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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 38, September 20, 2009, Article 19

MORE ON COINS PICTURED ON COINS

Yossi Dotan writes:

You requested to see examples of coins pictured within a coin or banknote. Here is my ten zlotych worth as contribution to the presentation.

Poland Y-568 obv&rev

The coin, issued by Poland in 2005, honors the history of the zloty by featuring both sides of the 5-zlotych coin of 1936—the obverse on the obverse and the reverse on the reverse. The reverse of the 1936 coin shows the training ship "Dar Pomorza" from a full port broadside view. The obverse of the 2005 coin gives a starboard bow view of the ship.

While there are quite a few coins that depict another coin, I cannot recall another instance in which both sides of that other coin are depicted.

Thanks. This is a good example of a commemorative coin using an earlier coin as part of its design. I would still like some examples of a coin or banknote picturing another coin or note as a way of representing value, denomination, or backing. One remarkable instance of this in U.S. monetary history is the first issue of Postage Currency, which pictured neither coins nor banknotes, but stamps. For example, the 50-cent note pictured five ten-cent U.S. postage stamps. I suspect someone has coined a word for this picturing of other items to represent value, but perhaps I'm wrong. -Editor


Wayne Homren, Editor

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