Kepi's Blog

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 ; )

01 Jul 2018

**Canadian Wolf**

Coins - World | Kepi

I'd like to share a new piece that I've added to my collection recently. It's part of the Royal Canadian Mint "Predator Series" 2018 Canada S $5 Wolf. Early Release. Graded by NGC as a MS 69. This coin is the third release in this series. The first being the 2016 Cougar and the second 2017 Lynx. The Wolf is 1 oz. of fine Silver and has a low mintage of 300,000. It is a sovereign coin backed by the Canadian Government. The Obverse shows Susanna Blunt's design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll and the face value of $5 dollars. The Reverse is an engraved depiction of a wolf in pursuit of its prey. Designed by artist Nathalie Legace. I really liked the fine details of the wolf...coarse fur, sharp canines and running at full speed! The wolf is a fearless hunter that relies on high intelligence, adaptability and great hunting skill, especially in a pack. They have lived in all types of terrain in the northern hemisphere except for the desert...which is where I live. Around 50,000 wolves make Canada their home, the second largest population in the world after the former Soviet Union. They are very social and gather in packs of up to 20 members. Looking at this beautiful coin I can just imagine a pack of wolves running through the snow, working together as they pursue tonight's meal. Thank you for reading my blog! Comments are always welcome.

21 Apr 2018

**A Mini Roo For You**

Coins - World | Kepi

This is the sweetest little coin I've seen in awhile so I wanted to share it with you. And it just happens to be Gold! And it hopped right into my collection ; ) Nicknamed "The Mini Roo", this is a 2018P Australia G$2 Kangaroo, First Releases. Graded by NGC as MS 70. The coin was issued by the Perth Mint which was founded in 1899 and is the oldest operating mint in Australia. Some of the specs on this coin include... Diameter 11.6 mm, Thickness 0.70 mm, Weight .50 grams, Purity of gold 0.9999. The obverse is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2018 year-date. The reverse depictstwo bounding red kangaroo's and the Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. It was designed by Jennifer McKenna. The Kangaroo which has become so popular over the years that it is now an unofficial emblem of Australia, appearing on various government crests, corporate logos, and, of course, coins. I hope you enjoyed my blog! Comments are welcomed.

30 Mar 2018

**Civil War Store Card**

Coins-United States | Kepi

Since we have kind of been on a roll here with Civil War Tokens, Store Cards and Currencies, I thought I would show one of my pieces. I was happy to win this at auction! It's a 1863 New York NY F-630BH-2a. Christian Rauh Confection. NGC Graded in MS 62 BN. One of the casualties of the “War” was small change, there wasn’t any. Coins were being hoarded and merchants made their own tokens that passed for half-cents to 25 cents. Foundries made a nice profit minting tokens for desperate store owners. Stock or custom designs were offered to be given out in change in lieu of Federal or Confederate coins. No Confederate coinage was ever minted for circulation; people continued to use what Federal coinage was available to keep commerce going. Collectors call these “store cards”. Civil War store cards differ from patriotic tokens in that one or both sides displays the name and or location of a privately owned business. Businesses that could afford it had two custom dies made, with both advertising the business. Otherwise, only one side displayed the business's information. This one I have here is for a Confectioner Store in New York. It shows a basket of flowers on the obverse. The reverse (which I love) seem a bit odd to me for a Confectioner Store, as it portrays a "Chicken or Rooster" with the date of 1863 and a ring of 13 stars. Maybe the business owner just liked chickens??? Hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are always welcome.

17 Feb 2018

**Beautiful Blue**

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Hi Everyone, Just a short blog tonight as I wanted to share with you my latest addition to my toned Mercury Dime Collection! This one comes from an auction I recently won. It is a 1942 Mercury Dime or "Winged Liberty Head". Graded by NGC as a MS62. Unfortunately no Full Bands, but to me the toning makes up for that. It shows amazing blue, violet and orange tones on the reverse... While the obverse is more golden. There's something about these Mercury Dimes from the 1940's that seem to really tone beautifully, more so than other dates. Any ideas on why this might be? I hope you enjoyed my blog! Any comments are welcomed! Please note that scratches are on the holder...not the coin.

25 Nov 2017

**A Heck of a Way to get a Coin that I've Wanted**...

Coins - World | Kepi

Hi Everyone, As you may or may have not noticed I haven't put up a blog in awhile. Something that I really enjoy doing. Well, a couple of weeks ago I was at work and fell off a pallet in the backroom. I took a major header and broke my right foot. I've been in the insurance wasteland being this happened at work and I am still waiting to see an Orthopedic Doctor. But enough of all that health stuff... As a get well and to pick up my spirits gift my husband bought me a coin that I have been admiring for awhile. It's a 1 oz. Silver 2016 Great Britain 2PND Britannia with Lion. Early Release PF69 Ultra Cameo. Graded by NGC. The obverse shows Queen Elizabeth ll. This may sound silly but I relate to this coins design, being a strong woman as well, with "my Lion", a huge hairy Golden Retriever by my side. Together we can face anything! Even Workmans Compensation.... Hope you enjoy this blog!

25 Oct 2017

**Another 1940's Beauty**

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Hey Everybody, I thought you might enjoy another one of my toned Mercury Dimes. This one I also won at auction. It's a 1941*** AU 58 graded by NGC. This wasn't an expensive piece but I thought the toning was kinda wild! You'll notice it was minted in the 1940's like my other one...and again it has toned also. Whats with the 1940's and the toning of Mercury Dimes? I don't know but whatever it is I love it! ; ) Enjoy and have a great day!

11 Oct 2017

Now that's a Dimple!

Exonumia | Kepi

This is one impressive NGC slab! Measuring 6"x 8" and holds a 2010 5 oz. Silver 25 cent piece. The design features one of America's National Treasures... Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. With Old Faithful and a Buffalo, two icons of Yellowstone on the reverse and George Washington on the obverse. This one has been graded a MS 69 DPL "Dimple'". Which means Deep Mirrored Proof-Like or you can clearly see 6 to 8 inches of a clear reflection in the field. This coin is perfect for my collection... I love Buffalo's, America and lots of Silver!

05 Jul 2017


Medals | Kepi

I couldn't believe it when I opened my package from the auction house in which I won this beautiful Medal! My first thought was it's so big!!! Especially in the holder! This is my first Medal purchase and I love it! Officially it's a 1876 Dated J-CM-11 ,AE 58mm United States Centennial MS 62 BN... Now that's quite a title : ) The obverse is Liberty placing a wreath on the heads of Industry and Art with the date 1876 below. It reads " In Commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of American Independence. Act of Congress June 1874. " The reverse is Rising Liberty with an unsheathed sword beneath 13 stars in a glory. Date 1776. The legend around reads " These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States. " The engraver is William Barber and there was about 7,000 pieces struck in Bronze. I feel so fortunate and proud to have this Medal in my collection, as the history behind it speaks for itself. ******* My research came from a reference book that I checked out from the ANA Library. "Medals of the United States Mint." The First Century 1792-1892 By R.W. Julian

09 Jul 2016


Coins-United States | Kepi

After the auction closed this is exactly what I said to my husband. "You bought what! How much do we owe?" Now keep in mind I've always wanted the coveted 1916 D Mercury Dime...as Mercury Dimes are my thing and that year was always just a dream. But there it was, a reality come true... an invoice from Great Collections in our e-mail : ) After all was said and done, with the coin in my hand...I thought she's beautiful !!! My husband is amazing, my hero and as I later found out quite the bidder. He sniped this beauty at less than half of what it's worth in the Red Book. All is good..... : )


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