22 Nov 2019

Coin Thoughts #82 by "SUN"

Medals | "SUN"


12 Nov 2019

A Very Controversial Choice

Medals | Just Mokie

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.

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.

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.

17 Aug 2019

An essential book for any Medal collector.

Medals | Many

Medals of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University.An excellent review of this series of medals, very informative about the artists who engraved the medals and their designs, illustrated with beautiful photos. An essential book for any medal collector.

14 Aug 2019

A.N.A. Medals

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. This is a blog on our favorite organization. The ANA. You see they celebrate the founding of this great order as they should with mementos and medals. Some of course are milestones and the medals reflect it. There are many different types. Down below the one with the diamond of course was the diamond jublee. It's beautiful. I remember looking at these a few years ago. Please enlarge the pictures. Many of the particular one was held in Chicago were it was founded .and believe it or not is complete intact with the diamond. The few others removed it and bought a car. The name plate space is there and the ribbon spotless it just of been a wonderful affair. The price was very low. There are some the price is very high. I believe a gold panda. So there are many. So I decided to look again when a friend of mine decided that I should spend some money. So I entered ANA medals and started going through them. Class is all I can say. I saw the one with Francis Scott Key from the war of 1812. This one like the other is spotless. This was celebrating 1993. It was the 102 anniversary convention. I believe Francis Scott Key was put on it because it was held in Baltimore. The war of 1812. What a great pick. The history of the Fort Mac Henry speaks volumes of our history. I remember some so in will share it with you. The Americans knew The British had not learned that lesson so back they came for another beating. They had sunk old war ships in the channel so the British couldn't get there war ships that close to Baltimore. They used there rockets and a few cannon balls did reach the walls and a few over. Francis Scott a Key noticed the rockets and the battle from not far away. Now we Americans flew what they called there Storm Flag which was 17×25 feet. This was big and ment trouble. Mr Key watched the destruction and the glory of the battle. In the morning he saw the battle was over and we prevailed. That's when he was the Garrison Flag was flying. This was bigger. 30×42 feet. It was then he wrote the poem The Defence of Fort Mac Henry set to the tune of Creon in Heaver later became The Star Spangled Banner. So the ANA did a wonderful job in creating this medal for this convention. There is history in all. Medals ,token,and coins. There is a scratch that is on the round plastic both sides but the medal came in the original price. He had make an offer I checked he had a great record. He accepted my offer and that was it. There is another one I passed right away when i saw his name and read his complaints. Plus way more money. I hope you enjoyed this blog and the history and this great organization. Enjoy your day .Pat. Don't forget enlarge the first pictures.

11 Jun 2019

Treaty of Versailles Medal

Medals | World_Coin_Nut

The Treaty of Versailles was the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I to an end. The Treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on June 28th, 1919 in Versailles, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which had directly led to the war. The other Central Powers on the German side signed separate treaties. Although the armistice, signed on November 11th, 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of Allied negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty. The treaty was registered by the Secretariat of the League of Nations on October 21st, 1919.Of the many provisions in the treaty, one of the most important and controversial required "Germany to accept the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage" during the war. The treaty required Germany to disarm, make ample territorial concessions, and pay reparations to certain countries that had formed the Entente powers. In 1921 the total cost of these reparations was assessed at 132 billion marks. At the time economists, predicted that the treaty was too harsh and said the reparations figure was excessive and counter-productive, views that, since then, have been the subject of ongoing debate by historians and economists. On the other hand, prominent figures on the Allied side criticized the treaty for treating Germany too leniently.The result of these competing and sometimes conflicting goals among the victors was a compromise that left no one satisfied, and, in particular, Germany was neither pacified nor conciliated, nor was it permanently weakened.Although it is often referred to as the "Versailles Conference", only the actual signing of the treaty took place at the historic palace. Most of the negotiations were in Paris, with the "Big Four" meetings taking place generally at the Quai d'Orsay.The below medal is one that I recently picked up. It was issued in Japan and honored the 5 ally powers. The description for the auction lot is below.JAPAN: Taisho, 1912-1926, AE medal, year 8 (1919), 55mm, 79g, Commemorating the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I, Allegorical representation of Peace standing right, in oriental attire and with drapery billowing around, holding laurel branch; doves at feet and flying above; in background to right, gate and façade of Versailles Palace // Flags of the five allies of WWI: Great Britain, United States, Japan, Kingdom of Italy, and France; all within wreath comprised of oak branch and palm frond, nice dark brown surfaces, plain edge, a beautifully designed medal, EF.The bronze issues of these medals were reportedly produced in quantity, though they seem to be infrequently offered in auctions.Sources: Wikipedia and my head.

27 May 2019

Remembering on Memorial Day

Medals | Mr_Norris_LKNS

I am thankful for all the men and women who gave their lives to protect and provide freedom for their fellow man. Some were volunteers; some were selected. Not all went into combat; sometimes combat came to them. Some deaths were brave acts of valor to stop an enemy and to directly save the life of a comrade; others were accidental. The number and type of medals awarded posthumously do not matter in as much as a life was lost in the service to our country. We do not celebrate death; we honor the names and memory of the dead, and honor the families, friends, and communities who lost loved ones. Those who have been freed from tyranny and whose children have been extended hope for a brighter future remember and are grateful.Attached are pictures of a medal I picked up at an auction. It commemorates the liberation of the small country of Luxembourg, which had been subjected to the tyranny of the Nazis during WW2. The date commemorated is 10 September, 1944, as you can see on the reverse. That was the day Allied tanks rolled into the City of Luxembourg, the small country's capital, forcing the German army to retreat. During the Battle of the Bulge, where the German military counterattacked the Allied advance, much of the country's territory fell back into German hands and had to be liberated again; but the City of Luxembourg was never recaptured, in spite of shelling by German heavy artillery.Note, though, who the medal honors on the obverse. Portrayed is the unique shape of the American steel pot helmet, and "U.S." is clearly featured on the soldier's collar. This is an officer's version of the American "U.S." insignia. Usually if such collar insignia was worn, it would be on a garrison uniform, but an officer riding in a jeep into a newly liberated city might be wearing such in combination with a helmet.Our military has liberated millions of people around the globe. These men and women are not always seen as liberators by everyone, and just like any other organization made up of a collection of individual humans, not all are saints. In this day and age of politicizing the legitimacy of using military forces to enforce the political will and national interests of America, I feel that has to be pointed out; because many will point to the actions of a few individuals as justification for condemning the whole body, and that is wrong. Our men and women give themselves to the service of our nation, and many times in the service of our friends and allies. It's a dangerous business, and some do not come home. Regardless of whether you agree with the politics behind or morality of a given war, these men and women do serve in allegiance to our flag and our Constitution, and hence to you... and each family who has lost a loved one in the service has suffered a loss, ostensibly for you. Enjoy your day today, but please respectfully remember those who have lost their lives in the service of our country."We wish no evil. We will fight evil where and when we see it, and celebrate victory over it. When all is said and done, we will mourn our dead, resolve to right the wrongs, and move forward with a better understanding of our world and our fellow man, to the end of living as peaceably as possible with all."

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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