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I have posted Gutenberg stamps in the 'Postage Stamp' thread of this forum, but his image, name and invention have appeared on multiple items apart from stamps including coins, cigar bands, trading cards etc.

Issued in 2002     (Liberia)

Obverse: Coat of arms of Liberia divides date "20 02", motto and country in ribbons "THE LOVE OF LIBERTY BROUGHT US HERE // REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA", country; "REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA"
Reverse: Johannes Gutenberg, book, theme and value; "JOHANNES GUTENBERG 25 DOLLARS"


Issued in 1997                         (Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic)

Front: 2nd Coat of Arms (June 1991)
with (motto on ribbon) حرية ديمقراطية وحدة‎
(translated: Liberty, Democracy, Unity)
legend: (left, state name in Spanish) REPUBLICA SAHARAUI
(top-left, lower-left/right, spacers/5-pointed stars) ★ (pointed inwards)
(top-right, state name in Arabic) الجمهورية الصحراوية
(lower-right, value) 1000
(below, currency in Arabic) البيزيتا الصحراوية
(translated: Saharaui Pesetas)

Back: Multicolor applique with German publisher Johannes Gutenberg
in front-left of text
legend (applique): (above-right, subject) PRINTING WITH LETTERS
(low-left, year) C.1485
(bottom-right, name) J. GUTENBERG
inside a circle
legend: (above, series name in Spanish) PIONEROS DE LA HUMANIDAD


Number 43 in a series which I believe was called 'Historical Moments'                 Sugar Packet


During the two world wars there was a shortage of coins and banknotes in Germany and Austria due to the expansion of German territories and there not being enough physical cash to meet the demand of new users. As a result of the cash shortage, the state bank allowed individual towns to cities to print their own banknotes and mint their own coins. They were called notgelds or "emergency money" which is the literal transaltion from German.

10 Pfennig note     Coat of Arms of the Gutenberg family on one side with Mainz on the reverse

5000000000 Mark note                        Gutenberg on one side, blank on the reverse


From the Brouwerij Wielemans Ceuppens S.A. in Belgium, Gutenberg on a beer coaster.


From the Mainzer Aktien-Bierbrauereie in Germany, the Gutenberg Museum.


A cigar band from 1977    Tresor brand    Netherlands

It cannot be seen too clarly from the front but the band has been embossed


Issued by Tele Sonderjylland in Denmark
Johannes Gutenberg phone card issued in September 1993 with an expiry date of 31 December 1994


Issued by CANTV in Venezuela
Johannes Gutenberg phone card issued in June 1995


Issued in 2018                     (Samoa)

Obverse:  Bust of Elizabeth II to right, engraver "IRB" Ian Rank-Broadley, Samoan Coat of Arms below, country and date, weight and gold purity; "SAMOA 2018
          0.5 g Au 585",
Reverse: value "$1"; "JOHANNES GUTENBERG 1400-1468"

This coin is only 11mm in diameter


Gutenberg appeared on a cigarette card issued by Eckstein Cigarettes c.1934


Phonecard from NTT in Japan     year unknown

Page from the Gutenberg Bible


Trade Card from FRI-HO-DI MARGARINE in a series 'Technology and Transport' series 1 dating from 1931


Lone Jack Cigarette Company set of 25 cards from 1887 - 'Inventors and Inventions'  (N365)

Dave Hughes

QuoteThis edition has been secured at heavy cost.

Sounds intriguing  :-\
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