gxseries Posted December 3, 2010 Report Share Posted December 3, 2010 When you look at a lot of the coin posts, some people lament that modern coinage is a joke which range from artistic design to the current cheap metal content. I however would like people to challenge the thought that modern world coins especially after WWII in particular after 2000 can be still exciting and not recycled from old designs. You must be asking me why after WWII or after 2000. My main reason is because this is the time when a lot of precious metals or even copper have been slowly fazed out for cheaper and tougher metals. On the other hand, some that were thought to be impossible became common these days such as bi-metal coins or even tri-metal, plated, clad, various shaped coins such as 3 sided coins, shallop shaped, and so forth. To make it realistic for everyone, I avoided commemorative coins unless they circulated as they are often expensive and priced too high unless you believe it's worth to be mentioned. First up, when you think of New Zealand, you think of kiwis. Or that's just Australians who call them kiwis. If you haven't heard of what happened there, a horrifying underground coal mine trapped 29 men followed by several explosions. Not the best time of the year for their families and friends. Nevertheless, I believe this coin reflects how hard the coin has gone through such a small country: Small coin, gone through a fair bit of circulation but it certainly reflects well of the country. "Peace dude" I found this coin to be quite hilarious to be honest. While it seems that the coin tries to reflect peace, at the same time when India produces billions of these coins with hard steel planchets at a fast pace, these coins are often struck weakly. It just seems to reflect of the stability of what's going on in India... Coming from Australia is the lethal weapon where everyone carries a few example of: Interesting 12 sided coin but at the weight of 15.5 grams or close to half an ounce (unfortunately nickel-copper). Having too many of these in your wallet will weigh you down or it's perfect for hitting someone. Hard to imagine why it's so heavy. At one stage when nickel and copper price were at their highest price couple of years ago, the 5, 10 and 20 cents metal scrap value were pretty much the same as the current market price. Out of all Euro coins, Italy deserves to be mentioned as famous Italian arts are featured instead of a common reverse like most European countries. In particular, Italy's 1 euro coin gets my attention: This coin is very symbolic as not only does it feature Leonardo da Vinci's work and nudity, the real intention of it is explained as follows: The choice of the design of the coins was left to the Italian public by means of a television broadcast where alternative designs were presented, letting the people vote by calling a certain telephone number. However, the 1 euro coin was missing in this election, because Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the then Economy minister, had already decided it would sport the Vitruvian man of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's work is highly symbolical as it represents the Renaissance focus on man as the measure of all things, and has simultaneously a round shape that fits the coin perfectly. As Ciampi observed, this represents the "coin to the service of Man", instead of Man to the service of money. More can be read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_euro_coins I'll leave it just here but I'm sure everyone has a lot more to contribute. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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