04 Aug 2021

The Enigmatic Entities bridging Numismatics and Exonumia

Exonumia | user_46396

Having come back into collecting after a 35 year hiatus, other than amplified prices and dominance of PCGS and NGC, a few interesting nuances gliding between numismatics and exonumia grabbed my attention.The activities of key individuals:Jeff Shevlin - Cataloguing & Publication for enthusiasts of So-Called Dollars, and development of newer commemorative products in silver & off-metals.Mel Wacks - Overstrikes of historically significant events onto modern coinage, plus 50 years of Jewish-American Commemorative MedalsAndor Carius - Square geometric morphing and rendering of multiple currencies, but most prominently the Square Washington Quarter.Daniel Carr - The Moonlight Mint, a plethora of topical wealth found regarding him and his work on every channel and forum.OHNS - Outlier as it's not a person, but I respect how OHNS is putting formality, traceability and value into hobo nickels, which diverges even further into the art community...and asset class. Modern carvings have come a long way... Even without Dremels.Curiously, all these gentlemen hail from a mixed Engineering/creative artistry backgrounds. (just goes to show what lengths people will to go to get out of Engineering!)I've been blessed through the modern miracle of email to have corresponded with these gentlemen. All of them gracious, informative, and personable. 50 or 100 years ago, "common folk" like me might have sent a letter, but a response I don't believe would have been as likely, and certainly not repeat follow-up.Hopefully we live to see a modern revival of collecting (and have "someone" left to sell our collections to if the grandkids don't want them!)

05 Dec 2018

The Horace Mann Medal

Exonumia | Many

C. Paul Jennewein’s life as an artist is a classic success story. As a clever young boy in Germany he was apprenticed at 13 to sculptural artisans where he rapidly learned the techniques of casting, modeling, and painting. His life from then until his death in 1978 at age 87 was marked by a series of artistic accomplishments.

29 Nov 2018

A beautiful Lincoln’s Medal

Exonumia | Many

Recto depicts a right-facing bearded Lincoln with “LINCOLN” wrapped around upper rim, “1089/ 1865” to right of profile. “With malice toward none with charity for all” al left and right of neck and facsimile signature beneath. “Name of engraver (Anthony De Francisci) appears miniscule just below image.

09 Nov 2018

Metis Shipwreck Lifesaving Medal

Exonumia | Many

The New York-built screw steamer METIS of the New York and Providence Line was in collision with the schooner NETTIE CUSHING off Stonington on the night of August 30, 1872 during a heavy gale and drenching rain. It was first thought that the steamer was not much damaged and she spent some time looking for the schooner. However, it was later discovered that she was leaking badly and although headed shoreward, she never made it and sank amid great confusion, mishandling of lifeboats and other mismanagement. Fortunately, the hurricane deck of the steamer floated off and served as a life rafe. Captain J.S. Crandall of the Watch Hill, R.I., Lifesaving Station sent out a lifeboat and rescued 17 persons from the water. His fishing boat was also sent out and rescued others. Meanwhile the shore near Watch Hill was strewn with wreckage of the steamer and those who were able to float themselves in on boxes and other wooden part of the ship. There was heavy loss of life.

07 Nov 2018

James Fenimore Cooper Medal

Exonumia | Many

In colonial times and through the revolutionary period, American writers and artists copied the styles and subjects of Europe's masters. But in the decades after independence, they began to embrace their homeland as their subjects.


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