22 Dec 2018


Coins-World | Longstrider

My newest edition is the Perth Mint 2018 Wedged Tailed Eagle. Mine is graded by NGC as a Proof 70 Ultra Cameo in a John Mercanti signed slab. Mr. Mercanti was our mints 12th. Chief Engraver. The coin is one ounce of 0.9999 pure silver. It is stamped in High Relief on a concave planchet. Its diameter is 32.6 mm and has a denomination of $1 Australian. It has a reeded edge. There is a total mintage of 10,000 coins. My coin happens to be # 3667.

25 Sep 2017


Coins | Longstrider

I am going to try to show something that is almost impossible, given my equipment. In the photos below, you will see an example of a circulated High Relief 1921 Peace Dollar. I am attempting to show the high relief aspect of this coin. This isn't easy, especially with a circulated coin. I took the one shot at an oblique angle. You can mostly see the depth of strike at the base of Miss Liberties neck and chin. In 1921 the Peace Dollar hit the public. They were actually minted in the last few weeks of December of 1920. Struck in high relief it quickly became evident that this wasn't going to work out. Beside being difficult if not impossible to stack, The die life was to short to make it acceptable to the mint as was the slow speed they could be put through the high-speed presses. Because of the these issues, most '21 Peace dollars were struck with weak centers on both sides, as well weakly struck Hair on Miss Liberty in an attempt to make the dies last a bit longer. With a mintage of only 1,006,473 the 1921 Morgan dollar was reintroduced to fill in the slack. This fact led to the only Morgans minted in Denver. This was a great idea from the powers that be, although there were countless millions of other date Morgans moldering in bank vaults and it wasn't needed to meet the public's demand for more silver dollars. I hope the reader can at least get an idea of the relief. Thanks for looking and, as always, your comments.

16 Mar 2017

What a Relief!

| chlavo

Thousands of years ago the Greeks and Romans feared the gods and goddesses they created. Classical Greek art portrays these deities as powerful beings that are to be respected and worshiped. This coin perfectly honors the Greek god Ares and the power he was believed to possess; the scene on the reverse shows a battle with Ares, fully armored, at the forefront charging, seemingly right off the coin. He brandishes a sword and a shield which has a roaring lion, a symbol of strength and courage. Behind Ares looms a Greek temple, and an army of men loyally following him to war.

29 Jan 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Here I have, for your enjoyment, a unique specimen of a 2 ounce silver coin. Specifically, it is a 2 dollars New Zealand, face value, of a Niue coin minted by the Mint of Poland in 2015. It is 99.999% silver. The finish is an antique type with real lava from the area and selective copper plating. It is 50.00 millimeters in diameter and has a very limited mintage of just 688 pieces. A lot of variables for one coin! I was lucky enough to receive this coin as a gift. My wife felt, as an Italian, I should own this piece of world history from my ancestral home! The coin comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. The obverse side is convex struck in High-Relief is a depiction of the volcano itself. The reverse side is concave and includes a half sphere of lava material from the region. It is embedded in the center. I hope you enjoy this coin as much as I do. Thanks for looking and your comments!

30 May 2016

The 1957 Oklahoma Semicentennial Exposition Medal

Medals | coinsbygary

Thematic coins and medals based on western subjects were a favorite of both Frasers. James Earle Fraser was born in Winona, Minnesota on November 4, 1876. In 1880 his family moved to Mitchell in the Dakota Territory. It was here in the vast openness of the American frontier that James love of the West grew. In the case of Laura Gardin Fraser, I believe it was her love of American history, the allure and excitement of the American frontier, and her love of horses that inspired her rendition of the “Oklahoma Run” on the 1957 Oklahoma Semicentennial Medal.[1]The motivation for James and Laura’s love of the West impacted their interpretation of it. In an interview with Mrs. Fraser, Dean Krakel, the author of “End of the Trail the Odyssey of a Statue” writes in his book; “There is a mood not only to our lives but to our studio and to everything we have ever done. I saw the frontier in a different light from Jimmy. I saw it with all its glamour, excitement, and motion and so created my Oklahoma Run. Jimmy saw the spiritual mood, the tragedy and emotional undercurrents of the frontier and so created his End of the Trail.” Late in his life, James Earle Fraser received a commission from the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds to sculpt a relief panel of the 1889 Oklahoma Run. With his health failing and near death James asked Laura to finish the panel which at the time was only in the preliminary stages of design. Based on James sketches, Laura finished the 4 x 20 foot panel in 1955, two years after his death. The relief panel features more than 250 figures composed primarily of horses and riders. Unfortunately, due to several disagreements it was not delivered until after Laura’s death in 1966 and a decade after the 1957 Oklahoma semicentennial celebration. The “Run of 1889” relief panel that is a model for the obverse of the Oklahoma Semicentennial Medal currently resides at Oklahoma City’s Bicentennial Plaza.[2][3]Mrs. Fraser brilliantly captures a snapshot of all the chaos, excitement, and fast movement of the Oklahoma Run featured on the obverse of the Oklahoma Semicentennial medal. Up for grabs on April 22,1889 was 2 million acres of land and 50,000 people simultaneously vying for it. As mentioned in a previous paragraph, Mrs. Fraser captures all the glamour, excitement, and motion of the American frontier on the obverse of this medal.[4] The highest relief devices on the obverse of this medal are the largest and most detailed images. The horses have their muscles flexed in full gallop and give an impression of fast motion. As the relief lowers so does the size and detail of the images until the images forming the lowest relief are very small and numerous. This gives the medal a three dimensional look to the action portrayed on the obverse. At the highest relief is a cloud of dust which frames the devices. A few wagons, one just behind the central horse and rider and a covered wagon towards the back adds diversity to the devices.The following is a description of the reverse as given by the editor of The Numismatist, Elston G. Bradfield in the June 1958 issue of The Numismatist; “Reverse: Around, at top, OKLAHOMA SEMI-CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION, at bottom, OKLAHOMA CITY; in center, two dramatic figures facing left, one representing energy and progress and the other imagination and vision; woven into the design are symbols of each activity that is derived from the earth, the air, fire and water. Harvesting is suggested by the scythe, mining by the pick, electricity by the wheels, animal husbandry by the cow and sheep, and power by the waterfall, oil wells and atomic symbol. The figure of Vision reflects the reverence that comes to him from on High. The symbol of the arrow piercing the symbol of atomic energy was the theme of the Oklahoma Semicentennial Exposition, "Arrows to Atoms" in 50 years. To the left of the central figures is 1907 and to right, 1957. In exergue, ~ PROGRESS ~ VISION~.” Certainly, Laura Gardin Fraser employed numerous and appropriate symbols to tell the story of Oklahoma on the reverse of this medal.This medal is struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company and is 76mm in diameter. Distribution was by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $7.50 each.[5]1 “End of the Trail the Odyssey of a Statue” by Dean Krakel; Chapters 2 & 4.2 The Numismatist, July 2013, “Canine & Equine the Art of Laura Gardin Fraser” , pg. 36-37.3 “End of the Trail the Odyssey of a Statue” by Dean Krakel; Chapter 4.4 Wikipedia, “Land Rush of 1889”; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rush_of_1889.5 The Numismatist, June 1958, page 664

11 Mar 2016

Smart Minting© Technology

Coins | user_3703

Smartminting© is a revolutionary technology in the field of modern numismatics. It pushes the boundaries, facilitates new specifications and sets new standards in the commemorative coin industry. Smartminting© stands for: • strikingly higher relief on standard weight coins • extraordinarily high relief on coins with slightly increased weight • considerably larger diameter on standard weight coins while maintaining relief height • standard relief height on coins with greatly reduced weight This advance know how technology is used esclusively by CIT with B.H.Mayer Mint.

23 Jan 2015

**Themed Coin Collections**

Coins | Kepi

I love Buffalo's! Especially in Numismatics. Here I'm showing my " American Buffalo 2014 Perth mint for Tuvalu $1 High Relief-Early Releases Proof 70 Ultra Cameo" ...boy that's a mouth full... haha!!! The photo's were tricky to take as this is a concave coin. This is one of many themed Buffalo coins and currency that I have collected over the past few years. Does anyone else have something special they like to collect with a theme in mind?


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