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08 Apr 2021

NGC Registry Award

Coins-United States | coinsbygary

I promise that this will be a short post! Last year in 2020, I won my seventh NGC Journal Award. Along with a plaque and generous grading credit, NGC sent a special pedigreed coin to each of its major award winners. The following paragraph details how delighted I was with the mystery coin when it arrived in the mail yesterday!

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13 Mar 2021

The Three Graces on the Cheap

Coins-World | coinsbygary

In December of 2019, the United Kingdom launched a series of commemorative coins based on the classic works of "The Great Engravers." The inaugural issue features the classic "Una and the Lion" engraved by William Wyon. When this coin was first issued, you could find the 2-ounce silver version on e-bay for less than $500. From then on, the resale price has sky-rocketed. Recently, I saw an NGC PFUC-68 Una and the Lion on e-bay sell for $4000.00! Fortunately, I bought mine long before the numismatic community realized what it had in this coin. Subsequently, I had mine graded by NGC at PFUC-69. Obviously, I'm pretty happy that for a change, I hit the numismatic lottery! By the way, mine is not for sale!

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26 Feb 2021

Numismatics and Social Media

Collecting Tips | coinsbygary

I wrote the following on 2/3/21 in response to a collector who lives a fair distance from his nearest coin shop. In his blog, he talks about social media and its effect on the coin market. The author of the blog wrote it in response to an article by Jeff Garrett. The link to Jeff's article and the blog are posted below. In my edited answers to him below, I will make references to some of you. Please know that I am not talking directly to you. But I am referring to my perceived knowledge of you in this response to him. I am also posting a proof version of a French coin commemorating medical research that I wrote about in a previous blog. All I can say about that is stunning!

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24 Dec 2020

A Christmas Present Post for All My ANA Friends

Coins-World | coinsbygary

Late in 1983, working as a defense contractor, my wife and I moved to a small town near Munich in southern West Germany. In the heart of Europe, this was a perfect place from which to visit many other nearby European countries. Austria, France, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland were all within a day's driving distance. The United Kingdom was quite another story. In that instance, a Lufthansa to British Airways connection from Munich to London Heathrow fit the bill nicely.

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12 Dec 2020

The Wilson So-Called Dollar Restrike

Medals-So-Called Dollars | coinsbygary

The Wilson so-called dollar restrike is a privately commissioned medal struck by Daniel Carr of the Moonlight Mint. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Manila Mint opening on July 6th, 1920. It is almost an exact copy of the original medal except for the reverse legend. The reverse legend of the original "Wilson Dollar" reads, "To Commemorate The Opening Of The Mint," and the date is 1920. The restrike replaces the word "Opening" with "Anniversary" and dates 2020. What makes this medal a restrike is that the original 1920 obverse die engraved by George T. Morgan was used to strike the 2020 medal. The question now is, how did this die get into private hands without first being canceled? The answer to this question is fascinating, and I can't tell it all, so I'll give you my sources to read for yourself after I whet your appetite.

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07 Dec 2020

The Lesser-Known Kennedy

Coins-United States | coinsbygary

Often when we think of the Kennedy's our first thoughts go to John and Bobby, who were assassinated. We might also think of Teddy, who saw his political aspirations for higher office end at Chappaquiddick. When I look back at history, I can't help but think what the political landscape might look like today if things were different. In my estimation, there was a strong possibility all three Kennedy brothers would have been President of the United States.

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10 Nov 2020

The Coin Dedicated to the Scientists Searching for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Coins - World | coinsbygary

When I first saw a recently released French 2020 2-Euro coin dedicated to medical research, I knew I had to have it. The coin comes packaged in three unique blister packs, and the maximum mintage is 100,000 coins per pack. The coins are bimetallic with a copper-nickel outer ring and a nickel-brass clad nickel center. They are 25.75 mm in diameter weighing 8.5 grams. Two euros of the 10-euro purchase price will be donated to the Foundation de France.

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09 Nov 2020

Mementos of Thanks from My Former Employer

Medals | coinsbygary

In all my years of writing blogs, I have simply referred to my former employer as my employer. It was never necessary to my posts for me to reveal my employer until now. Because my employer sent Veterans Day medals to all the veterans on their payroll, it is now necessary to reveal their identity.

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02 Nov 2020

The Danish "Mermaid" Coin

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1890 20 Kroner has a mintage of 102,000. It was minted in Copenhagen, as signified by the heart to the left of the date. The initials CS to the right of the date represent mint official Diderik Christian Andreas Svendsen. The coin struck in .900 fine gold weighs 8.9605 grams and has an AGW of .2593oz.

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01 Nov 2020

The 1903 Danish 2-Kroner Coin Commemorating 40 years of Reign

Coins-World | coinsbygary

The 1903 Danish 2 Kroner coin commemorates the 40th anniversary of the reign of Christian IX. The obverse features a right-facing bust of Christian IX, King of Denmark. His reign, 15 November 1863 to 1903, appears around the inner circumference. Underneath the left portion of Christian IX's bust is the coins date of 1903 and a heart signifying that it was minted in Copenhagen. The initial P to the right of the date represents mint master Vilhelm Buchard Poulsen. The initials GJ underneath the right portion of Christian IX's bust is this coin's engraver, Knud Gunnar Jensen.

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