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Re: 1923 liberty dollar "misprint"

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Posted by JeffK on November 28, 2005 at 19:05:37:

In Reply to: Re: 1923 liberty dollar misprint posted by Tucker on November 28, 2005 at 04:48:14:

Correct that U is written as V but it is not an error. The Latin alphabet did not have the letters U or J, so V and I were used. You had to tell whether they represented vowels or consonants by the context. E.g., "J"ulius Caesar was actually written "Iulius" The use of separate letters didn't come along till the Middle Ages.

For no reason that I can think of, during the 1920s it was very fashionable for designers to use the old Roman practices, and not just on coins. There's a former aquarium in Philadelphia that is prominently labelled "AQVARIVM", causing much comment among people who aren't familiar with the Latin usage. All I can guess is that they once exhibited gvppies, tvna fish and trovt (glvb, glvb)

: In Roman inscriptions, U is often written as V as in 'trvst'.
: Take a look at other peace dollars and you will see the same error!

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