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 Posted 06/25/2022  07:13 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While not common, coins and medals featuring an individual's portrait on both the obverse and reverse are definitely a part of the numismatic landscape.

In this thread, let's post coins/medals that feature a full portrait of an actual person on each side (rather than. for example, pieces that have a portrait on one side and a crowd scene on the other or coins like the Lincoln Memorial cent that have a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the obverse and a tiny depiction of the Lincoln Statue found inside the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse).

I'll kick things off with a gold $1.00 coin from the classic US Commemorative series.



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The Lewis & Clark Exposition was held in Portland, Oregon from June 1 through October 15, 1905. In addition to celebrating the centennial of the 1804-1806 expedition of Captains Meriwhether Lewis and William Clark, the Exposition was also intended to promote Portland's economic potential (with an eye toward attracting investors) and to foster trade and economic cooperation among nations on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

The Lewis and Clark Exposition Company was the organizer and manager of the Exposition, along with Oregon's appointed Centennial Commission. The Company decided upon "Westward The Course of Empire Takes Its Way" as the Exposition's motto/slogan; it alluded to the unlimited potential of the US' westward expansion.

The US Congress authorized a commemorative gold $1.00 coin for the Exposition in April 1904; the legislation was signed into law by US President Theodore Roosevelt.

The coin's design is of the "two-headed" variety. Its obverse design features a left-facing portrait of Captain Meriwether Lewis, while the reverse depicts Captain William Clark. The pair were the official Government leaders of the Expedition (the "Corps of Discovery") charged with exploring the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and the Pacific Northwest, establishing relationships with the Native Americans in the areas and helping to establish the United States jurisdiction over the areas.

1904 Lewis and Clark Exposition Gold Dollar
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Christopher Columbus and the king & queen of Spain.
Mexican medal undated (but pre 1972) Grove P-75a


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 Posted 06/25/2022  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wandering Circle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1978 Iranian 20 rials, depicting the Pahlavi monarchy of Mohammad Reza Shah and his father Reza Shah.

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1965 British crown - Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill:
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 Posted 06/25/2022  4:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A very interesting topic idea and some great examples to start the journey.
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I suppose this one counts...

It is a large depiction of Cook, but he is part of a image (though not a crowd) that could/should be considered secondary to the head (it is his commemorative after all). The again the map of Australia is probably seen by most to be on equal footing.

I will let commems be the judge.

1970 Australia Cook 50 Cents


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I will let commems be the judge.

Cook, no doubt, is a major design element not a background fill-in!


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Back in 2012, Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with a multi-coin commemorative program that included circulation and collector coins.

Here are the silver $4.00 collector coins from 2012 - they honor Sir Isaac Brock and Tecumseh; 25-cent circulation coins were also struck. Each coin features the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse, and a portrait of the individual being honored, by Bonnie Ross, on its reverse.

2012 War of 1812 $4 Silver Coins - Shared Obverse

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2012 War of 1812 $4 Silver Coins - Individual Reverses









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1999 British 5 coin commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, with Diana on one side and her former Mother-in-Law on the other!

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I'm enjoying the show - let's keep it up!


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Well, the reverse has the silhouettes of two people, but I'm assuming this will count . 2002 Dutch 10 euro coin commemorating the marriage of Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima. Their silhouettes are on the reverse, Queen Beatrix on the obverse.

I've found the design of this sort of interesting with the concentric but offset circles on both the obverse and reverse.

A Dutch friend gave this to me during my last year in The Netherlands; it's been beat up a bit as he had carried it as a pocket piece for a little while...

The inscription on the reverse (Twee Twee Tweeduizend Twee) is the marriage date - 2/2/2002.
My U.S. Type Set: https://www.NGCcoin.com/registry/co...sets/278808/
My U.S. Classic Commemorative Complete Set: https://www.NGCcoin.com/registry/co...sets/278741/
My 20th Century U.S. Type Set - Proofs only, No Gold https://www.ngccoin.com/registry/co...sets/396301/
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2008 British 5 coin for the 60th birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales:

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Fantastic examples!


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Cook, no doubt, is a major design element not a background fill-in!
I appreciate the confirmation!
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Here's an Isle of Man coin from 1976 - one of several the island nation issued in recognition of the US Bicentennial.

It's a One Crown copper-nickel coin that features Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse and George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (and future first US President) on its reverse.






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