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National Mottos On Coins

 
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 Posted 03/27/2023  10:30 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add JulioEC to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi! I have noticed certain countries use regularly mottos on their coins. Probably "In God We Trust" is the most famous one, engraved om US money. In my country, Argentina, the first and latest coins bear the phrase "En Unin y Libertad" (In Union and Liberty). Here are some examples taken from Numista:

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces2297.html

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces28887.html

What is the traditional motto inscribed on coins in your country? The mottos could appear on the obverse, the reverse and even on the edges of a coin! Do you think that the mottos represent the country's or the period's idiosyncracy, or are just a beautiful but empty words?
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United States
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 Posted 03/28/2023  03:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add I6609 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Would love to answer the question but it my lead to somewhere it shouldn't because of forum rules. Best left unanswered
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 Posted 03/28/2023  05:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
National mottoes are aspirational; they express sentiments that the country's founding fathers, or some other government group at a pivotal moment in the country's history, thought were important. They are usually ascribed onto a country's coat of arms and/or flag, and thus make their way onto the coinage.

Australia does not currently have a national motto. The previous version of the coat of arms, current from 1908 to 1912, had the motto "Advance Australia"; this motto appeared on Australian silver coins until 1936, and continued on the sixpence up to 1964.
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 Posted 03/28/2023  06:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sweden does not have, and has never had, a national motto. Each monarch has one though, and many national institutions have their own mottos.

The present king, Charles XVI, has as his motto "For Sweden - with the Times" (which signifies an aspiration to be a modern king). The king's motto was regularly put on at least the large coin denominations until about a decade ago (in Swedish: "Fr Sverige I tiden"). In the most recent coin issue the motto is not included.

Banknotes are issued by the Swedish Central Bank (Sveriges Riksbank). On the somewhat older banknotes (pre 1990 or so), the bank's motto "Hinc Robur et Securitas" ("Herefore strength and security") was included.
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 Posted 03/28/2023  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mottos/phrases on coins have meaning. They are chosen to represent the country or ruler of issue, in a positive way of course, promoting national unity, etc. All the way back to the Greeks and Romans their coins described ruler or city, political position held, local deity worshiped. For example on late Roman bronze coins there's "Gloria Exercitus" the glory of the Roman army. When Rome won wars they added it too their coins like "Judaea Capta" Judaea Captive after they conquered the Jews. To the Romans it was a celebration of victory. To Rome's enemies maybe they thought it was political propaganda, a warning not to revolt.

In 1864 Congress voted to have "In God We Trust" on USA coins. It was during the horrible Civil War. Some likely would prefer it be removed, but IMO it won't be. In 1970 there was a court ruling saying the motto did not establish a religion, it was more a patriotic ceremonial phrase. There's info about it on the internet.

Here's an older CCF topic about mottos on coins:

http://goccf.com/t/227642
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03/28/2023 12:54 pm
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 Posted 03/28/2023  10:00 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There isn't really one for the United Kingdom. Scottish coins traditionally had a thistle and the legend 'Nemo Me Impune Lacessit' (No-one Provokes Me With Impunity) and this was placed around the edge of the Scottish versions of the nickel-brass 1 coins issued in the 1980s and 1990s. The Englsh versions had 'Decus Et Tutamen' (An Ornament & Safeguard) - an inscription seen on many British milled coins, implying that the use of a milled edge and lettering was a safeguard against counterfeiting. This proved rather ironic as the nickel-brass 1 coins were so extensively forged that they had to be withdrawn and replaced by a new bimetallic version!
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03/28/2023 10:01 am
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