In late July, during a visit to London and it's environs I encountered the New 12-sided Pound Coin in my change. The coin is obviously different from the old Pound Coins in that it is bimetallic and 12-sided to begin with, but it is supposed to be one of the most secure coins around (we shall see). Considering how the old pound was counterfeited, the Royal Mint better hope that it's micro-printing and other devices do in fact secure the coin for the foreseeable future.
Click on the link below to learn more about it's interesting features:
The New Pound Coin
In addition, if you choose to visit this year, I also recommend visiting Park Jacques Cartier on the Gatineau, QC side of the Ottawa River where you can visit the amazing MosaϊCanada 150 outdoor sculpture garden. At the end of the tour, there is a Royal Mint of Canada booth where you can purchase commemorative coins for the 150th Anniversary celebrations this year. Many of the examples are 99.99% silver (as well as gold coin and colorized coin examples).
A circulating example of a 150th Anniversary coin is the "Loonie" without the Loon:
Another change since our last visit to Canada a few years ago was the introduction of Polymer bank notes. We found the notes in our possession seemed to wrinkle and stay that shape. Our Canadian friends said that the notes were not problematic to use and in fact they have no complaints about the new notes, that have been in use for about three years. A black and white photo of a $5 bill in circulation appears below. The actual note is light blue in color. The notes have many examples of the latest in anti-counterfeiting technology and the Bank of Canada Museum has a great display relating to this and the history of Canadian paper money. Apparently, the polymer notes are expected to last 2-3 times longer then conventional paper money.
The key landmark in Ottawa is the impressive Parliament Hill Center Block with the Peace Tower as depicted below:
top: ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC/ ΒΑCΙΛΕΩΝ /right: ΑΡCΑΚΟΥ/ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ/bottom:
ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ/ΔΥCTPOC / left: ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥC/ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟC/ with year field
between Tyche and Vardanes ΔNT
There is graffito on the obverse left field that appears to be ancient based upon the patina
and it appears to refer to "ROMA" as the inscription is in Latin script not Greek.
RIC IX 43a2
O: DN GRATIA-NVS PF AVG, diad, draped cuirassed bust right.
R: REPARATIO -REIPVB/SMRP in ex., Gratian in military attire stg l raising with right hand a turreted female figure who kneels before him and holding victory on blob in left.
Ex: Warren Esty
Ex: Ron Bude/RomanLode
AE 12 Nummi, 17 mm, 4.45g, 5h, Alexandria mint c. CE 613-618
O: dd NN hERAC (apparently blundered and not entirely visible here)
facing busts of Heraclius bearded l, and Heraclius Constantine beardless r. each wearing a chlamys and crown with a cross.
R: large IB with cross potent on two steps between. in ex. AΛEΞ
AR 1000 Reis, 29 mm, 12.6 g, 1857, Mintage: 512,000
KM # 465
Views of Dom Pedro's Brasil:
On the road from Rio to Petropolis, the Summer residence of D. Pedro
CN 1 peso, 30 mm, 11.3 g., Mintage: 2,000
KM # 257
Tin Piti, 0.73 g, 18mm. AH 1203/CE 1789, Robinson #9 (R1)
السلطان في بلد فلمبنغ سنة ١٢٠٣
From the three examples that have been identified, it appears that all of the three coins were produced from the same obverse and reverse dies, meaning a single die produced all three examples. Without additional examples I think it may be premature to jump to any conclusions on the basis of just this observation at this time. If you are aware of other examples of this coin, please email me.
It may be that Von Post acquired this coin while he was Swedish Ambassador in Turkey from 1946-1951. Though we can only surmise through this information that the possible find spot was somewhere in that region, perhaps even Cilicia where it is possible that it was minted. Though no certain conclusions can be reached with our circumstantial evidence being stretched to such ends. Without the original information on the provenance of the coin we are left poorer and our theories on origin all the weaker.
Sotheby's Auction Catalogue 9 October 1995
Houghton etal, Seleucid Coins Part II (Vol 1 & 2)
SNG Von Post
Naville X 1925
Hoover, HGC Handbook of Syrian Coins Vol. 9
Thanks are extended to ANS Librarian David Hill who provided copies of the pertinent portions of Naville X and the Sotheby's auction catalogues.
Left: 13 mm, 0.44 g Robinson # 5.5 (R1) AH 1193 (though appears to be 1183 due to poorly executed numeral) /CE 1779
Center: 14 mm, 0.57 g Robinson #5 (R1) same date.
Right: 14 mm, 0.41 g, Robinson #5.9 (R2) date is poorly executed as 113 rather than 1193
The general inscription reads:
في بلد فلمبغ