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Unidentified tokens / Re: planet of the pussy bat
« Last post by Figleaf on February 16, 2020, 06:18:03 PM »
Cruel and unusual Japlish beyond any reasonable doubt. FORRBIDEN?  :)

Perhaps there is a connection with this page.

Princely States and Independent kingdoms / coin identification
« Last post by coin_lover on February 16, 2020, 06:12:39 PM »
Hi my friend has sent me this image - to me it appears a token but need other views as well
Advertising, propaganda and numismatic artefacts / Re: World War I Trench Art
« Last post by bagerap on February 16, 2020, 05:49:16 PM »
This just arrived in a bulk lot
Yeah, but the "good old days" were more fun. (Tongue in cheek here). Seriously, you have to love the technology, but my days in Nevada were long before any of it was available.

I think Peter's link provides the answer. I remember when the 55 mph limit was mandated the main purpose was to increase fuel mileage. Apparently, driving at that speed gets the optimum gas mileage from a car.

Quite so. We travel a lot in other countries. That knowledge sometimes saved me from getting stuck without fuel. Once, the engine started stuttering as we drove into the gas station. Now, the phone GPS knows where all the stations are (and which one is the cheapest).

I was also struck by the fact that this issue was so overthought by the government. A certain speed limit for certain conditions and types of highways and on and on. How about driving up a 10 degree grade in winter on a sunny day in Utah? There must be something about that in the regulations. I don't know about where you all live, but around here people pretty much set their own speed limit.

My thinking goes in the opposite direction. We live in the age of computers, so why do we have tin road signs saying the same thing in all circumstances? At 8 o'clock in the morning, you don't need any speed limit on the Paris ring road. You are grateful for every meter you can move. Two hours later, the main danger is accidents and cars getting stuck, but you still can't go very fast. Only at 3 in the morning, you do need speed limits as drunk drivers are trying out the maximum speed of their car. The technology to determine weather conditions and traffic density (and even license plate recognition) is available and tested, we should replace stupid traffic signs by scientifically established restrictions, not determined by humans overestimating themselves, as they routinely do - there is plenty of evidence for that in behavioural finance.

The long tedious driving between far flung destinations was a real threat. The death of motorists was mainly caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel

You don't need a desert to fall asleep. It almost happened to my wife on the tedious road between Paris and Amsterdam. Speeding doesn't help. The time gain is insignificant and the accident all the more serious (remember that impact = weight x speed). Our new car will have a device that gives a sleep alarm, based on eye movements. It also corrects automatically if the car is veering off the road.

Unidentified tokens / planet of the pussy bat
« Last post by jezuss on February 16, 2020, 02:15:10 PM »
JAP INC. - Guild Unit Strange Collection

27.2 mm brass

i don't know who made this token, and where it is used for.

Unidentified tokens / Re: amusement parlor
« Last post by Afrasi on February 16, 2020, 01:11:55 PM »
But the style of the token is very Japanese. I have an unsearched bag of hundreds of different pieces of them.
Last year I bought this book from the author: New Zealand history coined : coins of New Zealand (1933 - 1965) - by Robert Pepping. With postage, it cost me slightly over 47 UK pounds. I am pleased to say it was worth every penny and more.

King George VI died on 6 February 1952, then the race was on for the Royal Mint to provide a numismatic portrait of the new Queen. On page 66 of his book, Robert Pepping tells us:

The [Royal Mint] Advisory Committee examined 17 designs for the uncrowned effigy of the Queen and 12 designs for the crowned effigy. All designs were presented anonymously so as to prevent any preferential treatment or bias towards an artist.

This was news to me. I had never heard of these 29 designs, much less seen any of them. Has anybody here ever seen images of them? Apart from the issued Mary Gillick and Cecil Thomas portraits, of course (crowned and uncrowned respectively).

Correct pronunciation of the mint should be Mankahbad.
Thanks for showing the images. One is from Iqlim Mu’azzamabad as correctly mentioned by Noman Nasir.

And now that we have confirmation from S. M. Iftekhar Alam, Mankahbad seems official!
Both reading is plausible but I prefer to read as "Mankahbad". It is not listed in G&G but later published by SM Iftekhar Alam, ONS Newsletter No. 169, Autumn 2001.

Noman Nasir

Thanks to everyone for welcoming me and especially to Mr Noman Nasir for referencing the initial publication of the mint.

It is difficult though, to read the "Mankah (منكه) or Mankha (منخا)" part of the mint name, except in a couple of specimen.
After examining my two coins along with another three coins posted elsewhere in this forum (,25063.msg164951.html#msg164951,,25064.msg165777.html#msg165777,,3688.msg24623.html#msg24623) and the four specimen featured in G&G (B502, B503, B530 and B548), it appears that only B548 can be sufficiently clearly read as Mankah. The م (Meem) at the beginning of منكه (Mankah) is almost universally absent. If one of the experts/advanced collectors could share a specimen with a more legible م, that'll be great.

As for the English spelling "Mankha....", I'm not sure what justifies it. Based on its phonetic cues, the equivalent Arabic spelling of Mankha would resemble something like منخا. But in the very limited number of examples I've seen so far, there's nothing to substantiate a خ (Kh). I'm sure the seniors can elucidate further but, for the time being, Mr Noman Nasir's preference of منكه (Mankah) seems to be way to go.

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