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 Posted 10/14/2021  10:10 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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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Nice examples to start!




What about : http://goccf.com/t/307848 ?

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*Post Your Coins Representing The Animal Kingdom*


This thread is meant to be a focused, specialized subset of the animal kingdom vs. a general purpose "animal coins" thread.

Many collectors chose to build focused collections based on single animals or animal groups (I know of several) - this thread is for collectors with a specific interest in marine mammals.





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Thought I'd give this thread a bump to see if we can energize it...

The 1935 US commemorative half dollar issued to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the granting of a charter to Hudson, NY is an example of a coin that not only includes a marine mammal within its design, but one that features the largest of all marine mammals currently alive - the whale.

The city of Hudson, New York is located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River in Columbia County approximately 105 miles (as the crow flies) north of New York City; it was chartered as a city in 1785. European settlement of the area began about 160 years before when the Dutch purchased land from the local Mohican Native Americans in 1622; at the time, the Mohican's territory comprised a large area within the Hudson River Valley. The area was originally known as Claverack and was mostly a farming community. The benefits of the area's twin harbors were recognized in the 1700s, and the area eventually became an important port city and served as home for a growing number of fisherman and ocean whalers after its charter as the city of Hudson.

The coin's reverse is comprised of multiple mythological elements, including King Neptune to the background mermaid/triton (depending on your information source) blowing a conch shell, The whale that Neptune, the Roman god of the sea (and freshwater) is riding is definitely a living, breathing, real-life marine mammal! (Note: Neptune is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Poseidon.)

The obverse of the coin depicts Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon with a rather fanciful crescent moon in the background at left. It was in the Half Moon that Hudson explored the river he named Manhattes based on the name of the Native American tribe that lived near the mouth of the river. The river had other names, before and after Hudson's exploration, but today it bears his name. Hudson was in search of the fabled northwest passage to Asia at the time he explored the river; his trip on the river ended near present-day Albany, NY, however, when the river's depth became too shallow to continue.

{Note: The obverse/reverse designations are per the US Mint; they are not what is generally perceived by collectors.]

The coin is the work of Chester Beach, a noted artist/sculptor whose work can also be seen on the 1923 Monroe Doctrine Centennial, 1925 Lexington-Concord Sesquicentennial and the 1928 Hawaiian (European) Discovery Sesquicentennial US commemorative half dollars, as well as via numerous high-relief medals.

1935 Hudson, NY Charter Sesquicentennial



You can see my previous posts about the Hudson half dollar here:

- 1935 Hudson, NY 150th Anniversary
- 1935 Hudson, NY 150th Anniversary - Coins with a Coat-of-Arms, Shield, etc. Thread
- 1935 Hudson, NY 150th Anniversary - Coins with Hands Thread


More of my stories about commemorative coins and medals can be accessed from: Commems Collection.



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Bumping this thread to show the Gibraltar 50p that I found in a bag of 500 that I got from the bank yesterday!
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Bumping this thread to show the Gibraltar 50p that I found in a bag of 500 that I got from the bank yesterday!
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Nice coin - thanks for posting!


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2013 Tuvalu 50 cents. I bought this coin for my wife.

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