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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 guymentality, I have been working on a 19th century type set. But, Iam interested in military history which led me tostart planning a collection of WWII era coins. Probably a realistic goal istrying to collecta type set of coins from every country that wasinvolved in WWII (although maybe not some of the small countries that jumped in at the very end). Afterstudying 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 Iprobably betterstick 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)

06 Apr 2016


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.

30 Mar 2016


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.

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.

24 Feb 2016


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.

10 Jan 2016


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/

19 Dec 2015

The first Russian additions to my collection

Coins-World | Ian Fenn

Noble Auctions in Sydney Australia had an auction over the period 17 -19 November I was interested in one lot which I won. The lot consisted of two low grade( but still collectible) ducats that Nobles had identified as from the Netherlands. I had recently become aware that Russian produced imitations of Netherlands Ducats in the late 18th century and again in the 19th century. I wanted to add examples of the Russian strikes to my collection. The two ducats in the Auction were dated 1840 and 1849. Both dates are good candidates for the Russian strikes. In particular. Russia produced Ducats dated 1849 from that year through to 1867. The Dutch only produced around 13000-14000 ducats in 1849 so my bet was that the coin would be Russian. The coins finally arrived last week and for me the fun part of collecting began. The task was to identify whether the coins were Russian or Dutch. I posted questions on facebook, and two separate coin forums. Very quickly some kind person sent me scans from a reference with identification information. That information confirmed the 1840 was Russian and suggested to my inexperienced eye that the 1849 was Dutch. However I didn't quite trust myself so I emailed another expert in Poland who came back a couple of days later with a very simple check for the 1849 strike. That information confirmed what I had originally thought before I received the coins: the 1849 is Russian. the quick check look at the third photo. A dutch 1849 strike will have the thumb covering all the arrows, as you can see on my coin the thumb, what you can see of it, only covers five arrows. However for me I am still not finished I need to have solid documented evidence so currently I am hunting down these two Jnl editions. If any one has copies I would greatly appreciate getting scans of the relevant sections( the ANA LIbrary does not appear to have these dates):Journal Of The Russian Numismatic Society - issue Number 8, September 1982Journal Of The Russian Numismatic Society - issue Number 66, Summer 1998

07 Dec 2015

Nazi 1pf

Coins-World | user_2428

Collection attempt abandoned. ANA is requiring the submitter to redo PCGS or NGC setup work that is not Automatically supported!

09 Nov 2015

The $275 dollar mistake

Coins-World | User_3.1415926

On Wednesday, I went to the dentist which is about 45 minutes from my house. So that morning I searched for coin dealers in the area. And I found one that was about 5 minutes from the dentist office. Our appointments went well ( no cavities! 😀) so then I went to the shop and purchased the following: