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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #135 on: January 22, 2014, 09:48:53 PM »


Lebanon, 250 pounds, 1953. An interesting "banknote effect" to the text and design motif.





The obverse of the coin.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #136 on: January 22, 2014, 10:11:43 PM »
Here is a €10 collector coin from Greece (2012) which features the philosopher Socrates. On either side the background is quotes from his works - see the attached image. A very similar piece, also from 2012, is dedicated to the playwright Aischylos.

Elsewhere I posted some info and an image of a new French €10 collector coin which commemorates the Edict of Pītres. See here: http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,25634.msg168514.html#msg168514

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #137 on: March 30, 2014, 01:41:55 PM »
United Arab Emirates, 1 dirham, 2003.  50 years of formal education.  And no - it's not a mis-strike!

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #138 on: March 30, 2014, 03:01:45 PM »
Poland, 5 zloty, 1979.

Do you like the way the denomination nestles within the curve of the figure 5? If so, please send your answer on a postcard to:

Ministry of Public Security,

Formalist Errors Correction Department,

Warsaw,

Poland.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #139 on: July 29, 2014, 12:16:19 PM »


Congo, 100 francs, 1975.





Cameroon, 100 francs, 1966.



Notice the two different types of patterning inside the numerals: "100".

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #140 on: October 17, 2014, 07:40:07 PM »


Austria, ½ Schilling, 1925.

On each side of the coin, the text is partly obscured by the central ornament. Notice also how the digits of the year, 1925, are spread out among the letters of "SCHILLING". Is this the result of poor design? I cannot remember seeing anything like it on other coins.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #141 on: October 20, 2014, 08:12:20 PM »
Is this the result of poor design?

Don't think so. While I do not like the design very much, the artist probably figured that the characters are really big anyway. So why not cover small parts of them? You can still read the text very easily ...

By the way, I just wrote about a new gold "coin" from Slovakia which is quite interesting regarding the use of fonts: http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,29134.0.html

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #142 on: October 20, 2014, 10:17:44 PM »
I just wrote a new gold "coin" from Slovakia

Christian

You just "wrote" one?! Yes, cut out the middlemen, why not? Gold miners, mints - who needs them?  ;D

So this coin was written by a German (you). That could well explain the pseudo-runic font, which is around 90 years out of fashion...

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #143 on: October 20, 2014, 10:45:27 PM »
Why don't you wait with your comments until I have finished fixing the errors in my posts? ;D  And yes, the "rune style" font is interesting too, but what caught my eye was the Glagolitic characters on the other side ...

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #144 on: October 21, 2014, 02:19:14 AM »
Notice also how the digits of the year, 1925, are spread out among the letters of "SCHILLING". Is this the result of poor design? I cannot remember seeing anything like it on other coins.

Look at Portuguese euro coins. Not the same, but quite similar.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #145 on: October 21, 2014, 02:28:28 AM »
Look at Portuguese euro coins. Not the same, but quite similar.

Peter

I see what you mean.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #146 on: December 27, 2014, 06:27:22 PM »
Guyana, 1 cent and 10 cents 1967 and 1975.

It's interesting to see the highly noticeable way in which the year follows the curve of the inner circle on each coin. It must do that on any coin, of course, unless it is deliberately shown horizontally, but usually it is done far more subtly than here.
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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #147 on: December 04, 2016, 09:13:52 AM »
Andorra, 1988.  This set, featuring Romanesque architecture, has denominational numerals that fill much of the reverse.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #148 on: December 06, 2016, 10:56:32 AM »
Note the crowned M (Madrid) mint mark. Below is a Spanish circulation coin with a relatively large numeral from this time: Spain wrestling with its escape from dark dictatorship, experimenting with magnificent modernity. Those were heady days.

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Re: Text and Fonts on Coins
« Reply #149 on: December 06, 2016, 01:11:09 PM »
The obverse has another interesting text/font related feature. When I first came across that coin, I did not realize it, but those are the initials of king Juan Carlos I. in a stylish version: "JC I".

Christian