EUROPA FOEDERATA 1952 silver Eisenhower medal


GERMANY, fantasy, 1952, Hamburg mint, Obverse: head R, GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER 1952, H – CONSEE, Reverse: radiant torch, LIBERTAS between rays, EUROPA FOEDERATA 2 1/2 EUROPINOS VAL. ARG. 1/2 DOL. HM, 0.900 silver, 29mm, 12.5g, 0.3617 ozT. BX11, Unc

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This medal was made with the approval of the Allied occupying forces.

If someone produces a thing that says it’s a coin but the country doesn’t exist, or some part of it is non-standard, we tend to call that a “fantasy.” Like a “coin” from Atlantis. Jewelry coins are jewelry bits made to look like coins. That is different from taking real coins and making them into jewelry.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.