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14 Oct 2016

NGC and I Part TWO

Tokens | Mike Burn

Hi everyone! On August 27 2016 I wrote a blog concerning a problem I was having with NGC. I will not go back into that blog to rewrite the information and the blog being there doesn't make sense. Well I called NGC today and found out the decision. It was mailed out two days ago. As a MS64! That's right after three months countless phone calls three different countries and the cooperation of the British government and a member here at the ANA. It's finally over. This token had to be justified. The designer had to be justified. I was not going to let a company deny this token of Queen Victoria 1857. I spoke to the so called head of all tokens and was told to stay away from it it was trouble. He had one and couldn't sell it. Do you know why? He did not do his homework. He had no paper trail. All I needed was a start and I got that from the seller who gave it to me. I contacted the British government in Warwickshire England where they forwarded the information to a library where a couple of hard workers found the book the author the page the number of the token and the plate number not to mention the company who made it. We knew Taylor had made the token and they found most of the information I needed. So I forwarded all the information to a person I will not mention. I waited two weeks and called him he claimed he never received the information. I told him what I had and he said send the information and the token back.

27 Aug 2016


Tokens | Mike Burn

Hi everyone! I am writing this blog to inform you of an on going discussion with NGC. Many months ago a sent a British token to NGC for certification. Well it came back like none other in my twenty three years of submitting coins and token's. It came back in plastic and said ineligible type genuine. Not improperly cleaned or details. It's uncirculated and doesn't have a mark on it. 

09 Jun 2016

My New Token: Auckland Licensed Victuallers Association

Tokens | Pliny The Elder

I just got a new token.  It is an interesting one from New Zealand, believed to be issued in 1871.  The following is by the former curator of Heritage Interpretation at Museum Victoria:

01 Jun 2016

Tokens and all that stuff...

Tokens | user_94464

Hello, Mike Burn has told me about some really cool tokens. I was wondering if I should collect tokens and medals. I like them but I do not know much about them. Does anyone know some good books about tokens? And what is the TPG policy on tokens and medals? I am a YN so is the pricing good?

30 May 2016


Tokens | Mike Burn

Hi! I have previously written a blog a while ago on these tokens. The information is based on Q.DAVID BOWERS book A GUIDE BOOK of CIVIL WAR TOKENS. Now a few of you asked me the value on these gems. Well I'll try to keep to keep it simple. Each token is assigned a rarity factor or like I like to call it mintage. These can be found on page four. I will list some to give you an idea. A rarity one means they made greater than 5000. A mintage of four would mean they made 201 to 500. A mintage of six means they made 21 to 75. And a mintage of ten means they made one.

02 Apr 2016

Two Things

Tokens | ShriekenGriffon

Ok guys. I keep on forgetting how to make a forum so i am asking you here to tell me how so I can remember. Thanks for the help.Second thing. I think what I am about to put here would be best for a forum. but from the few previous sentences, you can see that I don't know how so I will put it here: How many of the YN's here are participating in the YN Literary Awards and how many are doing the Lady National Coin Week Contest  from yesterday's YN Newsletter e-mail? I know I will be in both these contests because who knows if you will win unless you try? Two years ago in 2014, I unexpectedly won 3rd place in the Literary Awards. I am not saying this to brag but to show that if I never tried I might not have won anything!Comment down below about if you are participating in the..events or if you know how to make a forum thingie. Thanks!

23 Mar 2016


Tokens | Mike Burn

Hi everyone. Well I finally got my hand's a token iv been trying to get since I saw it in a book. It's a Middlesex D& H 39. Young's penny. On the obverse it has St. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. It was made in 1794. MR.HENRY YOUNG was a dealer in coins,and his store was located at number 18 Ludgate St.London. It was engraved by Wynn and manufactured by Kempson. Mr. Young was a jeweler and Goldsmith and delt in coins. His shop onLudgate St. Is now called Ludgate square. It's located right around the corner from St. Paul's. He could see it from his door since it was built on the highest point in London. The two architects were Christopher Wren and Lorenzo Gafa. It was built between 1675 & 1711. Construction started much earlier but ran into problems. The detailed of the front is so remarkable you can see the window's and every brick. During world war two Hitler planned to take the heart and soul out of London by burning it down during the blitz. There were hundreds of volunteers in the huge dome made of wood waiting with sand and water. Hitler sent 225 bombers to London that night and when they left St.Paul's stood. He ordered another attack but because of communication problems it never happened. This token is one of my collections that will never leave my house. It's 222 years young has luster and sharp as a razor. The reverse is harder to describe,take my word it's just as beautiful as the obverse. For some  reason my spell check will not let me put the name of the type of token it keeps changing the word. I'll try one more time conder token. There we go have a nice day. Wish I could of had a picture but my tablet won't allow it.mike. By the way it was graded by NGC. It's a ms62!I

04 Feb 2016

Conder Tokens

Tokens | Mike Burn

The 18 th century conder tokens are the most underated and underappreciated, and undervalued segment's of numismatics today. There is so much history here. It was a terrible time period, a turning point in history. The revolutionary war with Britain and the French revolution were very large on the world scene.Britain was in a time when men stood up for what was right and willing to die for it. It was the beginning of the industrial revolution. There were more counterfeits of coins made by the the people than the real coin's. So people began making their own out of copper. Thus we have the beauty's we have today. It's not often one gets to hold a coin over two hundred year's plus! Alot of these token's are uncirculated because of the details people collected them instead of using them! They are fascinating in there variety and artistic achievements in there own right. American's are starting to realize not only that beauty. But there value is on the increase. They are twice the size of American token's contain edge writing on alot of them and avalible on place's like eBay. All collection's should have diversity in them. I can't think of a better way. Check them out you just might like them.

02 Jan 2016

still collecting


i just bought about 20 tokens and medals for 50 dollars at one of the local coin shops in my town, in the mix were  some parking tokens, some game tokens,some presidential inauguratal medals,some souvenir tokens and other interesting ones. also i'v been subscribing to numismatic magazines and buying and reading more books on coins and coin collecting. well until next post thanks for reading and good luck in all your hobby pursuits.