Long Beard's Blog

12 Jun 2022

Why We Collect

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As collectors, we have a variety of reasons as to why we collect coinage. By breaking from the golden rule that any good writing should not be on a personal level, per say, in that if so the manner must be as to not distract from the story it's self., the subject of the week will be just that. Myself and why I collect a certain coinage. Which I feel sticks to the rule somewhat as most will relate. Enjoy!

For 48 years and counting the hoard has grown exponentially to say the least. For the better part of that time it has been solely coinage of The United States, by series and denomination, with a few world coins or medals sprinkled in here and there when they caught my attention. But nothing on the scale and direction I had been going. From the beginning it has been more on the artist side of these small, metal disks with history a half step behind. Which explains my passion for the Capped Bust, Barber coinage and Walking Liberty series. The simplistic beauty which only age and patina could create of these particular designs. However, many years into this out of control hobby and finding it tougher to decide what to collect next, I recently branched off into certain coins of the world. Two in particular, the Australian coinage and that of Ireland. Which brings to mention theaccompanyingcoin images leaning heavily on history while somewhat softer on the artistic side.

I began collecting Irish coinage, focusing first on that of the pre-decimal Republic from 1928 to 1969, several years ago as a tribute to the legacy of my ancestors. My great-great grandfather hailed from Ballyclaire, a dot on the map sort of town northwest of Belfast, immigrating to the U.S. in the early 1880's. Recently, my nephew (picture in the image) is the family's historian, tracing our bloodline back to unimaginable distance over time and water. An uncle many times removed, William (A very popular name over as many years in my family tree), arrived in Baltimore sometime around 1768-69. At some point he moved north to Philadelphia where he later enlisted to join the Colonials in the struggle for independence from England. For his service, in 1796, he was given 400 acres of land literally six miles from where I set writing this blog. The two photographs are of my family cemetery consisting of 17 headstones and a few sunken without. The last heir to this land was my aunt, removed and unknown previously, Cora who when she passed in 1983 the property was bequeathed back to the state of Pennsylvania for use as a public game lands. The house, a beautiful Victorian style from the old black and white photographs my nephew track down, long gone. And now you know why I collect coins. Or at least the Irish.

A 1988 frosted cupro-nickel proof commemorating the 1000th anniversary of the city of Dublin, Ireland. It took a few years searching, selling steadily around $55.00, without the original case, until I grabbed this specimen for $26.00 with it's original case and documentation. A heptagon shaped 50 pence (about the size of a Kennedy half) composed of 75% copper, 25% nickel with a weight of 13.5g. The obverse design is that of a traditional Irish harp. The reverse features the Coat of Arms of the City of Dublin and of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. A shield with three castles over a mace, sword and the Cap of Maintenance, designed by Thomas Ryan President of the Royal Hibernian Academy.



Level 5

Fascinating read!


Level 6

Wow! What an amazing story! I loved to hear of your family history. Beautiful coin as well! ; )

Long Beard

Level 5

All the tiny dots and haze are on the plastic capsule, I opened it to be certain. The outer case and booklet show their age, which I like actually. Adds character!

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Great blog Long Beard.... I've been collecting Irish coins myself lately....I'm almost done with the Dansco Threepence/Sixpence/Schilling album. I'm soon ready to move on to the next one if I can find the album at a reasonable price. Thanks for the information!!

Long Beard

Level 5

Those albums are tough to locate since Dansco discontinued them. If you find one it will carry a heft premium.

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Level 6

Nice coin , good blog .


Level 6

That it an amazing blog. I enjoy reading about the personal side of our members. Your nephew sure did a top shelf job of research. Six miles away!!! Anyhow enjoy your heritage collecting. Great blog and photos. Thanks.

Long Beard

Level 5

An outstanding young man, Travis. He takes care of the plot every week or two when he's out that way.


Level 7

I must say you chase a good set to go after. It will take time but when you want something that bad you will. I hope you put t!he whole set together. I have been trying to get some rebel silver. But its way out of my range. As usual another great blog from yourself. Thanks and its a beauty!!


Level 4

Cool coin! Good blog thanks.

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