01 Jun 2020

"The Collector" by Norman Rockwell

| Well worn Copper

Back in 1971 when The Franklin Mint was raking it in big time, they approached illustrator Norman Rockwell to commission a painting exclusively for Franklin Mint members. Titled "The Collector," the original painting depicted a stately senior-aged numismatist (in a smoking jacket with white gloves) in his library, going over his collection with a presumed family member. Nearby props include a faithful dog, pipe, and books (but no familiar Red Book!). Copies were sold to Franklin Mint members and can still be found on the secondary market (I purchased mine for under $20. It's framed and waiting to get hung in my man cave). It's a nice piece of art to go with the room you devote the better part of your collecting to, and face it, there isn't many pieces of numismatic art you can hang on your wall. (On the other hand, you can easily fit a beautiful Saint Gaudens in your pocket.) In 2014 Christies auctioned off the original painting for $965,000. Even more interesting was an early study of the painting done with the collector studying his coins alone. I can't make out any of the coins or titles of the books in my copy, but the old man oddly resembles Frank Lloyd Wright.

01 Jun 2020

Horrid Coinage Fails Part 2- Anything Made By Charles Barber

| user_77959

NOTE: INDIAN HEAD PENNY IN PHOTO DESIGNED BY JAMES B LONGACRENow, today, these coins are considered greats (I think they are cool) and are collected widely. But 100 years ago, these coins were massive fails. America wanted a cool design. There was a lot of bad press at this coin. Again, please type other bad coins in your opinion and I'll cover them on a later post.In 1892, the Liberty Seated design had been a mainstay since, lets say, a kid from 1892 would know a grandparent who was still a kid when these came out. They were standing the test of time, showing the freedom that America had won in the classic liberty cap hanging on the post.Charles Barber and Benjamin Harrison, the president at the time, commissioned a small group to create new motifs for the dime, quarter, and the half. Barber rejected them all and began to create his own. Now, keep in mind, that the design for the Liberty Nickel he created that debuted in 1883 had garnered bad press. But, he trudged on with it, creating a worse design (In 1892's mindset) than the group they commissioned. But the coin went out into the public anyways.Instantly, the coin garnered horrible press. The ANS begged and petitioned to can the coins and Barber as chief engraver. America hated the coins as a whole, but used them anyway, unlike the SBA dollar I mentioned in the last issue.In 1915 and 1916, US Mint director Charles Woodley announced changes to the Barber suite, having replaced the nickel in 1913 with the buffalo nickel. Barber made a last ditch attempt to create new designs, but was struck down early. He died in 1917, as Adolph Weinman and Hermon Macneil's motifs took over and became some of the most loved coins of all time.So, that is why this coin was a fail. See you next time, comment suggestions down below, and in the meantime, enjoy horrid coinage fails part 2.PS- How to you change from my default name to a cool name like Mike B?

01 Jun 2020

Hey Dad! Part 2

Exonumia | 1943penny

Hey Dad! Why do people collect coins? And sell them for more than their face value?

31 May 2020

Horrid Coinage Fails Part 1- The Susan B. Anthony Dollar

Coins | user_77959

Some coins can earn the endearment of others. Buffalo Nickels, Liberty Walkers, just to name a few. But some hit the gong dead flat, in style and in practicality. Now, please, David Ryder, don't try to sue me just because a made a horrid review of a coin. This is just my opinion. Before I continue, please suggest more horrid coinage fails, for practicality or design, in the comments down below.In 1977, the U.S. is already planning a overhaul of the 6 years young Eisenhower Dollar. Their reasoning was to lighten the dollar (the Eisenhower's were 38.2 mm), and to eventually replace the dollar bill once the coins "took off".Frank Gasparro, chief engraver at the US Mint (RIP, coin design is not the same) was tapped to create the design for the new dollar. What came out was a pretty coin, seemingly bringing back the liberty cap, which had been absent since the Weinman Coins bowed out of mintage since 1945 and 1946.But like all good design, it was meant to become one thing- a pattern, with a full blown out Judd number. So, the Mint told Gasparro to make another coin. What came out was the Susan B. Anthony dollar.Once the design was approved, the massive ad campaign began. The US Government poured millions into the advertising campaign, some of which are shown below in the pictures. And on July 2nd, 1979, the SBA dollars were finally released, supplanted the Eisenhower Dollar, and took a total nosedive.Although the government aggressively pedaled the coin, several factors pedaled the coin to extinction. One, the public already had the $1 Bill. Why would the public bother to use a coin that they already had a lighter alternate for? And they already had a dollar coin that was good enough- the Eisenhower Dollar.Two, the dollar looked like a quarter to the casual consumer. The two coins were very much similar in diameter and in color, leading many people to mislead the two coins.So, this coin flopped and was canned, only to be brought back in 1999 to prepare the country for the Sacajawea Dollar.Overall, the coin was a combo of bad judgement and overconfidence. That is why this lands on the hall of horrid coinage fails. Comment more suggestions in the comment section below, or write your memories with the dollar. Thanks, and we'll be back.

31 May 2020

A Sensative Yet Healthy Debate

Coins | Long Beard

As the title implies the subject of eliminating the much beloved Lincoln Cent is the topic of this weeks blog. Before going any further, the intent is to discuss the matter with an open mind, keeping my own personal beliefs in check while at the same time unwilling to persuade others one way or another. In short, to open the long debated argument in a way which benefits the hobby and those who simply have a fascination with Old Abe.

31 May 2020

The first american coin

Coins-United States Colonial | Conordon

There have been many coins made in the united states. I am going to tell you about some of the first coins made in the united states.The first coin I am going to write about is the 1776 continental dollar. These coins are very rare and the silver version of the coin is even rarer. The continental dollar had 13 rings to represent the 13 colonies and were not used very commonly as money.The first official coin was made in 1783. It was made out of silver and had an eye surrounded by 13 stars. The coin was not used as commonly as other coins that were made before the revolutionary war but were used more commonly than the 1776 Continental dollar.I 1792 the government decided upon what the money system was going to be. That year they chose to include dollars, cents, and they also included gold coins. in 1792 the first copper coin was made. It was the large cent. not many people liked it because it was heavy and hard to use. In 1793 they created the first half cent which was discontinued later.In 1792 they also created the half Disme which was one of the first widely used coins.Those were some of the first coins minted in the us. I hope you enjoyed. If you have any questions you can ask me.

30 May 2020

Wright Brothers

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Since today was the launch of the manned Spacex module, I thought it would be a good time to blog about this commemorative coin that my brother-in-law left me after his passing in April. Rod wasn't a collector, but someone had given him this coin as a present. When my wife and sister-in-law went out to California to take care of his personal affairs they brought this coin back and told me that Rod wanted me to have it. The coin is a very nice silver dollar and I'm proud to add it to my collection. It fit in quite nicely!

29 May 2020

Liquidating your Collection- Part 2 of the Estate Series of Blog Posts

Coins | user_77959


29 May 2020

My Birthplace Celebrates

Medals | The Moke

As some of you are aware, I was born in Japan. But more specifically, I was born on the Japanese Island of Okinawa. For those of you who are World War II history buffs, Okinawa was the location of one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater. The battle to occupy Okinawa was also the last major battle of World War II. Okinawa is in the East China Sea about 500 miles from the southernmost main Japanese Island of Kyushu. Given that short distance, it is obvious why the U.S. fought so hard to occupy the island. Incidentally, the Island was formally returned to Japan in 1972.

28 May 2020

Steel penny

Coins-United States | user_90414

This is a certified steel penny that I actual bought on Amazon, and it was bought with my money so it was a pretty cool gift and I bought about the same time I bought my Nazi coin.


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