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  1. Brad already mentioned the Schön catalog. And Ulfliot is mentioned on the 5 kr coin: "AlÞingi vas sett at raÞi Ulfliots ok allra landsmanna". The runes on the 2 kr piece translate (again according to Schön) to "The AlÞing was founded (or established) in 930." Christian
  2. It does look very plain, compared to many other coins from Slovenia. But the idea behind it is nice: The coin commemorates 10 years of independence and of the tolar, and what you see around the "O" is supposed to look like the growth rings of a tree. No, no, no. That one - the 20 stotins coin depicts a little owl - I have always found funny. (Here http://nikar.net/catalog_files/image5855.jpg is another picture.) What is a little odd, in my opinion, is that the bee on the 0.50 coin is so much bigger ... Christian
  3. Yep; strictly speaking, the German 5 and 10 Pf coins from those years are made of tombac plated steel. (In this case, tombac means precisely 72% Cu and 28% Zn.) The French 1 centime coin is a steel piece. Those silver-niobium coins were initially issued by Austria. But the Austrian Mint now makes them for other countries too. Here is one from Latvia (1 lats 2004): And this is one from Luxembourg (5 euro 2009); the other side shows Grand Duke Henri as usual. Of course those silver-niobium "coins" are not issued for circulation but for collectors only. Christian
  4. Here is a piece "from" Sierra Leone - yes, an actual coin in the sense that it was issued by or on behalf of some government. Other than that ... oh well. http://deutschermuenzexpress.de/images/pro...mages/370_0.JPG Christian
  5. I'm not ... but: "The Promotion is only open to people aged over 18 and resident in the UK". Still, a nice idea even if the primary purpose is getting addresses of (potential) new collectors. Christian
  6. As for the material, see here http://jim.insource.com/elements/C.html for example. No, I don't think either that these coins are very "stable" ... The Conradty company still exists in Röthenbach (near Nürnberg, Bavaria) but is now called Graphite Cova, after a takeover a few years ago. According to this text http://www.lau-net.de/gymroe/projekte/roet...p/inflation.htm (from a local school project website), the coal money was first issued in late November 1922. About one fourth of the wages was paid this way. Christian
  7. Here are some from France, somewhat abstract but elegant: These are from a series which shows the Sower in motion so to say. Christian
  8. "Their" noses? For some odd reason the UK insisted on joining, so it's your noses too until you get out. Of course you may then discover that it's your own government http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/2...sm.catholicism1 which is considering such changes. You may also wonder why the EU does not actually care about succession rules in Spain (male children first) or Sweden (Lutherans required) but oppresses the poor British only ... However, you do have some beauties on coins: Christian
  9. I would not be surprised at all if the Polish mint issued a commem or more on that occasion. Now the French mint, well, he spent most of his short adult life in France, so another piece may well come from there. But I still think it makes sense to issue them next year (he was born in 1810), not this year. As far as I know, Chopin has never lived in what today is Turkey. Maybe a concert, dunno. Most of his "activities" were in Central/Western Europe. I found a larger image of the Turkish coin, and it does highlight "Warsaw" (in English, not in Polish or Turkish ...) and "Paris". Here are the links to the obverse and reverse: http://www.darphane.gov.tr/hpara2009/chopınonbuyuk.jpg http://www.darphane.gov.tr/hpara2009/chop&...;narkabuyuk.jpg And then, well, I already wondered about the Eiffel Tower and the Culture Palace, neither of which existed during Chopin's life. Also, how much sense does it make to put today's borders on a coin that honors somebody who lived in the early 19th century? Other details, such as his portrait or the audience at the bottom, I like ... Christian
  10. Why Polish only? Chopin lived in various European countries, primarily Poland and France, but also in Vienna and Mallorca for example. Should only the country of birth be allowed to mint such a piece? (And no, I won't even ask why the US has recently issued a Braille coin ... ) As far as I know, Chopin's music is pretty popular in Turkey. (Well, as popular as it gets with classical music.) If the government believes this occasion is worth a commem, fine with me - I just wondered about some details regarding the coin. If you know the Grand Canyon coin, you will have seen the other side too, which shows the Unesco HQ in Paris, France. This series "commemorates" Unesco world heritage sites - this year's pieces feature the Kremlin. Now that Hello Kitty series, or the moon landing pieces ... brrr. They issue way too many collector coins anyway in my opinion, and most of them are as overpriced (in relation to the face value) as US collector coins. And Turkey? Heck, last year they even issued coins commemorating Barack Obama's visit. But they also have interesting themes and designs such as "Anatolian Civilizations" series. Christian
  11. Basically a neat design, agreed. There are two things that I find a little strange though. First, since Chopin's name is clearly recognizable in the Turkish text, and the occasion (200th anniversary of his birth) is obvious, why repeat all that in English? Or, why not use French and Polish too? Or, if the mint believes the coins cannot be marketed outside Turkey without English, why leave the country name in Turkish only? The "circle of buildings" on the other side is a great idea - but these two? Assuming these are the Eiffel Tower (Paris) and the Culture Palace (Warsaw), neither of the two was around during Chopin's life. (If I am wrong about the buildings, I apologize.) But maybe these two pieces are test coins, and the real pieces come out next year - after all, 2010 would actually be Chopin's 200th birthday. Christian
  12. Yep, the name of that country was "Deutsches Reich", no matter whether it was ruled by an emperor (from its beginning in 1871 until 1918), a republic (1919-33), under nazi rule (1933-45) or allied occupation (1945 until its end in 1949). Gräfrath was, at that time, a city in Prussia. Today it is part of Solingen, a city in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. What I also find interesting is that they use the old pfennig symbol on the coin, below the "50". Christian
  13. Yes, yes, and yes. Seems that coin was part of a series depicting old/historical professions: http://regiowiki.pnp.de/index.php/Bild:Notgeld.jpg That image shows four from the series ... top left: your lumberjack, with an ax and a saw top right: two workers sawing a trunk bottom right: a carpenter or joiner bottom left: a glass blower The latter is also what Zwiesel is known for today - production of decorative and technical glass. Christian
  14. Not all that different here. Besides, you sure get into a lot of trouble if the police search your house and seize your collection, or parts of it. That would of course not be some random search but needs to be based on a search warrant "issued" by a DA. Such a warrant is supposed to be a means of finding evidence - and if the issue is being a fence, then the questionable objects, be it 20 possibly stolen TV sets or a couple of possibly illegally acquired coins, can be seized. The problem here is that some DAs and police officers insist on seeing a pedigree or proof of purchase - a document which is not legally required for coins. It is a difficult issue indeed; usually you won't have such a pedigree if you buy an old coin at, say, a flea market. But of course, if you buy a coin that was stolen, looted, smuggled, etc. before, you profit from a violation of the law, or even violate it yourself. Now the theory of some DAs is that, by buying old coins without pedigree, you approvingly accept that. To avoid a possibly long and costly lawsuit, some collectors simply agree on giving their "suspicious" coins up. As long as that happens, a police officer and hobby archeologist such as Eckhard Laufer, and some DAs, are encouraged to proceed. Then again, two weeks ago a court in Bavaria decided that a collector who had purchased a few ancient coins did not do anything illegal (see http://www.focus.de/digital/internet/ebay/...aid_419426.html , in German). He bought some - apparently common and inexpensive - pieces on eBay, and the "full program" was launched: investigation, search, and the offer to suspend the proceedings if the man agreed to the confiscation of the coins. Interestingly, this collector was a policeman, in fact a leading CID officer, and a note about the suspension would have been listed in his job file. So he did not agree, was then supposed to pay a €1,200 fine, and fought that. The case went to court, and the judge decided that the man is not guilty. While this was just one decision of one local court, it will influence the way such cases are dealt with in the future. Even the DA had ultimately pleeded not guilty ... But as far as I can tell, it will not really influence the debate in the US. Seems that some archeologists, and organizations such as the ACCG on the other hand, exploit the debate to pursue their own agenda, including some interesting political views. ("Nor am I shocked that it is happening in Germany because they have flirted with fascism and gone back and forth with mild forms of socialism over the years." - quoted from http://coinarchaeology.blogspot.com/2009/0...ntenced-in.html , in English) At least we now know that the ACCG campaign is not actually about what's going on in Germany. Christian
  15. Over here we have a legal principle which is called presumption of innocence, y'know ... Christian
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