Coins & Paper Money
About this category:
Items have been scanned and scaled to fit this page. Some are shown larger than actual size and others shown smaller. Where you see a dark area in an otherwise silver coin, that is a highly polished surface as captured by a scanner.

About half of these items are in our collection; the remainder were spotted as offers on ebay® or by searching Google® images and books.


This map shows historic and contemporary source areas where elephant image coins and banknotes have been issued. Likely there are more but this is what we found without extensive research. The rectangle represents both the Seleucid and Roman Empires od antiquity.
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BELGIAN CONGO
CAMEROON
CAROLINA
CEYLON
COOK ISLANDS
ENGLAND
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
INDIA
LIBERIA
MACEDONIAN EMPIRE
ROMAN EMPIRE
SELEUCID EMPIRE
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SRI LANKA
THAILAND
UGANDA
VIETNAM

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BELGIAN CONGO
Belgian Congo, One Hundred Franc banknote
Belgian Congo 1 Franc coin 1949 Belgian Congo 2 Franc coin 1949
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CAMEROON
Cameroon One Thousand Franc banknote
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BRITISH PROVINCE of CAROLINA
Carolina 1694 Coin - (Replica)
Inscription reads "GOD: PRESERVE: CAROLINA AND THE: LORDS: PROPRIETORS' 1694"
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CEYLON
Ceylon Half Stiver 1815
Government of Ceylon (predecessor to Sri Lanka), One rupee banknote
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COOK ISLANDS
Cook Islands autonomous area $25 Gold Coin 1990. Queen Elizabeth II.
Coin measures scant 13mm diameter, smaller than a pinkie fingernail and quite thin.
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ENGLAND, Warwickshire, Coventry
"Lady Godiva" 1792 halfpenny Conder token from Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
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EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Wildlife Protection, value unknown
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INDIA
India Mysore District coin 2 Paisa

A paisa is a monetary unit currently equivalent to 1/100 of a rupee or Bangladeshi taka and is used in several countries, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Until the 1950s in India and Pakistan (and before 1947 in British India), the paisa was equivalent to 3 pies, of an anna, or 1/64 of a rupee. After the transition from a non-decimal currency to a decimal currency, the paisa was known as a naya paisa ("new paisa") for a few years. [wikipedia.org]
India Western Gangas coin 1200-1400 AD

The Western Ganga Dynasty (350 1000 CE)was an important ruling dynasty of ancient Karnataka in India. They are known as Western Gangas to distinguish them from the Eastern Gangas who in later centuries ruled over modern Orissa. The [wikipedia.org]
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LIBERIA
Republic of Liberia Five Dollar proof coin 1974
Republic of Liberia Two Cent coin 1937
Republic of Liberia Half Cent coin 1941
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MACEDONIAN or ROMAN EMPIRE
Alexander the Great in elephant headdress / Nero 54-68 AD

This coin offered for sale on ebay.com is listed as Tetradrachm of Alexandria Egypt. The dating would make it a Roman Empire coin.
Most tetradrachms were minted around the middle of the 5th century BC, when they were used in transactions. To separate their currency from that of Aegina, Athens began minting the tetradrachm to a different weight standard, the "Attic" standard of 4.3 grams. The currency's use was especially popular in Greek-influenced areas of present-day Iran and India. [wikipedia.org]
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ROMAN EMPIRE
Gaius Julius Caesar, Emperor 49-44 BC
Titus Aurelius Fulvius Boionius Arrius Antoninus (19 September, 867 March 161), generally known in English as Antoninus Pius was Roman emperor from 138 to 161. He was the fourth of the Five Good Emperors and a member of the Aurelii. He did not possess the sobriquet "Pius" until after his accession to the throne. Almost certainly, he earned the name "Pius" because he compelled the Senate to deify Hadrian. [wikipedia.org]
Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Emperor 138-161 AD
Map of Roman Empire in 117 AD by Solbergj posted to wikimedia commons and used under GNU License.
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SELEUCID EMPIRE
Antiochus I, 281-261 BC
The Seleucid Empire (312 - 63 BC) was a Hellenistic empire, i.e. a successor state of Alexander the Great's empire. The Seleucid Empire was centered in the near East and at the height of its power included central Anatolia, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Persia, today's Turkmenistan, Pamir and parts of Pakistan. [wikipedia.org]
Antiochus VI, 145-142 BC
Seleucid Empire map by Thomas Lessman posted to wikimedia commons used under Creative Commons License.
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SOMALIA
Republic of Somalia One Centissimo coin 1950 [penny]
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SOUTH AFRICA
Republic of South Africa, 20 Rand banknote
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SRI LANKA
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, 1000 rupee banknote
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THAILAND
Kingdom of Thailand 1/4 baht coin 1917
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UGANDA
Republic of South Africa, 20 Rand banknote
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VIETNAM
Vietnam 1000 Dong banknote
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Tokens & Medallions
About the following category:
Items have been scanned and scaled to fit this page. Some are shown larger than actual size and others shown smaller. Where you see a dark area in an otherwise silver coin, that is a highly polished surface as captured by a scanner.


Tokens
Numismatic tokens are generally smaller than medallions, ranging from one-half to one inch, occasionally larger. They are privately issued and come in these categories:

Commemorative Tokens usually are distributed or sold as keepsakes of an event as in "token of esteem" or "token of affection". A token is a substitute for the real thing.

Promotional or Advertising Tokens are usually distributed for promotional purposes. Reminders.

Commercial Tokens have specific monetary value. Examples are casino chips, slot machine tokens, subway turn style tokens and the like.


Medallions
A medallion is generally large, greater than one inch diameter. If it is designed to be worn on chain or ribbon it is classed as a medal. Medallions are typically issued to commemorate events, persons, organizations, or things.

Silver medallion "Weltweite Fauna, Afrikanischer Elefant". On reverse "World Wide Fauna" .999. An example of private minting for money. Item serves no purpose except as collectible [other than market value of silver if melted down].


Silver Round medallion .999 fine silver. Diameter 37mm. Thickness 3mm. Issued by private mint for purpose of selling silver coinage. Cost was U$7.50 in 1998.


Amusement parlor token for Homerson Amusements typical of those used to play coin operated game machines. Reverse states it is "loaned for amusement only". Stamped bronze, diameter 30mm, thickness 1mm.



CicusCircus Casino in Tunica, MS issued and sold this medallion as part of their "Limited Edition Collector's Series". Made of .999 fine silver with gold vermeil. Diameter 42mm, thickness 3mm. Reverse side shows a clown and identification.

Dumbo 55th Anniversary medallion ©Walt Disney Company. Made by Liberty Mint, Provo, UT and sold through Disney catalogue for $75 in 1996. Simply a collectible that make money for the mint and Disney.



This token is a table chip from The Reserve, a casino in Henderson, NV. It has a face value of five dollars and is used in place of cash at the gaming tables. Diameter 40mm, thickness 3mm. Made of some sort of plastic material and printed.



$1 Casino token from The Reserve is used in place of legal tender coins, primarily to play slot machines. Diameter 38mm, thickness 2mm, about the same as old US One Dollar coins.



Generic casino chip made of plastic.

Commemorative medallion issued by Republican Party for 1984 election. Obverse: "Heads we win, GOP, 1984". reverse: "Tails we win, GOP, 1984". Gold vermeil finish. Diameter 40mm, thickness 2.5mm.



Issued by the Republican party to commemorate 100th anniversary. Reverse reads "The Elephant as a symbol of the Republican Party as it first appeared in a cartoon by Thomas Nast onNovember7, 1874 in harpers Weekly". Diameter 40mm, thickness 2mm. Struck bronze.


Good Luck token handed out to promote Cooper Tires in Ohio. Copper/bronze [back when it was cheap]. Diameter 25mm about the size of a US Quarter.

Promotional coin issued for campaign of Herbert Hoover for US President. Ironic it reads "4 Years of Prosperity" when it was his administration which presided over the "Great Depression" of the twentieth century. [Seen on ebay].

Christmas commemorative token issued by Harry Hertzberg. Undoubtedly the same Hertzberg who operated the now defunct Hertzberg Circus Museum in San Antonio, TX. Elsewhere on the Elefunteria site are photos form a visit to that museum. [Seen on ebay].

Oval token asserted to be from Thailand based on characters on reverse side not shown. No idea of purpose or significance. [Seen on ebay].


All but a few of these items are in our collection of elephant motif articles. If you have other different money you wish to share, send us an adequate digital image and we will display it, reserving the right to refuse for any or no reason. If you find any error of any kind on this page we will be glad to correct it if you inform us.

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