27 Jan 2020

Franklin Mint Nixon Campaign Medal

Exonumia | Haney

Upon reading the blog “Coin Thoughts #86 by SUN” I remembered a medal I had stashed away in my collection. It was unwanted thing receiving no bids at the local club auction so I offered the seller what I had in my wallet at the time which I believe amounted to all of three dollars. The medal was obviously tainted by a man who resigned as president at a time when I was just a small boy playing with marbles and dreaming of being an astronaut someday. So from that perspective I cannot weigh in on the right or wrong of the time I just knew that there had been a change and now Ford was our president. The only personal experience I can speak to in regards to this former president is that I lived not far from his compound at the end of Orange County in San Clemente for a few years and I have eaten at the El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano that apparently he frequented when in town.

27 May 2019

**Coin Show Treasure**

Medals-So-Called Dollars | Kepi

Last weekend I was happy to find myself in Las Vegas attending a coin show that I has been looking forward to for quite sometime. The Las Vegas Numismatic Society's 56th Coin Show. It was a smaller venue about 100 vendors, just right for me! There was so much to see and lots of variety. Coins, currency, commemorative's, medals, gold, silver, books, supply's... they had it all! I went with a list and a budget in mind and manged to stick to it pretty good. I did find this Medal from a dealer way in the back corner and thought it would make a nice addition to my collection. It's a "So-Called Dollar" from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (Montana). San Francisco. Made of bronze, weight of 32.02 gm. and is 32 mm. It was for the State Dollar Fund of Montana. The obverse shows Winged Victory standing on the prow of a ship holding a laurel wreath out before her. There are exposition buildings, a riverboat and hills in the background. The reverse depicts a Montana scene with mountains, a stream, mining tools and a rising sun. Happy with this great find, I was off to the next vendors table where who knows what I might find! Buffalo Nickels perhaps...??? But that's the next blog... ; ) haha Hope you enjoyed my blog. All comments are welcomed.

13 Dec 2018

The Golden Pavilion

Medals | Mokie

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.

08 May 2018


Coins | Longstrider

I was just advised by my friend and fellow collector that NGC has a little known, unknown to us, policy. Here it is copied directly from their site:

11 Jan 2018

**Tiny Token, Big Message**

Exonumia | Kepi

I found this little token at an on-line auction...One of my favorite places to browse around. There wasn't too much information on it in the description, but it really "spoke" to me with it's message of "Liberty" and "The Lord's Prayer". It is a 1876 MS Centennial Exposition, Liberty Bell, Lord's Prayer Token. This has a composition of copper, is 16mm and also has a bezel edging. I really liked the mahogany tones with orange flecks of luster. This token came from the Virgil M. Brand Collection. Okay, now who is Virgil M. Brand you say... Well, Q. David Bowers wrote a book about him in 1983... "Virgil Brand; The Man and his Era; Profile of a Numismatist." I had no idea, but this man was a prominent numismatist especially of coins, medals and tokens, which included a hoard totaling over 1,355 items! It was said that he had one or more wooden barrels filled with Uncirculated Civil War Tokens! Can you imagine! He was also a Chicago Beer Baron. He was born in 1862 and began collecting around 1879. I feel really honored to have one of his pieces now in my collection. I hope you enjoyed this blog and will want to learn even more about this wonderful Numismatist of the past!

17 Dec 2017


Medals | Longstrider

For my birthday Saturday I was lucky enough to get the Christmas crud so many people are getting around here. Poor me. I also received this outstanding medal from my wife. Lucky me. It is a bronze cast by the famous, I'll just call him artist, Enrico Manfrini. Signore Manfrini was born in 1917 in Lugo, Italy. There is a great deal of information on him for anyone that would like to learn more. He is know as "The sculptor of the Popes." He passed away in Milan during 2004. The totality of his work, mostly religious in nature, is huge. Now to my medal. On one side is a high-relief cast of a bee. Around the sides are the dates 1870 and 1970. There is a small hallmark at the bottom center. I am guessing that it is from the place that cast the large bronze medal. The other side features a hard working banker with a scale that he is weighing a sack of money. The other side has a large ledger book he is recording his findings in. Across the top are the words CREDITO ITALIANO, which is Italian for Italian Credit. The bottom center carries the signature E. Manfrini. The details of the medal are as follows: It is a bronze cast made in Italy during 1970. It's diameter is 70 mm with an average thickness of 16.02 mm. I can't tell you the weight as my scale won't go high enough. I would estimate it at a full pound! I really don't know much about this medal at this time. I will let everyone know when I learn the story behind it and more of it's history and meaning. It has great meaning to me as I happen to be Italian and a beekeeper. Bees are often portrade as industrious, and hard workers leading to wealth. Italian culture has the connection between a beekeeper and his or her bees as almost spiritual in nature.. A fitting back to a banker figuring credit. I hope you enjoy this blog and photos. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for looking.

05 Jul 2017


Medals | Kepi

I couldn't believe it when I opened my package from the auction house in which I won this beautiful Medal! My first thought was it's so big!!! Especially in the holder! This is my first Medal purchase and I love it! Officially it's a 1876 Dated J-CM-11 ,AE 58mm United States Centennial MS 62 BN... Now that's quite a title : ) The obverse is Liberty placing a wreath on the heads of Industry and Art with the date 1876 below. It reads " In Commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of American Independence. Act of Congress June 1874. " The reverse is Rising Liberty with an unsheathed sword beneath 13 stars in a glory. Date 1776. The legend around reads " These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States. " The engraver is William Barber and there was about 7,000 pieces struck in Bronze. I feel so fortunate and proud to have this Medal in my collection, as the history behind it speaks for itself. ******* My research came from a reference book that I checked out from the ANA Library. "Medals of the United States Mint." The First Century 1792-1892 By R.W. Julian

01 Dec 2016

Official National Parks Centennial 1972 Collection REPOST

| Conan Barbarian

the original set cost of the collection was

06 Sep 2016

The Final Piece in a Long and Distinguished Career

Medals | coinsbygary

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University elected candidates to the hall based on their significant contributions to America. Some of hall’s honorees were people of renown in the discipline of the arts. Elected to the Hall of Fame in its inaugural year (1900), Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) who with other famous paintings is credited with painting the portraits of the first six presidents of the United States. [1][2] Today Gilbert Stuart is remembered either consciously or unconsciously every time a one dollar bill is used in commerce. This is because his incomplete “Athenaeum” portrait of George Washington appears on the face of the one dollar bill. Gilbert Stuart’s name also appears in the annals of numismatic legend. In a story that cannot be substantiated, it is said that his sketch of Philadelphia socialite Ann Willing Bingham was the basis for the obverse of the Draped Bust Dollar. [3][4] A bronze portrait bust of Gilbert Stuart done by Laura Gardin Fraser for the Hall of Fame was unveiled on May 20, 1922. The accompanying 1968 dated medal was completed by Karl Gruppe after the death of Mrs. Fraser. Karl Gruppe finished the obverse model of Gilbert Stuart started by Mrs. Fraser and designed the reverse featuring a young Gilbert Stuart working on his famous “Athenaeum” head of George Washington. [5] In spite of the quality and volume of her life work concluding with the Mary Lyon and Gilbert Stuart medals, Laura Gardin Fraser did not always receive the recognition she deserved. She would always live in the shadow of her husband made famous by the Buffalo Nickel and “The End of the Trail” sculpture. Even in her death, some 13 years after her husband’s death, her most notable epitaph was that she was the widow of James Earle Fraser. [6] Yet the many awards Mrs. Fraser received during her life from among her peers give witness to her as a leading sculptor of her time. In the private confines of their studios things were different for James and Laura. There, they considered each other as equals. Both Frasers gave each other the freedom to express themselves through their art without interference or undue influence from the other. Still the Frasers were very aware of how the public perceived them. Whenever Laura finished a commission, James and Laura had a standing bet as to how long it would take for someone to comment, “Bet Mr. Fraser helped you with this one.” One time Laura in fun snapped back at a wealthy patron, “Just who is this James Earle Fraser I keep hearing about?” [7] Today in 2016, 50 years after the death of Laura Gardin Fraser, I believe that time has righted many of the wrongs done to Mrs. Fraser as evidenced by the 1999 Washington Half-Eagle commemorative. I also think that in correcting those wrongs, history takes nothing away from James Earle Fraser. This then is exactly how I think both Frasers would have wanted it. James and Laura loved each other very much and only wanted the best for each other. They both had a full and wonderful life together doing what they loved to do best. To them it was all about the sculpted art! 1 Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_of_Fame_for_Great_Americans 2 Gilbert Stuart the Complete Works; http://www.gilbert-stuart.org/ 3 History of the United States Mint and its Coinage by David W. Lange, pg. 38 4 The US Mint and Coinage by Don Taxay, pg. 106 5 The accompanying COA to the Gilbert Stuart medal 6 The Meadowlark Gallery; http://www.meadowlarkgallery.com/FraserLaura.htm 7 The End of the Trail, the Odyssey of a Statue by Dean Krakel; chap. 4


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