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20 Jul 2017

This Coin is Out of this World!

Coins-World | coinsbygary

I had first posted this as my Coin of the Month in 2012. In celebration of the 48th anniversary of Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon and that same moon casting it’s shadow on the Earth in about a month I am re-posting it now. I grew up as a space nut, having been all of 11 years old when the moon landing first occurred. I remember where I was when I first heard the news that the Eagle had landed. I was enjoying myself at picnic sponsored by my father’s employer when the announcement came over the loud speaker followed by everyone cheering! Next month I’ll be in Southern Illinois cheering the total eclipse of the sun!

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20 Jul 2017

Remembering Apollo 11

Medals | CoinLady

Forty-eight years ago tonight, a Sunday evening, I was glued to the TV watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I was inspired. I was moved. I was a teen but I still got tears. I was an avid fan of the space program and an amateur astronomer.

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19 Jul 2017

The 1863 NEW YORK F-630AM-1a CHRISTOPH KARL TOKEN

Tokens | coinsbygary

There are coins in this set that are difficult to describe, and this 1863 store card is one of them. That said I intend to convey the little I known about Christoph Karl in my owner comments. Then taking into account the historical context of this token, I will give a plausible explanation of the allegories present on this beautiful token from New York City featuring Germania, the national personification of Germany.

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19 Jul 2017

Thank you FUN for the ANA table at your 11th Annual Summer FUN Convention, held on July 6-8, 2017

News | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

By John and Nancy Wilson, ANA National Volunteers

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19 Jul 2017

A piece of history

Coins-United States | CoinLady

During my bookstore rounds the other day, I managed to stop at a coin shop I hadn't visited in a while. The owner remembered me and we sat and chatted for a time.

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18 Jul 2017

How Many Red Books Do You Have Around the House?

| Well worn Copper

My wife was dusting the bookshelf the other day and asked how many Red Books I had in the house, and why. I gotta admit, it was a fair question. I counted almost twenty, and realized I probably needed to weed out a few, but also purchase others. I'd like to hear from other collectors about how many they keep around and why. As for myself, I generally keep every edition ending in zero. I'm taking 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, and so on. This gives me a feel how a certain coin has fared over the past ten years. I also have the reprint of the original 1947 edition. I also keep the edition from the year I was born (1961) : reading it is like watching an old movie, like Casablanca (both make me cry). I also have a MegaRed and the last three or so editions, along with the current. Pretty soon I'll weed these out to beginner collectors or the plain curious, or donate them to the local library book sale. If a particular Red Book has an interesting feature, I'll hang on to it as well. Amazon and eBay are good places to pick up out-dated editions cheap. The best Red Book I ever had was an early 1960's edition. The original owner inscribed his name along with his wife's, and where they purchased it along with the date. They also wrote how much they loved each other in it. They were apparently newlyweds. Unfortunately I gave it away. This was long before the internet came around, and if i still had it, I would have loved to look them up and mail it back to them. There's nothing like a broken in, much-loved old Red Book.

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18 Jul 2017

Detecting Counterfeits One

| user_8029

Finding a counterfeit in your collection is a collector’s worst nightmare, especially if you had previously paid a large amount for this coin or bill. In order to protect yourself, you must know how to find and detect counterfeits to stop them from making it into or staying in your collection. As other people have noted, your collection is not just yours, as you are just keeping it for a while until it finds its way to the next owners. Therefore, it is your duty to make sure that your numismatic legacy is genuine and are coins that you would want to receive from a coin shop.

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18 Jul 2017

Tools as Currency

| user_8029

As these articles have said before, the best currencies are non-perishable, are, or once were useful, and have perceived value. Tools fulfill these categories well. They are usually made of metal, which is the poster child of usefulness and convenience. They also have a perceived value, as you cannot eat fish without first using a fishhook to catch it. This means that, in a marketplace or a trading situation, someone will accept a needed fishhook or arrowhead in exchange for something else, giving them the opportunity to become a commonly used currency item. The two main categories I will cover today are fishhooks and arrowheads, though there are many more types.

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