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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 Apr 2020

**My First Pidcock Token**

Tokens | Kepi

Hi everyone! Hope all is quiet on the home front and we're all taking time to enjoy our coins and collections. This is a new area of collecting for me... Pidcock's Exhibition (London) English Conder Tokens. How cool are these! Old and gnarly with great animals on them... I had to have one! ( Actually my second one is on the way even as I write this... haha) The Pidcock Exhibition was a private zoo in London that showed all kinds of exotic animals from around the world. Many Londoners had never seen such beasts before as these were imported from Asia, Africa, India, Australia and South America. The Tokens featured a animal on each side with the exception of a couple varieties. Some examples are elephants, parrots, rhinos, monkeys, lions, zebras, kangaroos, eagles and even a two-headed cow! This particular Pidcock is a 1790's Great Britain D&H-414 1/2P E: Plain NGC graded it an MS62 BN. Also note that "EXIBITION" is misspelled. These were struck in copper so the best of the best would have a deep red finish. But since my Token is about 230 years old a bit of that red has been worn off... haha To me this example is wonderful! I love the Lion ( a lot of you know I have a thing for Lions ) and the Eagle definitely has attitude! Also known in the Token collecting world as the "Crazy Bird". I hope you enjoyed my blog and this interesting new collection.

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06 Jan 2018

**In Bed With A Good Book**

Tokens | Kepi

I was so pleased to receive this book in the mail as I am still recovering from a broken foot and a not very pleasant surgery. My husband bought me a Civil War Token and thought while I convalesce at home I'd enjoy this book to go with it! He was right! Wow...This book is packed with information. It is The Official Red Book..."A guide Book Of Civil War Tokens" 2nd edition. By Q. David Bowers. Some of the topics include history, rarities and values. And a "how to" guide to collect these wonderful pieces with over 2,000 color photo's. It also has chapters on Civil War Store Cards, Encased Stamps and Civil War Sutler Tokens. This is a new area of collecting for me, although I have always been interested in coinage, currency and now tokens of our Civil War era. My token is even pictured on the cover! This book is a must for anyone who shares an interest in this subject. You won't be disappointed! After all it was written by the best! : ) Thank you for reading my blog. I look forward to your comments.

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