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!

27 May 2019


Exonumia | Longstrider

No doubt many of my fellow ANA members receive The Coin Update and have already seen this article. I feel the need to bring it to everyone's attention during this holiday, Memorial Day. Have you ever notice coins on the grave markers at some cemeteries' and wondered what the deal was? Here is a brief history of the practice.

13 May 2019

Arnold Numismatic Co. Ephemera

Exonumia | wdhyder

I posted a blog about store cards from the Arnold Numismatic Co. in January 2019. At that time I stated that I was looking for an example of the Arnold Numismatic catalogue to go with the tokens. I finally acquired a copy from Kolbe & Fanning's April auction. The Guide has the penciled date of 1914 on the cover, but if you look at my earlier blog, you will note that the advetisedprice was 15¢ in 1912. The various sales sheets tucked inside the guide indicate the sales price is 10¢. The cover indicates the catalog is the Fifth Edition. Their guide was first copyrighted in 1905, so I suspect this edition is from 1910. Early catalogs such as these provide tantalizing glimpses inside the hobby. An ad from A. G. Heaton in the back of the Guide caught my eye. Heaton published his monograph promoting collecting coins by branch mint, i.e. collecting by mint marks, in 1893. I was also interested to note that you could buy a copy of the Arnold Family Tree since they included their family coat of arms on their tokens.But back to mint mark collecting. The idea was still taking hold in 1910. In the Guide, mint marks are included in the definition of numismatics terms, but no by prices indicate any premium for rare mint marks. The Guide does note that 1878 silver dollars with 8 tail feathers do not warrant a premium. Heaton's ad caught my attention because I have an original 1893 copy bound in board covers. An ink notation on the inside cover notes the copy was purchased from the April 21, 1900 Lyman Low auction of the library of the Scott Stamp and Coin Co. Heaton was still selling his monograph in 1910 for the same one dollar issue price. My copy brought 70 cents in the 1900 sale. The monograph was issued with a paper cover, so I suspect the board covers were added by the Scott company. I do not know who bought the monograph in 1900, but at some point it was donated to the ANA Library and sold at the 1970 library surplus sale during the Second Annual ANA Summer Seminar. As an aspiring young numismatist at the time, I snatched up item for a whopping $1 to begin building my own library. And so began my interest in building my own library and ephemera collection.

10 May 2019

Today May 10th, 1869

Exonumia | Haney

150 years ago today an event took place that transformed the nation. An idea given birth during the civil war reached its conclusion with east and west connected by two ribbons of steel. The work of many celebrated and captured on a glass plate as Central Pacific's Jupiter and Union Pacific 119 faced each other in Promontory Utah. You can still see a reenactment of this event there today, though for those luckily enough to be in Ogden, Utah today you will be treated to seeing the largest operating steam locomotive in the world. The Big Boy as it is known is a 4-8-8-4, meaning it has four leading wheels then eight driving wheels then another eight driving wheels concluding with lastly four trailing wheels. The locomotive had sat on display at the Pomona fair grounds and I had seen in there during a break between architectural exams held in one of the buildings there. Union Pacific went across the nation to inspect the remaining locomotives and 4014 was deemed the best candidate for restoration. So two years ago it made its journey to Wyoming to undergo restoration finally moving under its own steam on May 4th. Kind of an amazing itself though a far cry from the eight plus years from Lincoln signing the legislation to the driving of the gold spike during Grants term.

10 Apr 2019

**Sittin' Side Saddle**

Exonumia | Kepi

I wanted to share with you all this beautiful little Civil War Store Card that I received as a gift. It's a 1858-1860 Partridge & Richardson Dress Trimmings (M-PA382) token with a beehive motif. The reverse shows a proper lady riding her horse side saddle with the wording "To The Bee-Hive" 17 North 8th St. Philad. It is made out of brass and has reeded edge. These were used during the Civil War era as advertising for business and sometimes to redeem for goods or service, as real coinage was being hoarded during this time. Hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are welcomed.

25 Mar 2019

A Fitting Tribute

Exonumia | Just Mokie

My most recent acquisition is a medal designed and executed by Laura Gardin Fraser, one of the true Titans of medallic art. This particular medal was commissioned to honor the 200th Anniversary of the birth of George Washington. The Obverse of the medal shows a left facing bust of General Washington in military uniform with his name WASHINGTON above the bust and the dates 1732 and 1932 on each side of the Washington Family Crest. "Laura Gardin Fraser Sculptor" is inscribed directly below Washington's bust. The Reverse shows Liberty holding a Torch in her Right Hand and a Sword in her Left Hand with an Eagle perched on a Column behind her, Proclaim Liberty Throughout All The Land is inscribed on either side of Miss Liberty. This medal is the 76MM bronze presentation version, the Mint later released a 58MM version for sale to collectors. Much more detail about this medal is available by viewing the NGC Custom Set by our friend and colleague coinsbygary. Please visit his site as he has an extensive collection of Laura Gardin Fraser material that he very skillfully presents for all to admire. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinView.aspx?sc=438675PS- My medal is noticeably darker on the obverse than the reverse, probably the result of past display that featured the obverse and thus protected the reverse.

26 Feb 2019

Who engraved these store cards?

Exonumia | wdhyder

I posted the story of acquiring the Hinchliffe Bros. brewery store card in an earlier blog entry. As I noted, I was attracted to the lettering style on the obverse. When I spotted a similar, albeit smaller, store card on Ebay, I had to have it. Both tokens were dated 1891, the brewery token from New Jersey and the concert hall token from New York. I am not going to go into detail about the concert hall token, courtesy Carl Richter, except to say it is listed in Rulau and I do not believe it is particularly rare.

22 Feb 2019

A most unusual acquisition

Exonumia | wdhyder

I am always on the look out for the unusual, mysteries to be solved, or something I can tell a story about. Now it can be said that I have literally bought a piece of crap, really a pressed facsimile of a buffalo nickel.


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