No, not that kind of gross
. I mean the other kind as used by Bilbo in his Long-expected Party. Between Covid and the weather I suspect that many of us will spend our holidays hunkered down in warm places (in the northern hemisphere) or in cool places (in the southern hemisphere) or in lockdown/quarantine. To that end I wanted a competition that would last a good length of time. Just so happens that there are 12 lots of 12 in a gross and there are 12 days of Christmas so I decided to run a 12 day competition with 12 questions each day. The format of the quiz will be as follows:
Starting on the morning of Christmas Day (Australian time) I will upload images of 12 coins. I will continue to upload 12 coins a day for the remaining 11 days until we reach one gross. The competition will close on the 10th of January 2022. As an entrant you need to identify as many coins as you can before the closing date. I also forgot to mention that there are in fact 2 competitions running.
1. INDIVIDUAL - Yes, your chance to stick it to the rest of CCF just how well you know your coins! Prize and bragging rights at stake here. The winner will be the individual with the higher number of coins correctly identified.
2. USA vs THE REST OF THE WORLD PERCENTAGE CHALLENGE - Besides darn fine apple pies and the best dirty dogs and bagels in NYC, are the folks of America as knowledgeable with coins as they would like the rest of the globe to think? Now it's their chance to shine in victory or suffer the agony of defeat. I like a fair competition and I know a large number of CCF members are American so the winning team will be calculated by adding all the individual scores for each team and dividing by the number of entrants to get a mean. The team with the highest mean wins.
Prizes - There will be 3 prizes for the individual competition as follows with postage provided so long as Australia Post will deliver to your country. Even if you aren't eligible for a prize because of postage, please still enter as you can get bragging rights and may help Team USA or Team non-USA to victory (or loss!)
- Australia 2020 Olympics and Paralympics coin set (if you're reading this Princetane, I do finally have all your coins ready to send but will wait until January 2022. Too many items get lost and delayed this time of year).
- Samoa 1974 Specimen set
- Israel coin set (OK, I know this is a dud prize as the coins seem to be different dates and they're glued but hey, it's free!).
1. One entry per CCF member.
2. If entering you must let me know before Christmas Day in Australia by responding on this thread. Also include in your response if you are Team USA or Team non-USA. (I know the info should be on your profile, but you may be limey expat in America who still has feelings for Britain!)
3. Please submit all your results as one entry. I'll post a list of the coins so you can copy into excel or word app. If you do not know a coin, just leave the adjacent field blank.
4. For each coin you must specify the issuer, face value, date (if issued for 1 year) or date range and (if applicable) the event the coin commemorates. Dates to be in Gregorian format.
5. The top winner can choose which prize they wish and so on down the ladder.
THE COINS: I have chosen modern coins because that is what I have the best understanding of so sorry for those that have more knowledge in the older coins and ancients. Now, for those sly dogs among you thinking 'Easy, I'll use Coinoscope or a similar app', think again. I forgot to mention that the images are not of the entire coin. I also didn't mention that my computer has an annoying bug whereby images sometimes get rotated and flipped.
But I can give you some hints:
- The earliest coin has a date range starting at 1834.
- The newest coin has a date of 2020.
- Most are non-precious, but some coins are silver and one coin is gold.
- All coins are either standard circulation or circulating commemoratives.
- Note that some coins may have 2 images to enable proper identification.
- Not all issuers exist today (e.g Sarawak). Hmmm. did I include a coin from Sarawak.
- I have tried to keep the doubling up of issuers to a minimum but there are two instances of issuers that I call home where there are 4-6 cases of doubling up.
Now as a teaser, here is a warm-up coin image. Feel free to post what you think it is on the thread. BTW - the coin is not from the competition.