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Ugly Coin Competition 2014 1B1 Round 1 Group 4/5


UCC 1B1 Round 1 Group 4  

7 members have voted

  1. 1. Please vote for the ugliest coin

    • ikaros' 1969 Poland 10 złotych, 25th anniversary of the Polish Communist Party
      2
    • ScottO's 1866 US 3 Cents (nickel)
      5


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Ugly Coin Competition 2014

Ugly By Design

I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Engraved That Way

1970 and Before

ikaros' 1969 Poland 10 złotych, 25th anniversary of the Polish Communist Party

I take it as an article of faith that Polish coinage of the 1960s and 1970s have probably the best design work of the Cold War era. And the engravers at the Polish mint, despite state control of pretty much everything, were able to get away with many issues on themes that would have been impossible anywhere else in the Warsaw Pact. Which might actually explain this odd design "commemorating" (if that's the right word) the 25th anniversary of the then-ruling Polish Communist Party. What you have is a half-dollar sized coin with a nickel's worth of design: if you place a nickel over the design, it looks like a completely blank planchet, other than a bit of the denomination on the reverse. What this coin really represents -- and I hope this was the designer's thinking regarding the subject -- is a terrific waste of space.

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ScottO's 1866 US 3 Cents (nickel)

Not a fan of the reverse design, the dinks and chips on the obverse do not help the coin either, but I just find the use of 3 I's and a wreath and nothing else rather boring

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ScottO's 1866 US 3 Cents (nickel)

Not a fan of the reverse design, the dinks and chips on the obverse do not help the coin either, but I just find the use of 3 I's and a wreath and nothing else rather boring

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