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I'd welcome more such threads that analyse the fall of the Mughals, the rise of the EIC and how it affected coinage for other important mints.

Peter
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Unidentified items / Re: A french pattern
« Last post by ZYV on Today at 09:25:45 AM »
If you want to make a fake - you'll copy an original die without missing letters.
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Unidentified items / Re: A french pattern
« Last post by Figleaf on Today at 09:18:25 AM »
Well, there should have been an apostrophe between D and E and an I between S and O. You could explain the missing apostrophe as "dirty die", though even that is difficult for a short pattern run, but there is no other way to explain the missing I than "fake". Raymond Joly engraved dies directly on steel and he was far to literate and accomplished to make such bad mistakes.

Peter
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Unidentified items / Re: A french pattern
« Last post by ZYV on Today at 08:14:39 AM »
Thank you for the interest, but I don't think that this is a fake. ;)
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Unidentified items / FEUER-MARKE token
« Last post by ZYV on Today at 08:12:56 AM »
Help to attribute, please.
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UK Decimal coins / Re: 2017 coins in circulation
« Last post by Alan71 on September 19, 2018, 11:27:29 PM »
Both The Tale of Peter Rabbit (19.9m) and Benjamin Bunny (25m) must be among the highest figures for commemorative circulation coins ever issued?  The 89m 1973 EEC 50p was the highest, but I don’t think any of the 1986-onwards £2 and 50p commemoratives have come anywhere near to these two Beatrix Potter coins.*

*I haven’t checked the figures of all the commemoratives so could be proved wrong there.  The page with that information on the Royal Mint’s website appears to be unavailable.
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Tokens for operating machines / Re: Shop caddy tokens
« Last post by Figleaf on September 19, 2018, 09:50:35 PM »
In the Netherlands, they are metallic and can be elaborate. Here are two numismatically inclined examples: a coin fair (blank reverse) and a charity.

In France, they are more often plastic and simple. Some are hard to scan. This one is from a supermarket chain. It can be used instead of a euro.

In both countries, they solve the problem that petty criminals will steal trollies for the coin in them, destroying the mechanism in the process. The holes in the Dutch tokens are for a key ring. Careful shoppers will put a tag on the ring with a photo in order to spot their caddy everywhere in the shop, but also to show would-be thieves that the cart does not contain a coin.

Peter
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Coin characteristics / Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Last post by <k> on September 19, 2018, 09:26:54 PM »
See: 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’.
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