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21 Jan 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below is my example of the new 2017 25-Cent Pure Gold Coin- Predator vs. Prey: Inuit Arctic Fox. One of the coins in the Canadian series Predator vs. Prey. This coin is very small at 11 millimeters, the smallest coin made by the Royal Canadian Mint, making it very hard for me to photograph with my equipment. As such I have added three pictures from the Canadian Mint web site. The coin is in proof finish with serrated edge. Is has a total weight of 0.5 grams of 99.99% gold. The mintage is 6500. The reverse is designed by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik in the Inuit art style. The obverse is done by Susanna Blunt featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The design of the coin has a number of natural prey animals in and about the body of the arctic fox. As a numismatic eye test, how many can youidentify? Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my blog.

18 Jan 2017

Wonderful coin gifts

Coins-World | CoinLady

As one gets older, one reminisces. Reading so many posts about unusual coins, I've been thinking ofsome wonderful gifts of coin I received when I was young. When I graduated from grammar school, my uncle had mentioned he saved "a bunch of coins" from his service in World War II. He was in the South Pacific. Was I surprised when he handed me a small box with the coins! Among the goodies in the box were coins of: Fiji in 2 different metals, Australia in silver, Japan, Philippines, and a silver 5 Mark from Germany. I don't know how a German coin got there, but it was, in nice condition.

03 Jan 2017

Topics for topical collecting

Coins-World | CoinLady

Specialists in coins of the world have so many ways to collect. One of the most popular is topical collecting. Looking for coins depicting animals, flowers, kings and queens, ships, have always been favorites. So many designs, and so many topics...use a little creativity and come up with a really different collection.

02 Jan 2017

A Coin of Immense Sentimental Value

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The story of this coin starts at work on a summer afternoon in Wisconsin. Working at various cell sites throughout the region, I occasionally have the opportunity to observe different kinds of wildlife. On one of those occasions, I heard what I though to be a hummingbird fly by my ear only to find that it was a large praying mantis.Immediately, I had noticed that the praying mantis had landed on the chain link fence surrounding the cell site. I have seen praying mantis’s before but this bug was huge measuring almost two links on the fence! I moved a little nearer to take a closer look and observed the big bug turn its head to look at me. Talk about creepy, just let a huge bug stare you down and see how you feel about it. At that point with cell phone in hand, I took several pictures of the big green monster.Now fast forward a year or so to May 2015 and one of the most frightening experiences a young person can go through, meeting the parents of their boyfriend or girlfriend. In this case it was my son’s girlfriend and we decided to meet the first time at a restaurant for my birthday. Whats more, breaking the ice for both parties is always a little awkward. Seeking to discover common points of interest, came the normal questions, what do you do, where did you go to school, where are you from, etc? Yet, I felt it was up to me to make her feel comfortable and at this point I wasn't making much progress.In the course of the conversation I found out that my son’s girlfriend had studied zoology in college and loves animals. I do not remember how the conversation turned to praying mantis’s but when it had I showed her the cell phone pictures of the praying mantis I encountered at work. She was thrilled with my pictures and stated she had only dealt with immature, much smaller, praying mantis’s. Immediately, the atmosphere of our restaurant date eased considerably. Since our conversation was two way, I had no problem telling her of my interest in numismatics.That following Christmas, my son brought his girlfriend to our annual Christmas celebration at my mom’s house. Present were my three sisters, my children, and many of my nieces and nephews along with the grand nieces and nephews. Since we have such a large extended family we have a custom of drawing one name from a hat to buy a gift valued at about $25 to exchange. My son’s girlfriend decided to participate in our family custom for 2016 and drew none other than yours truly! I usually feel sorry for anyone that draws my name. Everyone knows I collect coins and there are very few things a person could buy for me valued at $25!Because of the weather, my son couldn’t make the celebration at my mom’s house this year and we decided to meet at a restaurant to exchange gifts and make plans to see the movie “Rogue 1.” At dinner my son’s girlfriend gave me a small box. Inside was a 2012 Canadian $10 coin featuring you guessed it, a praying mantis! Immediately I made the connection and appreciated her thoughtfulness towards me.For my part, I would have never bought this coin on my own and to tell the truth, I didn’t even know it existed. In fact, my son’s girlfriend searched e-bay for any coin featuring a praying mantis and only found this one. This then is what makes this a coin of great value, the idea and thought came long before the coin. I hope that you all had a blessed Christmas and I wish you all a very prosperous 2017.Gary

30 Dec 2016

Lots of foreign coins!!

Coins-World | Coinfox441

I looked at my foreign coins today, and I found out that I have more than I thought. I have coins from costa rica, Australia, japan, and some I don't even recognize! So, I present a question. What is your favorite design on a foreign coin? Personally, I would choose the Canadian $25 winter fun coin. I have not yet obtained one, but I am looking forward to purchasing one in the future.

22 Dec 2016

1808 Spanish Eight Reales

Coins-World | Longstrider

I have here a coin of lore, an original "Piece of Eight". This is actually a Spanish Eight Reales. This particular coin is from 1808. It has a bust of Spanish King Carlos llll. It was minted in Lima, Peru. The reverse shows the coat of arms of Hispania. It also has the mint-mark, value and assayers initials. The edge shows a rope type design. This type of coin is called a milled coin. This means it was machine made. A big step from the previously made cob coins. Cob means the coins were made from a bar of silver, in this case, with the proper weight of metal hacked off and hand punched. It weighs when minted 27.07 g. of 0.903 silver with a diameter of 39.24 mm. I really don't want to go any farther as I am a HUGE newbie on world coins. If I have made mistakes with the description I apologize and ask the world coin collectors to correct me. I was drawn to the coin by its beauty. Try to imagine the history this single 208 year old coin has seen! One last thing. Thumbing is when one rubs their thumb on the coin to clean and remove tarnish. I am doing this as this particular coin, when I first received it, was almost black and would not photograph. It is my 'pocket piece" so I am not concerned with any value loss. I do NOT recommend this process. My info came fromhttps://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces44676.html

08 Dec 2016

Polish Central Bank Commemoratives

Coins-World | user_74329

In Poland the National Bank of Poland, which is also the central bank, issues 15-22 collectible coins per year. However only some of these coins are actual commemoratives. Of course there are coins minted for various occasions, like the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Although some coins, for example the one shown on the photo, doesn't honor anything. People buy them because of something mentioned in The Ten Rules: they simply love them. Anddespite the factmany coins are issued, they are in usually small numbers, typically 10 000 to 30 000 pieces for silver coins and 600 to 2 000 for gold coins. Also especially the silver coins are not priced very high. PersonallyI manage to get most of my coins at about 50$ a piece. That policy makes coin collecting easier for beginners, because buying them does not really require very much knowledge and they eye appeal is very good. Like most special collectibles these coins of course have much lower denominations, than the actual value of the coin or only the metal in it. From the most known series I can certainly mention three : "Story of Polish Coin", Stanislaw's August Treasures"(based on a series of paintings) and "Polish Painters". The last one consists of rectangular shaped "coins". But emitting coins like that is not a new trend. Various shaped commemoratives were emitted by the Second Republic of Poland from around the 1919 till the Second World War at 1939. After the war traditions weren't discontinued: Bank of the People's Republic of Poland also started very famous series like for example "Animals of the World" emitted for more than 20 years. Due to most of these coinsare proof finish and were encapsulated just after strikingtheir eye appeal isstillvery good. But no one buys coins that have grading lower than 65, because they are supposed to be collector's pieces and not just some circulated coins. There is also one honorable mention: Nordic Gold 2 zoty coins. They were made from a special alloy named Nordic Gold. It does not contain real gold, but consists of Copper, Aluminum, Zinc and tin(it's chemical model would be CuAl5Zn5Sn1). These coins are minted normally like circulating coins and sold for 2 zloty, which is also the denomination and were usually emitted with normal commemorative coins. However NBP(Narodowy Bank Polski) discontinued them in 2014, because "The striking costs were too high". They were replaced with a 5 zloty coins, which are not worth mentioning in this article. I hope that this piece of writing was interesting to readand encourage you to look more, if you're interested.

25 Nov 2016

1664 Zwolle half shilling/5 Sols/Luigino

Coins-World | Ian Fenn

At least 3 years ago, probably closer to five I developed an interest in a,mostly, forgotten series of coins that are often referred to outside of the USA as Luigino. "Luigino" is an Italian diminutive for the French 5 sols piece. The coin in the mid 17th century became popular for trade with the Ottoman Levant, and was imitated by a number of different producers in Europe. The series is cataloged in a French/Italian language reference by Maurice Cammerano "Corpus Luiginorum". With this series of coins, like many others the successful variants are easy to find and cheaply purchased. The failures of course are rare and , in relative terms expensive. One very rare example ( and likely a failure) is from the Netherlands. Cammarano lists Zwolle mint in the Netherlands as producing a Luigino in 1662. A Dutch language reference D Purma "Handboek van de Nederlandse Provinciale Muntslag 1573 -1806, Deel II" lists two striking dates for the same coin (described as a halve Schelling) 1662 and 1664. I obtained an aF examp[le of the 1662 strike for around US$800.00 a few years back and have kept my eye out for a 1664 strike ever since. In communications with other collectors I was told that Cammarano, didn't believe the 1664 existed. It was stated to me that his research had not identified any sales of a 1664 date. I likewise started researching auction records and also found no records of a sale of the 1664 coin. Discussing it with a fellow ANA member at a summer seminar a couple of years ago the suggestion was made, to me, that perhaps the 1664 strike was just a re-striking of the 1662. It was an attractive idea as it explained the absence of sale records for 1664 while not casting doubt on Purma's research. A few weeks ago all that changed. Heritage Auctions ( Europe) put their latest auction on line and in that auction was a rough example of the 1664 strike. Of course I had to bid and, unsure as to whether I would be able to bid live, I submitted an absentee bid online well in advance. It was clear before the Auction that there was only one other collector who was interested in the coin. Before the online bidding closed and the live auction began the other bidder and I took the coins pre-bids up to €1200.00. I was able to log on and participate, unnecessarily, in the live auction. I, with no further bidding, became the owner of the first confirmed 21st century sale of the 1664 strike. I say 21st century because Heritage auctions, as is now common in European coin sales listed the coins provenance. The coin had resided in a collection since it was last sold in April 1975 ( Schulman's Amsterdam). I am now hunting that 1975 Auction Catalog, I suspect I missed finding the coin in Auction records because I failed to search under the Dutch designation of "halve schelling". All up with postage and BP I paid US$1600.00 for a coin that for me had taken on a mythological status. With only two interested bidders the coin might not appreciate further in value and perhaps might depreciate over time... For me the important thing is I finally have proof the coin exists, and have the pleasure of it residing in my collection. The coin is about the same size as a nickel.Edit(11/29/2016): An update. Cammarano states the Reverse of the coin bears St George and the Dragon. I had never questioned that attribution. I posted the find on a Closed face book group for the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand and a member of that group took one look at the reverse and asked if it were St Michael ( the archangel) I responded stating I thought it was St Gerorge but that person then posted pictures of medals and coins that bore St Michael and the visual evidence was hard( I would say impossible) to deny. I then scanned through Purma's book looking at Zwolle mint coins from the same period. A number of coins had St Michael, as attributed by Purma, in the Coat of Arms for , I assume, Zwolle on them. Of course now it seems obvious: St George is never portrayed with wings, so it is clear that the reverse bears the image of St Michael attacking Satan. If you look at the "dragon" you can see it has arms and legs as well as serpent features. I had been so focused on the story behind the coin that I had omitted to look at the story on the coin.

06 Sep 2016


Coins-World | Longstrider

I recently was lucky enough to add to my Mexican/Central American coin collection. From my regular coin dealer I obtained this nice Silver Balboa issued by Panama. This one is dated 1934. It is .900 silver, weighs 26.73 grams and has a diameter of 38.1 mm and a reeded edge. I had stuck to Mexican silver coins but have now also started collecting Latin American coins. I feel they add something nice to my collections and stick to the style and flavor of Mexico.