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23 Feb 2021

The Boston Massacre

Coins | Mike

Well I hope you all are doing fine. Soon we will be back at shows! The Boston Massacre. March 5,1770.. Manny think that the war between the colonists and Britain started at Concord and Lexinton.. That happened April,19 1775. Some will argue the fact that this one act was the true start of the war for our Independence. I was looking at some bullion. Yes it's ok to buy bullion. I came across this famous drawing. It was done by Paul Reverer! And it took of like a wilddire. Britain has just passed the Townshand act. This was passed by King George the 111. to exert authority over the colonies. A group had gathered on King street. With that came the British soulders. They were led by Capitan Preston.. They were here to keep peace. Not to slaughter the crowd. What happened next changed the whole spirit of the occupation over all the colonies. The crowd started throwing snow balls at the small group of soldier's. Some said rocks. One of the soldiers fired and others chimed right in killing six. Peace was finely restored. This incident happened by a elm tree. So named the Liberty tree.. Signs were put on the Tree "I need the blood of the the British to keep growing . Soldiers were hung in effigy on the brances. Paul Reverse made sure his drawing made all the papers and soon it became the sound of liberty through out the colonies. The soldiers were taken into custody. But who would defend them in an American court. Would you believe a poor patriot lawyer. And future President John Addams. He believed everyone was entitled to a fair defence. The trial went on . Then the jury ruled. Capitan Preston and six others of the 29 regiment were found not guilty. Two others were found guilty of manslaughter.. There sentence was to be branded on there thumbs with an 'M" . Now the coin caught my eye. Simply because I saw it in a history book in school. There are hundreds of these pictures and everyone almost identical.. The obverse shows the incedent. The reverse shows The tree of Liberty with an eagle on top and colonists gathered around it. It came it a glass case and weighs two ounces.. If you read the C.O..A. There was only 999 made. I liked it . It depicts a very important part of our history. There are to be nine more in this seris. . I have to see what they look like . So do you think a snowball led to our fight for independence? I believe this was the first mass killing of the colonist. I say it helped a great deal. The 13 colony were beside themselves . I think the attitude got to all . And it was the start. If anyone knows do they still teach our history in school ? This tree became a rallying point for speeches and anything anti British.

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13 Feb 2021

Rachel Louise Carson

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone . I hope your all fine and well. I know the first question . Who was Rachel Louise Carson. She was a great woman and a fighter her whole life to clean up the envirment. That movement didn't start ten or twenty years ago. It started with this great author and marine biologist. She was born May 27,1907 she passed on April 14,1964. But what did she do she started work on the Global Environment movement. She wrote a book called Silent Spring. Her most famous and well read book.. As I said she started as a marine biologist. She moved on to the other problems facing the world.Her career started at the U.S Bureau of Fisheries and became a full-time author in the 1950's. Then she turned to conservation and the main problem being pesticdes. You see now what I mean when I say this movement didn't start twenty or thirty years ago. She took on the problems and immediately took on major compaines. She testified before.Senate subcommittee. The book Silent Spring was written in 1962. Her best writing. She went after the companies making pesticides such as D.D.T.. She never backed down and it led to a national ban on this dangerous chemical. This one person . This one woman. Took on the giants of industry. This led to The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Who says one person can't change things. Many famous individuals have. Now her first story was written t the age of ten. To list her publications they would all have to do with with issues dealing with environmental issues. This magnificent died of a heart attack caused by cancer. Some say from studying and learning about the damage these chemicals caused. The rivers and oceans. P!ants that we need to grow and live on. Her posthumous honors could fill a book on its own. That's because this woman changed the way we live todayl! Over the globe. Companies dumping waste into rivers and oceans killing fish fry the thousands. Where did I get this medal about this wonderful woman.? From the AN.A. I think there still for sale. The medal was designed by a gentleman named Don Everhart. It's 71kmm 142 grms. Just look at the design. The American Eagle with its catch. Her likeness with a farm ,deer an eagle in flight a butterfly a river and a forest. Every thing she worked for. So we could live a life today without poisons and the killing of great animals. Fish from clean ruvers. This woman we owe the earth for a rare wonderful woman and what she did. This Medal was supposed to be sold at the A.N.A. Show in 2020. But we know it was cancelled. Call. I believe they have ones in silver and bronze. This is what this hobby does. It teaches us. How many people knew of this woman before the Medal. not many. A great choice by the A.NA. It's beautiful and I would call and pick one up. They are numberd. I have 41. But it's the Medal that counts. That teaches. Just like this hobby!! Thanks. Mike!!

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08 Feb 2021

Look What I Found

Coins | Mike

I hope you all are safe and well. Many times in my blogs I have said I bought my wife a sports store. . All it was an exciting expierance. We met famous sports figures. Even went out to dinner with them.. To understand that you must understand the sports industry.. We would have players to come to the store so that kids from all over would come to meet them get a ball ,picture, Jersey bag ,or.stick. Whatever you wanted sigined. I would walk over to open the store. . Already the line was around the block. . The kids.we're waiting thinking of what they would say. When the Limo pulled up they forgot everything they were going to say. We had players for all the different sports. To see there faces made everything worth while. We tried to give them five minutes with the player. To talk to him. It never lasted that long . I think they call it star struck!! Other stores sign and go Not us if it was going to go over the limit we asked the player and they always said for the kids no problem. Some of the players I met with my wife were Mark Messler Wayne Gretzky. After the signing in there hotel we would go down stairs for dinner. They always paid. The list just goes on. The agent would call us tell us the name they were using and the room. People stalked the hotels when the famous were in town. . In the years we were open not one baseball or anything signed ever came back. We had built a trust with the people.That's important. If a team won the championship getting a player went from five thousand to ten. And we paid for the limo. After a few years of great business a guy named Steiner came along . Smart man. He signed every player to a contract. To get a player was now impossible. After a year we couldnt afford to get things signed. All of the mom and pop stores closed. Now why I wrote this. We bought items to sell from many places. Below you will see the famous Highland Mint Flip coin for the super bowl. Made of one ounce of silver and gold. These were made for every superbowl. I was looking on ebay and came upon this super bowl coin. It's used by the Reff to go heads of tales. The mintage on this was 7,500. That's low. I see the price 20,000 dollars!!!! I said I have that . It was Supebowl 31. The Patriots and Philadelphia. The Patriots won 24-21. It as held Feb,7 2005.

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