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29 Jul 2019

I Am Getting Anxious!!!

| Mokester

As I look at the calendar today, I see it is still almost 80 days until the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) show in October. This Fall, for the first time, I will be exhibiting my wonderful (well a small part of it) collection of Chopmarked Trade Coins for my fellow Numismatists to view. I had thought about it many times in the past but I always looked at the fascinating exhibits at the shows I've attended and felt I would bring shame upon my precious Trade Coins with an inferior and amateurish display. But things changed in June when our PAN Exhibit Chairman stood up at the Coin Club Meeting and called for us to do an exhibit, the fact their are Silver Eagles to be presented, even to Losers, also provided some additional incentive. With Tom's plea ringing in my ear, I decided to get off my retirement induced fat bottom and do something about it. What you see here is my prototype display, the blue poster board is just slightly smaller than the case I will be using so it gives me a good idea what will fit and how it will look with the elements in place. I opted to do only one case this first time, I could easily fill another case with more Trade Coins but I want to start slowly and build, if I get reasonably positive feedback, a bigger display in the future.The information card, center top, in the layout board has already been revised with a new, more oriental-like, font and a couple of typo/omitted word errors have been corrected so if you can read the card and see an error, it has probably already been addressed. Not necessarily looking for opinions, just wanted to share a bit of my hobby efforts.Have you exhibited? How was your first time around?

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24 Jul 2019

A Tuesday Trip to a New Coin Shop

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One of my fellow Numismatists here in Pittsburgh recently asked me if I wanted to go with him to his favorite coin shop in an adjoining County, now since I live in the southern part of my County and this shop is in northern part of the adjoining county, we were only talking about a 10 mile trip. Since I hadn't been to an actual coin shop in several months, I readily said YES, YES, YES (well actually only one Yes). We had lunch before the long journey and he absolutely sent chills of excitement down my spine as he described his best finds as a Manager at our local Giant Eagle Super Market. Suffice it to say, I was drooling and my Chipotle Burrito was soon soaked with my saliva (Not really, but I am trying to bring you into the moment|. We left Chipotle, hit Rte 19 South and drove about 6 miles into the wilds of Washington County, we arrived about 10 minutes later and then proceeded down a long corridor to a door marked Nickel Trader. I can honestly say it is one of the best coin shops I have ever visited. Lots of little bins all around with treasures and little signs that say 50C or Ask For Price, or Everything 1 Dollar. You get the picture, it was junky and it was Heaven. So what did I buy with my $19.00 Total, Including Tax?1. A 50,000 Mark Bill from Weimar Germany, 1922, Certainly not CU but a very interesting look at Post WW1 German Inflation Currency.

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19 Jul 2019

50 Years Ago, July 20th, 1969

| Mokester

It's hard to believe it has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin first landed on the Moon. In the summer of 1969, I was an 11-year-old living in Mt Lebanon, PA and feeling the excitement of the impending Moon landing. Back then, the Space Program was a really big deal and dominated all 4 TV channels, Mad Magazine, and of course our two daily newspapers. There was no internet, there was no social media, or YouTube, or all the other things we expect in our daily lives today. But the entire world was waiting with bated breath for the moment when the Lunar Module made its landing.

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14 Jul 2019

Weird Glitch

| Mokester

Has anyone else noticed that any edits you try to make on previous comments no longer work? I first noticed this right after the blog was fully restored. Give it a try on one of your comments and let me know if your edits also fail to take.

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11 Jul 2019

A Ray of Sunshine ............................

| Mokester

Well the rains have been torrential here in Pittsburgh today and our basement sump pump is a little overwhelmed, which would explain all the towels soaking up water on the tile floor. Usually a day like this is not fun, but then the mailman came and delivered a surprise that put a very big smile on my face. Back a few months ago, ANA asked YNs, and even us adults, to put in some ideas for a commemorative coin that might be issued in 2069, I put mine in (the subject of an earlier blog) and really heard nothing at all. Eventually, the YNs were given awards for their particpation and Mr. Dickes even wrote that everyone would get a participation gift. One of our YNs, who did not finish in the top three, got a little something for his effort but I did not. Believe me, it was not a big deal, I just figured, the YNs would appreciate whatever they received and this 61 year old man has no need for anything. Flash Forward to this morning, a large padded envelope arrived from ANA. I had not ordered anything from them and I thought my letter of suspension from all ANA activities would probably only require a standard business envelope, so I opened it up and VOILA, a Beautiful ANA Appreciation Medal, a set of uncirculated D mint coins, and an interesting 25th anniversary Moon Landing coin from the British Overseas Territory- Turks and Caicos. The Turks and Caicos coin is especially interesting as it has the ANA Logo and the wording "ANA Salute to Coin Collecting" on the reverse. Obviously a joint venture of some kind in the early 90's when ANA seemed to be doing a lot of this sort of thing. I am going to keep the ANA Appreciation Medal but will donate the Mint Set and the Turks/Caicos coin to my PAN Kid Zone Auction. I hope your rainy day also turns sunny as quickly as mine did.

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09 Jul 2019

A Pair Of Genuine Travelers

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One area of collecting that captured me at an early point in my collecting life was Chopmarked Coins that circulated in the Orient. My personal collection consists of approximately 20 different examples with my two most heavily chopped examples illustrated below. The Trade Dollar, 1874 - S, was slabbed by PCGS and listed as Genuine. The Japan Trade Dollar, 1876, is NGC slabbed and has been graded VF Details. Both these coins and several others will be included in my FIRST EVER Coin Show display this coming October. Chopmarks were placed on coins by merchants, primarily Chinese, to test the fineness of the metal and to place their Character on the coin as a sort of guarantee of its silver content. The silver content of both these coins was higher than the Morgan Dollar, for example, and were designed to mimic the silver content of the Spanish 8 Reales. The 8 Reales being the most preferred silver coin of Chinese merchants. When I look at these two different Dollars, I imagine the places they must have traveled and the many merchants that held them for a time. That is the beauty of coin collecting, we can travel through time and see history in our very hands. STATS:Standard US Dollar - Weight 26.73 Grams Fineness .900 Silver Weight .7734 Ounce

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02 Jul 2019

An Appropriate Song For Our Current State of Affairs

| Mokester

Good Morning Fellow Numismatists, We are safely into July and a day closer to the moment when our silence will be lifted. I am amazed that many of us have continued blogging even though we cannot currently comment on any of our blogs, I am also frustrated by that same circumstance. I have only been here since November but I feel a pain in my soul when I write a blog and see other blogs, knowing that the silence persists. Some of the long-time users must feel it even more strongly than myself. There are alternatives, The Coin Collectors Forum encourages questions, answers, and musings about coins, the NGC site also encourages blogging and Q/A but they have evolved distinctly different personalities (if a blog site can be said to have a personality). I like the personality of the ANA site and I like the people that people this site. I found myself humming a song this morning when I logged onto this site. It 's a beautiful song written by Paul Simon and first performed by Simon & Garfunkel, "The Sounds of Silence". It is a somber song that speaks of the noise that surrounds us which no one is able to hear. "And in the naked light I sawTen thousand people, maybe morePeople talking without speakingPeople hearing without listeningPeople writing songs that voices never shareAnd no one daredDisturb the sound of silence"But, unlike the words in this lyric, WE dared and We were able to persuade the ANA that our sounds, our writings, were important and need to be heard and shared. So, very soon, my Friends, we will be a clamor again, very soon, we will share, and learn, and occasionally fuss. I can't wait!!!

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