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Author Colvin
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#1 | Posted: 17 Dec 2017 19:34 
Els blog post was fascinating, and took me into some research into US currency. As I mentioned on the blog post, the US did feature the Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochicalco World Heritage Site very briefly on the $1000 bill from 1862-1882. The bill depicts US General Winfield Scott entering Mexico City during the Mexican American War, and the Metropolitan Cathedral is in the background. Links can be found here or here.

I see in the Connections section that we have connections for banknotes with World Heritage Sites and a connection for Euro coins with World Heritage Sites. Has any consideration been given to a connection for coins in general (beyond Euros) with World Heritage Sites? The United States has several examples of World Heritage Sites on its coins, both in traditional currency and through limited run series such as the State Quarter program and the America the Beautiful Quarter program. I'll list those in the next message, but I'm sure there are other countries that may have World Heritage Sites on their coins, as well.

Author Colvin
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#2 | Posted: 17 Dec 2017 20:01 | Edited by: Colvin 
Here are the World Heritage Sites that have been featured on US coins:

Monticello -- featured on the reverse of the nickel (5 cent piece) from 1938–1942, 1946–2003, and 2006 to the present
Independence Hall -- featured on the reverse of the half dollar (50 cent piece) in 1976, America's bicentennial
Statue of Liberty -- featured on the reverse of the dollar coin during the US Presidential $1 Coin program, from 2007-2016

The United States State Quarter program ran from 1999 to 2008, and featured designs from each US state. The program was followed in 2009 with designs from Washington, DC, and the five US territories. The coins featured the following World Heritage Sites:

Statue of Liberty -- featured on the reverse of the New York quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2001
Yosemite National Park -- featured on the reverse of the California quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2005
Grand Canyon -- featured on the reverse of the Arizona quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2008
La Fortaleza -- featured on the reverse of the Puerto Rico quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2009

With the success of the US State Quarter program, the United States Treasury decided to initiate another series of quarters featuring national parks or national sites from each US state and territory, as well as DC. The program began in 2010 and is still in progress, and has featured the following World Heritage Sites:

Yellowstone -- featured on the reverse of the Wyoming quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2010
Yosemite National Park -- featured on the reverse of the California quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2010
Grand Canyon -- featured on the reverse of the Arizona quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2010
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park -- featured on the reverse of the Montana quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2011
Olympic National Park -- featured on the reverse of the Washington quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2011
Chaco Culture -- featured on the reverse of the New Mexico quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2012
Hawaii Volcanoes -- featured on the reverse of the Hawaii quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2012
Great Smoky Mountains -- featured on the reverse of the Tennessee quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2014
Everglades -- featured on the reverse of the Florida quarter (25 cent piece), issued in 2014

The America the Beautiful program is set to include the San Antonio Missions in 2019, but the coin has not been issued yet.

Author elsslots
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#3 | Posted: 17 Dec 2017 23:53 
Colvin:
The bill depicts US General Winfield Scott entering Mexico City during the Mexican American War, and the Metropolitan Cathedral is in the background. Links can be found here or here.

A great addition, Colvin. Thank you.

Author elsslots
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#4 | Posted: 18 Dec 2017 12:04 
Colvin:
Has any consideration been given to a connection for coins in general (beyond Euros) with World Heritage Sites?

I think we believed there would be too many. Also, limited run series are quite common. I would not count those.

Author elsslots
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#5 | Posted: 19 Dec 2017 23:59 
Someone (Peter) sent me another of example of another country's WHS on a bank note: Chandigarh on the 10 Swiss Franc note

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banknotes_of_the_Swiss_franc#Eighth_series

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