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09 Oct 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Today is October 9th.. Traditionally Columbus Day. This day used to be a big deal with parades and a long weekend for all. Sadly, no more. The powers that be have decided to change history yet again. Enough politics. I just wanted to share what used to be a very common coin in Italy. It is a 1925 10 centesimi. It is a 22.5 mm, 5.4 g copper coin. It was minted from 1919-1937. The obverse features a portrait of the Italian King Vittorio Emanuelle III facing left with lettering around the side. The engraver was Attilio Silvio Motti. The reverse shows a honey bee on a flower, date on the bottom and mintmark on the left. The engraver was Renato Brozzi. Interestingly King Emanuelle was a famous coin collector and numismatist. On May 9, 1946 the King donated his collection, which was over 100,000 coins, to the Italian People. He also donated his copy of the famous Numismatic 20 volume reference "Corpus Nummorum Italicorum". I hope you enjoy this little blog. Once again "Happy Columbus Day!" Please no Political comments. Thnaks for looking.

27 Sep 2017

Zentangle Art* "The Great Grey Wolf"

Coins-World | Kepi

Wolves...What's not to love!  This is a 2017  $30 Fine Silver Coin from The Royal Canadian Mint.   A diameter of 50 millimeters and weight of 2 troy ounces. The artist of this wolf is Jori van der Linde. This style combines multiple abstract patterns in an intricate design within the wolf itself. The obverse designed by Susanna Blunt of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  It has a mintage of 4000 and a beautiful Proof finish! I hope you can see all the detail of this coin in my photo's, it's really an amazing piece!

14 Sep 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Here is a nice Example of toning of a silver coin.  This is a 1995 Mexican One Onza, more commonly called a Libertad. It is Mexico's answer to our Silver American Eagle. One ounce of .999 pure silver. These are very popular coins that I collect. The 1995 is the last year they were minted in this diameter, 36 mm.. After that they were and are made to 40 mm.. The obverse features the national coat of arms. The reverse shows the Winged Victory Statue and the mountains Ixtaccihuatl and Popocatepetl. These mountains have a very interesting story associated with them and I encourage everyone interested in Mexico and their coinage to research it. Now to the toning. Look at the progression of colors and their shape and you will see a perfect example of how they should appear on a coin. There is a natural pattern and order of colors.  Often, on counterfeit coins, they get the colors and their progression wrong. Very often they are falsely toned to hide imperfections in the fake coin it self. The ANA Summer Seminar has a class on this very topic.. If you enjoy toned coins of any type, you might consider taking it or something like it. Counterfeits are everywhere, even inside slabs! Thanks for looking. As always I look forward to your comments.

11 Sep 2017

Foreign Coins, Weird, Unusual and Wacky Designs. (Part #2)

Coins-World | user_15398

Well, here is part two of the Foreign Coins blog. I still had a few more coins that I wanted to show y'all so I am writing a second blog. :)

11 Sep 2017

Foreign Coins, Weird, Unusual and Wacky Designs. (Part #1?)

Coins-World | user_15398

Hi everyone, this is an article on Weird, Unusual and Wacky Foreign Coins, I hope y'all enjoy it:

07 Sep 2017

Canada 50c 1945 Wide date (WD) and Narrow date (ND)

Coins-World | MPK

The ability to identify die varieties can be rewarding as one will add more coins to their collection.The above statement most certainly applies to Canadian fifty cents and dollars of the 1940's and 1950's.One such example involves a recent coin order that appeared to involve a duplicate 1945 Canadian fifty cent as upgrade to a higher grade.Utilizing A Charlton Standard Catalogue Canadian Coins Volume: One Numismatic Issues 70th Edition, 2016, Pg 186I was able to distinguish both coins as separate die varieties; the coin that I already had was the 1945 Narrow date (ND), Pointed 5/5 and, the newly purchased coin was 1945 Wide date (WD) , Blunt 5.A third variety exists that is a Wide date (WD) with a Pointed 5/5.Both of the Pointed 5 varieties consist of a doubled 5 (5/5).

01 Sep 2017

My Collection Thailand King Rama 5 Att Copper coin Set

Coins-World | Golf WC

Today i will show my Favourite Set King Rama 5 Thailand  ATT   Y#22  

27 Aug 2017

Welcome to the ANA!

Coins-World | coinsbygary

A number of years ago I posted this blog on NGC's Collectors Society to commemorate my daughter’s birthday and her service in Thailand. This 300 Baht gold coin Commemorates Queen Sirikit’s birthday. At the time I posted this Queen Sirikit was Thailand’s queen. As a result of  the death of her husband King Rama IX on 13 October 2016, she is no longer queen. Today I am posting this blog to welcome Golf (user_73939) to the ANA and these boards.

18 Aug 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

   One of the perks of doing business with the same coin dealer is you can set up a friendship with him and/or her. I'm lucky enough to have this with my main dealer. He knows I collect old Mexican and Spanish coins. When this 5 peso coin came in to his store, he set it aside for me. Last time I went to his store, he said he had something for me to check out. Needless to say, I snapped it up. I am the new owner of a 1948 5 peso silver coin minted in Mexico City. This type coin was only minted in 1947 and 1948. You can't tell from my dull photos but the coin almost has a DMPL finish and luster. It has a total weight of 30 g of .900 silver. It has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 4 mm.. The reverse, in semi-high relief, has the bust of Aztec chieftain Cuaht'emoc centered with surrounding  lettering and repeating "L"  shape around rim and the date on the right side. The obverse has the usual Mexican Eagle with snake and cactus centered. It is surrounded with lettering and a rope like design all around the edge of the coin. The edge is reeded. I hope you enjoy the coin as much as I do. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking!!


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