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 Posted 11/24/2017  7:56 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add cara to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
What I mean are imaginary personifications of symbols or mythological beings, like freedom (liberty), the republic, fatherland, justice, reason, gods and goddesses. For example the French Marianne, Britannia and Hispania, Italia Turrita, Greek Titans and so.

But not coins depicting real persons like Queens, Emperors, Dictators, Heroes,etc!


As example, here I post some coins from Argentina, depicting a Freedom head personification, wearing a Phrygian cap which was engraved by Eugène-André Oudiné (1810-1887), a French sculptor. This Capped Liberty design is a beauty.

1 Peso 1882 (Patacón), Silver
20 cents. 1883, Silver
2 Cents. 1890, Copper
1 peso 1957, Nickel clad Steel







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 Posted 11/25/2017  02:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coopertron5000 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is a great idea for a thread! I'll have a dig and see what I can find - I have a few in mind.
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11/25/2017 04:27 am
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 Posted 11/25/2017  3:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coopertron5000 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Britannia has taken many forms on British coinage, first appearing in 1672. Heres an example from the Victorian bun head series.

Great Britain - Victoria
Farthing
1890

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 Posted 11/25/2017  3:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@cara, very nice idea for a thread! You might consider asking the mods to move this thread over to the main section of CCF so that more eyeballs see it and contribute.

Here is my Triobol from Sicyon in ancient Greece. It features a mythical beast (the chimera) on the obv and a dove on the rev. It is in pretty rough shape, but was one of my very first coins.



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 Posted 11/25/2017  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cara to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Britannia has taken many forms on British coinage, first appearing in 1672. Heres an example from the Victorian bun head series.

Great Britain - Victoria
Farthing
1890


@Coopertron5000, nice one! Britannia is one of my favorite allegories

Roman Britannia was personified as a goddess, armed with a trident and shield and with a Corinthian helmet.

Here in a British Trade dollar, 1900 B





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 Posted 11/25/2017  8:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cara to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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@cara, very nice idea for a thread! You might consider asking the mods to move this thread over to the main section of CCF so that more eyeballs see it and contribute.


@Spence, good idea!! There are many interesting ancient allegories, which would be enjoyed by all of us, like your Greek coin with "The Chimera".
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 Posted 11/25/2017  8:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Here's my 1915 Sol from Peru with a seated Liberty figure:






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 Posted 11/25/2017  8:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@cara: The figure of Liberty on the coins of Argentina has been one of my favorite designs for many years. Good start to the thread!


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You might consider asking the mods to move this thread over to the main section of CCF so that more eyeballs see it and contribute.
Done.
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Now I can add some US Liberty.

1827 Capped Bust Half Dollar


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 Posted 11/27/2017  3:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
See my avatar.
Alexander the Great, gold stater, minted in Pella, c/- 359 - 336 BC.

Obverse:
Apollo, son of Zeus, god of the sun.
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You almost lost me there until I read that the reverse is Apollo.
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