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05 Jan 2021

Bronze Medals, Value for your Buck...Not!

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On 1 Jan 2021, the United States Mint followed through on a promise to raise their prices on 3-inch Bronze Medals from $39.95 to $160.00, a 400 percent price increase.

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24 Dec 2020

Merry Christmas

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2020 started out bleak from a Numismatics standpoint. I had been collecting coins since the 1960s, but didn't have a clue.

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15 Dec 2020

Military Tokens, Part III

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This is the third installment of Military Coins as well as the last of the coins we were gifted by our friend for conservation, with one from my stay in the Veterans Hospital in Saint Louis Mo.

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25 Nov 2020

Military Tokens, Coins

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Here are a few more of the coins my wife & I were gifted by our friend this past weekend.

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23 Nov 2020

Military Unit Coins

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My wife and I were visiting a friend this weekend and she's close to retiring. She recently rotated back to the area from five years in Korea, She has spent a total of 11 years in Korea and the Pacific Theater. When conversation rolled around to hobbies, she gifted us some of her old military/unit coins. She felt that my wife and I would cherish and take care of these coins and she is seriously downsizing. When I told her that I intended to share with you guys and gals she was pleased. She gave me Nine coins, I thought I would share three. I just randomly selected em, the rest are as interesting, I could post the others at a later time, I will leave that up to the future.

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17 Nov 2020

485th Tactical Missile Wing Alumni Coin

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The coin shown is an Alumni Association coin honoring the seven locations used for Ground Launched Cruise Missiles during the cold war. My wife and I are both honored to be eligible for one.

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09 Oct 2020

Montgomery City Lines Bus Token, Good for one Fare

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On 1 Dec 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks made history. If you aren’t familiar with this story, I strongly advise you to take a moment to google “Rosa Parks”, go ahead, I’ll wait.

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11 Sep 2020

Coin, Collectibles or Toys?

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I was raised on a Farm in Central Alabama, my Grandfather a retired State Conservation officer farmed full time after his retirement & my Dad was an Engineer in the area. We were not dirt poor but we didn't have much cash, everyone bartered in those days. I received gifts on my Birthday and at Christmas but none during the year & you didn't get an allowance, you had chores. Don't get me wrong, we lacked for nothing and were happy, although as some of you old folks may relate, I remember our first TV, no, it was not color, & I was almost a Teen before we had a car with Air Conditioning. Heck, our phone was a "Party Line" until 1977, if you're young and don't know what that is, ask your grandparents or look it up, it's ancient. Many of my toys were hand me downs or even hand-made, some were just junk stuff we got from different places. The coins below were given to me as a kid to "Play" with. While I don't consider them part of my collection, they have an honored place in my memory and I take care of them to this day.

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