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15 Feb 2020

Coin Thoughts #88 by "SUN"

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OFFICIAL INAUGURAL MEDALS - GERALD R. FORD AND NELSON ROCKEFELLER

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04 Feb 2020

Oliver Cromwell Death Medal .

Medals | Mike B

Hi every one. First I just tell you the pictures of the medal were taken of Heritage House site. I was waiting for delivery. So who was Oliver Cromwell? Many have heard his name. He was born April 25,1599 and died September 3,1658. Now the medal was done by J. Dossier in 1731 and is 38mm.He also did one in silver. Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of England,Scotland and Ireland. In the 1640's civil war broke out in England. Those loyal to the Monarchy Charles the Ist. The Royalists and parliament they were known as round heads.Cromwell was of course a round head.. He was ordered to lead most of The battles against those against the Monarchy.When the civil unrest was done Charles the 1st was imprisoned and of course in England if you were imprisoned you would be beheaded. This happened in 1649. By 1653 Parliamentary in fighting led Cromwell to take Head of State. He oversaw a military dictatorship. He had signed Charles the 1'st death warrant in 1649. Did anyone reading this know that England had a break in the Monarchy.? I did. Born in Ireland we learned allot about our history and Lord Cromwell was a big part of it. He was born in Huntington England. He always raised a devout Protestant and very anti catholic. The Irish was his deepest hatred. I will now give you a quote you will not read in any book but passed down though Irish histiry. "If I put an Irishman on a Spit I would get another to Turn it. That's a very deep hate.In 1649 he was selected to take care of the Irish with us and he did. In 1650 it was Scotland. He killed four thousand and imprisoned ten thousand then he captured Edinburgh. At this time Charles the II took the throne. Cromwell proclaimed himself as Lord Protector of Ireland Scotland and England. With all that and Daughter Elizabeth dying at the age of 29. He was not well and died in September 3, 1658 he was buried at Westminster Abby. That is the reverse of the Medal. But Charles the II .had his body removed and put his head on a Spit for the public to see. Charles did this for the death of his father which Lord Cromwell had done.At the present time his status stands before The Brutish Parliament.. Some of his body parts are in Sydney Australia in Sussex College.. The mask at the bottom is one of his death mask. The flag stood for the countries he ruled. And despite all his power the picture of the house is his. I'm glad I never met the man. There are books about this man. The net has just as much. If you when to learn hate this is the man. But I Don't blame him hate is taught it starts in the home and then school . Your not born hating someone. Thanks MikeDon't forget to enlarge the photos.

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23 Jan 2020

Medal of The Basilica .da Estrela 1779 to Present

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I read the blog by Sun yesterday about the medals of Nixon. Now medals are very underrated. Simply because there is no value to them there not legal tender. But based on the person creating the medal that's not true.Now I saw some medals on the Heritage Auction Site some had a reserve of five hundred dollars simply because the person was famous.. I like medals of Cathedrals and Basilicas. The Medal of The Basilica da Estrela or the Royal Basilica and convent of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Is located in Lisbon Portugal. It's a minor Basilica and Carmelite convent of Lisbon. It was ordered built by Queen Maria.Shortly after her wedding to her uncle.in 1760. Maria Princess of Brazil vowed before the Sacred Heart of Jesus to build a church. In 1779 when she took the thrown. Queen Maria ordered construction . It turned out to be one of the most beautiful church's in Europe at the time.. Now the medal is quite big it's 90 know and made of bronze. When I saw The Medal I looked the church up. If you look at the picture of the church and The tree it's exactly the one on the obverse of the medal. I could not find the maker of the medal . This happens sometimes. Even when it's made in 1979. Some one will make it and then they start making them and selling them. The picture of the inside of the church shows the absolute beauty of the church. They used these different types of marble It gets many visitors every year. It also has the largest Nativity Scene of five hundred figures. . Now it's not the biggest in Europe but the many pictures I saw it the interior makes it one of the most beautiful. Now shopping on EBay it caught my eye. When I saw the price that also caught my eye. So we say buy What we like. I couldn't get the dark red color that the Medal is made of. The reverse has the image of Queen Maria.. Again I learned something in the reserch. The fact that the Queen had a vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I do not know if the Catholic Church verified this. But many just believe. . I hope you enjoyed the Little Basilica as I call it. Sure it's underrated but I like it and that's all I care about. I wish I could get the original color. Thanks.

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22 Jan 2020

Coin Thoughts #86 by "SUN"

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OFFICIAL RICHARD NIXON INAUGURAL MEDALS

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15 Jan 2020

Coin Thoughts #85 by "SUN"

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THE OFFICIAL LYNDON B. JOHNSON INAUGURAL MEDAL

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22 Nov 2019

Coin Thoughts #82 by "SUN"

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THE OFFICIAL JOHN F. KENNEDY INAUGURAL MEDAL

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12 Nov 2019

A Very Controversial Choice

Medals | Mokester

2017 was a momentous year in the history of the United States Mint and once certainly deserving of special products. One of the popular items was the 2017-S Enhanced Uncirculated Mint Set. These enhanced finish coins were not double struck, like a proof, but were struck on carefully handled planchets that have a soft matte finish, very pleasing to the eye. But controversy arose with a special medal produced for the 225th Anniversary. The medal was made in Gold with 1/10 and 1 Ounce versions from the West Point Mint. The Mint also produced 5 different 1 ounce silver medals. These five medals were a standard Proof from Philadelphia, a standard Proof from San Fransisco, a reverse Proof from Philadelphia, an Uncirculated from Denver, and an Enhanced Uncirculated from West Point. The last 4 of these were issued together as a set. That's why we have both a Philadelphia and a San Fransisco Proof. The Obverse of each medal depicted an allegorical Liberty and the reverse depicted an Eagle in flight, both designs having a modern flair.Sounds good so far, a nice assortment of items for the 225th Anniversary but the controversy arose due to the choice of allegorical Liberty for the Gold and Silver issues. Instead of using a European featured liberty (even on our Liberty Heads with Indian War Bonnets), the Mint chose a very modern looking and very African-American looking Liberty. Personally, I found her very attractive and i bought all the Silver issues and one extra in a slab. But reading message boards around the time of issuance, I could clearly see a very strong collector backlash against the Mint's choice for their Liberty. Some people said she looked just like Michelle Obama (and they were not pleased) some just said it was ugly without really explaining their reasoning although the subtext was often barely concealed. Due to the Mints controversial choice of Liberty, I suspect sales may have suffered but I am very happy with my purchase and I hope the Mint is thinking outside the box for our upcoming 250th Anniversary. The beautiful obverse was designed by Justin Kunz with the Mints Sculptor/Engraver Phebe Hemphill bringing it to life. The exquisite reverse with its soaring Eagle was designed by Chris Costello with Sculptor/Engraver Michael Gaudioso.

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18 Oct 2019

Micky Marcus Medal

Medals | user_54817

The American flag depicted in the Medal does not belong to circa 1948. At that time USA had only 48 States.See image in The Numismatist October 2019 page 14.

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24 Aug 2019

1856 Westminster Abbey Medal

Medals | Mike B

Well medals seems to be in season and they should be. Even though they are not legal tender they are a big part of our hobby. I like them from overseas to right here at home. Now this medal I did a blog about a year and a half ago. But it's not the same. . The medal is the same but the words are mine. This I saw at Heritage House. I was the high price and said there's no way this is coming home. I read about it checked on it this was a sleeper. One bidder. I put in one bid woke up it said you won!! Now it was made in 1856 and if I remember 50.9 mm. It was the beauty and the detail that sold me. The designer did not miss a trick. Who was he? It was designed by The famous Jacques Weiner. He had two brothers who also made medals but Jacques was the man behind the great ones. His brothers were Charles and Leopold. He Manley did Cathedrals but also Temples and Mosques. He started with them at fifty mm. He decided to do a series of Fifty at fifty nine mm. Well he got to forty one because he started to lose his eyesight. What a loss to this great hobby. This Abby has held many weddings of the famous Monarchs not to mention Richard the Third. Whose body was just discovered in a parking lot where a church used to stand. That's a great story. If you get the chance watch it on t.v. This was started in the 600 A.D. And continued it just was kept being added to. It also needed to be rebuilt in a few places in the 12 century. And again in the 1800's. The front says Westminster Abbey but it's the reverse you want to see. On the bottom left panel it has history. On the bottom panel it has history and the right side the same. Such small writing and he captured the inside with every detail he could . The inside beauty is breath taking. It gets millions of visitors a year like most of them do. Yes a great medal made by a great man who was taken from us to soon. You always wonder what great men would of done it they lived longer. George T Morgan , President Kennedy I believe was at the right point in history. Martin Luther King. The list goes on. Enlarge the Medal so you can appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed this. It's short there is so much more. But look it up yourself get the exact dates the Kings and Queens. Don't forget enlarge the medal.

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