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31 Aug 2016

A Nobel Cause

| user_9998

            The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious and respected awards in the world. The prizes, awarded in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology and Medicine, Literature, and Peace, with a sixth prize, bestowed by the Bank of Sweden, in Economic Sciences, are awarded annually to celebrate human achievement, and include a gold medal, a stylized diploma, and a cash prize of 8 million Swedish Krone (about $935,000 USD). With this year's awards approaching (to be awarded between October 3 and 10, 2016), I decided to see what I could learn about the history of the prizes, as well as the history of the medals.

30 Aug 2016

ANA Money Show Toned Libertad

Coins-World | Longstrider

   Here is one of the coins I acquired at the Anaheim Show. It is a 1987 Libertad. Slabbed and rated MS 65 by NGC. As you can see, I hope, it is very colorfully toned. That is a big weakness of mine. The Libertad is a bullion coin, much like our silver American Eagle and Canada's silver Maple Leaf. I started collecting them just because I like them. I usually just buy the BU coins. I saw this one and didn't even stop to ask how much. I just figured it would be out of my budget. My wife however wasn't so sure and inquired as to the price. Well I was very mistaken and snatched it up. This coin was bought on the last hour of our stay there. Never give up on that special coin. Thanks for looking!

29 Aug 2016

1000 Year Anniversary of the Althing

Coins - World | World_Coin_Nut

Minted in 1930 to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the Althing this is one of the more stunning coins ever made (in my humble opinion). I find it hard to fathom a 1000 year anniversary of anything. This coin was minted at the Saxon State Mint in Germany at the request of the Icelandic Parliament, the Althing, to commemorate there anniversary. It is one of the oldest parliamentary institutions in the world and a forerunner of the Western Democracy style of governing.

28 Aug 2016

Coin Thoughts #4 from "SUN"

Coins | "SUN"

With the football season beginning, people will not hear Peyton Manning yell out "OMAHA" this year. Peyton would yell "OMAHA" when he was changing the play. For a change of pace, you might want to visit Omaha, Nebraska. 

28 Aug 2016

A coins Journey, the final part

Coins | user_4449

Coin collecting is a wonderful hobby. Getting an old coin is like receiving a token from the past. You literally hold history in your hand. Think about it! First, to even start to make the coin, you have to find rocks and minerals that are often thousands if not millions of years old. Then, they are made into metal AFTER they are mined up. That's a long time already, and the metal is not even close to being circle like at all. After the metal is made, it might have get shipped overseas, or go on a long road trip in an armored truck. The heat would be unbearable! After it finally gets shipped to the mint, it gets a long bath. A bath with a billion other metals! How humiliating.... Then, they get cut and cleaned again! " This is no fun, I'd rather be back at the mine or underground again." They would say. Then they get pounded extremely hard. Their injuries resemble faces, or eagles, or words. They got tattoos, just a LOT more painfully. After an inspection, that the newly made coins are hoping to pass (they don’t want to be marked as errors and go the groove-maker machine, for it looked painful. Plus, they bet it would mean more baths and more BANGS and CLANGS and howiling OOOOW THAT HURTS. Luckily they all passed the inspection. However, the ride was far from over.  After another LOOONG and hot ride, this time in an undercover semi truck, they would start going into circulation. The coins were in a lot of pain, so they didn't have time to ponder what will happen to them in "circulation." A few of them had been taken and put in velvet lined beds. Everyone was jealous, until the lid snapped shut and trapped the poor coin, that looked remarkably like John F. Kennedy, inside. The now scared coins heard the coin's muffled scream from inside, "Who turned off the lights?" Others even went into plastic tubes, where they got pilled on top of eachother. It looked like a tight and a very uncomfortable squeeze. Some even went into plastic bags where all of the air was taken out. It was a see through grave. The ones that were not put into those horrible things are the ones now stuck on boiling semi-truck. Seriously, the temperature must have been like a million degrees farentight, or at least that's what the coins thought. They would give anything for one of those freezing baths. I hope that tells you how hot they are. The semi truck came to a stop. Then dazzling and bright light came on and…………

27 Aug 2016

US Proof Sets

Coins | user_6830

How did the mint send / produce proof sets in 1936/1937/1938/1939/1940/1942?

27 Aug 2016

UEFA Euro 2016

| ShriekenGriffon

Soccer, more commonly known as football outside the US, is a very important part of cultures all over the world and brings us together. This summer, a big event was held with this sport: the UEFA Euro 2016 Cup. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), was started in 1954 in Switzerland. Every 4 years since 1960 the tournaments have been held for men and various events for men and women of different ages have been held as well, but not every 4 years.


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