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Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:12:34 PM »
Zinc coins were common in WW1 and WW2. Albania used some zinc coins until the late 1950s, but that's may not surprising because it was a communist country. More surprisingly, in modern times, Austria used issued a zinc 5 Groschen coin until 1994.  Peru used a zinc 1 from 1950 until 1965 and a zinc 2 centavos from 1950 until 1958. Denmark used zinc 1 øre (1948-1972) and 5 øre (1950-1964) coins.

Which modern countries have used, or still use, coins made wholly of zinc? Many modern alloy coins include a very small proportion of zinc, of course.
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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 06:05:38 PM »
Gives me the opportunity to correct the wrong information I posted in the original topic.  ;D

Denmark issued zinc 1 and 2 øre coins until 1972.

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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 08:53:19 PM »
Welcome to old age. Don't worry, it will get worse, youngster. >:D

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Speaking of old age, here is a venerable zinc coin.   By inscription, issued by the Vietnamese Le Dynasty reign 'Canh Tri' 1663-71.   That would make it the first zinc cash coin.   Western catalogs including Barker are obliged to list it as dynastic, but it is probably really a mid-1700's Nguyen issue.   All Japanese books attribute it as such.   Stylistically, and from the standpoint of zinc availability, it is not absolutely ruled out to be original.   Either way, lots of burial patina, as requested.
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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2015, 04:55:43 PM »
Hi,

today NO country is using Zn for coins.

Last coins were from Austria as already mentioned.

The first one in my collection are 5 centimes from 1915 (not 1945) from both Belgium and Luxemburg.

In 1917 there was even an Algerian 5 centimes coin from Algeria (TnA3), which I have!

Ole
« Last Edit: February 21, 2015, 05:54:21 PM by Globetrotter »
Ole

If you're interested in coin variants please find some English documentation here:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
and in French on Michel's site (the presentations are not the same):
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/

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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2015, 05:42:24 PM »
There are zinc issues from Belgium in the First World War as well (I have 5, 10, 25 and 50 centimes, earliest date 1915).

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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2015, 05:48:29 PM »
today NO country is using Zn for coins.

Ole

I'm pleased to hear it. It's such an ugly metal for coins. I'm trying to find some comparative list of metals and their prices, but I can't find a nice, easy-to-read, one.
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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2015, 05:55:40 PM »
Hi Fosseway,

mine are 1915 as well, just a tipp error, now corrected!

Ciao
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If you're interested in coin variants please find some English documentation here:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
and in French on Michel's site (the presentations are not the same):
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/

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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2015, 10:40:53 PM »
Not coins, but I have some zinc steamboat tokens from Stockholm which were in use in the second half of the 19th century (it's hard to be more specific). These seem to be harder wearing and less prone to oxidation than the zinc coins of the 20th century. The 1940-44 German ones are particularly bad in this respect, IME.

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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2015, 11:18:15 PM »
I'm trying to find some comparative list of metals and their prices, but I can't find a nice, easy-to-read, one.

More prices than you ever wanted here. Same site, but simpler to handle this page. Easiest to use here - select a metal, e.g. "all copper prices" and look at the table "Base Metal Prices" upper right.

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Re: Which modern countries still use zinc coins?
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2015, 12:29:01 AM »
Thank you. I'd seen infomine but didn't like it. The metalprices.com site is much nicer.
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