EUROPEAN UNION silver fantasy taler 1979


EUROPEAN UNION, fantasy, 1979, Obverse: E in circle of stars, SEVENTEENTH THALER OF EUROPE in 4 languages around, Reverse: tree, EUROPA in roots, names of countries around, silver, 40mm, 0.7732 ozT, struck in France for Berlina Medaillenvertriess, BX217, edge bump, toned XF, Proof

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This medal was part of a long running private enterprise project piggybacking on the developing European Union.

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.