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31 May 2018

1974 Aluminum Cent

Coins | NumisMATist

Today I will be telling the tale of the 1974 Aluminum penny. This is one of the most known, and famous pattern coins ever made by the US mint. In 1974 copper spot price had risen to a high where the mint couldn't afford to keep making copper pennies. This was an experimental coin thatthe mint made to test how aluminum pennies would work in circulation. Although congressnever approved for these coins to be minted, over 1.4million of these coins were struck at Philadelphia, and there were some produced at Denver however there is no known mintage.

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31 May 2018

Sr. Bevois D&H 89 Hampshire Portsmouth

Tokens | Pat

Well a conder token. Of who? That is up in the air. It seems there are stories and heroic deeds done by this man. Not just in England but other countries. It is said that he founded Portsmouth. Built a church and statues of lions. They even made a token of him and a drawing of his likeness. But there is a catch to this any many more writings about him. He never existed. In my history search on him two London papers state unequivocally that this is all fiction. What I can't figure out is the lions are were they said he had them built. The hill or mound is named after him. So I went to Wikipedia. I hate that. They confer in some and deny in others. So what do you think? Is this famous Knight real or folklore passed down thru history? I tend to believe the papers. Simply because they had more facts about this man and his heroism than anyone else. Now one paper it would still be in the air but two i have to believe it's not. However the token tells a story. Enough that someone decided to make one of him. The building he supposedly had built he named after his horse. I don't know. Now you know me and history. If I can't prove without a doubt I have to say this man had some great story tellers some sound so good there backed in proof like the lions and the buildings named after him. I will post a picture of the lions if I find one. So I hope you enjoyed this little story be it real or not. Then why did I buy it.? Simple I liked it and it's proof. Had to be one of the first of the die. So if you have time look him up you will find it interesting. Of course I left out some it just was not believable. But is everything believable about everyone on a coin or token ? I doubt that. So I bought the token I liked like you by a coin you like. Are the star wars coins real no. But collectors by them. So I hope you enjoyed this little piece of history? Does it matter when your buying it. No your buying it because of the story and the token. Enjoy your day and kindly click on the pictures. He supposedly lived in 1324 have to love those records.

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30 May 2018

A premium

Coins-United States | CoinLady

As a writer, I have attended a few book signings the past few years. Besides the usual author giveaways...bookmarks, postcards, sticky notes etc...It's good to have a raffle sometimes. I've seen authors have drawings for different prizes, ranging from copies of new books to gift baskets to something really unusual.

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29 May 2018

My Best Circulation Finds...

Young Numismatists Exchange | Jonas's Coins

Bank roll hunting can lead to finding many interesting coins, especially foreign coins, errors, varieties, and old silver. Some people find coins that make them rich, but here are my two best bank roll finds, out of about 2,000 coins I've looked through...

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29 May 2018

**Unusual Toning Pattern** Mercury Dime**

Coins-United States | Kepi

I have a short blog for you guys today. A Mercury Dime that I won at auction. ( Now that's a surprise, right!) I thought it had some really cool, unusual and angular toning patterns on it. It's a 1945-D, the last year of the Mercury Dimes. Graded by PCGS as a MS66. Unfortunately no full bands this time. For some reason the percentage of full band specimens for this year is lower than usual for a "D" Mint mark dime of the 1940's. This year also had a mintage of 40,245,000. It ranks 55 out of the 77 Non-Proof Mercury Dimes from lowest to highest. The Reverse is a blast white finish, while the Obverse is what caught my eye. It seems to me that perhaps this dime was on an "end" of a roll, causing such angular looking tone patterns and lines. I've seen these type of toning patterns usually on Morgans and Peace Dollars...not too much on Mercury Dimes, so feel quite happy to have this one in my collection. Thanks for looking at my blog. All comments are welcome.

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