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14 Feb 2018

GOLD RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

Coins-World | Longstrider

   Today I would like to share a coin I was very lucky to find at this late date. It is a Canadian Gold 2013 Ruby Throated Hummingbird. This coin is a 25 cent denomination. It is ½ a gram of .9999 gold. Not a lot of gold but pretty pure. I should say it is 11 mm in diameter. This coin is part of the Canadian Wildlife Series, which I have a few. They may be small but every detail is present. The reverse was designed by Claudio D'Angelo. His depiction is of the hummingbird in full flight. That means 50 wing beats per second.

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09 Feb 2018

German Notgeld

Coins-World | World_Coin_Nut

Notgeld is German for emergency money or necessity money. These were non-government sanctioned monies issued by private institutions, mostly in Germany and Austria, during and after WWI. There was not sufficient government produced money at time so banks, towns and other firms worked to fill in the gaps.

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03 Feb 2018

1891 LIBERTAD

Coins-World | Longstrider

  This morning I would like to share this coin I bought from an odd source. The coin is a 1891 Dos Centavos Libertad. The source I bought it from is odd in that they live in the Transylvanian area of today’s Romania. I know. Crazy, no? He is very reliable as I have bought from him before. eBay. Just low end stuff so far, but he has great rates and great shipping. No problems. In fact the last blog I did was a coin from him. The Italian 1 Centesimo. So, back to this coin. This is a great toned dark 1891 DOS CENTAVOS from Argentina. It is a bronze, 10 g, 30 mm, 1.8 mm thick, round coin. Minted from 1882-1896. KM #33.   The obverse features the coat of arms of Argentina in the center, name of the country above and date, 1891, below. Argentina does not use heraldic arms, but the emblem, which is commonly referred to as a coat of arms. At the top is the golden Sun of May, signifying Argentina as a new and glorious nation. The cap at the top of the spike is the Phrygian cap symbolizing liberty. The spike under the cap represents the people's willingness to defend their land and protect their liberties. The two shaking hands symbolize the unity of the different provinces of Argentina.  On the reverse is the head of Liberty, wearing a Phrygian cap. The engraver's name, Eugène-AndrĂ© OudinĂ© is below the head. The inscription "Freedom'' in Spanish and the denomination "ONE CENTAVO". What drew me to this particular common coin is the die breaks. They are predominately located at 9 to 7 o’clock on the obverse. Also, some of the stars deserve closer inspection for possible doubling. All in all, I found this to be a great coin to own and study. I hope you enjoyed my blog and photos. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for your time!!

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03 Feb 2018

**Silver and Dogs**

Coins-World | Kepi

**SILVER and DOGS**...      Man's best friend and a hunk of that silver stuff!    What's more American than that?    haha      It's my 2018 Australian Mint "Year of the Dog" 2 oz. Silver Perth Lunar Coin!   Wow! That's a mouthful!   This beautiful coin portrays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse along with the date, face value, silver weight and purity. The designer is Ian Rank-Broadley.   The reverse shows a German Shepard with puppy lying in the grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background.  The design also has the Chinese  character for dog, the inscription "Year of the Dog" and The Perth Mint's traditional "P" mintmark.   This Sovereign coin is backed by the Australian government.     The birth years for people born in the Lunar Year of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.  Those fortunate enough to be born in these years ( LIKE ME)  are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.   ; )          Thanks for looking at my blog!  Any comments would be great!

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29 Jan 2018

Bell Thalers

Coins-World | World_Coin_Nut

The seven bell thalers are well know crown coins from Brunswich, one of the most active, numismatically, German States. These are all popular with collectors and difficult to find, especially in mint state. All have a version of a bell themed reverse with an obverse of either the Duke Augustus or the dukes arms surrounded by five helmets.

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19 Jan 2018

Hungarian Forint

Coins-World | user_74781

I thought I would attempt to give a little information on some coins I know I have somewhere.  They are coins I saved when I was "collecting coins" but not a "coin collector."  Which is why they are in a box that I can't currently find.

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19 Jan 2018

MEXICAN ENDANGERED SPECIES COMMEMORATIVE

Coins-World | Longstrider

   Below I have my example of a Mexican Commemorative. It is actually one of the series of Endangered Species in Mexico Collection. That is inscribed on the reverse in Spanish, "ANIMALES EN PELIGRO DE EXTINCION / EN MEXICO". Mine is a 2000 River Crocodile, "CROCODRILO DEL RIO". It shows a great picture of a crocodile centered on the coin. His or hers mouth is opened against a grass background. Above that is the date 2000 and the mint mark of Mexico City below it. To the left of the crocodile is the denomination, $5. To the left of everything is the Latin name of the species, (Crocodylus acutus). It is a very busy reverse but it all fits nicely on the well designed reverse.

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18 Jan 2018

**$20.00 for $20.00**

Coins-World | Kepi

I wanted to share this cool little coin with you!  It's from the Royal Canadian Mint who has a great program called $20.00 for $20.00.  The one I really liked is this 2013 Canadian Wolf.   Struck in 99.99% fine silver with a worldwide mintage of 250,000. It has a serrated edge, weight of 7.96 g. and diameter of 27 mm. The obverse was designed by Susanna Blunt and features Queen Elizabeth II.  The reverse shows a frontal view of a wolf running through the barren wilderness. The designer is Glen Loates.  The face value is $20.00...and the cost of this coin is $20.00.   Pretty cool huh!!!  So next time you have an extra $20 bucks, think about these cool little coins!  Thanks for looking at my blog. I look forward to your comments.

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15 Jan 2018

JOSE' MARI'A MORELOS y PAVO'N

Coins-World | Longstrider

The coin I am putting up today is a silver Un Peso minted in Mexico City in 1948. At first I found this coin to be kind of dull and boring. After research I have changed my mind. It has a rich history and story behind it. Much like all Mexico does. The obverse features the National Arms Eagle facing left. It is inscribed with "ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS". The reverse is the head of Jose Morelos facing left. It is lettered ".UN PESO 1948 Mo. 14 Gr 0.500. MORELOS.." It has a reeded edge, was minted in Mexico City 1947-1949. It's denomination is 1 Peso of .500 Silver. It weighs 14 g and is 32 mm in diameter and is 2 mm thick. Its KM number is 456. Once I researched this coin I was amazed at the history of the man it depicts and the history of his time in Mexico.

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