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Offline Prosit

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2016, 11:43:53 PM »
This is a nice coin.
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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2016, 12:01:48 AM »
Yes, the likeness is astonishing, Dale.  ;D
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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2016, 05:18:01 PM »
Another non-beauty Habsburg. This time, the nose is too close to the name (Hab = Hawk)

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2016, 12:33:37 PM »
Ah, but that is only one of the theories about where the Habsburg name comes from. ;)  And Rudolf's (frontal) portrait on this coin is much nicer anyway ...

Another bad portrait is what will come from Germany next year, for the 500 year Lutheran Reformation anniversary. While it does make sense to combine Luther's portrait and parts of his 95 theses, the vertical row of thesis numbers crosses the face in a strange way. (Hope the embedded link below works.) Did good old Martin have nose pimples and a mustache?

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2016, 11:07:18 PM »


250-251 AD., Herennia Etruscilla, Rome mint, Antoninianus, RIC 55b.

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2017, 08:36:26 PM »
Spied this one from the Marshall Islands....
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2017, 09:07:33 PM »
That is why text on coins is so useful. Not only do we know about the value, date, etc. of a piece - no, we also learn who is depicted. >:D Here is another fine portrait, on a coin issued in 2015 and honoring somebody who at that time was president of the US (more details here). Gambia, 200 dalasis, gold (Au 999). Admittedly this is a small coin (11 mm and 0.5 g) but still ...

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2017, 09:43:46 PM »
there's that awful swedish commemorative of some wedding as i recall

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2017, 11:10:27 PM »
Guess this is the one you love so fondly ...


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For some inexplicable reason, about one fourth of the total mintage was returned. :) "Upplaga: 2 000 000 (457 616 returnerades)"

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2017, 11:35:50 PM »
I have one of these. Not the best portraiture. Many US collectors vote it the ugliest US coin. There are so many to choose from  :D I don't think it is the worst design.
But I guess worse design and ugly coin might not be the same thing. Any way I like it.

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2017, 12:04:53 AM »
Don't love the design; it is too busy in my opinion. What I do like however is the concept of not putting living people on coins ... oops. ;) Now the portrait is not all that bad, I think. Don't really know her, but if one looks at photos where she is in her mid-seventies ...

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2017, 02:10:48 AM »
I think a lot of collectors wanted her as a younger woman. I believe it was reasonably realistic at the time of minting and never understood what the hoorah was about. But then what do I know? I like the Churchill Crown.

I think about the worst US design is the $5 Gold Visitor Center commemorative but that didn't stop me from buying it and selling it a couple years latter for $200 profit. I wouldn't call it ugly just a lackluster design. I knew it would be a poor seller at the start...about 6k mintage.

Very many of the US commemorative coins are busy and many of the circulation coins too.

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Don't love the design; it is too busy in my opinion. What I do like however is the concept of not putting living people on coins ... oops. ;) Now the portrait is not all that bad, I think. Don't really know her, but if one looks at photos where she is in her mid-seventies ...

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2017, 10:37:15 PM »
OK, can't draw, can't spell, but if you don't know how to write the name of your own country...

MS71 indeed.

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Re: Worst portraits on coins
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2017, 04:49:27 PM »
 :)
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