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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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