Your favorite foreign coins?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Browns Fan, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. Browns Fan

    Browns Fan Active Member

    I'm new to world coins but have coins from 19 different countries. I enjoy the variety of designs and subjects, possibly more than U.S. coins. Do you have a favorite coin to share? IMG_0314.JPG

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  3. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    @dwhiz would like this one you posted. No photos but one of my very favorites in the Canada large cent, especially pretty coin in high grades.
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  4. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    No single favorite coin, but I like anything from Germany which is over 80 years old. Last I checked I had coins from over 190 countries. I am sure that there are many here with way more than that. @Siberian Man seems to have a coin for every occasion!
  5. dwhiz

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  6. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    I especially like the designs of Italian coins from the early 20th century. The Italian king, Victor Emmanuel III, was an avid numismatist who took an active interest in the circulating coinage. Coins from his reign often have designs inspired by ancient Roman art. Here's a couple of circulated examples from my collection:
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  7. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    This Russian coin is one of my favorites.

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  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

  9. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    No doubt for me - 1847 Victoria Gothic Crown:
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  10. kforbes862

    kforbes862 Well-Known Member

    Here is my favorite. I have been collecting since 2003, and have 1149 coins from 181 countries currently, and almost as much foreign paper money as well. It's an interesting story as to how i got started, but until a couple years ago, I was just randomly collecting mostly foreign silver of any kind. Now I have gotten mostly into African colonial and "independence crowns" since teaching 3 school years in Togo and Senegal. Someone had pointed out how it is probably the only african coin with latin words. ghana1.jpg ghana2.jpg
  11. TheGame

    TheGame Well-Known Member

    French Lindauer Centimes:
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  12. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

    This is one of my top five favorites:
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  13. Mad Stax

    Mad Stax Well-Known Member

    I love the reverse on those Mexican coins. Very vivid imagery.


    I love the coins of old Peru you should check them out.
  15. Coin Talk User

    Coin Talk User New Member

    Chile, Nicaragua, Bolivia too.
  16. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Here are some from my collection that I really like a lot....all FDC john photos 1 032 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 033 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 030 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 120 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 006 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 008 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 002 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 003 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 004 (Medium).jpg john photos 1 006 (Medium).jpg
  17. onecenter

    onecenter Member

    Large crown-sized silver or larger. Preferably in proof, where available.
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  18. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    I've already posted my favourite milled coin - at the other end of the scale is this, my favourite hammered coin - King Athelwulf of Wessex circa 850 AD:
    Athelwulf 1.JPG Athelwulf 2.JPG
    I love the economy on the lettering on the reverse: it reads HUNR across the middle, then ED MO up from the bottom, then NETA in the 4 corners. HUNRED MONETA in full - minted by Hunred who worked in Canterbury, Kent.
  19. serafino

    serafino Well-Known Member

    Love that Crown, such an intricate reverse design. I gotta get me one of those. :) How many years did they use that Gothic style on the British Crowns
  20. jj00

    jj00 Well-Known Member

    Well the one that @alurid posted is my current pc wallpaper (well, not alurid's, my own ;)) but this one has been moving up the list the more I look at it,

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  21. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    Glad you like it! The 1847 Gothic Crown was a one off year - only 8000 or so made with some varieties. They made an alternative "young head" crown in the same year for circulation. If you go looking for the Gothic Crown be aware there are a lot of good quality fakes out there!
    The Young head Crown, made in 1844, 45 and 47, looks like this:
    1845 Cr 1.JPG 1845 Cr 2.JPG
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