45:27 AM
Not a real coin, but it wants to be one. This is one piece of a series that could be collected from Leiden shopkeepers, who'd also accept it in payment. The high point of the festivities was a recreation of the painting usually called "the Nightwatch" by people from Leiden. The windmill "De Valk", pictured in the skyline, is relatively young (1743), but well maintained. It has 7 floors, all accessible for visitors, which is uncommon.

Leiden was the world's first industrial city. In its heyday, there were hundreds of windmills in and directly around the city, driving all kind of machines from pumps to saws and industrial grinders and mixers (e.g for making paint.) It made the rich richer and it killed the poor, either through alcohol and long working hours or through the unhealthy, stinking air. Its main product was fine textiles. The fibers were softened with urine, collected and kept in the city.

Among Leiden's claims to fame are having been settled by Romans, the oldest university of the country, the oldest plant collection in the country, the first collection point of the pilgrim fathers, a long list of famous inhabitants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leiden#Famous_inhabitants) and withstanding the Habsburg armies.

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on February 20, 2011, 11:54:17 AM
Yes, but who wants to live in a city with a name that translates to "suffer"? (duck)

I have some of those pennings (medals) too, e.g. a "dommetje" from Utrecht. No windmill on that one though. Here is a piece that France issued in 2002; it shows the Montmartre quarter in Paris. Oddly enough, I don't see any tourists ...

Christian
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on February 20, 2011, 12:05:09 PM
Yes, but who wants to live in a city with a name that translates to "suffer"? (duck)

Fortunately, "to suffer" is spelled differently :-X The vagaries of the Dutch language:

"Ik zal mij op deez' wagen wagen.
Die zal mij naar Leiden leiden.
God zal hem met plagen plagen,
die in anders weiden weiden."

:D

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on February 20, 2011, 01:07:47 PM
Nice poem! Admittedly that was a joke from a German POV. Yes, in Dutch "leiden" means "to lead", but in German it means "to suffer". And, well, if you have a "Monster" nearby, you may indeed have to suffer from time to time. :D

Here is another "windmill" coin - a Czech gold piece, for collectors only. But the mill that it depicts is interesting: It is the windmill in Ruprechtov (http://www.mlynruprechtov.cz/), built around 1870 as a normal windmill so to say. A few years later it was severely damaged in a storm, and then the four destroyed "wings" were replaced by a Halladay wind pump.

(http://www.pametni-mince.info/img/news/mlyn.jpg)
(Image: pametni-mince.info)

In the mid-1990s the building was restored. Nowadays you can visit the mill (on just a few days per year) or, upon reservation, even stay there for a week in summer.

Christian
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Coinsforever on February 20, 2011, 03:32:28 PM
All coins with Wind Mills are so elegant  regardless of it's looks at project sites .

Here are links (http://www.energy.siemens.com/hq/en/power-generation/renewables/wind-power/wind-turbines/) of  two major players in wind turbine (http://www.nordex-online.com/en) market in Europe & all over world , I would recommend them to change their logo influenced by these coins depicting wind mill.

Cheers ;D
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: constanius on June 05, 2011, 08:06:51 PM
When I read "Windmills on Coins", or any such object,  I take that to imply medals as well, I will let the moderators decide if these belong here :)

(http://www.omnicoin.com/coins/971021.jpg)

LeRoux#1817 Silvered WM 43mm Rarity 4. Obv. Bust of Landsdowne to the right. HIS EXCELL'Y THE RIGHT HON. THE MARQUESS OF LANDSDOWNE, GOV. GEN'L OF CANADA P. W. ELLIS & CO. Rev. View of Toronto in 1834.TORONTO, 1834. SOUVENIR SEMI CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION. TORONTO, JUNE, 1884.


(http://www.omnicoin.com/coins/971020.jpg)

TORONTO SEMI-CENTENNIAL MEDAL 1834-1884. LeRoux#1816 Bronze 26mm Rarity 4. Obv. Windmill, houses, etc. TORONTO 1834. Rev. Exhibition Building. SEMI-CENTENNIAL, 1884. Signed G. W.

Gooderham and Worts windmill  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooderham_and_Worts   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooderham_and_Worts)



Pat

Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on June 05, 2011, 10:33:00 PM
If that's the same windmill on both medals, the lower one looks wrong: the arms are too short in proportion and the structure below the "balcony" doesn't look strong enough. The mill seems inspired by Dutch or Danish tower design, as used e.g. on city walls.

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on June 05, 2011, 11:51:40 PM
That mill used to be where the Distillery District is; here is a (drawn) image with better proportions. :)
http://www.lostrivers.ca/points/distillerydistrict.htm

Christian
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on June 06, 2011, 01:30:27 AM
And since those darn Dutch are so unwilling when it comes to putting windmills on their coins ;D let us have a look at what the neighbors can offer. OK, this is just a collector coin ...

(http://www.numiscollect.eu/plaatjes/big/be2010dog.jpg)
€20 "A Dog of Flanders" 2010 (image: numiscollect.eu)

Christian
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: <k> on December 29, 2011, 11:48:00 PM
Cuba, 1 peso, 1982. Don Quixote again.
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Prosit on December 30, 2011, 02:14:45 AM
This one didn't actually show up on a coin but it is a could have been.  It was a design for the Kansas State Quarter by Daniel Carr.
He definitely does good work.
Dale
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on December 30, 2011, 02:56:38 AM
We have had designs and medals, so there's place for tokens.

The first token is from Montmagny, a place in the vincinity of Paris. It shows a round windmill with pivoting hood. Moulin de la Galette was a local club and party house, not far from the other "tourist attraction", a redoubt on a hill called "La butte Pinson." The windmill could therefore be fantasy and La butte Pinson an address. However, I think the mill looks a lot like the windmill on the second token. This one hails from Sannois, a place on the other side of Paris where a real windmill, the Moulin Trouillet, is the major attraction. However, the windmill on the token does not resemble the square windmill with the body pivot in Sannois.

To complete the puzzle, I have a third, uniface token with a windmill, looking very much like the windmill of Sannois, except that it carries the name of the dancing in Montmagny. The first two tokens are mentioned in Elie, the third one is not. The picture is of the windmill in Sannois.

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: Figleaf on January 02, 2013, 10:29:59 PM
This Belgian token is a recent acquisition. It shows the Poelberg grain mill in Tielt, dating from 1726. The mill is open to visitors most Sundays on appointment with the local tourist service.

Peter
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: <k> on August 15, 2018, 12:40:20 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42114.0;attach=84094;image)

Barbados, $10, 1992.
Title: Re: Windmills on Coins
Post by: chrisild on August 15, 2018, 01:51:48 PM
Phh, what is one mill if you can have 19 on one coin? :) In the World Cultural Heritage series of collector coins, the KNM (Royal Dutch Mint) issued a €5 piece in 2014 that honors the Kinderdijk mills. This "Molen Vijfje" was issued in several versions: silver-plated copper (regular and BU), silver, and as a €10 gold coin. Hope the image link below works; if not, go here (https://www.knm.nl/molen-vijfje/nl/page/2268/) ...

Christian

(https://knm-static.azureedge.net/cmsdata/mediabrowser/images/nieuwseninformatie/molen_vijfje/visuals-molen-vijfje-kz.jpg)