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28 Dec 2020

GEORGE T.MORGAN HOW HE FOUND HIS WAY HERE

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Hi everyone! This is a short blog on the man who made what some called America's coin. George T. Morgan. No he was not born here he was born on November24,1845. He lived a good life . He passed on January 4,1925. His original home was in Bilston Staffordshire England. He was winning all sorts of awards designing coin and medals. The question remains how did he get here. He didn't decide one day and say I'm going to America. How he arrived here because of the good graces of the Director of the Royal Mint Charles W. Fremantle. He received a letter from the Director of the United States mint.H.R.Lieberman asking him if he could send a die sinker to the states. Our coinage was not the best. He even said that to Mr.Fremantle . He immediately thought of one and only one. George.T. Morgan. Now he asked Mr. Morgan he did not hesitate. However there were two engravers at the U.S. Mint that were not happy to here this. Mr. William Barber and Mr. Charles Barber. They started a campaign to keep Mr. Morgan out of the mint. They wrote letters demanded meetings. But while this was going Mr. Morgan was already in his way. He came to the U.S. on the ship The Illinois September 27,1876. And things only got worse. You see Me William Barber said there was no place for him to work at the mint. There was no love lost with this man. He had Mr. Morgan work at a rooming house !! Can you believe this. He worked at 3727 Chestnut St. But Morgan didn't care . You see everyone new that the Barbers were doing private projects in the side and filling his pockets. These two men were not liked very much. Well the rest we basically know. Mr. Morgan developed the dollar . His model was a Philadelphia school teacher named Anna Williams. She sat five times for Mr. Morgan . She was recommended by Thomas Eakins an artist. They made so many Morgan dollars that in 1918 they melted re 270 million coins as a loan to England. I say it was a way of saying thanks for sending Mr. Morgan. The G.S.A. hoard had a big affect on the prices of the coin. He Passed away in his home at 6320 McCallum St.in Germantown. He did become chief engraver after Charles Barber died. That part was very unfair.I hope you enjoyed this small blog. To those who gave me the award on 12, 25,2020 I will blog about it once it's framed. Thanks to all of you. Mike bThe G.S.A. hoard is there please enlarge all the pictures. The MS 66 Morgan is mine I call her the Ice Lady. You see New Orleans did make good coins. I took many pictures of this coin and they all came out the same way like she was like in ice! Remember this was about how he arrived here not his life story.!!

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20 Dec 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten

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Hi everyone. This is a blog about those who lost there lives in all our wars and how some are remembered. My wife Kathy belongs to a group called The Vikings. Twice a year they go to the local Military Cemetery and remember . During the year they raise money to buy the wreaths. They sell chances fifty fifty. Enough to make sure every soldier gets one. Every man and woman. The ones on top of the hill are from World War 1. . Down the hill World War 11 then Korea and Vietnam.. They all get one and the weather has never stopped them all these years. There are other groups in other areas were they do the same thing. They say a prayer before they start and when there done they stop and just say Thanks!! They leave they don't know.any of them they don't have to. Then a few moments when they look and see what they have done. Some relatives show up but very few. No one seems to show up from World War 1 . Yes there families either can't make it or they know that someone will. The Vikings. . I never asked my wife why that name but we all know the Vikings were fierce warriors like those laying there. It's peaceful you here a bird fly over the do there work. My wife was laying a wreath and saw the name Aloysius LLyod Byrne. No relationship. She stoped to say hello and thanks. Some members say something at every grave. They work hard all year. But this is not work this is an act of love. A simple act but I can tell you those soldiers really appreciate it. You can just feel it. together there Christmas gift. From a bunch of kind hearted people. People who never knew them.. We're ever you live think of starting a group. . I know the families that can't make it would greatly appreciate it. The winner of the fifth fifty always gives there winnings back to the group The coin says it all. One soldier helping the other. The other pictures show regular people helping them . . It doesn't take long but the memories do. They last. They feel they did the right thing. And they did. A big thank you to the Viking group and groups all over the country. For giving a gift to a soldier they never knew. Be safe be well.

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08 Dec 2020

1794 Plain Edge Token Franklin Press A/U 58

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Hi my friends . I'm writing this blog about a label. That's right. It's wrong. Quick story. This is the second time I have taken up my position against NGC. You see the title is wrong. Very wrong. I called NGC. Talk about people who Will not admit to a simple mistake. The label should read 1794 GB. Half Penny. No Edge. Franklin Press Middlesex 307a. This is the third year I have taken them to task. If you didn't know Condor tokens and saw this in the Red Book you would think it was made here a post Colonial. Very wrong. Now NGC has refused to change the label to read the way it should. It was according to Mr. Bowers it never circulated in the United States. England yes.I spoke to the section supervisor of tokens and heard no we will not change the label. I said because if you did you would be doing the right thing. And admitting you made a mistake. Never happen Now I just want the label to read the correct information. Made in Great Britain. Not the U.S. I said give me proof about your label. We don't have to do that. I have the proof the book the token . Bottom line they made a mistake.. Bottom line they refuse to change history. The history of Mr. Franklin and were his token was made. I think they found it on wikapedia. Then I could understand the mistake. To this day refuse to change there label. It's a Conder token pure and simple. No number to look it up in Dalton and Hammer. That number is 307a. Has nothing to do with the red book.. I thought in was speaking to a token expert. Turns out wasn't. They will not take it higher. Didn't mean I won't . These mistakes must be corrected. . It means allot to those who are looking to buy it and own it. It does mean something about history. Thanks.

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05 Dec 2020

Saint Andrew of Scotland D&H -44 1792

Tokens | Mike

Hi everyone hope you are all well. Today is a token about St. Andrew. Who was he? He was the brother of Peter.. It was made in 1792. It's a half penny,made of copper. It weighs 11.1 gems 29 mm thickness is 2mm. . This token is what is called a double rarity. There is only one rarer than this. You notice the two pieces of wood he is holding. They are to be his cross. He said I do not deserve to be crucified like Jesus.. The cross is called de cussata or x shape. It states No one provokes with impunity! The reverse is the It or arms or Edinbourgh. The edge says Payable at the warehouse of Thos & Alex R Hutchison . He was crucified on November 30 60 A.D. Being St. Peter's brother he was the first follower of CHRIST. . He preached the word of God and said "I would not preach the honor and glory of the death s of the cross if I feared the death of the cross" .So he was sentenced to death for denying the religion of the Roman gods. His words were "I Cross Most Welcome And Long Anticipated! I Come To You With A Willing Kind With Joy And Desire A Fowler A Student Of The One Who Died For You. I Have Always Embraced You". He was not nailed to this cross instead he was tied. It has The same effect. You might say Why is he writing about a Saint. Well I'm actually writing about a token and the man who died on his cross.. If you look at the flag of Scotland it was made after the cross of St. Andrew. The country loved him. As a religious man and a man who stood up to the Roman Empire.. One man. He knew he didn't stand a chance. Knew that eventually after the interagations that the Romans would sentence him to death. Besides there's nothing wrong with a little religion now in the situation we live in today. Who Ever we pray to. Pray. This is a small blog. The man was sent out to preach the word of God by the Holy Spirit. They spoke all the world langues. He is also the patron Saint of other countries he preached in . When the House or the Senate is called to order in Washington it's opened by a member of one of the many Religions in this country . He says a small prayer that God will direct these men to a favorable decision. That doesn't happen all the time. Everywhere there is Justice we see in God we Trust.That's a reference to your God not the Catholics. .So politics does have a place in our history. The Druids had many in Ireland.St. Patrick witch is also a token here in the colonies.. He took there Sun God combined it with the Christian cross and the Celtic cross was.born. So Conder tokens have animals ,people famous people.who started the industrial revolution. War hero's just about every famous person in the 18th century. The political section has one of George Washington. In MS 61 it sold for 25,000 dollars. So you see there are many famous people. This was a way of recording there history.. These tokens grade very high. They were taken care of better than some coins today. The biggest I have is a MS 66 many of them. Proof like red and brown and the detail you can count the bricks or the links in a fence. These were masters. So I decided to write about this man Andrew. Yes an ordinary man who preached. Your not made a Saint the next day . Sometimes it takes centuary's. It's a remarkable process. So it's not a holy day just a normal day in the middle of a pandemic. A little religion won't hurt . It might save lives. I hope.you enjoyed this story of a simple man. Who influenced an entire country. Just like the people of the Mayflower. Looking for.religious freedom. So in this day of a virus taking million s.if lives ask St. Anthony for a quick cure . Thanks

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01 Dec 2020

The Fugio Cent 1787

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. The Fugio Cent is probably the most Historical and significant coin made by the United States. Why? It was the first coin made by the United States Fugio is Latin for I fly. It was designed by none other than Benjamin Franklin. Now this story can get very complicated. I will stay with the readers digest version. It was made by James Jarvis of New Haven Connecticut. He made three hundred tons. That's how they were counted in Britain and since Matthew Bolton head of the SoHo mint was notified about making this copper. He told them the in and outs. He made coppers that I collect today.. They determine weight of the coin they divide the weight of a coin and figure how home by were in each batch they made. Now it does not state how many reached circulation because the following year they were stored in the Bank of New York. Now they were stored in barrels. That's the way they stored most items of the day. Now this great coin of course was forgotten about. Imagine that the 13 colonies vote on making a coin designed by one of the founding fathers and they put it in the vault of a bank the very next year. It was re discovered in 1856. Now the raw coins are what they should look like. But do to a water leak many were corrode. Mine if you enlarge it says that. Could my coin of come from that batch? I think it has a good shot.The obverse has a sun dial around it is the time. Time flies. In the bottom it has a statement from Mr. Franklin. "Mind Your Own Busines". Now this is not a harsh statment. It means do well in bussiness. Or grow your own bussines. . The chains stand for the thirteen colonies.. It has the United on one side of the circle and States in the other. Cinq stands for high rims or different varities. The exact date was April 21,1787 I only wish I could have been there. We're did I get mine. ? I don't have a clue. I just hope it was real. It is. I didn't care about a grade. I wanted to own history. And now I do. This is the start of our economy. One coin brought us were we are today. Amazing!! They were rapped in cotton. And the Bank Of New York handed them out to favorite customers this happens in 1948 . Then the American Numismatic Society examined the 1641 coins they were all found to be in MS. Now the Bank of New York was taken over by the Melon Bank mailing it known as the Melon Bank of N. Y.. There are suppose to be 819 still out standing. Any one what to go to the bank. The rumors say that as 2013 they were till there. I really wanted to tell the whole story but there is to much And you can get confused. Look some of the story up. This you will enjoy. One site has P.C.G.S. Stating it was mad at the Philadelphia mint. Sorry P.C.G.S. That mint was not producing anything then. I really tried to bring justice to this historic coin but it would of taken months. I tried to make it understanding. At least you got the basis of this coin. I did increase the brightness of the obverse so you could see some detail. Please.enlarge the picture of the coin So you can read the label. Thanks.

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