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22 Nov 2019

Coins from the USSR

Coins-World | user_1727

Numismatics and history are very closely connected. From the earliest coinage to modern commemoratives, coins tell the story of triumph, conquest and tragedy throughout history. They tell the story of kings and of revolutions, exploration and innovation. This series looks at the history of the Modern World through the lense of 20 coins.

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20 Nov 2019

The Franco Years and the Peseta

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1957(65) 5-pesetas minted in Madrid has a mintage of 25,000,000. This copper-nickel coin weighs 5.75 grams and is 23mm in diameter. The central obverse device features a bust of Francisco Franco. The year of authorization is 1957 and the legend is translated, "FRANCISCO FRANCO LEADER OF SPAIN BY THE GRACE OF GOD." The obverse engravers are Manuel Marin and Mariano Benlliure. The central reverse device features St. Johns Eagle with a Spanish Coat of Arms. St. Johns Eagle is known by the halo around the eagle's head. The reverse legend on the ribbon held by the eagle's beak is translated, "One, Great and Free." The reverse legend on the ribbon crossing Hercules Pillars is translated, "Further beyond." On this piece the word "Plus" over the left pillar is unreadable. This defect appears mostly on coins struck before 1968. The denomination of the coin is 5 PTAS and the reverse engraver is Teodoro Miciano. The "65" stamped six-point star to the left denotes that the coin was manufactured in 1965 and struck in Madrid.

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18 Nov 2019

1937 Was a Very Bad Year for this Coin

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1937 Euzkadi (Basque Country) 1-peseta coin minted in Brussels, Belgium has a mintage of 7,000,000. The coin is struck in nickel, weighs 4 grams, and is 22mm in diameter. The obverse device portrays a bust of Lady Liberty wearing a Phrygian Cap. The legend, “GOBIERNO DE EUZKADI” is properly translated, “Government of Basque Country.” The AB monogram underneath the obverse bust is for engravers, A. Bonnetain and A. Everaerts. The reverse device features a closed wreath with the value 1 peseta and the date 1937 in the middle. On April 1, 1939, the day the nationalists took Spain and the civil war ended, the 1937 Euzkadi 1-peseta was demonetized.

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16 Nov 2019

I Couldn't Be More Pleased!

Coins-World | coinsbygary

A few months ago, I purchased a Spanish Provisional Government 1868 5-peseta copper pattern from an E-Bay seller in Argentina. The listing picture wasn't too good and it seemed like the pattern was a little suspect. Still, this piece is scarce and I have wanted one for quite some time. If I could get it on the cheap, all the better. With what I thought was a fair bid, I won the piece for about half what I could expect to pay for a certified piece.

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15 Nov 2019

My Spanish Reales | Week of 11/10/2019

Coins-World | user_93026

So one thing I've noticed is that a good amount of collectors seem to enjoy Spanish currency; especially those who predominantly collect US coins. Ever since I began collecting I had some fascination with the old Spanish reales of the 17th and 18th centuries. Eventually I learned about the different denominations; 1/2 reale, reale, 2R, 4R, 8R, escudo and so on. I find it very intriguing how Spanish coins are something of a record of how our coin-minting technology grew over time.

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13 Nov 2019

The Last Silver Peseta

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1933(34) Second Spanish Republic 1-peseta struck in Madrid has a mintage of 2,000,000. The 1933(34) weighs 5 grams with a silver fineness of .835 and is 23mm in diameter. The obverse features an image of Hispania seated on a plinth holding an olive branch. The legend reads The Republic of Spain. The reverse features the same coat of arms used by the Spanish Provisional Government and the denomination of the coin is 1-peseta. The engraver of the coin is José Eusebio Espinós Gisbert.

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13 Nov 2019

Coins of the British Empire

Coins-World | user_1727

Numismatics and history are very closely connected. From the earliest coinage to modern commemoratives, coins tell the story of triumph, conquest and tragedy throughout history. They tell the story of kings and queens, of revolutions, exploration and innovation. This series looks at the history of the Modern World through the lense of 20 coins.

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10 Nov 2019

The 5-peseta Coin and the Latin Monetary Union

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1870(70) 5-peseta coin minted in Madrid has a mintage of 5,923,455. It is 37mm in diameter with a silver fineness of .900 weighing 25 grams. The obverse initials L.M. underneath Hispania's feet refer to engraver Luis Marchionni. The initials S.N. along the lower left rim of the reverse refer to mint assayers Donato Álvarez Santullano and Rafael Narváez. The initial .M. along the lower right rim of the reverse represents balance judge Ángel Mendoza Ordóñez.

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07 Nov 2019

1870(74) 2-peseta

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1870(74) 2-peseta coin minted in Madrid has a mintage of 14,892,932. It is 27mm in diameter with a silver fineness of .835 weighing 10 grams. The obverse initials L.M. underneath Hispania's feet refer to engraver Luis Marchionni. The initials D.E. along the lower left rim of the reverse refer to mint assayers Eduardo Díaz Pimienta and Julio de Escosura Tablares. The initial .M. on the lower right rim of the reverse refers to balance judge Ángel Mendoza Ordóñez.

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06 Nov 2019

German Unification and Imperial Coinage

Coins-World | user_1727

Numismatics and history are very closely connected. From the earliest Bronze Age coinage to modern commemoratives, coins tell the story of triumph, conquest and tragedy throughout history. They tell the story of empires and of revolutions, exploration and innovation. This series looks at the history of the Modern World through the lense of 20 coins.

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