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09 Oct 2021

"My Little Book of Nuts"

Exonumia | Kepi

Here's a fun little blast from the past blog! I have been collecting these vintage coin saver bank folders back from the 50's and 60's. At the time these were geared towards kids to teach them to save money. (What a Great idea!) haha This one I'm showing today features a squirrel and he's collecting "nuts" or what I would call "Mercury Dimes"... I wanted all of these dimes to be blast white just for the fun of it, but to my surprise while finished and sitting on a shelf I noticed that the dimes are starting to tone. Well the top half of the dime that is... Crazy! The part that is slid down in the pocket is still shiny silver. Now I would have thought it would have been the opposite perhaps the cardboard having some chemical in it... But no, the part of the dime not touching the cardboard toned. Any thoughts on why this happened? Another crazy thought... This little folder holds 30 Mercury Dimes and when filled up you have saved $3.00! Well back in the 50's that is! haha Hope you enjoyed my blog! Comments are welcomed. ; )

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31 Jul 2021

**One Wild Panda**

Coins - World | Kepi

The newest addition to my collection is a 2003 Chinese Silver Panda. This series started back in 1983 with a different design featured each year. Minted in China, a denomination of 10 Yuan, 1 oz of .999 silver, 40 mm diameter with a reeded edge. This one has a mintage of 600,000 and has two versions. The"frosted bamboo" version, which is the one I have and the "mirrored bamboo" version. This reflects the part of the coin behind the panda in the design. The obverse features the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests with two inscriptions, "People's Republic of China," which is in Chinese characters and the date "2003". The reverse shows an adult panda crawling through a bamboo field with the coins value, weight and purity listed.Now what was kinda funny to me when I looked at this coin in the shop was that I really don't care for pandas... Now give me a polar bear or a big grizzly bear, that I like! Also, China is not my "go to" country when it comes to coins for a list of reasons that I won't go into here... But this coin caught my eye! It has the most amazing toning and I like toning! Originally it was in an album, encapsulated in an airtight that somehow got cracked. This over time let oxygen seep in and the long term result is this wild toning! Cool, right!Anyway, that's it... Not a fan of pandas or China and yet this coin had my name written all over it.. ; )Thanks for reading my blog! Hope you enjoyed it.

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04 Jul 2021

**Another Buffalo Added To My Herd**

Coins-United States | Kepi

I wanted to share this new addition to my “Buffalo” themed collection! A perfect Silver 1 oz. Buffalo… PF 70 Ultra Cameo. A National Zoo Commemorative 2019 Buffalo at the Castle. Mintage of 2,500 Designed by Natanya van Niekerk.

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30 Jun 2021

"Really... A Movie Review?"

Exonumia | Kepi

This isn't going to be the traditional blog about coinage... Rather one about a movie I watched a few nights ago. "The Good Marriage", based on a short story and psychological thriller written by Stephen King. It comes from the collection titled "Full Dark, No Stars". The movie was released in October 2014. Starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. Now if there's a Stephen King movie on, I'm all over it... Scary, dark, mind-bending stories! What's not to love! The thing with this particular movie is that (and pleasantly to my surprise) it involves coins! Well... and a Serial Killer! As not to give too much of the plot away... Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) has been married to Bob (Anthony LaPaglia) an accountant from Portland, Maine, for 27 years. They have a happy yet ho-hum relationship, running a mail order business selling and appraising rare coins. Darcy discovers her husband's sinister secret while he is away on a business trip... Yes for coins! A few months after Darcy's "discoveries", Bob is elated to find, yes find...can you imagine...He finds a rare 1955 Doubled Die Cent in miscellaneous change and the couple goes out to celebrate. Now this is where I stop. So at this point the movie might sound a bit corny, but did I mention Serial Killer early in my blog... Let's just say if you are a Stephen King fan and enjoy when coins play a part on the big screen then you might want to check this one out!

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06 Mar 2021

**Small but MIghty**

Coins - World | Kepi

Hi everybody! I don't know where the time has gone but I realized its been a few months since there's been a blog by Kepi. Crazy! Kind of embarrassing really... Oh well... ; ) With that said I want to share with all of you my newest addition to my collection. "Small but Mighty" indeed it's a beautiful 2021 "Una and the Lion", 1/2 gram 0.9999 Gold Proof Coin. Diameter of 11mm. This limited edition has a limit of 1000 coins... mine is 5/1000! It was designed by Engraver Glyn Davies. The coin is a more stylized representation of Una and the Lion standing side by side, with the lion in an aggressive stance his teeth bared and his terrific full mane flowing. By his side, an exquisite Una gazes down at him with her robes flowing out behind her capturing both her beauty and strength. The obverse depicts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. I love the story behind Una and the Lion...Una is a beautiful Princess who, on a quest to save her Mother and Father from a cruel dragon is searching for Redcrosse, a noble knight whose destiny is to become St. George, the patron saint of England.During her journey she faces many challenges that test her humility and determination, including when she is confronted by a fierce lion. Amazed by the sight of her beauty, his rage turns to pity. As Una continues on her quest, the lion becomes her strong guard and faithful companion, keeping her from harms way. Today, Una and the Lion have become an iconic symbol of beauty, strength and endurance. I hope you enjoyed this beautiful fairy-tale like story and golden coin! ; )

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27 Sep 2020

**The Lion Sleeps Tonight**

Tokens | Kepi

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share my latest addition to my collection. I love these old Tokens with the Lion design on them. This is a 1796 G.Brit D&H-20 Penny Warwickshire- Kempson with edged lettering. I bought it raw and then sent it in to NGC for grading and to protect it. It came back a MS64 BN, which I was pleased with. I especially liked this design with the Lion sleeping in his cave... Reminded me of that old song "The Lion sleeps tonight"... Does anyone remember that one? haha Thanks for taking a look! ; )

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05 Sep 2020

**No Gold Watch For Me, Thank You!**

Coins-United States | Kepi

Hi everyone! It's been a crazy few months for me, as I have been working and getting ready for RETIREMENT! ; ) It's amazing how much there is to do... Documents, forms, endless phone calls, etc... And then finally I get to walk into my boss's office and say "I'm outta here. 8/31/2020"!!! As a retirement gift, my Husband presented me with this beautiful 2020 $50 Gold Buffalo Coin, graded by NGC MS70 . As some of you know I love buffalo themed coinage so what could have been more perfect! No gold watch for me... haha ; )

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30 Jun 2020

**Where have all the Coins Gone?**

Coins | Kepi

Hi everyone! I ran across this flyer today and wanted to share it with my fellow "Numi's". It seems there's a bulk coin shortage out there in the land of plenty. With the Mints being closed for business while the virus is still running its course, coins are becoming hard to get in bulk, especially for businesses as you can see with this flyer! Like an old fashioned "Wanted" poster... ; ) Got Coins???

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21 Apr 2020

**If having One Pidcock is Good...Then having Two is Great!!!**

Exonumia | Kepi

Hi Everyone, I'm so excited! My second Pidcock has arrived! It is the next token in line from my previous blog written on April 5th 2020. A 1795 G. Brit D&H-415 1/2 P Middlesex- Pidcock's E: Payable in Dublin. And to my wonderful surprise this beauty came back as a MS 66 BN! It's tied with one other for the finest grade in all the land! This token is different from the last as "Exhibition" is spelled correctly and the reverse is dated 1795 with a completely new design for the Eagle "Crazy Bird" with rays shining down from above. These Pidcock's Menagerie Zoo Tokens are a delight to collect. The animals are amazing and to think that they are over 225 years old is a mind bend! Imagine all the hands, pockets and purses that held these tokens, well not this one...it is a Mint State haha I hope you enjoyed this second blog on Pidcock's. A very cool subject for collecting!

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