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A Note to "Decoding a Postcolonial Coin" MCH 68.3

I liked very much the article by Moeller and Broege titled "Decoding a Postcolonial Coin and a Thirteen-star Flag" in the latest company journal, MCH 68.3, Fall 2016 pages 195-199. I would add one small correction to a translation of a Latin motto, "Manus Haec Inimica Tyrannis," cited on page 196. The authors use Oliver D. Hoover's translation, "This hand is an enemy to tyrants." The Latin word "manus" does literally mean "hand," but very early came to mean a "handful" or "group." I would submit a more accurate and less awkward translation would be, "This band is an enemy to tyrants."

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