28 Sep 2019


Exonumia | Longstrider

I am going to keep this short as my hand has had some surgery. I was looking for a 1893 Morgan dollar for my type set album the other day. This coin is a bit pricey as there were only 378,000 minted in Philly. I ran into this cast hobo type dollar, I am calling it. I am a fan of the Mexican holiday of “Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead, and Hobo Nickels after meeting "Tiny" at a Summer Seminar, so I picked it up.

22 Sep 2019

**Wish List Coins**

Exonumia | Kepi

Hi everyone! I'm sure we all have those certain coins that we long for. They are on our "Wish List"... they're not totally out of reach, we just haven't quite bit the bullet yet and pushed that "Buy now" button. Two of those coins for me is a $20 Double Eagle Saint-Gaudens and the $50 Gold American Buffalo Bullion Coin. So in the meantime until I find those perfect coins that "talk" to me I have added these silver bullion examples to my collection. One of these days I'll blog about a newly acquired "Wish List" Gold Coin, but for now I hope you enjoy these silver beauties as I have. Whats your "special" coin that you hope to add to your collection in the future? Thanks for reading my blog. All comments are welcomed. ; )

18 Sep 2019


Exonumia | Longstrider

This is going to sound like I am "tooting my own horn", as is said, but I am putting this blog up as I want to show the silver bar. Around last month I sent in an article to the CONECA newsletter, ErrorScope, for consideration. Much to my surprise it was accepted. It can now be seen on the new Sept/Oct issue on pages 14 & 15. It is a rewrite of one of my blogs; "Back in the VAM Saddle Again" that first appeared here. It would never have happened if not for the help and prodding of my friend here at our site. You know who you are Cuz. As a gift for "being published", my beautiful, young wife gave me the gift below.

26 Aug 2019

A Semi-Official Proof CC Half Dollar

Exonumia | Just Mokie

As some of you may have read in the trade publications or online, the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nevada has fired up their old Coin Press #1 and have made beautiful copies of the 1870 CC Seated Half Dollar. Now Coin Press #1 has an interesting history and was responsible for minting all CC coins from 1870 through 1875. According to information provided by the Nevada State Museum, Coin Press #1 had its Arch recast due to a crack by workers at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Yard. Once they completed the repair, they replaced the original manufacturers data plate with one that read "Virginia and Truckee RR Works. Carson, Nev. 1878.". So even though Coin Press #1 did service in San Francisco and Denver (during the transition from Silver to Clad coinage), it has always been a tied closely with the CC mintmark and Nevada. So why was this medal created? Because Nevada is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of Statehood and lots of interesting things are being done to commemorate that momentous event. The Nevada State Museum, which is housed in the old Mint Building, thought it would be appropriate to also honor that event by reproducing the 1870 CC Half Dollar in beautiful proof. The total mintage is 3000, the reproduction was sculpted by Tom Rogers, a retired Mint Engraver, and the silver used in the medals is from Nevada, .999 fine. Someone mentioned to me that they wish the word COPY was smaller and also on the reverse. I don't disagree with the smaller but I do like it on the obverse as the medal is most interesting because of the CC mintmark on the reverse and I will always display it with the reverse showing. In fact, if I get it slabbed, I will ask that they slab it so the front of the slab and the reverse of the coin are on the same side. Hear that ANACS, I am coming to you. I hope you enjoy this medal, I am very pleased with it, and happy to have #456/3000 for my collection.

24 Aug 2019

Alexander Hamilton Medal from the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University

Exonumia | Many

Obv: High relief civil bust of Hamilton with facsimile signature below.

28 May 2019

It's a Law

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Almost mid-year and this is my first post of 2019! I've been extremely busy with my full-time career as an engineer. The document image (parts redacted) is research evidence that backs my research on Special Medals for US Government Agencies (aka special Government medals (sGm)!! I'm still researching this law and I don't want anyone to steal my thunder...There is a US Government law that authorizes departments (or agencies) to purchase and award honor awards. The US Mint accommodate this law by employing a function to manufacture special medals for US Government agencies. Another piece of this puzzle solved!


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