In our last issue readers cited a plethora of coins picturing babies, in response to Fred Michaelson's quiz question. Fred writes:
After seeing these answers, it might make more sense to
list coins that don't have a baby. A friend happened to send me a bunch of old photographs, including the attached image of Sacajawea and her child. The caption would be "I knew there would be some strings attached."
Tom DeLorey writes:
The Black Revolutionary War Patriots silver dollar shows a woman holding a baby on the reverse.
Steve Bishop writes:
As a follow-up quiz to the one regarding babies on U.S. coins, how
about babies on non-U.S. coins? The one I know of offhand is Ivan III
of Russia, who, as an infant, was named heir to the Russian throne by
his great-aunt Empress Anna just before her death in 1740. His mother
acted as regent for a short reign until they were deposed in 1741. He
was jailed (at the age of two!) and remained so until he was murdered
Steve provided an image scanned from Brekke's book "The Copper
Coinage of Imperial Russian 1700-1917" Thanks, everyone. Interesting topic, and it looks like we're just scratching the surface. Nice topical collection to form.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUIZ ANSWERS: BABIES ON COINS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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