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 Posted 05/10/2021  07:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@NumisRob: Is there a symbolic meaning to the "Cedar of Lebanon" tree on the coin?

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The next classic US commemorative coins that I'm presenting are the gold $50 pieces (Quintuple Eagles) struck in support of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The Exposition was held to help celebrate the recent completion and opening of the Panama Canal.

The US Mint struck two varieties of the coin: round and octagonal. The coins share common obverse and reverse designs, with the requisite-for-this-thread flora elements to be found on the reverse.

On the obverse of each coin is seen a left-facing, helmeted portrait of Minerva - the Roman goddess of wisdom and knowledge, among other things. On the reverse, an owl is depicted perched on a pine tree branch with multiple pine cones visible. The owl has been viewed as a sign of wisdom and knowledge dating back, at the least, to Greek mythology, while pine cones have long been associated with enlightenment (i.e., enhanced knowledge and/or understanding as a result of science and logic). It certainly took a healthy dose of knowledge and enlightenment to solve the many obstacles faced by those constructing the Panama Canal!

The coin was designed by Robert Aiken.

1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition Gold $50 - Round Variety


1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition Gold $50 - Octagonal Variety

Image Credit: Images of both varieties courtesy of Heritage Auctions, http://www.ha.com.


To learn more about the designs on these large $50 gold coins, check out:

- 1915 Panama-Pacific $50 Gold - Coins Representing the Animal Kingdom Thread
- 1915 Panama-Pacific $50 Gold - Mythology on Coins Thread


For other of my discussions of commemorative coins and medals, check out: Read More: Commems Collection


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This topic blew up over the weekend with some very fascinating examples!
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This topic blew up over the weekend with some very fascinating examples!

I agree - a good batch of interesting coins and info have been presented.

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I've made several trips to China and SE Asia in the past decade, and have brought back some coins on each trip. Here's a circulating, low-value One Yuan coin from China that is nickel-plated steel.

The obverse depicts a Chrysanthemum blossom, with the name of its issuer - the People's Bank of China (translated) above it. In China, the chrysanthemum is often viewed as a symbol of vitality and tenacity due to its fall blossoming schedule under often difficult conditions.




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Great coins, everyone!

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@NumisRob: Is there a symbolic meaning to the "Cedar of Lebanon" tree on the coin?

This is from Wikipedia:
"In the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest great works of literature, the Sumerian hero Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu travel to the legendary Cedar Forest to kill its guardian and cut down its trees. While early versions of the story place the forest in Iran, later Babylonian accounts of the story place the Cedar Forest in the Lebanon."

Here's a Japanese 100 Yen coin showing cherry blossom:

The annual blossoming of the cherry trees is hugely important in Japan. Traditionally there were festivals and celebrations when the cherry tree bloomed, and now cherry blossom time is a popular occasion for 'selfies' posted on Instagram and for family get-togethers.
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Awesome gold pieces, @commems!

To follow up on the golden theme: This 100 francs gold coin shows an art deco style Marianne, accompanied by a reverse with a prominent display of a wheat spike, flanked by branches of oak and - of course - olives. The importance of the agricultural sector in France could perhaps not be stated more clearly: Its produce made the main motif on the largest denomination, together with Marianne, the symbol of France itself.

However, even though these coins were minted in large numbers 1935-36, they were never put into circulation. The continually declining value of the franc during the 1930s prevented that.

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Provincial Floral Emblems Du Canada

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2021 Canadian $5 Silver Maple Leaf 1 oz 9999 Bullion Coin.
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The next classic US commemorative coin that I'd like to highlight is the half dollar struck for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition - flora design elements make up an important part of the symbolism on each side of the coin.

Columbia - the allegorical personification of the United States - is depicted on the obverse scattering flowers into San Francisco Bay as she looks out onto the Golden Gate and a setting sun. Standing behind Columbia is a cherub. In biblical times, Cherubs were seen as angelic servants of God by multiple religions. In modern time, a cherub is typically seen as a young, innocent child. On the coin, the cherub helps Columbia spread America's prosperity (symbolically represented by the flowers), in the spirit of friendship. The cherub holds a cornucopia full of additional flowers, ready for Columbia's use. The cornucopia full of flowers on the coin is meant to represent the "boundless resources" of the American West.

The coin's reverse also includes flora design elements. To the left of the eagle (viewer's perspective) is depicted an oak branch which is included to represent strength and stability; to the right of the eagle is seen an olive branch, a timeless, international symbol of peace.

The obverse design is the work of Charles E. Barber; George T. Morgan created the reverse design.

1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition Half Dollar


You can learn more about the Pan-Pac commemorative half dollar here:

- 1915 Panama-Pacific Half Dollar
- 1915 Panama-Pacific Half Dollar - Revisit
- 1915 Panama-Pacific Half Dollar - Coins with Hats Thread
- 1915 Panama-Pacific Half Dollar - Mythology on Coins Thread

My previous posts about other commemorative coins and medals can be found here: Read More: Commems Collection.



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The maple leaf is a recognized symbol of Canada, representing unity, tolerance, and peace.

In the early 1700s, the maple leaf had been adopted as an emblem by the French Canadians along the Saint Lawrence River. Its popularity with French Canadians continued and was reinforced when, at the inaugural meeting of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste in 1834, the maple leaf was one of numerous emblems proposed to represent the society. Speaking in its favour, Jacques Viger, the first mayor of Montreal, described the maple as "the king of our forest; ... the symbol of the Canadian people."

The maple leaf is currently used on the Canadian flag, logos of various Canadian-based companies (including Canadian subsidiaries of foreign companies and small businesses with only local operations) and the logos of Canadian sports teams. Examples include Air Canada, McDonald's Canada, General Motors Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL franchise, the Toronto FC soccer club, and Wendy's Canada (using the maple leaf in place of the normal apostrophe found at U.S. locations). It is also used by the Federal Government as a personification and identifier on its websites, as part of the government's wordmark.

Since 1979, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion coins, which are officially known as Maple Leafs, as geometric maple leaves are stamped on them. The Trans Canada Highway uses a green maple leaf.


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1986 UK.
2 Pounds - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait.



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St Andrew's cross surmounted by the thistle of Scotland below date.
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Here's a coin that's all about the flora! The 1997 US Botanic Garden commemorative silver dollar.

The coin's reverse features the National Flower of the United States - the rose - at the center piece of its design, with an intricate rose garland encircling the central device at the rim between the 8:30 and 3:30 clock positions.





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