Mike B's Blog

17 Nov 2020


Coin Shows | Mike B

Hi I watched the news today . I usually stay away away from it. But there is no doubt we are at war with an enemy we can't see.. And this enemy is winning by taking whole familes. Nine in one family. Yes the covid 19 is the biggest war we have fought. I say it every day at the end of a message be safe stay well. The positive thing about this war is we can win it. We're a mask don't shake hands stay in if you can. You think this is just another conspiracy.? Well it's far from it. When my mom in law hit her head. She of course had he be creamated. . My friend Pete who owns the funeral parlor said to me Mike I have done a years worth of business in two months!! Let people.who think this is a joke come here and watch my staff work from Sun up to Sun down.. This is not a flu. It's not a Spanish flu it's a new strain of a killer. I see people in the street there about 25 to 40 not wearing mask. Laughingly were all crazy. This is the age group killing us. I won't get it I have no problems. Well keep walking around like it's a normal day. There is nothing that's normal about this. I stay in . I go out for ten minutes and walk a half a block a week. I go over my coins. Watch old t.v. shows. do something. I'm in the danger age. I'm 67. I have many problems but I also have anaemia. That means my system is comprimised. I have a better chance than most of you being a causalityof this war. I repeat don't think because we're you live it won't find you it will. I had an encounter when someone was walking next to me no !ask. Yes I shot my mouth of. Sir would you kindly were a mask? No one tells me. I said I'm not telling you I'm asking you and I don't care about you I care about me. I stopped and let him go on. Nothing I'm telling you is new.people have become complacent. That's the problem. Everything was opening they thought it was over It's not. It's getting worse. If your not scared you better be. Yes we have something to fight this . Three companies have come out with a vacine. But to distribute it won't take a day. Months. This is were I would call up the National guard to help distribution the anti virus. But right now the light at the end of the tunnel is an on coming train.. That will change. So I ask all of you who are thinking of a big thanksgiving please cancel your plans. Put your pride in your pocket and stay home.. Forget the idea I'm not going to get this. You write blogs about shows. I' was ready to go to my first when this hit. Ask yourself this. Is your life worth the price of a coin? No it's not. When I checked the map this morning just put your neighbood in your browser . We're I live we are open. It has gone up. But it's still eating outside. Ten% of restaurants can open. Deliverys. That's the best if you didn't get to shop. Everyone I see except a few are keeping to the rules. Wearing a mask. Wow that's such a convenience I can't do that. Can you live with respirator down your throat. ? I chose a mask and washing hands. Is that to much to ask. Well if it is I wish you luck just stay the heck away from us. When this was announced I called in a favor and spoke to a high ranking official at the C.D.C. . His number did not come up on my screen. He said you Mike I said yes. I asked what are we up against ? Is this the flu. He replied this is hell and it's not the flu. How long .? Two years at the most That call scared me to death. I only told a few people on the site. . Why because they didn't know how to fight this.. Shows. Come on Broadway shows gone, sports gone, no one in the seats. Going to the movies gone. I will say it again. I feel terrible for those who lock up there tables and coins and travel all over the states. There income has been shattered because of this. What about those who have health problems and were looking to go to my first show. Yes it's affected our buying. The face to face meeting of a friend on the site. I want to talk without a mask . I waited this long.I can wait longer. That's why i wrote this. Those who go to small shows your only kidding yourself. It's small I won't get it. ..and We all have to do our part. We do that the numbers will drop the vaccine will be out and the best part I will meet you at the shows.!! The prices are going up everywhere with coins. Dealers ebay other internet sites.. I write this because I'm worried. I was upset when Mokie and his family had somerhing. Thank God it wasn't covid.19. Kids.mow.are getting it. It's like this thing is in the clouds and dropping all over us. Please follow.The simple steps and protect yourself and others.Mask wash hands and face and stay home. Soon you know it this will be over. The next few months will tell us how were doing. I felt Some one has to write this. It affects every part of our hobby. Even club meetings have been cancelled.!. Yes this is a matter of life and death. Stay safe,Stay well . Yes America wins again!! And the light at the end of a tunnel is not a coming train!!! We will win out. All we have to do follow the rules. That simple..Thanks . Stay safe and stay well!!

14 Nov 2020


Medals | Mike B

Hi I hope.you are all well. When I read Gary's great blog about his service to this country and the wonderful job he did . I asked myself what other unknown hero's are out there. I found the one below. There is not much to say about it but it tells how everyday citizens served in there own neighbood. I found this on ebay and it speaks so loud of our country.I had to have it.

11 Nov 2020

Veterans Day Some Famous Quotes

Coins | Mike B

Hi. I hope you are all well. Every year I write something on Veterans Day . Previously known as Armistice Day. No matter what I say I always leave something out. . I can't find the right words to say. But they have to be said. So I went to the net and picked these words from some Brave men and great men. One needs no words it says it all. So read them think about them. I can write for ever and not get it right. I will say this. To all Service Men and Woman and to those who gave the ultimate there lives thank you. God watch over them all. Please enlarge photo's.

06 Nov 2020


Coins | Mike B

Hi. This is a blog I know you have not seen. But it's just as important to all Americans. I remember a phrase Rosie the Rivetar!! She did more than work on war ships. She raised a family . She encouraged more women to contribute to the workforce to supply our men overseas. She was on posters.And it worked. Woman have been helping during the civil war. They didn't stop there . They helped as nurses processing soldiers.going over seas. This coin made.in 1994 was.way over due. They fight in conflicts There in every part of the service. Today there are 2.5 million women working in the military. Most in combat . About 16% risk there lives overseases. Another 19% are officers in all five branches of the military. They fought for this. Very hard and strong. One woman who recently passed away at 76 fought to have woman serve in the Navy. Kathleen Donahue Bruyer. She went from one office to the other till she got what she wanted. Woman in the Navy

02 Nov 2020

The Buffalo Nickel

Coins | Mike B

Hi my friends. Hope everyone is safe and well. I figured I would write about a coin the James Earl Frazier wanted to be called America's coin. A coin that you looked at would tell you immediately were it came from. I think he achieved his desire. For the Buffalo or Indian coin as it's known does exactly that. If I was in Europe and received one of these I would know right away were it came from. Now Mr Frazier was known for many items. Statues and medals. His most famous statue was the "End Of The Line". When you see that you know immediately who made it. I decided to put pictures up of all the players that were important to the making of this coin. Yes I collect them. The 1938 D is probably one that grades high. Why it was hoarded. Everyone knew that it was ending so they got as many as they could. Now I couldn't do that. But passing by a jeweler in my neighborhood I saw one in the case and it had different coins. The bottom shelf I was it. It was beautiful. A nice gold hue on it. I asked how much? He replied ten dollars. I said I believe seven. Sold.. I knew it was in great shape in it went and came back a MS 67. I was very happy. Now this is a series that is still collected today. The variety one and two of 1913 come in good condition. I believe this was because of the great respect for this coin. Think of it for a second. It has all the elements of America's coin. Three original Americans were used for the obverse and if course Black Diamond. To think this animal was almost hunted to existence by the Americans who came here to settle. They used there them for coates there horns for decarations. The original Americans used every part but for survival. They are the meat. Used the bones in ceremonies . Remember they lived in the plains and it was very cold. Some of the bigger bones were used to help there Tee Pe to stand. They wasted nothing. The settlers only coates. So Mr. Frazier did what he wanted to do. He did create America's coin in every sense of the word. I hope I put the rumors to rest that Black Diamond was in N.Y. Central Park Zoo. Not the Bronx Zoo. The picture has buildings behind it. When I went to the Zoo I would see them outside Central Park.BY the way one of the Indians Chief John Big Tree became an actor in the movies. He was in about 60 of them. Two you would know She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and Stage Coach. Two of my favorites. Two write the other Indians biography would take another blog. I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks. Mike.

21 Oct 2020

Lexington The Shot Heard Round The World 1925 Commen

Coins | Mike B

Hi every one I hope your all safe and doing well. Now it took awhile to write this blog. I had a book on it and my wife threw it out! All of this is my recollection of the events. I did use the web for names that's it. Many will say that this was a small mix up between the British and the colonists. That is the when you look at the numbers. . Now General Gage was the governor of Boston and all of Massachusetts. If fact he was there to keep the rebels quiet. He had heard from his spies that Hancock and Addams were hidding in Lexigton. So he sent an army of Red coates to bring them back to Boston and destroy the colonists arms and ammunition. They arrived at Lexington at dawn on Wednesday April,19,1775. The British were led byLt. Col.Francis Smith and the colonists by Capitan John Parker.The British had approximately 240 regulars. The colonists know as the minute men had 77. Smith announced on the Lexington green to drop your weapons!. They did not want any trouble. They started to disperse there were 100 spectators there. And then history was made. A shot rang out that would change the world for the next eight years and the cost the lives of fifty thousand men.and women. The Shot Heard round the world. We had lost ten men and three injured. The Brutish had one wounded.

09 Oct 2020

1906 Pattern Double Eagle Private Issue Struck 2013 Gem Proof

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. They is the last of my Pattern coins. This one was done by Charles Barber. I think the obverse gives that away. Now this coin is the only one made.. It was made in gold. And when you see the reverse you will know why it was supposed to be destroyed. Since by a miracle it survived it is one of the most valuable pattern coin in existance. Now knowing somethings about Barbers personality it was his coins or no ones. He even had words with the President of the United States!!Now he designed this double eagle in a very quick time to beat out Saint Gaudins before he finished his.. Now Liberty's head has a Laurel Wreath and a Phrygan cap. It also has 13 stars. Now to the reverse. Please understand that the following is my own opinion on it. She is standing with a sword in her right hand guarding an eagle. She has a liberty cap on a pole in her left hand. Now down by the rest on both sides you will see the date 20 on one side and 09 in the other. That was the date of issue. It says United States of America double eagle.. Now behind I guess there arrows it says In God We Trust. Now take a good look at the reverse.. I think this is why it was rejected and ordered to be destroyed. . The woman in the reverse is sloppy. All she needs is a cigarette. She is way over weight. Now to the two headed eagle. Look quick that's what it looks like. It's about 50 times the size of a real eagle. I have seen pictures of the wing with the head of a dinosaur. I think she and the eagle are about the same size. I'm sorry if you like it that's fine with me. We all buy what we like. When I saw this I had to buy it. You always get the question what's the ugliest coin you have seen. Well this is my choice. I'm sorry I do own it and I write blogs on only coins I own. I had to write it but also give my true feelings. Barbers attitude with the President and the other designers comes out in this design. It is not one of beauty. I do not think the public would of used it. It's just a poor design. I never in 27 years have seen a coin like this. But it's worth a foutune. Only because it survived . Please do not attack me for my opiion. I have tried to like it but I can't find a wy. Take care and be well.

06 Oct 2020

Paul Revere Medal 1975

Medals | Mike B

Hi my friends I hope you are all well. This blog starts of with Henry Wandsworth Longfellow. He wrote a sonnet back in 1860. Almost a hundred years after Paul Revere! We have herd the beginning of this many times in school. "Listen My Children and you Shall Here Of The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere." Who was Paul Revere. He was a patriot. He was an engraver, a silversmith. He had many tallents. He believed in freedom from England and was a member of the Sons of Liberty. He was born in January 1 ,1735. He passed on on May 10, 1818.at the be of 83. Now he is remembered for his famous ride.! But did it happen? It took place in April 18, 1775. He was warning Boston residents that the British were coming. He also participated in the Boston Tea party. Boarding a ship and tossing the tea into the water.. Now to his ride. He was supposed to warn John Hancock and Samuel Addams. He did not yell the British are coming. No he made noise so much to wake everyone.

01 Oct 2020

WW11 War , Notes Hawaii.

Odd & Curious Money | Mike B

Hi I hope you all are well. How many times have you read a blog that says my grand father and grandma left this set of these coins? Well I'm 67 and just found out that my mom in law.and her friend left me currency and coins!. Now there have a special meaning for me and always will. There brown in color if the look light it's the flash. Also two gold seals.. Now these are older than the war. . They used 1935A notes. Two have a crease but that's fine. You see there not going to be graded. They feel silky. And in good shape. No pinholes in them. On the obverse they have two Hawaii in block letters at both ends. These are silver certs also. They made 204,000. Now I thought the President would authorize these. It was the Mayor. He was concerned about an invasion. That would devalue all the money On The islands. Now think about this.204,000 of these were made.when there was no indication of an invasion they had to destroy these. . They used the crematorium. That was to much. I believe the soldiers hoarded these before they were shipped to the sugar mill. That worked fine. That's why there are so many of these 204,000 left in great condition. Now these notes are older than the war!! So someone left me something . But the loss was two much. I have two gold notes which were use in North Africa.. You have to feel these to believe the feel of them. The coins were half dollar silver. I was told there is more coming.. I'm grateful to Anny and Vivian for leaving these to me. The first note has a big fold. The others small at the corners. So now I have some American History in my hands. Real history. Like the 50.00 note I got in a book. I will cherish these and keep them in plastic. I will preserve them like they were left to me. Now please.enlarge these and take a look at them. You never know who or were money will come to you. I'm very happy. Thank you all . Stay well be safe!!!

23 Sep 2020

There Are Coins And Currency Everwhere!!!

Coins | Mike B

Hi everone. Please enlarge pics's. Well money is everywhere. You know the list. There in piggy banks, in the couch sometimes cent in the street and in books!! That's right. As you know I'm a big history buff. My wife bought me a book on D-Day the Sixth of June. That's the green cover of the book. I put two arrows to mark what it says. Quickly it says this book contains a artifacts and memorable from that day. It also has a C.D.. You can listen to those who survied. Remember this blog is about where I found a ww11 note a war note. Well I opened it. Wow. For me a book that had most of the details of that day. Pictures of solders dead on the beach. They were stuck on one of the beaches we chose to invade.. Now they had top secret documents . And maps . Maps of our soldiers and the ground they took inch by inch. Those landing were shot down as the landing craft opened up. It all so showed the German positions. This was the largest amphibious attack in the history of man.. As I went from page to page I tried to take a picture of the map but so large there was no way I could get a quarter of them. These were important. They showed everything back to the high command they would mark the mark maps and were we were with the other countries who had maps.also.. This offensive could not fail at any cost. Think of it. We're lucky Hitler did not wake up and send his massive tank divisions. They would of kept us in that beach named Omaha for weeks and weeks. I found so much in this book. I I continued going thru the pages and found a Canadian brown paper leaf with writing on it! I came to a stop when I got to a page with a note in it. Yes a WW11. Now I don't have one. As you see below this note had writing on the back. Those with the flag were made by another country. I believe Canada.. Now every signal solder and airmen had one. They were invading France. So I read about these. After the war every one had to be destroyed. . They used crematorium to burn many of these Some soldiers nodded them. I got mine in a book! You never know were you will find coins and currency I have to say my jaw dropped. My friend longstrider has some good ones. Since I don't collect these I think I will send it to him.. You can see one half of the bill is a little bit dirity. The crease down the middle.. Also the picture with writing on it it's in code typed and some a little ink.at the top you can make the date out. It's September 20, I believe 1945 it has to do with D-Day. Now we're else can you find coins and currancy. Absolutely everywere!!! I hoped you enjoyed this book that paid off.. Thanks for.taking time to read it.He well and Safe.


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