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One of a kind
« on: February 03, 2012, 12:15:53 AM »
Sometimes I look at the subject of a coin and think, "Surely that's one of a kind. I would never find THAT on any other coin!"

Normally such a subject, by its very nature, could never appear in a thematic topic, because it is unique. But I thought it would be fun to have a theme devoted to unique subjects: a sort of anti-thematic theme.

There will have to be some rules, but they will be flexible, since it is meant to be a fun topic.

1. The topic will be restricted to machine-struck coins only, because it would be all too easy to find a subject on a token or a hammered coin that would never appear on a milled coin.

2. By "coin", I mean an authorised coin issued by a recognised state or by a de facto state. Transnistria, for instance, is a de facto state, so its authorised coins would count. Coins can be standard circulation coins, commemorative coins that circulate, or commemorative coins that do NOT circulate (collector coins). Fantasies, patterns, trials, probas, essays, etc., are not allowed - that would make it too easy. So, that means no pieces from the Andaman Islands or "Atlantis"! Bullion coins are accepted if they meet the other criteria.

3. Human individuals do not count as unique. This is because it is highly likely that there will be only one coin in the world showing a specific Transnistrian hero, and that coin will be from Transnistria (or maybe from Liberia or the Isle of Man - but you see my point).

4. Generic types of animal count: e.g. if only one coin shows a tenrec, that counts. However, if  someone says, look, this is the only Carcharodontosaurus on a coin, I would say, yes, but it's not the only dinosaur. So some leeway and common sense are called for.

5. If one member posts a subject he thinks is unique, but another member can prove that it isn't, that coin, and the comments on it, will be moved to a topic called: "One of a kind: rejections!"

6. Some subjects or rules will not be clear-cut. If you disagree with a post, give your reasons. After enough members have given their opinion, I will make a decision based on the consensus - even if the consensus goes against my own opinion, because this is meant to be fun.  ;)

So let's begin.



NOTE: Click on the link below to see the rejections:

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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 12:16:41 AM »
This is a coin commemorating the Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. I do not have a high opinion of that genre (Borges, Beckett, Pinter, etc.); I am simply interested in the maze that appears on the reverse. Presumably it figures in one of his fables. You often see a maze in the garden of a palace, but I think this is the only maze on a coin. Can anybody prove me wrong?

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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 12:20:07 AM »
The only kinkajou I have seen on a coin appears on this gold coin from Belize.


 
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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 02:15:27 PM »
We have had our first rejection. Click on the link below:

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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2012, 03:03:27 PM »
This is a coin commemorating the Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. I do not have a high opinion of that genre (Borges, Beckett, Pinter, etc.); I am simply interested in the maze that appears on the reverse. Presumably it figures in one of his fables. You often see a maze in the garden of a palace, but I think this is the only maze on a coin. Can anybody prove me wrong?

The Borges coin is interesting because the "maze side" shows various references to his works - Labyrinths, Circular Time, The Aleph, and probably more. Great design, thanks! But what do we think of when we hear the word labyrinth? Quite possibly Crete, Ariadne, Theseus, etc. Now do a Google-or-whatever image search for Crete coins. What do you see? ;)  Here is a nice example: http://www.acsearch.info/record.html?id=383488 



OK, not machine struck, but that criterion probably rules out everything that is not modern ...

So let's leave the maze there, at least for the time being. Here is another theme that could be unique: a ballpoint pen. :)

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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2012, 06:01:51 PM »
I don't think many people will particularly jump out of their seats just looking at the pic...to realise that this is a prehistoric fish that we all thought extinct for a very long time, then probably....my vote is a NO....

Here's a coin which I always liked....The symbol virtually covers the entire philosophy of the Jain belief system... I don't know if there is another coin out there that covers a religion so comprehensively

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9865.msg72468.html#msg72468




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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 07:03:36 PM »
You've chosen a theme or concept that it is difficult to assess. What about this Sri Lankan coin (left-hand side)?

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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2012, 10:18:51 PM »
Uruguay, 2 pesos, 2011. This is the only capybara to have appeared on any coin, I do believe.


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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012, 01:23:46 AM »
United Arab Emirates, 1973, 1  dirham.  Arab coffee can.  Any more coffee cans?


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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012, 01:41:52 AM »
Mozambique, 20 meticais, 1980.  I am certain that this is the only armoured carrier on a coin in the whole of the known universe.  8)



 
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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2012, 01:49:22 AM »
Latvia, 2011.  Surely the only beer glass on a coin.


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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2012, 01:50:53 AM »
Czechorepublikia.  The only brewery on a coin?


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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2012, 08:25:15 AM »
You've chosen a theme or concept that it is difficult to assess. What about this Sri Lankan coin (left-hand side)?



If you are asking whether the left side represents srilankan Buddhism, then no ... Those are symbols of Sri lankan culture of course

Else, in europe, we have infinite examples of crosses on coins, but a cross does not convey comprehensively the tenets of Christianity though it indeed covers christ's sacrifice for humanity

So yes, the mahavir coin is hard to assess... But for the moment in my mind it fits well as a "one of a kind"

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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2012, 11:23:05 AM »
Mozambique, 20 meticais, 1980.  I am certain that this is the only armoured carrier on a coin in the whole of the known universe.  8)





British forces currency in Afghanistan, issued 2004.



Force Protection patrol exiting Shaibah Log Base, Iraq. Apr 04 issued 2008.

 
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Re: One of a kind
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2012, 11:44:47 AM »
United Arab Emirates, 1973, 1  dirham.  Arab coffee can.  Any more coffee cans?



An Act of Parliament in 1775 required that all coin weights be submitted for examination because there were many irregularities found, an examination mark of a ewer of the Founders Company to be used within a radius of 3 miles around the City of London. This stamp was more commonly known as a coffee-pot.
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