26 May 2020

The Manila Mint: Gone, but Mostly Forgotten

Young Numismatists Exchange | Oobie

In the late 19th century, imperialism was raging all around the globe. Minor countries were bound by the chains of major countries for resources, wealth, power, and territory; these minor countries almost never had the means to fight back against their conquerors, so they relied on other countries to help. The Spanish-American War, fueled by harsh imperialism, left a mark in history in several areas - one of which being numismatic history.

17 May 2020

Star Trek Coins Part Three :)

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Well, it has been a crazy month. A lot of people I know (including me) had been hoping that this virus would be wrapping up by now, but sadly that hasn't happened yet. My schools graduation is at the drive in, which means a limited amount of people, so I don't even know if I'll be able to go see a good number of my friends graduate, or see two of my best friends give their speeches as valedictorian and salutatorian. We got nine inches of rain in two days, and the first day, with seven inches in that one day, our first floor flooded and we had to do a lot of work with that. Yesterday we were out in the rain with a jackhammer and some shovels digging a drainage trench around the side of the house and praying that the lighting wouldn't decide to have fun with some ground strikes. My coin collection almost got stuck in the floodwaters but I fortunately was able to move it right in time, since I found it also right in time (talk about adrenaline oh my gosh...). My sister and I got followed by a cougar while we were out riding up near some of the cattle, and the cougar followed us halfway back to the house (once again, adrenaline!). We adopted a two year old German Shepherd and a Jack Russel Terrier puppy, and rescued three abandoned kittens, although sadly we cannot keep them all (I know, we're crazy. Quarantine man. LOL. I mean, what better time for new animals to settle in when their humans CANNOT GO ANYWHERE! Is the stay at home stuff wearing on anyone else or is it just me? LOL). The rain washed our mulch pathways to the barn, chicken house, and well house away, after we'd worked so hard to make them (sighhhhhh). School ends this Tuesday, and our big virtual choir performance is going to be soon. Prom got canceled. So did the spring choir concert, and the spring dance. We might have prom in June or July though. The end of the school year picnic got canceled as well, but we might have that in the summer. All in all, it's been crazy, but I should probably stop and get to the coins now... :)

28 Apr 2020

Star Trek Coins Part Two!

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

"Space, the Final Frontier. Normally, leaving the Earth's atmosphere to experience that final frontier is beyond the capabilities of normal individuals, but now you can explore the cosmos by boarding the USS Enterprise and sailing through the stars with all the crew members. From Scotty to Spock, the Borg to Tribbles, and Kirk to Pickard, everyone is here and ready to go on an expedition through the stars and to your collection. Several Mints around the world have released Star Trek coins that span multiple series and feature various beloved characters. I'm not a doctor, but these Star Trek coins would be the perfect fit for any Trekkie's collection." (quotefrom govmint.org I figured it would be redundant to start this post like I started the other one, and I though that this was a neat way of putting things.) :)

11 Mar 2020

**Attention All YN's**

Young Numismatists Exchange | Kepi

Hey all you YN's out there... I was reading through the latest edition of ErrorScope Magazine, March/April 2020, and came across this article! Sounds really cool! I wish they would have a challenge for us "old guys"... haha Check it out. Write your best story, send it in and maybe win a prize! Just for everyone's information, a CONECA membership with the ErrorScope is available for free to all YN's as part of the YN program. I also wanted to mention that there's a great article on the same page about a 1882 O/S Morgan Dollar Vam 5 by you guessed it our very own "Vam Man"... Longstrider!

17 Feb 2020

The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, Part Two

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hi everyone! This post is slightly later than I meant it to be. I wrote it originally about half a week, or a little more, after I published the first part of it, but then, when I hit "publish", the post completely vanished, and it didn't go up. (Has this ever happened to anyone on here before??) It just pulled up a page that said "ERROR" in red letters. Sigh. And, of course, this was the one time I forgot to copy my post and paste it into a pages document just in case something went wrong. So, after spending about an hour and a half on what turned out to be an almost 800 word blog post, it was gone. Just gone. And, though I tried many different things, there was no way to get it back. And then, before I had a chance to rewrite it, we went out of town (amazing winter break trip, to the Grand Canyon. So beautiful! I highly recommend it lol). But now we're back, and here I am, rewriting this blog post for a second time, from scratch, although this time I assure you I will fully be copying it all and pasting it into a pages document before I try to publish it or anything. Here's hoping it goes up this time... :) Okay. Here we go. The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, special editions.

22 Jan 2020

The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, Part One

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hey everyone! It's been a little while (School and the SAT sure do manage to keep you busy...), but I'm glad to be back!! I've decided to do a blog series to provide information about one of my new favorite coins, one that my dad and I have slowly started to collect together. The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin! (For those of you who have "known" me for a long time on here, they're definitely not replacing my Eisenhower Dollars, don't worry :), I just realized that I like the Eagles a lot too.) So here we go! :)Some quickie facts first:

15 Dec 2019

A Book Review of a Mighty Fortress: The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Silver Half Dollar

A Mighty Fortress: The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint by Richard G. Kelly and Nancy Y. Oliver is a great book about the history of the San Francisco mint. This wonderful book begins by talking about the Granite Lady, also known as the 2nd San Francisco Mint in addition to a brief amount on the other active U.S. mints, the Denver Mint, Philadelphia Mint, and West Point Mint. This book gives some context of the time period surrounding the building of the San Francisco Mint before diving into the construction of the mint. Then, the book details the scandal of the mint, and how a mint clerk was accused of losing several thousand dollars. In addition, this book talks about the security features of the mint that prevented a "direct forceful robbery of the Granite Lady in its entire tenure as an operating mint (Kelly and Oliver 50)." Next, the book talks about the coins made here and the rarities of 1893 and 1894. Later in this book, the authors wonderfully detail how coins went missing from the mint. I found it interesting how the mint managed to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco. At the end of the book, it talks about how the mint became a museum that closed and became abandoned. The last pages list the superintendents of the 2nd San Francisco Mint.


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