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I already posted my four types of British silver crowns from 1900-1950, but here are some other  British coins from that period:

Edward VII gold sovereign & half-sovereign (both 1910):


George V gold sovereign (1917) & half-sovereign (1913):


(I no longer have any gold coins issued by George VI, and they've become much too expensive for me to try to reacquire one.)

The rest of what I'm posting here consists of a few examples each of a number of different denominations, picked out of the hundreds of minor British copper and silver coins I've accumulated since childhood. I guess they're the best of a mediocre lot, but I certainly enjoyed collecting them when I was young, both at local coin stores and on family vacations to the Caribbean to islands that still used British coins. I'd almost forgotten what a little Anglophile I was back then -- not surprisingly, I suppose, given that my mother spent most of the war years there after arriving on the first Kindertransport, and had positive feelings towards the British despite all the difficult memories.

George VI farthing, 1937


Victoria halfpenny and penny (both 1901)



Halfpennies from George V (1913, 1921, 1923, 1931), pennies from George V (1928) and George VI (1943) 



A George VI silver threepence from 1944 (one of the last years before it was discontinued, issued "for Colonial use only," see S. 4085), and a nickel brass dodecagonal threepence from 1946, the scarcest year of the type (see S. 4112) -- not that either is worth anything given their poor condition, and not that condition was something I cared about as a child, or has anything to do with why I've kept all of these for so many years.



Sixpences from Edward VII (1903 & 1910) and George V (1914 & 1924), shillings from George V (1914 & 1916) and George VI (1937 & 1942) image.jpeg.a262c8e32f35d3d63da565c975a27428.jpeg


Florins from Edward VII (1903), George V (1924) and George VI (1949), half-crowns from George V (1917) and George VI (1946)



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On 3/17/2023 at 7:55 PM, thenickelguy said:

Did you have a GREEN draft beer for St Patty's Day?

1924 Womens Christian Temperance Jubilee Penny

It's bronze and big at 64mm



At its founding in 1874, the stated purpose of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union was to create a "sober and pure world" by abstinence, purity, and evangelical Christianity. Annie Wittenmyer was its first president.
The constitution of the WCTU called for "the entire prohibition of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage." The Woman's Christian Temperance Union is still an active international temperance organization but has been declining in membership since the 1940's.
Frances Willard, a noted feminist, was elected the WCTU's second president in 1879 and Willard grew the organization to be the largest organization of women in the world by 1890. She remained president until her death in 1898.
Its members were inspired by the Greek writer Xenophon, who defined temperance as "moderation in all things healthful; total abstinence from all things harmful." In other words, should something be good, it should not be indulged in to excess; should something be bad for you, it should be avoided altogether — thus their attempts to rid society of what they saw (and still see) as the dangers of alcohol.
The WCTU perceived alcohol as a cause and consequence of larger social problems rather than as a personal weakness or failing. The WCTU also advocated against tobacco. The American WCTU formed a "Department for the Overthrow of the Tobacco Habit" as early as 1885 and frequently published anti-tobacco articles in the 1880s. Agitation against tobacco continued through to the 1950s.

As a consequence of its stated purposes, the WCTU was also very interested in a number of social reform issues, including labor, prostitution, public health, sanitation, and international peace. As the movement grew in numbers and strength, members of the WCTU also focused on suffrage.
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union conducts a White Ribbon Recruit (WRR) ceremony, in which babies are dedicated to the cause of temperance through a white ribbon being tied to their wrists, with their adult sponsors pledging to help the child live a life free from alcohol and other drugs.

"Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours"

By the looks of these sweethearts of the time, not  much to worry about huh?


That's a very interesting medal!

Prohibition, of course, had consequences, driving the consumption and sale of alcohol underground.

In the 1920s various devices were available to the public to carry and drink alcohol on the fly, such as this clever compact "book".  The top, simulated to look like pages, can be opened by pressing a concealed button on the upper part of the spine.

United States, Prohibition Period alcohol concealment book, "The Four Swallows", circa 1921-1924.


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Here are a couple more US coins for 1900-1950:

United States, 20 dollars, 1908, Saint Gaudens type.



United States, dollar, 1921, Peace type.


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I suppose these also count as quasi-numismatic in nature, as "exonumia" or "ephemera" -- my accumulation of "stuff" from this half-century seems inexhaustible, and I'm very grateful that @shanxi granted us an extra day for it!

Truman Official Inagural Medal:


Assorted Democratic National Convention tickets, a 1933 delegate's ribbon for FDR's first inauguration, etc. -- mostly from one of my father's uncles who was a big macher in the Bronx Democratic Party back in the day, mentioned in Robert Caro's book "The Power Broker":


Assorted political buttons; the majority of the ones for Democrats were my father's or his uncle's:


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13 hours ago, shanxi said:

Medals issued for fairs and events. All from Freiburg/Germany.





I'm just curious, @shanxi: do you live in Freiburg i.B. or have some family connection to the place? My own great-great-grandparents are buried in the Jewish cemetery there, and that part of my mother's family lived for centuries in a village not far south of Freiburg, among other towns and villages in the area. (Some in Vorderösterreich, belonging to the Habsburgs, and some not!) My son and I visited Freiburg in 2018.

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Baby needs a new pair of shoes

1936 Texas Centennial Exposition

While there are a number of other medals out there advertising children's shoes, I have found three advertised on and sharing this 1936 Texas Centennial medal reverse. They are Red Goose Shoes, Poll-Parrot Shoes and Weather-Bird Shoes.
I think that would be considered a complete 1936 Texas Centennial set, having all three. All these shoe companies must have had exhibits at the 1936 Texas Centennial for kids shoes.


Weather-bird brand shoes for children, using pictures of the Weatherbird in advertising, were offered starting in 1901 by the St. Louis-based Peters Shoe Company, later part of International Shoe which continued to base the brand's image of the Weather-bird until 1932.The brand itself continued at least through the 1950's.


There are different accounts of the origins of the “Poll Parrot” shoe brand. In one version, the brand was named after a certain “Paul Parrott”, who had been manufacturing shoes under the Pol Parrot name in St. Louis since 1922, and had been bought out by International Shoe Company in 1928.

Ted Hake, author of Hake’s Guide to Advertising Collectibles, © 1992, Wallace Homestead Book Company, tells the story of how the Poll-Parrot Shoe Brand name was conceived. It seems the owner of the original Parrot Shoe Company, Paul Parrot, kept a pet parrot in his store. The bird inspired a salesman to suggest the name Poll-Parrot Shoes as a brand name. Obviously Paul Parrot agreed and the name was copyrighted in 1925.

According to Old Time Radio Researchers, Paul Parrot sold his shoe business to the International Shoe Company that already had the Red Goose and Weatherbird Shoes. The company sold men’s women’s and children’s shoes and sponsored the “Cruise of the Poll-Parrot” a syndicated children’s serial in 1937.
Howdy Doody teamed up with Poll-Parrot Shoes advertising.

The colorful red, green and gold parrot with the words “Poll-Parrot Shoes for Boys and Girls”, became a popular logo throughout the 1930s 40s, and 50s. The shoe stores that sold the Poll-Parrot Shoes often had painted plaster or chalk- ware displays of the parrot figures in the stores.


Red Goose Shoes also made tokens with denominations in the era.

A "clicker" penny toy. I had a teacher who would use one of these to get our attention in early grade school.


These tokens below were also made in fiber, in different colors, probably during the World War II when metals were being used in the war effort.
Here is a nice set, which I think is complete that either preceded the war or minted shortly afterwards or both but no later than 1950.

I have my doubts as to the trade in value being equal in cents for the denominations of these tokens. When these were made, the amount these state would be a lot of money if equal in trade for cash.
Perhaps one would get so much off the price of shoes for so many "points" instead.
They may have been redeemable in discount or used as play money. I am unsure?


Today certain brand sneakers are viewed as a status symbol for both kids and some adults. They cost hundreds of dollars and wearing them in certain places could put you at risk.
I do remember a simpler time when I went to school. Penny loafers, wing tips, and hush puppies were just footwear. You weren't allowed sneakers in school because they left white skid marks on the hallway and classroom floors. Sneakers were for gym class or if you were on the basketball team and your beat up gym sneakers became your play shoes for at home.
I wore them til they had holes in the bottom and then maybe just a while longer.

Long ago, before sneakers were everyday footwear there were Buster Browns and numerous other brands. All cleverly advertised in magazines for Mom to see and there were small promotional toys like "clickers", "top spinners" whistles and banks.

One slogan for a pair of Red Goose Shoes was "Half The Fun of Having Feet".
I'm still trying to figure out what half the other fun was.


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The fifty-first period starts - year 1950 to 2000.


Something different: A language map from Europe


Source: Wikipedia, Public Domain



For three days it is:

year 1950 to the year 2000

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This one looks like it belongs in the 1350s but no...

al-Nasir Ahmad bin Yahya 1/8 Riyal, 1954-1955
Sana’a, Yemen. Silver, pentagonal, 3.31g. Struck In Sana'a, 1/8, There Is No God But Allah; AH1374. God Bless Him, Imam Ahmad al-Nasir, Prince Of The Believers (KM 14).

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Once again, I have quite a bit from this era from my earlier days of collecting moderns, but I never photographed the vast majority of them. Here are some that I recorded over the years for reasons I can no longer remember.

Saudi Arabia - 1954 - 1/4 Rial


Saudi Arabia - 1954 - 1 Rial






1978 - Egypt




Iran Mint Set, 1992 - 1993

(I hit the maximum attachment size, so I couldn't upload the other side of this set)

Vatican - 1997



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If it were not for this thread, I wouldn't have much to post. I quit eBay and closed all my electronic banking so my buying of ancients has been close to nil.

Here's a set of high relief 1960's Medallic Art Company .999 silver medals

The Presidents of Mount Rushmore


I have many of these, showing other historical persons. I also made a set or two in bronze too.


They came in little boxes with a certificate, are about 3/16th inch thick and weigh about 3/4 troy oz.


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5 hours ago, ewomack said:

Once again, I have quite a bit from this era from my earlier days of collecting moderns, but I never photographed the vast majority of them.

Same for me for the last several periods, from my days of actively collecting British coins, American political memorabilia, etc. -- I had never photographed most of the ones I've been posting, other than the silver crowns and gold coins, until the last week or so for purposes of this thread. So this thread has been very good for my record-keeping!

I probably have less to post for 1950-2000 than for the 1900-1950 period, because I have no French or German medals that recent, and have only "pocket change" and Euros from those countries in terms of coins -- none of it photographed. The same is true for other countries, except for the UK. Unless I decide to take more photos, everything I have to post from this period is British.

Elizabeth II gold coins 1950-2000 (I have no photos of any of the cases):

Elizabeth II AV Sovereign 1966 S.4125
Elizabeth II AV Sovereign 1980 proof in case S.4204
Elizabeth II AV Half-Sovereign 1985 proof in case S.4276
Elizabeth II AV Britannia 25 pounds 1987 proof S.4291 (Rev. Britannia standing w/trident & shield)
Elizabeth II AV Britannia 10 pounds 1998 proof in case S.4480 (Rev. same)
Elizabeth II AV Half-Sovereign 1998 proof in case S.4440
Elizabeth II AV Sovereign 1999 proof in case S.4430

Bahamas AV (.500 fine) $50 1973 Independence Commemorative proof: KM 48 (Pinches) (Rev. Two flamingos facing in front of sunset; INDEPENDENCE 1973 above; FIFTY DOLLARS below).



British medals:

Elizabeth II coronation

As some of you may know, the last official British coronation medal was the one issued for George VI, ending a continuous series that began with James I. All those issued for Elizabeth II were unofficial, and I'd be surprised if the Royal Mint returned to the practice of issuing an official medal for Charles III. Instead, a five-shilling crown piece (see below) was issued to commemorate Elizabeth's coronation, and I expect that a crown will be issued for Charles III's coronation as well.

Here are two versions of an unofficial Elizabeth II coronation medal issued by Spink:

Great Britain, Elizabeth II AE Unofficial Coronation Medal, 1953 (large), by Spink and Son. Obv. Crowned bust right. Around left field: ELIZABETH II, around right field: CROWNED JUNE 2ND 1953. / Rev. View of Buckingham Palace with trees on left, seen from across the lake in St James's Park. In exergue, rose, thistle, shamrock and daffodil (the emblems of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales); SPINK LONDON (below exergual line). 57 mm. BHM 4458; Eimer 2086a.


Great Britain, Elizabeth II Unofficial AE Coronation Medal, 1953 (small), by Spink and Son, in cardboard case of issue. Obv. Crowned bust right. Around left field: ELIZABETH II, around right field: CROWNED JUNE 2ND 1953 / Rev. View of Buckingham Palace with trees on left, seen from across the lake in St James's Park. In exergue, rose, thistle, shamrock and daffodil (the emblems of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales); SPINK LONDON (below exergual line). 32 mm. BHM 4458; Eimer 2086b.


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One more Elizabeth II medal, also technically "unofficial" (although issued by Royal Mint):

Great Britain, Elizabeth II AR Royal Mint Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977.  Obv. The Queen enthroned in coronation chair, facing, arrayed in gold supertunica used at the coronation and holding a sceptre in each hand; SILVER JUBILEE - ELIZABETH II / Rev. Tudor Rose within a septagonal shield, • VIVAT REGINA • above, years 1952 & 1977 below, separated by small scallop shell. By Bernard Sindall. Eimer 2135b & Pl. 237; Wollaston p. 92, Illustration No. 43. 44 mm., 45.3 g., mintage 5,000. [See Eimer p. 276, explaining that the design for this medal was the runner-up in the competition held for the design of the official Silver Jubilee crown issued in 1977 (S. 4227), won by Arnold Machin; see below.] Purchased on Ebay, 29 Aug. 1999.


British Coins:

George VI Crown 1951 (Cupro-Nickel), S. 4111, old ESC 393B (“Festival of Britain” crown).


Elizabeth II's Coronation Crown

Elizabeth II Crown 1953 (Cupro-Nickel), S. 4136, old ESC 393D (Coronation Crown, Obv. Queen on horseback).


Other Elizabeth II 5-shilling Crowns:

Elizabeth II Crown 1960 (Cupro-Nickel), Young laureate Head, S. 4143.


Elizabeth II Crown 1965 (Cupro-Nickel), Young laureate Head, S. 4144, Churchill Rev. (“Churchill Crown").


Elizabeth II Decimal Coinage Crowns:

Elizabeth II 1972 (Cupro-Nickel) Twenty-five pence (Crown), Arnold Machin Portrait, S. 4226 (Silver Wedding Commemorative, Elizabeth & Philip).


Elizabeth II 1977 (Cupro-Nickel) Twenty-five pence (Crown), Obv. Queen on Horseback, S. 4227 (Silver Jubilee Commemorative).


Elizabeth II 1980 (Cupro-Nickel) Twenty-five pence (Crown), S. 4228 (Queen Mother’s 80th Birthday Commemorative).


Elizabeth II 1981, AR Twenty-five pence (Crown), S. 4229, Rev. Charles & Diana Jugate heads left (Royal Wedding Commemorative). 


[See Spink Standard Catalogue of British Coins, 2011 single-volume edition, p. 548: “Before decimalization in 1971, crowns had a nominal denomination of five shillings and this was then changed to twenty-five pence [i.e., retaining the ¼ pound face value] in 1972 when the Silver Wedding commemorative was issued. Over time with increasing metal, manufacturing and distribution costs, the production of coins with such a low face value was not economic and the decision was taken to change to a higher value that would last for many years. The first of the five pound coins was issued in 1990 to mark the ninetieth birthday of The Queen Mother.”]

Four Elizabeth II Silver Proof Crowns in Tray:

1. Elizabeth II 1990 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), Raphael Malouf Portrait, S. 4301 (Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday Commemorative).

2. Elizabeth II 1998 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), Ian Rank-Broadley Portrait, S. 4550 (Prince Charles 50th Birthday Commemorative).

3. Elizabeth II 1999 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), S. 4551 (Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial).

4. Elizabeth II 1999/2000 AR Proof Five pounds (Crown), S. 4552 (Millennium commemorative, edge “WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE”).



Three Elizabeth II Cupro-Nickel Proof Crowns (Part of Annual Royal Mint Proof Sets) in Tray:

1. Elizabeth II 1993 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), 40th Anniversary of the Coronation, S. 4302 (Part of PS 51). Obv. Queen’s Young laureate Head in center, surrounded by eight trumpeters on horseback; denomination FIVE POUNDS below / Rev. St. Edward’s Crown encircled by forty trumpets all within the inscription “FAITH AND TRUTH I WILL BEAR UNTO YOU” and the dates “1953-1993” (Reverse Design: Robert Elderton).

2. Elizabeth II 1996 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), 70th Birthday of Queen, S. 4303 (Part of PS 57). Obv. Crowned Portrait right (by Raphael Maklouf); denomination FIVE POUNDS below / Rev. Representation of Windsor Castle with five flag poles, two holding forked pennants with anniversary dates 1926 and 1996, the other flags are Royal Arms, the Union flag and Our Personal flag (Reverse Design: Avril Vaughan), edge “VIVAT REGINA ELIZABETHA.”

3. Elizabeth II 1997 Cupro-Nickel Proof FDC Five Pounds (Crown), Golden Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, S. 4304 (Part of PS 59). Obv. Conjoint portraits of The Queen and Prince Philip right (Obverse design: Philip Nathan) / Rev. Pair of shields, chevronwise; on left, Our Royal Arms, on right, shield of Prince Philip; above, a Royal Crown separating the dates 1947 and 1997 with the date 20 November under Crown; beneath shields, an anchor cabled, above denomination FIVE POUNDS (Rev. Design: Leslie Durbin).



Together in a tray, British Crowns 1931-2002, with apologies for the spillover at either end:



Finally, here is what I believe to be the new king's first appearance on a royal medal or coin, back in 1969:

Great Britain, AR Official Medal for Investiture of Prince of Wales [Prince Charles] 1969, by Michael Rizello, in red leather case of issue. Obv. Bust right, draped, ARWISGIAD CHARLES TYWYSOG CYMRU [Investiture of Charles Prince of Wales] around, CAERNARFON 1969 below / Rev. The Welsh Dragon, left, Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN. 57 mm. Eimer 2116 & Pl. 235.



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