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18 Jun 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

First off... Happy Fathers Day to all us dads! I guess I left enough hints of my lusting for this coin. I was afraid I was being too subtle! I am a huge Dragon fan as well as this particular coin in the Queen's Beasts series. The Dragon below is entitled The Red Dragon of Wales. Modeled after one of the original statues that were created years before, under the reign of King Henry VIII. The statues were to serve, protect and honor the young queen.It is 2 troy ounces of silver. It is officially listed by the Royal Mint as GEM Brilliant. However, the field on the obverse seems to have some type of pebbly texture similar to leather. With a stamped value of 5 Pounds it has a diameter of 38.61 mm of .9999 silver. The obverse is the work of Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark. It features her rendition of Queen Elizabeth II. It is also the 5th coinage portrait of the Queen. Jody also designed the reverse showing the Red Dragon of Wales holding a heraldic shield. All in all, this is a great coin as well as a beautiful work of art. Thanks for your comments and looking! Thanks Kiddo!!! How did you guess?

16 Jun 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below I have photos of another special coin with certificate. Mounted on the certificate , is a Spanish Silver cob. It was recovered from the wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman "Hollandia". This ship was on her maiden voyage on July 3, 1743. I will leave the reader to research this wreck for more detailed info. However, basically the wreck was due to the navigational error. After sailing from Texel in the Netherlands, of going west-northwest instead of west. This put her on Gunner rock and the total loss of its cargo consisting of 129,000 guilders in silver. The wrecks cargo was recovered in 1972.

13 Jun 2017

My favorite coin

Coins-World | Conan Barbarian

At the present moment my favorite coin is the Canadian 2017 100$ cougar sculpture coin. yes it is a handful and it is an absolute beauty. i don't have the coin, i wish i do, but it still doesn't stop me from loving it beyond any other coin. the reverse depicts a 3D sculpture of a cougar which blows my mind of the artistic and designing it took to get such a fabulous effect. on the obverse it has the image ofQueen Elizabeth IIas all Canadian coins have nowadays.

04 Jun 2017

Finland 1979, 10 Markkaa

Coins-World | TimB

I really like the designs of these large, crown-sized silver coins from Finland in the 1970s.

02 Jun 2017

Conder Tokens

Coins-World | World_Coin_Nut

I know Mike recently wrote a blog on Conder Tokens but I wanted to add my own and share some of my favorites.

29 May 2017

The Numismatic Beauty of a Strong Allegory

Coins-World | coinsbygary

There are few things in numismatics that I enjoy more than strong allegories on coins and medals. Where the allegory is unknown, I endeavor to decipher it within the historical context of the numismatic piece. Because of this love I created two NGC custom sets, “Inspirational Ladies” and “The Use of Seated Imagery in Numismatics.” Researching the coins and medals contained in these two sets has given me many hours of enjoyment!

17 May 2017

Simply a good coin

Coins-World | CoinLady

When I was young and specialized in coins of the world, I especially liked British coins. I browsed through boxes of foreign coins at my favorite coin shop every chance I got. Some only cost a quarter. "Better foreign" cost forty cents. Many special coins lurked in those boxes. Coins of Victoria were often found, including a silver 1838 fourpenny piece.

14 May 2017

The Queen's Beasts Series (Part One) Updated

Coins-World | FortWorthCollector

The Queen's Beasts Series started last year with the Lion of England and is now in full swing with two issues per year with the exception of two years and will run until 2021. The first and last year of issue will only have one coin each. This ten coin series will depict the heraldic Queens's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and represent the royal line of ancestry. Each coin will have many different variations of precious metal and precious metal weight. The Silver released issues will come in 2oz & 10oz bullion mint state versions. The Gold released issues will come in 1/4oz & 1oz bullion mint state versions and the Platinum released issue will come in a 1oz bullion mint state version. It is helpful to mention that there is a silver proof version of the Lion of England in 1oz, 5oz, and10oz but this version's design varies slightly and is double the price of it's bullion counterpart. In my opinion the 2oz silver bullion mint state version is the most affordable and will be the one I will focus on for this and future posts about this series. You can currently pick up one of the three already released issues for around $60 in Gem UNC or $70 in MS-69 which is a bargain in my book when a 1oz Panda can cost as much as $50 in the same grade. The list below shows the three coins currently released and the future coins to be released in no particular order. A special thanks goes out to JM Bullion for their extensive background information on this series. Please visit there site if you would like more information about the series or individual coin designs.The Lion of England 2016The Griffin of Edward III 2017The Red Dragon of Wales 2017The Falcon of the PlantagenetsThe Black Bull of ClarenceThe Yale of BeaufortThe White Lion of MortimerThe White Greyhound of RichmondThe Unicorn of ScotlandThe White Horse of Hanover

11 May 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

I have a little experiment going on here in regards to toning I'd like to share. I purchased this raw 2011 Silver Canadian Maple Leaf from my coin dealer. I really enjoyed the look of the toning it has. I have had this in a manila envelope a bit more than a year. I keep it on a window sill that receives a lot of sun. I can see just a tiny bit of the toning growing. There is no sulfur in the envelope, so I don't feel I'm cheating, much. I just want to see if the toning progresses as I was taught at Summer Seminar..I have no idea who scratched at the obverse. Perhaps their own experiment. The Maple Leaf is a one ounce pure silver, .9999, coin that is almost as popular as our Silver Eagle. It can be a nice addition to any bullion collection. I can recommend the Royal Canadian Mint for anyone to check out. They have quite a few new, innovated coins for sale. Thanks for looking and any comments you might have. I'll get back with new photos in about a year!


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