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2008-03-31 09:11:13 PM  
Right

img512.imageshack.us
 
2008-03-31 10:11:20 PM  
Right v2.0:

www.us-coin-values-advisor.com
 
2008-03-31 10:12:42 PM  
Right v3.0
www.coinfacts.com
 
2008-03-31 10:14:46 PM  
Right v4.0, 4.1
www.romancoins.info
www.romancoins.info
 
2008-03-31 10:17:29 PM  
Most of those frontals make a good argument for sticking to profiles.
 
2008-03-31 10:30:35 PM  
One last one:

Coins started to be made in Lydia in ~650BC. This coin is from Lydia, ~650BC:

rjohara.net
 
2008-03-31 10:31:57 PM  
0Icky0: Most of those frontals make a good argument for sticking to profiles.

This is entirely true.

The article still needs a small smack upside the head, however
 
2008-03-31 11:06:09 PM  
mmmmmmm.....full frontal money shot.
 
2008-04-01 01:33:17 AM  
www.aerojockey.com
 
2008-04-01 01:35:02 AM  
My grandmother had a spanish coin that dated back a few years after Mexico became a country. Just one.

After her death, however, the coin magically dissapeared. Riiight.
 
2008-04-01 01:37:03 AM  
PC LOAD LETTER: 0Icky0: Most of those frontals make a good argument for sticking to profiles.

This is entirely true.

The article still needs a small smack upside the head, however


You need to check the date of the article.
 
2008-04-01 01:37:34 AM  
CygnusDarius: My grandmother had a spanish coin that dated back a few years after Mexico became a country. Just one.

After her death, however, the coin magically dissapeared. Riiight.


I would find David Blaine and kick his arse.
 
2008-04-01 01:38:28 AM  
I'd love to read this article, because it might be informative, but I can't, because some asshats thought misinformation is what you do on the internet to be funny.

/God, I hate April Fools.
 
2008-04-01 01:42:13 AM  
Wow!

/Who gives a shat!
 
2008-04-01 01:42:56 AM  

Stooge coins.

i236.photobucket.com

i236.photobucket.com


/Yes, I know that Joe DiRita wasn't REALLY a Stooge
 
2008-04-01 01:49:41 AM  
Danger Avoid Death:

Ah'd find Bobby Joe Blaine an' kick his arse.

It'd be a good idea tuh do that jus' on principle.
 
2008-04-01 01:50:22 AM  
This one follows the convention. (And vice versa.)

img245.imageshack.us
 
2008-04-01 01:51:39 AM  
Once a Sacagawea Golden Dollar oxidizes, it's not only no longer golden, but the eyes usually darken into a hollow, sunken look. Zombie Sacagawea.
 
2008-04-01 01:53:39 AM  
PC LOAD LETTER: 0Icky0: Most of those frontals make a good argument for sticking to profiles.

This is entirely true.

The article still needs a small smack upside the head, however


Well the article is from 1994, so aside from the ancient coins, your examples hadn't been issued yet.
 
2008-04-01 01:56:53 AM  
If we'd just get rid of the stoopid dollar bills and go to coins, we'd save money in the long run. WHEN, GOD, WHEN?
 
2008-04-01 01:59:49 AM  
Don't be silly.

www.cfhf.net

There aren't any faces on the coins.
 
2008-04-01 02:04:13 AM  
prekrasno: If we'd just get rid of the stoopid dollar bills and go to coins, we'd save money in the long run. WHEN, GOD, WHEN?

When the U.S. treasury grows some balls instead of bowing to pressure from the whiners.
 
2008-04-01 02:05:09 AM  
Why are subby are submitting this headline?
 
2008-04-01 02:05:26 AM  
www.antoranz.net

You can carve whatever you like on my coin.
 
2008-04-01 02:09:36 AM  
ultraholland: Why are subby are submitting this headline?

How is babby formed? How girl get pragnent?
 
2008-04-01 02:19:09 AM  
prekrasno: If we'd just get rid of the stoopid dollar bills and go to coins, we'd save money in the long run. WHEN, GOD, WHEN?

When you stop taking His name in vain by printing it on currency.
 
2008-04-01 02:27:08 AM  
GungFu: You can carve whatever you like on my coin.

I'm still waiting for my change.
 
2008-04-01 02:43:14 AM  
I don't care much for coins
 
2008-04-01 02:48:58 AM  
Oznog: Once a Sacagawea Golden Dollar oxidizes, it's not only no longer golden, but the eyes usually darken into a hollow, sunken look. Zombie Sacagawea.

Good thing Lewis and Clark were well supplied with axes.
 
2008-04-01 03:07:43 AM  
Well, the modern coins above are not exactly full face, but more of a 3/4 view.

The ancient coins that PC Load Letter posted above are more full face and have a lot higher relief, as did almost all ancient coins. Modern coins, at least US ones, by law have to be stackable, something that is well nigh impossible with ancient coins or anything with high relief.
 
2008-04-01 03:18:11 AM  
Yeah, but you can't beat a guy to death with a change for a dollar anymore either.

/Bring back the Silver standard!
 
2008-04-01 03:37:18 AM  
Go to the Straight Dope Messgae Board. I have found much love and intelligence within.
 
2008-04-01 04:14:16 AM  
What are these "coins" and "bills" you speak of?

/cashless society FTW
 
2008-04-01 04:59:14 AM  
FTA:

Coin historian Richard Doty has dug up two examples of English coins illustrating the change during the reign of Henry VII, 1485-1509. The portrait on the first coin, apparently minted early on, is a nondescript full face view that could have been most anybody. Henry, who had reached the throne by overthrowing his predecessor, probably concluded that it would be smart to let people know who was in charge and so the later coin shows him quite realistically in profile. Or at least it realistically shows somebody. Paranoia being no less a factor then than today, maybe it was the royal gardener, so as to throw off assassins. Be that as it may, profiles on coins have been pretty much standard ever since.

Or the piss boy.
 
2008-04-01 05:07:24 AM  
tomasso
PC LOAD LETTER


FAIL

Try actually reading the article

Fact is, while full face portraits on coins aren't completely unknown, they're definitely rare

A little later in the article

Full face portraits on coins were more common once upon a time. They enjoyed something of a vogue in the middle ages, mainly because, even though they were totally unrealistic, they were simple to execute with the primitive tools of the time

The article doesn't say they don't exist, just that they're rare, and more common a long time ago.
Also it was written 14 years ago, long before the Presidential coins were minted, so those don't contradict the article anyway.
 
2008-04-01 06:38:01 AM  
img107.imageshack.us
 
2008-04-01 09:03:47 AM  
I'm looking at the John Adams dollar I got as change, so I'm really getting a kick out of these.

/Do like the dollar coin idea.
 
2008-04-01 09:20:36 AM  
klepto21: Go to the Straight Dope Messgae Board. I have found much love and intelligence within.

Post this in the "April Fools pranks" thread. It's a winner.
 
2008-04-01 09:40:34 AM  
img512.imageshack.us

www.thedenverchannel.com
 
2008-04-01 10:02:43 AM  
tomasso: Right

PC LOAD LETTER: Right v2.0:

PC LOAD LETTER: Right v3.0


Look at the date on the article, geniuses. Then look at the coins you've posted and tell me what the problem might be.
 
2008-04-01 10:44:07 AM  
the article also goes on to make note of commemorative coins vs. standard coins.

the new presidential coins are all commemorative. they're not minting them in the same quantities as your standard coins.
 
2008-04-01 12:35:25 PM  
tomasso: Right

Empanda: PC LOAD LETTER: 0Icky0: Most of those frontals make a good argument for sticking to profiles.

This is entirely true.

The article still needs a small smack upside the head, however

Well the article is from 1994, so aside from the ancient coins, your examples hadn't been issued yet.


That and the article clearly mentions that commemoritive coins use 3/4 portraits.
 
2008-04-01 01:18:59 PM  
0Icky0: Most of those frontals make a good argument for sticking to profiles.

The Sacagawea one doesn't look bad. They should have stuck to that.
 
2008-04-01 01:28:26 PM  
Why are there is an extra "are" is in the headline?
 
2008-04-01 01:50:20 PM  
(deleted: Trolling Fark admins/moderators) 2008-04-01 04:38:42 AM

Come on now, I wasn't that much of a troll, was I?
 
2008-04-01 03:10:40 PM  
Are there are an extra "are" in the headline?

/Arrrrrr
 
2008-04-01 04:12:24 PM  
subsonic: Are there are an extra "are" in the headline?

/Arrrrrr


subsonic: Are there are an extra "are" in the headline?

/Arrrrrr


Just stop it! Stop it! Stop being a gram arrr naarrrrrzi!
 
2008-04-01 04:37:51 PM  
Obscure: How is babby formed? How girl get pragnent?

Jesus christ that literally made me laugh until I cried. I've seen people quote "how is babby formed" before but I hadn't seen that.

Anyway, on topic, the shots of the new commemorative coins are hideous. John Adams looks like the lovechild of Ron Jeremy and a Thundercat.
 
2008-04-01 10:53:41 PM  
Gobobo: Just stop it! Stop it! Stop being a gram arrr naarrrrrzi!

Sarrrrrrry.
 
2008-04-02 02:19:54 AM  
Slowontheuptake: Jesus christ that literally made me laugh until I cried. I've seen people quote "how is babby formed" before but I hadn't seen that.

I know, I know. I first came across the flash video here on Fark, and since then I've been playing it once a day for at least 20 minutes or until my stomach hurts too much from laughing.
 
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