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28 Aug 2016

Coin Thoughts #4 from "SUN"

Coins | "SUN"

With the football season beginning, people will not hear Peyton Manning yell out "OMAHA" this year. Peyton would yell "OMAHA" when he was changing the play. For a change of pace, you might want to visit Omaha, Nebraska. 

28 Aug 2016

A coins Journey, the final part

Coins | user_4449

Coin collecting is a wonderful hobby. Getting an old coin is like receiving a token from the past. You literally hold history in your hand. Think about it! First, to even start to make the coin, you have to find rocks and minerals that are often thousands if not millions of years old. Then, they are made into metal AFTER they are mined up. That's a long time already, and the metal is not even close to being circle like at all. After the metal is made, it might have get shipped overseas, or go on a long road trip in an armored truck. The heat would be unbearable! After it finally gets shipped to the mint, it gets a long bath. A bath with a billion other metals! How humiliating.... Then, they get cut and cleaned again! " This is no fun, I'd rather be back at the mine or underground again." They would say. Then they get pounded extremely hard. Their injuries resemble faces, or eagles, or words. They got tattoos, just a LOT more painfully. After an inspection, that the newly made coins are hoping to pass (they don’t want to be marked as errors and go the groove-maker machine, for it looked painful. Plus, they bet it would mean more baths and more BANGS and CLANGS and howiling OOOOW THAT HURTS. Luckily they all passed the inspection. However, the ride was far from over.  After another LOOONG and hot ride, this time in an undercover semi truck, they would start going into circulation. The coins were in a lot of pain, so they didn't have time to ponder what will happen to them in "circulation." A few of them had been taken and put in velvet lined beds. Everyone was jealous, until the lid snapped shut and trapped the poor coin, that looked remarkably like John F. Kennedy, inside. The now scared coins heard the coin's muffled scream from inside, "Who turned off the lights?" Others even went into plastic tubes, where they got pilled on top of eachother. It looked like a tight and a very uncomfortable squeeze. Some even went into plastic bags where all of the air was taken out. It was a see through grave. The ones that were not put into those horrible things are the ones now stuck on boiling semi-truck. Seriously, the temperature must have been like a million degrees farentight, or at least that's what the coins thought. They would give anything for one of those freezing baths. I hope that tells you how hot they are. The semi truck came to a stop. Then dazzling and bright light came on and…………

27 Aug 2016

US Proof Sets

Coins | user_6830

How did the mint send / produce proof sets in 1936/1937/1938/1939/1940/1942?

25 Aug 2016


Coins | "SUN"

I have been doing an unscientific study of the two cent pieces. I feel the two cent pieces would compliment the Indian Cents as a collectible series,both were designed by James Longacre.

21 Aug 2016

Info About Robet Scot

Coins | user_94464

     Hi, well look at large cents, I was impressed by the beautiful draped bust design by Robert Scot. I  was wondering if anyone could tell me about his life/work.

18 Aug 2016


Coins | Mike Burn

I don't know if this picture will appear as one. Believe me I have tried. The coin is also a two ounce rendition of Mount Rushmore. I will not endorse the mint I don't do that. If the picture does appears and you like it it is easy to find. Why did I buy this coin? To be quite honest with you I liked it. I'm not a silver stacker but if that's what you like there is nothing wrong with it. This bullion was made here in the U.S.A. And the relief is very high. So high the rim is a high one it to protect the detail's

17 Aug 2016

Is It Money?

Coins | Pliny The Elder

Life would be a lot different today without money.  There would be no universities, no grocery stores, there would be no.....well, I really just cannot imagine it.   Think about trying to fuel up your car without money.   Or just trying to heat your homes (Hint; I hope you like muscles and woodstoves).  Money and commerce have allowed civilization to grow and expand in almost every way that you see around you (hey, stop looking at my stomach).  But what is money?  Seems a simple question, you pull out your wallet, or grab some change from your pocket and there it is.   Money.  But to the numismatic collector money takes on all sorts of forms.  With perspective we are able to see what is considered money over a great many generations, sometimes centuries.  The change (pardon the pun) that occur over time, how a Hard Times Token and a penny are the same, really.  The similarity between a Roman Republic denarius and a United States "Mercury" dime.  But what about when it takes a different form?  When the money we are talking about isn't round, or stamped with a beautiful portrait.  Is it still money?  I think about the ancient Chinese spade money, most of which is stamped with a symbol but I expect there is some that is not stamped.  The tajaderas of Mexico and South America, which are not stamped. Is it money?   The big lumps of bronze from the early Roman Republic.   Is it money?  Bronze rings, are they money?  I collect, so I think about these things.  About what is money, and why it is considered money at one point in time and why it falls out of favor" for the next generation.   In the book I am currently reading the writer describes cow hides being marked and sent to Spain like currency to pay taxes.  Like the dolphin coins of ancient times, or arrowhead money.  Is it REALLY money?  Myself, I have begun a small collection of Communion Tokens.  Interesting items.   But again I mutter the words, "Is it money?"   I am not being cute, I am just asking this question aloud.  There is a lot money in the world, and it can buy a lot of nice things.  But someday, down the road apiece, will someone else be wondering aloud, "Is it money"?