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26 Jul 2020

What's In Your Mailbox?

| Mokie

When I went to the mailbox yesterday, I was pleased to see a familiar white plastic wrapped magazine from Amos publishing containing my newest issue of Coin World Monthly. With libraries closed around here and with clubs just starting to meet again, I am finding my coin related magazine subscriptions even more important than ever. So here is the list of mags currently coming to my home.

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22 Jul 2020

The Future of Our Hobby

Coins-United States | Mokie

Here is an interesting memento of the now cancelled 2020 WFM. It is being offered by PAN to support their wonderful PAN KidZone. The KidZone is a special day set aside for YNs during each of PAN's twice a year shows. You can read about the KidZone here:

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21 Jul 2020

Where Does Your Passion Lie?

Coins-World | Mokie

One of the quandaries of our hobby is what to collect next. I recently purchased a Franklin Half Album but I have no passion for Franklins and only bought the album because I thought it would be cheap as there are know keys in the regular PDS series. I also bought another Peace Dollar Album, so I would have a second set in an album, I filled up about a third of the album with extra unslabbed dollars but again, I have no real will to continue.

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16 Jul 2020

A Tale of Two Medals

Medals | Mokie

Most of us on this site have a local club that also keeps us busy. Even though these virtual sites are fun and interesting, there is nothing that beats direct interaction with fellow collectors. My home club is the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society (WPNS). We are a small but mighty group that meets monthly at the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church with a visit to the Heinz History Center during the June meeting (of a normal year) and a wonderful dinner during the November meeting. Because of Covid 19, we were unable to meet in April, May, or June, but we finally got together earlier this July. Social distancing was practiced and masks were distributed to those that had not brought one.

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13 Jul 2020

All For One

| Mokie

If you are a collector of medals, then you know of the wonderful artistry of the Medallic Art Company of New York. Although they are no longer here, there legacy of beautiful medals will live on as long as numismatics exist. Just a couple of hours ago, the mailman delivered my latest example of their work, it is a medal created for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish. This organization was found in 1917 in New York City and still exists today with a slightly modified name, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. This change occurred in 1944 when the Association expanded its reach.

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04 Jul 2020

A Few Words About Friendship and Loss

| Mokie

One of the greatest rewards that one can derive from this hobby is the lifelong friendships that result as we all pursue our numismatic dreams. Some of the friends you make are tangible, you can sit and discuss coins with them, and some of your friends are virtual, you know them, you respect them, you feel close to them, but you have never physically met. Both types of friends are important and both types of friends add immensely to your enjoyment of this hobby.

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03 Jul 2020

Yamaguchi

| Mokie

Starting in 2008, Japan began a series of coins depicting each of its 47 Prefectures (States). There were two coins issued for each Prefecture, a colorized silver 1000 Yen ($10) and a bi-metallic 500 Yen ($5) copper nickel coin. Just like the U.S. and Canadian versions, each Prefecture had designed that highlighted some important aspect of that Prefecture.

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01 Jul 2020

The Lima Shilling

| Mokie

In 1745, Great Britain minted a sterling silver Shilling with the word Lima imprinted below George II's portrait. Lima (Peru) was placed on the coin to commemorate the fact the Silver for the coin had been mined in Peru and taken by British Admiral George Anson from the Spanish Galleon, Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, near the Philippine Islands. This Shilling can be fairly valuable in conditions above Fine. My example is a total fake. My example is approximately 3.6 Grams Overweight and approximately .5 MM undersized. The surfaces are very rough, poorly detailed, and appear to be cast. Would love to know when this was made, it was in a bin of Foreign Junk Coins I was going through in anticipation of our October PAN Show KidZone. Instead this will end up in a table display of other fake coins for educational purposes.https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/great-britain-george-ii-lima-shilling-1745-ms64-ngc-/a/3053-36822.s

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