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Hail, Britannia

It's amazing how much you can learn about a country by its coinage. One of my friend did his Master's thesis on Propaganda and Roman Coins in the Age of Augustus and surprisingly it was an interesting read, considering it was a thesis (which tend to be VERY dry).

I'm a big fan of the earlier American coins. The Seated Liberty, The Trade Dollar (Liberty sitting on a stack of trade goods), the Walking Liberty half dollars, the Standing Liberty Quarters . . . those were coins that had some personality. These days, our coins are rather boring. No offense to the fans of Lincoln or Roosevelt, but I think I prefer the Mercury Dime and the Flying Eagle Cents.

That being said, Great Britain has started releasing some bullion coins, similar to our American Eagle, the Australian Kookaburra or the Canadian Maple Leaves (not to be confused with the Toronto Maple Leaves for the two hockey fans that read this blog). Being a historian and a bit of a coin buff, I have to admit, these are some beautiful coins. So, I thought I'd share one that I picked up, for those who might be interested:





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