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04 Oct 2020

Italy's Vittorio Emanuele III and his Neo_Classical Coin Designs

Coins-World | Juno Moneta

Italy began a great run of Neo-Classical coin designs beginning in 1908, and then with their commemorative coin series of 1911, on their 50th Anniversary of Unification. The most commonly available, and very affordable, example is the 10 Centesimi of this one year type. At first glance the reverses look the same but the silver 5 Lire and gold 50 Lire feature a modern steam war ship rather than a wooden ship. Either way it's a bold, dramatic and iconic way to celebrate your 50th.There's a nice article on these coins, and others of Vittorio Emanuele III, in the Oct. 2020 issue of the "Numismatist." Check it out on page 39 at this link: http://onlinedigitalpublishing.com/publication/frame.php?i=673359&p=&pn=&ver=html5

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11 Apr 2015

Chinese Soviet Republic

Coins-World | Juno Moneta

I've created a new collection showing the five major varieties of Chinese Soviet Republic 5 Cents pieces of 1932. SCWC (KM) shows only three types, plain edge, reeded, and restrike. Specialized Chinese references show the five shown here but they are not designated as reeded or plain. That's because they're all supposed to be reeded but some missed the reeding. I'm convinced, since almost all of mine exhibit some slight reeding, sometimes almost imperceptible, that they were all reeded. The mint for these was probably a temporary field mint, since these were hard battle worn times. I have about nine of these, collected back when you could get authentic Soviet items and before the Chinese started buying them back.

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