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29 Jul 2021

Meet Jennie Norris, AGE Reverse Coin Design Artist

| I. R. Bama

This should have been in my last blog but I didn't think of including more information about the artist who created the design of the reverse Type II AGE's.

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28 Jul 2021

2021 American Eagle Silver Proof

Coins | Grogu

Did anyone else get their coins?They are beautiful. I was lucky to get these ones

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28 Jul 2021

Everything that is in my head right now...

Exonumia | coinfodder

Hey Everybody! This is everything numismatic that is going through my head right now. So, without further ado...1) What is with the US Mint's packing?Have y'all gotten your hands on the new Type 2 Silver Eagles Yet? Well, point aside, the coin is pretty, let us tell you that. However, the packing IS THE DEFINITION OF CHEAP. No more nice little container that contains the felt-lined box. Now, the packing is what they use for the commemorative half dollars- open, felt lined little piece of JUNK, and a cardboard cover. Disappointing.2) Why does the US Mint make us wait 5 months for a coin?I have asked myself this many times as I wait for our coins to arrive via Snail Mail. The US Mint is very fond of placing out little coins for early (yes, very early) preorder, then making the numismatic faithful wait months. Groan. Stop this cruel practice, and only set your coins to order when you can dish them out right away.3) Olympics!With the Tokyo Olympics going on right now, I decided to set the overpriced- fat cat Olympics to scale for the lay person (forgive me, but after hours on the couch watching China beat everybody in Ping Pong, this was one of the few things I was thinking about.As on June 2021, the price was set at 26 Billion. Wow! Now imagine each dollar as a penny, which is about 1.52 mm thick, and weighs about 2.5 grams. Now please dig out those calculators. The final height of the stupid pile of penny we hoarded: 24,556.59 Miles, towering over every building in Tokyo, including the SkyTree and Tower, combined. That should place an Olympic-sized dent into the ground.Now, for the weight- at 2.5 grams, and 26 billion of those little suckers, should weigh about 65,000 Metric Tons. Dropped on someone's head would surely be fatal, and punch a nice hole through the Earth. You know what else weighs 65,000 tons? Over 9,000 Elephants. So, Tokyo is spending the equivalent of over 9,000 Elephants, and with no spectators helping to off-set some of those elephants, we can imagine that can get pretty heavy!Thanks Everyone!

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28 Jul 2021

Victor David Brenner: The Man Behind the Cent

Coins | thatcoinguy

ViktorasBaranauskaswas born June 12, 1871, inSiauliai, Lithuania. As soon as Viktoras was old enough, his father taught himskills for gem and seal engraving, along with sculpting, as that was the family trade.At age 19, Viktoras moved to New York City, and changed his name to Victor David Brenner in order to gain US citizenship faster. He was always interested in numismatics, and four year after moving to the US,he joined the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society. He had a passion for learning, and during his time in America, learned English and French. In 1898, Brenner decided that to continue his studies in engraving and sculpting, he would move to Paris, France. He was taught underOscar Roty of the Academie Julian School of Art, and started gaining public notice by winning multiple awards at the Paris Exhibition in 1900.

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28 Jul 2021

My Retirement Presents Part II

| I. R. Bama

So here is another song that kind of captures how I feel about moving into my new stage of life and my career to date. Guess the artist:

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27 Jul 2021

More Conder Tokens

Tokens | Mike

Hi. Yes this will be a short blog on some of the buildings on Kempson tokens. The ones I chose today are a few of the buildings still standing from the time they were built. Some are so good it looks like Kempson took a picture of them.. The best part is the years these buildings were put up. I'm not talking 1797. Some of these were built in the 1300's the 1500's. and so on. Just think of that for a moment. The English were excellent record keepers so the dates were not just put on these. You can say some went over rehabilitation but the original face of the structure is the same. Now Kempson almost seems like he knew these would still be around for hundreds of years even some of the gates that protected the city still stand. They are beautiful works architecture. The wall that encircled the city parts still stand. Doing research I said I wonder if some of these are still standinng. I went to work and i was surprised. St.John's church later became St.John's High School. I wrote a journal of these at N.G.C. A few days later I get a message from a fellow collector . He said I went to St John's school there I grew up in Coventry.. Small world. I asked him if he or if he knew of others that lived there if they had any of these tokens. He said none. Passed down from his family he was told they used them. Now I bet if I continued I will find more. This is something I thought of after the set was finished. The other tokens I collect many are still standing. Not just Kempson but others. Cathedrals ,government buildings. If you check Kempson other set of building of London many still stand. Some were destroyed in WW. 11. Hitler had an obsession with Coventry. He bombed it a lot. One famous Cathedral. St. Paul's he wanted destroyed. He felt it be could level this Cathedral it would take the resolve from the people and he could take England. He sent over 200 bombers and St.Paul's still stands. The people stayed inside and put out the fires. It was built if I remember by Wren. It's in the heart of London. One thing NGC graded many Red Brown the token below it looks like the lights are on!! St.Marys Sorry I got it the topic. That's ok the two are connected. St. John's token and picture like I said look so much alike. The same with Bablake and St. Mary's Hall. St. Mary's is used as a catering hall today and ceremonies. If you look at the token and the picture there is a wonderful likeness. . I will end this short blog on these wonder tokens and buildings. I hope.you see the talent of this man. We need people like this working today the old way. The way commens were done and older.coins. No lasers here.!!Be well be safe!!

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26 Jul 2021

1960-D Limcoln Memorial

Coins-United States | user_86763

HI, Its my first blog. This penny has been in my possession or quite some time and I would like to showcase what a beautiful coin it is. Any comments are welcome and I would like to Give A Thank You to ANA (American Numismatic Association).

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