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24 Aug 2019

1856 Westminster Abbey Medal

Medals | Mike B

Well medals seems to be in season and they should be. Even though they are not legal tender they are a big part of our hobby. I like them from overseas to right here at home. Now this medal I did a blog about a year and a half ago. But it's not the same. . The medal is the same but the words are mine. This I saw at Heritage House. I was the high price and said there's no way this is coming home. I read about it checked on it this was a sleeper. One bidder. I put in one bid woke up it said you won!! Now it was made in 1856 and if I remember 50.9 mm. It was the beauty and the detail that sold me. The designer did not miss a trick. Who was he? It was designed by The famous Jacques Weiner. He had two brothers who also made medals but Jacques was the man behind the great ones. His brothers were Charles and Leopold. He Manley did Cathedrals but also Temples and Mosques. He started with them at fifty mm. He decided to do a series of Fifty at fifty nine mm. Well he got to forty one because he started to lose his eyesight. What a loss to this great hobby. This Abby has held many weddings of the famous Monarchs not to mention Richard the Third. Whose body was just discovered in a parking lot where a church used to stand. That's a great story. If you get the chance watch it on t.v. This was started in the 600 A.D. And continued it just was kept being added to. It also needed to be rebuilt in a few places in the 12 century. And again in the 1800's. The front says Westminster Abbey but it's the reverse you want to see. On the bottom left panel it has history. On the bottom panel it has history and the right side the same. Such small writing and he captured the inside with every detail he could . The inside beauty is breath taking. It gets millions of visitors a year like most of them do. Yes a great medal made by a great man who was taken from us to soon. You always wonder what great men would of done it they lived longer. George T Morgan , President Kennedy I believe was at the right point in history. Martin Luther King. The list goes on. Enlarge the Medal so you can appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed this. It's short there is so much more. But look it up yourself get the exact dates the Kings and Queens. Don't forget enlarge the medal.

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14 Aug 2019

A.N.A. Medals

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. This is a blog on our favorite organization. The ANA. You see they celebrate the founding of this great order as they should with mementos and medals. Some of course are milestones and the medals reflect it. There are many different types. Down below the one with the diamond of course was the diamond jublee. It's beautiful. I remember looking at these a few years ago. Please enlarge the pictures. Many of the particular one was held in Chicago were it was founded .and believe it or not is complete intact with the diamond. The few others removed it and bought a car. The name plate space is there and the ribbon spotless it just of been a wonderful affair. The price was very low. There are some the price is very high. I believe a gold panda. So there are many. So I decided to look again when a friend of mine decided that I should spend some money. So I entered ANA medals and started going through them. Class is all I can say. I saw the one with Francis Scott Key from the war of 1812. This one like the other is spotless. This was celebrating 1993. It was the 102 anniversary convention. I believe Francis Scott Key was put on it because it was held in Baltimore. The war of 1812. What a great pick. The history of the Fort Mac Henry speaks volumes of our history. I remember some so in will share it with you. The Americans knew The British had not learned that lesson so back they came for another beating. They had sunk old war ships in the channel so the British couldn't get there war ships that close to Baltimore. They used there rockets and a few cannon balls did reach the walls and a few over. Francis Scott a Key noticed the rockets and the battle from not far away. Now we Americans flew what they called there Storm Flag which was 17×25 feet. This was big and ment trouble. Mr Key watched the destruction and the glory of the battle. In the morning he saw the battle was over and we prevailed. That's when he was the Garrison Flag was flying. This was bigger. 30×42 feet. It was then he wrote the poem The Defence of Fort Mac Henry set to the tune of Creon in Heaver later became The Star Spangled Banner. So the ANA did a wonderful job in creating this medal for this convention. There is history in all. Medals ,token,and coins. There is a scratch that is on the round plastic both sides but the medal came in the original price. He had make an offer I checked he had a great record. He accepted my offer and that was it. There is another one I passed right away when i saw his name and read his complaints. Plus way more money. I hope you enjoyed this blog and the history and this great organization. Enjoy your day .Pat. Don't forget enlarge the first pictures.

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16 Jan 2019

Did You Ever Buy Anything Just Because You Liked.It?

Medals | Mike B

Hi kindly enlarge pictures. Sorry about the light on the Three Wisemen. This is a medal I ordered from Portugal. When I saw it the price was very very low. It's made of bronze they made two thousand of them. That's it. That's all I could find out about it. I just gave up. It's 100mm wide and 80mm from top to bottom. It's very detailed. The words on top Reis Margos means Three Wisemen. I looked it over its very detailed. Has everything from the Star in the sky to the reverse were it has the gifts for The Child. By the top right next to the words is the town of Nazareth and you can see a town there pointing to Bethleham.. I did find the maker he is well known in Portugal. It's Cabral Antunes. Thanks for loops.

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26 Dec 2018

George Fredrick Handel. Please Enlarge Pictures

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George Fredrick Handel was most known as a great musician and composer. He was born in Germany February 23, 1685 and passed away in in England on March 5, 1759. He spent most of his life living and working in England for almost fifty years. He is known for his opera's, orotorios, anthems and organ concertos.

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09 Dec 2018

German Exposition Medal 1844

Medals | Mike B

Hi my friends. I have retired from collecting. I did say when I saw something that caught my eye I would think about it. When I saw this Medal I didn't hesitate. I looked it up after I bought it I don't do that. It was the detail and workmanship. Now I bought this on eBay a new seller. She asked me few questions I answered them for her. The price was fantastic I have seen one for a high price on eBay and Esty had it for a very high price.. I was shocked so it said buy me so I did.

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05 Dec 2018

The 175 Anniversary Medal Ancient Order Of Hibernians

Medals | Mike B

Hi well it seemed like forever but thanks to everyone who helped out during the site problem I had. This is not just a test but a blog on an important organization. It was founded in Ireland a few century's ago. We were organized to protect the church and the Catholic Prriest. You see the price of a priest head was the same as an Irish Wolf Hound a big beautiful dog. But England wanted to practice genocide on the Irish people. The old saying I will leave a light on in the window for you came from there. It meant a priest traveling at night this was a safe house.

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02 Mar 2018

Westminster Abbey by Jacques Wiener Medal

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I decided to get involved in an auction. I was searching through the items when I saw this absolutely beautiful medal of Westminster Abbey. It was done by the famous Jacques Wiener. A talented man along with his brothers Charles and Leopold. He mainly did cathedrals mosques and a Temple. He was born in 1815 and passed away in 1899.He started with ten medals at fifty millimeters then went to a set of fifty medals at fifty nine millimeters I measured this metal it's fifty nine millimeters.. Sadly the set was never finished. It ended after forty one because he was losing his sight. If you look at the detail you can understand why. This was a loss for all of us. I have seen his work. When I came across this medal no one was bidding. So I entered the minimum bid and to bad for the rest of them I won. Another one was sold. This one was just missed. It happens at auctions they want to see everything and they pass it buy. Thanks everyone! I have seen his medals in Coin World and other publications. These cathedrals in Europe were better known because of him.

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24 Feb 2018

Are You An Olympic Fan?

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. Before i start today I want to apologize to 57927. He or she wrote a great blog on Olympic commemorative coins it was well done. I thought he or she was writing it on the actual medals at today's games. Again my apologies. What his or her blog did was get me interested in the medals themselves. So I decided to look into it and what I found was not what I thought i would find. Let's start with the medals. Gold,silver,bronze. Nothing could be further from the truth. I knew that the Gold medal was not made of complete gold. I never expected to find out that there made of silver covered in six grams of gold. The melt value would be based on today's market more than likely almost seven hundred dollars. Now the silver. That's the only medal made out of what it says silver and some copper worth about three hundred dollars. Now the Bronze. I'm thinking that's basically a cheap metal it must be made out of bronze. Was I ever wrong you see it's made of a metal cheaper than bronze. How about copper. The value of that metal is about four dollars. Now the athlete in the United States that wins a Gold medal gets twenty five thousand dollars. This also is not so. You see the government wants it's cut so he and she is taxed leaving them with about nine thousand dollars and change. That's not enough for the athlete to train for about two months. The last time a Gold medal was made of gold was in 1912 in Stockholm Sweden. The more and more I read about these games the worse I felt for the athlete. If they win the Gold medal they might get a few endorsements. This is not even true. Why? Well Madison ave will sign them to a short term contract simply because when the games are over so are they. Only a few in the so called 'big' events will make it. I have a new way and a new belief of the Olympics. There run by greed were can the committee make the most money. The athletes that work all there lives for this moment in the sun becomes nothing but a statistic. They even have to pay for this moment from there family to the government who taxes them. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the designer of these medals. His name is Lee Sum-woo. The ribbon is made of Gappa a traditional fabric. So there is your little taste of these wonderful games and how these brave men and woman are treated. I'm sure some of you learned something about these marvelous medals I'm not surprised many sell them after a few years. I have to give my personal opinion, these have been the worse covered games in modern history. I haven't heard the Star Spangled Banner once not even on the replay. My opinion. Collect,enjoy buy books thanks Mike. UPDATE I heard the Star Spangled Banner at the closing ceremonies. They were looking back ! How about that.

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31 Jan 2017

Franklin D.Roosevelt

Medals | Mike B

Hi. I have been collecting the Presidential Coin and Chronicles set before they were called that. The first one was done in 2006 and it was of Benjamin Franklin. The same format continued with President Lincoln in 2009. That was the hardest to get and I was lucky to get it last year. I do have them all. The reason I'm writing about this great man and President is because his set was the first with a reverse proof presidential coin. The mintage was 17.000. If you remember it sold out in twelve minutes.

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12 Nov 2016

USS CONSTITUTION

Medals | Mike B

Hi! I'm writing this quickly to those who get the Numismatic News. On page one there is a picture of this famous and great ship. What she did for this country is nothing short of phenomenal. However the article is misleading. They say the copper came from the 219 year old ship. That's not true. I ordered it and included was a small booklet. In there it tells you this copper came from a restoration done in the 1970' s' s for a visit from Queen Elizabeth. So it's not original. I called them up and told them this was deception. Nothing else. Just to raise funds. So if you wish to donate funds that's fine. If you still want the medal that's fine it is beautiful. I will never tell anyone what to order or not. But if I could I would send it back on principal. They should of told the truth. I also intend to let MR. Harper know what they did. Please this is just my opinion. And how I feel. I just believe you should know the truth before you order it. That ship helped us like no other. Anything from her I consider valuable. However sell what you state. I would encourage you to buy it if you like it. After all when I saw the picture it kind of sold me. When I received it and read what they did I was upset. The money is going for a good cause. If you like it please order it. But know the truth first.

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