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    Gold Kiwis
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  1. Due to the “close economic relationship” with the USA, Cuba declared war on Germany the next day. Now Cuba is more known for the sweeter things in live and this was exactly their contribution to the war effort: cane sugar production at a massive scale. The CCC, the Cuban Cane Corporation, became the largest sugar producer worldwide. Most sugar production was in American hands and while Cuba never got to dispatch her small detachment, the US sent Marines to Cuba to prevent civil uprising and protect the sugar production. The boom and bust of the cuban sugar industry is seen as the main cause of the rise of anti-american nationalism and as one of his first actions Castro nationalised cuban sugar production. 1916 Cuba 10 Peso (MS62) (no coins produced in 1917)
  2. There’s one on eBay for $2,600 if you fancy one. Let me enjoy mine for now
  3. @goldmember44 the series is definitely a sleeper and will eventually take off. The current design has certainly evolved from the most recent designs but is not right up there for my liking but would most likely be next in line. I am very curious about the 2020 design, though
  4. The nice thing about the Britannia series is that there are designs to suit many different tastes. In terms of plasticity of the allegory I favour the 2014 and 1987 original design. In regards to modern reductive depiction the 2001 and 2003 stand out to me and @gazer. I think there is little not to be liked and even the greatest hater of the 2017 design @RegalStacker has come to terms with her.
  5. Yes, and joins my little collection of all time favourite designs: (all PF70UC, even the 2001/2003 iterations) but nothing tops the 5oz High Relief for the “reverse”
  6. Received back from grading as a teaser from @Numistacker (and I think the going rate maxes out SD insurance)
  7. I agree that in the 21st century we should have moved on, even more so since on this small format you will hardly be able to make anything out without a loupe. Actually in 2017 the 1kg High Relief PL was released and offers even more plasticity... Discussing the perks of world war coinage, you guys thankfully reminded me to write a few words about the motive of choice: Liberty (7) might derive from the Roman goddess Libertas but actually represents Isis – the winged Libertad makes it a bit more obvious. While the number 13 (stars/stripes) represents her husband Osiris (and yes, maybe the 13 colonies). This Isis/Osiris I/O symbolism is very prominent to the present day and makes you wonder who is referred to in the phrase “in god we trust”. The Eagle is a symbol for the military might of the Roman Empire but might be seen as a reference to Horus and would complete the trinity of Egyptian Mythology.
  8. The Kiwi Florin was produced up to the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Instead of a Young Head Sovereign you could always get a cheap Young Head Kiwi...
  9. New Zealand has had some great designs. I obviously favour the Kiwi Florin many great designs are from the beginning of the 20th century. 1916/1917 Type 1 25c, 1912 2 Lei, 1910 2 Leva, Fatman Dollar are all great and you might see something else you like in this thread
  10. The entry of the United States of America into World War I was certainly a key moment in the history of the 20th century. It marked the rise of the American Empire and the demise of the British Empire. Up to this point it remained open wether the Cental Powers or the Allied Powers would win the war and Germany had offered several times to return to the status quo ante. However the outbreak of the Russian Revolution was freeing more and more German Forces on the Eastern Front and Germany was beginning to get the upper hand on the Western Front. Economically the City of London had bled out of gold and it was now New York who was loaning vast amounts to the Allied Powers to pay for US-produced weapons and equipment for the war effort. A victory of the Central Powers or even a return to the pre-war situation would have seriously risked a default on those loans. We can add in the Balfour Declaration (promise to Lord Rothschild to support a Jewish State in Palestine) and, since the US never entered "unprovoked"a military conflict in the 20th century, events like the sinking of the Lousitania (arms transport boarded with civilian cruise passengers despite German warnings in the US press that it would be torpedoed). I leave it open to everyone to draw their own conclusions as to what finally triggered the entry of the United States of America on the 6th of April 1917, to enter the "war to end all wars". More than 4 million troops were mobilised with over 100,000 deaths; almost half of the US troops died of Spanish Influenza and 1/3 didn't even reach Europe alive. 1917 Type I 25C (MS64 FH) was not the largest circulation issue (50C) but the most interesting one: This standing liberty design, released late 1916 / early 1917, created a public outcry due to the bare breast and was quickly replaced with the Type II where chainmail covered the female part. The centennial edition shows this design again in gold, although the new version has the nipple airbrushed away – the century old conflict of US Americans and bare breasts lives on.
  11. @shawy2510 is your football spherical or flat, since there were two versions?
  12. Many will know the design from the 1950 Saudi Arabian Guinea but this is the Silver Riyal. Unfortunately the photos don't do it justice very nice cartwheel lustre
  13. Overstrike overload double 77, double L
  14. I wonder if someby at La Poste went through the effort to sum up those stamps since a lot are still in French Francs and not in Euros... Anyway, this collage contained an overstrike overload 20 Lire, the 1877. This one is not listed in numista ( @gustavus only resource I would know of) and I can blame @whuamai who brought this coin to my attention: double 77 on the obverse and double L on the reverse