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Started by <k>, December 04, 2011, 05:25:35 PM

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#45
Panama.jpg

Left: Panama, 50 Centesimos, 1905.  Right: Panama, 1/10 Balboa, 1953.


I found the following on the web: "Panama coins before 1930 have 7 stars, and starting in 1930 have 9 stars." 

According to Wikipedia: "On the eagle, in arc form, nine gold stars go in representation of the provinces into which the Republic is divided."
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<k>

#46
US Quarter 2004.jpg

US quarter, 2004.  Texas, The Lone Star State.
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<k>

#47
Omani rial 1975.jpg

An Omani gold rial of 1975.
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#48
Danzig 2 Gulden 1923.jpg

Danzig, 2 Gulden, 1923. 


Does this star from the Danzig coat of arms have any significance, I wonder?
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chrisild

#49
The star is not actually part of the CoA; it was just used for the coin design. Mabye the artist felt an urge to fill the empty space between the two lion heads :)

On some coins from Danzig, however, you see a star with eight points; that refers to the city's first seal. The scene with a cog and a star has been used to some extent in other Hanse cities too; attached is an image of the German €10 coin (issued in 2006) that commemorates 650 years of the Hanseatic League.

Christian


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#50
Spain 100 ptas 1993.jpg

Spain, 100 pesetas, 1993.  European Unity.  This presumably a reference to the EU.
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Quote from: <k> on July 30, 2013, 11:29:19 PM
Spain, 100 pesetas, 1993.  European Unity.  This presumably a reference to the EU.

Not really ... 1993 was an Año Santo Compostelano (or Xacobeo); whenever St. James Day (25 July) is a Sunday, the year is such a Holy Year, with lots of pilgrims and tourists coming to Santiago. The Council of Europe - which is not an EU organization - had already made the "Paths of the Santiago Pilgrims" a European Route of Culture in 1987. Guess that "Camino de Europa" is used in that sense.) In 1993 the primary Way of St. James in Spain, shown in red here, became a Unesco Cultural Heritage "site".

Christian

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You're always very knowledgeable about Spanish (and Portuguese) coins, so I'm guessing you're a big fan and have a lot of them in your collection.
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#53
Yes, there is that ... but I also like Romanesque art and architecture a lot. So I have visited many places along the "camino" ... long before it became so famous (and crowded), and before the shell/star logo* got almost ubiquitous. ;) Sure, to some extent this is a tourism marketing thing. But in the Middle Ages, pilgrims actually went to Santiago because that was a way of doing penitence and getting pardon for sins. There was an enormous "infrastructure" with churches and chapels, hostels and hospitals ... Even today, and even though I am not religious, I find it interesting to learn about such connections. One time I was in Lund (southern Sweden) where they have a Romanesque cathedral, and was surprised to see the familiar Camino logo there.

* As far as I know, this is supposed to be a combination of a shell/scallop. The scallop was used by many pilgrims; "Compostela" may be derived from Latin "Campus Stellae", Field of the Star.

Christian

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Still looking for a 10 Centimes that fits my collection:



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Western Samoa, 1 dollar.
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#56
Western Samoa, 1 sene, 1967.jpg

Western Samoa, 1 sene, 1967.  The Southern Cross again.
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#57
Netherlands Antilles 1983.JPG


Netherlands Antilles 25G 1973.jpg

Netherlands Antilles set, 1983.


In 1983 the Netherlands Antilles consisted of six islands. Each island was allotted a star on the coat of arms.

The six stars are arranged in three different ways on the reverse sides of the coins.

The constituent islands are named on the commemorative 25 guilders of 1973.
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<k>

#58
Netherlands Antilles 1G 1978.jpgNetherlands Antilles 1G 1993.JPG


In 1986 Aruba left the Netherlands Antilles to become an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

This was similar to, say, New Zealand or Jamaica as commonwealth realms, with QEII as head of state.

This meant that one star was removed from the coat of arms.

You can see the difference on these 1 guilder coins of 1978 and 1993.
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SquareEarth

#59
Chinese Moonshot Commemorative
Actually only one of them is a true star(the sun)


the whole set:

(So we have here, two satellite (one artificial one natural), ten planets( pluto included, earth twice) as well as one star (sol invictus)

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Chuan
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