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30 Jan 2020

So I Reached 100,000 Points What Did You Get!!!

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Well a couple of fellow collectors told me I was reaching this mark. They wanted to know what do you get. I said allot. I got the benefit of meeting new friends. I was able to share my knowledge of my coins with other collectors. They asked how did you do it. I said that's easy I'm disabled and I have a large collection so I'm home with nothing to do. I received a wealth of information reading blogs and forums. I put a set together that took five years with the help of others. When I wanted to give up they picked me up. I was rewarded simply by helping those who joined this institution of learning. The yns when you help them with there site with what's this coin. By setting them on there way to a lifetime of the joy of collecting coins. How many things did I get. I was able to go to shows. Not physically but through their blogs and messages. I felt I was there. And I became sick in May many friends would send a message asking how was I and don't worry you can beat this. I learned respect for my fellow collectors. I learned character and honesty. I learned this and much more from a group of people I never met. Then disaster hit me again and again and now I'm walking. I get so many people telling me that's great. They made me feel whole as a person. That nothing in this life can beat you down unless you let it. They wouldn't let me. The people the organization of learning about coins got me through so much. When I was in the hospital I would look at my coins on my phone. There was no pain then. Use my motto Never Give Up. The ANA gave me support a gentleman named Sam . Who use to have a cup of coffee with me in the morning. I can't say all the names of collectors because I'm afraid of leaving one out and that's not fair. I had my wife drop off my magazines at the library I learned this from another friend.. They were pleased to get them. Yes I learned to give. The mission here I believe is to educate people on the benefit of collecting coins. That cost money. I learned to give so yns could.go to the summer seminar. The yns auction. Coins for the class rooms that's what the ANA did for me. You see you think I didn't get anything when in fact you get to learn what I have written. So I did get something for.reaching the 100,000 mark. In my misery and pain I learned to live again. All for.a couple of bucks. So I thank all of you for helping me reach this mark..And learning about why I love coins. I would also like to thank all of those who run the ANA. You see I did get allot. Thanks all. Mike

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27 Jan 2020

The Token That Has Music Middlesex D&H 302

Tokens | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I have allot of Tokens. Trade private, political all sorts. When I saw this one I was curious. Now I wanted it for many years. So I tried to see if the notes were real or just a bunch of notes. To my surprise the music coincides with a song most of the old timers knew and middle age. I don't know what there teaching in school anymore but it's called God Save The King. Now it's not on the top ten but the music goes to a song we used to sing sometimes in school . It's the music to My Country Tis of Thee. Remember that . It's very patriotic. We want it every day in class. The Token is 30 mm 14-8 grams. It says God Save The King. Below it there is a crown all encircled by the notes to God Save The King. It was done by William Forster. It says on the reverses Wm Forster Violin Tenor, and Violincello maker No 348 Strand London. Strand London was a stretch of stores that made these wonderful instruments. If you ever get a chance to go to a quartet go. It's some of the most beautiful music you can hear. You can put your head back and close your eyes. I use to go when I could. I will start once again. Now I put a bid on it to my surprise many showed up. It's not rare or scarce. It shows you these tokens will surprise you all the time. I looked at it again on the reverses it was the shield of King George The III. I wonder how many picked that up. Well I paid a reasonable price. And I was glad I did. I had seen it in the books but now I could own it. I did. I started to do the research and never figured that those notes were the real thing. England is very good at adapting. When the King died and a Woman took the Throne naturally it was changed to God Save The Queen. This is just another reason I love these tokens. A sorry for everyone. Maybe we can change the words to God Save The ANA. Hope you enjoyed reading this as enjoyed writing it. Enjoy. Mike.

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23 Jan 2020

Medal of The Basilica .da Estrela 1779 to Present

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I read the blog by Sun yesterday about the medals of Nixon. Now medals are very underrated. Simply because there is no value to them there not legal tender. But based on the person creating the medal that's not true.Now I saw some medals on the Heritage Auction Site some had a reserve of five hundred dollars simply because the person was famous.. I like medals of Cathedrals and Basilicas. The Medal of The Basilica da Estrela or the Royal Basilica and convent of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Is located in Lisbon Portugal. It's a minor Basilica and Carmelite convent of Lisbon. It was ordered built by Queen Maria.Shortly after her wedding to her uncle.in 1760. Maria Princess of Brazil vowed before the Sacred Heart of Jesus to build a church. In 1779 when she took the thrown. Queen Maria ordered construction . It turned out to be one of the most beautiful church's in Europe at the time.. Now the medal is quite big it's 90 know and made of bronze. When I saw The Medal I looked the church up. If you look at the picture of the church and The tree it's exactly the one on the obverse of the medal. I could not find the maker of the medal . This happens sometimes. Even when it's made in 1979. Some one will make it and then they start making them and selling them. The picture of the inside of the church shows the absolute beauty of the church. They used these different types of marble It gets many visitors every year. It also has the largest Nativity Scene of five hundred figures. . Now it's not the biggest in Europe but the many pictures I saw it the interior makes it one of the most beautiful. Now shopping on EBay it caught my eye. When I saw the price that also caught my eye. So we say buy What we like. I couldn't get the dark red color that the Medal is made of. The reverse has the image of Queen Maria.. Again I learned something in the reserch. The fact that the Queen had a vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I do not know if the Catholic Church verified this. But many just believe. . I hope you enjoyed the Little Basilica as I call it. Sure it's underrated but I like it and that's all I care about. I wish I could get the original color. Thanks.

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20 Jan 2020

The 70th Anniversary Coin of Pearl Harbour Has a Great Story And Hero

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Hi everyone. Well I saw in the news last week the United States Navy was going to build a new aircraft carrier. And there would be a major change in protacal. You see there all named after Presidents. Every one but this one. The next thing I heard the name Doris Miller. That's right his friends called him Dorie. Dorie was a person of color. His job was like all the rest of a person of color. Taken care of the officers on the ship. Yes racism was very bad in those days. This man was about to change all that. When Pearl Harbor was attacked he ran to were the Capitan was on the West Virginia Battleship. He found him lying wounded. He had to get him to saftey. And this mess attendant went and grabbed the huge anti aircraft machine gun. If you look at the obverse of the coin that is The scene was it happened.. If you saw any movie like Tora Tora Tora you will see the action as it happened. He had no training on the weapon but managed to shoot some plains down. The battleship was hit nine times with torpedoes. He then left the gun the ship was going down . He grabbed as many shipmates as he could and brought them to safety. When .I heard the news I knew I had a Pearl Harbour coin. Went looking for it couldn't find it. It was in the first place I should of looked. In the box marked coins to be sent out. And there was Doris Miller shooting down enemy planes. So he. got his Capitan to safety and saved the lives of many of his ship mates. And all he did before that he would shine shoes iron shirts and pants and brought his officer to meals. Now after all that he changed the way people of color were treated. He was awarded the Navy Cross first to get one and that award was given by Admiral Chester Nimitz in May of 1942. . Unfortunately he was killed on 11/24/1943. He was on an escort carrier called the Liscome Bay. And it was sunk by a submarine. All hands were lost. Dorie was gone but what he did that day changed the Navy and armed forces for ever. It don't happen over night but it changed.Born in Waco Texas 10/12/1919 he died at the early age of 24. Now we all say every coin tells a story. This one tells the history of a Great man and what he did that day and how he changed the the Armed Forces forever. Hoops you enjoyed this small but important party of history. Thanks.

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16 Jan 2020

The Soho Mint And Matthew Boulten

Tokens | Mike B

Hi everyone. Last week I wrote a blog on a very great token of a very important man in the history of the reign of King Henry the VIII. One of my favorites. Not really. Now.I figured I would write a blog on the famous Soho mint. Little did I know this went on for page after page covering all aspects of the mint. It has tremendous history. The Soho mint was officially opened in 1788. It was designed by Matthew Boultin. He had asked permission of King George the III . He was granted an opening ten years later in 1788. It's were these pieces of art in copper were made.. It's located in Handsworth West Midlands England. It has eight steam powered presses that would make 70 to 84 per hour. Big difference from today.. Now the presses were patented by Boultin himself.. In one of the pictures you can see the tokens or coins falling into the basket. Now before we go any further he did make coins for England. Spain and the people of the French revolution. He had the best die makers Britain had to offer. The token on the bottom of the mint was done by Peter Kempson.one of the many great die makers of his time.I can't list them all just to many. They made coins for the colonies as well Now with all kinds counterfeiting came in as a problem. Britain took up a great fight against this as did George the III. In one of the photos you can see Soho by the red line. Not very well but it's there. He used weights to capture these people and it worked. The counterfeiting was rampant during the the 1770 before the mentioned opened up. If you were caught you died that simple. In 1771 a woman was caught. She was hung outside the Newgate Prison another great token. After she was hung she was burned at the stake. Might be a good idea today.Well it's a small world. When I first started collecting these I was directed to one Bill Mckivor. This man studied them and would go to Britain to buy them. He has sold thousands. . Saw a token I liked he said send a check to me. Well a few days later I received my token. I didn't mail the check yet. He said don't worry I know I will get it . He helped me allot about these tokens. What I didn't know he was a very good friend of Richard G. Dick Doty . Senior Numismatic Curator at the Smithsonian institution. He passed away on the second of June2013. He also loved the tokens

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15 Jan 2020

Where Is Everyone?

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. All five of you. I have been going over the blogs that have been written. I counted the amount of comments left. I was shocked. Now this site is to share our knowledge on the coins ,token,and medals, of other collectors. The blogs were on a token, the mint various coins a nice mixture of blogs on different subjects. Now the people who write these do extensive research on such things as mintage, who made them when we're they made pictures that are an important part of a blog. I can understand the pre holiday season the holiday season. But we're into the 15 of January. Blogs have been written. No answers. I guess we have learned everything we need to know. I know people work kids are in school but that never stopped them before. At least leave a comment when one is written if one is written. The programs at the mint three comments. Really. If I sound I'm upset it's because I am a little. There was always blogs. People making friends. If this keeps up I'm afraid of what the ANA will do. When i write a blog it's about a coin or token I own. Or about the mint and situations like this. The few people writing them what's there incentive to write them if no one's going to read them. We can sit and stare at the same screen we had a week ago. Not even a thanks for writing I picked something up today. Or thanks for taking the time. Can someone please tell me what's going on?. Saturday and Sunday have been slow. But by Friday it's like the week end. Maybe three or four. I have been collecting now for twenty seven years. I'm still learning. I try to get something out of every blog. The day you think you know everything try stamps. The reason I write so many is I'm disabled. I have nothing but time . So I write . I say try one a.week. If two that's great. But let's get back on track. It should be an interesting year. Write about it. If you disagree with this blog comment on it. Tell me I'm wrong. This is what causes discussion. Believe me I have been wrong before I only hope I'm wrong now.. Thanks and let's write. I get my ink for the printer today so I will be writing again. Have a great day let's make this a great site. Mike.

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11 Jan 2020

My Best Morgan Dollar

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. I decided to write a blog today on a coin I'm not really a fan of. It never caught my eye. Now I can't remember when I bought this. If anything it has to be an auction. My mentor told me it's America's coin. I disagreed. We all know to put a complete set together would be one of the hardest things to do. The first thing you would need is funds. Even though the price of silver has gone down the Morgan continues to hold its price. Now we know the the history of this great coin. Designed by George T. Morgan. It's the coin of The west being first minted in the Carson City mint. They are the most desirable. That little cc on the reverse is wanted by most collector's. Mine is a 1898 O MS 66. It has great luster and there is not a mark on it. I know the picture shows something on the reverse. It's the camera. My mentor said everyone should own a Morgan. So over time I picked up about 24. Nothing of great value except my Carson City Coin found in the hoard of the Carson City Mint by the G.S.A. You have seen them they come in packaging with a number most graded by N.G.C. Now that hoard had a huge impact on the value of some of the coins. Before the coins were found the mintage was very low in some years. When they found them some of the mintages went up by 80%. So if you had a low.mintage C.C. before they found the hoard your value dropped considerably.. To my surprise there still for sale today. They tone very nicely but many carry the dreaded bag marks on the obverse and reverse.. Now like my mentor I would suggest you buy one. I would never tell you to buy one. The prices on some are very reasonable. The MS 63 and 64. When your getting a nice coin. Now the New Orleans mint was not known for luster and cartwheels. But there are some like my coin. The luster is outstanding. You can tell by the holder it's a coin that was slabed years ago. The scales of justice . Now Mr. Longstrider is serching for Vams amongst Morgan's and Peace dollars he has already had an article published on them. I hope he finds them all.. Both series have plenty. I even own one. I think it's a Vam three. The stars are doubled. Not all a few.. Now you would think that a coin like this with the grade would command a very high price. It is unremarkable, luster cartwheel but it's not worth a couple of thousand. I never put the price in the blog you can look it up the mintage was 440,000 around that which to me is not that low but low enough. There are only 334 higher in its grade. Even though it's not worth a million like some, I still for some reason like this coin. I don't know how they price these anymore. I knew a 66 would be valued high. I checked two places. One is what I would expect. The other I would say is valued at a MS 62. Who knows. It's the joy the coin brings. Not the value. Not the condition. The coin. There are many many circulated Morgan's that are in great shape and they have a patina on them. They go for about forty dollars. To me that's a great deal. Some of them these carry good value. . So I hope you enjoyed this blog on America's coin. Myself I believe the Buffalo Nickel is America's coin. Have a great day. Mike.

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10 Jan 2020

Cardinal Thomas Worsley D&H 10. One Penny

Tokens | Mike B

Who Was Cardinal Thomas Worsley? Well he was a very educated man. He received his degree at Oxford in 1530 at the age of 15.. Now this is not a repost. It's been a while I think it fell off. And we have new members. This is a Conder Token of the Cardinal. Some of you have heard about him in the T.V. series The Tudors . First don't believe everything you see in the movies. Remember that. He was Archbishop of York, and Chancellor of England to King Henry the VIII. One of my favorites. Not really. Worsley held many titles. He built many beautiful homes and castles. He was born in Ipswich in 1473.. His claim to fame was the Chancellor simply because he had the ear of Henry and he basically ruled England. King Henry and Worsley were the best of friends. Did he take a few pounds for himself.? What Chancellor didn't but one. Saint Thomas Moore. Also best of friends with the King. For that he had his head cut off. Not really he would not join the Church of England. King Henry's church. He had many riches land many homes. Now I said don't believe what you see in the movies or T.V. shows. In the Tudors King Henry turns against Worsley. Has him out in the tower of London and commits suicide. Far from the truth. Yes he was arrested because he did not get the divorce for his King. The Pope turned him down. Worsley argued that if the Pope granted this England would remain Catholic.. The Pope has grandfather them before. On his journey to hear his charges he came down with dysentery and passed on in Leicester at the age of 57. The British are known for their record keeping. He was surrounded by his supporters at his death and spoke his final words"I see the matter against me how it is framed.But if I had served God so diligently as I have the King maybe he would not have given me the gray hairs". Then he passed. He was accused of everything but never convicted of anything. The Mint cried at the news of his death.. He was born in Ipswich the same town as Conder the man who started cataloguing these wonderful tokens. So in this day and age instead of making movies of non fiction than fiction they distort history.. Now the light was working when I received it and you can see we have one now without the lamp.I wanted you to see the token as it is today red brown and still looks like the raw token. And in the light you can see the great detail. As a matter of fact Conder had a statue of him made. The reverse shows Worsly's gate at Ipswich. The gate was built in his memory and to protect the city. Now I haven't done a blog on Conder tokens for a long time. Once in a while I will post a blog on some you may like. Thanks.Mike

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05 Jan 2020

One Set Finished Another One Starts?

Coins | Mike B

Well those of us who collected the first Eagle Set now have a new one coming . This will be all pure silver with a new reverse. I will not be around for this one. Not thirty years anyway. What this does is continues the mint it's steady cash flow without missing a beat. Since this is made from pure silver will the price of the first one drop?. I know the starting price will be above the regular price but they will level off. Now this starts in 2021. So take your age of starting the first set . Add it and assume it will go just as long. I would say you have a chance of both sets of you started in 1986 to 2020 thats 34 years. To go another 34 years will make you 68 years old. I'm 66 now. I don't have a chance. It is the best selling coin the mint put out. The new set of course will have the sub sets like happy birthday congratulations burneshed. And anniversary coins. Different finishes reverse proofs and everything you saw in the first set. So if your a yn. You get to buy both sets. If your my age one set. And maybe some special coins But who knows what they have planned for this set?.There has to be special coins. I think the burnished will continue. But will they celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the The Silver Eagle? I can see thirty thousand being sold for that one if they do it. There are so many variables with the change in the design. I really am only speculating about the whole thing.what if they continue it as one set will it be The Silver Eagle Set just one? I think we're in for allot of surprises. No one knows for sure. Maybe they will only do this ten years or the fiftieth anniversary. Some coins have changed the reverse and the set remained the same. Will that happen? What are your thoughts on the change of the most sold coin from the mint.? Please think outside the box. I did. Nothing I said is written in stone. I'm not even sure this is a new set.? What do you think and how long should it run. Let us know.. Thanks Mike.

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02 Jan 2020

Oh To Turn Back The Clock!!

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I have been thinking about how I got my start in this wonderful hobby. Yes It was not the way I wanted but I dozed off and had a dream on how I would of collected coins. I would be young. And the cents would of caught my eye. Actually this is not a dream. I wish i stated early. About seventeen or so. I had just landed my job that would take me places I never dreamed I would go. The salary was good. Great. When I moved up fast. I had no idea about coins. Now young i would of been exposed to this great hobby. I wish as my salary grew so would my collection. I am envious of the yn's. They have there whole life in front of them. Oh to turn back the clock. I would read and at the age of twenty I would of absorbed what I needed to succeed in this hobby. When I think of the accident was that good or bad. Good i got into the hobby but way to late. My salary was gone limited me to what I could buy.. Raise a family and collect paying the bills. Delay my dementia at home for a while. But I was in I jumped in. I was going to do this. How many of you wish you started at a young age? Let's say seventeen what you do?. I had to be careful . One bounced check my wife would of bounced me. Budget. That was the key to a wonderful set a collection i could be proud of.. What to collect. My neurosurgeons said start in the beginning. Cents . So i did. But i was still frustrated I couldn't buy this coin or that coin. My first as I said was a commen Antitium. I cherish that coin. To start young have my job that's the way. But no one told me. I didn't know any collectors so i didn't miss it. I miss that early start so much.to have a fifteen year start from my accident. If I still had my job my salary my health. Wow what i could of done. But in spite of all that i succeeded. I have a wonderful collection. Wonderful coins. I only bought what I liked not what every one else did. I was lucky with many sets . Completed many. Some slabed some in Dansco books. But i still missed out on the early coins. Many gone now or to expensive. To be young to know about this thing called coin collecting.. Don't let it happen to others. Spread the word that there is this wonderful hobby loaded with history and joy. Yes joy. Every parent wants to see there children succeed. Leave them something when your gone. I have done that. Yes I'm beat up in so many ways. But I didn't let it stop me. Why?. Because no matter when you start no matter when it is. It's about the family and the kids. We enjoy now what we have accomplished and get to have our family and kids enjoy it. Every coin I get and I have two beautiful tokens coming i explain It to them . The history the die sinker. Why he or she made it.To sum up. It doesn't matter when you find out about this wonderful hobby . Just as long as you find out about it. That's what it comes down to. Spread the word to your friends the kids in school the people at work . They will thank you. And i would like to say thank you. I made it to this great hobby. Mike

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