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31 Dec 2020

To all ANA Members

| Peter

Happy New Years and Best Wish.

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31 Dec 2020

The First Europeans

| Mokie

When I was going to Elementary School in the 60's it was commonly taught that Christopher Columbus had discovered America. Of course, our 1st grade brains did not give it a lot of thought and did not ponder how someone could discover a landmass that was already populated with millions of people. By the time I graduated from High School in 1976, we were questioning the Columbus narrative and acknowledging that the Europeans discovery of America had actually occurred nearly 500 years earlier when Leif Erikson and his hardy crew of Norsemen first sailed southwest from Greenland and made landfall somewhere along the coast of what is now known as the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As you may have noted, by adding the European discovery of America to Leif Erikson's efforts, history is now acknowledging that Indigenous Americans had discovered America many thousands of years earlier.

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31 Dec 2020

One Anna Serial Number issued Note card by Princely State of Kalat

Odd & Curious Money | user_85287

The Khanate of Kalat (Balochi: خانات ءِ قلات‎) was a Baloch Khanate, that existed from 1666 to 1955 in the center of the modern-day province of Balochistan, Pakistan. Prior to that they were subjects of Mughal emperor Akbar. It remained a princely state of Pakistan until 1955, when it was incorporated into the country.

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30 Dec 2020

"Criminal" movie with a numismatic twist.

| Well worn Copper

Found an old numismatic-related movie on DVD this past week. "Criminal" featured actor John C. Reilly and was released by Warner Brothers in 2004. The storyline involves an elaborate scam involving a rare 19th century silver certificate note being offered to a millionaire currency collector for $750,000. The movie was pretty good and involved counterfeiting with a high resolution printer. Even the expert brought in to certify the note was in on it (Definitely not a NGC or PCGS guy). Always fun to point out the flaws too, such as not buying an uncertified piece of rare currency for $750,000 in a hotel room from strangers. It might be of interest to fellow members and worth sitting down with on a cold, quiet evening. I'm always on the look out for movies with a numismatic twist.Heck, it beats watching Rick Tomaska again.

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30 Dec 2020

Jefferson Nickel's Beauty Salon Update

Coins-United States | Stumpy

I carefully reviewed each response from my plea for help last week. I separated the nickels into five stacks;

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29 Dec 2020

Christmas gift!

| Big Nub Numismatics

This Christmas, I was gifted with an extraordinary present from my parents, a USB microscope. it can be little overkill, I think, with capabilities of 600x magnification, but this allows me to easily find counterfeits bills if I ever find the need. Unfortunately, my dad is a terrible person at keeping presents a secret, so I knew about this nearly two months ago. Anyway, I hope you enjoy some of these photos of some varieties I have. Pictures are of a 1938 S/S/S lincoln cent, an AU 3c pice with die clashes, a fifth issue ten cent note at the 600x max zoom, and a 1938-D/D buffalo that until this point, had thought it looked odd, but never considered it to be D/D I hope you all had an incredible Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

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29 Dec 2020

This has been bugging me for a while

| Grogu

I bought one of those grab bags from eBay, and I got 5 of this International Numismatic Bureau, the cases are flimsy and the description iiiiisss not what I call accurate. I tried looking into the Bureau, but all I found was .... welllllll not very good info.Any of you know if this is a legit company?

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29 Dec 2020

Afghanistan Falus? Help with ID, Please!

Coins-World | Makeco

Hello all! I recently returned home after an extended period of work overseas (Darn Covid). Thankful to be home for the Holidays, I was also excited to get in a few trades, as I have decided to begin a major numismatic undertaking! World sets for each of my grandchildren, sons, & my birth years! A collecting bucket list of bucket lists! Something I will probably not complete, but that will hopefully give a piece of my love, for them and of collecting, to my progeny.One requester of a trade was only interested in a couple minor silver issues, we hammered out a swap(pardon the pun), he had a handful of older Afghan issues in his swap list. While I am looking for modern issues, of course, we collectors all have, to one extent or another, an attraction to old things. This brings me to yesterdays mail call. I see the package from Kazakhstan and am excited to catalogue it's contents into their corresponding albums, and can't wait to see the addition of an antique hammered copper!This hammered copper was billed as an 1833 Afghanistan falus, three swords. While the reverse seems to fit the three swords description, there is a problem. While I don't read Arabic text, I can read the numbers and immediately see the coin has the Hijri date of 1206 (1792 A.D.), not 1249 (1833 A.D.). Before going further, I should list the particulars of the coin. Weight 8.9 grams, Diameter 22mmx19mm, Thickness, approximately 2mm minimum & 4mm maximum, and appears to be copper, bronze is a possibility(I am no expert, but appearance seems correct, for aged copper) I'm sure the coin has been cleaned to an extent, it does have a nice patina, and hasn't been polished or dipped. Some of the high points are void of patina, which would be expected, with some handling of the specimen.So the online search begins, I find on Numista, a similar obverse, the 1 falus, Taimur Balkh mint, listing four dates, including 1206, similar, though not exact, dimensions; Diameter 24mm, Thickness 2.5mm, & Weight 8.26 grams. The reverse, of the only pictured coin, has only one sword, and a date error(variety alert!)dated 1220, it should be 1202. The 1206 version has no pic.I would link to the listing, but I do not know if that is allowed or advised.In closing, while I know there is a possibility of this being a modern creation, the person that I traded with has a high rating on the particular site I use, and the value of the swap was such that I am holding very little risk, the cost would be worth the novelty of having a reproduction. That said, am hoping there is someone out there that has some knowledge of this period and could assist in ID. I have ordered a period catalog, but seeing that there are few images online of this period, I am merely hopeful that it will help.

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29 Dec 2020

Shipwrecks and the types of coins they have in 450 words

Coins-United States | Coinyoshi

Surprise! Back already! Here is some stuff I gathered on shipwrecks (One from each major era) and what types of coins they had (Not as much detail on coins but on how they were lost and what types of coins they found on them) from Ancient Greece to the SS Central America. Here we go.

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