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22 Dec 2018

2018 WEDGED-TAILED EAGLE

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My newest edition is the Perth Mint 2018 Wedged Tailed Eagle. Mine is graded by NGC as a Proof 70 Ultra Cameo in a John Mercanti signed slab. Mr. Mercanti was our mints 12th. Chief Engraver. The coin is one ounce of 0.9999 pure silver. It is stamped in High Relief on a concave planchet. Its diameter is 32.6 mm and has a denomination of $1 Australian. It has a reeded edge. There is a total mintage of 10,000 coins. My coin happens to be # 3667.

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25 Sep 2017

HIGH RELIEF PEACE DOLLAR

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I am going to try to show something that is almost impossible, given my equipment. In the photos below, you will see an example of a circulated High Relief 1921 Peace Dollar. I am attempting to show the high relief aspect of this coin. This isn't easy, especially with a circulated coin. I took the one shot at an oblique angle. You can mostly see the depth of strike at the base of Miss Liberties neck and chin. In 1921 the Peace Dollar hit the public. They were actually minted in the last few weeks of December of 1920. Struck in high relief it quickly became evident that this wasn't going to work out. Beside being difficult if not impossible to stack, The die life was to short to make it acceptable to the mint as was the slow speed they could be put through the high-speed presses. Because of the these issues, most '21 Peace dollars were struck with weak centers on both sides, as well weakly struck Hair on Miss Liberty in an attempt to make the dies last a bit longer. With a mintage of only 1,006,473 the 1921 Morgan dollar was reintroduced to fill in the slack. This fact led to the only Morgans minted in Denver. This was a great idea from the powers that be, although there were countless millions of other date Morgans moldering in bank vaults and it wasn't needed to meet the public's demand for more silver dollars. I hope the reader can at least get an idea of the relief. Thanks for looking and, as always, your comments.

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29 Jan 2017

2015 VOLCANO VESUVIUS-POMPEII

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Here I have, for your enjoyment, a unique specimen of a 2 ounce silver coin. Specifically, it is a 2 dollars New Zealand, face value, of a Niue coin minted by the Mint of Poland in 2015. It is 99.999% silver. The finish is an antique type with real lava from the area and selective copper plating. It is 50.00 millimeters in diameter and has a very limited mintage of just 688 pieces. A lot of variables for one coin! I was lucky enough to receive this coin as a gift. My wife felt, as an Italian, I should own this piece of world history from my ancestral home! The coin comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. The obverse side is convex struck in High-Relief is a depiction of the volcano itself. The reverse side is concave and includes a half sphere of lava material from the region. It is embedded in the center. I hope you enjoy this coin as much as I do. Thanks for looking and your comments!

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