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13 Jan 2021

April 4th, 1949

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World War Two showed the globe how a failure to mend relations after war and harsh reparations that are unjustified can lead to even greater conflicts in the future. The League of Nations was formed after World War One in an attempt to ally Europe, North America, and Russia in order to prevent further complications and reconstruct after such a terrible war. The LoN, however, was weak. Without the US's involvement (even though it was Wilson's 14th point in his 14-point-plan) and the organization lacking powers to really intervene and international scuffles, small conflicts could turn into expansive wars. Germany's Third Reich took advantage of this and simply did not follow any restrictions placed on them by the LoN and the Treaty of Versailles. When the LoN finally came to their senses, avoiding war was impossible. Fast forward to the end of WWII, the end of FDR, and the beginning of the Truman administration, and a world recovering from the deadliest conflict in history. April 4th, 1949 was the beginning of the international world we see today, and the basis for the modern world. The US, along with 11 European powers signed an incredible act that, so far, has stopped any further large-scale wars from occurring (although the cold-war nearly brought an end to all). NATO is still around, and continues to help aid countries around the world.Again, this medal and its inception seems lost to history. A few have been sold in the past, but apart from that, we only have speculation and measurements. This is a copper-heavy alloy of bronze weighing 34 grams with the diameter that is equal to that of a Morgan Dollar's round plastic holder (approximately 40mm). This medal was struck as a commemorative piece for the NATO treaty signing, and I hypothesize it was commissioned for the 50th anniversary in 1999. The reverse of the medal gives a broad historical look at the treaty, and the obverse features the world leaders, including Truman, signing the NATO pact. It has a proof cameo finish making pictures difficult to take, but I managed to capture a few.This medal does well to both look well, and provide a small history lesson (Although if it could also state who/what/when/ and where it was struck that would have been nice :) After having this medal, I believe the US mint should begin striking circulating coins like this. Educate the public on past happenings, and provide a new wave of collectors. That's all for now, hope you enoyed!

06 Jan 2021

A Major Club

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Over the next few weeks, I will be posting blogs on my small medal collection. I was given this medal in a grab bag from the annual YN auction a few years ago. I loved the design from the medal, but until this point, I didn't know much about the medal itself. Sorry for the pictures' rotation. I can't seem to figure out how to fix it.This medal is made of bronze and created by the medallic Art company of New York, a prestigious medal striking company that has made plenty of beautiful medals, many of which we are very familiar with. It is 45mm and was commissioned by the Wichita Coin club to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the club's inception in 1966. The obverse shows past, and first, club president Lewis M. Raegan who was also an ANA Secretary. He was the workhorse of the organization during the late 40s putting in over 60 hours of work a week! The reverse just shows some Kansas staples including wheat, a Boeing jet, and the map of Kansas. The rest of the information I had to do some deep searching for, as nothing is widely available on this medal or coin club anymore!This medal seems quite common, I have two, and I have seen several up for sale on eBay and other platforms. Nor is this medal worth a large sum of money. Although the donors for the ANA are extremely generous, I don' think anyone would would slip two rare medals to an unsuspecting YN. The medals on eBay are around $20. The medal weighs approximately 45.4 grams (just about 150% the weight of a Morgan) and comes in a small cream-colored box with cotton fibers to protect the medal. Being, bronze, the medal is highly reactive to any moisture. I keep mine in an old Cuban cigar box (These boxes are often made to be naturally moisture regulating to keep cigars fresh so I thought this would make a nice wooden case for all of my medals). Whoever had it the previous 50+ years also kept it in a perfect environment, as no spots can be seen at all on either of the medals.I've seen one graded MS-68 by NGC, but NGC has no further information on this medal.I spent the better part of three hours tracking down any information I had on this medal, weighing it myself, browsing through NNP, and past Numismatists articles, but no luck. I couldn't even find more information on the Medallic Art company. I'll be looking in the future, and I'll let everyone know what I find!

29 Dec 2020

Christmas gift!

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This Christmas, I was gifted with an extraordinary present from my parents, a USB microscope. it can be little overkill, I think, with capabilities of 600x magnification, but this allows me to easily find counterfeits bills if I ever find the need. Unfortunately, my dad is a terrible person at keeping presents a secret, so I knew about this nearly two months ago. Anyway, I hope you enjoy some of these photos of some varieties I have. Pictures are of a 1938 S/S/S lincoln cent, an AU 3c pice with die clashes, a fifth issue ten cent note at the 600x max zoom, and a 1938-D/D buffalo that until this point, had thought it looked odd, but never considered it to be D/D I hope you all had an incredible Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

15 Dec 2020


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Today I received an email from the mint confirming my order of the 2020 Mayflower coins and finally shipping them after a month. This was after news that a mint employee had made a mistake that ended up nullifying the work done in the packaging. Seemingly some escaped the mint and ended up in collectors' and dealers' hands because many were sold "in-hand" on eBay just days after the sale went public. Between the packaging being messed up and the mint delivery that caught fire, I'm sure many other collectors have found themselves wondering what to do with their package being delayed for possibly months. If someone doesn't steal the package out from the front door. What do you guys think?

18 Nov 2020

New Summer Seminar Location

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A few days ago, the ANA started to release some limited information on the 2021 Summer Seminar. With a vaccine close and almost on its way, it seems that this year's summer seminar will go on as scheduled. This year, there has been a big change though. June 19-July 1st, the annual event will not be taking place at the Colorado College campus but instead will be taking place in either The Antler's hotel or the University of Denver. Both locations look nice at first glance but for numismatists who have been going to Summer Seminars for years, it will be an odd change to the site which was used for a very long time. Nothing else has been released as of yet and I'm excited to see how everything pans out this year. Hopefully, nothing prevents them from hosting it this year. What do you guys think? Will it be a good change of pace or will the Summer Seminar lose some of its charms?

15 Nov 2020

Missing the "S"

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Pictured is my 1909 VDB I won from the YN auction two months ago. It is a solid red uncirculated cent, and other than a small carbon spot on the reverse, it is seemingly perfect.At the 2019 Summer Seminar, I took the Type set course taught by Frank Van Valen and David Lange (although David Lange was unable to actually make it that year because of health reasons). One topic that was brought up was if the VDB should actually be considered a type or a variety. The JS was added onto the Roosevelt dime in later years and the FS was placed on the Jefferson nickel in the following years too, but neither are considered different types. When coins are missing initials, we always consider them to be varieties, such as missing FG examples on modern half dollars and lincoln memorial cents. My personal opinion is that VDB cents are varieties, not types. I don't think the addition of initials or lack thereof should constitute an entire type. If so, that would mean 1918 cents going forward would also be a different type, and that is not the case. Let me know Your opinions, thank you in advance!

05 Oct 2020

Coin Show Pickups

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After several months of not being able to do anything, numismatics has been picking up speed for me. I was surprised to see a coin show just an hour away from me on the weekend, and nothing was going on, so my dad and I took the trip to Cleveland's Universal in and currency show on Sunday.

01 Oct 2020

First Newsletter!

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It's been just over two weeks since Oobie and I started our online club for YNs, and it has been going extremely well! So far, twenty people have taken part in our experiment, and everyone is having a great time. Our first meeting is on Saturday, and all of us can't wait. The fun and games hasn't been limited to numismatics either, stamps, and video games have all take part in our atmosphere.

20 Sep 2020

First Addition in a long time

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Today I was able to go look at some coins for the first time since before this coronavirus happened. Unfortunately, it wasn't a coin show or coin shop, but an antique mall I've had success in the previous few times I've gone in. On the one hand, it was the only thing open on a Sunday, and on the other, I thought that maybe dealers would not have changed any prices since before silver went up so high, so maybe I could pick up some cheap constitutional silver.

19 Sep 2020

How low can you go?

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I found myself with some extra time this weekend because the printing press for the newspaper I work for broke. I didn't know that could happen, but it was a bit of a happy surprise.Collecting modern notes are more for the collector, than the researcher. They are common, even most star notes, and it doesn't take long to find something you, that is, of course, if you are looking for something rare. Collecting by serial number is an exciting way to find bills. Your birthday, a special number, binary, or any other types of countless ways to put them together cheaply. Finding a specific number can be incredibly hard, but with so many bill being produced, your chances are better than what you think.I purchased these bills at the last Summer Seminar. They weren't expensive at all, and I felt like I only paid face value for them when I took into the account the case that came with them. Not only are these two dollar bills star notes, but these are the lowest serial numbers I have ever seen. I've been on the hunt for a bill with an even lower serial number ever since, but I've found it impossible. Maybe one day!


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