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Flags Fly on Republic of China Coins
By Alan Herbert, World Coin News
June 27, 2011

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Please explain the flags appearing on many Chinese coins.

The flag coins of the Republic show the Kuomintang, or army, flag and the flag of the Republic, which had five stripes – red for the Chinese, yellow for the Manchus, blue for the Mongols, white for the Mohammedans and black for the Tibetans. Later the national flag became red, with a canton of blue and a white sun.



What is largess money?

It’s a coin, special medal or token passed out to the people at important state events. Largess is defined as generous giving, and largess coins were a popular giveaway in the 16th to 18th centuries. The Swedish King, Gustavus Vasa I, is credited with starting the practice in 1528. Coronations, weddings, births and funerals were common causes for the striking and issuing of such coins. The practice of throwing coins to the public ended after several riots, deaths and numerous injuries among those scrambling for the coins.



What are the common coin metals, and why do they outweigh other available metals?

The most common coin metals are copper, nickel, iron, tin, zinc and aluminum. The most common bullion metals are gold, silver and platinum. As to why these metals, the fact that they are common, easily mined and processed and are relatively cheap has a whole lot to do with their frequent use. Most of the other available metals are too scarce, too expensive, or are too difficult to process.



What is the German grade “SS?”

SS is short for “Sehr Schoen,” matching our Very Fine.



What is a “klippe” or “klippe money?”

A klip, or klippe, is a coin struck on a square or diamond shape planchet, sometimes six- or eight-sided. The name comes from the cutting, or “klipping,” of the planchet from a sheet of metal. They are commonly European and often were struck as emergency money during a siege or war. I ran across one of the smallest klippe coins I’ve heard of in a German auction catalog. It’s a 1/16 Lammdukatenklippe of Nuernberg, Germany, struck in 1700.



Why does the French coat of arms appear on English coins?

As early as 1340, Edward III proclaimed himself King of France based on his marriage to the daughter of Philip IV of France. The claim helped start the 100 Years War. By 1492 the English had lost most of its claim to France. The death of Richard III ended the family line begun by Edward III. However, Henry VII and VIII continued the claim until after the signing of the Treaty of 1802. More information can be found in the book, Age of Plantagenet and Valois, by Kenneth Fowler.



Were all of the British VIGO coins gold?

The source of the gold was from captured Spanish ships during the Spanish War of Succession in 1702. Besides the gold there was a large amount of silver. The gold was struck as 1703-dated 5-guinea pieces The silver went into sixpence, shillings, half crowns and crowns dated 1703 and shillings dated 1702.



Which Polish cities issued coins with a 6-grosze denomination?

I need the help of a specialist here. Two that I have listed are Danzig and Eibing. The denomination is also listed for East and South Prussia in the 1760s. There also was a 3-grosze denomination.



I have a Singapore 1973 coin that appears to be an Olympic coin, but it has six entwined rings rather than five. What’s it supposed to be?

It’s not an Olympic coin. It’s a commemorative for the Seventh South East Asia Peninsular Games (SEAP), which are similar to the Olympics.



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