I have collected a type set of coins from the British Mandate of Palestine, which began in 1920 and ended in 1948. The land of the mandate was carved out of Ottoman Syria after WW I. The coins were minted from 1927 to 1948 and feature legends in Arabic, Hebrew and English.
The British administration produced notes and coins for the Palestine Pound, with 1000 mils per pound. The coins were denominated in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 mils.
The 1 and 2 Mils coins were made of bronze.
The 5, 10 and 20 Mils coins were made of copper and nickel and have a hole in the center. During WW II, these coins were made of bronze. The 20 Mils coin showing the reverse (on the right) is made of bronze and the coin showing the obverse (left) is copper-nickel.
The 50 and 100 Mils coins were made of silver and copper (72% silver).
Apparently the federal government was once asked to make a 7 1/2 cent coin, so the price of a bottle of Coke could be raised from a nickel. Listen to this story on NPR.
I had never been to the Beaverton Coin and Currency shop and went the other day. I’m glad I did. The owner was very friendly and helpful. He pulled out this commemorative half dollar from his back room stash. It’s in nice condition.
My camera skills are still pretty poor. The images are a little blurry. I have not mastered the depth of field yet. I found a used macro lens for my Nikon D40, so perhaps that will help.
The reverse comes from the great seal of the state of Illinois. The reverse has a busy design, but I like the eagle and I like image of Lincoln on the obverse.
The ANA has announced that the National Money Show is coming to Portland in 2015. This is a large, national coin and currency convention. Yahoo!
On the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing web site, I found data about the printing of US Federal Reserve notes over the past 32 years. Here’s a graph showing the numbers of bills printed in each denomination.
I see that in FY 2012, we printed more $100 notes as a percent of the total than at any time in the 32 year data set. I have heard that this is due partly from the $100 note being used (hoarded?) around the world as a safe store of value.