Found in Rolls column from May 9, 2016, Weekly issue of Coin World:
I am always fascinated by the different world coins that keep
turning up as I search through rolls. It is truly difficult to
describe the thrill I feel when I discover a coin that should not
normally be found mixed in with U.S. coins.
I guess it comes down to the fact that it is just a lot of fun to
find the unexpected and seeing any unexpected coin in a roll just
makes me smile!
The first piece to be found came to me as I searched through rolls
of dimes. Struck from 2002 through 2008 in a bronze composition, this
2003 25-ore coin of Denmark is a neat-looking coin. The obverse
features the date, divided by a large crown and the word DANMARK
(Denmark) placed beneath the crown. The reverse exhibits the
denomination using stylized digits that almost look pillow-like placed
over the word ORE. Also featured above and below the denomination are
a large and small heart. I really like the look of this coin.
My next unusual discovery was a coin that was found in a roll of
Lincoln cents. It is a 1953 2-lira coin of Vatican City. This coin
type was minted from 1951 through 1958, struck in aluminum.
The obverse depicts a crowned shield surrounded by the legend PIUS •
XII • PONT • MAX • A • XV. A translation would be “Pius XII, Greatest
Pontiff, the fifteenth year.” Pius XII was the pope from 1939 to 1958.
The reverse of the piece exhibits a personification of Fortitude
standing with a lion at the feet with CITTA DEL VATICANO (Vatican
City) at the rim encircling the central design. The denomination and
date are also visible.
Finally, struck in an alloy of aluminum-bronze, this 1993 25-centavo
coin of the Republic of Argentina was found in a roll of quarter
dollars. The obverse depicts what was once Buenos Aires City Hall,
with REPUBLICA ARGENTINA (Republic of Argentina) above and Argentina’s
national motto, EN UNION Y LIBERTAD (In Union and Freedom), below. The
coin’s reverse is a simple design exhibiting a large 25 CENTAVOS
placed above the date.
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