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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!!

12 Aug 2017

Coins and Eclipses

Coins-World | coinsbygary

In little more than a week (August 21) there will be a 70 mile wide swath visible across the entire United States of a total eclipse of the sun. Having crossed off several coin related events from my bucket list, I now have a chance to cross off a stellar event in the form of the upcoming eclipse. Getting ready for the eclipse, I have picked my viewing location in Carbondale, Illinois. With me will be my wife, daughter, and my daughter's boyfriend. Several years ago, I wrote a blog on a Ukrainian coin that among other things commemorates Ukrainian scientist Yuri Drohobych (1450-1494). Yuri Drohobych accurately predicted two lunar eclipses. The blog I am posting is three years old and was written to commemorate a lunar eclipse in April of 2014. With the upcoming solar eclipse in a little more than a week I thought it would be nice to re-post it. Now all I have to hope for is that it's not cloudy on the day I view the eclipse!

30 Jul 2017

Canadian cents

Coins-World | Conan Barbarian

over the past few years there have been a number of Canadian cents popping up in the US coin rolls and i have managed to acquire quite a few of them. i didn't really have any use for them so i just threw them all into a coin tube and just kept adding to them every time i got one. i came to the point where it was just taking up too much space so yesterday i got myself a Canadian Whitman small cent folder and started emptying my collection into it. while doing this i learned a lot of information about the cent that i never noticed before like the different obverses (no crown, Tiara, Diadem) and even more surprising that starting in 2004 there was also a variety minted with steel. these steel cents can be determined by a magnet and there are also 2 mint marks that can be found on these coins. one is a "P" (not Philadelphia ) but copper-plated steel, and the other is the RCM mint mark which is a small crown. these mint marks can be found under the head on the obverse. over all i have learned a lot and started becoming a little interested and my uncle lives in Canada and i asked him if he has any loose Canadian cents for me to look through. it is a shame that the mint stopped the series but it is still very interesting to look into.

20 Jul 2017

This Coin is Out of this World!

Coins-World | coinsbygary

I had first posted this as my Coin of the Month in 2012. In celebration of the 48th anniversary of Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon and that same moon casting it’s shadow on the Earth in about a month I am re-posting it now. I grew up as a space nut, having been all of 11 years old when the moon landing first occurred. I remember where I was when I first heard the news that the Eagle had landed. I was enjoying myself at picnic sponsored by my father’s employer when the announcement came over the loud speaker followed by everyone cheering! Next month I’ll be in Southern Illinois cheering the total eclipse of the sun!

08 Jul 2017

The Existential Pleasures of Completing Coin Folders

Coins-World | user_9073

I have recently completed twoWhitman folders encompassing theCanadian Small Cents, 1920 to 2012. I did it with an Existentialist philosophy! The following explains what I mean.

27 Jun 2017

Nice premium

Coins-World | CoinLady

As a writer, I attend book signings and other events. Sometimes I offer a giveaway item. Bookmarks and book business cards are common. But writers must get a little creative in order to stand out.

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.


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