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26 May 2021

The Smallest Biggest Medal

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone. A couple of weeks ago I saw a medal of Abraham Lincoln. It was at an auction. I will describe the medal I saw. It was made of copper 7.28 gm and 35mm. It came in three sizes they had two. The weight by the way includes the ribbon . He is facing right. The obverse reads centennial of Abraham Lincoln MCMIX. Also the designers name is under his neck. B.L.Pratt in small letters above the year. Who by the way studied under Augusta St. Gaudins. And also made the U.S. Gold 5 Indian Head... Now that's just the beginning. The reverse has an eagle with outstretched wings with an Olive Branch in his talons. Then the famous words. He had many but they chose these. "The Government of The People By the People Shall Not Perish From the Earth" Under that there is a Fasces. A Fasces comes from the Latin word meaning bundle. Bundles of wooden slats sometimes with an axe and the blade being seen.. The medal itself is uncirirculaded and has a beautiful Patina on it. Now that's allot for a small medal. The Fasces goes back to the Romans you will see it in other coins. It is rapped most of the time in leather. Now it came in the original cardboard holder with plastic protecting it. This is from 1909. It has gold embossed lettering on the face. See picture bellow. In the reverse of the holder there is a typed message. It reads "Official Medal Issues by the State Of New York Under Authority of George W. McClellen Mayor of New York Febuary12,1909. (Medal Designed By Bella Lyon Pratt)." Now you didn't expect this beautiful medal to take so much time to describe. But big things come in small packages. This medal was taken care of. Yes the holder is beat up a little if look how old it is. It's actually in great shape for its age. It did it's job I just wish I had the name of the person who owned this. It was made at the Whitehead & Hoag company in New Jersey. The designer Pratt lived from 1 867 to May 18 1917. Now my feelings. Medals come in all sizes and shapes. Here we have a small medal that contains so much history. It truly is a piece of our country and history When I saw it I thought it was a cent with a ribbon. Then I read the description. I couldn't believe it. You have Lincoln and the words he

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22 May 2021

The American Buffalo Nickel

Coins | Mike

Hi I hope everyone is well. This blog is not about the set about American Buffalo Nickles. It's about one. The three legged buffalo nickel. This coin has been called Americans coin. It is known everywere. James Earl Fraser created a great piece of American coinage. But since 1937 Americans have been looking for the one made in Denver.. Why it has three legs. Now I have written blogs on this set a few times. But never on this particular coin. I would get messages about this coin and the message would read why did the mint strike a coin like this. .Well I have to blame the machinery and the employees. Now there was a die clash without a nickel planchet in between the die and when the feeder sent it though there was a clash at that point in the coin. Now the employees stepped in and they were going to fix this. What they decided to do made one of the best varieties that is known today. You can see it with your eyes. They metal that was there had to be removed. So they polished it. Good idea. This was Mr. Young's idea. So they polished these nickels till the error was gone.Upon looking at it they did a great job. To much. They polished Black Diamonds leg away.!! It became one of the most sought after varitys. Everyone was looking for one. Now a friend of mine Kevin Leab was talking about it. I realized I didn't have one. I checked ebay and there were very few left. So I won a auction. I had my Black Diamond Nickel.. I waited to long. Thanks to Kevin and his son Andrew I finally got one. It's a great coin. This set was made in three mints. P.D.S. It's one of James Earls Fraser greatest coins. It's made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. It weighs 5 grams and it's 21.2 mm. Who thought that a coin of this makeup could become so famous. The first one has two types. One on a mound and then they changed it to a straight line so there would be less were. In the words Five Cents. I didn't now how good it was to own this coin. If you ever get a chance you might want to look into it but buy it certified. There are to many counterfeits out there.. I have the two charts below they show what to look for . P!ease enlarge the so you won't get caught short handed. Actually that's a tribute to a coin. They counterfeit the great ones. There wanted and they will do what they have to . Now a variety like this doesn't need a long blog with allot of technical terms. Why no one has written one before about this great American coin is unknown. The picture below shows he was in Central park zoo between Black Diamond and the coin you can see the buildings outside the park. Well I want to thank all of you who took a few minutes to read this. It has the facts and it's easy to read. Be well Be safe. P.S. AS OF MAY 24 THERE ARE TWO RAW COUNTERFITS ON EBAY IT SO OBVIOUS IT'S JUST SICK THEY CHARGE ALLOT FOR THESE..GET THE MONEY GET OUT BUY CERTIFIED. NOT RAW!!

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