23 Oct 2020

Ancestral Coinage

Coins | Long Beard

Before getting to the topic of the week, I feel compelled to share my personally gratitude for those of you who read my blogs and those who reply. As most of you are aware, if not from out right saying as much, the passion I have for all things numismatic become clear in the weekly blogs I write. The numerous kind responses left attest to this. And for that I am truly appreciative and humbled to say the least. Often, I write of subjects which are not up to par, so to speak, and in hindsight that's not a bad thing. There's always a positive to a negative. If ever one feels compelled to correct me, or at times respond with criticism, feel free to air what's truly on your mind. Keep in mind that sarcasm will be graded though. In short, writing is not only a passion but a learning experience. You are the reason for which I do this. And now to this week's blog, the coinage of my island ancestors. Enjoy!

21 Oct 2020

Lexington The Shot Heard Round The World 1925 Commen

Coins | Mike B

Hi every one I hope your all safe and doing well. Now it took awhile to write this blog. I had a book on it and my wife threw it out! All of this is my recollection of the events. I did use the web for names that's it. Many will say that this was a small mix up between the British and the colonists. That is the when you look at the numbers. . Now General Gage was the governor of Boston and all of Massachusetts. If fact he was there to keep the rebels quiet. He had heard from his spies that Hancock and Addams were hidding in Lexigton. So he sent an army of Red coates to bring them back to Boston and destroy the colonists arms and ammunition. They arrived at Lexington at dawn on Wednesday April,19,1775. The British were led byLt. Col.Francis Smith and the colonists by Capitan John Parker.The British had approximately 240 regulars. The colonists know as the minute men had 77. Smith announced on the Lexington green to drop your weapons!. They did not want any trouble. They started to disperse there were 100 spectators there. And then history was made. A shot rang out that would change the world for the next eight years and the cost the lives of fifty thousand men.and women. The Shot Heard round the world. We had lost ten men and three injured. The Brutish had one wounded.

11 Oct 2020

New Member

Coins | user_19342

OK, OK, OK, I understand. Sorry didn' t know, NEW MEMBER. Can we all be friends thanks guys I ealy do understand

10 Oct 2020

YN Auction Wins!

Coins | s12k3

Hey guys! I recently got my auction wins in the mail, and I am super excited to share how it turned out. The Young Numismatists auction was very good. Thank you to Sam and all of the donors to give us this chance. The Young Numismatists program is amazing. That said, let's jump into the coin.

09 Oct 2020

1906 Pattern Double Eagle Private Issue Struck 2013 Gem Proof

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. They is the last of my Pattern coins. This one was done by Charles Barber. I think the obverse gives that away. Now this coin is the only one made.. It was made in gold. And when you see the reverse you will know why it was supposed to be destroyed. Since by a miracle it survived it is one of the most valuable pattern coin in existance. Now knowing somethings about Barbers personality it was his coins or no ones. He even had words with the President of the United States!!Now he designed this double eagle in a very quick time to beat out Saint Gaudins before he finished his.. Now Liberty's head has a Laurel Wreath and a Phrygan cap. It also has 13 stars. Now to the reverse. Please understand that the following is my own opinion on it. She is standing with a sword in her right hand guarding an eagle. She has a liberty cap on a pole in her left hand. Now down by the rest on both sides you will see the date 20 on one side and 09 in the other. That was the date of issue. It says United States of America double eagle.. Now behind I guess there arrows it says In God We Trust. Now take a good look at the reverse.. I think this is why it was rejected and ordered to be destroyed. . The woman in the reverse is sloppy. All she needs is a cigarette. She is way over weight. Now to the two headed eagle. Look quick that's what it looks like. It's about 50 times the size of a real eagle. I have seen pictures of the wing with the head of a dinosaur. I think she and the eagle are about the same size. I'm sorry if you like it that's fine with me. We all buy what we like. When I saw this I had to buy it. You always get the question what's the ugliest coin you have seen. Well this is my choice. I'm sorry I do own it and I write blogs on only coins I own. I had to write it but also give my true feelings. Barbers attitude with the President and the other designers comes out in this design. It is not one of beauty. I do not think the public would of used it. It's just a poor design. I never in 27 years have seen a coin like this. But it's worth a foutune. Only because it survived . Please do not attack me for my opiion. I have tried to like it but I can't find a wy. Take care and be well.

26 Sep 2020

The History of the 3 Cent Piece

Coins | s12k3

Hey Guys! This will be a blog on the three cent coin, also known as the trime. The three-cent coin was proposed in 1 8 5 1 both as a result of the decrease in postage rates from five cents to three and to answer the need for a small-denomination, easy-to-handle coin. The three-cent silver featured a shield on a six-sided star on the obverse and the Roman numeral III on the reverse. The coin was initially composed of 75% silver and 25% copper to ensure that the coin would be considered real currency yet not worth melting down for the silver. The same coin was later made in nickel because people were hoarding these coins because of the silver. The coins were physically the lightest-weight coins ever minted by the United States, weighing only 4/5 of a gram and with a diameter smaller than a modern dime and only slightly greater than the smallest gold dollars. The silver coins were known as fishscales. The term trimes is often used today for these coins, and was first used by the director of the United States Mint ( James Ross Snowden ) at the time of their production.

26 Sep 2020

Because I Say It's Rare

Coins | Long Beard

Surly the title of this weeks blog caught your attention, with an impression that the subject derives from the authors arrogance, as if somehow claiming to be an expert numismatist. None of which are true, in fact about as far from it as one could get. As you read on the title fits the subject perfectly. Since becoming a new ANA member the first of this year I realized that my weekly blog posts have covered many topics on as many subjects without any on my own personal collection. Dimes. For an unknown and unexplainable reason the denomination has drawn my attention over many years. The "Hoard" as I call my collection contains every dime by date and mint mark (with exception to varieties and proofs) back to 1895, lacking the tough to find New Orleans exhibiting the "look" I'm after. While there are other denominations, several complete by series as well, from a collector's view point the dime happens to be where I specialize just as some do so in say, cents. Currently, I am about one third from completing the Seated Liberty series. An extremely difficult one considering the many, many low mintage key and semi-key dates. Since I am also a working class stiff, the cost of these becomes an added challenge and leaves a few prohibitive unless some how I hit the Powerball. Now back to the blog title. The dime pictured is the average condition in which my series run grades with the goal of an equal eye appeal across the run as possible. Another added challenge. I call you're attention to the date, this weeks subject. Enjoy!

23 Sep 2020

There Are Coins And Currency Everwhere!!!

Coins | Mike B

Hi everone. Please enlarge pics's. Well money is everywhere. You know the list. There in piggy banks, in the couch sometimes cent in the street and in books!! That's right. As you know I'm a big history buff. My wife bought me a book on D-Day the Sixth of June. That's the green cover of the book. I put two arrows to mark what it says. Quickly it says this book contains a artifacts and memorable from that day. It also has a C.D.. You can listen to those who survied. Remember this blog is about where I found a ww11 note a war note. Well I opened it. Wow. For me a book that had most of the details of that day. Pictures of solders dead on the beach. They were stuck on one of the beaches we chose to invade.. Now they had top secret documents . And maps . Maps of our soldiers and the ground they took inch by inch. Those landing were shot down as the landing craft opened up. It all so showed the German positions. This was the largest amphibious attack in the history of man.. As I went from page to page I tried to take a picture of the map but so large there was no way I could get a quarter of them. These were important. They showed everything back to the high command they would mark the mark maps and were we were with the other countries who had maps.also.. This offensive could not fail at any cost. Think of it. We're lucky Hitler did not wake up and send his massive tank divisions. They would of kept us in that beach named Omaha for weeks and weeks. I found so much in this book. I I continued going thru the pages and found a Canadian brown paper leaf with writing on it! I came to a stop when I got to a page with a note in it. Yes a WW11. Now I don't have one. As you see below this note had writing on the back. Those with the flag were made by another country. I believe Canada.. Now every signal solder and airmen had one. They were invading France. So I read about these. After the war every one had to be destroyed. . They used crematorium to burn many of these Some soldiers nodded them. I got mine in a book! You never know were you will find coins and currency I have to say my jaw dropped. My friend longstrider has some good ones. Since I don't collect these I think I will send it to him.. You can see one half of the bill is a little bit dirity. The crease down the middle.. Also the picture with writing on it it's in code typed and some a little ink.at the top you can make the date out. It's September 20, I believe 1945 it has to do with D-Day. Now we're else can you find coins and currancy. Absolutely everywere!!! I hoped you enjoyed this book that paid off.. Thanks for.taking time to read it.He well and Safe.

20 Sep 2020

The History of The Peace Silver Dollar

Coins | s12k3

Hello everybody! This blog is going to be about Peace Dollars. This one's for you @Longstrider. Let’s start from the history. The Peace dollar is a United States dollar coin minted from 1921 to 1928, and again in 1934 and 1935. Designed by Anthony de Francisci, the coin was the result of a competition to find designs emblematic of peace. Its obverse represents the head and neck of the Goddess of Liberty in profile, and the reverse depicts a bald eagle at rest clutching an olive branch, with the legend "Peace". It was the last United States dollar coin to be struck for circulation in silver. With the passage of the Pittman Act in 1918, the United States Mint was required to strike millions of silver dollars, and began to do so in 1921, using the Morgan dollar design. Numismatists began to lobby the Mint to issue a coin that memorialized the peace following World War I; although they failed to get Congress to pass a bill requiring the redesign, they were able to persuade government officials to take action. The Peace dollar was approved by Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon in December 1921, completing the redesign of United States coinage that had begun in 1907. I wish silver coins were still minted for circulation today, but it is not possible with the skyrocketing price of silver. During World War I, the German government hoped to destabilize British rule over India by spreading rumors that the British were unable to redeem for silver all of the paper currency they had printed. These rumors, and hoarding of silver, caused the price of silver to rise and risked damaging the British war effort. The British turned to their war ally, the United States, asking to purchase silver to increase the supply and lower the price. In response, Congress passed the Pittman Act of April 23, 1918. This statute gave the United States authority to sell metal to the British government from up to 350,000,000 silver dollars at $1 per ounce of silver plus the value of the copper in the coins, and handling and transportation fees. Only 270,232,722 coins were melted for sale to the British, but this represented 47% of all Morgan dollars struck to that point. The Treasury was required by the terms of the Act to strike new silver dollars to replace the coins that were melted, and to strike them from silver purchased from American mining companies. I hope you liked today’s blog, see you next time!


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