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5 Kroner, Denmark, 1995

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One (1) 5 kroner coin

Denmark, 1995

Obverse Image: New royal monogram three (3) times between three (3) royal crowns and the two (2) hearts of the Royal Mint above.

Obverse Text: M / M / M / II / II / II / LG / 1995 / JP / A

Reverse Image: Design based on prehistoric drawings with two (2) hearts representing the Royal Mint.

Reverse Text: 5 KRONER / DANMARK

2 Kroner, Denmark, 1999

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One (1) 5 kroner coin

Denmark, 1999

Obverse Image: Royal monogram three (3) times between three (3) royal crowns and the two (2) hearts of the Royal Mint above.

Obverse Text: M / M / M / II / II / II / LG / 1999 / JP / A

Reverse Image: Design based on prehistoric drawings with two (2) hearts representing the Royal Mint.

Reverse Text: 2 KRONER / DANMARK

50 Centavos

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One (1) 50 centavo coin

Ecuador, 2000

Obverse Image: National coat of arms and portrait of Eloy Alfaro.

Obverse Text: REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR / ELOY ALFARO

Reverse Image: N/A

Reverse Text: 50 / BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR / AÑO 2000 / CINCUENTA CENTAVOS

1 Yuan, China, 2013

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One (1) yuan coin

China, 2013

Obverse Image: Chrysanthemum blossom.

Obverse Text: ZHONGGUO RENMIN YINHANG

Reverse Image: N/A

Reverse Text: 1 / YI YUAN / 2013 [NEEDS TRANSLATION]

200 Pesos, Colombia, 2013

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One (1) 200 peso coin

Colombia, 2013

Obverse Image: Scarlet macaw.

Obverse Text: GUACAMAYA / BANDERA / ARA MACAO

Reverse Image: Undulated design.

Reverse Text: REPÚBLICA DE COLOMBIA / 200 / PESOS / 2013

5 Cents, Bahamas, 2015

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One (1) 5 cent coin

Bahamas, 2015

Obverse Image: Coat of arms and motto of the Bahamas.

Obverse Text: COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS / FORWARD UPWARD ONWARD TOGETHER / 2015

Reverse Image: Pineapple.

Reverse Text: 5 CENTS

1 Krona, Sweden, 2003

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One (1) krona coin

Sweden, 2003

Obverse Image: A portrait of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Obverse Text: CARL XVI GUSTAF / SVERIGES KONUNG / 2003 / EN

Reverse Image: Royal crown of Sweden.

Reverse Text: FÖR SVERIGE / I TIDEN / E H / EN KRONA / 1

1 Krona, Iceland, 2007

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1 Fen, China, 2012

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One (1) fen coin

China, 2012

Obverse Image: Tian'anmen, "Gate of Heavenly Peace", gate to the forbidden city.

Obverse Text: 中華人民共和國

Reverse Image: Shoots of grain.

Reverse Text: 1 / 壹分 / 2012

2 Taka, Bangladesh, 2010

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One (1) 2 taka coin

Bangladesh, 2010

Obverse Image: The National Emblem of Bangladesh: a water lily bordered on two sides by rice sheaves.

Obverse Text: TWO TAKA

Reverse Image: A portrait of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Reverse Text: 2010 / BANGLADESH / 2 / [NEEDS TRANSLATION]

10 Centavos, Argentina, 2011

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One (1) 10 centavo coin

Argentina, 2011

Obverse Image: A rising sun above a wreathing framing two (2) hands holding a pike with a Phrygian cap on top.

Obverse Text: REPUBLICA ARGENTINA / EN UNION Y LIBERTAD

Reverse Image: N/A

Reverse Text: 10 CENTAVOS / 2011

50 Centavos, Mexico, 1994

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One (1) 50 centavo coin

Mexico, 1994

Obverse Image: The national emblem of Mexico depicting a Mexican golden eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus devouring a snake above a half-wreath of oak and laurel below.

Obverse Text: ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS

Reverse Image: A partial boarer of the stylized designs from the Ring of Acceptance on the Aztec calendar stone.

Reverse Text: 50 / 1994

1 Peso, Uruguay, 2011

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One (1) peso coin

Uruguay, 2011

Obverse Image: Coat of arms.

Obverse Text: REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY / 2011

Reverse Image: Armadillo

Reverse Text: $1 / MULITA

100 Forint, Hungary, 1996

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One (1) 100 forint

Hungary, 1996

Obverse Image: Coat of arms.

Obverse Text: MAGYARORSZÁG

Reverse Image: N/A

Reverse Text: BP: / 100 FORINT

25 Santeem, Ethiopia, 2011-2012

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One (1) 25 santeem coin

Ethiopia, 2011-2012

Obverse Image: Ethiopian lion.

Obverse Text: [NEEDS TRANSLATION]

Reverse Image: Two (2) people facing right, with arms raised.

Reverse Text: 25 / [NEEDS TRANSLATION]

1 Birr, Ethiopia, 2009-2010

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One (1) birr coin

Ethiopia, 2009-2010

Obverse Image: Ethiopian lion.

Obverse Text: [NEEDS TRANSLATION]

Reverse Image: Scales.

Reverse Text: 1 BIRR / [NEEDS TRANSLATION]

Platt Babbitt Daguerreotype of Niagara Falls

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This whole-plate hand-colored daguerreotype by Platt D. Babbitt shows tourists at Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1854-1870. Babbitt established himself as a professional photographer on the American side of Niagara Falls in 1853. He built a pavilion for his camera to take photographs of visiting groups, without the tourists' knowing. Babbitt finished his daguerreotypes, unique positive photographs made on silver-coated copper plates, and offered them for sale before groups left. He ran this lucrative business for almost two decades.

Ritchie Liquid Compass

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This compass has a brass bowl gimbal mounted in a wooden box. The compass itself may date from the mid-1860s. The graduated ring is curved. The needle float is in the form of crossed cylinders, as described in the patent (#38,125) granted to Ritchie on April 7, 1863. The gimbal ring, which seems to be of a somewhat later date than the compass, identifies several Ritchie patents in addition to that of 1863. The patent of May 12, 1868 (#77,763) describes a paint that would not deteriorate in the liquid in the compass. The patent of July 19, 1870 (#105,492) describes a way to hold the glass in place with a water-tight joint. The patent of November 14, 1876 (#184,300) describes a "fascicular magnet" composed of a series of separate drawn wires of steel laid parallel to one another. The Ritchie ledgers, now held by Ritchie Navigation, indicate that this compass was produced on March 2, 1880, and sold to S. Thaxter & Son in Boston. Smithsonian records indicate that Thaxter gave it to the Smithsonian, perhaps for use in the International Fishery Exhibition which opened in Berlin on April 20, 1880. Ref. D. J. Warner, "Compasses and Coils. The Instrument Business of Edward S. Ritchie," Rittenhouse 9 (1994): 1-24.

Octant

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This octant has an ebony frame, reinforced brass index arm, and ivory name plate. The ivory scale is graduated every 20 minutes from -3° to +109°, and read by vernier with tangent screw to single minutes of arc. The inscription reads "W. DESILVA* LIVERPOOL."

This octant came in a wooden box (now lost) with a trade label that read "William Desilva, 78 Regent Road opposite the Bramley-Moore Hotel, Liverpool." Desilva was in business from 1851 to 1881, offering optical and nautical instruments.

The Smithsonian bought this octant in 1903 from Elias Heidenheimer (1833-1926), a German Jew who emigrated to the United in 1859, and worked for 60 years as jeweler and pawnbroker in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Va.

hand level

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John Locke, a physician and scientist in Cincinnati, Ohio, described a reflecting level at a meeting of the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists in 1842, and obtained a patent (#7,477) in 1850. Locke's instrument consists of a small spirit level on a brass sighting tube, with a small diagonal reflector so arranged that the user can see the bubble and a distant sight at the same time.

This example belonged to Spencer Fullerton Baird, the naturalist who served as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian. A paper label on the box reads “FROM / JAMES W. QUEEN & CO., / OPTICIANS / NO. 92½ CHESTNUT ST., PHILADELPHIA.”

Chartometer

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A chartometer (or map measurer) measures distances on maps and charts in feet and inches. This example belonged to Spencer Fullerton Baird, the naturalist who served as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian. The "MORRIS MEASURING INSTRUMENT / PATENT” inscription refers to Edward Russell Morris, a draftsman in the Small Arms Factory in Birmingham, England, who obtained a British patent (#3948) on the form in January 1873. He called it an “improved pocket instrument for measuring and recording distances.” Ref: Notice in The London Gazette (Dec. 12, 1873). “The Chartometer,” The Gardner’s Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette (May 24, 1873): 718-719.

Stanhope Lens

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A Stanhope lens is a thick double-convex lens with handle. The name refers to Charles, the Third Earl Stanhope (1753-1816), a peer known as a gifted scientist and inventor. Francis West, a prominent optician and instrument maker in London, introduced the form to market in 1836. This example belonged to Spencer Fullerton Baird, the naturalist who served as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian.

orrery

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Henry E. Bryant (ca. 1812-1881) was an artist in Hartford, Ct., who specialized in portraits and landscapes. Bryant also had several patents. One, issued in 1872, described an astronomical demonstration device that was a combination orrery and armillary sphere. The device was manufactured by the Bryant Celestial Indicator Company, also of Hartford, and retailed for $40. Ref: Henry Bryant, “Improvement in Armillary Spheres,” U.S. Patent 131,148 (Sept. 10, 1872), assigned to The Bryant Celestial Indicator Company, of Hartford, Conn. Henry Bryant, The Celestial Indicator (Hartford, ca. 1871).

Spencer, Barrett & Co. Octant

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The Smithsonian received this octant from S. Thaxter & Son, nautical instrument dealers in Boston, in 1880. It has an ebony frame, reinforced brass index arm, and ivory scale. The scale is graduated every 20 minutes from -3° to +109° and read by vernier with tangent screw to single minutes of arc. The inscription reads "SPENCER, BARRETT & CO LONDON."
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