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Offline chrisild

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A Coin with a Quirk ... or Quack?
« on: December 24, 2009, 02:31:04 PM »
Thought you might all be interested in a recent discovery that is about to revolutionize our view of ancient Greek coinage. Forget Athena, Dionysos, the owl and the tortoise - here is a type that had been unknown before. See the attached image.

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Re: A Coin with a Quirk ... or Quack?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 02:38:27 PM »
This is a stater of Daffus Mallard. He was widely criticised during his reign for outlawing orange sauce in the empire.

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Re: A Coin with a Quirk ... or Quack?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2009, 02:41:26 PM »
Good one, hehe. :) Alas, that is a modern counterfeit. One of the exhibits of the Duckomenta, a traveling exhibition about ducks, of the Disney subspecies, in arts. (The name of the exhibition is an allusion to the "documenta" show of modern art in Kassel.)

Apart from that coin, the exhibition shows all kinds of sculptures, paintings, buildings, etc. featuring ducks. Have a look at http://www.duckomenta.de/ Click on "Raum 1", "Raum 2" etc. to see the different rooms of the "museum", and click on each image to get an enlarged version.

Some others are here: http://www.n-tv.de/bilderserien/panorama/Die-Ver-Entung-der-Welt-article651828.html - even if you do not understand the German texts, the images are fun, I think. Click on the right (left) arrow to see the next (previous) photo ...

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Re: A Coin with a Quirk ... or Quack?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2009, 04:07:37 PM »
That is bizarre. If you see something as crazy as a duck on a coin, you know it must have come from Germany!

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Re: A Coin with a Quirk ... or Quack?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2009, 04:17:46 PM »
Love the pictures, Christian. The text is not too bad either :D My favourite was the Mondriaan duck.

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

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Re: A Coin with a Quirk ... or Quack?
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2009, 09:41:13 PM »
I like the duckaeopterix the most.