5 Coins With Secret Messages And Their Meanings

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Coins have long been a canvas for expressing cultural, political, and social messages, some more overt than others. However, a fascinating subset of these metallic messengers carries secret or subtle messages, known only to those who look closely or understand their context.  

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1. The U.S. Nickel (1913) - "E PLURIBUS UNUM"

While "E Pluribus Unum" is not a secret message per se, the placement and prominence of this motto on various U.S. coins, including the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, carry a deeper significance. 

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The edge inscription on the UK's bi-metallic £2 coin reads "STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS." This phrase, attributed to Isaac Newton, signifies the cumulative nature of scientific discovery and knowledge. 

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3. The Spy Coin

During the Cold War, espionage took many forms, including the use of specially modified coins. These "spy coins" could hold microdots, tiny photographs, or messages that were invisible to the untrained eye. 

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4. The Canadian "Poppy" Quarter (2004)

In 2004, Canada released a quarter featuring a red poppy, the symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers, embedded in the center. Unbeknownst to many, this coin carried a hidden message in the form of Morse code along its edge. 

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5. The Australian Dollar (1984) - "ONE DOLLAR"

The Australian one-dollar coin introduced in 1984 features an interesting secret. If you look closely at the coin's design, which includes five kangaroos, you'll notice the letters "AUS" and "DOLLAR" subtly incorporated into the artwork, with the letters scattered among the kangaroos. 

Whether they're declarations of unity, tributes to scientific progress, tools of espionage, commemorations of sacrifice, or playful national identifiers, these coins with secret messages invite us to look beyond their monetary value and appreciate the stories they tell and the meanings they conceal. 

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