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28 Nov 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below I have my example of the new 2018 Perth Mint Australian Silver Kangaroo. Much Like our Silver American Eagle, The bounding Red Kangaroo in front of a star burst, designed by Dr. Stuart Devlin, remains the same every year. As counterfeit coins are everywhere now, there are several anti counterfeiting devises incorporated on the coin. The easiest to see is the micro engraved letter "A" inside the second "A" in Australia. This micro laser engraving is moved year to year. The obverse has the design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank- Broadley. The coin carries a value of one dollar Australian. It has a purity of .9999 silver, a diameter of 40.6 mm, a thickness of 2.9 mm and a weight of one troy ounce. This is the third release of the silver kangaroo from the Perth Mint. This coin came out after the popularity of the gold kangaroo. Although this is a beautifully designed coin, it is not my favorite Australian coin, however its purchased bumped me up to free shipping on a holiday order!! I hope you enjoyed the blog and hopefully learned something. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for your time.

15 Nov 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below are photos of my new, just won at auction, 1907-20 centavos silver Mexican coin. The specs of this beauty are as follows. On the obverse is the National Coat of Arms with the eagle facing forward, head to right, as we are looking at it, above a spray of oak and laurel leaves. Above everything is the legend ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS, "United states of Mexico". On the reverse, which most people think is the obverse, is a radiant cap of Liberty with the word "LIBERTAD" on it. Below the cap, within the rays, is the denomination 20 centavos. Below that is the word CENTAVOS and the date 1907. All this is enclosed in an open wreath of oak and laurel leaves. The mintmark "M", Mexico City, is below and between the digits of the denomination. The coin has a diameter of 22 mm and a reeded edge. It has a thickness of 1.1 mm and weighs 5.0 g of 80 5 silver. the KM number is 435. This coin was made after the Reform Act of 1905 and was made in 9 basic types. You get to look it up! This style coin was minted from 1905-1913. I feel very lucky to have won this beautifully toned silver Mexican coin. It has an amazing history, as most Mexican coins do..If one is looking for a new variety of coins to study and or collect I recommend these Mexican/Spanish American coins. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and photos. I look forward to your comments. Thanks again!!

10 Nov 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Today I thought I would give everyone a break from Peace and Morgan dollar VAMS. Don't be sad. They will be back! So, the Bushman's Alarm Clock, in this case, is a 2018 Australian Kookaburra. It is nick-named that for it's habit of sounding off, loudly, at dusk and dawn. This Australian silver coin is the Aussie answer to our Silver American Eagle. It has been minted, in Perth, since 1990. Each year features a different vision of the bird. This is one of the things I find attractive about the series. This year the one troy ounce .9999 silver coin features, on the reverse, the kookaburra in flight with it's wings spread wide. It was designed by gifted artist Neil Hollis. The obverse, by Ian Rank-Broadley depicts, as always, a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. My Gem BU coin is 40.60 mm in diameter and a thickness of 3.21 mm. It has a denomination of one dollar Australian. I find this a fun coin to collect. This coin is relatively inexpensive and, as I stated, every year has a different depiction of the kookaburra. You can find it a many domestic coin dealers. It also comes in different weights and finishes. Thanks for your time. I hope you enjoyed this blog and photos. I look forward to your comments!

07 Nov 2017

Audrey Hepburn and the 100th Anniversary of Cinema

Coins-World | coinsbygary

This post features an NGC PFUC-68 French 100 franc coin (KM#1096) commemorating the 100th anniversary of cinema and the actress, Audrey Hepburn.

05 Nov 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

In 1953, for the crowning of the new queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, a series of 10 heraldic statues were created. In 2016 the Royal Mint created a series of 10 coins to honor that event. They are being released at the rate of 2 per year. My 2017 coin, the third in the series, depicts the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon historically symbolizes wealth, knowledge and virtue among other things. This coins is minted in a BU finish of 2 try ounces of .9999 fine, pure, silver. It has a diameter of 38.61 mm and a diameter of 53.1 mm reeded edge. It caries a denomination from Great Britain of 5 Pounds. Of some interest is the obverse and reverse were both created by Jodi Clark. The obverse, always the Queen side, features the 5th portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. The reverse depicts The Red Dragon of Wales holding a detailed heraldic shield. I don't plan on buying any of the others in the series. I happen to have a great affinity for dragons, so just this one! I hope you enjoy this blog and photos. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for your time.

01 Nov 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

I just noticed that my latest Britannia is almost a year old, 2017. I thought I better get it up before it has a birthday and the 2018's come out. The Britannia is Great Britain's answer to our Silver American Eagle. It celebrated its 30th. Anniversary with this issue, 2017. This one was minted in BU state out of .999 pure silver. In this reverse design, by Philip Nathan, for the sixth year, features Britannia standing strong against a wale wind whipping around her Union Jack covered shield, Corinthian helmet and olive branch. She proudly grasps a trident in her right hand. A speckled radial sunburst is at her back. The Obverse, by Jodie Clark, shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II facing right. This is the second year for this design. The surface has a pebbly look to it. Now the specs.. The coin weighs one troy ounce, 31.210 g and is 38.61 mm in diameter. I know a lot of people wouldn't call this a coin, just bullion. I define a coin as being minted by a country and having a stated value from that country. Just my opinion. I hope you enjoy this short blog. Thanks for looking and, as always, I look forward to your comments!

28 Oct 2017

**Just Another Pretty Coin**...

Coins-World | Kepi

I saw this the other day at my coin dealer's store and knowing that I enjoy toned coins, he put this one aside for me. This piece really caught my eye. I think it's the beautiful bright silver with such a light mauve toning around the edge and on the rim that did it. It was just so pretty and understated. So after almost no thought at all...it now has a place with me in my collection. This is a 1999 $5 dollar Canadian Maple Leaf. 1 oz. pure silver. It features Queen Elizabeth ll on the obverse. Hope you enjoy it!

28 Oct 2017

Work from home

Coins-World | CoinLady

A few years ago at this time, I was at home recovering from an accident. When I was a bit more active, I got some writing done. I wrote a good number of articles for coin publications. When I look back, I realize that these were some of my favorite articles.

23 Oct 2017

Heinrich Julius of Brunswich

Coins-World | World_Coin_Nut

Until the German Empire was formed in 1871 Germany was a group of mostly independent states. Many of these states issued there own coinage. I have been collecting these coins for quite some time. There is a vast array of different designs and in most cases the minor coinage can be picked up for very reasonable prices.

21 Oct 2017

The Seeds of World War 1

Coins-World | coinsbygary

With Veterans Day coming soon and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 on November 11, 1918 coming next year, I thought to focus on some of the events that led to to World War 1 and in particular the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Today's Veterans Day holiday has it's roots in Armistice Day on November 11, 1918.


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