In answer to the title of this thread
, it has been a white numismatic Christmas here after all. Below is what arrived in yesterday's mail. It is not ancient, but it is a coin type
with a lot of connections with the distant past and the area
from where the Christmas story began. British Mandate of Palestine (ca. 1922-1948).
1941 Copper-nickel 5 Mils (20mm, 2.91g.). 400,000 minted. Obverse:
A hole encircled by a stylized
and in turn by the inscriptions naming the country. English/Arabic dates appear below the hole, at six o’clock. Reverse:
Large, trilingual legends expressing the coin’s value around the hole.References:
Overall, a more apropos coin to show here than the one I posted yesterday. I was reminded today of how much easier it is to photograph modern coins than dark ancient bronzes!