16 Jan 2020

Mistaken identity Slave Hire Badge in Standard Catalogue

Exonumia | user_66754

There is a case of mistaken identity in the Standard Catalogue of Hard Times Tokens, at the bottom of page 113. On the left is an image of a Servant Tag “HT 500, SERVANT, 1811 in toothed rectangle …” But the Diamond Shape tells us it can’t be an 1811 or it would be rectangular with scalloped corners with a LAFAR hallmark on the reverse. The most readily identified 1811 SERVANT badge is from the Stack’s Auction 1993 Lot No. 1167 of the John J. Ford Jr. Collection that had been damaged with the badge number broken off with the bottom third of the badge. The badge on page 113 of the Standard Catalogue is a John Mood SERVANT Badge 1841, (not 1811) as evidenced by the serrated border of the date which is referred to as the ‘toothed rectangle’ date. A Mood 1841 SERVANT would be: HT#500 R5. The Lafar 1811 SERVANT would be: HT#513 Rarity R6. Big difference.

15 Jan 2020

Series 471, Cigarette Case?

Exonumia | Haney

Numismatic collectables as you know can run the gambit of items from neck ties to glassware, but you want a puzzled look from your spouse just say you bought a cigarette case on eBay. So you are going to take up smoking now? Well no was my response, but it is really cool as it has a fictious series 471 note engraved on the outside of the case. At that point I wondered, out loud, if it would work as a business card holder as it is eye catching which ended with the comment you're cute. That is okay as I guess you need to be a little nuts to get excited about your latest MPC acquisition then again she may need to get her eyes checked saying I am cute.

28 Dec 2019

A night at the Holborn

Exonumia | user_18007

I so much enjoyed this article in this month's "The Numismatist," because I have one of these medals and often wondered what it was all about. A big thank you to Tom Lopez Ph. D.My copy of the medal appears to be bronzed, but the lead is beginning to show through in places.It bears the inscription: To Duncan Davidson, Esq. DL Sept. 30th 1895I don't know what the significance of "DL" is. I acquired it almost 35 years ago in London, because it had my name (Davidson) on it, although I'm absolutely sure that the Davidson on the medal is not related to me.Anybody else got one of these? We should let the author know, so he can update his list of them.

13 Dec 2019

Pure Fantasy

Exonumia | Haney

I recently noticed that Amazon Prime had added Space 1999 to their lineup and as a child who both watched the program, had the toys, and later collected the trading cards I decided to watch the series again. Of course the many years between those fond memories and now I found the premise of our moon being pulled violently away from earth’s orbit to travel madly across space encountering other planets along the way, well it almost sets my teeth on edge. I know it is supposed to be entertainment so I try to push aside what I know, or at least think I know as I am by no means an astrophysicist, to once again try to enjoy this fictional world imagined in the early seventies. So what does this have to do with numismatics, well nothing and at this time of the year maybe everything?

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.


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