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18 Nov 2020

LKNS Featured on Coin World Podcast

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Hello all!Just wanted to let you all know that yours truly was recently interviewed by Jeff and Chris of Coin World Magazine's podcast last week, and that the podcast was published today! If you would find amusement in hearing me talk about the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society and answer Jeff and Chris's questions about our history, what we do, and where we're going, CLICK HERE to get to the podcast, then give it a listen.Jeff and Chris start out with a discussion on the US Mint's activities recently regarding the WW2 Victory coin issues; the LKNS portion starts a little less than halfway through. However, I would encourage you to listen to the whole podcast, as they offer a good discussion of the Mint topic that seems to have so many collectors annoyed. In fact, the Coin World podcast features lots of good topical discussions and interviews. One of my favorites is their interview with Fred Schwan, someone I consider a numismatic influencer for his work with WW2 numismatics and military numismatics in general. Scroll through their episode listing and see what interests you. Make your commuting time more fun and useful by learning more about your favorite hobby.

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23 Oct 2020

Starting A New Year For A YN Club

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The first official meeting of the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for Monday, October 26.After missing the last 3 meetings of last year, it's going to be good to be able to return to somewhat normal... however, even normal isn't quite the same with pandemic rules.

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17 Jun 2020

Medieval Die Maker Demonstrates His Craft

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Rudiger the Moneyer (a.k.a. Mr. Carson Engle) was the medieval moneyer who created our club's first coin die set in 2018. I documented the process of getting a medieval-style hammered coin made for our club in my blog here at the time. Now Mr. Engle has produced a video demonstrating the die carving process from a blank piece of prepared steel bar stock to a finished die. Follow this link to see the video. You may be surprised at how many steps there are; or you may be pleased when you see some of the techniques that confirm in your mind what you had guessed was involved in certain steps. For anyone interested in the diemaking process, or would just enjoy seeing a miniature work of art come to life, this is for you. (Click this link to be taken to YouTube.)

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27 Jan 2020

Some YN Fun with Countermarking

Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Been awhile since I've posted anything, but the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society had a pretty good meeting today and I thought I'd share.Earlier this school year, the Numismatic Knights heard from Mr. Bradley Karoleff, a regional coin dealer near us as well as a contributor to the Red Book, particularly noted for his knowledge on Spanish Colonial coinage. One aspect of Spanish Colonial coinage that has always interested me (aside from their being "pirate money") is the fact that these coins, minted in the New World, ended up being used as money to the far-flung corners of the earth. Proof of this is noted in the "chop marks" they received from being used in trade in the Far East, as well as the countermarks placed on them by other nations. I particularly like to see the 8 reales coins that have King George III of England 's portrait punched into the portrait of King Charles of Spain.UK large pennies have been out of circulation for some time. I came upon a quantity of extremely worn and/or cleaned examples that would make good media for trying our own countermarking. I contacted our medieval die maker, Mr. Carson Engle, to see if he could make us a punch with a design reminiscent of our school mascot, the Knight. He said he'd made punches before and would be glad to try. After awhile I received a punch in the mail. I must say, he did a good job for such a small area on which to work. Our mascot's helm and plume create an unusual shape if you include the space around it for a punch, so we opted not to go with a rectangular or oval shape, but more of a sideways diamond. In the photo accompanying this post, you can see the result of a decent strike. I swung the four pound hammer for the students to avoid smashed fingers on anyone's part. I'm no pro at it but I got some decent strikes. You can see the helm with its facemask and the plume flowing from the top to the rear of the helm.The kids enjoyed the activity and the counterstruck coins. While some were watching their penny get countermarked, the rest spent their time filling their Whitman Lincoln Cent No. 2 blue folders by searching donated wheat cents. They managed to search a few thousand coins in about an hour; next time they will already have them sorted by year to try filling in any remaining holes in their folders. All in all it was a very good meeting.

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01 Nov 2019

New Year for the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Our young numismatists' club operates during the academic school year, so our club "new year" starts each September. Although we communicate a little over the summer, the active portion of our club year endswith our Awards Ceremony onthe last day of school, which is usually near the end of May. Our members earn medals during the school year for achieving certain levels of participation, and we present them before the entire elementary school. This is a great way to recognize our dedicated members, and serves as a great recruitment tool for the next school year.

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04 Sep 2019

Custom Sets in the NGC Registry

Collecting Tips | Mr_Norris_LKNS

As I keep exploring resources available to me as a coin collector, I keep finding new things. My latest find revolves around the LKNS coins I submitted to NGC for certifying. NGC will take a digital image of your coin in its holder, so that when you go to ngccoin.com to verify the genuineness of an NGC-slabbed coin, you can see a picture of it after you enter the certification number. You can also ask NGC to take higher resolution professional photos of your coins before they are slabbed, which is very nice for seeing surface details. But once you have these nice photos, where can you show them off (as is natural for a collector to want to do)?There's always the Collections section here at money.org, but did you know you can also create a collection within the NGC Registry? Not only that, if it falls within a certain category type, you can actually compete your collection against others' collections for fun and points... maybe even recognition. I did not know anything about this... I'd heard of Registry Sets but didn't know much about the topic.Of course, not every type of coin that people collect are categorized. Some won't be, but others just haven't been identified yet as an area of collectors' interest. If you don't see the proper category for the type of set you want to compete, you can suggest it and NGC will consider creating it. It's not guaranteed that they will, though.Your other option is to create a Custom Set. It's not a competitive set, in that you don't win prizes or score points comparing your set to someone else's of the same type of coins. But you do get to display it where other collectors can see it whenever they want.As of this writing, NGC has been updating their set registry pages. While competitive sets are hosted on NGCCoin.com/registry, custom sets are still hosted at the old site,https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetListing.aspx. Plans are to migrate the custom sets to the new URL eventually.I decided to try this out by listing my set of LKNS coins. First I created a custom set, gave it a name, and added the coins using the NGC certification numbers. Adding the coins brought over the photographs NGC took when they certified them. Then I could fill in details, both about the set, and about the individual coins. Check it out:https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=27929You can do this for your own sets of NGC-graded coins. If you like adding details and telling background stories behind each coin or set, this format lets you do that. Sometimes a good coin is better when the story behind it is known.

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21 Aug 2019

LKNS Coins Certified By NGC

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The Legacy Knights Numismatic Society is very pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 club coins have been certified and graded by the National Guaranty Corporation and added to the NGC census!

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02 Jun 2019

Fundraising for our Club (Medieval Style Club Coin Fundraiser)

Club Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Well, we finally launched it.Club fundraising isn't simple, if my experience is typical... especially if you've never done it before.

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01 May 2019

Metal Detecting Event A Big Success

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The April meeting of the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society hosted metal detecting experts from the Dayton Diggers metal detecting club. There is an obvious connection between numismatics and metal detecting, because in between the soda can pull tabs and bits of wire many lost coins can be found.

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