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25 Mar 2020

Department of the Interior Commendable Service Award: First Convocation Issue

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Sharing my research find on the Department of the Interior Commendable Service Award.1. First convocation of the Commendable Service Award (bronze) was April 28, 1948. (It will be 72 years this April since the first convocation.)2. First convocation issue was 92 bronze medals. (The number of medals (gold, silver, and bronze) of the first convocation are now known.)3. Recipients of the bronze medal confirmed on the medal and documentation.It was fun unfolding the history of this medal in my collection.

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25 Mar 2020

Support Your Local Coin Stores

Exonumia | user_77959

Hey Folks.During COVID-19, quarantines and other jolly stuff is forcing places to close. Restaurants, Small Businesses, and the ilk. But what about coin stores? Most of these don't fall under the "essential" business label, and are forced to shut down.So want do we do?Help them, of course! Donate meals to them. Some of these folks only get money from the store they own, and because of that, may have trouble providing food to them and there families.Help them when their store opens back up. Make a big purchase to keep them afloat.Thanks,YN and Boy ScoutUser 77959

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20 Mar 2020

The Don't Worry Club

Exonumia | Long Beard

As a coin collector of many years, 46 or there about to be exact,on occasions something appears which you had no ideait existed. This weeks blog examines just that. To begin, the item at hand was found metal detecting by my nephew this weekend past while doing archeological work for the Greene County, PA Historical Society. At first glance it is a safe assumption that seeing a large swastika "coin" would be a reference towards the Nazi Party and Germany. This would be incorrect as the symbol has held many different meanings over as many centuries. As you read on I'm certain you will be as amazed at how common and relatively inexpensive these fascinating pieces of metal are. Enjoy!

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15 Mar 2020

**National K-9 Veterans Day**

Exonumia | Kepi

National K-9 Veterans Day, March 13, is a day set aside to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.

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21 Feb 2020

Collecting Interests

Exonumia | xaviera

Hello my name is Xavier. I am 8 years old and I collect coins.I collect state quarters, monument quarters, and even bicentennial quarters. I also collect dollar coins and older coins like Indian pennies and ancient coins soon from the Roman times.Some of the examples of dollar coins i collect are president dollars,peace dollars, morgan dollars,and Susan b anthony dollars. Another older coin I collect is standing liberty quarters.

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27 Jan 2020

Franklin Mint Nixon Campaign Medal

Exonumia | Haney

Upon reading the blog “Coin Thoughts #86 by SUN” I remembered a medal I had stashed away in my collection. It was unwanted thing receiving no bids at the local club auction so I offered the seller what I had in my wallet at the time which I believe amounted to all of three dollars. The medal was obviously tainted by a man who resigned as president at a time when I was just a small boy playing with marbles and dreaming of being an astronaut someday. So from that perspective I cannot weigh in on the right or wrong of the time I just knew that there had been a change and now Ford was our president. The only personal experience I can speak to in regards to this former president is that I lived not far from his compound at the end of Orange County in San Clemente for a few years and I have eaten at the El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano that apparently he frequented when in town.

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16 Jan 2020

Mistaken identity Slave Hire Badge in Standard Catalogue

Exonumia | user_66754

There is a case of mistaken identity in the Standard Catalog 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 Catalog 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.

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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.

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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.

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