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25 Jul 2016

Coin Thoughts #1 from "SUN"

Coins | user_1217

I like to read about history and coins. These past few weeks I came across references to a coinage act of April 22, 1864. This Act had a impact of some of items I like to collect. This act changed the composition of the Indian Cent, it created the 2 Cent piece, and pretty much did away with Civil War Tokens. I casual collect all these items. I look for coins and tokens with nice eye appeal and usually in grades of Very Fine and above. I belong to the Fly-In Club (Flying Eagles and Indian Cents) and The Civil War Token Society. The quarterly publication of Fly-In Club is the" Longacre Ledger" tells about different varieties and the hunt for the coins. I do not really look for varieties, but the publication has great photographs. I also belong to the Civil War Token Society which also issues a quarterly publication.The cost of membership in these clubs are well worth the dues. You can find more information on these clubs at fly-in.org & cwtsociety.org. I have not found a 2 Cent club, but would be a member if there was one. Whitman Publications have "Redbooks" on Flying Eagle & Indian Cents, and also on Civil War Tokens. I recommend both. Also, there is a nice a book by Kevin Flynn "The Authoritative Reference on Two Cents Coins." Even though I do not purchase a lot of coins and tokens, The clubs and books keep me informed. I want to tell the story of my first Civil War Token. I was about 12 years old in the early 60's when my sisters brought a "coin" home with an Indian head on one side and "Not One Cent" on the other. My sisters received this as part of a payment while working as car hops at A & W. Hopefully, you like this blog. I am planning to post my rambling thoughts on a somewhat regular basis. Happy Collecting, from "SUN" (Southern Utah Numismatist).

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25 Jul 2016

How A California Bank Note Kept You Warm At Night

Odd & Curious Money | Pliny The Elder

You probably know there was a time in American history when a piece of paper currency was called a horse blanket. This is because the size of paper these bills were printed upon was larger than what we see today. For sure not horse blanket sized though, and it would be a bit of a stretch, if you'll pardon the pun, to get that bill over the back of your old gray mare. Still the nickname sticks, and today we now know that money indeed can be a horse blanket. But did you know that the horse blanket was also once money? Well, sort of. Out in the West, in 1830's California, it was a wild frontier except along the coastlines where a busy trade took place with ships bound for ports in Boston as well as other parts of the world. There was no established American monetary system because California was not in America at the time. And because of a War of Independence with Spain, Mexico was not a part of Spain either. This was Mexican California, once only a series of Spanish Missions and Rancherias, residents of all sorts now worked to profit off of a booming California cattle trade and the hides and tallow it produced. Inhabitants of what later becomes the Golden State relied upon the value within precious metals to conduct day to day business, mainly silver coins and bullion. Richard Henry Dana Junior in his book Two Years Before The Mast says that while he was surprised as the quantity of silver in circulation circa 1834 in northern California, it was not just silver being spent: “I certainly never saw so much silver at one time in my life, as during the week that we were at Monterey. The truth is, they have no credit system, no banks, and no way of investing money but in cattle. They have no circulating medium but silver and hides---which the sailors call California Bank Notes. Everything that they buy they must pay for in one or the other of these things. The hides they bring down dried and doubled, in clumsy ox-carts, or upon mules' backs, and the money they carry tied up in a handkerchief;--fifty, eighty, or an hundred dollars and half dollars.” Now you know a little more about the relationship between a “horse blanket” and a horse blanket, and how a California Bank Note not only kept you warm but could also get you dinner and a bottle of rye.

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25 Jul 2016

More on new collection

Exonumia | CASINO NUT

This post is onthe continuing of my new field of collecting interest of casino memorabilia. I am now up to 48 chips of which I will show a few below along with some other collectables. there aretwo key cards from the margaritavillehotel and casino, anslot club card from the margaritaville casino. now on to the chips in the pictures, there is a one dollar chip from the margaritaville casino, a fivedollar chip from the same casino, a five dollar chip from the paradise island casino in the Bahamas, and lastly my favorite chip in my collection a$ 2.50 chip from the holiday casino cruises in key largo, Florida which I used to play in when I lived In the Florida keys. well until next time good luck and above all have fun in all your collecting pursuits

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24 Jul 2016

question?

| MisterCoinCollecter16

if there was a sixth 1913 liberty V nickel, would the value go down? because of the other ones in existence?

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24 Jul 2016

Poland Trip Coins Pt 5 (Last one!)

| ShriekenGriffon

This is the 5th and final part of the coins I got on my Poland trip blog, except this time, I will be talking about some bills. Actually though, only two were received from Poland and are gifts given to me by my grandparents. The third was found by my mom (who is Polish) in her desk a few days after we returned from our trip. Now I have no experience on grading paper money but the one from my mom I will say is extra-fine to about-uncirculated with a few faint folds and some small crumpled parts but otherwise is fairly nice. The other two are really bad with many creases, folded corners, dirt, and creases. That’s enough with the “specifications” and more onto the bills and a little history. Also, none of these have special serial numbers. There is also a watermark of the eagle on each one.

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22 Jul 2016

Silver Queen Strikes again

Coins-United States | user_7361

I enjoy collecting coins and old currency, just as the rest of you do. I have a large variety of nice coins and paper currency in my collection but lately I have developed a taste for collecting junk silver coins. Every time I make a purchase to add a coin to my collection I have to buy some junk silver as well. I have become an junk silver addict and now I'm known as the "Silver Queen" amongst my fellow collectors. I walk into my local coin dealer and when they see me coming through the door they automatically pull the junk silver tray out for me and put it on the counter. Yes, even the local coin dealer knows I'm a junk silver addict.I always get teased and told I have a nose on me that can sniff junk silver out miles away.Does anyone else out there like junk silver coins too? Please share your story.

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22 Jul 2016

1923 TOP-50 VAM PEACE DOLLAR

Coins | Longstrider

So here I am trying to save money for the ANA Anaheim Show. Doesn't sound like a big deal does it. Then I get an alert from ha.com that a coin I am looking for has come up for bid. I check it out and it's a very nice 1923 MS 64 Peace Dollar VAM-1B Extra Hair. I enjoy Vam Peace and Morgan Dollars. Especially ones you can see the deal that makes it a noteworthy, Top 50, VAM without any magnification. I put a modest bid on it and before you know it I won it. Oh well. It's a beauty. I have included a photo I took from VAMworld so you can see the extra hair clearly. I had a bit of trouble photographing this coin as it's fairly blast silver color. What do you all think. I already know I'm weak! Thanks for looking!!

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19 Jul 2016

Poland Trip Coins Pt 4

| ShriekenGriffon

This is hopefully the 4th and last part of the coins I got on my Poland Trip blog. These next 4 coins and two bills are from my grandparents. And my mom also found an old Polish bill a few days ago which is in much better condition than the other two.

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18 Jul 2016

need help

Coins | user_93411

I have a few questions to ask i have a 1999 no mint mark penny and Im wanting a ball park figure on its value. I also i have a 1983d double die penny the wt. 3.0 grams, is that a copper penny im not sure? my 1996 d penny double die with a extra bread does anybody have any info on them regarding value ect. I'm new to collecting coins and any advice would be greatly appreciated

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