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25 Sep 2020

A delightful surprise.

Exonumia | wdhyder

I have been building a U.S. type set of U.S. coins, but it is not your usual type set. The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago saw the introduction of a new novelty, devices to roll coins through a die which compressed and stretched the coin while leaving a new design commemorating the event. Elongated coins are common across the country with many businesses and destinations offering coin operated rollers to created your own souvenir, usually on a penny (yes, I know its a cent). I attached two images of one of my grandsons rolling a cent at the San Francisco zoo.But, back to the type set. Visitors to the 1893 exposition rolled a wide variety coins foreign and domestic for souvenirs. I am slowly building a type set of U.S. coins rolled at the exposition. Indian head cents are the most common and the practice eventually evolved over time to where cents are the primary base coin for elongated souvenirs. Special sets using other denominations can be found, but they are not that common. In 1893, visitors rolled what they brung (so to speak).I have included pictures of the four Liberty Seated pieces in my collection. It is the 1876 half dollar that was my delightful surprise. I try to save the pedigree of rare coins, medals, and tokens when I can. When my Ebay purchase of the rolled half dollar arrived, the packing invoice included a handwritten note from the seller. He wanted me to know that it came from his parents estate, Harry and JoAnne Peters of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Roger even included a wooden nickel from their coin shop in 1983/84. Harry was a past president of the Iowa Numismatic Association and his wife served as secretary for many years.The 1876 elongated half dollar is rare and it now carries the pedigree of Harry and JoAnne Peters in my collection. Their son's handwritten note was a delightful surprise.

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11 Sep 2020

Coin, Collectibles or Toys?

Exonumia | Stumpy

I was raised on a Farm in Central Alabama, my Grandfather a retired State Conservation officer farmed full time after his retirement & my Dad was an Engineer in the area. We were not dirt poor but we didn't have much cash, everyone bartered in those days. I received gifts on my Birthday and at Christmas but none during the year & you didn't get an allowance, you had chores. Don't get me wrong, we lacked for nothing and were happy, although as some of you old folks may relate, I remember our first TV, no, it was not color, & I was almost a Teen before we had a car with Air Conditioning. Heck, our phone was a "Party Line" until 1977, if you're young and don't know what that is, ask your grandparents or look it up, it's ancient. Many of my toys were hand me downs or even hand-made, some were just junk stuff we got from different places. The coins below were given to me as a kid to "Play" with. While I don't consider them part of my collection, they have an honored place in my memory and I take care of them to this day.

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04 Sep 2020

about my self

Exonumia | walking liberty

Hello, my name is conner and people have been asking to do something about myself so here it is.like I said, in the beginning, my name is Conner and I have been collecting coins since I was little I mainly collect U.S coins and silver but I also collect some world coins. My favorite coins are the seated liberty set and the walking liberty half dollar. Hope you liked this! (P.S. the coins in the pictures are not mine.)

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12 Aug 2020

The National Coin Shortage- Hoax or Justified?

Exonumia | coinfodder

Well folks, as you see at the stores, there is a National "Coin Shortage" going on at the moment. To most, this was caused by the guy who ate a bat in China and spread "the virus" to the United States and beyond. While I think this is partially true, I think there is another underlying reason behind the shortage. My culprits are...1...Folks staying at home due to the VirusThis is sort of a tie in to Virus point in the intro, but as we are probably were, we were holed at home. Some states were lucky and came out of lock down quicker. However, we saw many things happen that don't happen, like people picking up new hobbies (I began writing in here in March right before Coronachan hit), to women shaving their whole heads. Based on that thinking, people may of found out about the 50 State Quarter's Series and The America the Beautiful someway or another. Those newbies who find out search pocket change, and keep the ones they need for their folders, causing less and less quarters to reenter circulation. (By the way, I hope these newbies join the ANA.)2... The Credit Card Industry.Here is were I hit my first hoax. I think a reason for the ongoing coin shortage is that the credit card industry concocted it. My idea for this theory- they told everyone about the coin shortage to hook people on credit cards. Which leads me to......3...The Government Faked it.It is know by both Democrats and Republicans that the sons of J. Edgar Hoover and the CIA in Langley like to spy on you. To get even deeper into the private search and shopping habits of people (the CIA knows what coins we buy) they told everyone there was a coin shortage. Then, they hope that you would hook onto a credit card. Which would allow the FBI to track you.Got anymore nutty theories? This is not really a numismatic post, but it involves coins and is a goopy, fun forum. See you later!

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21 Jul 2020

Lucite Encasement #6

Exonumia | Haney

Well for those that followed Freak Show 1968 this next piece should not surprise…..

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07 Jul 2020

Lucite Encasement #5

Exonumia | Haney

This next piece is both my favorite and also my most expensive due to its association with The King of Beverages which most of us know simply as Dr. Pepper.

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01 Jul 2020

How do mints make coins?

Exonumia | xaviera

I"ve always wondered how mints made coins until I joined the numismatist I did the dollar coin project and I figured out. If you are new to this association I suggest to check the dollar coin project out it will teach you a lot about coins.

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