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The E-Sylum (8/10/2013)

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In addition to the new Royal Canadian Mint designs reported elsewhere in this issue, ultramodern numismatist Pabitra Saha forwarded a number of images of new coins over the last couple weeks. Here are some that caught my eye. Reader comments are welcome. -Editor

Netherlands Waterloo Commemorative

Netherlands Waterloo obverse Netherlands Waterloo reverse
A Netherlands commemorative of the 200th anniversary of the Waterloo Battle victory. The battle scene seems busy, but well done. This is another of those coins I'd like to see in person to judge how well it works.

India Swami Vivekanand 5 Rupees

India Swami Vivekanand 5 Rupees

Here's another one where it's the pose of the subject that caught my eye - the arms folded stance is unusual in coinage. Are there many others like this?

Greece Pythagoras 5 Euros

Greece Pythagoras 5 Euro obverse Greece Pythagoras 5 Euro reverse

With my interest in the history of science and technology, I naturally liked this one with Pythagoras showing a visual proof of his famous Pythagorean Theorem stating that the sum of the squares of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse. There. Never thought I'd get to use the word "hypotenuse" in The E-Sylum, but there it is. I guess everything IS connected back to numismatics in one way or another...

Sealand Prince Roy Commemorative

Pabitra Saha writes:

The Treasury of the Principality of Sealand has launched a commemorative memorial coin paying tribute to its founder and first Sovereign, Prince Roy, who died on October 9, 2012 at the age of 91.

In 1967, Prince Roy claimed a World War II-era decommissioned platform & defense tower located in International waters 6 miles off the southeast coast of the UK. The platform was declared sovereign territory by Roy who also proclaimed himself and his wife, Joan Bates as joint sovereign rulers on September 2 - his wife’s birthday.

Prince Roy is succeeded by his only son, the Prince Regent – now Sovereign Prince Michael.

Sealand Prince Roy commemorative

While I'm not a member, coins that would fall under the purview of the Unrecognized States Numismatic Society are always of interest to me. Ya gotta love the chutzpah of folks who decide to go off and declare their own sovereign nation. -Editor

Austria Voralberg 10 Euro

Austria Voralberg 10 Euro

This one strikes me as a hideous abomination. Even forgetting that the reverse design is horribly busy, whatever is on or behind the woman's head on the obverse make it look like she's sporting a huge Afro. It's disturbing.

Argentina Bimetallic 1 Peso

Pabitra Saha writes:

Argentina has issued a bimetallic 1 Peso coin on bicentenary of Provincias Del Rio de la Plata.

Argentina bimetallic 1 Peso 2013 obverse Argentina bimetallic 1 Peso 2013 reverse

Nothing really special about this one, but maybe that's why I like it. It's a simple design that seems to work well in the bimetallic format. I've always likes the sun motif and appreciate what looks to me like a Liberty Cap on a pole on the reverse.

Czech Republic Benoit Blachut Commemorative

Pabitra Saha writes:

The Czech Republic has issued coin on 100 the birth Anniversary of opera singer Benoit Blachut.

Benoit Blachut obverse Benoit Blachut reverse

The reverse design is another representative of the "words as a design element" school. Often it works, but I don't think it does here. Too much, too flat. Doesn't work.

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