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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  14:10:19  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
I have been thinking about this for a little while now, and thought it would be a fun collaboration project. Here's the idea: SHOW US YOUR BEAUTIFUL BRONZE. Every day or so, someone step up and post a picture of a nice-looking copper or bronze coin. Any country. Any size. Any coin that, when you see it, you say THAT'S what copper is SUPPOSED to look like. And if you want to tell a bit of the history of the coin, or the subject, or how you got it, that would only make it better.
I have a few in mind, and I will start with one that I have shown elsewhere on this site; I've re-scanned it for this thread though, in order to get a better pic. But after this first one, I would like to see what everyone else has to offer...

EDIT: After 5 months, we've surpassed 80 countries! Represented so far:
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria
Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, British Honduras
Canada, Cayman Islands, Ceylon, Colombia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia
Denmark, Dominican Republic
East Caribbean Territories, Egypt, El Salvador
Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, France
Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain (quite a few), Guernsey
Hong Kong, Hungary
Iceland, India, Indian Princely States, Iraq, Ireland, Italy
Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan
Korea
Liberia
Malawi, Malaya and British Borneo, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco
Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway
Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal
Qatar and Dubai
Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Rome (ancient), Russia
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland
Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey
Uganda, United States (several), Uruguay
Vatican City
West Africa
Yugoslavia
Zambia, Zimbabwe
(that's 87...)

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Edited by - uthminsta on 05/26/2010 15:11:35

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  14:54:15  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
1935 Vatican City 10 centesimi, copper, and I THINK it's supposed to be Peter depicted.

I particularly like this one because of the dark toning and the way there is just enough wear to highlight the design - but it's not worn away at all. I tried to do the coin justice, and show just how beautiful it really is. And the mintage of 90,000 really helps

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jldco
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USA
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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  16:06:58  Show Profile Send jldco a Private Message
Now I know why Vatican City is on your "list"!

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Junk Woody
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Canada
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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  16:12:27  Show Profile Send Junk Woody a Private Message

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/20/2009 :  23:16:42  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Ooh, I like that. Tell us about it!

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jadedragon
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Posted - 12/21/2009 :  02:28:24  Show Profile Send jadedragon a Private Message
Woody has a really nice coin 30 years pre-confederation. It must be from the Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) I really like the little beaver on it. Thanks for sharing.

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/21/2009 :  19:38:32  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
1940 Panama 1 1/4 centesimo. Bronze.

Such an odd denomination, and a one-year type. Mintage of 1.6 million. Got this one this weekend from my grandpa. I just like the scrollwork on the helmet. Or whatever that is called. Improved the image so you can see it better.

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beauanderos
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Posted - 12/21/2009 :  22:29:31  Show Profile Send beauanderos a Private Message
that looks like intaglio on the helmet

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/23/2009 :  08:16:56  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Czechoslovakia 50 haleru.

I love the Czech lion - partly because he's got two tails!

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/24/2009 :  00:51:26  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Somalia 1 centesimo. Copper.

I like this one for the obvious reason of the Elephant, but also because it's a KM#1. I have started to set aside all the KM#1 coins I find from various countries... I thought that would be an interesting type set!!!

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Edited by - uthminsta on 12/24/2009 23:31:25
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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/24/2009 :  23:30:02  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
How bout another elephant? Liberia 1 cent. Bronze.

Nice inscription on the reverse, yeah?

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/26/2009 :  19:18:44  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Zimbabwe cent, Bronze from 1980-1990, then bronze-plated steel. Another KM#1.

This is on the last page of my 1695-page world coin book. :) Cool looking bird!

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Edited by - uthminsta on 04/24/2010 10:33:12
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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/27/2009 :  22:02:00  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Hoping someone else can help with this one.

Got some more great stuff coming up - at least I THINK it's great - but does anyone else want to post? And it's hard to tell if anyone else is enjoying this... there are a lot of views, but no posts... :(

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beauanderos
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Posted - 12/27/2009 :  22:33:55  Show Profile Send beauanderos a Private Message
uthminsta - I think it is great you're taking the time to share your wonderful collection with us. Gives us all more stuff to covet. Keep showing up the good work! Bluegill... I know you've got to have a lot of interesting cents?

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wolvesdad
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Posted - 12/27/2009 :  22:46:41  Show Profile Send wolvesdad a Private Message
i really like those Provincial Canada one penny tokens.

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NotABigDeal
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  06:25:16  Show Profile Send NotABigDeal a Private Message
Thank you for the pictures. No cool pictures for me to post but I enjoy your pictures. Keep them up.

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PennyPauper
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USA
395 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2009 :  09:18:28  Show Profile Send PennyPauper a Private Message
Cool post,I'll have to see if I have any coins worthy of posting here.
I think the last picture you posted is of the ultra rare hoard coin.
On the obverse is a picture of HCBTT,on the reverse it depicts him giving the command
"go forth and hoard more!"

Note the 3 large sacks of hoarded coins around his waist. :)

Edited by - PennyPauper on 12/28/2009 10:13:53
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beauanderos
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  10:33:37  Show Profile Send beauanderos a Private Message
the inscription is a bit worn, but it looks like it says "all cents are mine?" Does that make sense? On the other side, in Latin it says "render unto Hoard his hoard." I thought all of these had been melted down by order of the Mint??

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HoardCopperByTheTon
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USA
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  10:51:37  Show Profile Send HoardCopperByTheTon a Private Message
"Illegitimus non carborendum"

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HoardCopperByTheTon
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  11:07:03  Show Profile Send HoardCopperByTheTon a Private Message
There does seem to be a familial resemblance. But I think it is Postumus.. the first emporor of the Gallic Empire. He ruled from 259 or 260 till about 268.

This antoninianus, showing his profile, was minted during Postumus' rule. The antoninianus was supposedly the equivalent of 2 silver denari. They originally had a silver wash on the outside.. which quickly wore off. These were among some of the earlier debased coinages.. starting with the Roman Emporor Diocletian.. with the possible exception of the emergency issues of the Athenian Tetradracm. And you guys thought clad coinage was a relatively recent game governments play.

Little is known about the early life of Postumus, but it is believed that he was a Gaul of humble origins who rose through the ranks of the army, eventually becoming the governor of Upper or Lower Germany. While Gallienus was dealing with problems in the east, he left his son, Saloninus , and military commanders, including Postumus, to protect the Rhine. Amid the chaos of an invasion by the Alemanni and Franks, Postumus was declared emperor. Postumus then besieged and attacked Cologne where Silvanus, praetorian prefect and former co-director of Roman policy on Gaul (along with Postumus) had sided with Saloninus. After breaching the walls of the city, Postumus had Silvanus and Saloninus killed; later he erected a triumphal arch to celebrate his victory.

He was recognized as emperor in Gaul, Spain, Germany, and Britain. Postumus set up the capital of his renegade empire at Cologne, complete with its own senate, consuls and praetorian guard. He represented himself as the restorer of Gaul on some of his coins, a title he earned after successfully defending Gaul against the Germans. The coins issued by Postumus were of better workmanship and higher precious metal content than coins issued by Gallienus.

In 263, Gallienus launched a campaign to defeat Postumus. After initial success against Postumus, Gallienus was seriously wounded and needed to return home. After his failed attempt at defeating Postumus, Gallienus was occupied with crises in the rest of his empire and never challenged Postumus again.

Aureolus, a general of Gallienus who was in command of Milan, openly changed sides and allied himself with Postumus. The city of Milan would have been critical to Postumus if he planned to march on Rome. For whatever reason, Postumus failed to support Aureolus, who was besieged by Gallienus.
Postumus, a usurper of Gallienus, was himself challenged by a usurper in 268. Laelianus, one of Postumus' top military leaders, was declared emperor in Mainz by the local garrison and surrounding troops. Although Postumus was able to quickly capture Mainz and kill Laelianus, he was unable to control his own troops and they turned on him and killed him. There are two different explanations for why his troops turned on him. One holds that his troops were dissatisfied with him for not allowing them to sack the city of Mainz. The other proposes that it was supporters of Laelianus among his own troops that turned on him.

Following the death of Postumus, his empire lost control of Britain and Spain, and the shrunken remains of the Gallic Empire were inherited by Marius. Postumus is listed among the Thirty TyrantsThe Thirty Tyrants or Thirty Pretenders (Latin: Tyranni Triginta were a group of 32 people declared by the author of the notorously unreliable Historia Augusta, writing under the name Trebellius Pollio, to have been pretenders to the throne of the Roman E in the Historia Augusta.

NOTE: Although his reign is often listed as beginning in AD 259 AD, it is now believed that the summer or fall of 260 is the more likely date that he was hailed emperor. This topic is still hotly debated. If the date of 260 is chosen for the start of Postumus' reign, then all subsequent dates involving the Gallic Empire are pushed back by one year.


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Country
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  13:08:44  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
Here's one of my favorites: Brazil 80R minted in 1825. This coin is a large copper coin weighing in at 28.7g. The "R" after the date is the mintmark for Rio de Janeiro.

It was minted during reign of Pedro I. He was the first regent in the newly independent Brazil as it ceceded from Portugal the 1820's.

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PennyPauper
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Posted - 12/28/2009 :  13:13:31  Show Profile Send PennyPauper a Private Message
Wow,lots of history in that coin. How did you learn all that? HCBTT you continue to amaze me.
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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/29/2009 :  10:08:32  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
HCBTT, thank you so much for the info. So you're not just a Roman coin expert, you're a history expert. Absolutely amazing.

Country, that's a nice big coin. Big copper always looks good. Where'd you get it?

Everyone, thanks for the encouraging words. As of last night, I'm on vacation at the in-laws for two weeks, so I don't have my coins with me. But I was so excited about this thread in particular, I scanned about a hundred coins and uploaded the images to flickr, so I can still post something every day as time permits. :)

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uthminsta
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Posted - 12/29/2009 :  11:36:53  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Three emperors on three Australian coins.


Love those 'roos!

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Country
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Posted - 12/29/2009 :  21:03:12  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by uthminsta


Country, that's a nice big coin. Big copper always looks good. Where'd you get it?


I got for $9 at a coin show in Virginia in 1989. It's almost the size of a silver dollar.

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Posted - 12/30/2009 :  09:10:49  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
Here's a Roman bronze that has a lot of history. This coin doesn't look like much, but looks are deceiving sometimes. It is a Sesterus half dollar sized coin) that was minted in Antioch showing the first Roman Emperor Augustus on the obverse and the Roman SC on the reverse.

Antioch was founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals near end of the 4th century BC. The ancient city was located near Antakya, Turkey. It was known to be an chief center for early Christianity. Its converts were known as the first to be called "Christians". Peter and Paul evangelized in the city of Antioch which had a large Jewish population.

After the murder of his great uncle Julius Caesar, young Gaius Octavius was able to get complete power of the Roman Empire of Julius Caesar. In 27BC, the Roman Senate granted him the title of Augustus ("the exalted one") giving him the legal power to rule over religious, civil, and military affairs - essentially making him emperor thereby dissolving the strength of the Roman republican system.

The "SC" on the reverse of this coin: Senatus Consulto - by decree of the Roman Senate. This appeared on most of the Roman bronze coins of the Imperial period. The Senate became a consulting body of legislator. However, the Imperial period was ruled by its Emperors.

Notice the counterstamp on the obverse. It is an "X" counterstamp for the Roman 10th Legion - Legio X Fretensis. In 36BC, the 10th Roman Legion fought under Octavian. In 31BC, it fought against Marc Anthony in the battle of Actium. By the year 6, this legion was stationed in Syria. In later years, Legio X was involved in the First Jewish War (66-73) under Vespesian. In the summer of year 68, Legio X destroyed the monastery of Qumran where the dead sea scrolls were found later in history. In the year 70, this legion was involved in the campaign against the fortress of Masada. At the conclusion of the Jewish War, Legio X was stationed in Jerusalem.




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