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Design and designing => Coin characteristics => Topic started by: <k> on May 30, 2011, 08:47:39 PM

Title: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on May 30, 2011, 08:47:39 PM
Egypt has issued one or two. Here is one: 1 piastre, 1984. There are some sphinx designs from the 1950s that look textless, but if you look very closely, you will see two initials.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on May 30, 2011, 08:50:06 PM
Malaysia's two series of circulation coins have had one side without text or numerals. It is due to issue a new series of circulation designs in early 2012. Will it keep that tradition, I wonder?
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: chrisild on May 30, 2011, 11:10:07 PM
Here are two more (images from worldcoingallery.com) ...

Belgium 5c (mid-1950s until late 1990s):
(http://worldcoingallery.com/countries/img7/18-148.jpg)

Germany (Fed. Rep.) 5 DM (early 1950s until mid-1970s).
(http://worldcoingallery.com/countries/img4/73-112.jpg)

Christian
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: Prosit on May 30, 2011, 11:23:19 PM
Austria

and not even the country identified
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on May 31, 2011, 04:02:34 AM
Now you probably don't know this, but there is a very good reason for issuing such coins as these. They are only issued in countries where half the population is illiterate: each side caters for one half of the population. Fair and logical.

My next topic will be about coins with only one side.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on May 31, 2011, 05:48:08 PM
This is more difficult than I thought. I was sure the obverse of the Trinidad 1960s issues was bare of text, but you can see a motto on the coat of arms. Anyway, I still think I deserve HALF a point.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: Prosit on May 31, 2011, 07:59:47 PM
Since it is internal to the design, and the text doesn't pertain to the coin, I think it qualifies.
Dale

This is more difficult than I thought. I was sure the obverse of the Trinidad 1960s issues was bare of text, but you can see a motto on the coat of arms. Anyway, I still think I deserve HALF a point.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on June 02, 2011, 01:05:04 AM
Egypt again.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: villa66 on June 02, 2011, 03:33:59 AM
German New Guinea, but alas, on paper rather than in the metal.

 :) v.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on June 02, 2011, 10:55:59 AM
Beautiful! I'd forgotten about that one.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on July 16, 2011, 02:48:41 AM
1973, Yemen People’s Republic:

2½ fils. Cotton plant.     
5  fils.  Lobster.   

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=10935.0;attach=88522;image)

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=17853.0;attach=88523;image)

 
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: Abhay on July 16, 2011, 08:19:53 AM
Tatarstan Tokens (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,6597.0.html).

Abhay
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 09:08:41 AM
Guyana
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 09:10:28 AM
Bavaria
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 10:42:10 AM
Grand Duchy of Baden
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 10:48:12 AM
Iran 250 rial
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: Bimat on July 16, 2011, 10:50:52 AM
Iran again.

(http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa337/AdityaKulkarni3/Iran1.jpg?t=1301410379)

Aditya
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 10:54:00 AM
Yemen, Republic
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 10:56:10 AM
Travancore
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 16, 2011, 11:04:50 AM
Gorizia
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 20, 2011, 12:33:58 PM
Sweden 10 ore.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: FosseWay on July 20, 2011, 01:48:08 PM
Kenya 10c, first issue (the other denominations of the first were similar):
(http://www.numis-gallery.com/images/KENYA-10C-68.jpg)

Someone mentioned the Belgian 50 centimes upthread; the same applies to the 10 francs of the 1970s/80s:
(http://st.coinshome.net/coin-image-10_Franc-Nickel-Belgium-300-150-q17BwcI0juMAAAEm.bGPCyLU.jpg)

Slightly stretching the concept of circulation coins, but as you do occasionally see them in use, I thought I'd include it: the 1995 UK £2 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of WW2:
(http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~wwcoins/images/2pound1995peace.jpg)
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on July 20, 2011, 03:54:17 PM
The Belgian 10 francs still has some small, not very visible lettering: just beneath the bust of king Bauduin, you can find the designer's name: H. Elstrom.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on July 25, 2011, 11:43:50 PM
Looks like the rather boring Malaysian set due out in 2012 is going to maintain the tradition of having one side text- and numeral-free.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: chrisild on July 26, 2011, 12:44:47 AM
Interestingly the central bank calls that "text and numeral free" side the obverse (http://www.bnm.gov.my/microsites/2011/coins/00_overview.htm). :) By the way, the 50 sen coin does have digits and characters - somewhat hidden though: The latent image (which the other three denominations do not have) says either "50" or "SEN" depending on the viewing angle ...

Christian
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on August 12, 2011, 10:25:12 PM
Algeria, 50 Centimes, 1973.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on August 13, 2011, 01:19:27 AM
President Paul Kruger on the obverse of a Z.A.R. two shillings of 1897. On some of the Republic's denominations, but not all, there was a legend along with his portrait.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: bart on August 13, 2011, 10:38:23 AM
German Democratic Republic 50 pfennig 1950.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: Figleaf on August 13, 2011, 04:40:44 PM
A collage of several elements. In the foreground is a (horse?) drawn plough, in the background front may be a small steel plant, while the far background seems to show oil crackers. The picture makes more sense as the equivalent of the hammer and sickle logo: agriculture and industry.

Peter
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on August 14, 2011, 02:38:16 PM
The reverses of Singapore's first set of circulation coins, issued in 1967, are all bare of text and numerals.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=75170;image)

 
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on August 20, 2011, 10:15:55 PM
Between 1917 and 1940, this fresh-faced virgin appeared on the reverse of Portugal's 4, 5, 10 and 20 centavos coins, and no text, legend or numerals were allowed to sully her purity.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on October 30, 2011, 08:30:13 PM
If you ignore the motto (which is part of the coat of arms) and the designer's initials, most - but not all - of Rhodesia's coins of the 1970s fit the bill.



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=91770;image)

 
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on October 31, 2011, 02:46:26 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42577.0;attach=82297;image)



(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42577.0;attach=82298;image)

Malaya and British Borneo 1962 cent (one-year type with the crossed kris).

 
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on June 06, 2012, 04:41:58 PM
Norway, 25 øre, 1958-73.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=23679.0;attach=72526;image)

 
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on June 06, 2012, 04:52:27 PM
Bahrain, 500 fils, 1968.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on March 21, 2014, 08:16:26 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=3355.0;attach=28747;image)

Sri Lanka, 5 cents, 1975.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: davidrj on March 21, 2014, 09:30:57 PM
Argentina (Buenos Aires) 1822 decimo

(http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt14/microtome/CJB21Decimo1822.jpg) (http://s593.photobucket.com/user/microtome/media/CJB21Decimo1822.jpg.html)

David
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: davidrj on March 21, 2014, 09:33:06 PM
Spain (Barcelona) 1810  4 cuartos

(http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt14/microtome/Ed224cuartos1810Barcelona.jpg) (http://s593.photobucket.com/user/microtome/media/Ed224cuartos1810Barcelona.jpg.html)

David
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: davidrj on March 21, 2014, 09:35:52 PM
Finland 1917 10 pennia

(http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt14/microtome/NF2510Pennia1917.jpg) (http://s593.photobucket.com/user/microtome/media/NF2510Pennia1917.jpg.html)

David
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: davidrj on March 21, 2014, 09:45:05 PM
1750 Dutch E indies Holland doit

(http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt14/microtome/Km70Doit1750.jpg) (http://s593.photobucket.com/user/microtome/media/Km70Doit1750.jpg.html)

David
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: davidrj on March 21, 2014, 09:46:36 PM
1768 Germany Cologne 4 heller

(http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt14/microtome/Km4404Heller1768.jpg) (http://s593.photobucket.com/user/microtome/media/Km4404Heller1768.jpg.html)

David

Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: <k> on January 02, 2019, 05:20:17 PM
Kenya, 1 shilling, 1966.
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: SquareEarth on April 24, 2020, 07:48:18 PM
The so-called Sichuan Rupee, featuring Guangxu
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: SquareEarth on April 24, 2020, 07:50:05 PM
Zhang Zuolin, 1927, 50 dollars
Title: Re: Circulation coins where one side has neither text nor numerals
Post by: Pabitra on April 25, 2020, 04:23:11 PM
Zhang Zuolin 50 dollars does not appear to be circulation coin.

There are some nations who habitually issue ( or used to issue ) circulation coins without any text and numerals on one side. They are Bangladesh, Malaysia, Belgium, Egypt, Israel etc.