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30 Apr 2020

April

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Well, at least April wasn't a complete disappointment. I received my program 2020 Silver Proof Set complete with the 2020 Reverse proof nickel from the West Point Mint. This is a beautiful set and inspecting it made me feel like I made the right decision to enroll. It still don't alleviate the losses of family members to death this month, but it did provide a bright spot in a month filled with sadness and darkness. It gave me pause to reflect on positive things in my life versus the negatives, so I live to fight another day. Now that I've started getting older, collecting coins is fitting right into my life style. Looking at the craftsmanship of the silver proof set makes me recall good memories. I'm so fortunate to have acquired the 2020 Kennedy Half dollar, but I also enjoy the ATB quarters also. And, like last years penny, the nickel is immaculate.

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29 Apr 2020

The Hobo in Me - My Newest Fascinating Endeavor

Exonumia | user_52483

I have recently began to get a bit more serious with Hobo Nickels (Classics) over the past few years. Within the past year I have found the subject extremely fascinating. The reasoning why a person would alter a coin to create artwork in exchange for a meal, fare, or other product or service is brilliant.Some examples are cruel while others are superior. Determining which coins are authentic as originals versus modern copies or moderns in general is a daunting task. I do give credit to modern carvers as they are designing beautiful pieces. The classics really struck a chord in my heart because of the simple tool(s) one would have used to create such interesting work.I have joined a club, read many articles and books, studied in hand examples, researched the late 1800s to earlier 1900s USA history/European to get as much information. It is not just the coins that fascinates, but the time in America where men lost their jobs, families, self-worth, and lives. These were uncertain times as they are now. Tramps always had a stereotype. I understand their passion, their weaknesses, their pain, their fear, their intentions (both good and bad), and the general need for men to be able to provide, a bit more. The story, depiction, and pride that went into these earlier coins (Buffalo Nickels Mostly) grabbed my interest like the first day I met my wife. It wasn't love at first sight. It was curiosity. I will continue to research and collect these coins. Buy the way, these coins are pretty hard to find. Nice examples are fetching great values and collectors are not letting others pry them from their hands so easily. It must be noted, I have purchased under a 16 in the past year. I was searching daily while communicating with dozens of people and prominent figures in the hobby.One of the best resources deserves much credit:OHNS - Original Hobo Nickel SocietyAs I become more experienced I am seeing new areas of study. There is never a shortage of knowledge to learn in Numismatics..

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29 Apr 2020

Festival Time

Coins-World | Mokie

In 1951 Great Britain, still recovering from the ravages of World War II decided to hold a special event. Although the stated purpose was the commemorate the centennial of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the real purpose was to lift the spirits of a still recovering Great Britain and to show the world that British exceptionalism had returned. Festival events were held throughout Great Britain but the main focus was on Greater London. Like any great national event, there was some controversy concerning the huge costs for exhibition halls and whatnot to be used for only a few months, but with a Pip Pip and a Cheerio, the show went on. My latest coin, arriving today is this 1951 Festival of Britain commemorative crown with a beautiful rendition of St. George slaying a Dragon on its reverse. King George VI, who died in February of 1952 graces the obverse. The coin is copper-nickel and had a mintage of just over 2 million. The original box of issue is included in my purchase, it is a little battered with time but still retains a certain nobility that seems just right for such a beautiful Crown (and Crown-Sized) coin.

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28 Apr 2020

Star Trek Coins Part Two!

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

"Space, the Final Frontier. Normally, leaving the Earth's atmosphere to experience that final frontier is beyond the capabilities of normal individuals, but now you can explore the cosmos by boarding the USS Enterprise and sailing through the stars with all the crew members. From Scotty to Spock, the Borg to Tribbles, and Kirk to Pickard, everyone is here and ready to go on an expedition through the stars and to your collection. Several Mints around the world have released Star Trek coins that span multiple series and feature various beloved characters. I'm not a doctor, but these Star Trek coins would be the perfect fit for any Trekkie's collection." (quotefrom govmint.org I figured it would be redundant to start this post like I started the other one, and I though that this was a neat way of putting things.) :)

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28 Apr 2020

The 1878 Bland-Allison Act: Missed Opportunities for Small Change?

| Well worn Copper

The Bland-Allison Act of 1878 recently popped into my head and got me wondering about a couple things. While the act's main purpose was to resuscitated the silver dollar, I've always wondered why it didn't do more. Five years earlier the "Crime of 1873" was passed and eliminated the silver dollar. Also eliminated were the 3 cent silver coin, and the silver half dime. At the time, both of these coins were doing okay and were actually being hoarded. They were replaced by their nickel counterparts, namely the 3 cent nickel and the 5 cent nickel coin. Between 1873 and 1878, the 20 cent piece was introduced (which was a failure) as well as the trade Dollar (also a failure). 1878 would witness the demise of both coins and see the return of the silver dollar. Now here's my question: With the western silver mining states successfully lobbying for the return silver dollars, why didn't they also press for the return of the silver trime and half dime? Both of these coins could have easily made up the difference from the demise of the 20 cent piece, which was only introduced by the silver lobby to make use of more silver. I believe silver trimes and half dimes could have been struck and circulated well into the end of the 19th century if reintroduced, and could have provided better use of silver than an abundance of silver dollars sitting in bank vaults.

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27 Apr 2020

Coin Photography-The Equipment

Coins | coinsbygary

I have finally laid out how this series on photography will be structured. This post will go into the equipment and some of the settings I use. That will be followed by comparative pictures of shutter speeds and lighting sources using the 1937 Spanish peseta from my previous post.

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27 Apr 2020

An Interesting Variation

Paper Money-World | Mokie

Some of you that follow my blogs have probably noted that I have an inordinate interest in Canadian Coins, that interest also extends to Currency, Medals, and Ephemera. I was hoping one of you has the answer to a question I have about the two bills pictured. They are both from 1967, they both have the Canadian Centennial Maple Leaf logo on the obverse and they both have the Old Parliament Building on the reverse. But, and its an important but, one has a serial number and one has the dual dates 1867 1967 in place of the serial number. They are both legal tender and neither is worth much unless in fairly high grades. So here's the question. Why the difference? Is the dual dated example meant to be distributed to collectors only while the serial numbered example is for general circulation? Was one issued before the other, in other words, did one issue replace the other? I am doing research for an article I am writing on the general subject of Canada 1967 and I would like to flesh out the article with the straight story on this variation. PS- the Post Card is just for fun, it shows all the Canadian Provinces at the time of the centennial. It does not include the Yukon or Northwest Territories. Since 1967, no new provinces but the eastern half of the Northwest Territory has had the Nunavut Territory calved off its eastern flank like a big iceberg.

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27 Apr 2020

A Bitter/Sweet April

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Is it just me or does everyone think like I do? Sitting here in the dark, rainy early morning, I was reflecting on how this month has impacted my life and how it intersected with my Kennedy Half dollar collection. I've decided to honor my brother-in-law's memory by associating him with my 1979 Type 1 & 2 Kennedys. I met him just a few hours before I met my best friend, whom I later married. Yesterday, he passed away at his home in San Leandro, Ca. His name is Rodney Loucks but he just went by Rod. He helped my mother and father-in-law to pay for our wedding. Rod bought the "booze" which everyone knows is no cheap deal. Rod retired a few years ago from the City of San Francisco. He was the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for the city by the bay. He graduated from the University of Pittsburg with a BA in finance and accounting which served him well. Rod liked to travel and came back to the East coast every few years to visit friends and family. One year he financed a family trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. We stayed there for 3 days to tour the city. Rod was 72 and I had known him for 42 years. He was smart and a stand up kind of guy. Speaking of bitter sweet, a couple of weeks ago, I lost a 3rd cousin to gun violence. She was just 21 years old. The newspapers and local news channels described it as a "domestic" altercation. Her father, my 2nd cousin was also injured with a gunshot to his arm. Her boyfriend also died of a gunshot wound. My cousin was beside herself that her grandchild had died a violent death. My step Dad also passed away on 21 April back in 2010 from cancer, on our anniversary. Little would I realize that this month of my marriage would also hold so much tragedy but at the same time was one of the happier times in my life. It's ironic to me that in 1979 the city where my Kennedy Half dollars were minted (Types 1 & 2) in the same year I was married to my best friend would soon acquire a new Chief Financial Officer, my brother-in-law Rod. These were the thoughts that were running through my head while I sipped my coffee this dreary, rainy morning. I cherish all the good memories we shared and I'm thankful to have known such a good-hearted, kind person. In closing, I urge everyone to support responsible ownership of weapons. Being a veteran, I've witnessed the destruction that weapons of war can inflict, so I think these weapons belong on the battlefield, not America's streets. I'm a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but at the same time, weapons, when used irresponsibly can claim the lives of of those we love. I'm thinking a lot of people just don't realize that "fact". My Kennedy half dollars also remind me of the union that was committed to in the year of their manufacture. Until my next blog, tell those you love that you really love them and stay SAFE, healthy and Coronavirus free! P.S. Did I mention what a beautiful bride my best friend is? :-))Charlie aka slybluenote

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26 Apr 2020

Look who's back!

| A.J.

After almost an whole year, my account's renewed! I'm excited to see how the community has changed! 😃Ok, time to sum up the last few months.Christmas, 2019: got my first W cent, first half cent, an Columbus dollar and other great gifts.January, 2020: nothing I remember of that's significant.February: as an Georgian, I got to go to the National money show. Got my first NGC encapsulated coin, and got to see an 1913 V nickel and an 1804 dollar in person. I also started an ngccoin.com account this time. (AJ2008 is my user name of it interested.)March: my local coin club I go to closes due to COVID-19, I start to save money for eBay purchases because there is no way else to get cool money.April: and here we are! It's been an trip ever since I left, and I'm glad to be back in the community!

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