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31 Jul 2021

**One Wild Panda**

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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**

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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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21 Apr 2019

**Cunning Cougar**

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This is the last coin in the Royal Canadian Mints set "Nocturnal by Nature". He's the "Cunning Cougar", a 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin. This rhodium-plated silver coin has a diameter of 38mm and weight of 31.39 grams. Artist Tony Bianco designed the cougar out on a tree limb during its nightly hunt with the light of a full moon behind him. The obverse shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll designed by Susan Blunt. The other "night" creatures in this 4 coin set are the owl, wolf and brown bat. All with amazing details! I think the Canadian Mint really creates some wonderful coins, especially their animal and nature series. Hope you enjoyed this blog. Comments are always welcomed. Happy Easter to all!

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08 Apr 2019

**Ugly Toning???**

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As alot of you know I love toned coins... Well, I was at my coin dealer awhile ago and saw this wolf coin. I thought great! Toning and a wolf, two of my favorite things, so I bought it. No big deal. I put it away for awhile and recently took it out of the safe to admire and as I looked at it thought wow, this toning is butt ugly. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Kepi really? What the heck was I thinking? While I can't explain the weird toning on this coin I can tell you it's from the Royal Canadian Mint and it's the first coin in their 1oz. bullion coin Wildlife Series. It's the 2011 Silver Timber Wolf in his natural habitat. The obverse shows the profile of Queen Elizabeth ll. This series ran from 2011 to 2013 and featured 6 coins with a mintage of 1 million coins.I would like to hear anyone's comments of what they think caused such toning. Hope you enjoyed my blog!

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02 Mar 2019

**Una and the Lion**

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This is my newest addition to my collection! This coin celebrates the 200th year anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria born on May 24th 1819 in Kensington Palace in London. She was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20th 1837 until her death on Jan. 22nd 1901. The reverse design was created by 19th-century numismatic sculptor William Wyon and is a rendition of the famous Edmund Spenser's poem "Faerie Queene". It tells the story of Una and the Lion which follows Princess Una after St. George had slayed the dragon and rescued her. The words "DIEU ET MON DROIT" meaning "God on my Right", the motto of the British Monarch along with the year -MMXIX- are featured. The obverse of this coin is a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, who is the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria. I think that's pretty cool! I really love this design as I think of my dog ( a giant Golden and Great Dane mix ) and myself, standing together facing all who try to enter our Kingdom... Thanks for reading my blog! All comments are welcomed! ; )

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07 Oct 2018

**An Eye Catcher**...

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Sometimes when you visit your favorite coin shop you have nothing particular in mind that your looking for. No list, no hole filler, no "just released" special coin or set. I thought today will be that day when I will not spend "Money on Money"... Although one of my husbands favorite things to say when it comes to buying coins "Nothing wrong with that" ; ) A relaxed day of chatting with your coin dealer, just shooting the breeze. Browsing around and then something catches your eye... For me it wasn't shiny silver or gleaming with luster like the other beautiful coins around it. Nope for me it shone dark with years of age and tone. But what was it? Truthfully I couldn't tell from where I was. To my surprise it was a 1952 Franklin Half Dollar. A Franklin??? Now I haven't had much interest in Franklin's before, no particular reason why. After a moment of pondering... Hmmm... A Franklin... I loved this coin! It would look great in my collection! This must have been meant to be, as I was not looking to pick up anything this trip... I think my new Franklin picked me! So much for making plans, especially at the Coin Shop! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcomed ; )

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23 Sep 2018

**Love That Old Silver**

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As we go about our day how many times do we receive change back from a purchase or even find a coin or two on the street or parking lot. By the end of the day, hopefully you're a few pounds heavier with a purse or pocket full of change... Either that or you had a nice big lunch! haha The other day going through a handful of assorted coins I received back from a pharmacy purchase I was lucky enough to find a 1954 D quarter! Although it looks it's age with assorted nicks and spots... It's Beautiful and it's great to know that old silver is still out there waiting to be found! That's one more coin added to the 90% coin silver tube! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcomed. ; )

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03 Aug 2018

**Another Wolf For My Pack**

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I would like to share with all of you my latest addition to my collection! First let me thank CoinLady, as she is the one who brought the existence of this coin to my attention. I had written a blog on July 28th titled "Wolves or Wolfs???" and because of her comment to my blog I was able to find this beauty of a coin and yes, a Wolf! It's a 1967 .50 cent piece from Canada in 80% silver. A Circulating Commemorative Coin for the 100th Anniversary of Canada. The obverse has the profile of Elizabeth ll, when she was just 39 years of age. The engraver is Arnold Machin. The reverse depicts a howling wolf with the inscription 50 cents, "Canada" 1867-1967. The engraver being Alex Colville. This beautiful example has a Proof-Like finish and some amazing blue toning. This just goes to show how the members here inspire, help and show interest in each other. Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are always welcome!

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28 Jul 2018

**WOLVES OR WOLFS???**

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* In celebration of a giant, full "Blood Moon" here in the southwestern desert, I'd like to share these 3 coins from the Canadian Mint with you. It's the "Silver Howling Wolves" series. Each coin is 3/4 oz of .9999 pure silver and has a $2.00 face value. The obverse shows Susanna Blunt's design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse depicts wolves in their natural habitat under the glow of the silvery moon howling to their hearts delight. Dated 2015, 2016 and 2017. I really enjoy these trio of coins, as the wolf is one of my favorite predators. Can't wait till they come out with the 2018 design! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcome!

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