Mokie's Blog

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.

26 Feb 2021

Let's Educate Ourselves Again

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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.

22 Feb 2021

The Pride of Nova Scotia

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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).

17 Feb 2021

Rolling Along on Canadian Tires

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When most of us think of a McDonald's character, we think of Ronald McDonald, or the Hamburgler, etc. But in Canada, you might think of Sandy McDonald, the personification of Canadian Tire. Canadian Tire is a chain of stores in Canada that are roughly similar to Walmart and Target (with gasoline).

06 Feb 2021

A Saturday Well Spent

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It's hard to believe it has been a whole year since I last attended a coin show. So much has happened this last year, some bad, some worse. So, it was with a joyful heart that I left home and traveled route 19 south toward the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the 61st annual South Hills Coin Club coin show.

15 Jan 2021

Time to Travel

Paper Money-World | Mokie

I was wandering aimlessly around ebay offerings a couple of weeks ago and ran across someone selling 13 world banknotes for $7.70, including shipping. Being a person that always enjoys a perceived bargain, I decided to invest my hard earned ebay bucks and a couple of additional dollars to find out what kind of assortment I would get. The envelope came yesterday, and it did not disappoint. The bills are all crispy, the seven countries were interesting, especially North Korea, and the designs are pleasing. Here are the countries and denominations I received. I think I am going to buy another lot of foreign currency very soon. I picked 1 bill per country to illustrate the riches.

05 Jan 2021

Lets hope they don't screw this up!!!

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Well President Trump has signed the bill authorizing the 2021 production of Morgan and Peace Dollars. I imagine there will be uncirculated, enhanced uncirculated, proof, reverse proof, and even 5 ounce bullion versions. But I am hoping they just do a Proof 2021 High Relief Peace Dollar that does Mrs. Teresa de Francisci proud and does not cause the Mint's phone lines and website to crash. . Here is the press release from PAN:

01 Jan 2021


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1936, depending on your outlook, was either the greatest year in the history of U.S. commemorative coinage or a perfect example of corruption, greed, and abuse of the numismatic community. As the title of my tome hints, there were 16 different new commemorative coins minted in 1936 from Gettysburg to Wisconsin. I own three of them with the most recent being a Christmas money purchase of a raw York County Maine half that, drum roll!!!!!!, commemorates the 300th anniversary of York County's establishment as the first county in what is now Maine. Since commemoratives require Congressional approval, I can readily imagine the number of political boons that must have passed to make such an obscure event into a coin. Interestingly, York County was part of Massachusetts for more than half of those 300 years only departing Massachusetts in 1820 when the Massachusetts District of Maine became a State.

31 Dec 2020

The First Europeans

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When I was going to Elementary School in the 60's it was commonly taught that Christopher Columbus had discovered America. Of course, our 1st grade brains did not give it a lot of thought and did not ponder how someone could discover a landmass that was already populated with millions of people. By the time I graduated from High School in 1976, we were questioning the Columbus narrative and acknowledging that the Europeans discovery of America had actually occurred nearly 500 years earlier when Leif Erikson and his hardy crew of Norsemen first sailed southwest from Greenland and made landfall somewhere along the coast of what is now known as the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As you may have noted, by adding the European discovery of America to Leif Erikson's efforts, history is now acknowledging that Indigenous Americans had discovered America many thousands of years earlier.

20 Dec 2020

A Crowded Mall, an Act of Friendship

| Mokie

All of us that pursue this great hobby can attest to the fact that our fellow Numismatists are among the nicest people you will ever meet. There are probably a lot of reasons for this. Maybe It's because Numismatists share a love of history and accumulating knowledge. Maybe it's because our hobby is slightly nerdy (but in a good way) and we're bonded to each other as fellow nerdy travelers. Or maybe it's because we're hoarders at heart and we appreciate each other obsessiveness. Whatever the reason, Numismatists are the best.


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