Mike 's Blog

24 Sep 2021

The Presidential Coin And Chronicles Sets

Coins | Mike

Well my friends there are gremlins in my pictures on this site. So we will go without them. I know many of you have never heard of these.. I believe there the nicest most educational sets the mint ever made.I will give the year the mintage of each set. 2006 Benjamin Franklin 50,000 2009 Lincoln 50,000. 2013 F Roosevelt 19,500 2014 T Roosevelt 15,120 2015 Truman. 16,812 2015 Eisenhower 16,744 2015Kennedy 49,051 2015Johnson 23,095 2016 Reagan 50,000 2021 G.H. Bush 35,000. Now these sets came with a medal the Presidential coin a bronze of the wife and stamps. They also had booklets that went from 20 to 40 pages.. I had been collecting these when no one else was. I know Franklin was not a President but it was the 300 anniversary of his birth. I would love to show you the coin in that set. Everything was going well. Till Truman. The mint decided to play there games. They made his Presidential Coin a reverse proof. Sold out in 12 minutes not 15.Now the regular collectors had to go to the secondary market. That set still sells for 300.00 or more. I was watching R. Tomaska and he said do not break up these sets. Well the sellers on ebay did that. I had pictures from eBay to show you some of the prices. Truman was sold by the mint for 57. 00. After that they went up. They also have stamps in most of them. These were done with something the mint never did before. Class. If I was to tell you one man on ebay is selling four sets for 7,900 would you believe me another selling five sets for 800.00? Check ebay. I mean there was nothing better than looking at the coins and reading about the President. The Reagan set has a silver eagle in it. Most a medal of the President. But these sets were not about coins. It was in a way but education is what they were shooting for. I am asking you to go to eBay and check them out. Some are 60.00 others like I said hundreds. And they sold for 57.00 in the beginning. And they say nothing goes up only dow n. ..I enjoy this series very much. It kills me I can't post pictures. . When the A.N.A. opens I will call and get this problem fixed. But please take a look at these. You will we what I'm talking about. Thanks for the read.Mike. ...P.S. Due to a medical problem I had to cut this short. But I will not give up. We are here to share!! To access ebay put coin and Chronicles sets.

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!!

24 Apr 2021

Kennedy's Trip To Ireland!And a Great Set

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. Recently Long Beard mentioned that the Bank of Ireland had released a set to remember Presidents Kennedy's 50 anniversary of his trip to his ancestral home in Ireland. I must admit I didn't know about it. But I did find one very fast. The set was made in 2013. It had a one ounce silver Proof coin worth 10 Euros. It also has a one gram gold 20 Euros. Now Irish gold is ten Karat but they use all karat gold... Despite its size they were able to get all the information on it. He was the first sitting President to visit Ireland. The first was Ulysses S Grant after he left office in 1879 and was on a world trip with his wife. Twenty two Presidents can trace there heritage to Ireland.that's a very impressive stat. Back to the coins. The silver is sterling .925. The gold is.999. The silver is 28.61 mm and weighs 28.8 grms. The gold is 13.92 mm and weighs 1 grm. They made ten thousand sets. ... He went to Ireland in June 26,1963.Now he has known that his family came from Country Limerick. But as soon as he landed he had a hero's welcome. The records showed he came from a small town called Bruff. Everywhere he went it was ten rows deep. He met all the dignateries. But wanted to see the sights and some Memorial places. Of the pictures below you will see the family in a seni-circle. There is an elderly woman who has the President and everyone laughing. That's the conversation i would of loved to of heard. I checked my books on Kennedy and there is no reference to the conversation. The Kennedy's left Ireland in the middle of the great starvation of Ireland in 1847 like many Irish.there population never recovered. Per capita they are 20th in population. Those who died those who left. Some say a million it's more like three and a half million. Now he was born in May 29,1917. I think we all know the day he died. November 22,1963 just four months after his visit. They cried in the streets of Ireland also. He said it was the best trip he had ever taken. Now I was reading the Irish Post two weeks ago. They had actually found the house. They were clearing overgrowth and trees and weeds when they came across a stone house outside the town of Bruff. To the record books and sure enough that was the house. I hope they fix it up and make it a landmark. It's to bad they didn't find it before he arrived there. I hope you enjoyed this small blog on our 35 President. I always wonder what the world would be today with great men like him and Dr. King. Many other men who fought for civil rights. I would like to think the world would be a better place. They were taken to soon. He got us to the Moon. And Doc. King said the way through equality is through Education. Yes it would be a better place . Well I hope you enjoyed this brief piece of history. And the wonderful coin set.Please enlarge the pictures. Thanks for taking the time. Be safe Be well.

02 Apr 2021


Coins | Mike

Hello I hope everyone is doing well. The title of this blog is Ireland's only commemorative coin. It is. But as we look at it you ask who is that on the obverse and what is that on the reverse. Well That is Patrick Pearse. He was the leader with 15 others who led Ireland to a battle against the British. . It was a quiet Easter Sunday. The guns the Irish Provisional army ordered from Germany who was fighting England were caught by the Britts.The captain of the ship sunk it so they could not get the guns and ammo. However they had bought some back it 1914. So it wasn't Easter Sunday it was Easter Monday when a proud man stood in the steps of the General Post Office in Dublin and read the Irish Declaration of Independance. After that all hell broke loose. Centuries of being killed and hunted down. The price of a head of a Catholic Priest was the same as the Irish Wolfhound. The atrocities to many to mention. They were only able to get two thousand freedom fighters against twenty thousand British soldiers. That didn't stop them. Michael Collins was in charge of the Irish brotherhood. His job was to kill all the British agents in Ireland and he did it with gorilla warfare. Sound familar? They fought like we did. Mr. Collins did a great job of it. The agents had the address of all of those fighting them for hundreds of years. They held out till Easter Saturday The Irish surrendered Now they had caught 14 of the leaders. Collins and Eamon de Valera had got away. Later de Valera was caught and Collins broke him out prison . He later became President of Ireland from 1959 to 1973..Those who were executed by Sir John Maxwell gave the order and shot 14 dead in Kilmainham Prison. James Connolly was injured so they shot him in a chair. Three thousand people.were arrested . Eighteen hundred shipped to England imprisoned without trial. Eamon de Valera was born in N.Y. City!! ..Now the British had won the battle but because of there actions lost the war!!I. In 1918 Britain has elections. And Sinn Fein (our selves alone) won73 of the 105 seats in Parliament that was December 14,1918. On January ,21,1919 they adopted the Declaration of Independence. However The British held on to The six county's in the north. That's something that would take pages to explain. The coin is ten shillings 83.5% silver and 16.5 copper. 30mms it's concave and weighs 18.1 grms. They struck two million 20,000 were proof. 1,270,00 were melted because the people liked the currency of ten shillings. On the edge it says "Erie Amach aq Casoa 1916 which means Easter Uprising 1916. The reverse is a statue in the post office today represents Cu Chulain . Mortally wounded in a battle it is said he tied himself to a stone wall holding of the British and they didn't approach him till a Raven landed on his shoulder.Now I could of written much more but this is a blog about a coin that tells the story about a country's struggle for freedom. I could go on for hours but these are the basic facts. I hope you enjoyed it. The picture of the man in uniform is Michael Collins great movie. My cousin did a great job!! The writing around Michael Collins says." Give us the future . We've had enough of your past. Give us back our country to live to grow"

11 Mar 2021

Cents And Why I Like Them!!

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone I hope your doing well. Today I will write about cents. Not who designed them weather it's the Indian Head or the regular Lincolns. We know that. Now I did not put all the reverses up believe me there just as nice as the obverse. I did put up two I think. Now looking at these you would think they just be worth allot. But this is not about value. Yes there are a few. Now the reason I bought these was the one reason we buy coins. It catches your eye. These caught mine. Now these are just a few. But I want you to understand these coins in your hand there is nothing like the beauty of a red cent.The mirror finish when you look at these you can see part of your reflection. The pictures do not do these cents or my others justice. I like the ones with the cameo in the Lincoln. They were made at West Point. Now your thinking about value . I will bring some up. Some of these go for 28.00 first time I ever wrote The price of a coin in my blog. Like I said they caught my eye. The beauty of these is the age. If some. That you have to appreciate. Coins so old yet so red. My theory is a collector bought boxes of these years ago and stored them. Only one was found in cent rolling. The 1931 S. Only 866.000 made. I was sitting in the house my wife gives me the change and I saw a red cent. I turned off over and to my surprise there it was. Now I got into collecting these just like most of us. Rolling . It's fun, it takes up your time and you never know what you will find. This pushed me into collecting cents. I have most but not the so called key dates. There the ones you have to buy for a large amount. The 1909 V.D.B. Now I bought that years ago. The best part is the cent was not that much!. I was surprised. However it has began to move. My friend told me he was one at auction going for a.very fair sum.. The 1909 Indian head you can see by the holder I picked that up years ago.. Timing is everything. You never know what will move and what wont. That's why I picked these up raw. Yes some raw on ebay. They cost a few bucks but when I got them home I said I have to get more. So that's why I bought these and others. To show you cents have a little bit of everthing. I looked on eBay yesterday some graded PR.68 were very cheep. That's because of the mintage. But red proof cents are a blessing to this hobby. There fun there beautiful and afforable. I wish I had better pictures but you can see how good looking they are. My 1797 copper tokens many are red red brown. I call the art in copper. So don't give up on these. When I show the to friends where did you get a coin that old.so new? So new. That's why I love them. Take care.

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.

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.

29 Jan 2021

My Christmas Surprise! A Thank You To All !!

Coins | Mike

My friends I hope you are all well. I woke up Christmas Day. I signed on only to see this. I was schocked. I immediately commented on it . I said I don't deserve this. Everyone who writes blogs they deserve this. I'm disabled some of you know the extent of my injuries.I have a large collection so I decided to write about every coin I own. I had the time I don't know who's idea it was but I was taken back. I have received many awards. But known as great as this. To be honored by your peers is the greatest award you can receive. I cherish this . I still don't think I'm the one. I love history and every coin tells a story. To share my knowledge of coins with you is not work but a pleasure. Simply because of the comments you leave. I read them and I learn from them I have put a set of tokens a together. It's one of a kind . It took five years to put together. All graded MS 63 to MS 66. All the tokens are rare. Made in the 1700's Red and Brown and one proof like.there are 19 in the set thought for this I would get some recognition. We all want to be recognized for our sets and coins. It took two years to find the last one. I sent it in NGC noticed that this was a complete set done by P.Kempson. They asked me to send the set back.I didn't know why. But when I did my name was on the label.!!The ANA wanted no part of it. Nothing. But my friends and others in the ANA and NGC told me in messages you did something very rare. They helped me look for the last one. I thought an article was forth coming but no.. Why do I tell you this be proud of your work here. Do your best we will see.it and learn from it . The comments left were very touching by the way. one better than the other. So do not expect anything from the ANA. Those were friends. My wife has a frame but my hands are getting bad I had to write this now. You will make friends here. Some for many years. Help each other. There is nothing you cannot achieve here. My motto is never give up.. Don't let the experts tell you you you can't do this. Well the experts have been wrong many times. I was told by those respected in Conder token that my set was impossible. It wasn't. It was hard. When I was down all of you picked me up. So I must say again this has to go to everyone in the ANA who blog and teach us . Who teaches me .. I am forever grateful to those who put this together. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget this. You didn't have to do this. I was so surprised. I would like to see this given out to others who donate there time to others . Blogging is fun. It's learning . I have never learned so much from all of you. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with you. .. I was recently diagnosed with Arthritis in both hands. That's why my blogs have slowed down and putting this up now was important. .But I will continue to post blogs. I think I have put up two hundred that's a guess. That didn't help my hand!! I have a passion for this hobby that I hope you all catch.. It's remarkable you don't want to stop and don't. It takes over everything. When you get it you will know. I leave you with this. I thank the ANA for allowing me to use there site. But the real thanks goes to all of you. I just wrote them. You read them and I hope some of you took something away with you. Passion and the desire to be a good collector. That's what it's about all friends. Bless you all be safe be well. Pace Nobis Pachem!Bring us peace.!! Thank you. Mike b.

16 Jan 2021

General Douglas MacArthur One Peso

Coins | Mike

Kindly excuse the shortest of this blog. . Hi everyone. General MacArthur was we call an Army brat. From his grandfather to his dad. All heros. His dad received the Medal of Honor in the civil war. So did MacArthur. For his planning of the Philippines and getting them back from the Japanese. He was born in January 26,1880 at a base called Little Rock Barracks in Little Rock Arkansas he passed away on April 5th,1964. His father a Capitan was stationed there at the time of his birth. He traveled from base to base. His father's name was Arthur MacArthur.Jr.

28 Dec 2020


Coins | Mike

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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