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01 Jul 2021

The Classic Commemoratives of Canada

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The classic commemorative period in the U.S. ran from 1892's Worlds's Columbian Exposition Half Dollar to 1954's George Washington Carver/Booker T. Washington commemorative. It was a pretty good run with 58 different coins in gold and silver. Included in that 58 were 48 silver half dollars, 1 silver quarter, 1 silver dollar, 5 gold dollars, 2 gold 2 ½ dollars, and a gold 50 dollar. This only reflects a type set total and does not account for all the different years, mintmarks, and varieties to be found in the classic commemorative set. I would consider that a pretty prodigious output over that 62 year run.

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13 Sep 2020

The Rarest Canadian

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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

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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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28 Aug 2020

A New Challenge

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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 Jul 2020

Where Does Your Passion Lie?

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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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03 Jun 2020

75 Years Later

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As you are all aware deadly Coronachan has wreaked havoc on a number of things we all enjoy in the spring, sports leagues have shut down (Bundesliga is the first to return in empty stadiums), concerts have been postponed, The Kentucky Derby and the Master's tournament have been rescheduled. Most of all we have lost all but one of the spring and summer coin shows to include prominent ones like Long Beach, Central States, FUN, and near and dear to my heart, PAN. WFM teeters on the edge, awaiting factors it has no control over.

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24 May 2020

My Niue st Blog

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PS- Oops, this coin was actually minted in Switzerland at the Helvetic Mint

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29 Apr 2020

Festival Time

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In 1951 Great Britain, still recovering from the ravages of World War II decided to hold a special event. Although the stated purpose was the commemorate the centennial of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the real purpose was to lift the spirits of a still recovering Great Britain and to show the world that British exceptionalism had returned. Festival events were held throughout Great Britain but the main focus was on Greater London. Like any great national event, there was some controversy concerning the huge costs for exhibition halls and whatnot to be used for only a few months, but with a Pip Pip and a Cheerio, the show went on. My latest coin, arriving today is this 1951 Festival of Britain commemorative crown with a beautiful rendition of St. George slaying a Dragon on its reverse. King George VI, who died in February of 1952 graces the obverse. The coin is copper-nickel and had a mintage of just over 2 million. The original box of issue is included in my purchase, it is a little battered with time but still retains a certain nobility that seems just right for such a beautiful Crown (and Crown-Sized) coin.

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21 Feb 2020

My Favorite Island

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Whitman Folder #9088 is a remarkable little folder, a typical 3 panel folder, that has transported me back in time to a wild island off the coast of North America. 9088, the Newfoundland Coin Type Collection consists of 7 denominations for 1 Queen, and 3 Kings of England. Her Provincial coin collection starts with Queen Victoria in 1865 and ends with King George VI in 1947. In 1949, Newfoundland joined Canada and became her 10th and last Province.

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14 Feb 2020

The Allure of Sunken Treasure

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There are thousands upon thousands of Ships that have sunk in the Ocean. Sometimes their sinking is due to conflict, sometimes a purposeful scuttling, sometimes a rogue wave, and sometimes, maybe most times, a stormy sea captures her prize. I have three coins in my collection that were wrested from the briny deep and they are among my favorites because of the circumstance of their recovery and the associated history.

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