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02 Dec 2016

POTUS sGm DDE-C1-02 Presentation Set

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Rare presentation set awarded/issued by President Eisenhower during his August 26 - September 7, 1959 visit to Germany, France and England.Sharing my on-going research. This is a complete/intact President Eisenhower's 1959 presentation set (I posted a picture at my blog before). This time I have additional National Archives and Records Administration findings in a video:1. Department of State  partially funded the presentation sets2. Memo which identifies individuals who received the presentation set from President Eisenhower in Paris, France.3. Memo to Ann Whitman (Eisenhower’s personal secretary) from White House Office staff member suggesting the use of the 48-star place card and envelope with the "coin" (thus forming the presentation set).click this --->>> (Video that I made)  

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27 Nov 2016

My Working Book Title and Cover

Exonumia | DrDarryl

As I was waiting to purchase tickets for the latest Star Wars movie (Rouge One - A Star Wars Story), I worked on my book cover. The image is a sneak peak working title with an iconic discovery set.

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06 Nov 2016

Coin Thoughts #10 from "SUN"

Exonumia | "SUN"

This blog is going to be rambling thoughts. I received some nice comments and suggestions on my Coin Thoughts #9. It was about a medal that was designed by George T. Morgan.  Fellow member Mike told me the medal was listed in the book "The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan" by Karen M. Lee.  I decided to borrow the book from the ANA Library. If you have not used the library, you should try it. Well, I found a listing for another medal in my collection by Morgan. Also, I saw some other medals of interest. I was able to obtain this medal shown off of ebay for less than $10. The value of medals I believe is in the history and not the monetary value.

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03 Nov 2016

Important Tiger General’s Medals Unearthed in Old Suitcase Full of Clothes

Exonumia | user_65182

After almost seventy years out of public eye, the medals from one of China’s most important 20th C. military heros, Jiang Dingwen (蔣鼎文), have been rediscovered in a country home in Vermont.  The eighteen medals found mirror the military history of China as it evolved during the early decades of the 20th century and span the periods from 1923-1965. The discovery tells a story of the rise of China in the early decades of the last century.

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18 Oct 2016

Shammy Tilden And The Election of 1876

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

As you step outside your door today you greet a new morning. It is like the day is made especially for you. With each breath there is renewal, there is change. But did you know that this day has come before, and will come again too? Sort of. Let's step back 140 years or so ago. Samuel Tilden was the Democratic Party candidate for US President in 1876. This was the year of the Centennial, the 100th birthday of the United States of America. Rutherford B. Hayes was the Republican Party candidate running against Tilden that year. It was Republicans versus Democrats,  and each side would have you believe it was a choice between who represented true patriotism and who represented ruin for the country. In the final outcome Tilden won the popular vote, but Hayes won the Electoral College. Florida played a key role in the recount of the 1876 Presidential election, as did Oregon oddly enough. And with two sets of vote returns turned in for three states, each declaring different winners, esters of election fraud were wafting through the political atmosphere. Lawyers were invoked, staterooms were packed, and newspapers were aflush with daily fodder. Similar to the events surrounding the 2000 US Presidential Election, the New-York Tribune erroneously declared an early Tilden victory before backpedaling when it was obviously still undecided. After an election commission was convened on January 29th, 1877 and after nine days of meeting, Hayes was declared the winner through a strictly party-line vote. It is an interesting history that seems quite familiar. This larger-sized copper features Samuel Tilden and the sarcasm throughout the legend points to the consternation felt by many Democrats at this career politician for failing to gain the White House. It was struck by medailleur George H. Lovett for Isaac F. Wood of New York. According to the Lovett Tokens and Medals website, George H. Lovett created medals and tokens from 1847-1892, mostly with patriotic themes. This token is part of a set of three satirical tokens, two of which feature this same obverse portrait and legend. The nickname Shammy Tilden, according to James E. Mueller's book "Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn", was given to him by reporters who were suspicious of his "slippery" ways. Still, sometimes a slippery guy catches the slippery prey. Shammy Tilden is credited with being part of the team that brought down Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall. And from this token, he is accused of bringing down his own political party. Hey, it's a great token. Nicest one of it's type, graded by NGC as MS67 RB PL with a good provenance too. I hope you enjoy the token, it's a 31mm sized boisterous copper beauty. I happen to like it a lot. Besides Mueller's book and the Lovett website mentioned above, I consulted the archives of the United States Senate, William Langer's "An Encyclopedia of World History" and Edmund B. Sullivan's "American Political Badges and Medalets 1789-1892" for all of the information in this blog. The painting in the picture section is called "The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission" by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett. It hangs On the third floor of the Capitol, to the left of the Senators' Family Gallery entrance. I hope you enjoy the token and that the history behind it makes you ponder the whys and wherefores of politics. It seems some things never change. Oh yeah, that's paraphrased from the Bible, Ecclesiastes, "There is nothing new under the sun". Not even this blog. I could not have written it without all of the sources I have listed throughout, and I hope you take the time to look up some of the information to obtain a better understanding of this token and this period of United States' history. 

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05 Oct 2016

A new twist to my Liberty Nickel Collection

Exonumia | LNCS

As a Liberty Nickel collector, I am always looking for associated things to collect. My recent additions have been Liberty Nickels elongated at the 1893 Columbian Expo. My goal is to complete a date set (so 1883 - 1893) of these.My first 2 are an 1884 and 1887, but I have all but the 1885 currently at NGC.

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11 Sep 2016

The Greeley Sheet

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

Time marches forward and everything changes. My coins and paper money, though, tell the tale and help me to remember more clearly how it all once was. It is why I collect. Here is a photo of my Horace Greeley For President token. He was famous for a style of newspaper that was known as a Greeley Sheet, a term this token has stirred up in my brain. History unveiled....because of a coin.  The word "Sheet" was used to describe a style of newspaper that used a single sheet of paper.  Greeley was a newspaperman, and the term Greeley Sheet refers to him and his work.  It eventually became a colloquialism describing a newspaper that was a little more cheeky than others, more mouthy, maybe less than journalistic.   I call that the internet!  Horace Greeley is often credited with the line, "Go West young man."  Thankfully some of the women listened too.  Horace Greeley was a presidential candidate for the United States' highest office in 1872, a post for which he was not elected (did I really have to add that?). 

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09 Sep 2016

Coin Thoughts #6 by "SUN"

Exonumia | "SUN"

I like to collect  numismatic items when I travel or associated with my travels. Before I travel, I check out the website pennycollector.com.  It lists where most souvenir elongated machines are located in the United States, plus has photos of the elongates. 

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27 Jul 2016

Women In Numismatics Elongated Series

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

I just got my set of elongated coins that celebrate the 25th anniversary of WIN, Women In Numismatics.  When I saw the ad about this in a numismatic magazine I knew I had to get the set. This set of elongated coins contains a Susan B. Anthony dollar, a Sacajawea dollar, a Presidential dollar and a Shawnee National forest quarter.   There are five photos total, so you can click on them to see them all if you like.  

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