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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #105 on: May 02, 2012, 08:16:14 PM »
Spain, 1 peseta, 1998.

In this example, the word PESETA is turned through 90 degrees and placed within the denominational numeral. An imaginative use of text. Not only that, the text only fills the right half of the field, whilst the king's portrait occupies the left hand side. An innovative and pleasing use of the field.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #106 on: May 02, 2012, 08:27:12 PM »
Bahrain, 100 fils, 1995.  The Arabic script inside the box means "fils".



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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2012, 08:03:59 PM »
Netherlands, 2½ guilder, 1979.  The reverse of this coin carries no picture. Apart from the beads at the edge and a couple of mintmarks, it contains only text. Have you ever seen another design that is so packed with text?

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #108 on: May 03, 2012, 11:01:20 PM »
Have you ever seen another design that is so packed with text?

Weeeelll ...
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,4001.msg23453.html#msg23453







And then there is the 5 DM circulation coin (1951-74) which has hardly anything except characters and digits on one, and no text (just the eagle) on the other side. Image: Krogoll/muenzauktion.com



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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #109 on: May 04, 2012, 10:44:32 AM »
Netherlands, 50 Guilders, 1998.   350th anniversary of the Treaty of Munster.  Silver collector coin.

Look, there is no spacing between the words. Disgraceful. And the reverse is an even worse case than the obverse.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #110 on: May 04, 2012, 12:15:51 PM »
Don't particularly like that design either, but I have always thought that the "no spaces" style was meant to evoke the times of the mid-17th century when the agreement was made. The spelling, e.g. VREEDE instead of vrede, and WERRELD instead of wereld, suggests that too. The double portrait of the Queen is interestingly done, raised on one side and incused on the other. I would have preferred a design that focuses, on one side, on the Peace of Münster theme, but with such "abstract themes" a good design is always a challenge. The German coin issued on that occasion* shows a peace dove, lips, hands and a quill. Better? Hmm.

(* Not the very same occasion - the German coin commemorated the "Westphalian Peace", ie. the results of the negotiations in both Münster and Osnabrück. But for the Netherlands, the Peace of Münster was more relevant, as that ended the 80 Years Dutch-Spanish War. Also, as a result of that peace, the country was no longer part of the Holy Roman Empire. For the HRE as a whole, and from a "German point of view", however, the combination of both Münster and Osnabrück was important - that is why you almost always hear/read "Westfälischer Friede" here in DE.)

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2012, 03:46:05 AM »
Usually the numerals on a coin are sculpted in low relief, so that they stand out from the surface. In the case of this 50 centavos coin from Ecuador, issued in 1988, the numerals making the "50" are not raised. They are surrounded by raised narrow vertical strips. The numerals are formed by the gaps between the strips, as you glimpse the smooth shiny surface of the coin.

I've used quite a few words trying to describe the effect, but still I'm not sure I've got it right. Can anyone describe it more succinctly, in fewer words?
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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #112 on: June 11, 2012, 09:24:17 AM »
Incused in a raised field with hatchings, maybe? (Not sure whether this is understandable without seeing the coin. 8) ) By the way, the "inverted" style, without the vertical lines, you find on many coins - think of the German 5 DM Cu-Ni piece or many tolar coins from Slovenia.

Side note, not really about fonts: The current mid-range euro circulation coins (10, 20 and 50 cent) have an interesting effect too. http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/images/image8904.gif  If you look at the right part (roughly two thirds) of the reverse, the face value appears raised ... on a background which is "semi-raised". That background ends in front of a groove (not raised) and then comes the raised rim. I am sure there are better ways to describe this. :)

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #113 on: June 18, 2012, 08:41:07 PM »
Belize, 25 dollars, 1992.  Olympic Games - was this a leap year?  :D
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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #114 on: June 18, 2012, 08:41:54 PM »
The Belize design reminds me of the UK 2008 two pound coin.


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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #115 on: June 18, 2012, 09:18:53 PM »
Olympic Games - was this a leap year?  :D

Yes -- all Olympic years are leap years apart from 1900 (so far -- 2100 will also not be).  ;)

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #116 on: June 23, 2012, 05:18:45 PM »
Philippines, 5 sentimos, 2012.  I like the way the 5 curves round the hole on this one.


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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #117 on: June 25, 2012, 01:54:31 PM »












Look at these Brazilian coins, from 1992 and 1993. Notice how on the denominations that are multiples of 10, the text curves around the circle of the coin, but with multiples of 5, the text is horizontal.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #118 on: June 25, 2012, 02:16:30 PM »
Right, interesting. What confused me a little though is that these coins are from two different series. Those that say "Cruzeiros" are from this one http://www.bcb.gov.br/?MOCRUZ90 while the ones that say CR$ are part of this one http://www.bcb.gov.br/?MOCRUZR93 ... But the effect you mentioned applies to both. :)

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #119 on: August 22, 2012, 11:28:21 AM »
I found this quite interesting Belgian number 5
Crocodile skin  ;D