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13 Feb 2021

Rachel Louise Carson

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Hi everyone . I hope your all fine and well. I know the first question . Who was Rachel Louise Carson. She was a great woman and a fighter her whole life to clean up the envirment. That movement didn't start ten or twenty years ago. It started with this great author and marine biologist. She was born May 27,1907 she passed on April 14,1964. But what did she do she started work on the Global Environment movement. She wrote a book called Silent Spring. Her most famous and well read book.. As I said she started as a marine biologist. She moved on to the other problems facing the world.Her career started at the U.S Bureau of Fisheries and became a full-time author in the 1950's. Then she turned to conservation and the main problem being pesticdes. You see now what I mean when I say this movement didn't start twenty or thirty years ago. She took on the problems and immediately took on major compaines. She testified before.Senate subcommittee. The book Silent Spring was written in 1962. Her best writing. She went after the companies making pesticides such as D.D.T.. She never backed down and it led to a national ban on this dangerous chemical. This one person . This one woman. Took on the giants of industry. This led to The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Who says one person can't change things. Many famous individuals have. Now her first story was written t the age of ten. To list her publications they would all have to do with with issues dealing with environmental issues. This magnificent died of a heart attack caused by cancer. Some say from studying and learning about the damage these chemicals caused. The rivers and oceans. P!ants that we need to grow and live on. Her posthumous honors could fill a book on its own. That's because this woman changed the way we live todayl! Over the globe. Companies dumping waste into rivers and oceans killing fish fry the thousands. Where did I get this medal abiut this wonderful woman.? From the AN.A. I think there still for sale. The medal was designed by a gentleman named Don Everhart. It's 71kmm 142 grms. Just look at the design. The American Eagle with its catch. Her likeness with a farm ,deer an eagle in flight a butterfly a river and a forest. Every thing she worked for. So we could live a life today without poisons and the killing of great animals. Fish from clean ruvers. This woman we owe the earth for a rare wonderful woman and what she did. This Medal was supposed to be sold at the A.N.A. Show in 2020. But we know it was cancelled. Call. I believe they have ones in silver and bronze. This is what this hobby does. It teaches us. How many people knew of this woman before the Medal. not many. A great choice by the A.NA. It's beautiful and I would call and pick one up. They are numberd. I have 41. But it's the Medal that counts. That teaches. Just like this hobby!! Thanks. Mike!!

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14 Nov 2020

OTHER HERO'S WE FORGET !

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Hi I hope.you are all well. When I read Gary's great blog about his service to this country and the wonderful job he did . I asked myself what other unknown hero's are out there. I found the one below. There is not much to say about it but it tells how everyday citizens served in there own neighbood. I found this on ebay and it speaks so loud of our country.I had to have it.

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06 Oct 2020

Paul Revere Medal 1975

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Hi my friends I hope you are all well. This blog starts of with Henry Wandsworth Longfellow. He wrote a sonnet back in 1860. Almost a hundred years after Paul Revere! We have herd the beginning of this many times in school. "Listen My Children and you Shall Here Of The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere." Who was Paul Revere. He was a patriot. He was an engraver, a silversmith. He had many tallents. He believed in freedom from England and was a member of the Sons of Liberty. He was born in January 1 ,1735. He passed on on May 10, 1818.at the be of 83. Now he is remembered for his famous ride.! But did it happen? It took place in April 18, 1775. He was warning Boston residents that the British were coming. He also participated in the Boston Tea party. Boarding a ship and tossing the tea into the water.. Now to his ride. He was supposed to warn John Hancock and Samuel Addams. He did not yell the British are coming. No he made noise so much to wake everyone.

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03 Jul 2020

Medal 1876 J . -CM-11 American Centennial Medal

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This is a medal I wrote about two and a half years ago. Since then I found new information that was not included in the first one. I won this beautiful medal at Heritage House. No one was bidding. It was a big auction and no one saw it. It was a sleeper. So I put in a bid and woke up the next day and won!! I looked into when I first saw it. The J was the key it stood for R. Julian. He wrote a book called " Medals of The United States Mint The First Century 1792-1892" . That's a book I would like to see. So we were celebrating a 100 years. Countries sent exhibits Not to mention our own new inventions. Germany sent there new cannons I will get to others . First the medal. It was designed by William Barber. And put out by the mint. It's 58 mm by 2and a quarter in diameter. It's made of bronze . In this grade there are 24 higher. There were tokens handed out and other medals made. Some in sets. Now there were 7000 large bronze medals made 2,100large copper 583 white medals one gold I could not find the number of silver. There was a silver medal also. There were different designs They sold five medal sets. The obverse says 1876 in commerce the hundreds anniversary of American independence act of Congress 1874. The reverse shows liberty holding an unheated sword pointing to the 13 stars.. It reads 1776 these United Colonies all and of right to be free and independent states. As I said I found a list new inventions of the day well the bananas not an invention but was introduced. A Remington Type Writer. A mechanical calculator with a handel.and a Mono Rail. Yes you read that right. There is a picture of the canons and the Mono Rail. And now you had Heinz Ketchup.So you see we were not that far from becoming automated . We were advanced but not like some countries who had centuries on us. This great event was held in Pennsylvania were else would we celebrate. . Thousand attended there was food entertainment. They all had a great time. Imagine the banana who would of thought!! Enjoy on another note the grounds stood till 1954.

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26 Jun 2020

The Aloha State The 50 State!

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Well I hope everyone is ok. Hawaii what can you say is that I would.like to go. As you see in some of the pictures below the beauty is unreal. Like any other state they have good and bad sections. But the good is absolutely out of this world. It took over ten thousand years for nature to make these islands of beauty. The best part is it's still growing. It's the only state of the United States located in the Pacific Ocean.. It has 137 islands over 1500 miles.The word Hawaii simply means Hello. Can't get better than that.. The other islands besides the big ones are volcanic islands. The King of the main island was King Kamehameha spoken like this (Kah-May'-HA-May'-Ha). Now if you can say that your very good. The original settlements were made by the Polynesians.They were there for 2,000 years. They settled the islands back in 300 to 600 A.D.. To think these islands were totally uninhabited for millions of years. The Polynesians came from the Marquesas Islands. Hawaii is named after Hawaii's the legendary name of the Polynesian homeland. They had four major gods.Ku,Kanaloa,Lono,and Kane. They Island also had a mythology the, Menehune. They still argue weather these people existed or not. The first coinage was a one cent copper in 1847. It had a mintage of 100,000. That survived till 1900 when they took upon AMerican coinage. The medal itself is striking. It's rare because of a mistake in the spelling of one of the islands. Which I can see happing.. I put site lettering were the mistake is its right between the E in the and A in Aloha. The correct spelling wood be all the letters together. Niimau.. I hope you enjoyed this small blog on our 50th state. The state seal is very impresive. Just look at the detail. The medal is 64mms and 130g. made by the Metallic Art.

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17 Jun 2020

Laura Garden Fraser Medal Proclaim Liberty

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Hi hope is all well. Today I will attempt to write about a medal done by Lauren Garden Fraser. This will be hard for me. We have on this site an expert on L.G.F.. He has been published and has won many awards about L.G.F. I will tell you I'm not in that league but I own the medal and everyone should share anything done by this great woman. .She was born on September 14,1889 and passed away August13 ,1966. She was talented beyond her years. From coin, to medals and sculptures. . She made so many its impossible to list them all. She loved animals like dogs and horses. In 1930 i believe she was chosen because of her great work to design a medal for George Washington's two hundredth birthday. . The medal below is one of the originals. It shows wear and tear. . It's 75 mm and weighs 239.5g and is one eighth thick. This are my figures I may be off a bit. There was a re-strike of this medal in the 1970's. and is 56 mms long. Now the medal itself has George Washington on the obverse. Below that his standard now you might see under the bust of Washington the words Laura Garden Fraser. I put two small arrows so you can see it. The reverse has Lady Liberty . She's holding a torch in one hand and a sword in the other. The writing says "Proclaim Liberty Threw out The Land". It's a classic design. The accessing number is 32119. If you go to library of a gallery you would look that number up and find this medal. Also there are thirteen stars around the top. Now I told you about The medal. I called it a classic. So were her other works.. There is not enough room for her other famous works. It seems anything she touched was a success. I looked at her coins and medals. There fantastic. Now I said we have an expert on L.G.F. Gary i know wanted to do justice to the woman but it's a blog. I hope I satisfied those who never heard of her. There is a coin you might know.a so called dollar of General Douglas MacArthur. It's a popular coin done by her. All there is a lot. Gary i gave it the old college try. . I hope you learned something about the Greatest and most talented woman who ever created a medal ,coin or sculptures. There are not that many people that come around I in a lifetime. We were lucky to have her. Look up her works. You can use a book or Gary's Register site award wining. Thanks and stay well. Mike.

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06 Jun 2020

Medals Made By The U.S.Mint!!

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I would like to start with a quote from General Dwight D Eisenhower. It has to do with today. And in some respect the medals pictured below. ' 'I Have Full Confidence In Your Courage Devotion To Duty And Skill In Battle.. We Will Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory.' End Quote Now i was going to write a blog on D Day the different names for the beaches the allied troops involed all you would want to know. We know this it was the largest invasion ever . Land ,sea,and air. Heavy casualties on both sides . This we know. However my site will not allow me to let some important pictures. I posted the medals. The documents were not there and three pictures were not there. Now I picked up these medals that were made by the U.S.Mint! That's right these beauties were made when the mint out put some nice things. If you look at the statue of liberty medal you will learn that George Washington took his Inaugurations at the nation's capital. New York. That's right New York the buildings are in the History of Historic Sites. Liberty stands proudly with the skyline of N.Y. Behind her. Yes it was a gift from the French long before D-Day it represents the reason we fought in WWI and WWII. D-day was not a walk in the park. Great men and women were lost. The second medal of the Anniversary of the U.S. Navy shows a tall ship in the back round. Now the Marines would man these ships in time of battle. There uniform is very important. There have have a design on there hat. Why. They used to climb to the top of the sales and fire upon the enemy below. The design told them they were the marines were and not to shoot. There dress uniform still has it. The medal states in defense of rights and liberties.. I will write a blog on D-Day. Not today . Today was the day. I have a whole book with the numbers of the lost on both sides. Was it worth it absolutely. Other wise Hitler would of taken Britian. And who knows from there. D-Day and these medals.stand for one thing Freedom something we have forgotten about. Yes many have the lives. But the cost of freedom comes.high. That's why I chose these two. That and the fact I could not load the pictures i want. I hope you enjoy these. I like them allot.They tell our history and show.how.we got our freedom. I wrote a whole blog on D-Day but I'm glad I wrote this .these medals tell people what we paid for . Freedom. Remember our departed soldier's sailors and infantry and air men. But don't forget the allied.forces.. The Status of Liberty Medal was made by Frank Gasparro.!! Hal Reed designed the Navy Medal!!Enlarge pictures and read w hats on them. There not just words.

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14 May 2020

A Couple Of ANA Medals From Conventions!!

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Hi everyone. Hope all is well. A while ago i was serching for medals. Even though Erick Neuman said i will not collect them they have no value and are not legal tender. Wellh he was one of the greatest collector of all time. We still buy what we like. The funny part about that yes he said it but he also colle ted tokens. I own a Hardship token with his label on it.. I do like medals i have a few very nice one. And they do carry value based on the sculpture. Now if you like them Europe has some beautiful medals Yes they do but we have great medals here also. Some numbered.. Some go to Presidents on Inaugural day. And the festivials and our anniversays. I like the ANA medals. You enlarge them.. I saw the 75 Diamond Anniversary all were missing the diamond but this one. It was held at the birth place of the ANA. I think its one of the nicest. You have a place for your name and club. . Now they make single coins two coins and three. Now.i saw the blue one and it has scratches on the plastic. I found someone who carries them. Thats the 85 anniversary. The silver coin is antique i believe the second one is brass and the small on is copper. You can buy the one coin made for the show. They have dinner and a good time is had by all. You can buy past ones on ebay. Some are very resonable some are expensive. . I plan on picking up a couple more. Im proud to be a member of the ANA. Someday i will make one of these big affairs. So take a look you might see something you like. I always wondered why they took the diamond out? Its not worth the price of the medal!Stay Safe Were a mask thats not to much to ask for! Thanks Mik

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25 Apr 2020

I Know What I Saw And It's Still What I Saw 1945 Error Medal

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Hi i hope everyone is.doing well. We will get through this. A few years ago i saw.a.set i liked. It was The Benjamin Franklin Coin And Currecy set. I liked it. Please there away were i cannot get to them. I followed up and bought each one. Of course i missed The Lincoln Chronicles Set. Which i piced up two years later. Well the mint decided to lower the mintage on a set and put a revers proof coin in it. Sold out in 12 minutes. They did all the presidents up to Kennedy im not sure on Johnson. Im sorry this is not my usual way to write a blog but all the sets are together rapped.in bubble.rap. The set im writting about is the Franklin D. Roosevelt set. It had a reverse proof the Presidential Medal that every President gets at there Inauguration. Now i received the set and as soon as i saw it i saw somthing that caught my eye. The spelling of his name. Now look at the name Franklin. What do you see. You see what i saw. The i was on top of the letter L. No doubt about it. I called the mint i dont know why but i did. There is nothing wrong. I called his Library. I spoke to a very nice woman who told me.that the medal wasnt there i said it has to be. She said i will look and get back to you. Thats the letter below.. She found it the medal was made by Mr. Sinnock (MO 1948.80.12). She admits yes i see it. It has be a stylization. I said why would they do that to a Presidents name. This is the biggest day of his life. Now she could not answer me. I had stumbled accorss a mistake on a medal of a President given to him on his first day as President. No one wants to admitt this error. The mistake was made on the die they made the Presidential Medal. To late to do another. The one issued in the set is the same as the one in the libray. I checked all his medals none have this i on top of the letter L it makes it look like a U. Im sorry but that is a grave error to give to the President of the United States. Im sorry. The real kick is everyone sees it but no one will do anything about it. It will be that way forever. We gave a President an error medal on his day. Nothing is impossable. Stay well were your mask and gloves.. Thanks. MikePLEASE ENLARGE PICTURE SO YOU WILL SEE WHAT I SAW.

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04 Feb 2020

Oliver Cromwell Death Medal .

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Hi every one. First I just tell you the pictures of the medal were taken of Heritage House site. I was waiting for delivery. So who was Oliver Cromwell? Many have heard his name. He was born April 25,1599 and died September 3,1658. Now the medal was done by J. Dossier in 1731 and is 38mm.He also did one in silver. Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of England,Scotland and Ireland. In the 1640's civil war broke out in England. Those loyal to the Monarchy Charles the Ist. The Royalists and parliament they were known as round heads.Cromwell was of course a round head.. He was ordered to lead most of The battles against those against the Monarchy.When the civil unrest was done Charles the 1st was imprisoned and of course in England if you were imprisoned you would be beheaded. This happened in 1649. By 1653 Parliamentary in fighting led Cromwell to take Head of State. He oversaw a military dictatorship. He had signed Charles the 1'st death warrant in 1649. Did anyone reading this know that England had a break in the Monarchy.? I did. Born in Ireland we learned allot about our history and Lord Cromwell was a big part of it. He was born in Huntington England. He always raised a devout Protestant and very anti catholic. The Irish was his deepest hatred. I will now give you a quote you will not read in any book but passed down though Irish histiry. "If I put an Irishman on a Spit I would get another to Turn it. That's a very deep hate.In 1649 he was selected to take care of the Irish with us and he did. In 1650 it was Scotland. He killed four thousand and imprisoned ten thousand then he captured Edinburgh. At this time Charles the II took the throne. Cromwell proclaimed himself as Lord Protector of Ireland Scotland and England. With all that and Daughter Elizabeth dying at the age of 29. He was not well and died in September 3, 1658 he was buried at Westminster Abby. That is the reverse of the Medal. But Charles the II .had his body removed and put his head on a Spit for the public to see. Charles did this for the death of his father which Lord Cromwell had done.At the present time his status stands before The Brutish Parliament.. Some of his body parts are in Sydney Australia in Sussex College.. The mask at the bottom is one of his death mask. The flag stood for the countries he ruled. And despite all his power the picture of the house is his. I'm glad I never met the man. There are books about this man. The net has just as much. If you when to learn hate this is the man. But I Don't blame him hate is taught it starts in the home and then school . Your not born hating someone. Thanks MikeDon't forget to enlarge the photos.

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