21 Jul 2021

Two Masters, One Masterpiece

Exonumia | Long Beard

As a collector, or hoarder as I'm referred to after forty-seven years at this thing, there have always been those coins which are only but a dream to one day hold in my hands. The 1804 dollar, the 1870 s quarter and so forth. Then there are those with low mintage totals, the 1916 d Mercury dime or the 1909 s VDB Lincoln, largely out of reach to most. Even in grades of good or very-good 8 they are quite pricey, unappealing against the others within the series. Over the past few months I've shifted to similar coins, low mintage or low survival figures, that are by definition true rarities. Coins with mintages one-tenth that of the mentioned 1916 d dime for an astoundingly low price compared to that in a grade of about-good. One coin in particular recently acquired in a perfect proof 70 ultra cameo for $264.00. The 2016 Winged Liberty. Enjoy!

06 Jul 2021

Men Who Built America

Exonumia | Long Beard

When people think of the men who built America, as depicted and portrayed in the History Channel program of the same name, likely thoughts instantly turn to Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller or any on a long list of inventive pioneers. While this may be true, and quite deserving, the real credit belongs to those forgotten many who did the labor. Those who, by no stretch wealthy, built things with their hands. True craftsman who's pride echoes long since they passing if those of us look close enough. The token referenced along with the title is this week's subject. Enjoy!

30 Jun 2021

"Really... A Movie Review?"

Exonumia | Kepi

This isn't going to be the traditional blog about coinage... Rather one about a movie I watched a few nights ago. "The Good Marriage", based on a short story and psychological thriller written by Stephen King. It comes from the collection titled "Full Dark, No Stars". The movie was released in October 2014. Starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. Now if there's a Stephen King movie on, I'm all over it... Scary, dark, mind-bending stories! What's not to love! The thing with this particular movie is that (and pleasantly to my surprise) it involves coins! Well... and a Serial Killer! As not to give too much of the plot away... Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) has been married to Bob (Anthony LaPaglia) an accountant from Portland, Maine, for 27 years. They have a happy yet ho-hum relationship, running a mail order business selling and appraising rare coins. Darcy discovers her husband's sinister secret while he is away on a business trip... Yes for coins! A few months after Darcy's "discoveries", Bob is elated to find, yes find...can you imagine...He finds a rare 1955 Doubled Die Cent in miscellaneous change and the couple goes out to celebrate. Now this is where I stop. So at this point the movie might sound a bit corny, but did I mention Serial Killer early in my blog... Let's just say if you are a Stephen King fan and enjoy when coins play a part on the big screen then you might want to check this one out!

20 May 2021

Lucite Encasement #7

Exonumia | Haney

Yes it has been a while since I have posted about Lucite encased items then again how many people have ventured into an antique store recently. Since Covid-19 entered our vocabulary very little is done in person so if you do not see it on Ebay it might as well not exist. So I have to say it has been nice to finally get out and for the most part without a mask seeing smiles once again in lieu of bandits. Now whether or not the one smiling back is vaccinated or not it does not matter to me, to each their own. That said I was well rewarded for my venture into a small Antique mall in Ross, situated between West, funny name for a city that is east side of central Texas, and Waco.

24 Apr 2021

I Like Ikes: The Original Ikes

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Back in 2013, as a part-time numismatic researcher I discovered several medal types that the US Mint manufactured for use by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the years 1958 through 1961. It was an incredible discovery! I was the first to organize, catalog, and named this medal series. This medal series consists of twenty medal types (14 manufactured by the US Mint and 6 engravings added post-manufacture to those with a blank reverse). One can say that I did the unthinkable, I discovered an entire US Mint medal series that was unknown to the general public for over a half-century. Click-> Original Ikes Webpage

17 Apr 2021

Coin week activity

Exonumia | walking liberty

For my activity, i made a 3 cent cake. It is the reverse of the coin and it is the later version not made of silver. WL

06 Apr 2021

Cedar River Bridge Company 1866 token

Exonumia | user_89757

Does anyone know if the 1866 Cedar River Bridge Company token with the word "Cedar" spelled as "Ceder" is counterfeit?

04 Mar 2021

One Year of Fodder- Thank You

Exonumia | coinfodder

Hey everyone. 7:30 AM on the East Coast, from the usual place, I remembered that a year ago, I wrote my first blog on coins, and all things coins. It was about the Mega Red Book of Coins, and I got some stuff from y'all, including a Mike who thought I had blocked him (still, I say, no I did not). Well, me or you guys couldn't of seen what happened next. A series of blogs, running through the United States, that actually reaches the half-way point (well, 22 out 50 is close). A long set of articles of me throwing pot-shots at the mint director. And most importantly, I found a footing in this great hobby. This needs to be thanked. First, Mike (B), who gave me the encouragement to keep writing these. John (longstrider), Charlie (sly), and Mokie for occasional bombs in the message section. Fellow YN Preston (numismaster) for bombing me in the message box, 7:00 PM at night, telling me to answer something, which helped me learn more about the hobby. Overall, though, this section is dedicated to three people; you, my family for dealing with this, and God himself. Only he knows the true reason I do this.I have changed my avatar, but you will still see the smiling face of Patton on it. It says "Coinfodder: One Year of Blogs". I can't stress it enough, this is because of you.On a side note, note the Godfather Reference in my last post.

03 Feb 2021

a coin design

Exonumia | walking liberty

So since the US mint has released a first amendment coin I decided to make and design a 2nd amendment coin! I hope that you guys like it. It took a week to make and draw. Also does anyone know a good place to get your coins made so if i do get permission from the mint instead of just a sketch there is also a pattern. Someone under $100 though because i am low on money right now. Have a good week WL


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