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23 Aug 2017

Seller's remorse

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In 1990, I made a bad decision by selling a valuable coin to a dealer at a coin show for several hundred dollars. It was a 1878 7/8 Tail feathers Strong in a high Mint State condition with possible Deep Mirrored Proof Like condition. This is one of my biggest regrets. Unfortunately, I sold it before PC computers were plentiful and prior to the expansion of the commercial internet. So, I understand the reason I made this mistake, information was not readily available to me at that time.

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07 Aug 2017

Civil War and Kepi

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Collecting coins, scripophily and military artifacts is quite extensive in our culture. There are probably numerous reasons for people collect these collectibles.There are many coin collector's who collect coins from various wars along withscripophily (Historical and collectible stocks and bonds)andmilitary artifacts because of their historical significance. It isn't the war itself that attracts collectors of military items to be collected but the rich history associated with the numismaticsor artifacts. A collector of military artifacts or numismatics isn't necessarily a warmonger which may be an assumption by naïve individuals of history.The aspect of military collectibles that most interests me is the bravery and courage exhibited by our heroes who have served in the military. People have put their lives on the line for us to be able to live under the Bill of Rights in our U.S. Constitution. Even the Civil War, (1861-1865)a war which means and ends really was totally destructive to all interests involved can be described as a War where bravery and courage was displayed by both sides. What are your reasons for collecting Military numismatics or Military artifacts? Photo Credit:Copyright Alias,Prospector - 1860's KepiDo you find my Kepi interesting? I acquired the 1860's Kepi and uniform on Ebay in 2004. After much research I think it is a Confederate Navy Cadet uniform or a powder monkey's uniform. In a book "The Young Lions - Confederate Cadets at War" in the footnotes p.184 (15). It States, The Confederate States Naval Academy opened in July 1863 aboard the schoolship CSS Patrick Henry, anchored in the James River between Richmond and the Drewry"s Bluff fortifications. Its cadets manned the James River defenses while aboard the schoolship and served on Confederate warships as part of their education. The Naval Academy was the only Confederate States military academy.

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02 Feb 2017

Motto

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The unofficial motto of the United States adopted in 1782 along with the Great Seal of the United States was "E Pluribus Unum." It wasn't until 1864 that U.S. Coins were minted with the motto "In God we trust." The motto "E Pluribus Unum" means "among many there is one." Some believe "E Pluribus Unum" has Masonic origins. Then there is the concept of Washington, D.C. having been designed with Masonic symbolism. The "In God we trust" motto wasn't officially adopted until June 30, 1956 by Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is interesting to hear from Masons that the Masons worship their Master or basically the Pontiff of the Masons.

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