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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2018, 11:24:00 PM »


Belize. $1, 1990. Columbus's fleet.  Another polygon - bonus!

This circulation design was adapted from a collector design, below.

See also: Numismatic heritage: commemorative designs that became standard designs.






Belize, 250 dollars, 1989.  500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the New World.

This was a gold coin.

 
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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2018, 11:32:27 PM »


Bermuda, $60, 1996.  The Sea Venture.

With Bermuda, I am spoilt for choice. Their circulation coins are OK but do not stand out.

Therefore I have gone for this beauty of a collector coin by Robert Elderton. It's part of the "Bermuda Triangle" series.  :D



Benin - omitted.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2018, 11:46:27 PM »


Bhutan, 25 chertum, 1979.  Golden fishes of good fortune. One of the eight revered Buddhist symbols.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2018, 11:52:31 PM »


Bolivia, 5 pesos, 1976. 

The charming national emblem seems to invite you to tell a story about what is happening.

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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2018, 11:55:21 PM »


Bosnia-Herzegovina. 500 dinara collector coin of 1994. An attractive scene.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2018, 12:00:58 AM »


Botswana, 1 pula, 2013.  Zebra.



Do you know why zebras evolved stripes?

1] So that the zebras could look blurred when running, and predators would not spot them in the background.

2] They are very vain animals, and stripes make you look slimmer.

Which is correct?

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2018, 12:02:59 AM »


Brazil, 2000 reis, 1900.  A generic Portuguese carrack (nau) from the fleet of Pedro Alvares Cabral.

With Brazil, again you are spoilt for choice, but this one is a real beauty.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2018, 12:05:27 AM »


Brunei, 50 sen, 1967.  Arms with no body. Curious.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2018, 12:13:28 AM »
Bulgaria, 1 lev, 1910.

A difficult one. Here I am forced to travel back in time over 100 years in order to find a decent coin design.

Nice flowers, though.

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« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2018, 12:20:36 AM »
Burma, 1 kyat, 1852.

Burma or Myanmar? Burma. The modern country has never produced a single pretty design, so here I must travel even further back in time to fetch this splendid peacock.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2018, 12:27:43 AM »
Burundi, 5 francs, 2014.  Balaeniceps rex - Shoebill.

Attractive design. Apparently this is a circulating coin. Not what you'd expect from a country you forgot you'd even heard of.


See: BURUNDI 5 francs circulating commemorative coins bird series.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2018, 09:55:48 AM »
Cameroon, 2 franc, 1948. A gazelle, with a plentiful assortment of vegetation as decoration.

See also: Beasts of French Africa.



Cambodia omitted.

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« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2018, 10:00:47 AM »


Canada, 5 cents.  The beaver. The design is very old now but still full of character.

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« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2018, 10:05:15 AM »


Cayman Islands, 5 cents.  Stuart Devlin's design of a prawn follows the contours of the coin's circular shape.

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Re: An alphabet of favourite national designs
« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2018, 10:11:09 AM »
Central African Republic, 100 francs, 1971.  Another classic design.