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30 Jun 2017

Soldier's Love Token Poem

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

Trench art is a term given to items that soldiers carve or make in their many hours on watch or otherwise practicing the art of war. Love tokens are coins that have been carved with initials and other things to express a person's love or affection for another. Sometimes Trench Art and Love Tokens intersect. Here is a poem I wrote for independence Day. Remember the soldier today, often far away from those he or she loves.

29 Jun 2017

Discovery: 1997 Princess Ka'iulani 1/10 oz Gold Hapaumi Repunched Date

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I'm working a side project to catalog the Royal Hawaiian Mint issues relating to Crown Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom Hawai'i. This catalog is roughly 90% complete. However, I spotted what seems to be a new variety being listed at an online auction website. I purchased this specimen to confirm and document this variety. I was right. I spotted this repunched date a mile away (auction image was not of high quality). I snapped a few close-up pictures after I received the specimen. This is the second repunched date identified in the Crown Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom Hawai'i issues by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.

28 Jun 2017

Other coins depicted on stamps

Coins-United States | Conan Barbarian

expanding on |user_9073's blogOdd Thing with Coins #17 some other fascinatingstamps that i have stumbledacross in the collection in my basement. the one that i rememberedwhen i read the blog was the commerce stamp which depicts an Indianhead cent, Morgan dollar, 20$ gold, and i believe a seated liberty dime. but there was also a numismatic stamp which i spotted. this one depicted the little known first small cent, flying eagle (1858) and a double eagle gold. there is also a bank note which i myself am unfamiliarwith but if any one else might be able to shed some light on it then pleasedo.

28 Jun 2017

The Proposed 1951 Pine Tree Commemorative Quarter & JFK

| Well worn Copper

In 1951 the ANA supported a bill to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the 1652 Pine Tree Shilling on a U.S. Quarter. Despite the early 50's being a tough time to issue another commemorative, the proposal had merit. What makes it especially noteworthy is that the bill's sponsor was a young Congressman named John F. Kennedy. Needless to say, the bill died in committee, probable due to the Washington/Carver half dollar issues which were still being over-produced and "pushed" on collectors. Still, it would have been a nice and unique commemorative, and the first coin to commemorate another coin! The full story can be found in the August 1951 issue of The Numismatist. If passed, it would have been only the second commemorative quarter ever issued (the 1893 Queen Isabella issue being the first). I think the bill would have passed had they known the success of the Statehood Quarter series, but that would have taken a crystal ball....

28 Jun 2017

Odd Things with Coins - A Summary

Coins | user_9073

I hope most of you enjoyed my series of blogs on "Odd Things with Coins." And I hope all of you enjoyed at least one of them.I enjoyed writing them all and taking the photos. Thanks for all the comments. For review, the 20 topics were:aChinese pig with coin armor, a 50thanniversary mini Whitman folder, coin image salt& pepper shakers, a Lincoln cent image candy tin, coin image metal coasters, an elongated cent with the image of the 1st US Mint mounted on a postcard, an ashtray made from a Lincoln cent, aminiature Saint Gaudens double eagle, a ring made from a silver quarter, repousse art make from coins, key rings with colorized coins, a World War I liberty bond sales pin made from pennies, a gold plate Ike dollar called andApollo dollar, a skillet made from a penny, a one pound Morgan dollar replica, a bell made from aLincoln cent, first day covers of the Indian cent stamp, a cent in a bottle, an Avon bottle in the image of a buffalo nickel, and a teapot made from a Indian cent. They are all still on my blog list so review them if you choose. I am now going to turn return to more traditional and serious topic on future blogs.

27 Jun 2017

Odd Things with coins #20

Coins | user_9073

I lovedlittle teapots made from penny from the first one I saw! I shopped and looked around until I found a nice one at a good price and bought it. This one has been in my collection for about 5 years. As you can see, it is made from a Wheat cent. Some specular that these are made by soldiers with spare time, prison inmates in the prison metal shop or by apprentices. I have seen some documentation on the prisoners but I don't know for sure. Seems like it would be appropriate in a doll house. This is fun to own and fun to bring to "show-n-tell" at local coin clubs. What "show-n-tell" fun numismatic things do you own??


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