An alphabet of favourite national designs

Started by <k>, September 16, 2018, 10:13:32 PM

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Here I intend to go through the current list of world nations in alphabetic order, choosing a favourite design. Ideally it will be a current circulation design. However, if I do not like any of a country's current circulation designs, I will choose a circulation design that is no longer current. If I then still can't find a design that appeals to me, I will then turn to collector-only pieces, past or present. If I still can't find a piece that appeals to me, then I will omit that country and say so; others will then be welcome to fill the gap.  :)

You may join in too and post your own favourites (or favorites, depending on your preferred spelling). It doesn't matter if they are not in the correct alphabetical order: the idea is to post one design (at least) for each current country or territory in the world.

Here is the list of countries I shall be using:

List of countries-New World Encyclopedia.

Let me know if I have missed any country or territory as I go through the list.
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#1
Albania 5 franga 1926.jpg


I shall omit Abkhazia and Afghanistan, but you can fill in the gaps in you wish.

I will therefore start with Albania. This design of 1926, 5 franga, has always appealed to me.

Did it circulate, or was it just a collector piece? I don't know.

It shows a peasant boy with his oxen.

If you know any interesting details about coins that I post, please share them.

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#2


Algeria, ¼ dinar. Fennec fox.


This is the only coin in the world to feature a fennec fox, to my knowledge.

See also: Algeria animal coin series of 1992.
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Andorra. Chamois and eagle.

This design appears on the 1, 2 and 5 cents of the Andorran euro set.
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#4


Argentina, 1 centavo, 1987.  Rhea. 


It's hard to find a nicely struck piece.

There are plenty of nice designs from Argentina, of course, but once again I've chosen a wildlife design.


Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda - I shall omit these. Fill the gaps if you wish.
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#5
Armenia 25 dram 1994.jpg

Armenia, 25 dram, 1994. Apricot.


In modern terms, a young state, so I've gone for a collector coin with an unusual design.

Is it the only modern coin to feature an apricot?

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Aruba, 25 florins, 1995.  I do like a turtle design. There are many of them on world coins.
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#7


Australia, $2.  Plenty of animals I could have chosen too, but this a very strong design.


Ascension - omitted.
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Austria, 1 Schilling, 1957.  Peasant sowing seed. It has a simple charm.

See also: Nudes on coins.
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#9
Azerbaijan 20 qapik.jpg

Azerbaijan, 20 qapik.  Spiral staircase.


There is something quite dreamlike about this design for me.

I often find myself climbing stairs in my night dreams.

What are those recurring letters on the design?
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#10


Bahamas, 5 cents, 2015.


The Bahamas has a tradition of beautiful designs.

 I'll go for this striking design of a pineapple, captured at an unusual angle.
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Bahrain.  Best of all, I like this palm tree, seen on a coin of 1965.
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#12
Bangladesh 25 poisha 1991.jpg

Bangladesh, 25 poisha, 1991.  A splendid tiger.
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Barbados, $1.  An equally splendid flying fish.  And the coin is a heptagon too - bonus!
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#14



Belgium. 50 centimes, 1965.  A coal miner.

An unusual choice of subject. One of my earliest coin possessions.

As a child, I imagined the miner was a saint with a halo, for some reason.  :-[

Belarus - omitted.
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