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17 Oct 2017


Exonumia | Longstrider

Now I don't want to get on a rant here but I have noticed something that is bothering me and getting worse. Where are all the people and their blogs? The ANA states, at the time I am writing this, that there are 12,105 members to Money.org.. I signed up for this website before it was even published. I was a beta tester. Everybody worked hard to make a top notch site. I think we all succeeded. Every blog had at least a dozen comments. Many different people wrote blogs. There was tons of people on the Forums. People were asking questions and other members were answering them. People made friends and actually communicated with each other. Not just checking a box. As far as I can tell, we now have maybe 12 active members. It probably is closer to six but I don't want to start a war of numbers. I know, I know, everybody is busy. School and work. We had all that years ago and people still took the time to get involved. My gosh! Even the ANA staff has quit writing blogs, with some noteworthy exceptions. I miss the ANA history, Fallback Thursday and that kind of stuff. Come on people. I'm begging you. Get involved again. Make this site worth looking at again! Maybe everybody but me knows everything already. I could be wrong. Just my opinion!! Thanks for looking you loyal half-dozen! Prove me wrong. Leave a comment!

11 Oct 2017

Now that's a Dimple!

Exonumia | Kepi

This is one impressive NGC slab! Measuring 6"x 8" and holds a 2010 5 oz. Silver 25 cent piece. The design features one of America's National Treasures... Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. With Old Faithful and a Buffalo, two icons of Yellowstone on the reverse and George Washington on the obverse. This one has been graded a MS 69 DPL "Dimple'". Which means Deep Mirrored Proof-Like or you can clearly see 6 to 8 inches of a clear reflection in the field. This coin is perfect for my collection... I love Buffalo's, America and lots of Silver!

04 Oct 2017

A Real Heavy Weight...

Exonumia | Kepi

This is a great 2017 piece from the Republique Democratique Du Congo. It features an ol' narley looking Water Buffalo with an attitude...haha It's 100 grams of .999 silver stamped into a 3/4 inch thick reeded edge round. And it's HEAVY! This is a really detailed piece, hope you can see everything in the photo's! I really like to collect coins/bullion with a Buffalo or Bison theme and I couldn't resist this African version. Thanks for looking!

30 Sep 2017

Revisited: Frank Gasparro's Dual Torch Design

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In one of my previous blog entries I shared a composite image of a numismatic research find from my original research on the POTUS sGm series. The attached image could be the first photo to actually have the three dual torch design of Frank Gasparro side-by-side with actual specimens . The Kennedy and MacArthur issues are the full size "list medals" and not the smaller re-issued medals. All struck by the U.S. Mint.From Left to right:1960 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appreciation medal1961 President John F. Kennedy inauguration medal1962 General Douglas MacArthur congressional gold medal (struck in bronze)Mr. Gasparro used his dual torch design in three consecutive years on three different medal types (appreciation, inauguration , and congressional).

27 Sep 2017

President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1960 Paris Summit Medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I made this video a few days ago of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1960 Paris Summit medal with nice toning.

07 Sep 2017

Provenance: Three Degrees of Separation from President Kennedy

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Most collectors believe collecting U.S. Mint medals is dull and rather boring . . .What if . . .. . . a U.S. Mint medal was struck specifically for use by the President of the United States.. . . the original U.S. Mint medal mintage was a mere 300 specimens. . . . the design on the U.S. Mint medal identifies the President of the United States as the owner and awarder of the medal.. . . you locate such a medal.. . . the medal you located and purchased establishes you with three degrees of separation from the President of the United States.. . . the President of the United States is John F. Kennedy.I made this purchased a few months ago and I made sure that the granddaughter provided me with the proper documentation that established an unbroken chain of legal ownership. See the image.This is one of many reasons why I research and collect POTUS sGm . . . Provenance starts with the U.S. Mint, then the President, then the original recipient, then a heir of the original recipient, then the persistent collector (me). As the third legal owner of this medal, the medal itself is three degrees separated from President Kennedy.Those not familiar with the term "six degrees of separation" ... google it and look for the Wikipedia definition.

03 Sep 2017

Annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Toured the Annex (Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia). They had a display of Charles Lindbergh medals and memorabilia. A very cool place to visit.

13 Aug 2017

Profile of John F. Kennedy

Exonumia | DrDarryl

The profile of John F. Kennedy can be seen at the Iao Valley State Park on Maui, Hawaii. The rock formation was made the obverse design of the 1977 Maui Coin Club medal. Medal is listed as 2M-308 in Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog 2nd Edition by Medcalf and Russell. The Maui Coin Club was went inactive in 1981.


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