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Coins From Around the World

June 11, 2007

Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith

The image above shows the Republic of Texas Five Dollar note. The note shares the same design on the back as the three dollar note. The obverse, pictured above, has a picture of an Indian, who appears to be thinking. The portrait on the right of the note appears to be Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith. (US, 1840)

Click his name to read the story about him —> Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith

Ludwig van Beethoven

A coin worth 10 Pfenning featuring “Stadt Bonn” (town of Bonn), (Germany, 1920)

Banknotes worth 50,000,000,000 and 100,000,000,000 Marks. Notes dated October 15, 1923 – Bonn. (Germany, 1923)

A coin worth 5 Deutsche Mark from the Bundesrepublik Deutschland. (West Germany, 1970)

A coin worth 10 Mark from the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. (East Germany, 1970)

A medal struck for the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday. The archives of the Beethoven Society are kept at the Lincoln Center. Made by Hal Faulkner. 2,490 of these coins were struck. This medal also exists in silver. (US, 1970)

A coin from Paraguay worth 150 Guaranies. (Paraguay, 1974)

A coin from the Isle of Man (an English island, situated in the Irish Sea) to celebrate the international year of the handicapped. (Isle of Man, 1981)

An imitation coin, dated July 7th 1985. Grinzing is now incorporated within the city of Vienna, but the wine-growing traditions of its inhabitants remain. The taverns and good wines are renowned. (Austria, 1985)

A Chinese coin worth 10 Yuan (China, 1990)

A Korean coin worth 250 Won. (Korea, 1999)

A very small coin (or medal?) from Liberia. The head side represents a portrait of Beethoven, a musical score and shows the value of “25 dollars”. The tail side indicates :”Republic of Liberia” (Liberia, 2001)

A superb small 50 Euros gold coin. (Austria, 2005)

A coin of 5 Euros about the European Anthem. (Austria, 2005)

Alexander Graham Bell

The 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Graham Bell 1847 – 1922. (Canada, 1997)

Bank notes from The Royal Bank of Scotland. Worth one pound sterling, Notes dated March 3, 1997. The 150th Anniversary of the birth of Alexander Graham Bell 1847 – 1922. (Scotland, 1997)

Helen Keller

Helen Keller is the first wobbly to be commemorated on a U.S. coin:

An image of Helen Keller, a longleaf pine branch and magnolias as well as the words “Spirit of Courage,” will be under Keller’s image on the Alabama quarter. It is also the first circulating coin to contain Braille. Keller’s name is also printed in English. (US, 2003)

Thomas Edison

The Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Coin celebrates the inventor’s life and the 125 th anniversary of the electric light. The Mint unveiled the coin on February 11, 2004, Edison’s 157 th birthday.

The face (obverse) of the coin shows a likeness of Edison holding an experimental light bulb. The coin’s reverse features light rays emanating from an 1879 Edison light bulb and the inscription “125 th Anniversary of the Light Bulb, 1879 – 2004.” (US, 2004)

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  1. Billythegoat
    June 11, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Interesting. I wonder what is the value if I have one of Beethevon coin that you show here.

  2. Coin Collector
    June 12, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Good job! I would love to collect them. If you know where I can find them, contact me, please. Thank you.

  3. Fred
    June 12, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Nice collection of interesting coins! Have you seen the new Presidential spousal medallions the mint is going to produce. If not take a look, you will NOT be impressed, any coin you have pictured here is of a much greater quality than these coins the mint is trying to push on th collector in this country. At least they could put the engravers to work doing a much better job of coins representing the spouses of our PRESIDENTS. I am really disgusted at the lack of detail or imagination that obviously was neglected in designing these coins. I urge you and anyone else that may feel this way to let it be known and maybe if the mint gets enough negative feedback they will improve heir design to reflect the legacy these coins (Medals) are supposed to reflect. I myself am not going to purchase these as I do not collect coins merely for their value but rather for their beauty and history. These medals are not worthy of my collection and I will have nothing to do with them. Well I have ranted enough, Nice Collection,Thanks for the view,

  4. June 13, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Billythegoat: please check with your appraisal. An appraisal helps you to understand the value of your coin.

    Coin collector: thanks. You can go to any coin store and ask them if they have it or not. Even you can check it through internet.

    Fred: send me the link as I want to take a look at the new presidential spousal medallions.

  5. July 16, 2007 at 10:11 am

    HmmmmmmmmmmAustria does not have a 50 euro coin,, but 50 cents
    Euro coins are only in 2 cents, 5 cents,10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, one euro and 2 euros 🙂

    Sorry gang i know cos I live in one of the EU states

  6. August 13, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I have many coins from diferent countries, some of then are old I dont know if they worth any money


  7. Sylvia
    August 24, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Cool coins I am doing Alexander Graham Bell for my notable for the night of the notables and I saw you’re coin on the images .They are so cool!

  8. August 26, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Pretty Interesting.

  9. Anonymous
    April 10, 2008 at 9:37 am


  10. cs
    February 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    You can see the First Spouse gold coins here:

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