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Torches on coins
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:25:58 PM »
Few of us will ever see an old-fashioned torch in real life, but it is a sight to behold. I once attended a play, in which at one point the lights were switched off, and an actor came down from the stage and walked along the aisles while carrying a flaming torch. The atmosphere was electric as the orange flames flickered in the darkness. Time seemed to slow down, and I was reminded of Aldous Huxley's description of "the transfiguring quality of light" in his book "The Doors of Perception" (from which the American rock band, The Doors, apparently took their name). That was about as close as I have come to a spiritual experience. Religious orders, and indeed the Nazis (sorry - I don't have five pounds on me!) have been well aware of the impression that flaming torches make on people and crowds and have used them to good effect.

On coins, torches are generally used to represent the Torch of Liberty. How far back this goes, I don't know. Communist regimes are as likely to use that symbol as anyone else, though not many will associate such regimes with liberty.


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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 07:26:22 PM »
Here is a torch on a dime of the USA, land of the free.


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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 07:27:11 PM »
Canada's famous Victory Torch on a 5 cents coin of 1944.

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 07:28:25 PM »
The muscular arm of a revolutionary holds aloft a torch for socialist Tanzania on this 1980 shilling.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011, 07:29:12 PM »
Zaire's turn to show its revolutionary spirit on this 20 makuta coin of 1976.



 

 
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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2011, 07:31:16 PM »
Communist Yugoslavia used five torches on its coat of arms to represent its five constituent nations on this 50 para of 1955. The number of torches was raised to six, after Bosnia gained recognition as a constituent nation of Yugoslavia in the 1960s.
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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 07:32:13 PM »
An angel holds aloft a torch on this French 10 francs of 1989, commemorating the spirit of the Bastille.

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011, 07:33:44 PM »
The Olympic torch represents the victory associated with sporting prowess on this Japan coin.
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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 01:10:37 AM »
Italy, 5 lire, 1948.  This one looks more like an ice cream cone than a flaming torch, I'm afraid.  ::)

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2011, 12:48:10 AM »
Bolivia, 50 centavos, 1937.



 
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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2011, 09:12:35 AM »
Olympic torch.

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2011, 01:19:28 PM »
On the Bolivia, 50 centavos, 1937.

What does this symbol mean? Centavos?  Pac Man? ;D

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2011, 03:13:24 PM »
Slightly cheating, but all French* coins minted between 1896 and 1930 carry a tiny torch as the Engraver-General's personal mark, alongside the cornucopia, which is the (unchanging) Paris mintmaster's mark.

* And presumably many coins of French colonies minted at Paris, too.

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2012, 02:26:29 PM »
Peru, 20 centavos, 1954.

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Re: Torches on coins
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2012, 02:37:28 PM »
France, 100 francs, 1954. 



Compare it to the Italian coin posted earlier.

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