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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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  • 2016 PNC 400th Anniversary Dirk Hartog’s landing

    2016 PNC 400th Anniversary Dirk Hartog’s landing

    A large medallion for a large milestone Unknown South Land (Early Dutch map of Australia (Hollandia Nova) showing much of the west and north of the country. Map from Swaen.com) Aboriginal people are known to have occupied mainland Australia for at least 65,000 years. It is widely accepted that this predates the modern human settlement…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 1983 Finland 5 Markkaa

    1983 Finland 5 Markkaa

    A very cool, “common” coin. Obverse Numista describes the obverse as “Icebreaker ship on ice boulders above legend and year”. Suomi is the country’s name (Finland), in Finnish. Numista lists over 3,000 coins with ships. Refine that to standard circulating coins featuring “icebreaker” ships, and you’re left with just two. This coin, issued 1979-1993 by…

  • 2001 Taiwan 20 New Dollars

    2001 Taiwan 20 New Dollars

    A coin, and article, which encouraged me to learn more about the history of Taiwan. Taiwan At its closest, Taiwan is 130 Kilometres (81 Miles) off the coast of mainland China. Taiwan is 1,200km (750 miles) north of the Philippines, and 2,200km (1350km) south-west of Japan and the Korean peninsula. Tension between China and Taiwan…

  • 1936 Lebanon 5 Piastres

    1936 Lebanon 5 Piastres

    A coin with two ancient symbols History Lebanon has been inhabited since at least 5,000 BC. First by the Phoenicians, then Romans, Byzantines, Caliphates, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Mamluks and Ottomans. Following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, after WWI Lebanon came under the French “Mandate for Syria and Lebanon“. This lasted until the end of WWII…

  • Roman Republic Aes Grave (Janus & Ship’s prow)

    Roman Republic Aes Grave (Janus & Ship’s prow)

    Like many Roman pieces today, (or at least the ones I can afford), here is a coin which looks a bit rough, but has a lot of history. It is a later example of one of the earliest types of Roman coins. It even has a connection to Pompeii. Although not great seafarers, Rome did…