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25 Jan 2023

Have You Ever Heard Of The Silk Road?

Exonumia | Mike

Hi everyone hope all is well? The silk road was not one road but roads connected to each other from China to the Roman Empire.Now this road was over 7000 miles though one country to another over mountains. That's bigger than the U.S. witch is 3000 miles so its double our country !

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17 Jan 2023

1876 - Dated J-CM-11 AE58 mm Bown 64

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone. Well this is the third attempt to put this blog up. It gets frustrating so I tried a message and it stayed. Lets see. ..Eric Newman a great collector writer and just about anything else you can add was a great man. He once said "I do not collect medals they have no monetary value." Well he missed this one!! .....First the label.1876 year it was made. J-CM-11 AE 58mm . Now I found most of it. The J stands for R.W Julian. He wrote a book called Medals of the United States Mint 1792-1892. The CM. stands for Commemorative Medal the 11 is a guess that its listed as number 11 or on page 11? Its also 2/4 in diameter. ..The obverse reads in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of American Independence act of congress1874. The reverse reads 1776 these colonies are free and of right ought to be free and Independent states! ...Now they made 7000 of this medal bronze,2100 of copper and 583 of white medal. They came in sets and sold for 11.00 There is one known made of gold. The fourth medal was gilt metal. ..The obverse has Lady Liberty placing wreaths on two figures. One stood for industry and the other art. The reverse has Lady Liberty holding a sword in her right hand. And her left arm reaching towards the 13 stars. ...The medal was designed by William Barber. He hit a home run with this one. Its historic and beautiful. The first Mono rail was shown here! This what we would call a worlds fair today was very big. It was on 3,136 acres. Held in Philadelphia. Countries from all over the world would have A tent or a building to show that newest inventions. It was visited by tens of thousands of people. ..As soon as I saw it at an auction I knew I had go have it. I knew nothing about it but I could tell of its beauty and meaning . So I placed a bid and woke up a winner. One bid. I don't know how people passed this by. There are only 24 higher in this grade. So again I was lucky. Coin collecting can be lucky. Sometimes its like playing the market. .I hope you enjoyed this blog. If its doesn't take I give up!

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09 Jan 2023

No More Points As Of Today January 9 ,2023

Coins | Mike

Hi every one. Well we asked and the ANA agreed that we collect coins not points.This to me is an historic day. For years points were causing bad blogs and contest. That's how we were ranked. No more . As I said in that blog we are all equal. No one is first or second. This did not happen overnight. The A.N.A. had there reason for them. And take my word it probably worked great in the beginning. It was to get collectors to get active and participate. To write blogs and add to there collections. After a while this changed. A person was following over 6500 other collectors I did not make that up. I will not put his number here. The abuse had started.Some complaints were filed. But they still believed in it. Then at some point no pun intended that changed. It was no longer a site of blogs but a site of who's first. I had called the A.N.A and discussed it with a friend. He agreed but at that time years ago it wasn't going to happen. This game of catch me if you can started a series of low quality blogs. Wrong information and people stopped writing them. Abuse of the site was starting. And the site was on the wrong road. Now that's all behind us and I want to thank the A.NA for there cooperation!. It was great that we could voice our opinion and they would listen. Im thrilled that's its over. Now I hope those who left because of the point game come back and share there knowledge of this great hobby! I myself will start writing again. Its been a while for me and I have been eager to get back to one or two a week. I think that would be a good number. One a week with all the active bloggers would be great.Better quality blogs and more than that learning again. Im still learning after thirty years. I enjoy reading them and the comments. So today we start a new site. One were all are equal! We are collector's with a passion for this hobby. Lets make it the best site. One the A.N.A and us can be proud of!! Again I thank all of us who voiced our opinion. And again thank the A.N.A for working with us. There is no better place!. Good luck to all!!Mike

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31 Dec 2022

G.S.A . Hoard! Morgan Dollars

Coins | Mike

Hi !. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and Holidays.! This will be short. The blog is about the G.S.A. hoard. What was that. The government was going thru bags of silver coins and hit the mother load. Bags and bags of CC silver dollars. Now the chart below will show you how many of each coin was found. This impacted the history of collecting CC dollars.! What were they going to do.?Well they has an auction and the minimum bid was 60.00. and they put a limit on it. Surprising they didn't sell as many as the first year. And sales dropped of in sales after that. This started in the 1970's and sales at first were good. But after that they dropped of.

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14 Dec 2022

Encampment Of The Grand Army of The Republic

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone. Hope all is well. I came across this medal and was very curious. I started to look it up. I couldn't find it anywhere. Why? Well its not a medal its a Badge as it was called. The Grand Army of the Republic use to have encampments! It was a basically a reunion of all those who survived or were wounded during the civil war. It was founded in 1866. The badge below is from the 1894 reunion in Pittsburgh. They had medals also. Many different types.This was the 28 encampment. ...Now they had these every year. It ended in 1949. There were 16 members left. It was dissolved in 1956.The last one was in Indianapolis, Indiana. The last member was Albert Woolson He died in 1956 at the age of 109. The whole encampment idea was started by Benjamin F. Stephenson. Now on the back you see allot of words. It has numbers also. It starts 40,9745. Soldier's Entertained in this Hall. 7,9460 sick. The other side says Wounded Provided For At Soldier's home 499205. Now this is something I had never herd of. They would parade through the streets and every survivor was taken care of. The numbers tell the story. They didn't forget what happened. They met friends from different battles. They would laugh and they also cried over there friends that had passed. I think this was a wonderful idea. Even those who couldn't make it were taken care of. And it led up to a day called Memorial Day. The two coins are imporrtant. The first one is from Gettysburg . It has a statement from Joshua Chamberland the hero of Little Roundtop!. The second coin is Antietam. The bloodiest day in our country's history. The first Badge is of one that was taken care of.the second is mine. It has the city's crest in the middle the third one is what the whole badge looked like. And the last one is the reverse of mine. So they took good care of there soldiers. We remember them all the time. But this was them taken care of each other. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history. Thanks Mike.

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02 Dec 2022

Wreaths Across America

Coins | Mike

Every year I write this blog. The story changes. Simply because another soldier has lost his life from war's he fought. War's that keep us free. There is an organization called Wreaths Across America . ...Every year these groups collect money fifteen dollars a wreath. They have it set up with a local florist. They order them were there grown. The ones this group orders are from Maine. Once the wreaths arrive the truck goes to the Military Cemetery' s that are close to them. Some the drive is four hours. Rain or snow each hero gets his or her wreath. Some of the cemetery's start with the early wars on a hill or in the back. As you come down the hill the wars get later and later. There is one grave they found from the Civil War. You see no one is forgotten. There families show up and are overtaken with emotion. They see first hand we will remember you always. We remember the families also. They lost a grand father father mother or son. So if you don't have a group in your area its very easy to set up. The florist will work with you also. They remember. This is one of the best groups that work six months out of the year. For one day. One day that means everything to each family and and every soldier. So if you see someone looking for a donation please do what you can. Five dollars it doesnt have to be the price of the wreath. They go on every year. Because our soldiersare dying every day. This is not a few wreaths by any means. The group in Bay Ridge Brooklyn does thousands. That's allot of fund raising. But the funny part is the money just comes in. Every year I talk about the T.V. commercial were they say our soldiers are being forgotten. Never. Wounded Warriors does a great job. And Wreaths across America will place hundreds of thousands wreaths across the country. Its in almost every state. Because they come from every state. The workers always say a word or two when they leave a wreath. They see the names and each name means a fallen soldier. It might take a few hours but they don't mind. They do this so we will remember. Some lost fathers grand fathers mothers sons and daughters. No they will not be forgotten.

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30 Nov 2022

The World Cup Coin 2022

Coins | Mike

Well its the World Cup and I know some of us watched the United Stares beat Iran. I watch it occasionally during the four years leading up to the cup. I went to Metro Stadium in 1994 to watch the Three Tenors. They sang were some of the games were being played that year we were the host country.

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29 Nov 2022

Beware of These Morgan's And Peace Dollars!!

Coins | Mike

Hello my friends. This is a warning about so called Morgan's and Peace dollars.The quailty of the pictures is bad.They were taken of the t.v.the show is C.S.N. The seller is Mike Muzak.. This man knew that the U.S. mint could not make these coins in 2022. This was due to lack of silver. He went to Fiji and had these so called dollars made in reverse proof. Now his first showing he said they will be gone by the end of the show. They made 5000 sets and 3500 sets from all the mints.. That was two months ago. He constantly states that our mint can not make these that these will be better than the sets coming out in 2023. P.C.G.S. refused to grade them. N.G.C a few. A.N.A.C.S. graded them all. So far not one 69!!! How did that happen. I'm sure there are some. Now collector's have bought them.I bet when they get them home they send them back. No were even though he said they are exact and experts say there better than our mint can make. Nowhere on these so called coins is the wording UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. not one coin not on reverse or obverse What you do see is FIJI and on the reverse the seal of FIJI. Now he claimed these are legal tender. Not by a long shot!. I sent an email telling him to look up the law on legal tender. He hasn't mentioned it again. These are cheap . The six coin set is 1150.00. Now like I said collector's bought these. They will not find them in the Red Book. Now I record the show he is on at 4:00am. Saturday and Sunday. It ends at 7: a.m. I have asked the mint to cut his allotment on any coin they can.This man thinks were all idiots. And those who bought them. Im sorry but he got you. E- Pluribus- Unium are on the coins and Liberty but that's it. Don't let anyone try and sell you these coins . Yes they will sell out. In 2029.!! He shouldn't be allowed to pass these of with our mint marks when they are clearly FIJI coins. Nothing to do with this country. Im glad P.C.G.S and N.G.C. did not grade these. He shows two from N.G.C. they started and stopped. People who buy on impulse took a hit with this coin. I have asked Mr..Muzak to melt them.. So please be careful. He bought every coin so you don't see them anywhere. Thank God. Imagine selling a coin as an American coin and not have that on the coin. There are no ordinary Morgan or Peace dollars. Just the reverse proofs which we will have next year. So buyer beware. I wish someone else would watch this show. D.V.R. it so you don't have to get up!! Take care! He will not show the reverse on his site!! He sells them on H.S.N. also!

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28 Nov 2022

Do Yqou Believe Were Alone?

Coins | Mike

How is everyone doing? You have herd the question a thousand times. I watched a show after the football game. It was on aliens. Now I knew there was an area 51. We all know that story. Did you know about area 52? Well there is one in Nevada. What caught my eye is a family driving along a road took a wrong turn. They herd a large voice telling them to get out of the car with hands up! There were kids ther. ! ...What the government didn't know is this terrified family standing there was being filmed. It seems the gentleman doing the filming had discovered this area 52 A few years and watches it all the time. He has seen some strange things. And the people of the town and soldiers. He was shown by a soldier a bunch of guys . Behind them a flying saucer. Its located about 70 miles from area 51. ...Now to Canada. I believe they have had more sightings because of there night sky. You can count the stars. Now in 1996 Canada had its greatest sighting of a U.F.O. It happened on the Klondike highway. Very close to Shag Harbour. It is know as the worlds best documentedU.F.O. case. Witnesses were R.C.M.P.officers. Scores of fisherman and air line pilots flying at 33,000 feet Flashing lights moving at fast speeds Then it crashed into the water 300 feet triple the shore. At about 11: 20 a glowing orange sphere the size of a city buss slipped below the surface without a sound and it left an orange foam. They searched for days and found nothing. Five months before a man looking in the woods for a sphere his name was Stefan Michalaks. . He got to close and the ship emitted a gas. He shirt and chest were burned. Now the Royal Canadian Mint did a coin that glows in the dark. The dementioms are on the C.O.A. . it comes with a card in memory of the Queen. And a flashlight. A black light this way you can see what the witnesses saw. Now its not great taking a picture of it. I like turning out the light and seeing the most beautiful coin I have seen in a long time. Are they out there. You bet. Your talking about thousands of people around d the world. I think the one viewing in Brazil with six ships in the sky was the largest viewing and the video you can't explain. This goes back in our country when the ships crashed and bodies reportedly were found. The woods were sealed off not a piece of paper to indicate this occurrence. That debris was taken to arena 51. And the rumors started. Now an area 52 were there developing weapons from the ships in area 51. ....Think about it.To me there is just to much documented video and witnesses. And they all have seen the same thing from different angles. I do not believe we are alone. There is just to much. I did not believe it until I found out about area 52. There is just to much security. Threatening to shoot a family down. The little girl will never forget that. That's a shame. What do you think?

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26 Nov 2022

December, 7, 1941 The Date That Will Live In Infamy

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. Yes I know I am writing blogs allot. There is a reason for this its my health. I write this blog every year. So you will remember that dark day that is coming this holiday season. Yes just a few weeks before the Holidays and Christmas.Always new information . .....Now many Americans think that we didn't want go get involved in the war. The real reason is that the President and his cabinet didn't want to get involved in foreign affairs.Now our secretary of state was involved with peace talks with Japan. Japan didn't want us involved in the east . They wanted no blockacdes of goods coming into there country. Politics is what they call it! ...There was a 14 page message coming from Japan to there ambassadors over a period of time. On Novemver 26 the secretary of state gave the Japanese our final statement.At 1 p.m. on December 7, the Japanese asked to see our secretary of state. They didn't arrive till 2:05p.m . Received at 2:20p.m.. ..They were there with the answer of the November 26 statment. Now we cut to the chase. The Japanese had a list and the third one was they demanded Oil. Sure we would give it to them to carry on war with China.They were shown the door. Now I want you to take a good look at the pictures below. Everyone. That's politics for you. Over 3,000 men woman and children dead. You will see battleship row. Lucky our aircraft carriers were out to see on maneuvers. There is a person of color . His name was Doris Miller stationed on the Nevada!. He's receiving an award from Admiral Nimitz the Navy Cross. The coin shows a man at an anti aircraft gun. He had no training. As a mater of fact no people of color received anything. Yes the Navy did not actively recruit them. They took care of the food ,shinning the offices shoes. Cleaning there uniforms. But Doris grabbed the gun and started shooting. His Capitan was hit and he brought him and others to saftey. Now that's a hero. And for the first time in the modern Navy people of color got there respect. He had a frigate named after him. He was killed not much after the attack on a small aircrafrt carrier in the south seas. As I write this the worlds biggest most technological aircraft carrier is being built. It will be massive and completed in a few years. The name of the ship. The U.S S.Doris Miller. Now carriers are named after Presidents. This is the first time ever a carrier is not being named after a President never mind a person of color. He broke many barriers until his death. But the biggest was making the Navy one. Now there active in every part of a ship tin can mine sweepers. He did it all saved lives and saved the Navy. Now his actions can be seen in the movie Tora Tora Tora. ...So now you have the readers digest version! But never forget the people who lost there lives. And we didn't want to get involved with foreign affairs. Its men like Miller who was 24 when he died that makes this country great. Remember Pearl Harbur.And look at the picture of the Arizona. They say a drop of oil comes to the surface every few minutes. The sailors entombed sending a message don't forget us!! And we won't. They will not let us forget! There is a black mark pointing to the ship The Nevada look at the map yo can see were he was!

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