Posts Tagged ‘1977’

Canada, 1 cent, 1977

September 18, 2011

Close to home, here’s a Canadian coin for a change.

Canada, 1 cent, 1977 (KM #59.1)


Ah, 1977… back when US and Canadian cents were still bronze. 1977 will be forever remembered as the year that gave us Star Wars.

This coin is still worth one cent in Canada, and will exchange for a US cent too. I wonder how long that will last as Canada currently debates the discontinuation of the cent. it is my opinion that the fate of the one cent coin (both US and Canadian) is purely political; its economic fate has already been sealed. I think both US and Canadian cents will stop production by decade’s end, 2020.

Mintage = 453,762,670
Metal Bronze
Weight 3.24 g
Diameter 19.05 mm
Thickness 1.65 mm
Engravers Arnold Machin (obverse)
George Edward Kruger Gray (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment

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Ethiopia, 10 santeem, 1977

March 10, 2011

The first coin I pulled was a 1998 Cuban 5 centavos, featured on Tuesday. And then I pulled this…

Ethiopia, 10 santeem, 1977 (KM #45.2)


The lion on this coin is totally awesome. That is one fierce creature that I wouldn’t want to cross. Makes me not want to f–k with Ethiopia, to leave them alone! This coin has a message, and that message is “go away, or I will bite you!”

The script on this coin is all Ge’ez, but the numerals underneath the lion’s head read “1969”. This is, of course, 1969 on the Ethiopian calendar, which lags the gregorian calendar by eight years. For example, it’s 2003EE right now. So 1969EE is 1977AD.

The mintage of this coin is 202,722,000, and its value is 0.60 cents USD.

Metal Brass
Weight 4.5 g
Diameter 23 mm
Engraver Stuart Devlin
Shape Round

France, 10 francs, 1977

March 9, 2011

This coin is nice and hefty. Wish our dollar coin had this much seriousness in hand.

France, 10 francs, 1977 (KM #940)


When France discontinued the silver 10-franc coin in 1973, this was the replacement. This coin is a thick chunk of brass with a handsome dark patina like old wine. The labor and industry motifs on the coin, the electrified French hexagon on the obverse and the shipyard/construction scene on the reverse, suggest that France is hard at work. The edge had nice deep lettering and a few agricultural motifs, to suggest that France more than just hard hats and steel girders. I love the balance of old and new on this coin, looking forward and backward at the same time. Even the little details like the clean sans serif font on the reverse but the old-style serif font on the edge, reinforces this. Mathieu, your work gets high marks by me.

Of course, this is a dead coin from a dead currency. It might have been exchangable for euros, but that window has closed. Mintage quantity is 100,052,511 in ’77.

Metal Nickel-Brass
Weight 10 g
Diameter 26.01 mm
Thickness 2.54 mm
Engraver Atelier de Paris (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment
Demonetized 02-17-2002