21 Oct 2016


Medals | "SUN"

I use "Coin Thoughts" for the title of my blogs, even tho this is about a medal, I use the title to cover all aspects of numismatics. I found this medal on the internet and it caught my interest. One thing that caught my eye was the lettering on the medal. It is similar as what was used on the Morgan Dollar, which was first minted the year before this medal. At the bottom of Ulysses Grant's bust is a small incused "M" which stands for George Morgan, the designer of the medal and dollar. The medal is about 25mm made of brass. The inscription reads" Struck and Distributed in The Municipal Parade/ By the Employees of the U. S. Mint/ Phila. Dec. 16,1879. After President Grant left office in 1877, he and his wife took a trip around the world that lasted over 2 years. After visiting China and Japan, the Grants sailed to San Francisco, arriving in September of 1879. They went on to visit Yellowstone National Park (which became the first national park in the United States under the Grant's administration). Grant was a very popular figure in the United States. This medal celebrates his return to Philadelphia Dec. 16, 1879. At this time there was talk of Grant running for another term of President. He was eventually defeated by James A. Garfield at the 1880 Republican Convention.

19 Oct 2016

2017 Colorado Springs Coin, Currency, and Collectibles Show!

Coins | user_58923

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18 Oct 2016

Taking a Look at Bullion!


Taking a short break at numismatics, I decided to get some precious metals to add to my collection.

18 Oct 2016

Shammy Tilden And The Election of 1876

Exonumia | Pliny The Elder

As you step outside your door today you greet a new morning. It is like the day is made especially for you. With each breath there is renewal, there is change. But did you know that this day has come before, and will come again too? Sort of. Let's step back 140 years or so ago. Samuel Tilden was the Democratic Party candidate for US President in 1876. This was the year of the Centennial, the 100th birthday of the United States of America. Rutherford B. Hayes was the Republican Party candidate running against Tilden that year. It was Republicans versus Democrats, and each side would have you believe it was a choice between whorepresentedtrue patriotism and who represented ruin for the country. In the final outcome Tilden won the popular vote, but Hayes won the Electoral College. Florida played a key role in the recount of the 1876 Presidential election, as did Oregon oddly enough. And with two sets of vote returns turned in for three states, each declaring different winners, esters of election fraud were wafting through the political atmosphere. Lawyers were invoked, staterooms were packed, and newspapers were aflush with daily fodder. Similar to the events surrounding the 2000 US Presidential Election, the New-York Tribune erroneously declared an early Tilden victory before backpedaling when it was obviously still undecided. After an election commission was convened on January 29th, 1877 and after nine days of meeting, Hayes was declared the winner through a strictly party-line vote. It is an interesting history that seems quite familiar. This larger-sized copper features Samuel Tilden and the sarcasm throughout the legend points to the consternation felt by many Democrats at this career politician for failing to gain the White House. It was struck by medailleur George H. Lovett for Isaac F. Wood of New York. According to the Lovett Tokens and Medals website, George H. Lovett created medals and tokens from 1847-1892, mostly with patriotic themes. This token is part of a set of three satirical tokens, two of which feature this same obverse portrait and legend. The nickname Shammy Tilden, according to James E. Mueller's book "Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn", was given to him by reporters who were suspicious of his "slippery" ways. Still, sometimes a slippery guy catches the slippery prey. Shammy Tilden is credited with being part of the team that brought down Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall. And from this token, he is accused of bringing down his own political party. Hey, it's a great token. Nicest one of it's type, graded by NGC as MS67 RB PL with a good provenance too. I hope you enjoy the token, it's a 31mm sized boisterous copper beauty. I happen to like it a lot. Besides Mueller's book and the Lovett website mentioned above, I consulted the archives of the United States Senate, William Langer's "An Encyclopedia of World History" and Edmund B. Sullivan's "American Political Badges and Medalets 1789-1892" for all of the information in this blog. The painting in the picture section is called "The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission" by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett. It hangs On the third floor of the Capitol, to the left of the Senators' Family Gallery entrance. I hope you enjoy the token and that the history behind it makes you ponder the whys and wherefores of politics. It seems some things never change. Oh yeah, that's paraphrased from the Bible, Ecclesiastes, "There is nothing new under the sun". Not even this blog. I could not have written it without all of the sources I have listed throughout, and I hope you take the time to look up some of the information to obtain a better understanding of this token and this period of United States' history.

17 Oct 2016

Tales From the Vault: Money, Great and Small

Tales from the Vault | ANA Official Post | Benstheman

Money as we know it was first conceived largely because its size and weight made it practical. Objects which ancient people agreed were of tradable value – livestock, crops, tools, etc. – were too large for convenient transport, and the emergence of coins simplified what it meant for people to acquire what they needed to live. Featured here are some of history’s largest and smallest currency – in size, weight and numerical value. All objects are on display at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.

16 Oct 2016

ANA Library Comes Through

Library | Pliny The Elder

Wow, what a treat. The ANA is proving to be a great resource for certain things, this time for books. I love books, and books about coins are what I seem to get the most out of (although who doesn't like a good Mary Higgins Clark mystery or a Presidential biography or two to relax by?). The ANA offers a library service for members, a service which I have recently taken full advantage of. I will attempt to explain what I did, and how awesome and fast it was. First, I went to the top of the web page here at the ANA website, and under the button that says DISCOVER, I found the area to access the ANA Library section. I had to sign up separately to check out library materials, but once I got my password the process of researching and requesting materials was quite easy. The book I wanted arrived quickly in the US Mail, safely packed inside of a box. I was careful at removing everything from the box so that I could reuse ALL of the material for returning the book. So far so good. They send an envelope with clear instructions for returning the book so this is going to be easy. The instructions are clear, and involve me paying for return postage as well as for postal insurance. They include a Postal Insurance Tag to use to make the process more obvious and simpler. There is also an envelope inside of the box for me to put in payment for the postage it cost the ANA to send the book TO me. That is about $6. Overall I am very pleased with the process. I am thankful to the ANA for offering this service. I am especially thankful to the ANA staff that focuses on the library area and makes sure materials are sent quickly to members. This is a valuable service. I am sure donations to their library are used wisely. Sure helped me out a lot. THANKS!!

14 Oct 2016

NGC and I Part TWO

Tokens | Mike Burn

Hi everyone! On August 27 2016 I wrote a blog concerning a problem I was having with NGC. I will not go back into that blog to rewrite the information and the blog being there doesn't make sense. Well I called NGC today and found out the decision. It was mailed out two days ago. As a MS64! That's right after three months countless phone calls three different countries and the cooperation of the British government and a member here at the ANA. It's finally over. This token had to be justified. The designer had to be justified. I was not going to let a company deny this token of Queen Victoria 1857. I spoke to the so called head of all tokens and was told to stay away from it it was trouble. He had one and couldn't sell it. Do you know why? He did not do his homework. He had no paper trail. All I needed was a start and I got that from the seller who gave it to me. I contacted the British government in Warwickshire England where they forwarded the information to a library where a couple of hard workers found the book the author the page the number of the token and the plate number not to mention the company who made it. We knew Taylor had made the token and they found most of the information I needed. So I forwarded all the information to a person I will not mention. I waited two weeks and called him he claimed he never received the information. I told him what I had and he said send the information and the token back.

13 Oct 2016

The American Eagle Program

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Silver Half Dollar

The American Eagle Program contains gold, silver, and platinum coins. American Eagle coins provide investments, beautiful coins, and a way to easily own precious metals. American Eagle coins are not the same as the quarter-eagles ($2.50), half-eagles ($5.00), eagles ($10), and double-eagles ($20). Even though these coins are legal-tender they typically sell at a high premium above their melt and face value combined.

12 Oct 2016

1903 Indian Head Cent

Coins | Longstrider

I would like to show all this example of a 1903 Indian Head Cent. I won this one at a little known, at the time, auction. It is now well known. No more great deals. My photos don't do the colors justice on this cent. It has a beautiful warm, bright shade of red/brown! It's not a rare year as about 85,092,703 regular circulation strike coins were made. I wasn't looking to collect Indian Head cents when I saw this one but I go for what I like and I really like this one. Now I keep my eye out for nice Indian pennies when I see them. Collect what you like and you won't get tired of your sets!! Thanks for looking!