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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2009, 09:15:07 PM »
No, it's not in any way Chinese-related. Lots of countries include dragons in their historical myths.

Turkey, I have to say, is getting close, Christian.
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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2009, 09:15:49 PM »
The deleted denominations are very short. Kyat, pya is my guess.

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An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2009, 09:16:43 PM »
The deleted denominations are very short. Kyat, pya is my guess.

Peter

No - you're way out too, Peter! This is proving to be an interesting worldwide trip!  :D

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2009, 09:19:43 PM »
Eagle, 2 1/2 ?

Syria?

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2009, 09:20:14 PM »
No, not Syria either.

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2009, 09:21:19 PM »
Eagle and Lion

Yemen?

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2009, 09:21:47 PM »
Hmm, I am currently looking at some pieces from Georgia, and there is a lion and a gryphon. But no 2 1/2. Hmm.

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2009, 09:24:45 PM »
It isn't the Yemen, though I can see where you're coming from. Georgia is another intelligent guess - when I saw these designs, I immediately thought the same - but that's wrong too!

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2009, 09:28:34 PM »
Eagle and dragon kites ...

Should it be at last ... Afghanistan?

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2009, 09:30:21 PM »
No, not Afghanistan. You have to think of the clues. If you said, "Afghanistan is in Asia", nobody would argue with you.

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2009, 10:08:15 PM »
No, not Afghanistan.

Ah, but we could go through the alphabet from there. ;)  This darn 2 1/2 denomination still confuses me.  Judging from the geographical hints, I would now guess Cyprus ...

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2009, 11:14:35 PM »
Ah, but we could go through the alphabet from there. ;)  This darn 2 1/2 denomination still confuses me.  Judging from the geographical hints, I would now guess Cyprus ...

Christian

Just a thought, but 2½ = 6 Old Pence or 4½ Piastres in Cyprus's case.

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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #27 on: October 27, 2009, 11:52:24 PM »
Ah, but we could go through the alphabet from there. ;)  This darn 2 1/2 denomination still confuses me.  Judging from the geographical hints, I would now guess Cyprus ...

Christian

Guess you win the cigar, Christian! You were the first to get close, and now you've got it! This 2½ denomination was never actually used. I said it wouldn't be easy!

The designs were all by William Gardner, who designed the reverse of the UK 20p (1982-2008). He also designed the reverses of the first decimal coins of the Falkland Islands.

Anyway, here are all the prototype designs. Marvellous work by the late Mr Gardner.
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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #28 on: October 28, 2009, 12:14:35 AM »
I'm quite fond of this set. The ancient times theme is somewhat different from the norm. Interesting that only one of the prototype designs was used in the end. And of course, the Cecil Thomas crowned effigy of QEII appears on the obverse.









 
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Re: Mystery coin designs - guess which country!
« Reply #29 on: October 28, 2009, 06:24:50 PM »
This 2½ denomination was never actually used.

No wonder I/we had such a hard time finding amatching piece in our collections and catalogs ...  Interesting to see such Coulda Been designs, and compare them to some that were actually minted. Thank you for digging these up and showing them to us!

Christian