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30 Apr 2019

1704 Great Britain Victories Medal

Medals | World_Coin_Nut

In the 1700s Great Britain was a world power with the most formidable navy in the world. They showed their pride in the navy by issuing a series of medals. The medal below is one of these. It is a 40mm silver medal commemorating naval victories at Donauwerth, Gibraltar, and Hochstadt. The dies were cut by G. Hautsch at Nuremberg. That’s right, in Germany.

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20 Apr 2019

1957 ANA Convention Medal

Medals | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Found this in the local coin shop recently. I've not been able to attend an ANA convention yet, and it's something I look forward to doing someday.I'd actually been looking for the kind of name tag holder at the top of the medal, when making awards of our own for our young numismatists' club. You really could fill them with anything: the name of the award recipient, the name of the award for which the medal was given, the name of the numismatic club giving it, etc. Some of the same info could be engraved on the back, though, so it's probably best as a name holder at a convention. The way these are designed, the name holder could be card stock, or something fancier, as long as it wasn't too thick and slightly flexible.The back of this medal particularly reminds me of some stock Medallic Art medal reverse options I've seen in the past, although since they've been bought out of bankruptcy by another company, I don't see the full former line of stock reverse options anymore. I'd looked at them as recently as a couple years ago, and this one looks familiar. I do not see any hallmarks on it though.The medal has a few spots but is overall in pretty good condition. The name holder has a small spot of what looks like rust along the top front, but not too bad. The ribbon drape itself looks a little faded and just a tad grungy but not all that dirty. It was probably stored for years in a box or drawer. The construction of this medal is such that it could be completely disassembled, hanger from ribbon from medallion, if a cleaning was to be attempted; but I don't think the ribbon would hold up to much attention. It's solid but I'm thinking any sort of fluid would leave stain marks or maybe wash out even more of the color; and the stitching holding the drape loop together might be too fragile to stand up to anything like that. I will probably leave everything as it is.From a cursory internet search, I don't see ANA Convention medals reselling for very high prices as collectibles. Some (different years) are seeking around $10 to $12 for them. I would imagine it would be quite easy to come up with an attractive array of several different years for not much money. As with any series there's bound to be some that are harder to find than others.

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16 Apr 2019

I Am Honored

Medals | coinsbygary

Sorry folks no image this time! It just doesn't seem quite appropriate for this post. You see, today I have accidently discovered that one of my writings was linked on the website of a national humanitarian organization!

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17 Feb 2019

Bicentennial PNCs

Medals | Mokiechan

Starting in 1972, and annually thereafter, until 1976, the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission marketed PNCs through the US mint that included a bronze mint medal and a set of four different stamps postmarked in the city where they were first issued.

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17 Feb 2019

Two Hobbies in One

Medals | Mokiechan

One of the best ways to combine a love of Numismatics and Philately is to collect PNCs. Philatelic Numismatic Covers are often produced for special events where the stamp and the coin or medal have some relation to each other. The envelope that houses the two items is also has some artwork related to the overall subject. They are extremely attractive, easily displayed, and are often quite inexpensive. In fact, they can often be found in the case at your local coin dealer or at shows of every level. Ms. Doris Walker has written a very comprehensive guide covering many of the more popular issues. It is a fun read for folks into PNCs or just curious about them.

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25 Jan 2019

Apollo medals

Medals | CoinLady

Collectors who are awaiting the Apollo 11 coins might want to look at some of the beautiful medals that were issued during the Apollo space program.

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16 Jan 2019

Did You Ever Buy Anything Just Because You Liked.It?

Medals | Pat

Hi kindly enlarge pictures. Sorry about the light on the Three Wisemen. This is a medal I ordered from Portugal. When I saw it the price was very very low. It's made of bronze they made two thousand of them. That's it. That's all I could find out about it. I just gave up. It's 100mm wide and 80mm from top to bottom. It's very detailed. The words on top Reis Margos means Three Wisemen. I looked it over its very detailed. Has everything from the Star in the sky to the reverse were it has the gifts for The Child. By the top right next to the words is the town of Nazareth and you can see a town there pointing to Bethleham.. I did find the maker he is well known in Portugal. It's Cabral Antunes. Thanks for loops.

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26 Dec 2018

George Fredrick Handel. Please Enlarge Pictures

Medals | Pat

George Fredrick Handel was most known as a great musician and composer. He was born in Germany February 23, 1685 and passed away in in England on March 5, 1759. He spent most of his life living and working in England for almost fifty years. He is known for his opera's, orotorios, anthems and organ concertos.

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13 Dec 2018

The Golden Pavilion

Medals | Mokiechan

When I visited Japan back in 1976, I picked up this beautiful medal in Kyoto Japan. The medal depicts the Golden Pavilion on the obverse and the reverse is blank except for tiny Japanese characters in a box which read " Kinkaku-Ji", which is the name used by the Japanese for the Golden Pavilion. The Medal is signed by M. Sawano, possibly Mizue Sawano, but I am not sure. Mizue is a Japanese female artist well known for her paintings.

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