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28 Jan 2022

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone. Well the snow is coming so I decided to write a blog on an item that I have not seen in a long time on this site. Medals The medal below I last wrote about four years ago. Only three people are still here. The contents will be different. The medal was made by a very famous medal maker . Jacques Weiner. He was the oldest of three brothers all excellent engravers. Now this was made in 1856. He had made thirty before this. He decided to do a series on fifty cathedrals in Europe. Things were going well. But when he came to the 41 medal he had lost his sight from all the detail he put into his work. I saw this on a Heritage Auction. No one was bidding. Then again most people don't collect medals and there were plenty to choose from. I saw the price and said I'm not winning this. I put a bid in and won!! Now he liked to write history on his medals. The bottom reads St. Peters church Founded about 612 rebuilt and erected an Abbey 958-1049. Now the left reads The present church constructed 1220-1285 restored end of the XV11 centurty. Now the right side reads Westminster Hall built 1397and the chapel of Henry V11 commenced 1503. Now that saved me allot of reserch. The name Hoydonk was the name of the person who researched Wieners medals. His full name was Emil Van Hoydonk.Now Jacques Weiner lived in Belgium. Born in 1815 died 1899. Now his two brothers did very well. His brother Charles became the assistant engraver at the Royal mint. His brother Leopold was appointed first engraver to the Belgium mint. A very talented family. There work commands good prices.

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27 Jan 2022

Another Star Note and Potential Toned Washington Quarter!

| CheerioCoins

Welcome back to my blog! I the past few days I have acquired a few things for my collection that I would like to share, tell some information about, and some thoughts about the coins/notes as usual!

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27 Jan 2022

Trinidad & Tobago 1966, 1980 , 1983 Quarters

Coins-World | AC coin$

Two islands one country in the Southern Caribbean waters. The monetary activity has been existent since late 1600's as their locations have been so strategic for the British, Spanish, Dutch and French Empires and overseas enterprises.Trinidad and Tobago achieved full independence via the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Act 1962 on 31 August 1962 within the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as its titular head of state. On 1 August 1976, the country became a republic, and the last Governor-General, Sir Ellis Clarke, became the first President.

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27 Jan 2022

Yo - I have no Dinero => The Hendin Scale of Money

Ancient Coins | mrbrklyn

I had a chance to acquire an signed copy of David Hendin's latest edition of Guild to BiblicalCoins 6th Edat the New York show. The text was not particularly cheap but I was happy to buy it from the vendor I enjoy supporting. Although the text is published by a rival Numismatic group, I hope I am not disturbing any primordial forces mentioning it here and doing a bit of analysis.The text itself is an substantial compendium of ancient coins, a lifetime worth of work. It is filled with detailed historical and even theological information which forms the background necessary for one to gain real appreciation of the ancient coins associated with the Hebrew Bible. Hendin's text has biographies of the despots and rulers, Jewish or not, that impact the times of this coinage. It is hard to comprehend, being that our lives are so short and our civilization is still so young, how many eras of civilization that Hendin's text covers. We start with the beginning of money itself, when the Shequal mentioned in the Torah was not even a coin, but a measure of weight. When my father Abraham brought the Cave and the fields of Machpeleh (מערת המכפלה) for 400 shequals of silver Avraham Avinu weighed the silver. It says so in the text.Recent discoveries reported in The Biblical Archaeological Society prove that weights were used during the first temple period establishing that coinage had not yet taken hold. The discovered weight was two sheckels weighing about 23 grams [1]. Weights slowly evolved into shequal coinage, but the bible, Mishna and Talmud uses a dizzying array of ancient coinage types and drops terms for money without definition all about the oral and written traditions. There is even a whole tractate in the Talmud dedicated to the Sheckel as it was used, not just as general purpose coinage, but also for the annual tax the purposes of funding the Temple (Beit haMikdash)itself, and for taking a necessary census of the population without counting the people themselves (which was prohibited). Within it there is discourse and disagreement as to weights and even the nature of financial transactions. Hendin dives into this material with reasonable expertise which is complimented by his unparalleled knowledge in ancient Judean coinage. As is common in a text such as this, some of the most important chapters come right at the beginning, before the specifics of endless numbers of coins. This is less true in the Guild than in many other such texts as Hendin subterfuges the entire text with important information, but it still holds that the introduction contains vital research on the methods of David Hendin's education in the field, and the basics of what these coins mean to us today and to the peoples of the epochs being discussed. The hardest part, I found, was trying to understand the relationships between different coins and I had to fill in some outside information in order to really understand what the Guide was trying to say. In some cases, though, I have to conclude that there are editing errors in the text, or perhaps noted inconsistencies in the source material which should had been better annotated. I am used to scientific and medical journals where material is deeply and mathematically analyzed before publication. Numismatics, while interesting and worthwhile, doesn't really hold up to this kind of rigor. The focus is in on coins, their histories and values. Fewer scholarly journals are produced on these subjects than auction catalogs and auction catalogs are often the primary source for information on coinage in scholarly journals. In some ways, this is similar to early paleontology, or art history, and reflects both the collectors focus within the study of Numismatics, and its historical place as a separate area of study in the humanities.

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26 Jan 2022

Czech Republic's 1982, 1995 & 1997 Coins

Coins-World | AC coin$

"Czechoslovakia" was the official name of the Czech Republic until its parlamentary dissolution in Winter of 1997 thus becoming two different states Slovakian Republic and Czech Republic. One of the three coins presented here was minted and circulated under Soviet control from 1982 until 1990, the 20 "halierov" or hellers. I also included a 1997 One "Koruna" (crown) coin and a 1995 five Korun coin. Beautiful as they are, they evoke a Nation's struggle to ocercome many established governments and forge its own socio-cultural presence since the entire region belongued to the Austro-Hungarian Empire three centuries ago.Czech currency

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