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29 Oct 2020

American Indians and U.S. Coins #2 Pratt's Gold Indians: The Man on the Coin (part 2)

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Of all our coins that depict American Indians and imagery associated with them, only one coin featured the likeness of one individual. That man was Chief Hollow Horn Bear and he is a notable figure in history in his own right, which is why his image was used on a coin, a1922 stamp and a1970 $10.00 military payment certificate (often referred to as MPC). Be sure to check out Longstrider's recent blog featuring his MPC with the Chief's image on it.

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28 Oct 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 13- Illinois

Coins-United States | coinfodder

Ello' everyone. And today, we raft down the Missouri from Idaho, and up the Mississippi to Illinois.The earliest known settlers of Illinois were the pre-Columbians that lived in the town of Cahokia, near present-day Collinsville. After the pre-Columbians lost power, the Illiniwek Confederation, a loose group of tribes allied with each other. This group gave the state its name. In 1673, Jacques Marquette (the college namesake) and Louis Jolliet explored the Mississippi and Illinois River. After this, Illinois would remain in French hands until the nation's loss in the French and Indian War, which would remain uninhabited by colonists due to the Proclamation of 1763.In 1818, Illinois became a state, but resistance continued by Indian groups, most notably Chief Black Hawk, who was finally defeated 1832. In 1839, the Latter Day Saints were started in Nauvoo, but in 1844 the group, led by Brigham Young, left the state after the killing of Prophet Joseph Smith near Carthage. (Numismaster, you are from Utah. Can you fact-check the above?). In 1860, Springfield lawyer Abe Lincoln became the 16th President, leaving the state and never returning. During the Civil War, the state produced many fine troops, including U.S. Grant, commander of all Union Forces. After the war, in 1871, Mrs. O'leary's cow kicked a kerosene lamp and started the Great Fire of Chicago, after which the city would be completely reinvented into a marvel of the US.Today, Illinois is still the Midwestern state it always was, attracting tourists to the Navy Pier and Lake Michigan, and following the trail of Lincoln. Famous citizens include Ray Bradbury, Al Capone, Miles Davis, Charlton Heston, Abraham Lincoln, and Robin Williams.Obviously, what comes to mind first in coins are the ATB and 50 state Quarters. The 50 state quarter was one of the first created by the AIFP and was considered one of the highlights of the 50 state quarter series. On it, is the words "Land of Lincoln" and a picture of Lincoln with a book. To the left of him is a strip of farmland and a silo. On the right, is a piece of the Chicago skyline with the Sears Tower in full view. This represents how Illinois is a crossroads of both rural and urban.On the ATB quarter, is one of the many rock features of Shawnee National Forest, a large expanse of forest and rock formation. The design on the 2016 coin is Camel Rock, one the most famous of the rock formations in Shawnee.For the classic commemorative lovers, we have a little bit extra to cover today. In 1918, a commemorative was released celebrating the 100th Birthday of the state. On the front was a younger, beardless image of Lincoln (Remember, Lincoln only grew whiskers as a campaign promise). On the back is the state seal, a "fierce eagle atop a crag, clutching a shield and carrying a banner..." (Bressett, 3rd Edition, 1091). The coin was issued by the Illinois Centennial Commission through various outlets for the grand price of one dollar.In 1937, an Illinois town was the subject of a coin. This time, the coin was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the town of Elgin. The dates were 1673 (no relation to the town- when Marquette and Joliet went up the river, and 1936. The fellow on the front was a generic pioneer, most likely a French Fur-trader from around the era. On the back is shameless self advertising for the Pioneer Memorial statuary group, the group that sponsors these coins. The people that released them however, were the Elgin Centennial Monumental Committee, headed by none other that L.W. Hoffecker, who somehow seems to get his greedy hands on every single darn Classic Commemorative.In 2009, the final commemorative commemorative somethin' outa Illinois was released. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Birthday of Abe Lincoln, the coin was a Silver Dollar designed by Justin Kunz, who is now designing every coin in sight. The front is dated 2009 and features a bust of Lincoln, and on the back, is the final 43 words of the Gettysburg Address, surrounded by a laurel wreath.Thanks folks! And see you later, as we travel to the across the Wabash River.

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27 Oct 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 12- Idaho

Coins-United States | coinfodder

Lets stop ranting about the US Mint from last week and let us fly from Hawaii to the land of spuds.Idaho is one of the most desolate states, having first been settled 14,500 years ago. These people became the Nez Perce and the Shoshone. Advancing several thousand years, and we find that the French are sailing up the Missouri River into the rich fur-trading region. They left their mark on the state, as we now have many French-named cities, such as Coeur-de-Alene, Boise, and so on. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln made Idaho a part of the Oregon Territory, due to the fact that it was in the Oregon Valley. Later in the 1800's, the Indian's were driven out of Idaho, but not before a determined push by Chief Joseph to lead the Nez Perce into Canada In 1890, the territory of Idaho was officially named a state, and contributed an alternate source of silver for mintage. In the 1960's, the mining industry shut down nearly for good, and Idaho's economy went into a tailspin.Today, Idaho remains the desolate location it was during the age of the fur-trappers, landing only on the news when so-called Neo Nazi's used Idaho as it's base. The state is a popular tourist destination, and the state remains famous for its spuds. Famous Idahoans include Edgar Rice Burroughs and Chief Joseph. And who can forget the blue colored football field?Unfortunately, Idaho is thin on the ground when it comes to coins, so I minus well mention what I could find. The 50 State Quarter Design and the ATB Quarter design were all good designs. The 50 State Quarter depicts a facsimile of the state, with the state bird, the peregrine falcon, which is one of the fastest birds in the world.The ATB Quarter on the other hand, was released last year, and was depicting the Frank Church Wilderness River of No Return. The nearly unknown National Forest is the largest single wilderness unit outside of Alaska, another testament to the desolation of the state. The coin itself features the Salmon River, and a female rafter, a touch of designer Emily Damstra, rafting down some of the rougher rapids.Unfortunately, the state runs dry on coins, so I minus well mention the "Free Silver" which was BIG in Idaho.The free silver movement were those in favor of free silver usage in coins and other uses, instead of economic fixed supply. As ridiculous as this sounds, the silver and gold standard were important parts of the economy until after the "Great War", which cost gold reserves dearly. The free silver, in effect wanted a 16-1 fixed price ratio to do so, lowering the gold standard used by the nation at the point. At the time, gold was the only unlimited metal, while silver had a strict limit, like the budget top.If this is sounding like jargon, it only really meant one thing- more silver- more sales- more money= profits. The Free Silver put its best hopes in William Bryans Jennings, who lost handily in 1896 and 1900 to William McKinley.Thanks for traveling with me so far. And next time, we are head to the Land of Lincoln.

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26 Oct 2020

coins I found

| the coin guy

yesterday I was metal detecting in my backyard and then I found something so I go get a shovel and I find a 1943 P Jefferson nickel on top of a 1899 liberty head nickel. This was the best find in my backyard I ever found!

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26 Oct 2020

An Interesting Concept, but can it Work Here?

Coins-World | coinsbygary

Before I comment on my interesting concept, I want to thank Stumpy for his generosity to me. When Stumpy noticed that I was interested in collecting Spanish coins, he sent me a message asking me if I wanted a few Spanish Olympic coins. Naturally, I was interested in the coins and accepted his offer.

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23 Oct 2020

Ancestral Coinage

Coins | Long Beard

Before getting to the topic of the week, I feel compelled to share my personally gratitude for those of you who read my blogs and those who reply. As most of you are aware, if not from out right saying as much, the passion I have for all things numismatic become clear in the weekly blogs I write. The numerous kind responses left attest to this. And for that I am truly appreciative and humbled to say the least. Often, I write of subjects which are not up to par, so to speak, and in hindsight that's not a bad thing. There's always a positive to a negative. If ever one feels compelled to correct me, or at times respond with criticism, feel free to air what's truly on your mind. Keep in mind that sarcasm will be graded though. In short, writing is not only a passion but a learning experience. You are the reason for which I do this. And now to this week's blog, the coinage of my island ancestors. Enjoy!

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23 Oct 2020

Starting A New Year For A YN Club

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The first official meeting of the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for Monday, October 26.After missing the last 3 meetings of last year, it's going to be good to be able to return to somewhat normal... however, even normal isn't quite the same with pandemic rules.

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22 Oct 2020

My 1955 Proof Set

| Kevin Leab

I started collecting in 1979 and as a 14 year old boy with a minimal allowance, except for what little I made working in the local orchards, I couldn't afford much.. It didn't help matters when the Hunt brothers came about and tried to corner the silver market..that made owning nice silver coins nearly impossible. I've always had my eyes on Franklin Half dollars and the very first coin that I purchased was a proof 1963 Franklin Half.. I still to this day don't know where its at.. anyway, The 1955 proof set caught my eye as a young Numismatist and being that I couldn't afford it myself, asked my parents to buy it for me as a Christmas present. Well, I got one that year with the original cardboard box and all... Years later I ended up selling it to help pay bills and I felt bad since that day. I decided about 6 months ago to put together my own 1955 Proof Set but certified and graded individually by PCGS. I know it cost me more to do it this way but at least they're protected..I just wanted to share them with you....

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