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13 May 2019

Arnold Numismatic Co. Ephemera

Exonumia | wdhyder

I posted a blog about store cards from the Arnold Numismatic Co. in January 2019. At that time I stated that I was looking for an example of the Arnold Numismatic catalogue to go with the tokens. I finally acquired a copy from Kolbe & Fanning's April auction. The Guide has the penciled date of 1914 on the cover, but if you look at my earlier blog, you will note that the advetisedprice was 15¢ in 1912. The various sales sheets tucked inside the guide indicate the sales price is 10¢. The cover indicates the catalog is the Fifth Edition. Their guide was first copyrighted in 1905, so I suspect this edition is from 1910. Early catalogs such as these provide tantalizing glimpses inside the hobby. An ad from A. G. Heaton in the back of the Guide caught my eye. Heaton published his monograph promoting collecting coins by branch mint, i.e. collecting by mint marks, in 1893. I was also interested to note that you could buy a copy of the Arnold Family Tree since they included their family coat of arms on their tokens.But back to mint mark collecting. The idea was still taking hold in 1910. In the Guide, mint marks are included in the definition of numismatics terms, but no by prices indicate any premium for rare mint marks. The Guide does note that 1878 silver dollars with 8 tail feathers do not warrant a premium. Heaton's ad caught my attention because I have an original 1893 copy bound in board covers. An ink notation on the inside cover notes the copy was purchased from the April 21, 1900 Lyman Low auction of the library of the Scott Stamp and Coin Co. Heaton was still selling his monograph in 1910 for the same one dollar issue price. My copy brought 70 cents in the 1900 sale. The monograph was issued with a paper cover, so I suspect the board covers were added by the Scott company. I do not know who bought the monograph in 1900, but at some point it was donated to the ANA Library and sold at the 1970 library surplus sale during the Second Annual ANA Summer Seminar. As an aspiring young numismatist at the time, I snatched up item for a whopping $1 to begin building my own library. And so began my interest in building my own library and ephemera collection.

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24 Feb 2019

Tincture in Heraldry

Numismatic Artistry | coinsbygary

Have you ever looked at the shield on many of our 19th and 20th century coins and wondered what the lines across the top horizontal bar of our national shield represent? How about the lines on the vertical bars? Beyond the vertical bars representing the 13 original states holding up the single bar representing the federal government you may be surprised to find that the lines or the lack thereof on the bars are defined by certain colors in heraldry called tinctures.

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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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17 Jan 2019

Hinchliffe Brewery Stoe Card

Exonumia | wdhyder

I spent last week at FUN. I go to shows looking for additions to my collection, but I don't have dates or mint marks to fill so I keep my eye out for something interesting. I saw the Hinchliffe Brewery store card in a dealer's case and I asked to see it. The dealer, Dick Grinolds, said it was the only one he has ever seen. He collects brewery tokens himself and threw this in his case at the last minute. Yes, he named a price and I said yes. I particularly like the raised dots added in the lettering on the reverse, plus it is an early use of aluminum for a token. The process for producing aluminum was extremely expensive before 1891 and aluminum did not come into common use for tokens and medals until the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

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05 Jan 2019

Arnold Numismatic Co.

Exonumia | wdhyder

One attraction of exonumia (tokens, medals, things that are like money but different) is the wide variety of collecting themes available. I have many and varied interests and collecting themes that I wander among looking for items that catch my interest. When one dealer asked what I was interested in, I replied: "Anything I can tell a story about." Coin dealer store cards are one of my many interests.

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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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29 Nov 2018

First Ever Coins of the LKNS Numismatic Knights Revealed!

Medieval Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

For those who have been reading my blog series on The Making Of A Medieval Style Club Coin and waiting for Part V: Making The Coins, so you could see what the coins actually look like... The coins have been made!The Legacy Knights Numismatic Societymet with the moneyer on Monday, November 26th. He brought with him all the coinshe hadmade for us, plus everyoneattending the meetinggot the chance to hammer several coins in aluminum for themselves!

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