29 Feb 2020

Benedetto Pistrucci and the Waterloo Medal

| World_Coin_Nut

This is a re-write of a blog I wrote about 2 years ago.

29 Feb 2020

ANA Registry PROS and CONS

Coins | Mokie

By now, all of you have heard that ANA is going to be hosting a coin registry sometime later this year. The Registry isbeing designed by NGC, the official grading service of the ANA, and will probably look very similar to the registry that NGC already maintains. So I guess the obvious question is WHY? I have given that some thought and here are my Pros and Cons to this idea.

29 Feb 2020

The Heartbreaking Life of Mileva Maric

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Mileva Maric was born into a well to do family in present day Serbia in 1875. She earned high grades in mathematics and physics in high school and enrolled in Zurich Polytechnic in 1896 to pursue a diploma to teach physics and mathematics. She was the only woman in the program.After initial academic success, her test scores slipped, and she failed her graduation exams. In 1901, she became pregnant by a fellow student four years her junior and, after failing her graduation exams a second time, discontinued work on her diploma. In 1902, she had a daughter whom she gave up for adoption. In 1903, she married the father of her daughter, whom she called "Johnnie" in the love letters they exchanged, and gave up her own scientific ambitions.

28 Feb 2020

Liberty Walking Half Dollar

Coins-United States | Long Beard

This weeks blog subject entails another timeless masterpiece equal to that discussed in the previous week. The Liberty Walking half dollar. Struck from 1916 through 1947 and relatively easy to complete in circulated grades, it leaves little doubt as to it's enduring popularity. Just as it could be argued about the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle being the most beautiful of all U.S. coins, Adolph Weinman's design for the half speaks the same for silver coinage. Why else would it have been chosen for the American Silver Eagle obverse beginning in 1986?

28 Feb 2020

2020 55th Annual West Chester Coin Show

Coin Shows | Numismatics with Kenny

Hi Everyone,I will be setting up at the 2020 55th Annual West Chester Coin Show in West Chester, PA this Sunday March 1, 2020. If you are in the area, please come by and say hello. 10 AM to 4 PM Quality Inn 943 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382Thank you,Kenny

27 Feb 2020

Madam Chancellor, Dr. rer. nat.

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

Angela Dorthea Kasner was born on July 17, 1954 in Hamburg, Germany and moved with her family to East Germany when her father took a pastorate at a Lutheran church near Perleberg. She showed talent in Russian and mathematics in her early school years and took a degree in physics at the University of Leipzig in 1978. From 1978 to 1990, she worked and studied at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. She was awarded a Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) degree for her dissertation on calculating the velocity constants for simple hydrocarbon reactions and published papers in journals including the Journal of The American Chemical Society.

27 Feb 2020


Coins-United States | Longstrider

The other day I gave up waiting and pulled the trigger on one of the “Crown Jewels” to the Top 50 Peace Dollar VAMs. This would be the 1922-P VAM 2A. Often referred to as the Ear Ring variety. It gets its name from the shape and location of a major obverse die break. As you can see in the photos, it is located near Liberty’s ear and is dangling down her neck.

25 Feb 2020

Lauthenthal Mining Thaler

Coins - World | World_Coin_Nut

As some of you have noticed I have been less active recently. Over the last 6 months or so my other commitments have kind of take over my life and the downtime I have has been greatly reduced. Some of this is work and some of it is numismatic related. In addition to that, I recently upgraded to life membership and that process caused a problem with my ANA account. That has all been fixed.Here is my latest addition to the numismatic family. I recently purchased this off of my favorite seller on MA-Shops.com. It had been on my watching list for over 6 months and I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger. This piece is way outside of my normal budget but I was recently able to sell off some unwanted items to help finance the acquisition. In addition, the seller was open to me making the purchase through a payment plan.Davenport shows 3 varieties of this piece in German Secular Talers 1600-1700 and surprisingly this is not one of them. I like collecting coins that are out of the ordinary. This one qualifies for a number of reasons. Mining Thaler’s from the 1600s, in general, are scarce. There are lots of varieties but I don’t consider any of them common. The depiction of St. Jacob also appealed to me. This is the only coin in my collection with him portrayed. I couldn’t find any link between him and the Lauthenthal area. In addition, it doesn’t appear that he was the patron saint of, well, anything.It does appear that there was/is a St. Jacobs church in Goslar am Harz which looks like it is about 25 miles away. The church has been existence since at least 1073 so it could be as simple as that.Maybe someone more versed in German history can shed some more light on this.Of all the appearances of all 4 varieties of these, this one appears to be better than most.Lautenthal, a town in the Harz Mountains of modern central Germany, was the site of a famous silver mine called “Lautenthal’s Luck.” Mining of copper, lead, and silver in the area around Lautenthal started about 1225. In the middle of the 14th century, however, the Harz was depopulated because of plague and mining came to an end.Miningin the Harz was started again in 1524. Lautenthal was founded in 1538 as a mining settlement on the river Laute, a small tributary of the Innerste, and had already been given the status of a town by 1580. Sixteen years later it became a free mining town. The town was enlarged in 1560 and a rectangular market place was laid out. A comparatively large town hall was built in 1570. The building was transformed into a hotel later. In 1626, the town was plundered by the troops of Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly in the Thirty Years' War. The Protestant town church was built 1649-59.


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