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28 Aug 2020

A New Challenge

Coins-World | Mokie

During the 19th and early 20th Century it was said The Sun Never Set on the British Empire. Of course, World War I bled the British Empire almost dry, troops from Canada, India, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand joining British Troops in the blood baths of Yrpes, Gallipoli, and the Somme. World War II, with it equally titanic battles signaled the death knell of the Empire with former colonial holdings gaining their independence and joining the Commonwealth, a mostly economic coalition of former British Colonies in the years since World War II.

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21 Aug 2020

A Really Cool Promotion

| Mokie

With Covid 19 still running rampant in our nation and with the cancellation of all manner of events including coins shows, lots of organizations are struggling with their finances. ANA is no exception and has had to lay off many employees while trying to maintain the quality of member support we are accustomed too. ANA has come up with a creative way to give a bump to their bottom line and the announcement just came out this morning. I read about it and immediately renewed my membership for 3 more years. So what's going on? ANA is running a promotion that gifts you a Signed 2020 NGC ASE if you sign three new members or renew for three years (or sign on for 3 years as a newbie) or donate $100.00,, you're choice.

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19 Aug 2020

Mari's Time

| Mokie

The Mailman is my friend. Today he brought me my long sought 1861 New Brunswick Half Cent. As many of you are aware, I have been working on my Canadian provincial type set for the last two years. When I refer to provincial issues, I am referring to the 4 provinces of British Canada that produced coins before the Dominion was formed in 1867. These provinces are New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, also known as the Maritime Provinces.

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16 Aug 2020

Opinions Please

Coins-United States | Mokie

I have been spending the bulk of my time online numismatic time on the private American Numismatic Association Members site these past few weeks. This site is for members only and differs from the public ANA site in many significant ways. The most obvious is restricting access to current ANA members only. This tends to keep the discourse on a higher level and increases participation. We could have the same thing on money.org if the webmaster would simply place the Member Blog tab and Member Forum tab next to each other under the ANA Blog tab. However that is not going to happen so I will continue to fill my numismatic conversation cup at the ANA Member FB page.

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08 Aug 2020

On Settling

Coins-United States | Mokie

One of the great joys of numismatics is seeking out a coin or coins, a set perhaps, and finally acquiring that prize, that last piece that fills that final hole. Some sets are relatively easy. Franklin Half Dollars, Jefferson Nickels, Roosevelt Dimes,come to mind. These basic sets are all relatively inexpensive to complete and yet still bring one a sense of accomplishment when done. Most sets have keys though, keys are those certain coins that are going to either stretch your budget to uncomfortable levels or are simply going to remain unattainable.

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06 Aug 2020

A Love Story

Medals | Mokie

It is often said that immigrants have the deepest love for their place of immigration because they have seen the alternative and they more fully embrace the wonderfulness of their new home. Many of you who have read my blogs over the last couple of years have probably picked up on my love of Pittsburgh PA. I was not born there; I have only spent about 1/3 of my life there but it is home and it is someplace I love with a fierceness that even surprises me at times.

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01 Aug 2020

A Tale of Acadia

Medals | Mokie

This spring and summer have been filled with endless disappointment for those of us in the Numismatic community. Major shows have been cancelled and even our local coin clubs have shut down for extended periods. I just received something in the mail that has put a smile on my old collector mug. It is the 2020 Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) convention medal. Even though the annual RCNA show was also cancelled, just like our own ANA, they chose to go ahead and release their medal.

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