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31 Jan 2021

MPC EXPANSION VICTORY NOTE

Paper Money-World | Longstrider

I would like to share this note I just picked up from a great seller on the Bay. It is the One Peso Silver Certificate VICTORY note. The 1944 VICTORY SERIES NO. 66. This is an overprint to celebrate the liberation of the Philippians from the Japanese troops. It was printed in the US and issued in the Philippians. The word VICTORY was overprinted on the back.The notes were very important to the Islands as they had been forced to use Japanese Occupation Currency. I have a small collection of the Allied Nations counterfeit notes of the Japanese Occupation notes. I thought this would make a nice addition to this collection. The back of the note has an image of Apolinario Mabine. Besides a huge list of accomplishments for the Philippians and Her people, he was the first Prime Minister. The note certifies that one peso in silver pesos or legal tender currency of the United States has been deposited in the Treasury of the Philippines. This note measures about 6 ¼” X 2 ¾”. Most of the notes were destroyed after WWII but some can still be found. Thanks for reading this short blog. Feel free to comment.

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24 Jul 2020

2020 SAMOA 2 TALA

Coins-World | Longstrider

I picked up an interesting coin the other day I want to share here. It is a 2020 Samoa Silver 2 Tala. It is a one ounce of 99.999 silver, non-circulating but legal tender coin. It caught my eye for a few reasons. First it has an antique silver finish. I always wanted to see one of these in my hand. Next and most important it features a dragon-like reptile on it. I'm a dragon freak.

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06 Feb 2020

LEIF ERICSON 2000 COMMEMORATIVE

Coins-United States | Longstrider

Today I would like to share with everyone a very nice Commemorative set I acquired recently. The coin, in this intense, coins, are the Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Coins issued in 2000 by the US Mint and the Icelandic Mint. The coin set was available from the US Mint from June, 2000 through February 28, 2001.The coins were to mark the millennium since the discovery of the New World by Lief Ericson.

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12 Aug 2019

2019 AUSTRALIAN DOUBLE DRAGON

Coins-World | Longstrider

As many of you know I am a big fan of Peace Dollar VAMs. I often write about my new collection acquisitions here. This isn’t one of them. This is about another thing I am very interested in, Dragons and Dragon coins. Below is my new 2019 Australian silver Double Dragon coin.

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28 Jul 2019

1924 PEACE DOLLAR VAM 5A-BEST OF THE BEST

Coins-United States | Longstrider

The newest Top 50 Peace Dollar in my collection is the 1924 VAM 5A called a Wing Break. Mine is grade an MS 62 by ANACS, In my opinion, this is a very spectacular VAM. It is very apparent, to the naked eye, what is going on. Simply put, it has a large circular die break in the middle of the eagle's wing, on the reverse. 1924 was the last year that the mint put out large numbers of die breaks.

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03 Jun 2019

1922 VAM-2E2--WING BREAK--TOP 50 PEACE DOLLAR

Coins-United States | Longstrider

The latest pick up I bought at the Las Vegas coin show, a few weeks ago, is a 1922 Peace Dollar VAM-2E2 called a “Wing Break”. It is a member of the Top 50. I am trying for the entire Top 50 set as the variety features can usually be seen with your naked eye. This particular specimen was graded, slabbed, and attributed by ANACS. They are a very popular TPG for VAMs as they list a great many more VAM’s than the other two major graders. It made an AU 55 grade, which seems a bit conservative to me. There is still quite a bit of mint luster and very little wear. Oh well, that’s the way it goes. I usually am not too concerned about the grade assigned as much as the VAM designation.

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02 Mar 2019

VAM MAN STRIKES AGAIN

Coins-United States | Longstrider

If you have been reading my blogs for a while you are probably aware that I am a collector of VAM silver dollars. Lately I am trying to concentrate on Peace Dollars. I am trying for what is called a Top 50 set and an Elite 30 set. These are just a made up number of nice VAM’s that are visible to the naked eye. I am even doing a more tightly done set of the VAMs that are sometimes called Extra Hair varieties. Sometimes, while on the hunt, I get VAM Fever. Yes there is such a thing and I have it bad. When that happens I end up with a specimen that may not be seen as easily. That is what happened here.

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17 Jan 2019

1922 PEACE DOLLAR VAM 2C

Coins-United States | Longstrider

I was lucky enough, the other day, to be browsing my favorite VAM web site. I was looking at the peace Dollar's for sale and ran across this one. It is a 1922 Peace VAM 2C. It was a very good price so I made an offer and it was in the mail the next day. I know I have put quite a few VAM's up here but this is a new learning opportunity. First the '22 VAM 2C is in what is called the Top 50. That basically means they are nice ones to collect and the thing that makes them a VAM is visible with the naked eye, mostly.

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22 Dec 2018

2018 WEDGED-TAILED EAGLE

Coins-World | Longstrider

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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