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21 Mar 2021

TWO DISTINGUISHED PEACE DOLLAR VAMS

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I just picked up a new, to me, Peace Dollar VAM and realized I have fallen behind in showing them off. Therefore I would like to do this quick blog to remedy that problem. The first is a 1922-S VAM 2B1. I don’t have a lot to say about either of these other than they are very cool. I don’t want to get too much into the technical stuff on a Sunday.

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22 Oct 2019

1926-S PEACE DOLLAR-VAM 4A

Coins-United States | Longstrider

Today I have a new, to me, Top 50 Peace Dollar VAM to share with you. Below you will see my example of a 1926-S VAM 4A. This is another Top 50 Peace Dollar VAM. The 4A incorporates the VAM 4 as well as some additional features I will describe. It is a "stand alone" VAM.

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26 May 2019

KOOKABURRA TO THE RESCUE

Coins-World | Longstrider

Today I would like to share a nice little pick up I got at a resent coin show I attended in Las Vegas this month. Below is a beautiful BU 2008 Australian Kookaburra. This particular year issue is somewhat difficult to find. I feel very lucky to have found it. There was a mintage of only 300,000 which is fairly low for this popular series.

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20 Feb 2019

NIKOLA TESLA-HUMAN GENIUS OR ALIEN?

Coins-World | Longstrider

This new blog is on, probably, my greatest hero outside of my immediate family, Nikola Tesla. The coin is one ounce .999 fine silver minted in the Serbian Mint for 2018. It has a 39.0 mm diameter. It has a value of 100 Serbian dinara. The total mintage is only 50,000.

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17 May 2018

1932 "M" UN PESO CAP AND RAYS SILVER

Coins-World | Longstrider

I’m going to take a break from my Civil War collection and show you a coin from one of my other interests, old Mexican Silver coins. This blog also kind of ties in with Mike’s blog of May 15th. On improperly cleaned coins. Below I have an example of a 1932 silver Un Peso. It has a “M’ mintmark meaning it was made at the Mexico City mint. This coin falls into what is called the Cap and Rays variety. This variety is one of my favorites. As you can see the coin was graded by PCGS as Genuine with Surface Damage. The damage is on the obverse with a gouge above the snakes head and through the word Unidos. This caused the coin to sell below melt. Personally, I don’t see much difference between this and a Morgan with heavy coin contact marks on it. Just me. The coin has plenty of original mint luster on it. Someone took good care of it except for that gouge. It’s a personal choice of whether you can live with a “damaged” coin or not. Now to the coin design. The obverse has the Mexican national coat of arms above a spray of oak and laurel with the legend ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS near the top. Translated United States of Mexico. Divided by the eagles head is the silver purity, 0.7 and 20. The reverse is an open oak and laurel wreath below with the date 1932 above, then UN PESO then the mintmark “M”. Above all that is the Cap with LIBERTAD written on it and all the rays. Across the edge is the lettering INDEPENDENCIA Y LIBERTAD meaning Independence and Liberty. The coin is a nice 34 mm and weighs 16.6 grams. This one peso coin is known as a type 3. There are two varieties in this date. The open or closed 9. This one being a open 9. It has a KM number of 455. I hope you enjoy this piece of Mexican history. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for your time!

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28 Nov 2017

2018 RED KANGAROO

Coins-World | Longstrider

Below I have my example of the new 2018 Perth Mint Australian Silver Kangaroo. Much Like our Silver American Eagle, The bounding Red Kangaroo in front of a star burst, designed by Dr. Stuart Devlin, remains the same every year. As counterfeit coins are everywhere now, there are several anti counterfeiting devises incorporated on the coin. The easiest to see is the micro engraved letter "A" inside the second "A" in Australia. This micro laser engraving is moved year to year. The obverse has the design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank- Broadley. The coin carries a value of one dollar Australian. It has a purity of .9999 silver, a diameter of 40.6 mm, a thickness of 2.9 mm and a weight of one troy ounce. This is the third release of the silver kangaroo from the Perth Mint. This coin came out after the popularity of the gold kangaroo. Although this is a beautifully designed coin, it is not my favorite Australian coin, however its purchased bumped me up to free shipping on a holiday order!! I hope you enjoyed the blog and hopefully learned something. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for your time.

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15 Nov 2017

ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS 1907-M

Coins-World | Longstrider

Below are photos of my new, just won at auction, 1907-20 centavos silver Mexican coin. The specs of this beauty are as follows. On the obverse is the National Coat of Arms with the eagle facing forward, head to right, as we are looking at it, above a spray of oak and laurel leaves. Above everything is the legend ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS, "United states of Mexico". On the reverse, which most people think is the obverse, is a radiant cap of Liberty with the word "LIBERTAD" on it. Below the cap, within the rays, is the denomination 20 centavos. Below that is the word CENTAVOS and the date 1907. All this is enclosed in an open wreath of oak and laurel leaves. The mintmark "M", Mexico City, is below and between the digits of the denomination. The coin has a diameter of 22 mm and a reeded edge. It has a thickness of 1.1 mm and weighs 5.0 g of 80 5 silver. the KM number is 435. This coin was made after the Reform Act of 1905 and was made in 9 basic types. You get to look it up! This style coin was minted from 1905-1913. I feel very lucky to have won this beautifully toned silver Mexican coin. It has an amazing history, as most Mexican coins do..If one is looking for a new variety of coins to study and or collect I recommend these Mexican/Spanish American coins. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and photos. I look forward to your comments. Thanks again!!

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05 Nov 2017

2017 RED DRAGON of WALES

Coins-World | Longstrider

In 1953, for the crowning of the new queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, a series of 10 heraldic statues were created. In 2016 the Royal Mint created a series of 10 coins to honor that event. They are being released at the rate of 2 per year. My 2017 coin, the third in the series, depicts the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon historically symbolizes wealth, knowledge and virtue among other things. This coins is minted in a BU finish of 2 try ounces of .9999 fine, pure, silver. It has a diameter of 38.61 mm and a diameter of 53.1 mm reeded edge. It caries a denomination from Great Britain of 5 Pounds. Of some interest is the obverse and reverse were both created by Jodi Clark. The obverse, always the Queen side, features the 5th portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. The reverse depicts The Red Dragon of Wales holding a detailed heraldic shield. I don't plan on buying any of the others in the series. I happen to have a great affinity for dragons, so just this one! I hope you enjoy this blog and photos. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for your time.

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25 Oct 2017

1881-O MORGAN DOLLAR

Coins | Longstrider

Today I'd like to share with you one of my more colorful Morgan Dollars. It happens to be a 1881-O graded MS 62 by NGC. "O" mintmarked Morgans are some of my favorites. They seem to tone nicely. As you can see, this piece has all the colors of the rainbow on the reverse with gold color seeping around the obverse. It appears a piece of tape was put across this Morgan at some point. Most likely to hold it in an album. Interestingly, the coin began toning under the tape. I find specimens like this fascinating! This particular Morgan also has a nicer than average striking for "O" mintmarks. It even has nice defined breast feathers on the eagle. Not seen a lot on New Orleans strikes! With a mintage of 5,708,000 it is pretty common. In closing, I feel the strike and unusually toning make this otherwise common date Morgan noteworthy. As you can see from these photos, I would always opt for scratch resistant TPG slabs. Thanks for looking and, hopefully, commenting!

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