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27 May 2019

Remembering on Memorial Day

Medals | Mr_Norris_LKNS

I am thankful for all the men and women who gave their lives to protect and provide freedom for their fellow man. Some were volunteers; some were selected. Not all went into combat; sometimes combat came to them. Some deaths were brave acts of valor to stop an enemy and to directly save the life of a comrade; others were accidental. The number and type of medals awarded posthumously do not matter in as much as a life was lost in the service to our country. We do not celebrate death; we honor the names and memory of the dead, and honor the families, friends, and communities who lost loved ones. Those who have been freed from tyranny and whose children have been extended hope for a brighter future remember and are grateful.Attached are pictures of a medal I picked up at an auction. It commemorates the liberation of the small country of Luxembourg, which had been subjected to the tyranny of the Nazis during WW2. The date commemorated is 10 September, 1944, as you can see on the reverse. That was the day Allied tanks rolled into the City of Luxembourg, the small country's capital, forcing the German army to retreat. During the Battle of the Bulge, where the German military counterattacked the Allied advance, much of the country's territory fell back into German hands and had to be liberated again; but the City of Luxembourg was never recaptured, in spite of shelling by German heavy artillery.Note, though, who the medal honors on the obverse. Portrayed is the unique shape of the American steel pot helmet, and "U.S." is clearly featured on the soldier's collar. This is an officer's version of the American "U.S." insignia. Usually if such collar insignia was worn, it would be on a garrison uniform, but an officer riding in a jeep into a newly liberated city might be wearing such in combination with a helmet.Our military has liberated millions of people around the globe. These men and women are not always seen as liberators by everyone, and just like any other organization made up of a collection of individual humans, not all are saints. In this day and age of politicizing the legitimacy of using military forces to enforce the political will and national interests of America, I feel that has to be pointed out; because many will point to the actions of a few individuals as justification for condemning the whole body, and that is wrong. Our men and women give themselves to the service of our nation, and many times in the service of our friends and allies. It's a dangerous business, and some do not come home. Regardless of whether you agree with the politics behind or morality of a given war, these men and women do serve in allegiance to our flag and our Constitution, and hence to you... and each family who has lost a loved one in the service has suffered a loss, ostensibly for you. Enjoy your day today, but please respectfully remember those who have lost their lives in the service of our country."We wish no evil. We will fight evil where and when we see it, and celebrate victory over it. When all is said and done, we will mourn our dead, resolve to right the wrongs, and move forward with a better understanding of our world and our fellow man, to the end of living as peaceably as possible with all."

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20 Apr 2019

1957 ANA Convention Medal

Medals | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Found this in the local coin shop recently. I've not been able to attend an ANA convention yet, and it's something I look forward to doing someday.I'd actually been looking for the kind of name tag holder at the top of the medal, when making awards of our own for our young numismatists' club. You really could fill them with anything: the name of the award recipient, the name of the award for which the medal was given, the name of the numismatic club giving it, etc. Some of the same info could be engraved on the back, though, so it's probably best as a name holder at a convention. The way these are designed, the name holder could be card stock, or something fancier, as long as it wasn't too thick and slightly flexible.The back of this medal particularly reminds me of some stock Medallic Art medal reverse options I've seen in the past, although since they've been bought out of bankruptcy by another company, I don't see the full former line of stock reverse options anymore. I'd looked at them as recently as a couple years ago, and this one looks familiar. I do not see any hallmarks on it though.The medal has a few spots but is overall in pretty good condition. The name holder has a small spot of what looks like rust along the top front, but not too bad. The ribbon drape itself looks a little faded and just a tad grungy but not all that dirty. It was probably stored for years in a box or drawer. The construction of this medal is such that it could be completely disassembled, hanger from ribbon from medallion, if a cleaning was to be attempted; but I don't think the ribbon would hold up to much attention. It's solid but I'm thinking any sort of fluid would leave stain marks or maybe wash out even more of the color; and the stitching holding the drape loop together might be too fragile to stand up to anything like that. I will probably leave everything as it is.From a cursory internet search, I don't see ANA Convention medals reselling for very high prices as collectibles. Some (different years) are seeking around $10 to $12 for them. I would imagine it would be quite easy to come up with an attractive array of several different years for not much money. As with any series there's bound to be some that are harder to find than others.

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17 Feb 2019

Happy Presidents' Day

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Presidents' Day is tomorrow. As collectors, we are familiar with many coins, medals and tokens depicting the presidents. Collecting portraits of one or more presidents can be a lifetime challenge.

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25 Jan 2019

Apollo medals

Medals | CoinLady

Collectors who are awaiting the Apollo 11 coins might want to look at some of the beautiful medals that were issued during the Apollo space program.

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20 Dec 2018

Scenes from the First LKNS Medieval Moneying Event

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

If you've been reading my series on the making of a medieval style club coin, we discussed all the background research, design selection, inscription translation, processes, technology, and costs that go into such a project. As you could easily conclude, a project like that can take a lot of effort and time before you even begin striking coins. But the result was a beautiful, truly medieval looking coin for our club. This was an incredible, rewarding way to learn about the minting process, particularly for hammered coinage. The real fun for our club was in actually getting to take part in making them!

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09 Dec 2018

U.S. Mint Medal: Documenting the Pedigree of a POTUS sGm

Exonumia | DrDarryl

My career as an engineer keeps me busy...(last post was in September 2018!)

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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.

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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.

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