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I think this is a great example of a really minimalist coin. Just a disk of precious metal with a text that asserts its authority and inspires trust.
The legends remind me of the engraving technique also used for example by the Indo-Greeks; "follow the dots".  It looks like first small round punches were made in the die which were connected by lines. Apart from being practical (quick to copy the transfer of the basic design) this also looks esthetically pleasing.
India post 1947 / Re: First Strike Coins
« Last post by dheer on Today at 07:36:21 AM »
Yes in this specific case, there are different dies used for the first strike and the subsequent circulation strikes.

If you notice the date and mint mark, the size has increased. This means that during initial strike these elements of the die wore out fast or resulted in die clogs; requiring frequent cleaning. This slows down the processes of strikes. Hence the Mint master would make minor changes to design elements to over come these.
ok...thank you
UK Decimal coins / Re: 2017 coins in circulation
« Last post by Alan71 on Today at 05:45:42 AM »
I'm not in the UK at present, but if I was, it looks like the chances of me getting one today would have been nil!  This is different to when the small 50p and bi-metal £2 were issued.  For those (and I'm pretty sure, also the small 10p in 1992), I went into a local bank on the first day and swapped some old coins for new.  It appears that with this new £1 there is less of a concerted effort to get them out nationally from day one.

As I write, a newsbit on the "New £1 coin's Hidden Security Feature" is the current most-read item on the BBC News app:

"The new 12-sided £1 coin - which comes into circulation on Tuesday - has a hidden security feature to make it difficult to counterfeit.
"It is thought to involve material inside the coin itself which can be detected when electronically scanned by coin-counting or payment machines.
"But officials at the Royal Mint have not released any further details."

"But"??  Do the BBC think the Mint should reveal such information?  That's the whole point of it being secure!

Also, a "Brief History of Decimal Coins" is the current 6th most-watched video on the site.  The BBC has compiled a short, 1 minute 40 seconds of footage covering when each of the 12 previous decimal coins were issued.  This makes the new £1 the 13th new coin in 50 years (though it's debatable whether the 1968 5p and 10p really were new coins, being as they were re-denominated continuations of existing ones).

New £1 coin's 'hidden' security feature

A brief history of decimal coins
Thematic collecting / Re: Communists on coins
« Last post by chrisild on Today at 01:31:01 AM »
Mongolia just issued two coins (one silver, one gold) that commemorate Fidel Castro. More information about the silver piece is here; somewhere at the bottom you find a link to the gold version. Below is an image from the Coin Invest site.

The Rapp auction house and the coin dealer Olivier Chaponnière will, for two weeks in late April and early May, present the "most precious Swiss coins". The exhibition features Swiss silver and gold coins, including very rare coins and patterns, and also older pieces (from the times when the Swiss cantons issued their own coins). It is called "L'Excellence Suisse" and consists of three parts:

* Antoine Bovy and the Creation of the Swiss Franc
* The Gold of Switzerland
* The Money of Our Ancestors

Location: Rapp Gallery, Wil (Switzerland)
When: 28 April – 12 May 2017

Iran and Afghanistan / Re: Safavids, Abbas II, Abbasi, AH 107?, mint ?
« Last post by aws22 on Today at 12:08:10 AM »
Dear Saro, looking at a similar coin posted today,38571.0.html the mint place on my coin looks like Erivan.

Iran and Afghanistan / Re: Iran, 4 Shahi, KM#169 which mint
« Last post by aws22 on March 27, 2017, 11:54:47 PM »
This coin is, Safavids, Shah Abbas II, 1056 AH, AR 4 Shahi, Erivan mint

Iran and Afghanistan / Re: Small one sided silver coin.
« Last post by maudry on March 27, 2017, 11:34:15 PM »
Thank you !
Perfect match.
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