Minted in 1930 to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the Althing this is one of the more stunning coins ever made (in my humble opinion). I find it hard to fathom a 1000 year anniversary of anything. This coin was minted at the Saxon State Mint in Germany at the request of the Icelandic Parliament, the Althing, to commemorate there anniversary. It is one of the oldest parliamentary institutions in the world and a forerunner of the Western Democracy style of governing.
With the football season beginning, people will not hear Peyton Manning yell out "OMAHA" this year. Peyton would yell "OMAHA" when he was changing the play. For a change of pace, you might want to visit Omaha, Nebraska.
What is Rhodium?
Coin collecting is a wonderful hobby. Getting an old coin is like receiving a token from the past. You literally hold history in your hand. Think about it! First, to even start to make the coin, you have to find rocks and minerals that are often thousands if not millions of years old. Then, they are made into metal AFTER they are mined up. That's a long time already, and the metal is not even close to being circle like at all. After the metal is made, it might have get shipped overseas, or go on a long road trip in an armored truck. The heat would be unbearable! After it finally gets shipped to the mint, it gets a long bath. A bath with a billion other metals! How humiliating.... Then, they get cut and cleaned again! " This is no fun, I'd rather be back at the mine or underground again." They would say. Then they get pounded extremely hard. Their injuries resemble faces, or eagles, or words. They got tattoos, just a LOT more painfully. After an inspection, that the newly made coins are hoping to pass (they donâ€™t want to be marked as errors and go the groove-maker machine, for it looked painful. Plus, they bet it would mean more baths and more BANGS and CLANGS and howiling OOOOW THAT HURTS. Luckily they all passed the inspection. However, the ride was far from over. After another LOOONG and hot ride, this time in an undercover semi truck, they would start going into circulation. The coins were in a lot of pain, so they didn't have time to ponder what will happen to them in "circulation." A few of them had been taken and put in velvet lined beds. Everyone was jealous, until the lid snapped shut and trapped the poor coin, that looked remarkably like John F. Kennedy, inside. The now scared coins heard the coin's muffled scream from inside, "Who turned off the lights?" Others even went into plastic tubes, where they got pilled on top of eachother. It looked like a tight and a very uncomfortable squeeze. Some even went into plastic bags where all of the air was taken out. It was a see through grave. The ones that were not put into those horrible things are the ones now stuck on boiling semi-truck. Seriously, the temperature must have been like a million degrees farentight, or at least that's what the coins thought. They would give anything for one of those freezing baths. I hope that tells you how hot they are. The semi truck came to a stop. Then dazzling and bright light came on andâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦
How did the mint send / produce proof sets in 1936/1937/1938/1939/1940/1942?
Soccer, more commonly known as football outside the US, is a very important part of cultures all over the world and brings us together. This summer, a big event was held with this sport: the UEFA Euro 2016 Cup. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), was started in 1954 in Switzerland. Every 4 years since 1960 the tournaments have been held for men and various events for men and women of different ages have been held as well, but not every 4 years.
Recently, hundreds of commemorative coins are produced in the United States, whether they are the newest National Parks quarters, the 2016 Mark Twain commemorative coin, or a Native American Dollar. The coin that started all of this, however, is not well known by anyone but coin collectors. This coin is the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar.
The New York University Hall of Fame for Great Americans is a 630 foot outdoor colonnade featuring the sculpted busts of 98 out of the 102 honorees elected into it. The Hall of Fame was conceived by Dr. Henry Mitchell MacCracken, (Chancellor of New York University from 1891 to 1910) and was formally dedicated on May 30, 1901. The Hall of Fame for Great Americans currently stands on the campus of the Bronx Community College. (New York University closed due to financial difficulties in 1973).   The first of its kind in America, the inspiration for the hall is explained by the following paragraph copied directly from the Mary Lyon Medal COA: The spirit of The Hall of Fame is reflected in the following lines from the Old Testament: â€śLet us now praise famous men, by whom the Lord hath wrought great glory....All these were honored in their generations, and were the glory of their times...â€ť Carved in stone on the pediments of The Hall of Fame are the words: â€śBy wealth of thought, or else by mighty deed, They served mankind in noble character. In worldwide good they live forevermore.â€ť Mary Lyon (1797-1849) served as an educator and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1905. A pioneer in higher education for women, Mary Lyon opened the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (now College). The original curriculum included mathematics, English, science, philosophy and Latin. Under her guidance and with her constant labor, the school gained a national reputation for its enlightened curriculum and high academic standards, a reputation maintained to this day.  The practice of issuing accompanying medals for the Hall of Fame honorees came about through a coalition between New York University, the National Sculpture Society to oversee and approve the designs, the Medallic Art Company to manufacture the medals, and the Coin and Currency Institute to market them. A full page add in the October 1962 issue of â€śThe Numismatistâ€ť introduced the 1 3/4 inch medals for sale in either silver or bronze. Issued at a rate of about one or two per month, the issue price of the silver medal was $14 while the bronze medal sold for $3. The program which began in 1962 ended in 1974 with 96 medals created by 42 sculptors. In addition to the smaller silver and bronze medals, there were also larger 3 inch bronze medals available for purchase. The success of the Hall of Fame medal program was due in part to the art director at the Medallic Art Company, Julius Lauth. Julius knew which sculptors identified with the theme of each medal and as a result the commission for the medals was first offered to the sculptor who had completed the bronze bust on the colonnade. Therefore, since Laura Gardin Fraser did the bust of Mary Lyon in 1927, she got the commission for the accompanying medal. Mrs. Fraser completed the sketches for the Mary Lyon Medal and had them approved by the by the art committee before her death on August 14, 1966.    At Mrs. Fraserâ€™s death, Julius Lauth assigned sculptor Karl Gruppe to finish the models for the Mary Lyon medal based on the sketches done by Mrs. Fraser. Karl Gruppe, an associate of Laura Gardin Fraser in her Art Students League days was chosen to complete the medal because his artistic style was similar to that of Mrs. Fraserâ€™s.  The following is a description taken from the 1967 dated Mary Lyon Medal COA: â€śThe obverse is a fine classical profile portrait of Miss Lyon; the reverse is a typical scene depicting her continuing role as an educator, and is a capsule story of her dedicated lifeâ€ť. Over her long career as a sculptor, I find it interesting that Laura Gardin Fraser was equally capable of designing medals that were feminine in nature as is the Mary Lyon medal and masculine as is the obverse of the Oregon Trail commemorative. Of certainty, Laura Gardin Fraser was a truly remarkable sculptor. 1 Bronx Community College, http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/halloffame/ 2 Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_of_Fame_for_Great_Americans 3 Mary Lyon Medal COA 4 Medalblog, Hall of Fame Series - The Most Successful Medal Program by D. Wayne Johnson, December 3, 2012 5 Hall of Fame at New York University Medal Series by D. Wayne Johnson 2004, Medal Collectors of America; http://www.medalcollectors.org/Guides/HFGA/HFGA.html