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50 spesmiloj
General information
Movement

Flag of Esperanto Esperanto movement

Value

Spesmilo sign50.00

Years

1912

Measurements and composition
Composition

gold

Appearance
Obverse

L. L. Zamenhof

Reverse

Coat of arms

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The 50 spesmilo coin is a former commemorative coin of the Esperanto movement. It, along with 1 and 2 spesmilo pieces of similar design, was issued in 1912 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Unua Libro, the first publication describing Esperanto. The piece was authorized by the Ĉekbanko Esperantista or Swiss Esperantists and struck by the Swiss watch case and medal-making firm Holy Frères.

The piece was presented to L. L. Zamenhof (1859–1917), the creator of Esperanto, at the 9th World Esperanto Congress in Bern on August 24, 1913. It was mentioned in an article by The New York Times the next day, and briefly described by La Revuo in late 1913.

The coin is composed of gold. An illustration of L. L. Zamenhof appears on the obverse, and a depiction of a shield featuring the green star is illustrated on the reverse.

Only one example of the piece was manufactured. Its status and whereabouts are currently unknown.

ReferencesEdit

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Spesmilo
Coins 1₷2₷50₷
Banknotes ½₷1₷2₷5₷10₷
Miscellaneous Ĉekbanko esperantistaHoly FrèresUniversal Spesmilo Bank
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