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09 Oct 2021

"My Little Book of Nuts"

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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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30 Jun 2021

"Really... A Movie Review?"

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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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21 Apr 2020

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

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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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15 Mar 2020

**National K-9 Veterans Day**

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National K-9 Veterans Day, March 13, is a day set aside to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.

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22 Sep 2019

**Wish List Coins**

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Hi everyone! I'm sure we all have those certain coins that we long for. They are on our "Wish List"... they're not totally out of reach, we just haven't quite bit the bullet yet and pushed that "Buy now" button. Two of those coins for me is a $20 Double Eagle Saint-Gaudens and the $50 Gold American Buffalo Bullion Coin. So in the meantime until I find those perfect coins that "talk" to me I have added these silver bullion examples to my collection. One of these days I'll blog about a newly acquired "Wish List" Gold Coin, but for now I hope you enjoy these silver beauties as I have. Whats your "special" coin that you hope to add to your collection in the future? Thanks for reading my blog. All comments are welcomed. ; )

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10 Apr 2019

**Sittin' Side Saddle**

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I wanted to share with you all this beautiful little Civil War Store Card that I received as a gift. It's a 1858-1860 Partridge & Richardson Dress Trimmings (M-PA382) token with a beehive motif. The reverse shows a proper lady riding her horse side saddle with the wording "To The Bee-Hive" 17 North 8th St. Philad. It is made out of brass and has reeded edge. These were used during the Civil War era as advertising for business and sometimes to redeem for goods or service, as real coinage was being hoarded during this time. Hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are welcomed.

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25 Jun 2018

**Beautiful In Bronze**

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I want to share with everyone today a beautiful Medal that I found and purchased as a gift for my Stepdad who was in the Coast Guard. It's a "U.S. Coast Guard Bicentennial Bronze Medal". It's very heavy, fits great in the palm of your hand and measures 3 inches across. Made of bronze and minted at the Philadelphia Mint...although there is no mint mark on the Medal itself. I think the details are so clear and dramatic! The obverse was inspired by a painting named "To the Rescue" by Anton Otto Fischer. It depicts a 19th century Coast Guard rescue boat battling a storm at sea while trying to aid a disabled vessel. Now this is a cool fact... Mr. Fischer, who was also Lieutenant Commander Fischer painted this while on active duty in the Coast Guard Reserve! "Guardians Of The Sea" is inscribed on a flowing banner at the top and "200 Years Of Service" are at the bottom. The reverse is the official Coast Guard seal, the shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States, the motto "Semper Paratus," or "always ready," and "United States Coast Guard 1790" superimposed on two crossed anchors. This fit in a beautiful velvet case (purchased separately). Perfect for presentation and my Stepdad loved it! Thanks for reading my blog! Comments are always welcome.

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11 Jan 2018

**Tiny Token, Big Message**

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I found this little token at an on-line auction...One of my favorite places to browse around. There wasn't too much information on it in the description, but it really "spoke" to me with it's message of "Liberty" and "The Lord's Prayer". It is a 1876 MS Centennial Exposition, Liberty Bell, Lord's Prayer Token. This has a composition of copper, is 16mm and also has a bezel edging. I really liked the mahogany tones with orange flecks of luster. This token came from the Virgil M. Brand Collection. Okay, now who is Virgil M. Brand you say... Well, Q. David Bowers wrote a book about him in 1983... "Virgil Brand; The Man and his Era; Profile of a Numismatist." I had no idea, but this man was a prominent numismatist especially of coins, medals and tokens, which included a hoard totaling over 1,355 items! It was said that he had one or more wooden barrels filled with Uncirculated Civil War Tokens! Can you imagine! He was also a Chicago Beer Baron. He was born in 1862 and began collecting around 1879. I feel really honored to have one of his pieces now in my collection. I hope you enjoyed this blog and will want to learn even more about this wonderful Numismatist of the past!

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