Name the language / alphabet

This is a design for a coin meant to commemorate 9th September 2009 (9-9-9) which has 27 versions of the number/numeral 9 on it in different alphabets and languages.

09/09/09 coin design

Can you identify the alphabets and languages?

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22 Responses to Name the language / alphabet

  1. Nikki says:

    1 is the chinese/japanese character, 2 is korean/hangul, 3 could be georgian, 4 is armenian, 5 looks like bengali, 6 could perhaps be braille, 7 is possibly thai, 8 is arabic and 9 is tamil

  2. renato figueiredo says:

    1 chinese, 2 korean, 3 no idea, 4 armenian, 5 no idea, 6 sure braile, 7 sanskrit, 8 arabic, 9 it looks like tamil.

  3. LB says:

    3 is Hebrew.

  4. Daydreamer says:

    5 = Bengali; 7 = Devanagari; 17 = Oriya; 22 = Binar Code (or whatever it is called); 25 = Gujarati; 26 = Roman;

  5. Daydreamer says:

    Another try: 15 = Sanskrit; 16 = Amharic(?) 17 could also be Tibetan;

  6. Daydreamer says:

    My last try: 10 = Javanese (?)

  7. Roy says:

    3 is the ninth Hebrew letter Tet. Hebrew letters can represent numbers.

  8. Ryan says:

    16 is clearly theta, the greek numeral for nine.

  9. Rodrigo says:

    22 is binary
    25 ¿Hebrew?
    26 Roman

  10. Daydreamer says:

    Back for my final attempt: 12 = Telugu; 23 = Sumerian ? (since it loooks like cuneiform)

  11. prase says:

    20 can be Mayan, 14 is octal.

  12. Daydreamer says:

    I can’t resist: 24 = Sinhalese; 22 = Morse code; 21 = Some Secret Script (since it can hardly be seen)

  13. Speed says:

    20 = Mayan?

  14. Abbie says:

    11 is defiantly Thai, and 9 looks like a common variation of it.

  15. Abbie says:

    By 9 I mean #7. It’s defiantly the 9 on my Thai wall clock, but the #11 9 is more common.

  16. Ventego says:

    In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

  17. Arakun says:

    1 hanzi, 2 hangeul (“ahop”), 3 hebrew, 4 armenian, 5 bengali, 6 braille, 7 ???, 8 arabic, 9 tamil, 10 tagalog/baybayin (“siyám”), 11 thai, 12 telugu, 13 ???, 14 ???, 15 devanagari, 16 greek, 17 tibetan, 18 cherokee (“sonela”), 19 ???, 20 aegean, 21 ???, 22 binary, 23 limbu, 24 sinhala, 25 gujarati, 26 roman, 27 balinese

  18. Michael says:

    I’m wondering why the Korean is written out in the Hangeul alphabet. It seems strange since the others are all the numerals, but that one’s written out. I guess is the Cherokee one written out too?

  19. Michael says:

    Also is Egyptian hieroglyph there?

  20. Arakun says:

    @Michael: Yes, the Hangeul, Cherokee and Tagalog ones are spelled out.

  21. Arakun says:

    Why didn’t I notice before? 7 is essentially the same sign as 11, just rotated 90° counter clockwise. Odd that they would include both forms.

  22. Simon says:

    Here are the answers I’ve come up with:

    1 Hanzi, 2 Hangeul, 3 Hebrew, 4 Armenian, 5 Bengali, 6 Braille, 7 Khmer, 8 Arabic, 9 Tamil, 10 Baybayin / Tagalog, 11 Thai, 12 Telugu, 13 Meroïtic, 14, Octal, 15 Devanagari, 16 Greek, 17 Tibetan, 18 Cherokee, 19 ??, 20 Aegean, 21 ??, 22 Binary, 23 Limbu, 24 Sinhala, 25 Gujarati, 26 Roman, 27 Balinese.