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UK Decimal coins / Re: New pound coins in 2017
« Last post by <k> on Today at 08:49:00 PM »
I'd thought of the pound's bimetallic nature as another feature to add to its security, that is, making it harder to counterfeit. However, it also helped make it visually distinguishable from the round pound. And if that wasn't enough, well, they added 12 edges to the new pound, to help any Australians in the country who find it exceedingly difficult to tell any coins apart.  :D
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Islamic world / Re: Shafurqan jital / dirham
« Last post by THCoins on Today at 08:15:30 PM »
Interesting find, thanks for showing !
Looks like very low silver Billon. Agree with the reading "Shafurghan". This poses the first question, is this the same mint as the more common spelling "Shafurqan"? The find information makes that more likely.
Below a Jital of Ala-ud-din Kwarezmshah (1200-1220AD) from this mintcity with the more common spelling (Left in the centre). As far as i know, this spelling was used from the Ghorid occupation to at least the rule of Mönke Khan (upto 1260AD) (for example Album-1978B).
I did see this spelling also on other Möngke coins like this AV Dinar on Zeno. Do not know of earlier coins with this spelling, though.
So my best gues would be that this is contemporary to Möngke, or slightly later.
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Unidentified items / Re: Idrisid fals ?
« Last post by Figleaf on Today at 07:41:04 PM »
468: anonymous, AH 93-95
469: anonymous, AH 98
474: anonymous (Abd el Rahman I?)
480 and 481: Abd el Rahman III

Peter
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Numismatics / Re: Holiday guide - museums
« Last post by Figleaf on Today at 07:32:40 PM »
Thank you, Christian. The link in the first post now points here. It is a bit bittersweet for me; I would have liked to guide the WoC members visiting Paris in 2016 there. The best I could do was to offer them a french TV documentary that showed the building's innards. However, it's very high on my list of things to do now.

Peter
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Collector coins / Re: Germany: 2018 Collector Coins
« Last post by chrisild on Today at 07:22:49 PM »
While I am quite familiar with Behrens (apart from his works in Berlin, he also planned/designed quite a few buildings around here), Ernst Otto Fischer ... well, you can probably tell I am not really interested in chemistry. ;) Fischer was born in 1918, thus 100 years ago when the coin is issued, and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1973. The coin was designed by Katrin Pannicke and shows an abstracted Dibenzolchrom (de) or bis benzene chromium (en) model.

Press release (German): http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Pressemitteilungen/Briefmarken/2017/11/2017-11-22-pm31-gedenkmuenze-ernst-otto-fischer.html
German Wikipedia article: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Otto_Fischer (English see first post)

Christian
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Collector coins / Re: Germany: 2018 Collector Coins
« Last post by chrisild on Today at 07:14:01 PM »
Two more silver €20 coin designs. The first coin honors the architect and designer Peter Behrens; coin design by Anna Steinmann. The design shows Behrens with elements of his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin.

Press release (German): http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Pressemitteilungen/Briefmarken/2017/11/2017-11-22-pm30-gedenkmuenze-peter-behrens.html
German Wikipedia article: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Behrens (English see first post)

Christian
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A beautiful image of the pattern 2 kune, courtesy of the auction house Stack's Bowers.
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A beautiful image of the pattern 1 kuna, courtesy of the auction house Stack's Bowers.
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A beautiful image of the pattern 50 banica, courtesy of the auction house Stack's Bowers.
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A beautiful image of the pattern 25 banica, courtesy of the auction house Stack's Bowers.
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