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Hi, welcome to “Coin of Note”. Information & images of coins (including non-circulating), postal numismatic covers, banknotes & exonumia (tokensmedallions). Learn more on the About page, browse by Country or Topic, or find recently added pieces below (157 coins in all so far). I’m joining in the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge this year, so expect a few extra posts in April (26 for the month, to be precise)!


  • 19 B.C. Rome Augustus Denarius Fouree

    19 B.C. Rome Augustus Denarius Fouree

    An ancient coin which isn’t what it seems This is a bonus entry for Day 18, “R” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!R = Rome. Obverse The Denarius is one of the most well-known denominations of ancient Roman coins. It was the most important silver coin in the Roman Republic and Empire for over 500…

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  • 360 A.D. Rome Æ 3 Fel Temp Reparatio

    360 A.D. Rome Æ 3 Fel Temp Reparatio

    A battle scene on a coin This is my entry for Day 18, “R” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!R = Rome. Obverse We can learn so much from coins that it can be amazing what you can fit on a small disc of metal. In this case one only 18mm diameter. And it can…

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  • 1990 Qatar 50 Dirhams

    1990 Qatar 50 Dirhams

    A coin featuring one of the most relaxing looking state emblems This is my entry for Day 17, “Q” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!Q = Qatar. Obverse The obverse of the coin features the year above, in Gregorian and Islamic years (1990 – 1410) and the country name in Arabic below (دولَة قطَر, which…

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  • 1949 Portugal 20 Centavos

    1949 Portugal 20 Centavos

    Just because I like Roman Numerals This is my entry for Day 16, “P” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!P = Portugal. Reverse The reverse of the coin features the denomination above the branches of an olive tree. The 20 of the denomination is written in Roman Numerals – XX. Roman numerals have often been…

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  • 1913 Ottoman Empire 20 Para Passage Token

    1913 Ottoman Empire 20 Para Passage Token

    An early 20th century bridge token from a fascinating city. This is my entry for Day 15, “O” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!O = Ottoman Empire. Obverse We have covered pieces from Istanbul previously, from a Byzantine Follis issued in the sixth century (when the city was known as Constantinople) to a more modern…

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  • One Pint, Upper Hutt New Zealand

    One Pint, Upper Hutt New Zealand

    A token for a pint of milk from a country which relies on dairies. This is my entry for Day 14, “N” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!N = New Zealand. (View of a farm from the NZ Pocket Guide website on seasonal work in New Zealand) New Zealand is a nation founded on farming,…

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  • 1993 (North) Macedonia 5 Denari

    1993 (North) Macedonia 5 Denari

    A cat from an old country which now has a “new” name This is my entry for Day 13, “M” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!M = (North) Macedonia. North Macedonia The ancient kingdom of Macedonia was a crossroads between Mediterranean and Balkan civilizations. Macedonia briefly became the largest empire in the world under the…

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  • 1941 Liberia 2 Cents

    1941 Liberia 2 Cents

    Beautiful African scenes from an altruistically-founded country. This is a bonus entry for Day 12, “L” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!L = Liberia. Liberia The flag of Liberia is similar to the flag of the USA, with just one star in the blue canton. Source: Wikipedia. Slavery, and slavery of Africans, has existed at…

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  • 1941 Lebanon 1/2 Piastre

    1941 Lebanon 1/2 Piastre

    An interesting coin from one of the lesser known participants of WWII This is my entry for Day 12, “L” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!L = Lebanon. Lebanon in WWII This coin was issued just five years after the 1936 5 Piastres shared previously. But quite a lot changed in that time, specifically: WWII.…

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  • 2003 Kenya 40 Shillings

    2003 Kenya 40 Shillings

    A commemorative value on a commemorative coin This is my entry for Day 11 “K” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!K = Kenya. Reverse The reverse of the coin features President Mwai Kibaki facing forward. Around the edge is the text “Third president of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Mwai Kibaki, CGH, MP.” Unlike the…

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  • 1915 Japan 5 Rin

    1915 Japan 5 Rin

    A beautiful early, low-denomination milled Japanese coin. This is my entry for Day 10 “J” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!J = Japan. Taishō era 1920 photo with a view of the Mitsubishi headquarters in Marunouchi, looking towards the Imperial Palace, from Wikipedia. The Meiji restoration of 1870 saw Japan move from a pre-industrial, feudal…

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  • 2011 India Delhi Metro Token

    2011 India Delhi Metro Token

    A token from one of the largest railway-using countries. This is my entry for Day 9 “I” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!I = India. Indian rail India is the globe’s overwhelming rail usage leader, with over 8 billion passenger trips per year making up more than a trillion kilometres travelled. Japan is a relatively…

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  • 1975 Hong Kong $2

    1975 Hong Kong $2

    One of the first scalloped coins I encountered. This is my entry for Day 8 “H” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!H = Hong Kong. This coin was also the #MysteryCoin at the end of my March 27 Newsletter. The newsletter comes out every fortnight featuring recent updates, news, highlights from others, and a…

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  • 1975 Germany 5 Deutsche Mark (Cancelled)

    1975 Germany 5 Deutsche Mark (Cancelled)

    A coin whose story didn’t end when it was demonetised This is my entry for Day 7 “G” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!G = Germany. East and West Map of Germany showing West Germany (Green) and East Germany (Orange), from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_reunification Following WWII, Germany, even more than most countries, needed to rebuild. Germany was…

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  • 1993 Finland 50 Penniä

    1993 Finland 50 Penniä

    The only coin with moss on it (from the mint) This is a bonus entry for Day 6 “F” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!F = Finland.See also the 1994 10 Penniä Obverse The obverse features a “Brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) standing, looking outwards” above the country name in Finnish and English: SUOMI…

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  • 1994 Finland 10 Penniä

    1994 Finland 10 Penniä

    A coin with simply designed, complementary Bee habitats This is my entry for Day 6 “F” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!F = Finland. Obverse The obverse of the coin features the country name in Finnish and English (Suomi / Finland) above the year – 1994 in this case, although the coin was issued from…

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  • 1936 British East Africa 5 Cents

    1936 British East Africa 5 Cents

    One of few coins bearing Edward VIII This is my entry for Day 5 “E” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!E = East Africa. The countries which used the East African Shilling and when they stopped (left), and the area of a new proposed East African Shilling (right). From Wikipedia. British East Africa British East…

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  • 25 Øre token Denmark Dyrehavsbakken

    25 Øre token Denmark Dyrehavsbakken

    From the world’s oldest amusement park This is my entry for Day 4 “D” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!D = Denmark. Dyrehavsbakken (Pjerrot, the resident clown of the park. Read his story at liebhaverboligen.dk) Founded in 1583, Bakken, or Dyrehavsbakken as it is officially named, has been a firm favorite with the people…

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  • 2015 Canada Fox Geocache coin

    2015 Canada Fox Geocache coin

    A colourful “coin” from a hobby I hadn’t heard of This is my entry for Day 3 “C” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!C = Canada. Obverse The only text on this side is the word CANADA below an orange, black and white fox sitting among trees. There are four types of foxes in…

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  • 1920 Brazil 400 Réis

    1920 Brazil 400 Réis

    An interesting denomination and female personification of Liberty This is my entry for Day 2 “B” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!B = Brazil. Obverse We’ve previously looked at the 1835 Brazil 40 Réis (which was countermarked on an 80 Réis). At the time that coin was issued, Brazil had only recently achieved independence…

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  • 2017 Austria 5 Euro Easter Lamb

    2017 Austria 5 Euro Easter Lamb

    A commemorative coin for the most important holiday This is my entry for Day 1 “A” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!A = Austria. Obverse Austria joined the “Euro” at its commencement in 2002, replacing the Schilling (made up of 100 Groschen). The European Central Bank set the regulations for normal circulating coins in…

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  • Christ died for our sins medallion

    Christ died for our sins medallion

    The meaning of Easter and Christianity in one image Obverse As a humble numismatist, I don’t think I am qualified to teach on theology. As a Christian, I can hopefully pen a few words on one of the key aspects of our faith without botching it too badly though! The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and…

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  • 2017 Lebanon 500 Līrah / Livres

    2017 Lebanon 500 Līrah / Livres

    A modern Stainless steel-clad iron coin Obverse When looking at the earlier 1936 Lebanon 5 Piastres, one of the prominent designs on the coin was the Lebanese Cedar Tree. Fast forward 80 years, and that is still the case. The tree on this coin is slightly more abstract and silhouette, but still clearly recognisable. The…

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  • 1984 Egypt 5 Qirsh

    1984 Egypt 5 Qirsh

    A pair of classical designs from the middle-east Reverse The reverse is anepigraphic, but instantly recognisable to most people around the world. The Great Pyramids of Giza are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and still a marvel of building that we are still discovering more about even today. Ancient Egypt was…

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