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 Posted 09/17/2021  10:19 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While reading/researching recently, I came across a mention of a talk titled "Coins with Trees" and thought that it would make a good topic for a CCF "Post Your..." Gallery. So...

I know that I previously started a "Flora" thread which, of course, includes trees, but I believe we can make this one different by restricting this thread to whole trees - no coins with just branches from trees, no coins featuring only tree-adjacent bushes, flowers, crops, etc. Just whole trees and forests!

I imagine there's lots and lots!





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 Posted 09/17/2021  10:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll get things started with a coin that features a large pine tree on its obverse - the 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial commemorative half dollar.

The obverse of the half dollar presents a rendition of the Maine Seal (it's close but not exact, see below). A central design element of the Seal is a large pine tree depicted on the shield, in the midground, and a forest of pine trees in the background. The shield is supported by a farmer on the left (viewer's perspective) and a sailor on the right. Maine's official nickname is "The Pine Tree State."

Maine State Seal

(Image Credit: Image courtesy of Maine Department of the Secretary of State, [url]https://www.maine.gov/sos/stateseal/index.html[/url.)

Interesting Side Note: The Seal used as a reference for the coin had been officially standardized by the Maine Legislature in 1919, the year before the coin's issue. The Seal was first described in 1820 (shortly after Maine became a State) but had seen seen several changes over the years (some temporary, some lasting). In all versions, the pine tree remained.

The white pine is the State Tree and the pine cone and tassel is the official State Floral Emblem. Nearly 90% of the Maine's land is covered by forest!

The coin's reverse design includes a wreath that encircles the coin's commemorative inscriptions. The wreath is comprised of pine branches with visible pine cones.

The coin was modeled by Anthony de Francisci from design sketches by Maine artist Harry Cochrane.

1920 Maine Statehood Centennial





For more on the 1920 Maine half dollar, visit:

- 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial
- 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial - Revisited

To learn more details about the Maine State Seal, visit:

- 1920 Maine Statehood Centennial - Seal Discussion

To read other posts on commemorative coins and medals, check out: Read More: Commems Collection.



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 Posted 09/17/2021  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice!

Does Ike qualify? The Tree seems to unnaturally follows the arc under UNITED, but it is engraved in such a way as to not be "clipped."

1990-W Eisenhower Centennial Dollar


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 Posted 09/17/2021  11:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have several with trees, Ill have to dig (pun intended) them out when I get home from work, and I guess I could include foreign coins also?
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Does Ike qualify?

Perfect!

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I guess I could include foreign coins also?

Absitively! Bring 'em on!


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Here is the proof Ike then. I like to show them in pairs.

1990-P Eisenhower Centennial Dollar Proof


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Here is an awesome medal commemorating Yosemite National Forest. The depth of relief is amazing.



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...medal commemorating Yosemite National Forest. The depth of relief is amazing.

One of my favorite modern US Mint medals! Very nicely done! I agree, it presents outstanding relief!


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Here is an awesome medal commemorating Yosemite National Forest. The depth of relief is amazing.
Looks fantastic!
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 Posted 09/17/2021  5:18 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dragon Tree on a Gibratar pound coin:

The Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco) is a long-lived evergreen tree native to the Canary Islands, Madeira, Cape Verde and Western Morocco: it is found in botanic gardens in other locations, such as Gibraltar. A resin called Dragon's Blood, used as a dye and varnish, can be obtained by crushing its leaves and fruit.
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 Posted 09/17/2021  8:15 pm  Show Profile   Check daltonista's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add daltonista to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Trees, you say? I've got trees!

This is a British silver shilling token issued in 1811 by William Bastin, a tailor and glovemaker in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The trees depicted here border a long promenade known as the Old Well Walk that led to St. Mary's Church, Cheltenham's oldest and only medieval building by virtue of its mid-1200's construction.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: Dalton 1, Davis 1.

In the opposite direction, away from the church, that path led to the area's mineral springs, discovered in 1716 and later the basis for multiple luxurious spas and resorts. Both the Walk and the spas became widely popular tourist attractions, especially following a royal visit by King George III in 1788, and the spas remain a major local industry to this day.

The Walk is long gone, but St. Mary's is still fully functioning as an Anglican church under its new (2013) designation, Cheltenham Minster. Google advises me that in the U.K. a Minster is a step up from parish church to recognition as a sort of honorary cathedral. Here is the old St. Mary's as it appears today.



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 Posted 09/17/2021  9:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is one I just snagged recently, a Madagascar 1992 50 ariary with an exotic tree, the baobab.

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Medal 882-1992 1100 years.
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 Posted 09/18/2021  3:06 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1983 France silver 100 francs - the reverse shows a tree inside a hexagon, a symbol for France:
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Here's a $20 silver coin from 2005 that was issued by Canada / the Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The park, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, became a National Park Reserve in 1970.

The coin depicts a scene from the park's temperate rain forest, including its trademark tangled conifer trees, hanging ferns and moss. A bald eagle is seen flying in the foreground with a fish clutched in its claws. The design is the work of noted portrait artist Susanna Blunt. Of note, Ms. Blunt is also the artist behind the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II seen on current Canadian coins.

The multi-layered relief of the coin mimics the multiple layers of vegetation found in the Pacific Rim Park and produces a strong visual image on the coin. To fully appreciate all of the coin's detail, it must be studied - preferably with a coin loupe. To my eye, it also displays multiple finishes (e.g., various levels of frost plus brilliant); the coin was not marketed as such, however.

2005 Canada Pacific RIm National Park Reserve $20 Silver Coin



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 Posted 09/18/2021  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh yeah one of my favorite tree coins here in my collection is one of ours with a significant history, we mustn't forget the incredible Charter Oak of the Connecticut State Quarter...
Of course the quarter itself (1999-D) is next up to an actual piece of of the Charter Oak, then the front cover of the book and its title page...


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