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28 Sep 2020

Finding Something Anew

| Mokie

I have this weird quirk in my personality. I like to hide things, like actual money or something interesting, in books or rarely worn clothing or even in furniture crevasses. The reason is the instant pleasure I give myself when I find the hidden item sometimes years later. I find the same things happen with my coin collections too. Although not done purposely, I often 'discover' things buried in some bin or box that I actually forgot I owned. This happened to me this morning when I happened upon a memento of my very first ANA convention . I first joined ANA in 1977 but was very young and very poor so had never attended a convention. In 1983 ANA came to San Diego CA and since I lived in nearby Oceanside CA, I registered and drove down Interstate 5 to beautiful Mission Valley and the very lush and tropical (appearing) Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. Truth be told, I only spent one day there and my memories are fairly limited. But I do know it was an exciting day and at least one treasure remains in my collection from that day. Oh, I still have my convention badge and ribbon too. What is your first ANA convention experience?

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23 Sep 2020

The Greatest Benefit

| Mokie

I don't have to list all the benefits of this great hobby; they are very well known to all of us on this board. I do want to write about the one benefit that transcends our individual collections and truly makes it all worthwhile. Friendship, it's the sometimes-overlooked aspect of this great hobby that ties it all together. Friendship, there is nothing better than show and tell at your local club meeting. Friendship, going to the regional show and enjoying time with fellow volunteers that you may not have seen for a whole year. Friendship, having a random stranger approach your table and start a long enjoyable discussion about the KidZone and how they got started in the hobby. It fills my collector heart to the brim when all those things happen.

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20 Sep 2020

Canada's 90th Anniversary

| Mokie

Canada has put out a vast array of products to entice the collector market, some of them have been big winners like the various versions of the Silver Maple Leaf and some of them have been a little bizarre like the 2018 Whale Tail $50 5 ounce silver coin (the tail sticks up from the coins surface). But this set for the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mint is right up there in bizarro world. First, who does a 90th anniversary anything? Shouldn't we wait that extra 10 years and make it more meaningful? I guess 90th is just as valid as 100th in the Great White North.

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13 Sep 2020

The Rarest Canadian

Coins-World | Mokie

There are many U.S. coins that have sold for over 1 million dollars and in fact, some of them have sold for at least that amount on several occasions. When I speak of million dollar coins the 1913 nickel, the 1933 Double Eagle, the 1804 Dollar, the 1894-S dime, and the 1794 Dollar come readily to mind. One reason for this is their obvious scarcity but another less obvious reason is the overall U.S. collector base which is arguably the largest in the world. Most of these collectors are of relatively modest means but some of them are fabulously wealthy and can afford a million-dollar coin as easily as I can afford a hundred-dollar coin.

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11 Sep 2020

Modern Japanese Commemoratives - Okinawa

Coins-World | Mokie

I was born on the island of Okinawa while it was still under the administration of the U.S. Military, but I have no memory of it since I left the island at the age of 5 months. I have lived on the main Japanese island of Honshu and have also visited there since leaving for the United States. But despite my very short and very forgotten memories of Okinawa, I still have a real feeling of kinship with the people of that island.

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10 Sep 2020

When the Going Gets Tough

| Mokie

The Tough start innovating. In that spirit, Mr. John Rebic has come up with an outstanding freebie for his Cleveland Coin Expo this coming Saturday, September 12th. Seems like a simple concept, we’re in the midst of Covid 19, most municipalities at least highly recommend wearing masks while out in the public. Why not make your coin show, your coin club, your coin anything more attractive by giving away free affinity masks? I think their mask design is outstanding. It features an image of the Cleveland Great Lakes Exposition Half Dollar and the URL of the Cleveland Coin Expo. ANA, are you listening? I would LOVE to have a mask with the ANA Logo on the side. I betcha a lot more of us would also Love an ANA mask, or T-shirt, or Polo Shirt, or Mug, or .........................................................

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03 Sep 2020

Art Nouveau Artist: Felix Rasumny

Medals | Mokie

For most of my collecting life I had a certain level of silly disdain for medals. I thought they were "nice" but not what a real collector would want in their collection. I know, I know, it is simply wrong, and I have come around completely on the issue. IMHO, Medals are generally more attractive than coins because they do not have to adhere to the strict rules of stackability, requirements for mandated elements, and other government requirements. This medal featuring a beautiful engraving of Marianne by Felix Rasumny was awarded to Monsieur J. Demolliens in 1958 by the French National Federation of Food Industry Unions. I did an internet search for J. Demolliens but was unable to find any information. I feel sad that his medal has ended up in my collection, I hope M. Demolliens had a long and fruitful life.

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01 Sep 2020

About a Half

Coins-United States | Mokie

One of my favorite first generation commemorative halves is my 1936-D San Diego Commemorative Half which I picked up at a small coin show in Suburban Pittsburgh in February, 2019. San Diego is near and dear to my heart because I lived near there for almost 40 years. For those of you not in the know, San Diego County holds the highest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps assets in the world. San Diego also has a truly world class Zoo and Safari Park along with the honor of hosting the largest comic and pop culture convention in the world, an event I attended for 15 straight years. The reverse of the San Diego Half shows the beautiful California Tower and St. Francis Chapel, still standing today in Balboa Park, the site of the California Pacific Exposition. It truly is a remarkable area of the country but one I really don't miss since I am back where I always wanted to be.

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