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09 Dec 2016

Gift ideas

Coins | CoinLady

Not sure what to get someone, a special person or the one who's hard to buy for? Consider a numismatic gift.

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09 Dec 2016

King George the Third

Coins | Mike Burn

Just a quick blog on King George. He was a ruler during a period of war. They didn't like France or Spain. That's why those countries came to our aid during the war for independence. They made a movie about him saying that he was insane. As it turns out he wasn't. He had a physical condition that worried everyone. A doctor stepped in took him away to help him. All this time the world was in this total mess. The Prince of Wales tried to have him removed from the throne. This certainly would of done nothing but cause more world problems. About the time the Prince was making his move the King returned to England. Completely normal. There were many tokens, coins, sets of King George. He certainly made a huge impact in our history and almost put Britain into bankruptcy fighting the war. But he was a man of principle and a great leader.Sorry about the quality of the pictures the coin was very dark.It was at this time conder tokens were being made to make up for the shortage of money. Like our civil war tokens!

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08 Dec 2016

Coin Loupes

| Hunter The Coin Collector

       As I was browsing through products on Whitman Publishing, I noticed a large abundance of over 10 different Coin Magnifiers. This was also suprising because ones of similar quality can have a large difference in price.  I don't fully comprehend the reason for different prices and costs. I understand that they have different magnifications but that seems to have little impact on the pricing scale. I personally use a times ten magnifier and that seems to be generally accepted among the ANA community. I was wondering what magnification you would recommend. -Coin Collector 101

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08 Dec 2016

Polish Central Bank Commemoratives

Coins-World | user_74329

In Poland the National Bank of Poland, which is also the central bank, issues 15-22 collectible coins per year. However only some of these coins are actual commemoratives. Of course there are coins minted for various occasions, like the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Although some coins, for example the one shown on the photo, doesn't honor anything. People buy them because of something mentioned in The Ten Rules: they simply love them. And despite the fact many coins are issued, they are in usually small numbers, typically 10 000 to 30 000 pieces for silver coins and 600 to 2 000 for gold coins. Also especially the silver coins are not priced very high. Personally I manage to get most of my coins at about 50$ a piece. That policy makes coin collecting easier for beginners, because buying them does not really require very much knowledge and they eye appeal is very good. Like most special collectibles these coins of course have much lower denominations, than the actual value of the coin or only the metal in it. From the most known series I can certainly mention three : "Story of Polish Coin", Stanislaw's August Treasures"(based on a series of paintings) and "Polish Painters". The last one consists of rectangular shaped "coins". But emitting coins like that is not a new trend. Various shaped commemoratives were emitted by the Second Republic of Poland from around the 1919 till the Second World War at 1939. After the war traditions weren't discontinued: Bank of the People's Republic of Poland also started very famous series like for example "Animals of the World" emitted for more than 20 years. Due to most of these coins are proof finish and were encapsulated just after striking their eye appeal is still very good. But no one buys coins that have grading lower than 65, because they are supposed to be collector's pieces and not just some circulated coins. There is also one honorable mention: Nordic Gold 2 zoty coins. They were made from a special alloy named Nordic Gold. It does not contain real gold, but consists of Copper, Aluminum, Zinc and tin(it's chemical model would be CuAl5Zn5Sn1). These coins are minted normally like circulating coins and sold for 2 zloty, which is also the denomination and were usually emitted with normal commemorative coins. However NBP(Narodowy Bank Polski) discontinued them in 2014, because "The striking costs were too high". They were replaced with a 5 zloty coins, which are not worth mentioning in this article. I hope that this piece of writing was interesting to read and encourage you to look more, if you're interested.

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08 Dec 2016

Metal Manipulations

| SpartaCuse

I realize this type of info really isn't about collecting - But I do find it fascinating - very interesting link about Deutsche Bank & its precious metals rigging & manipulations

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07 Dec 2016

coin errors

| user_97015

there are many different varieties of coin errors out there including DD,  off center, and double denomination. But what strikes me the most are the coins that are so distorted that you are almost puzzled how they can come out of the mint looking like that. I thought that if the mint catches or notices an error coin they are supposed to melt it down and recycle the metal. if this is true how on earth can a coin like the chain strike (first picture), folded edge (second picture), or other varieties can show up in coin stores and coin collections. 

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07 Dec 2016

US quarters

| user_97015

over the past decade the Us mint produced and circulated statehood quarters, territory quarters, and now national parks. the national parks series is supposed to  extend until 2021. after that (in year 2022) what will the quarter design be, i know it is 5 years away but has the mint released any information on this topic yet or do we still have to wait a little longer. And what do you think is going to be the next designs? (countries, planets, major US cities, US capitals...)

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07 Dec 2016

I can dream, can't I?

Coins | CoinLady

Whenever I'm downtown--and I go as often as I can--I enjoy stopping into my favorite coin shop and looking in the windows, browsing, talking about coins. It's a nice place for a longtime collector to dream.

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07 Dec 2016

the future of money

| user_97015

a few years ago i did a project for school called innovations, in which i researched an innovation that happened throughout history and i had to create a project based on it. I decided to research the history of money, and for the project we had to cover the past present and future of that topic. for the past i talked about bartering and trading one good for another, for the present i talked about coins and paper money (like we use now and what bartering turned into), and for the future i wrote about digital currency like bit coin and credit cards/debit cards. (i know that bartering is still used but it is over powered by government issued money)

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