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24 Aug 2019

1856 Westminster Abbey Medal

Medals | Mike B

Well medals seems to be in season and they should be. Even though they are not legal tender they are a big part of our hobby. I like them from overseas to right here at home. Now this medal I did a blog about a year and a half ago. But it's not the same. . The medal is the same but the words are mine. This I saw at Heritage House. I was the high price and said there's no way this is coming home. I read about it checked on it this was a sleeper. One bidder. I put in one bid woke up it said you won!! Now it was made in 1856 and if I remember 50.9 mm. It was the beauty and the detail that sold me. The designer did not miss a trick. Who was he? It was designed by The famous Jacques Weiner. He had two brothers who also made medals but Jacques was the man behind the great ones. His brothers were Charles and Leopold. He Manley did Cathedrals but also Temples and Mosques. He started with them at fifty mm. He decided to do a series of Fifty at fifty nine mm. Well he got to forty one because he started to lose his eyesight. What a loss to this great hobby. This Abby has held many weddings of the famous Monarchs not to mention Richard the Third. Whose body was just discovered in a parking lot where a church used to stand. That's a great story. If you get the chance watch it on t.v. This was started in the 600 A.D. And continued it just was kept being added to. It also needed to be rebuilt in a few places in the 12 century. And again in the 1800's. The front says Westminster Abbey but it's the reverse you want to see. On the bottom left panel it has history. On the bottom panel it has history and the right side the same. Such small writing and he captured the inside with every detail he could . The inside beauty is breath taking. It gets millions of visitors a year like most of them do. Yes a great medal made by a great man who was taken from us to soon. You always wonder what great men would of done it they lived longer. George T Morgan , President Kennedy I believe was at the right point in history. Martin Luther King. The list goes on. Enlarge the Medal so you can appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed this. It's short there is so much more. But look it up yourself get the exact dates the Kings and Queens. Don't forget enlarge the medal.

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14 Aug 2019

A.N.A. Medals

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. This is a blog on our favorite organization. The ANA. You see they celebrate the founding of this great order as they should with mementos and medals. Some of course are milestones and the medals reflect it. There are many different types. Down below the one with the diamond of course was the diamond jublee. It's beautiful. I remember looking at these a few years ago. Please enlarge the pictures. Many of the particular one was held in Chicago were it was founded .and believe it or not is complete intact with the diamond. The few others removed it and bought a car. The name plate space is there and the ribbon spotless it just of been a wonderful affair. The price was very low. There are some the price is very high. I believe a gold panda. So there are many. So I decided to look again when a friend of mine decided that I should spend some money. So I entered ANA medals and started going through them. Class is all I can say. I saw the one with Francis Scott Key from the war of 1812. This one like the other is spotless. This was celebrating 1993. It was the 102 anniversary convention. I believe Francis Scott Key was put on it because it was held in Baltimore. The war of 1812. What a great pick. The history of the Fort Mac Henry speaks volumes of our history. I remember some so in will share it with you. The Americans knew The British had not learned that lesson so back they came for another beating. They had sunk old war ships in the channel so the British couldn't get there war ships that close to Baltimore. They used there rockets and a few cannon balls did reach the walls and a few over. Francis Scott a Key noticed the rockets and the battle from not far away. Now we Americans flew what they called there Storm Flag which was 17×25 feet. This was big and ment trouble. Mr Key watched the destruction and the glory of the battle. In the morning he saw the battle was over and we prevailed. That's when he was the Garrison Flag was flying. This was bigger. 30×42 feet. It was then he wrote the poem The Defence of Fort Mac Henry set to the tune of Creon in Heaver later became The Star Spangled Banner. So the ANA did a wonderful job in creating this medal for this convention. There is history in all. Medals ,token,and coins. There is a scratch that is on the round plastic both sides but the medal came in the original price. He had make an offer I checked he had a great record. He accepted my offer and that was it. There is another one I passed right away when i saw his name and read his complaints. Plus way more money. I hope you enjoyed this blog and the history and this great organization. Enjoy your day .Pat. Don't forget enlarge the first pictures.

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09 Aug 2019

Native American Coin And Currency Set PART TWO READ THIS

Coins | Mike B

Hi every one . I had to write this because I'm still laughing. . Most of you know I'm home bound. I can't go to shows or travel. Sounds a little like prison. But when you have a family who has stood by you since 1995 it's not prison. Now my neurosurgeons told me to get a hobby one was a collector. He said it will keep your mind it good shape but not a long time. So I had to adjust on collecting. I did and have a wonderful collection . I'm very proud of it. Now some shows I record and watch the next morning. . Now since The Coin Vault changed there policy to a hard sell and many sellers left so did i. Now I was watching it this morning from last night. Up comes my favorite set. Just kidding but I have to share this. Now they bring out the original packaging and the show is live.. I said what's going on? The coin was graded not a 70 but a 69. Bad start. They open it very slowley and show the history. All the while I'm saying show the bill please.. Well it wasn't graded like I thought. Well he opens the rest of the packaging with the note flat. I said it can't be. He lifts the packaging and the dollar looks great. Until as he's talking the note slips down. I knew it had to happen. I just laughed for an hour and played it back over and over. Just what the mint needed. On live T.V. Well they broke away from it almost immediately. Yes it was funny but I have learned who to buy from and who not. I stopped buying from the Coin Vault years ago. I watch for new items and prices. This was actually very sad. When the retailers start selling like the mint were in big trouble. They were caught. Embarrassed and I wonder if they new there was a problem. They knew the bill was outside the package and the heat from the lights didn't help what ever they stuck on it. That's my theory. Now has every one become desperate to dump these. With all the SP 70 to see a SP 69 that was the first red flag. There order from the mint was like the thousands collection's got stuck with and are refusing to do anything. A note on the return policy. Don't bother. My friend said they will put your name in for a pre- paid label but there are so many you just might not get one. I mean the mint doesn't want them back. That's sad. So whoever has a good set your lucky. The mintage was 50,000. But if you send it in you just might have a rarity. Think about it you might have one of about twenty thousand sets that made it. That's rare in my book. So if you have a good set Enjoy it I think its rare. It will fit with your collection. So all is well with you and were glad some sets worked out. But not a peep from the mint. It's like there waiting for this nightmare to end. I confess and it will go away after a while. When the magazine will have articles on why this occurs defending the mint. The Dream Team couldn't defend this. I hope you learned something. Like never judge a set by its cover. Wait a while after there released. I know I have been all over this mess but last night took the cake. Please be careful. And in defence of the mint if they weren't there I would not be writing this. They have made millions of beautiful coins and sets. This was just a disaster. It was funny to see. Take care i hope your a lucky one . Don't give up on the mint sometimes you want to then the silver proof in all that silver is what I'm talking about. It will be beautiful when I get it. This was a quality control issue I believe. .

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04 Aug 2019

2019 Native American Coin And Currency Set

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. This will be a short blog on another mess at the mint. In July 24 the mint released this set. The price just 15.95 . It has a reverse coin with Golda Ross the first Indian to work on our space program back in 1959 on the ship the Agena. Sounds simple enough and the price.seemed ok. I said this will be good for the kids. What a mistake. Now the coin will grade a 70 . I have no idea what the bill will grade at. You see these bills are sealed in plastic and then pressure is applied so it stays put.m Well I got mine home and to my dismay they did it again. Mine is the one one the middle. The other is a picture taken from Ebay. What a mess. These bills will have crimped edges are not worth sending in. And if you try to fix it you will destroy the packaging and many be the bill. They released 50.000 sets and put a whole limit of two per house hold. The next day they lifted the household limit and said please buy as many as you can. It's still on sale. now.Ebay sellers are smart many don't show the bill. I wonder why. Some just show the outside. Some show the coin and not the bill. There are 19 on ebay. Word spread fast on this time. One is charging only 15.00 that's a dollar off as to say here's your dollar back. Now we're trying to sell as much as we can for the kids. The rocket ship not one not one Kennedy graded a 70. It's for the kids what will they know. Personally I'm disgusted with all this. How long is there quality control going to work with blind folders. They must be checking something there not checking the sets. Now I wanted to warn the kids be careful if you get one of these gems. It's a pain to send back. My son refused it can you blame him.? I would like to know how many of this large mintage set was sent back?. Am I always on the mint no. It seems that way because of all the gimmicks and junk like this. They did disrespect to everyone involved in our space program. You want to read the history it's good. Just tell them to send the packaging. Sorry kids maybe you will get lucky. Instead of just ordering you have to hope to get lucky. This sad. It's for the kids. Whose kids not mine. I can't send it back because I'm homebound. So it will sit there till some takes it apart. That's not how it's supposed to work. I want to thank the mint if anything for there consistently. Sorry guys but you should know. Be careful. Found another one that's three out of 19 the rest are mostly hidden. Sorry kids.

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