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MORE ON THE MOST POPULAR PORTRAITS ON COINS AND MEDALSRecently Dick Johnson asked, "Whose portrait has appeared on coins and medals more than any other?"
Bob Neale writes:
Obviously, at least to me, the question should have been posed: "Whose portrait has appeared on more different coin and medal basic designs than any other?" That would eliminate all those Lincoln cents, Canadian coins, etc. that count toward a huge total number of coins that may be all the same design but various varieties, dates and mintmarks. Thus, Lincoln would count for only two 1909 coins, not millions for that year alone. And so on. I wonder whether this is what Dick meant to ask?
I ran Bob's question past Dick Johnson, who writes:
Yes, Bob Neale phrased the question with greater clarity. Also we must bring coins in closer equality with medals. Usually medals have only one type with but a single issue (except for award medals). This is in contrast with the multi-year issue of coin types. I was thinking of types when I asked the question, and you could substitute the word "type" in Bob's restated question for "basic designs." Okay, then, if on the other hand, we consider the number issued by type, would the zillions of Lincoln portraits rise above the number of Napoleon coins and medals? And would we find Queen Victoria between the two? (Now that's a mental image you don't visualize every day!) Thanks for the reply, Bob. You stretched my mind this morning. I had to think!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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