East India Company 1/48 Rupee

I found this coin at the Market Coin shop in Seattle. I don’t generally collect foreign coins, but this one interested me. It is in almost uncirculated condition for a 200+ year old coin. It was minted in Soho, England, for the British East India Company ruling India.

The obverse shows the East India Company’s coat of arms and motto, “Auspicio Regis et Senatus Angliae” (in English “By Command of the King and Parliament of England”) and “48 to one Rupee” (denomination).

EIC Obverse

The reverse depicts the EIC bale mark. It shows the date of 1794.

EIC Reverse

Items for a Display on Palestine Coins

I found this old postcard I got when I was in Palestine in 1990-1991. I will use it for a display on Palestine coins I’m putting together for a coin show. The postcard is by Palestinian artist Taleb Dwiek. It’s called “The Deported Moon.”

The Deported Moon

I also have this beautiful embroidery hanging in my office. It will also go in the display.

Palestinian Embroidery

Type Set from British Mandate Palestine

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.

Palestine 1 Mil

Palestine 2 Mils

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.

Palestine 5 Mils

Palestine 10 Mils

Palestine 20 Mils

The 50 and 100 Mils coins were made of silver and copper (72% silver).

Palestine 50 Mils

Palestine 100 Mils

Illinois Centennial Half Dollar

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.

Illinois Centennial, obverse

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.

Illinois Centennial, reverse

US Currency Production Over 30+ Years

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.

Graph of US currency production

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.

A Civil War Token

During the US Civil War, the country did not have enough federal coinage to circulate freely. With the fears of the war, Americans hoarded their coins, leaving fewer coins for day-to-day trade.

To combat the shortages, private companies and individuals minted their own tokens to circulate like coins. The tokens were about the same size and weight as the US one cent.

Some of these tokens portrayed patriotic themes, while others displayed advertisements for the merchants who produced them. The tokens traded freely alongside federal coins.

This token from 1863 is in average circulated condition. It shows signs of pitting on the obverse. It features the head of Lady Liberty and “Army & Navy” on the reverse. It is a common piece.

Civil War Token, obverse

Civil War Token, reverse

Willamette Coin Club / PNNA Show in Portland

The WCC / PNNA Fall show in Portland was held this weekend. I attended for a few hours on Sunday and saw a good selection of coins, tokens and currency. The crowd was light. Folks from the Coin Cottage said the crowd was much heavier on Saturday. By noon, some dealers were already packing up and heading home. I had to leave then, too.

I purchased a handsome 1920 Maine centennial half dollar in uncirculated condition to add to my commemorative coin set.

Maine Centennial (obverse) Maine Centennial (reverse)

From other dealers, I also found three Winged Liberty Head dimes for my year and mint set and two modern commemoratives: a 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial proof dollar and a 1991 Mt. Rushmore Golden Anniversary proof dollar. These two were priced right at just a couple of dollars over silver melt price (no box or COA included).