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Australia / Re: Look what showed up at my doorstep
« Last post by Figleaf on September 21, 2019, 06:53:43 PM »
My favourite if-coins-could-talk piece was my Northumberland shilling. It was struck at a time the mint did not strike any shillings, for a nobleman so powerful that he could change the mint's mind. It was received as a gift by someone who was notable enough to be invited to Earl's wedding and who was rich enough to let it lie around and not spend it. It ended up at Spink's at a price I could afford because someone had dropped it, decorating the edge with a chink. What happened to that person? Hung by the neck until death followed? Disinvited from future events? Engagement to be married broken in disgust? Picked up quickly and put back in its place and nobody noticed?

I can't even show you the coin. It was stolen from me and I had to give up collecting UK coins (but not tokens!)

Unidentified coins / MOVED: Very dotted mughal
« Last post by saro on September 21, 2019, 06:46:31 PM »
External events / Re: 17th Annual Coin, Banknote and Philately Fair - Mumbai
« Last post by THCoins on September 21, 2019, 05:28:52 PM »
My compliments for those very nice displays !
Australia / Re: Look what showed up at my doorstep
« Last post by THCoins on September 21, 2019, 05:26:41 PM »
Nice find ! Many people would be displeased that someone had paid with worthless coins. It is far nicer to welcome them as a chance occurrence.
With the transition to the euro i once received a 1950's silver gulden in change. When i asked the cashier if she had any more of these nice old ones she looked at me as if i was some sort of freak. Further than that, a guy at the market in Amsterdam tried to pass me some turkish Liras in change. But he knew very well that he tried to rip me off, and i was not amused because of that. Never encountered an Australian !
The hissa coins are an important part of the copper coinage of Akbar. We know that in ilahi 44, Akbar introduced a 40gms copper coin as Tanka. The hissa coins are fractions of that Tanka. Hissa literally mean 'part'. So the 20gms coin becomes 'Nim tanka' or half tanka. The lower denomination is written as 'Part' of Tanka. Hence half dam or 10gms piece becomes 'Chahram Hissa Tanka Akbarshahi' or '4th part of Akbar's Tanka', the quarter dam or 5gms piece becomes ' Hatam Hissa Tanka Akbarshahi' or 'Eighth Part of Akbar's Tanka' . Similarly the Damri or 2.5gms coins becomes 'Shanzdaham Hissa Tanka Akbarshahi' or '16th part of Akbar's Tanka'. There is a still a yet smaller fraction known called 'Si wa dom hissa Tanka Akbarshahi' or '32nd part of Akbar's Tanka'. For the Shanzdaham hissa in particular, there are Mintless and ones with mint specially Delhi mint. The Mintless ones are more difficult to get.
I post a set of Chahram, Hastam and Shanzdaham hissa for members
Numismatics / Re: Ngc slabbed coin 1921 - geneuinity
« Last post by Abhay on September 21, 2019, 02:35:57 PM »
It's a genuine coin. You can compare the coin yourself by going to the NGC Verification site.

If you see your coin, and the coin image posted on NGC Website, you can clearly make out that this a genuine coin slab.
For more details, just compare the black spot on the top of the Lotus Flower on the reverse side of the coin.

Australia / Look what showed up at my doorstep
« Last post by brandm24 on September 21, 2019, 02:19:09 PM »
I was always fascinated by seeing an unusual coin show up in an unexpected place. I've seen old issue US coins, subway tokens, foreign coins from various countries, casino tokens, and any number of non-US pieces in change.

This 1985 Australian Dollar showed up in the till at a school cafeteria in Haddonfield NJ not far from where I live. Being half way around the world it was quite a surprise to see a coin from there. I don't recall ever seeing one from Australia before. I'm sure there's an simple explanation for it's appearance, but what intrigues me the most is the journey it took to get here.

It would be fascinating to be able to trace it's path here. The where, why and how of it I suppose. Some of the very early US trial coinage was struck on silver donated by George Washington so the story goes. For me it would be special to hold one of these coins and contemplate the history attached to it.

I'm sure many of you have had a similar experience. Please share your stories.

Other South-East Asia / Re: Modern coinage of Brunei
« Last post by Pabitra on September 21, 2019, 02:15:54 PM »
Somewhere down the line, in this thread, the distinction between a single 50 sen coin and a set got lost.

Do I recall single 50 Eurocent coin of Vatican City, given to all visitors of WMF Berlin, at face value, few years back Or Luxembourg 2 Euro, picked up in a cafe in Luxembourg OR 1 Ngultrum picked in in Phuentsholing, Bhutan in a Pan ( Betel leaf ) shop as not a rare event? In such case, I will have no nostalgic memories of my numismatic travels to write about when I sit down to write my memoirs.

Numismatics / Re: Ngc slabbed coin 1921 - geneuinity
« Last post by rameez on September 21, 2019, 02:08:23 PM »
Thanks Peter for replying back....yes Peter I m.doubting it...can u please see the attachments again and tell me ur opinion ...I just want make sure it is geneinue and not Chinese cover on the top
Other South-East Asia / Re: Modern coinage of Brunei
« Last post by <k> on September 21, 2019, 01:59:38 PM »
The sultan just needs enough sets as presents for his friends and followers. He does not have any motive to get involved in the distribution of the rest. On the contrary. If sets are exported, so is the glory of the sultan. He has no need to advertise himself domestically, like Heath.

You absolutely cannot second-guess the Sultan's motives. You are not inside his head. Moreover, humans typically desire lots of things beyond their needs, which is why we have a climate crisis. Perhaps the Sultan has in general a paternal view of his people and wanted them to share his celebration by issuing a few such coins into circulation. It really is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

Here at least is what we do know. I quote the salient points from the article that eurocoin linked to:

More than 92,000 students in the country will receive commemorative 50 cent coins minted to mark the the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) announced last month that a portion of the 500,000 new coins will be set aside to be distributed to schools, while the remaining coins will be put into circulation as legal tender.

The coins will be distributed to 92,439 preschool, primary, secondary and sixth form students from 234 schools. They will each receive the 50 cent coin which comes in blister packaging.

The central bank in a statement said that, “This 50 cent coin is a special gift to the students, distributed by AMBD, to allow them to own one of the latest currencies in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee. It is hoped that this special gift will be appreciated by the students and serves as a precious reminder of the golden jubilee of our beloved Sultan, who cares deeply for the people, religion and country”.

Did any coins other than the 50 cents coin circulate? As yet we do not know. Perhaps eventually we will.  :)
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