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  1. #1
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    Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    I am sure there are larger coins out there, but these are mine, just normal circulation coins, not any sort of special coins.

    Here is the description of the largest and smallest that I have (up to now) found:

    Descriptions SMALLEST
    Smallest coin is a Roman MINIMS or MINI MINIMUS, and were locally producted in England.
    Diameter : 7 to 7.5mm
    Weight : 0.23g (or 3.4grain)
    Thickness: 1.2mm

    Obverse. A soldier carring a spear which is placed horizontally. There is something on the left top side but I cannot see what that is. It is almost impossible to make a photo so you can see it. You have to have it in your hand.

    Reverse. On the left of the coin is a right side profile of a person (showing from just above his nose down to his chest), on the right side of the coin are the letters S O B C (the S I am not 100% sure of).

    NOTE THESE COINS ARE VERY RARE DUE TO THE EASE OF LOSS & DIFICULTY IN FINDING

    Description LARGEST
    Largest coin is a 3 gulden silver coin, 1714, from The Netherlands
    Diameter : 42.5mm
    Weight : 29.76g
    Thickness: 2.5mm
    Obverse. Image of Dutch maiden standing with liberty hat and spear, leaning on a bible on the altar.
    Reverse. The crowned shield of The Netherlands

    Added two photos.
    One showing the smallest and largest together and for comparison a US penny.
    And the other showing both sides of the smallest (Mini).

    If you want to see some other small coins that I have found look here : http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...tml#msg1496014
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    West Friesland, Netherlands, www.wf4.nl

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    Re: Biggest and smallest coin

    Neat. I wouldn't have known the small ones were coins.
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    Re: Biggest and smallest coin

    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker
    Neat. I wouldn't have known the small ones were coins.
    I didn't either, until I found a few. I thought they were just bits of coins until I really looked. All have some sort of obverse and reverse on them but most you cannot make out what exactly they are. Pity I don't know how to show one here full size (real small), then you could really see how large they are. I can imagine it was easy to lose them through the poor clothing they wore.
    West Friesland, Netherlands, www.wf4.nl

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    Re: Biggest and smallest coin

    wow that is seriously very small!
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    Re: Biggest and smallest coin

    Quote Originally Posted by AGBlex
    wow that is seriously very small!
    Yea AGBlex, that is what I thought too. Did you see the others?
    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...tml#msg1496014
    West Friesland, Netherlands, www.wf4.nl

  6. #6
    us
    Nov 2007
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    Re: Largest and smallest coin

    Nice!
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    Re: Largest and smallest coin

    Quote Originally Posted by El_Bandido
    Nice!
    Thanks El Bandido, yes the tiny coins are really neat. I just saw one on ebay for sale!

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  8. #8
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    Re: Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    If you want to see some REAL big money, check out "Swedish Plate money", especially the 10 daller. Sorry, I dont have a pic of mine to show, only smaller denominations, 4 daller, 2 daller, 1 daller and daller.

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    nl
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    Re: Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    Quote Originally Posted by maipenrai
    If you want to see some REAL big money, check out "Swedish Plate money", especially the 10 daller. Sorry, I dont have a pic of mine to show, only smaller denominations, 4 daller, 2 daller, 1 daller and daller.
    Hello Maipenral! Thanks for your comment. Yes, I do know about the Swedish money, although I have never found one of the large Ore's (yet), so the 3 gulden piece is my largest (I think). The Ore is a few mm larger coming in at 47mm compared to my 45mm, but don't know what the weight is. And I have seen the plate money too someplace, its huge. Not really for the common man going to the market, the largest, what you mentioned measured 13"x25" and weight of 44 pounds. Can you image getting change back with that Daller or Dollar when you bought something that cost 1 cent? MG.

    The ore is larger than my coin, I do recognize that, AND importantly it is a circulation coin, unlike the plate money, which was really a sort of emergency money due to the Swedish at that time not having any silver, but loads of copper. Even then smallest of the plate money would rip a hole in your pants pocket while walking to the market... so not handy.

    Here are photos of each:
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    West Friesland, Netherlands, www.wf4.nl

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    Re: Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    Here are my two.
    Smallest is Roman Minim. at 8mm. and weighs in at. 0.5grm.
    Largest is George 111 Penny at. 35mm. and weighs in at 26.8grm. John.
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  11. #11
    nl
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    Re: Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    Quote Originally Posted by john hutchison
    Here are my two.
    Smallest is Roman Minim. at 8mm. and weighs in at. 0.5grm.
    Largest is George 111 Penny at. 35mm. and weighs in at 26.8grm. John.
    Hey John, great, thanks for the photo. The large coin is a cartwheel is it not? I have also found a few of those, wow, heavy things. Imagine getting paid for a months work in the field in Cartwheels and have to walk back home.....
    Earl
    West Friesland, Netherlands, www.wf4.nl

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    Re: Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    Quote Originally Posted by WOODY50
    Quote Originally Posted by john hutchison
    Here are my two.
    Smallest is Roman Minim. at 8mm. and weighs in at. 0.5grm.
    Largest is George 111 Penny at. 35mm. and weighs in at 26.8grm. John.
    Hey John, great, thanks for the photo. The large coin is a cartwheel is it not? I have also found a few of those, wow, heavy things. Imagine getting paid for a months work in the field in Cartwheels and have to walk back home.....
    Earl
    Yes they were known as "cartwheel" pennies. there is only one date on them of 1797, there was also a twopence which would have been twice the weight. They were discontinued after only a short time as both coins were in copper and were expensive to produce. l have never found the twopence but have about 6 of the pennies. John.

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    Re: Largest and smallest coin(Tiniest tiny roman coin and largest Dutch 3 gulden)

    Cool comparison, great idea, thanks for posting

  14. #14
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    great!

 

 

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