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08 Oct 2021

The Hobby Protection Act and Daniel Carr

| Mokie

A designer-engraver named Daniel Carr does business in Colorado manufacturing exquisitely rendered imitations of U.S. coins. As faithful to the originals as his versions are, he is not legally required to include the word "COPY" in the field as one would expect under the provisions of the federal Hobby Protection Act. According to the Hobby Protection Act an imitation numismatic item means "an item which purports to be, but in fact is not, an original numismatic item or which is a reproduction, copy, or counterfeit of an original numismatic item. Such term includes an original numismatic item which has been altered or modified in such a manner that it could reasonably purport to be an original numismatic item other than the one which was altered or modified. The term shall not include any re-issue or re-strike of any original numismatic item by the United States or any foreign government." On the surface, it appears that Carr's creations ought to be prohibited by the Hobby Protection Act. So why is he still allowed to produce his coins?

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04 Sep 2021

A reflection on 9/11, 20 years hence

| Mokie

It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attack on this nation. I still remember the Coaster pulling into the Old Town Station while I received a phone call from my wife about the first plane into the towers. At that early time, she had no details, she had just been told by a High School friend of my stepdaughter Holly that the building had been struck probably by some light plane in a horrible accident. I was a Navy civilian security person on 9/11 and as you can imagine, my base, the Old Town Campus of SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, San Diego was shortly thereafter put on high alert. Navy Region Southwest had their Command Center on my base and we had a parade of high ranking personnel from all over San Diego descending on us. It was the most eventful day of my entire career.

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03 Aug 2021

What an OrDeal!!!

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I was sitting on my PC at exactly 12 noon today in order to try and score one of those 2021 Morgans. I had decided to try the D mint version since I figured the S mint version would be slightly more popular. I had my finger poised waiting for the order button to appear and NOTHING Happened. I refreshed the screen and my little refresh icon just kept spinning. I was trying everything at that point, trying to access with my Iphone, my Amazon Fire tablet, and of course my trusty Lenovo PC. Time was flying by, it was already 12:15 and I thought it was game over for Old Moke. But miraculously, I was suddenly able to place an order, the system wanted to reserve 2 of them for me and even though I only wanted 1, I figured "don't queer the deal" by changing ANYTHING at that point. I went through each step, double-checked my entries, and have been rewarded with a nice email from the Mint acknowledging my order. Super excited, I am going to keep one and trade or sell the other. I can't wait to try for the Peace next week. Oh, BTW, I have started my payment plan to become an ANA Life Member, that is going to be about 22 months or so, I just need to avoid kicking any buckets along the way. I hope any of you trying today were equally successful.

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01 Jul 2021

The Classic Commemoratives of Canada

Coins-World | Mokie

The classic commemorative period in the U.S. ran from 1892's Worlds's Columbian Exposition Half Dollar to 1954's George Washington Carver/Booker T. Washington commemorative. It was a pretty good run with 58 different coins in gold and silver. Included in that 58 were 48 silver half dollars, 1 silver quarter, 1 silver dollar, 5 gold dollars, 2 gold 2 ½ dollars, and a gold 50 dollar. This only reflects a type set total and does not account for all the different years, mintmarks, and varieties to be found in the classic commemorative set. I would consider that a pretty prodigious output over that 62 year run.

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20 Jun 2021

The Little Red Fire Truck Haunts Me

| Mokie

It was a beautiful Pittsburgh afternoon; I had just left my Wife and Daughter after an enjoyable visit, and I decided to stop at my favorite Thrift Store. This Thrift Store (St. Vincent De Paul) is not too perfect like some Thrift Stores, not too cluttered like other Thrift Stores, just the perfect thrift store with interesting items every time I visit and frequent half-off sales. All Green labels were half off on during my visit but I only managed to find three blue labels to purchase.

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04 May 2021

What are You doing this Mother's Day Weekend???

| Mokie

Well it's a little late this year, the show begins in only about 49 hours but here is my Top Six reasons you should attend the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists spring show on May 6th, 7th, and 8th.

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23 Apr 2021

Buying The Coin Before the Book

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Always buy the book before the coin is an oft repeated truism that I have said myself on many occasions. But when you are an impulsive person, like me, sometimes that just doesn't happen (especially when I didn't even know the book existed until I bought the coin). Along with being impulsive, I am an absolute sucker for a coin or coins in a capital holder. I have many of those beautiful slabs in my collection and I will no doubt add more in the future. So how did I acquire the item pictured on this blog?

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12 Mar 2021

Silver Dollar's Top Prize

National Coin Week | Mokie

When one thinks about Silver Dollars, your mind inevitably focuses on the rarest Dollar of them all, the legendary 1804 Silver Dollar. Two things immediately stand out about the 1804 Dollar. The first thing is the mintage, according to mint records over 19,000 1804 Dollars were struck. The second thing is reality with only 15 known pieces in existence.

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26 Feb 2021

Let's Educate Ourselves Again

| Mokie

NOTE: Coinsbygary sent me a copy of the ANA/BEP Card for the proposed, but never issued, $10 Educational Note. I have added it to my pictures.

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22 Feb 2021

The Pride of Nova Scotia

| Mokie

When we think of Canada, we think of Beavers, the McKenzie Brothers, Moose, Maple Leaves, and maybe Poutine. But you probably do not think of Bluenose. Bluenose is a fishing/racing schooner built in Lunenburg Nova Scotia and launched in 1921. She has been featured continuously on the reverse of the Canadian dime since 1937 (except for 1967).

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