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Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« on: January 10, 2010, 12:28:42 AM »
I noticed a discussion about spelling mistakes on Dutch coins in another thread, and that gave me the idea for a thread discussing spelling and/or grammatical mistakes on coins. One glaring example I can present would be coins of the presidential series minted for Micronesia. I'll post some pictures if I can find them. If anyone else has examples, I'd like to see them!

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 12:36:47 AM »
Here are the images, courtesy of the World Coin Gallery:

This is a rather ridiculous mistake. It says "GEDRGE" where it should "George".



This is another mistake. It says "William H. Henry" where it should say "William Henry Harrison" or "William H. Harrison".



This is probably the biggest mistake of the three. It says "David D. Elsenhower". First of all, David is the middle name, not the first. Secondly, it should read "Eisenhower", not "Elsenhower". The correct spelling would be "Dwight David Eisenhower" or "Dwight D. Eisenhower".



Obviously, whoever designed these coins did not speak much English, which begs the question, why did he/she design these coins? It seems that with all the people in Micronesia, they could have found someone who could speak or read enough English to spell the words on their official coinage correctly.

You can view the entire Micronesia presidential series here.
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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 01:15:10 AM »
Does anyone know what the "S" mintmark stands for? I can't think of where that could be. I know it's not San Francisco!

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 01:15:49 AM »
It depends on what you call a spelling error.

Is "stiver", instead of "stuiver" a spelling error or the recognition of an Anglophone that he's unable to pronounce the word properly and he is therefore helpfully and completely free of any charge changing the spelling? What to say about the denomination "cash" on Chinese coins, when the correct pronunciation is more like "kas" and "cash" is another British invention? How about the consistent use of "cent" for the plural on euro coins, which should actually be "cents" in French and the way the Irish pronounce English, but "cent" in German or Dutch?

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 01:19:47 AM »
I think the Euro coins should be language-neutral like Swiss circulating coins. For instance, they should use "5 Euro C." instead of "cents".

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2010, 01:33:35 AM »
That's not a solution, I am afraid. First, eurocent is wrong (though helpful to distinguish them from other people's cents), second, some euro countries use different characters. Greece is the only one now, but one day, Bulgaria will be another example. The fact of the matter is that the French happily use centimes, the Spanish centimos and the Irish cents while the Germans and the Dutch use cent (each pronouncing the word differently) and nobody cares. The EU is not based on the melting pot model.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2010, 01:42:34 AM »
I understand the Greek dilemma. I suppose the only real solution would be to use a Euro cent symbol instead of lettering. The numerals are universal amongst the Euro countries, so that shouldn't be a problem.

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2010, 02:47:45 AM »
I'm not aware of any spelling errors on Indian Coins. However Bank Notes issued both during the British occupation as well as Republic India bank notes have had spelling error. And what about the Rs 50 note that had the flagstaff on the Parliament building but no flag. Not a gramatical mistake nor a spelling error but a blunder in any case.

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2010, 02:59:37 AM »
Here's an interesting example. It's an American civil war token. The obverse usually features a flying union flag with the words "The flag of our union". Here's one of the more famous reverse types courtesy of Civil War Token Resources:



Notice the incorrect spelling of the word "spot".

The phrase comes from a letter by John Adams Dix (then secretary of the Treasury) to a Revenue Cutter named Caldwell.

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2010, 05:59:40 AM »
I'm not aware of any spelling errors on Indian Coins. However Bank Notes issued both during the British occupation as well as Republic India bank notes have had spelling error. And what about the Rs 50 note that had the flagstaff on the Parliament building but no flag. Not a gramatical mistake nor a spelling error but a blunder in any case.

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Dear Amit, you are wrong here. In fact, there is a 10 paisa coin of 1988, where instead of "BHARAT", "MARAT" was engraved. This coin is listed at KM # 40.2

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2010, 06:34:01 AM »
Abhay,
Thanks for the info. Will need to keep an eye for this one.
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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2010, 06:50:21 AM »
In fact, there is a 10 paisa coin of 1988, where instead of "BHARAT", "MARAT" was engraved. This coin is listed at KM # 40.2
That's the coin which still eludes me.The word 'Bharat' was wrongly spelled as 'Marat',but in Devanagari.However,the 'BHA' (भ) and 'MA'(म ) are quite similar in Devanagari script,so the error is not easily recognizable.These error coins were minted at Calcutta (now Kolkata) mint (As usual ;D)

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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2010, 07:32:45 AM »
In Russia I remember only two coins:

1. 2 kopeks 1762. It was engraved by some foreigner who didn't know Russian, and so he wrote N instead of И - (КОПЕNKN instead of КОПЕЙКИ)
http://www.m-dv.ru/catalog/id,44/prohod.html

2. Konstantin's 1 rouble 1825 where the name of the emperor was written without letter Ъ (КОНСТАНТИН instead of КОНСТАНТИНЪ) - just like in modern, post-revolution orthography.
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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2010, 07:38:04 AM »
That's the coin which still eludes me.The word 'Bharat' was wrongly spelled as 'Marat',but in Devanagari.However,the 'BHA' (भ) and 'MA'(म ) are quite similar in Devanagari script,so the error is not easily recognizable.These error coins were minted at Calcutta (now Kolkata) mint (As usual ;D)

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Aditya,
Abhay's coin clearly shows a dot (or is it a diamond?) below the date. A product of Noida / Mumbai mint? or was this one of the foreign mints who were subcontracted for producing these coins due to severe shortages around the same time?

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Re: Spelling and grammatical errors on coins
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2010, 08:42:07 AM »
Aditya,
Abhay's coin clearly shows a dot (or is it a diamond?) below the date. A product of Noida / Mumbai mint? or was this one of the foreign mints who were subcontracted for producing these coins due to severe shortages around the same time?

Amit

The image of 10 Paisa coin with the dot is from the normal "BHARAT" coin. I just checked and there is no dot on the "MARAT" coin. So I think, what Aditya says is correct. Even the catalogue mentions 1988(C) and 1989(C), (C) for Calcutta.

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