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25 Oct 2019

My Favorite Underrated Coin The Nickel

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I decided to write about my favorite underrated coin the nickel. Now I believe it's underrated some dont. Why I like this series. It has everything you want in a series of coins . Rarity for one. The 1994 P they made it I remember 166,000 of them . The 1997 Botanical Gardens they made 25,000 of those. Now if that's not good enough there both Matti coins. Another rarity. That finish gives the coins a nice blue and gold hue. A beautiful tint. The design was changed. In 2006 James Franki designed the obverse and Felix Schlag the reverse. The coin is so durable some old ones look good. And less not forget the silver nickel.. It has many varieties it has everything you could want. Don't forget the westward set. Beautiful. And all that history. These are just some of the reasons I like the series. You can still put a nice set together. They started in 1938. That's when one of my favorite coin ended in 1938. The Jefferson nickel was born. Not that the nickel before it was not bad. These are still searched out for till this day. Now I put a few examples of them with the pictures. I think this is a typical American coin. Again some don't think so. They were designed by James Earl Frasier.. Not widely know there were a few problems getting this coin made. One I remember they wanted the date relocated. It was high on the coin and they new there would be dates missing. For those of you who missed my blog on the two P&D commens here is the information. The Buffalo name was Black Diamond. Before I researched this coin I thought it came from our west. Why not. Then I found out Frazier found him in the New York Central Park Zoo. All 1550 pounds of him. Now there is one American Indian on the coin. But take the talent of Mr. Frasier he used three. Now the names I use seem to be the one although some will give an argument on this. They were Chief Iron Tail, Chief Big Tree , and Chief Two Moons.. Now if your a designer it's hard enough to get the portrait of one person on the coin. Mr. Frasier combined three people into one. I bet there is something of each one in the final design. Now this series also has many varieties. They are also sort out. Again this series still can be put together. It would take time but also a beautiful set. I guess I'm like Kepi another blogger I guess I like Buffalos like Kepi does hope you enjoyed this small blog. I would of written more but the pain says no!. Take care Mike.

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22 Oct 2019

What Is Maundy Money?

Coins-World | Mike B

Hi everyone. How many of you have heard of Maundy Money. I bet not allot. The four coins given by the Monarchy had its sort of begging back in 1210. I love The British and there records. On April 15,1210John Monarch of England donated garments,forks,food and other gifts to the poor. This was done at Knaresborough Yorkshire. He also gave gifts of small silver coins. He gave 13 pence to 13 poor men. As times changed the meaning and what was given changed. It is a religious ceremony that has to do with Holy Thursday in the Anglican Church. The church of England. It's called Maundy Thursday because Maundy is derived from the Latin word and Maundatum. I pulled that out of four years of Latin. Now this means commandent. The day is called Maundy Thursday because Jesus commands his disciples that they love and serve one another. Now the religious aspect of all of this goes to the washing of the feet.. It's called the Queens Maundy Money and are legal tender. Every year once the set of four had their design the Monarch would give these four coins to the poor. Once in a while the children helped. The denominations are one penny,two pence,three pence,and four pence. . They were given in a small pouch. Now some kept them as a set and some spent them if they had to. Now the remarkable thing of this is that is was started in 1210. And this practice continues today. Now The set below please enlarge the pictures the pence is the size of the nail on your pinky. So for each year since 1210 the Monarchy has given this small but meaningful gift to the poor. Now they come in casses. If course the older they are the more value to them if you have The set. That's hard. Not today.I have a MS set going back to King George the III. The problem two have different dates. The set below is a proof set. Now you will see the grades and some black marks. I searched to find out what the were some type of Patina. It's not dirt and The grades show that. Now I could of written pages on the religious meaning and the Last Supper but I wanted to get to the coins. To find these in proof a set today is not that hard. Going back in the years is very hard. The coins has the Monarch on the obverse and the reverse show the amount of the coin and a Crown. This was my first proof set. Now I would suggest you research these. There very interesting and collectable. That and the whole.story is very interesting. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history concerning these coins.. It took allot for me to right but I managed to post it. Enjoy . The Monarch on these is George the VI. Thanks MikeP. S The mintages of these coins are very low..

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11 Oct 2019

What To Do When You Finish A Set!!

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I was going through some change and noticed a great quarter. No not a W. I went to my set in a Dansco album and looked up the date. Sure enough the one I found was better. So I switched them. Once you finish a set doesn't mean your done. Not even if there slabed.. I always look to improve my completed sets. Think of what you will have it you do that. A better set and one were the value will go up. I do it with my nickels especially the older coins. There are better ones out there. Now I put a set together called the Tokens of Coventry England. This set was done by Peter Kempson 222 years ago. It took five years. But I finished it. There all slabed and all MS. I was looking at some raw tokens and saw one. The price was right so I bought it. Now the first token is in the pictures of the set. So I sent it in sure enough it was one grade higher. You say what does one grade higher do. Well we know that one grade can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars to thousands depending on the set you have or any coin.. That's what i did. I increased the quality of the set and the value simply by buying a higher grade coin. So if you have a set of cents and change them based on quality your set could sell for more than someone elses. The way a raw coin looks in a set is very important. One bad coin can take the look of a whole page away. And when someone looks at it to buy might offer you a cheaper price based on the quality of your coins. Below is an example.if just one I have improved on. Now these come raw so you have to be sure the one your choosing is better. These are hard to find. So when I saw it I bought it and it turned out ok. Now what.? Simple you can sell the coin you replaced. So you have improved your set quality wise and value and it won't cost you anything. I have seen many complete sets on this site. Don't just close the book and put them away if you find a better quality coin switch it. One might be brown and then you come across a nice red cent. Switch it out. The same with nickels dimes what ever your collecting. . You will wind up with some of the best sets by making a few changes. Raw or slabed. So take those sets out and look over some change. It's all for the better. Try it your the one who will benefit. I hope you enjoyed this small blog and picked up some pointers. The detail in the MS 66 is much better. Mike

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07 Oct 2019

2001 Commemorative Buffalo Nickel P & D

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. I'm writing about these two popular commens because they are simply beautiful. Now some don't know how this project was started. It was started by Senator Ben Nighthorse Cambell back in 1992. He wanted to bring back the nickel that was made by James Earl Frasier designed back in 1913 and ran till 1938. The bill failed but it was still in there minds. What could they do ? A commemorative!!. So it was decided they would proceed that way. With funds from it going to The Museum of The American Indian in Washingtonian D.C. So on October 27, 2000 it was passed.I The mint released it on June 7, 2001. Now Mr. Frasier used three Indian Chiefs to the obverse .Chief Iron Tail, Chief Big Tree and Chief Two Moons. This has been discussed back and forth over the years. But these three week to be the ones most settled on. They put In God We Trust in the two coins. This was not in the original nickle. . Mr. Frasier found the buffalo he was looking for in New York's Central Park Zoo. His name was Black Diamond and weighed 1550 pounds. Now when the mint struck these coins they increased the tonnage. They did this on the Proof and Uncirirculaded. They were rewarded with the beautiful strike you see today. It didn't take long for a well out. On June 21,2001 the month has made The announcement. The mintage for The Uncirirculaded was 227,869 and the Proof was 272,869. Now when released they sold for 54.95. Check that price today and I think you will be in for a big surprise. The weight was 26.730 they were made of silver .900. The diameter is 38mm. The two coins were made in Philadelphia and Denver. Of course I did not get through for an order but a few years ago while looking in the Red Book I saw them and said I have to have these. Well it didn't take long till I was able to buy the uncirirculaded. In was lucky the seller had know idea what he had. It took only a few weeks later till I found the proof.. It was one Of then most popular commens the mint ever put out. That's my opinion . To see the regular nickle and it's beauty and compare it to these two coins is amazing. I was lucky unlocked them up. You can get them today but you will pay a price. It depends on your budget and how bad you want them. It's a wonderful set and in have to say I enjoy them immensely. I hope you enjoyed this little blog on these two giants of our commens. Thanks for reading Mike. P.S. By the way I call them the twins!!

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