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Inverted anchor cross. A cross with slightly widened ends, with two anchor flukes coming out of the top and curving left and right, also with slightly widened ends.







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  • 2008 Kyrgyzstan 3 Som

    2008 Kyrgyzstan 3 Som

    An unusual modern value Kyrgyzstan The government of Kyrgyzstan (or the Kyrgyz Republic) describe their country as: “one the most scenic places in Central Asia. Two-thirds of its territory is occupied by the mountains, which is affected on variety of climate, landscapes, flora, and fauna. Being here, you will open to yourself the country of…

  • 284 Rome Numerian Tetradrachm

    284 Rome Numerian Tetradrachm

    A Nice thick Roman-Egyptian coin – with an eagle Numerian The “Crisis of the Third Century” was a period of great instability in the Roman Empire following the end of the Severan dynasty. Lasting from 235 – 284, one striking example of this was the year 238: The year of the Six Emperors. Towards the…

  • 2005 Cayman Islands 1 Cent

    2005 Cayman Islands 1 Cent

    A neat little bird from the Caribbean The Cayman Islands are three islands with a total landmass of 264 km2 (102 mi2). The Cayman Islands lie in the Caribbean Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico. It is believed the islands were first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1503. The name Cayman came from “Caiman” or “Caymanas”…

  • 1857 USA Cent

    1857 USA Cent

    A short but interesting issue of US cents The Cent As ubiquitous as the various forms of the “Lincoln Cent” are to anyone familiar with modern US currency, there were a number of designs before it. Even the long running Lincoln Cent has had five iterations. From 1793 to 1857, the cent showed a depiction…

  • 115-113 B.C. China Wu Zhu

    115-113 B.C. China Wu Zhu

    The longest-produced coin in history. The Dahuting Tomb (Chinese: 打虎亭汉墓, Pinyin: Dahuting Han mu; Wade-Giles: Tahut’ing Han mu) of the late Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), located in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, was excavated in 1960-1961 and contains vault-arched burial chambers decorated with murals showing scenes of daily life. Image, Wikipedia The Han Dynasty The…

  • 1955 Yugoslavia 50 Dinara

    1955 Yugoslavia 50 Dinara

    A socialist coin from a series which works well together. 1946-63 Emblem of Federal People’s Republic (FPR) of Yugoslavia. Image from Wikipedia. Writing about the 1931 Yugoslavia 10 Dinara, I covered some of the early history of Yugoslavia – at least up to the creation of Yugoslavia as a dictatorship under King Alexander. This particularly…

  • 107-110 A.D. Rome Trajan Æ Sestertius

    107-110 A.D. Rome Trajan Æ Sestertius

    The helpful power of the community Obverse The obverse of the coin shows a portrait of Emperor Trajan. Text around the edge reads in full “IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P”. Although only the first part is visible on my coin, which has also been holed.…

  • 1882 Zanzibar 1 Pysa

    1882 Zanzibar 1 Pysa

    A KM1 coin from a small African island. Here it is! The final entry, Day 26, “Z” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!Z = Zanzibar. Zanzibar The area known as Zanzibar has been home to humans for at least 20,000 years. Archaeological evidence includes Microliths (small tools used as spear points in the later stone…

  • 1931 Yugoslavia 10 Dinara

    1931 Yugoslavia 10 Dinara

    A coin with an eagle from a tumultuous time for Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. This is my entry for Day 25 “Y” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!Y = Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia Prior to WWI, the Austro-Hungarian Empire not only covered what is today Austria and Hungary. It also covered all or parts of what became…

  • 1974 Jamaica Proof Cent

    1974 Jamaica Proof Cent

    A very shiny cent from a newly independent country This is a bonus entry for Day 24 “X” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!X = Xaymaca (Jamaica). Independence As noted yesterday, there are very few coin issuing entities which begin with X. Jamaica is known as Xaymaca in the native language, so we’ll go…

  • 1976 Western African States 10 Francs CFA

    1976 Western African States 10 Francs CFA

    This is my entry for Day 23 “W” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!W = West African States. West African Monetary Union The European Union oversees a single currency, the Euro, which is used across most countries in Europe. This is known as a “Monetary union”. There have been other Monetary Unions, back to at…

  • 1978 Vatican 500 Lire Sede Vacante September

    1978 Vatican 500 Lire Sede Vacante September

    A coin to mark a once in 400 year event This is my entry for Day 22 “V” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!V = Vatican City. The Papacy The coat of arms of Vatican City, from Vatican.va Matthew 16:18, Jesus said to the Apostle Peter: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will…

  • 1818 Spain 8 Maravedis

    1818 Spain 8 Maravedis

    A coin from The Desired, or the Felon King? This is my entry for Day 19 “S” of the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge!S = Spain. Spain Ferdinand VII swears on the 1812 Constitution before the Cortes in 1820, from Wikipedia. Spain followed a similar path to many other European nations: Founded as far back…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…