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30 Jul 2016

Heading to the ANA in Anaheim?

World's Fair of Money | wdhyder

The Token and Medal Society and the American Israel Numismatic Association are pleased to present a joint program featuring a lecture by the renowned sculpture, Eugene Daub, at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 10th in the Hilton Huntington B/C. Daub is well-known for his many medals and as a recipient of the ANA life time achievement award for Medallic Sculpture and the ANS Saltus Award. A brief resume can be found at the American Medallic Sculpture Association website: http://amsamedals.org/members/Eugene_Daub.html.See you all in Anaheim.

28 Jul 2016


World's Fair of Money | World_Coin_Nut

August is almost here and for me that means a trip to Anaheim. Since moving to Indianapolis I have been able to attend a number of local shows. I have been setting up a monthly table to promote ANA and Indianapolis Coin Club Membership at our local show. But....I have never been to abig show so why not start out with one of the biggest. To say I am excited would be the understatement of the decade. If anyone else is attending and would like to meet up feel free to send me a message.

27 Jul 2016

Women In Numismatics Elongated Series

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

I just got my set of elongated coins that celebrate the 25th anniversary of WIN, Women In Numismatics. When I saw the ad about this in a numismatic magazine I knew I had to get the set. This set of elongated coins contains a Susan B. Anthony dollar, a Sacajawea dollar, a Presidential dollar and a Shawnee National forest quarter. There are five photos total, so you can click on them to see them all if you like.

27 Jul 2016

Temperance Medal - TYRANT ALCOHOL

Medals | MedallicMan

I have intensively researched certain temperance medals and have become fascinated by the earliest which include the varieties engraved by James Bale (circa 1840's) for the WASHINGTON TEMPERANCE BENEVOLENT SOCIETY. This is most commonly referred to as the 'TYRANT ALCOHOL' medal. The very scarce but occasionally appearing at major auctions is the variety is Baker.332 (and subtypes).

26 Jul 2016

George T. Morgan

Coins | Mike Burn

I recently had the pleasure of reading and looking at a book called The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan written by Karen M. Lee. I enjoyed this on many levels. One was the life of Mr. Morgan and the other was his sketchbook. This man was so talented it's hard to put in word's. The way he made it to the U.S. is a marvelous story.

25 Jul 2016

Coin Thoughts #1 from "SUN"

Coins | "SUN"

I like to read about history and coins. These past few weeks I came across references to a coinage act of April 22, 1864. This Act had a impact of some of items I like to collect. This act changed the composition of the Indian Cent, it created the 2 Cent piece, and pretty much did away with Civil War Tokens. I casual collect all these items. I look for coins and tokens with nice eye appeal and usually in grades of Very Fine and above. I belong to the Fly-In Club (Flying Eagles and Indian Cents) and The Civil War Token Society. The quarterly publication of Fly-In Club is the" Longacre Ledger" tells about different varieties and the hunt for the coins. I do not really look for varieties, but the publication has great photographs. I also belong to the Civil War Token Society which also issues a quarterly publication.The cost of membership in these clubs are well worth the dues. You can find more information on these clubs at fly-in.org & cwtsociety.org. I have not found a 2 Cent club, but would be a member if there was one. Whitman Publications have "Redbooks" on Flying Eagle & Indian Cents, and also on Civil War Tokens. I recommend both. Also, there is a nice a book by Kevin Flynn "The Authoritative Reference on Two Cents Coins." Even though I do not purchase a lot of coins and tokens, The clubs and books keep me informed. I want to tell the story of my first Civil War Token. I was about 12 years old in the early 60's when my sisters brought a "coin" home with an Indian head on one side and "Not One Cent" on the other. My sisters received this as part of a payment while working as car hops at A & W. Hopefully, you like this blog. I am planning to post my rambling thoughts on a somewhat regular basis. Happy Collecting, from "SUN" (Southern Utah Numismatist).

25 Jul 2016

How A California Bank Note Kept You Warm At Night

Odd & Curious Money | Pliny The Elder

You probably know there was a time in American history when a piece of paper currency was called a horse blanket. This is because the size of paper these bills were printed upon was larger than what we see today. For sure not horse blanket sized though, and it would be a bit of a stretch, if you'll pardon the pun, to get that bill over the back of your old gray mare. Still the nickname sticks, and today we now know that money indeed can be a horse blanket. But did you know that the horse blanket was also once money? Well, sort of. Out in the West, in 1830's California, it was a wild frontier except along the coastlines where a busy trade took place with ships bound for ports in Boston as well as other parts of the world. There was no established American monetary system because California was not in America at the time. And because of a War of Independence with Spain, Mexico was not a part of Spain either. This was Mexican California, once only a series of Spanish Missions and Rancherias, residents of all sorts now worked to profit off of a booming California cattle trade and the hides and tallow it produced. Inhabitants of what later becomes the Golden State relied upon the value within precious metals to conduct day to day business, mainly silver coins and bullion. Richard Henry Dana Junior in his book Two Years Before The Mast says that while he was surprised at the quantity of silver in circulation circa 1834 in northern California, it was not just silver being spent: "I certainly never saw so much silver at one time in my life, as during the week that we were at Monterey. The truth is, they have no credit system, no banks, and no way of investing money but in cattle. They have no circulating medium but silver and hides---which the sailors call California Bank Notes. Everything that they buy they must pay for in one or the other of these things. The hides they bring down dried and doubled, in clumsy ox-carts, or upon mules' backs, and the money they carry tied up in a handkerchief;--fifty, eighty, or an hundred dollars and half dollars." Now you know a little more about the relationship between a "horse blanket" and a horse blanket, and how a California Bank Note not only kept you warm but could also get you dinner and a bottle of rye.

25 Jul 2016

More on new collection

Exonumia | CASINO NUT

This post is onthe continuing of my new field of collecting interest of casino memorabilia. I am now up to 48 chips of which I will show a few below along with some other collectables. there aretwo key cards from the margaritavillehotel and casino, anslot club card from the margaritaville casino. now on to the chips in the pictures, there is a one dollar chip from the margaritaville casino, a fivedollar chip from the same casino, a five dollar chip from the paradise island casino in the Bahamas, and lastly my favorite chip in my collection a$ 2.50 chip from the holiday casino cruises in key largo, Florida which I used to play in when I lived In the Florida keys. well until next time good luck and above all have fun in all your collecting pursuits

24 Jul 2016


| MisterCoinCollecter16

if there was a sixth 1913 liberty V nickel, would the value go down? because of the other ones in existence?


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