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Post Your Coins / Medals / Bank Notes With Marine Mammals

 
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It is common for dolphins and whales to be mistakenly considered fish even though they are mammals. So, while there is already a thread for coins/medals with fish (and whales and dolphins have been erroneously posted there), I thought a thread about the full range of marine mammals might be an interesting project.

So, post your coins/medals/bank notes with dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, walruses, sea lions, manatees, sea otters, etc. If it's a mammal and lives primarily in the sea, it works for this thread!

I'll kick things off with one US coin and one Canadian coin.


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In 1915, to help lend financial support to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition which was being held in San Francisco to celebrate the completion and opening of the Panama Canal, the US Mint struck several types of commemorative coins (one silver, four gold) for the Exposition Company.

The gold $1 coin features a left-facing portrait of a canal worker on its obverse and, primarily, inscriptions on its reverse. Vertically flanking the denomination "ONE DOLLAR" at the reverse's center are a pair of dolphins. The dolphins were used to represent the two oceans - the Atlantic and Pacific - that were joined by the Canal's completion.




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Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint (R C M) marked the 100th anniversary of the 1913-1916 Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE) with multiple commemorative coins - some circulation pieces, some collector coins in precious metal. Presented here is an example of the latter.

Shown is the $3 "Life In The North" silver coin from 2013. On the reverse, at its center, the coin depicts a large bowhead whale (adorned with First Nations - Inuit - cultural symbols) along with a pair of beluga whales. At its rim, the coin depicts a traditional bowhead whale hunting scene - a whaling boat is presented at about the 4 o'clock position behind a bowhead whale positioned approximately between the 6 and 7 o'clock positions; three kayaks are behind the boat, between the noon and 3 o'clock positions. The design is the work of Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak.




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