Mike 's Blog

20 May 2023

The Three Legged Nickel

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone ! Hope all is well. Today I will write about one of the great variety of the modern age. The three legged buffalo. His name was Black Diamond. His home was the Central Park Zoo. James Earl Fraser picked him because he thought he was the best looking buffalo there. .Now many people know about this coin but they don't know how it happened. It was part mechanical and part human. There was a space for a planchet. It was empty. When the feeder continued the dies clashed. This left a leg very high up. ..Well a gentleman by the named of Mr. Young decided he could fix this. They would polish it down. So that's what they did. They polished down the high leg were the die clashed Now after there hard work they said its gone and looked great.They didn't look hard enough. The leg was gone The hoof was there that probably told them the leg was there. Gone. They made it to circulation and instantly became one of the most desired variety of the modern age. Its the 1937 D. Now its not me but I think the Denver mint has the most mistakes. ......The nickel was made of 75% copper and 25% nickel.it weighs 5 grams and its 21.2 mm. Now.if your looking to buy this . I strongly suggest you buy this certified. Yes this coin was and is counterfeited. If you look on Ebay and if any of the letters are touching the buffalo move on. The back leg is also an indication that's its fake. ....Simply because in good condition like a MS it commands big money. I got mine for a steal. Won it in an auction. Thanks to Mr. Leab and his son Andrew!. they got me interested but I'm the one who bought it and I'm very happy I did. This blog was written two years ago. But there are allot of new people . So be careful save your money but this coin is worth it. I enjoy it. So will you. Take care be well.

15 May 2023

The Kings Royal Cyper!

Coins | Mike

This will be my last blog on the new Monarchy. Every King or Queen has there Royal Cyper. What is that.? Well if you have been successful in life you would have it on your dinner jackets maybe your car door. ....In Britain it goes everywhere. Post office mail boxes Uniforms letter heads, cars government buildings and in this case The Tower of London gates. They are everywhere. Now the coin below is King Charles 111 Cyper. ....He has King Edwards Crown on top then it has C with an R inside of that and the 111 inside the top of the R. It means king Charles the 111. Queen Elizabeth had the R meaning Regina Latin for Queen. Now Charles has an R which stands for Rex Latin for King. You can go all over England and see the Rulers of the Monarchy on something. Enlarge the stamp. You will see Queen Elizabeth 11 on the stamp. You will see King George King Edward, most of them are still up but very few. There are about 2,000 Monarchs in the world with a Cyper. Now King Charles 111 will be in Australia ,Canada, and Commonwealth countries. Now think about that. The Kings Chose was designed by the Alms corporation they made it in September. Now its going up everywhere even on envelopes. The guards hats. I could not believe how many places it goes. So if your ever in England count how many places you see this. And if your taking a picture of the coin. Don't do it with the window open. The dust will find its way on the plastic protection . I hope you enjoyed this small blog on such a big project because that's what it is. . The coin just came out. And its 9999 proof. The fields are large. Its very hard to take a picture of a coin like this because of dust. It will get on there. !!!!!

03 May 2023


Coins | Mike

Well I hope you all are well! May the 6,2023 many of us will actually see a King being crowned It doesn't happen every day. Get up early they are five hours ahead of us. This is about a text message I received from the Royal Canadian Mint. They showed a coin. It's called St. Edwards crown. I saw it and bought it. Its not being released till June 6,2023. It will be the crown put on the new King Charles the 111. I looked it up and this crown has some history. First the coin. Its 99.99pure silver. It weighs 31.39 grm. Its 38 mm.The edge is serrated face value is 20.00,and its a matte proof. That's why it sold out. Mintage was 6000. Its beautiful. And very high relief. The original Crown was found by Monks in1163 on the tomb of St. Edward The Confessor. Now that crown was melted down after England's civil war. Sir Oliver Cromwell had it destroyed. Some of the gold was saved and is in this crown Charles the 111 will where. Yes there was a break in the Monarchy. Cromwell declared himself the defender of England. Charles the second was somewhere in Ireland and Scotland or Wales. He came back and defeated Lord Cromwell and had him killed . Charles was now the King and had the crown made. That was in 1661. It was commissioned in 1661 to Robert Vyner. He was the Royal Golds Smith. It weighs five pounds has 444 precious and semi precious stones in it. Queen Elizabeth said it was heavy on her head. Now Charles will be crowned with it and it has been refitted for Charles head. After the ceremony it will be returned to the Tower of London.

21 Apr 2023

"God Save The King" 1795 Forster , Die Sinker

Tokens | Mike

Hi everyone. Hope your all doing well. This token is related to England and the U.S. First I apologize for not blogging. Were redoing some of the rooms. Now if you look at the obverse you see the notes to England's National Anthem. "God Save The King". Or when its a Queen that is put in. No one knows who wrote it. There are plenty of composers who's name cone up. Wikipedia says Beethoven. No he didn't write it. That's why I stay away from it.There are so many writers I can't name them all. They agree it as made around 1795. Its the oldest anthem in the world. As a matter if fact it was second to our national anthem. You see the words were changed when it got to the states. You young kids would not remember it. When I was in school we sang every morning My Country Tis of Thee Great land of liberty !! It goes on . As time went on the National Anthem was sang before the school day started. I remember then we said a short prayer. Even today Congress starts the day with a prayer by a religious person. Funny we don't sing or pray but the country doesn't start the day with out saying ashort prayer. I will not get political. ..The great thing Foster did when he made this token was to put every note on it. The first verse only . But all the singing and praying are gone. All we were doing was given thanks for the country we lived in. Others saw it a different way. Now some schools have a moment of silence. So I hope you have learned about school in the 1950's and sixtys. It only took two minutes. And they took it away in the name of freedom. I don't get it.!!

10 Apr 2023

St. John's Church D&H-262 1/2 P. Warwickshire Coventry

Tokens | Mike

Hi my friend's hope all is well. Today I will give some insight to one of my favorite tokens St.John's Church. First the label.One it tells you what it is. Then you will see D&H -262 1/2 P. This stands for D- Dalton & H- Hammer then it has an E this for edge writing. If its a Coventry it will say that. It also has Warwickshire the county were it was built.Dalton and Hammer is a reference book. Each token has a number and were it comes from The edge writing is very important. It tells you were to redeem it for items such as food and clothes. It also determines value. The 1/2 P means half penny. They made 1/2 and one penny.

04 Apr 2023

Peter Kempson Bablake Hospital

Tokens | Mike

Hi everyone. Hope all is well! I know some of you have read my articles on the Gates of Coventry. Thanks to coins by Gary and Mokie. Well Kempson also did buildings. He did a set on London 32 tokens. The set of Coventry had 19 tokens. He also did tokens of most of England. One of the greatest engravers of his time. His dedication to detail was beyond understanding. You can count the bricks on the road. The different wood in a fence. The windows and the supports.

29 Mar 2023

Were Have I Been One Gram of Gold For 8,887.00!!

Coins | Mike

Ok I know I miss things sometimes. But I must of fell asleep for fifty or a hundred years. I was just killing time searching Ebay. I decided to check the Gold. Why ? I don't buy gold on Ebay. Well I came upon a price for a gram a single gram of gold for the low low price 8,887.00 for a single gram of P.AM.P. gold.!! This is not an error. The seller never answered me. He claims go have sold 1,139One gram bars. But he will give you a break if you buy two!8,798.33 . Now that's a break..I thought of buying five or six. Now this is why I don't buy gold or expensive coins. I could own 4 one ounce bars with this price. Now he has sold 1,139 bars at this price. Do the math an ounce is 31.1 grams. Lets time that per gram of the seller. That would come to 276,385.70. I think that's a deal. Its not an error. This is what he claims. Enlarge his page. Read it for yourself. This is the kind of things that goes on. I'm not saying all eBay is all bad. Due your homework. Look for honest sellers. Read the ones that have negative feedback. Be careful.I first thought it was an error. But no. So buyer beware. Or you spend allot more than you should. I have also bought many good items on ebay. Just do your homework! Mike.

21 Mar 2023

The Statue Of Liberty

Medals | Mike

Ok my friends. This is the third attempt to write this blog. The third time is a charm! ....Now I went to write this on February 8. Instead I wrote on the reverse. That is how much history this medal has. This is probably one of the greatest statues known.Its on coinage . There must be a million different souvenirs out there. .....The Statue of Liberty Enlightening The World! This was a gift from the French. It was dedicated on October 28,1886. It became a national Monument in 1924. It was designed and built by a few people Frederic Auguste Bartholds. The frame work was done by Gustave Eiffel. Now the statue has seven rays coming from her head they stand for the seven seas and the seven continents. The idea of this statue came from a French historian Eduardo de Labulaye at the close of the civil war.There are many symbols on the statue. The famous poem you all know the end . Give me your tired etc...If you enlarge the bronze plate you can read the whole thing. The writer was Emma Lazarus. The medal was made by the Medallic Art company. There is a massive chain at her feet it is broke at a point. It means we broke from oppression to become a Democracy. The book that she holds has our date of Independence done in Roman numerals. The torch such brings light to the world. By the way it gets hit hundreds of times by lightning during the year. The photo below is one of the most dramatic.Look at the details on the obverse. The small ships the two bridges and the buildings as it would be seen in 1965. ...Of course there were many problems building this massive statue. The weather took its toll and it had to be rebuilt. Kids sent cents donations came from everywhere to keep this beacon of freedom shining its light. Now I left out the politics because there was so much and this is a blog about a statue! I will give you the break down . It was made of Bronze, its weight is 111.9 Diameter is 63.5 and the thickness is 5.2 in. Now I will try and save this. I hope you get to enjoy it. It stayed up!. Wow I hope Pete finds the problem. Please if you get a chance read about this statue. I can't count on the coinage and medals its on. It is a very big reminder of our history. Read Feb 8 blog. Its on the reverse. Plenty of history on this entire medal.They also say the face is that of a pagan god!!And surrounded by 13 stars. One of the best thought out medals including the historical reverse!! Please enlarge the picture of the bronze plate you can read the whole thing!!

21 Mar 2023


Exonumia | Mike

Hi everyone. I have tried to write two blogs and lost the information twice. I put it in the Forum but no one reads them any more. If your having problems call Pete Gentzler at 719-482-9820. He is the gentleman that fixes these problems. I will get the blog up! Funny this stayed up?

08 Mar 2023


Coins | Mike

Hi my friends. I hope you are doing well.Many years ago I had been buying gold. Who wouldn't an 750 an ounce. That's 24 karat gold of famous baseball players. I had bought a memorabilia store for my wife to keep her busy. We had players come to the store for the kids. When I would come to open the store the line was around the block! ..I still remember there faces of them and there dad or mom. And me. !! Back then they would stay for two hours. But back then the players did it for the kids. I would say its still along line. Don't worry about it they would say!. Well we needed a new car I took the Gold out of the safe one day and my friend ,wife and me went to sell it. Everyone was buying it. Gold was selling at 1950. 00 an ounce or 1850.00. We went in to the hotel were they were buying gold. I looked around and went to an open line.I showed the woman the gold and she said 1500.!! I said no you won't. The gentleman came over and I showed him the gold he said 1850.00 I said deal. So he went to his safe and I put the gold on the table . He said fair deal . Yes sir!


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