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22 Feb 2020

Who Had The Curved Coin First Brazil Or The U.S.A. 2014

Coins | Mike

Well the chicken or the egg. I was entering coins into my N.G.C. registry the private coins. And I came upon the two coins below. Now I knew we needed help from the French. So did FIfa! Now the American coin was popular. . I was watching t.v.the French has come out with the official coin of the World cup of soccer. The mintage was ten thousand. Mike Musick was able to get America's share five hundred +. Now this is the mintage for the world. Now I'm looking at it Brazil was Ten Euros. I liked it so I picked one up. Now honestly I don't remember when the cup was. I can tell you it's every four years just like the Olympics. The Olympics have many coins for the different events. I liked them but that was allot and didn't remember if the Olympics has an official coin. Now back to the good old U.S.A and the mint. They needed help from the French. So did Fifa they also went to the French. April 29,2014 the Monnaie de Paris released the first coin in honor of Brazil The host country. On August,27,2014 our famous baseball coin was released. Now I liked the American coin didn't care about the mintage. What I liked is I wanted a real autograph. So a company hired Nolan Ryan to sign some coins. Bingo I pulled the trigger and I got one. There were a few with real autographs most was Facsimile (fake) autographs. We buy the coin . I was lucky to get a real autograph of a baseball player that played in my home town, N.Y. Mets. He's also was also in the Base Ball of Fame. I hit two homeruns with that coin. I always wondered which country came up with the idea first. Fifa or the U.S.A.? Now we know that the coins were probably made the year before realse. I know the 2021 new coin I have no idea what it will be called is being pressed now.as.we speak. This way there ready for release. There probably in Fort Knox. At least something will be in there!! To me it didn't matter. We had to go thru Congress then it's released two years later. I do know that Fifa had to go thru the French. Does it matter no I just thought that two different countries came out with the same idea and we both needed the help of the French. Just a light blog for a Saturday.afternoon. One other thing both coins I bought were slabed by A.N.A.C.S. Strange how that happned. Two great sports two great coins and a big thank you to the French!! Hope you enjoyed it. By the way they were not allowed in the N.G.C registry. Politics and coins

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18 Feb 2020

A Surprise In The Mail!!!

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. First I would like to thank the two collectors who were kind enough to send me this. It was a surprise I was shocked when I opened the box. It was for reaching 100,000 poins. Many of you know I'm not a fan of these. But it does show your activity. The yn's should take note of this. I picked the winners. The people who were active. Not those following thousands of people or haven't written a blog in five years or four years. This is how we learn. I learned allot from these two friends. It shows you what a friend i s and all the others. When I had a question about anything they were there. They inspired me to get going and share my coins with blogs that tell the story each coin ,Tokens, and medals did that . Collectors would tell me your coming up on 100,000 points I would answer that's nice. What are you going to get.? Well I wrote a blog on that I would suggest that the yns read that also. Is it a milestone I don't think so. I know I'm active. But I'm home all day and have allot of coins. I enjoy the research and looking for pictures.. I never expected anything. After all this is not a contest. It's a reason to get you active and pick out the dead wood floating around. I'm very grateful for this wonderful surprise. I will cary it everyday. Not as a reminder of 100,000 points but the friends that sent it. Were it says friends on your page sometimes it means friends. Anyone can reach this. It won't stand forever. This is one mark I hope someone breaks . I have come along way in this organization. And before i end this I want to thank you all for your help. All who sent messages. I don't want praise I just want to learn. After 27 years I'm still learning. Once you think you know it all,try stamps. Yeah I'm old but coins help me feel young . Just like all of you do. So again thank you from the bottom of my heart . That was very nice of both of you. And to the yns, I say find the active collectors. This is not a race to see how many people you can follow. If i can do it so can you. So stay active learn and you will wind up with a wonderful collection. Thanks Mike.

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12 Feb 2020

Cents That Make Sence

Coins | Mike

Hi everuone. I had a dealer I use to get wheat cents from. He was a part jeweler also. If you bought five or more rolls he would always put one that was different. I always looked for them. The ones below I found. Now I like the obverse of each cent. Actually only one is real that's my favorite. Why ? To me it's simple. The obverse has the outline of the map of the United States above the date. On the left side it has something we all stand for The Liberty Bell. I think people out there doing designs like this is great. I wound mine having a cent like that. And it's a real cent. The other two would be considered tokens.I mean if you were to reach in your pocket to spend it the store owner would taken it and pass it on to the next customer. He or she looks at it and sees the add for his store. If a collector they might call them or get in touch. So he's getting this advertisement passed on every day. The one with the map and the bell I would send that in it they had a contest. I know it sought win but maybe get them thinking. We have a big anniversary coming up. Coins and sets will be a premium. Think of this cent just change the date leave the reverse alone . You would have the union shield on the reverse and another wonderful part of our history. Well what do you yhink? In the cent of another coin. Leave your comments and ideas for the up coming anniversary. Thanks hope you enjoyed yhis. You never know what's out there.Mike.

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07 Feb 2020

Canada Has a Burnished Coin With a W Mint Mark?

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. Well I broke down and bought a Canadian Coin. I do have some. This is a first for Canada. They made a burnished coin.. We have been making them since 2006. There was none in 2009 or 2010.. The coin has a soft matte finish to it. A little shinny.. Let me tell you this this coin is hard to take a picture of really through a slab. The mint started just calling them Uncirirculaded. The nunismatte communities the term burnished ..I always wondered how they made them. Now before we get started the Canadian mint did not call this burnished either in there C.O.A.. The blanks are weighed after they are punched through the slab. Then they clean them. Now I never knew the process was so detailed. There put in huge drums with polishing agents. At first in 2006 they used sand.. Today they use 6 mm balls to polish them and it gets the scratches out and the rough spots and if course any blemishes. This is done with all the precious metals. The gold platium and collectors say they last !onger. After the drum they are taken by hand and out in the press and struck once.. Now you can see the difference between bullion and burnished. They are a rarity in ways. There not anniversary coins or reverse proofs. But the mintages are very low. 2006-466,573 2007-621,333 2008-533,757 2011-409,766 2012-226,120 2013-221,98 2014-253,169 2015-223,879 2016-172,802 2017- 139,610 2018-130,996 2019 - 124,792 Now The mintage of the first Canadian Coin is 10,000. So as you see all the mintages are low and have a beautiful finish. And I'm praying They make one this year. It's not a large subset. Some like them some dont. I happen to like them very much along with a few others in this site. So I hope you enjoyed this small blog on a very special coin. I can also say I do like the canadian coins. But don't ask me to take a picture. It has a different finish and your shooting through a slab. The W mint mark is for there mint I believe in Winnipeg. Or as my friend says a play on ours!! Enjoy Mike.

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04 Feb 2020

Oliver Cromwell Death Medal .

Medals | Mike

Hi every one. First I just tell you the pictures of the medal were taken of Heritage House site. I was waiting for delivery. So who was Oliver Cromwell? Many have heard his name. He was born April 25,1599 and died September 3,1658. Now the medal was done by J. Dossier in 1731 and is 38mm.He also did one in silver. Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of England,Scotland and Ireland. In the 1640's civil war broke out in England. Those loyal to the Monarchy Charles the Ist. The Royalists and parliament they were known as round heads.Cromwell was of course a round head.. He was ordered to lead most of The battles against those against the Monarchy.When the civil unrest was done Charles the 1st was imprisoned and of course in England if you were imprisoned you would be beheaded. This happened in 1649. By 1653 Parliamentary in fighting led Cromwell to take Head of State. He oversaw a military dictatorship. He had signed Charles the 1'st death warrant in 1649. Did anyone reading this know that England had a break in the Monarchy.? I did. Born in Ireland we learned allot about our history and Lord Cromwell was a big part of it. He was born in Huntington England. He always raised a devout Protestant and very anti catholic. The Irish was his deepest hatred. I will now give you a quote you will not read in any book but passed down though Irish histiry. "If I put an Irishman on a Spit I would get another to Turn it. That's a very deep hate.In 1649 he was selected to take care of the Irish with us and he did. In 1650 it was Scotland. He killed four thousand and imprisoned ten thousand then he captured Edinburgh. At this time Charles the II took the throne. Cromwell proclaimed himself as Lord Protector of Ireland Scotland and England. With all that and Daughter Elizabeth dying at the age of 29. He was not well and died in September 3, 1658 he was buried at Westminster Abby. That is the reverse of the Medal. But Charles the II .had his body removed and put his head on a Spit for the public to see. Charles did this for the death of his father which Lord Cromwell had done.At the present time his status stands before The Brutish Parliament.. Some of his body parts are in Sydney Australia in Sussex College.. The mask at the bottom is one of his death mask. The flag stood for the countries he ruled. And despite all his power the picture of the house is his. I'm glad I never met the man. There are books about this man. The net has just as much. If you when to learn hate this is the man. But I Don't blame him hate is taught it starts in the home and then school . Your not born hating someone. Thanks MikeDon't forget to enlarge the photos.

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