Coin Collecting at the Safir House
Ruben Safir Coins Collection: Polish Food for All - First Food Commemerative

The Polish entry into the 1971 Food for All Program is one of the unsual coins that we have come across for several reasons. First of all, the subject matter would get the attention of most Americans as it's obverse is an iconographic image of a nuring infant. Americans wouldn't put this on a coin, but the Poles, especially when still behind the Iron Curtain, would and did. And it is a nice design, well balanced and with occusive aspects to it. It doesn't have a traditional rim, but it is struck on an upset coin blank. So it has a spoon like curve in the coin. The coin came raw and had a nice bronze tint, but it went to ANACS for conservation and grading and the result wa a lovely metalic color of the coin.

It came in two varieties that are listed in Krause:
Pr185 1971 - 10 Zotych. Copper-Nickel. Eagle with wings open. Baby nursing in front of world globe, FAO above.There is about 51K coins minted

Pr186 1971 - The other is plain nickel and was minted for the elite of the Polish governmen and this coin is hard to find. Krause has it minted at about 500 coins, but I've heard that these numbers are very rough and not to be taken seriously.

I'm sort of looking for one of these at a reasonable cost. Being nickel it should be magnetic.

Polish Food for All Pattern - First Food obverse and reverse before conservation and slabbing at ANACS
Polish Food for All Pattern - First Food obverse and reverse conserved and slabbed by ANACS

One of the interesting aspects of collecting foriegn coins, is that sometimes the ethnic values of a the culture produces a coin design that would be significantly different than anything that would be produced in the US. This pattern coin is of a bare breast and an infant in a kiss that would represent a nursing child. The coin might well be unique in all of world coinage.

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Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.

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