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10 Feb 2017

Foreign coin Chinese?

Coins-World | Jim

Here is a foreign coin I found this year. Any idea what it could be or the date? It seams to be copper with the green patina on it.

29 Jan 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Here I have, for your enjoyment, a unique specimen of a 2 ounce silver coin. Specifically, it is a 2 dollars New Zealand, face value, of a Niue coin minted by the Mint of Poland in 2015. It is 99.999% silver. The finish is an antique type with real lava from the area and selective copper plating. It is 50.00 millimeters in diameter and has a very limited mintage of just 688 pieces. A lot of variables for one coin! I was lucky enough to receive this coin as a gift. My wife felt, as an Italian, I should own this piece of world history from my ancestral home! The coin comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. The obverse side is convex struck in High-Relief is a depiction of the volcano itself. The reverse side is concave and includes a half sphere of lava material from the region. It is embedded in the center. I hope you enjoy this coin as much as I do. Thanks for looking and your comments!

28 Jan 2017

A Coin with an Imagination...

Coins-World | Kepi

While pawing through the big basket of foreign coins on my coin dealers counter, my eyes zoomed in on this one...In my mind's eye I saw a backside view of a triple Jessica Rabbit character from the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". It's actually Three Giant Elands from Africa... What do your eyes see?

21 Jan 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below is my example of the new 2017 25-Cent Pure Gold Coin- Predator vs. Prey: Inuit Arctic Fox. One of the coins in the Canadian series Predator vs. Prey. This coin is very small at 11 millimeters, the smallest coin made by the Royal Canadian Mint, making it very hard for me to photograph with my equipment. As such I have added three pictures from the Canadian Mint web site. The coin is in proof finish with serrated edge. Is has a total weight of 0.5 grams of 99.99% gold. The mintage is 6500. The reverse is designed by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik in the Inuit art style. The obverse is done by Susanna Blunt featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The design of the coin has a number of natural prey animals in and about the body of the arctic fox. As a numismatic eye test, how many can youidentify? Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my blog.

18 Jan 2017

Wonderful coin gifts

Coins-World | CoinLady

As one gets older, one reminisces. Reading so many posts about unusual coins, I've been thinking ofsome wonderful gifts of coin I received when I was young. When I graduated from grammar school, my uncle had mentioned he saved "a bunch of coins" from his service in World War II. He was in the South Pacific. Was I surprised when he handed me a small box with the coins! Among the goodies in the box were coins of: Fiji in 2 different metals, Australia in silver, Japan, Philippines, and a silver 5 Mark from Germany. I don't know how a German coin got there, but it was, in nice condition.

03 Jan 2017

Topics for topical collecting

Coins-World | CoinLady

Specialists in coins of the world have so many ways to collect. One of the most popular is topical collecting. Looking for coins depicting animals, flowers, kings and queens, ships, have always been favorites. So many designs, and so many topics...use a little creativity and come up with a really different collection.

02 Jan 2017

A Coin of Immense Sentimental Value

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The story of this coin starts at work on a summer afternoon in Wisconsin. Working at various cell sites throughout the region, I occasionally have the opportunity to observe different kinds of wildlife. On one of those occasions, I heard what I though to be a hummingbird fly by my ear only to find that it was a large praying mantis.Immediately, I had noticed that the praying mantis had landed on the chain link fence surrounding the cell site. I have seen praying mantis’s before but this bug was huge measuring almost two links on the fence! I moved a little nearer to take a closer look and observed the big bug turn its head to look at me. Talk about creepy, just let a huge bug stare you down and see how you feel about it. At that point with cell phone in hand, I took several pictures of the big green monster.Now fast forward a year or so to May 2015 and one of the most frightening experiences a young person can go through, meeting the parents of their boyfriend or girlfriend. In this case it was my son’s girlfriend and we decided to meet the first time at a restaurant for my birthday. Whats more, breaking the ice for both parties is always a little awkward. Seeking to discover common points of interest, came the normal questions, what do you do, where did you go to school, where are you from, etc? Yet, I felt it was up to me to make her feel comfortable and at this point I wasn't making much progress.In the course of the conversation I found out that my son’s girlfriend had studied zoology in college and loves animals. I do not remember how the conversation turned to praying mantis’s but when it had I showed her the cell phone pictures of the praying mantis I encountered at work. She was thrilled with my pictures and stated she had only dealt with immature, much smaller, praying mantis’s. Immediately, the atmosphere of our restaurant date eased considerably. Since our conversation was two way, I had no problem telling her of my interest in numismatics.That following Christmas, my son brought his girlfriend to our annual Christmas celebration at my mom’s house. Present were my three sisters, my children, and many of my nieces and nephews along with the grand nieces and nephews. Since we have such a large extended family we have a custom of drawing one name from a hat to buy a gift valued at about $25 to exchange. My son’s girlfriend decided to participate in our family custom for 2016 and drew none other than yours truly! I usually feel sorry for anyone that draws my name. Everyone knows I collect coins and there are very few things a person could buy for me valued at $25!Because of the weather, my son couldn’t make the celebration at my mom’s house this year and we decided to meet at a restaurant to exchange gifts and make plans to see the movie “Rogue 1.” At dinner my son’s girlfriend gave me a small box. Inside was a 2012 Canadian $10 coin featuring you guessed it, a praying mantis! Immediately I made the connection and appreciated her thoughtfulness towards me.For my part, I would have never bought this coin on my own and to tell the truth, I didn’t even know it existed. In fact, my son’s girlfriend searched e-bay for any coin featuring a praying mantis and only found this one. This then is what makes this a coin of great value, the idea and thought came long before the coin. I hope that you all had a blessed Christmas and I wish you all a very prosperous 2017.Gary

30 Dec 2016

Lots of foreign coins!!

Coins-World | Coinfox441

I looked at my foreign coins today, and I found out that I have more than I thought. I have coins from costa rica, Australia, japan, and some I don't even recognize! So, I present a question. What is your favorite design on a foreign coin? Personally, I would choose the Canadian $25 winter fun coin. I have not yet obtained one, but I am looking forward to purchasing one in the future.

22 Dec 2016

1808 Spanish Eight Reales

Coins-World | Longstrider

I have here a coin of lore, an original "Piece of Eight". This is actually a Spanish Eight Reales. This particular coin is from 1808. It has a bust of Spanish King Carlos llll. It was minted in Lima, Peru. The reverse shows the coat of arms of Hispania. It also has the mint-mark, value and assayers initials. The edge shows a rope type design. This type of coin is called a milled coin. This means it was machine made. A big step from the previously made cob coins. Cob means the coins were made from a bar of silver, in this case, with the proper weight of metal hacked off and hand punched. It weighs when minted 27.07 g. of 0.903 silver with a diameter of 39.24 mm. I really don't want to go any farther as I am a HUGE newbie on world coins. If I have made mistakes with the description I apologize and ask the world coin collectors to correct me. I was drawn to the coin by its beauty. Try to imagine the history this single 208 year old coin has seen! One last thing. Thumbing is when one rubs their thumb on the coin to clean and remove tarnish. I am doing this as this particular coin, when I first received it, was almost black and would not photograph. It is my 'pocket piece" so I am not concerned with any value loss. I do NOT recommend this process. My info came fromhttps://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces44676.html


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