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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.

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06 Sep 2016

PANAMA AND MEXICO SILVER COINS

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.

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30 Aug 2016

ANA Money Show Toned Libertad

Coins-World | Longstrider

   Here is one of the coins I acquired at the Anaheim Show. It is a 1987 Libertad. Slabbed and rated MS 65 by NGC. As you can see, I hope, it is very colorfully toned. That is a big weakness of mine. The Libertad is a bullion coin, much like our silver American Eagle and Canada's silver Maple Leaf. I started collecting them just because I like them. I usually just buy the BU coins. I saw this one and didn't even stop to ask how much. I just figured it would be out of my budget. My wife however wasn't so sure and inquired as to the price. Well I was very mistaken and snatched it up. This coin was bought on the last hour of our stay there. Never give up on that special coin. Thanks for looking!

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19 Aug 2016

US Mint Releases vs. Other World Mints

Coins-World | user_9943

           Recently I have been looking around at the Canadian mint and other world mints. I noticed that the Canadian mint had hundreds of different coins, many colorized. Many of them were under $100 dollars, which isn't cheap, but also, not super, super expensive. I was wondering why the US mint didn't release close to as many different coins as the Canadian mint. I decided to look at other world mints to see the spread of their coinage. First, I paid the Perth mint a visit. I found a wide array of coins. Many of them colorful. Personally, I like both colored and uncolored coins, and think the US mint should release both. I also visited the Australian mint (online), and noticed quite a large amount of designs. These are just two other mints I looked at, and I would like to hear your opinion on the matter. I hope the US mint starts ramping up the amount of designs it makes this coming few years.

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13 Apr 2016

World War II era coins collecting advice

Coins-World | user_91082

Hello- I am a fairly new collector, and beyond the basic "collect everything" new guy mentality, I have been working on a 19th century type set. But, I am interested in military history which led me to start planning a collection of WWII era coins. Probably a realistic goal is trying to collect a type set of coins from every country that was involved in WWII (although maybe not some of the small countries that jumped in at the very end). After studying a time-line of the war, this could be a very big challenge. I have a list of 40 countries and am sure I have missed a few. Certainly some will be very difficult or too expensive, but I want to collect what ever I can. Originally I wanted to include (if possible) all coins minted during the war years, but I probably better stick with a type set of ware era coins first. I am asking for any advice and especially from someone else who has this sort of a collection. Thanks- (yes- my first blog on ANA)

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06 Apr 2016

COINS I FORGOT I HAD!

Coins-World | Mike Burn

Did you ever forget you owned a certain coin? One day your looking through your inventory and you see something that you forgot about? Well that happened to me. I'll keep this short. One of my friend's called me about ten year's ago and said for some reason his boss bought a large supply of  dimes from the Philippines. They were made out of silver very small and minted in Denver between 1941 and 1945. I said how much ? The price was extremy low. So I bought two rolls of ten. He told me the history. When Gen. McArthur left the Philippines he took all the money so the Japanese couldn't use it to by arm's and munition's. He dumped everything in the Pacific ocean. When he returned America had printed money to get there economy back on it's feet.

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30 Mar 2016

RECEIVED MY PRIZE!

Coins-World | Mike Burn

Hi everyone! Well I received my St. Paul's token. I have to tell you to remember that pictures in the book are nothing like the real thing. First of all it's very big. Even though it's in a holder I put it up against a Morgan dollar. The difference was I could see part of the rim of the Morgan. That's big. The thickness is almost the same. Let's say you send in a Jefferson nickel to be graded. If they can count the steps on the reverse they put it on the label and the price goes up. I can count all fifteen steps RCgoing into the cathedral! Not five or six, fifteen. Now NGC will put edge writing on the label. Why because if you look in the book some tokens are considered rairer than other writing's.

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27 Feb 2016

Encapsulation New Zealand style

Coins-World | Ian Fenn

In 2004, when the coin this blog is focused on was issued, I was regularly buying NCLT from New Zealand( New Zealand post).  When I saw this coin and its method of encapsulation I had to have it.The coin is a 40 gram silver dollar sized gold piece of 22 Kt gold.  It is in a traditional Maori treasure box called a Wakahuia.  When I received the advertisement for the coin I jumped at the chance to own such an unusual type of NCLT. I submitted my order with credit card details and waited and waited.  What I and many other weren't aware of was NZ post had underestimated demand for the 300 coins( for an expensive NZ$1500 in 2004) on the official issue date they had had only had 150 struck and the wooden boxes were taking longer than anticipated.  It took them nearly 4 further months to fulfill my order. The delay was such that I was almost going to cancel my order for the coin when I received the latest NZ catalog. That catalog had  the coin valued at NZ$500.00 more than the issue price.   Behind the production was negotiations with the Ngati Whakaue sub tribe  to whom Pukaki, the person the carving represents, was a venerated ancestor.  There is much more behind the story; but with indigenous peoples rights and the chance of offending through my ignorance  I will not venture here to tell the full story as I understand it.  What I can report is that 30 of the 300 coins were given to the tribe and a further 75(or so), unlikely to ever come to market again,  were also purchased by tribe members.  This of course means the coin will remain a rarity. It is certainly one I treasure.   I prefer this form of encapsulation but  I don't see PCGS or NGC adopting the method.

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24 Feb 2016

WHAT IS A BLOG?

Coins-World | Mike Burn

I can tell you when I joined this wonderful organization I started reading these thing's called blog's. I enjoyed them alot. I learned different thing's on alot   of these blog's. I said this is terrific. Well I started to go back and read some of the old one's. I still do that. I was taught a blog was to share one's experience in collecting coin's. Sharing information on coin's. Where they came from. Giving a history of these coin's. Sharing picture's on one's favorite coin's. This and more I learned was a blog. I also laughed at some of the funny stories collector's told. That's part of the hobby. We are allowed to have a good time. We also developed friendships.

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10 Jan 2016

BEAUTIFUL COIN!!!

Coins-World | ShriekenGriffon

This is  a new and very beatuiful coin I discovered today! Hope you like the article! And I will start writing more blogs again, I just took a break and didn't really have time with school mid-terms.http://www.newcoinreleases.com/2015-pan-pac-octagonal-silver-proof-exclusive-to-mcm/

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