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26 Aug 2019

A Semi-Official Proof CC Half Dollar

Exonumia | Just Mokie

As some of you may have read in the trade publications or online, the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nevada has fired up their old Coin Press #1 and have made beautiful copies of the 1870 CC Seated Half Dollar. Now Coin Press #1 has an interesting history and was responsible for minting all CC coins from 1870 through 1875. According to information provided by the Nevada State Museum, Coin Press #1 had its Arch recast due to a crack by workers at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Yard. Once they completed the repair, they replaced the original manufacturers data plate with one that read "Virginia and Truckee RR Works. Carson, Nev. 1878.". So even though Coin Press #1 did service in San Francisco and Denver (during the transition from Silver to Clad coinage), it has always been a tied closely with the CC mintmark and Nevada. So why was this medal created? Because Nevada is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of Statehood and lots of interesting things are being done to commemorate that momentous event. The Nevada State Museum, which is housed in the old Mint Building, thought it would be appropriate to also honor that event by reproducing the 1870 CC Half Dollar in beautiful proof. The total mintage is 3000, the reproduction was sculpted by Tom Rogers, a retired Mint Engraver, and the silver used in the medals is from Nevada, .999 fine. Someone mentioned to me that they wish the word COPY was smaller and also on the reverse. I don't disagree with the smaller but I do like it on the obverse as the medal is most interesting because of the CC mintmark on the reverse and I will always display it with the reverse showing. In fact, if I get it slabbed, I will ask that they slab it so the front of the slab and the reverse of the coin are on the same side. Hear that ANACS, I am coming to you. I hope you enjoy this medal, I am very pleased with it, and happy to have #456/3000 for my collection.

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22 Aug 2019

Evaluation of the 2019 High Relief Silver Medal

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I received my 2019 American Liberty High Relief Silver Medal today in the mail and I am generally pleased with its appearance with some caveats that I will explain. But first the good, the 2.5 ounce size is very attractive and is definitely a size that should continue to be used by the mint, for future issues. I wish they had thought of the 2.5 ounce size when they were making the current ATB 5 ounce medals, 2.5 is just right, in my opinion. I also think the wooden presentation box is quite attractive although it takes up a lot of room and maybe, in the future, the mint should provide an option of either full mint packaging or just send my medal in a capsule without all the extraneous packaging. Using that stripped-down packaging option would save weight, space, and even cost, it would be especially helpful for those of us that would simply slab the coin or medal after arrival. So what are my Nits? Even though the medal is touted as high relief, the lack of real detail on the Obverse Liberty doesn't take good advantage of the higher relief, the Reverse Eagle, which is heavily textured looks much more impressive, relief-wise. I understand when you upscale a design (in this case the one ounce Gold design) to a much large size, you will lose some detail, but this Liberty, although I like its art-deco feel, does lack in detail, regardless of size.

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08 Aug 2019

One Effect of the Unfocused Collecting Heart

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I think I have mentioned before that I Am That Guy, the guy that has to have something from every club or affiliation I join. If its Ford Mustangs, I have to have The Mustang Club of America T-Shirt, Coffee Mug, Ball Cap and anything else Mustang club related. even a Stuffed 50th Anniversary Mustang Pony. If its Batman, the same thing, I have to have the Lunch Box, The Action Figures, the Batmobiles, and The Statues. I even have a few comic books.

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03 Aug 2019

A Hidden Trade Dollar

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Sometimes the ordinary can become quite extraordinary with one change. The Trade Dollar you see pictured here is ordinary in every way, it is a common date/mintmark combination, it is in Good condition at best and it looks like it was a pocket piece for a number of years. One thing you will notice right away, if you handle it, the weight is considerably less than an ordinary Trade Dollar, the surface also seems off with slightly loose Obverse when you hold the coin and examine it. The reason for all this is hidden inside this Trade Dollar. It was actually fashioned into a "box" by a skilled amateur or professional jeweler and it once held a loved ones picture or maybe a bit of their hair or maybe even Opium. This is from my personal collection and kind of dovetails with my Chopmarked Trade Coin collection. I often speculate about what it held for so many years. I tend to think it was the aforementioned picture or lock of hair, that would explain its extreme wear as a merchant seaman carried it around the world while keeping his Sweetie always close. I hope you enjoyed this little blog, coin collecting can transport us through time and even give us a personal glimpse of a long gone couple.

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