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The Most Uninspired Or Ugly (Modern) Circulating Coins

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 Posted 10/13/2015  1:43 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Figured the other thread deserved it's counterpart.

What are the most bland, boring, uninspired, and simply ugly coins from around the world?

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 Posted 10/13/2015  1:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Harmonica to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Numisrob agrees with you!

Here is an older thread with the same theme.
https://www.coincommunity.com/forum...IC_ID=184633
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 Posted 10/13/2015  3:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
US Statehood Quarters. Pick any of them. The Ohio quarter is typical, but having old moonface on it sends it to a lower than average level.

http://www.theus50.com/ohio/quarter.php

The artist depictions of the coins look pretty good compared to how flat and awful these things look in your hand. They wouldn't look so bad if they were struck in relief. They have all the beauty and character of an old subway token. But they won't pay for a ride or even a candy bar.
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 Posted 10/13/2015  3:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add OspreyCoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All Euro Coins.
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 Posted 10/13/2015  3:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bud250r to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Our Presidential dollars have to be in the running. I think they are the worst are mint has ever put out.
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 Posted 10/13/2015  3:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Also:
1. the effigy of the current US nickel
2. the new JFK dollar design with his downward looking effigy - weird (but I HAD to have the reverse proof!).
3. Last years REV design of the SAC showing construction workers after having more artistic symbolism in recent years. This was a low point in design for the series IMO.
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 Posted 10/13/2015  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another drab coin from 1950s-90s Europe:

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 Posted 10/14/2015  5:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am under the impression that current circulating Romanian coins are probably the most boring designs they can get.

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 Posted 10/14/2015  5:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add OspreyCoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a token
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 Posted 10/14/2015  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Are you sure that one isn't a Chuck E. Cheese token?
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 Posted 10/15/2015  05:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thai-vic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would nominate the Irish Euro cents and Euros. The same old harp on all the denominations (excluding the odd commemoratives). Repetitive and uninspiring.
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 Posted 10/18/2015  07:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That OP coin is actually pretty nice

I'd propose the modern Bulgarian coins' design (other than the 1 lev, which is nice). Not only are all the denominations pretty much identical (except for size, color, and numbers), but the picture on them is the Madara Rider, which - in that particular version at least - is itself borderline ugly.
Just ugh. At least they're pretty much all the same date, so I didn't have to collect anything more than a denomination set
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 Posted 03/28/2021  07:39 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I thought I'd bump this thread as I got one of these 2006 Johnson's Dictionary coins in change the other day. I thought they were boring and uninspired when they were released, and after 16 years of circulation I think they look even worse! True, a dictionary is a difficult thing to depict on a coin, and a picture of a big book would also have been rather boring, but why not a portrait of Dr Johnson himself, perhaps with his beloved cat Hodge on his lap?

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 Posted 03/28/2021  07:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
NumisRob-- Indeed, that is a less than awe-inspiring example.
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 Posted 03/28/2021  5:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For what it's worth, I personally think that it's one of the neatest coins in the entire 50 pence commemorative series I could hardly call it uninspired. Unorthodox, yes, but that's a different thing.

(I tried to get one of those myself at some point, though I forgot if I succeeded or not.)

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Looks like a token
It's nothing compared to the glory of the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark...



(Though Romania "wins" on consistency: other Bosnian denominations aren't that bad.)
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 Posted 03/30/2021  6:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fin235 - I suspect the obverse of the Netherlands euro is worse. I thought Beatrix was a mushroom at first glance.



And as for mistaken icons on Euro coins - the Slovenian Prince's stone looks like a blueberry muffin.



I don't think the oak saplings on the pfennigs is bad given the significance and the fact that other German coins tied in with the theme. I do think the coin should have been changed once Germany had recovered from WW2.

THQ - I think you're a bit harsh with the Statehood Quarters. There are some duds but some aren't that bad, although I might be a bit softer critic being an outsider.

Must admit, there are some pretty uninspiring coins posted. My pick? For design and topic I choose our very own 2010 20c piece. The design itself I find lacklustre and who in their right mind (except accountants) would want a coin celebrating 100 years of taxation! I'm not aware of any other country to produce a coin for their tax department.

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