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18 Jun 2022

Numismatic Autographs

Exonumia | RyanK96

I posted something similar to this in the Facebook group some time back, but I'm genuinely curious if anyone here has a collection of numismatic autographs. Over the past few years I have written to several numismatic authors and notables.Harvey Stack

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31 May 2022

PCGS Rattlers

Exonumia | thatcoinguy

As our hobby grows more and more diverse, collecting interests have gotten broader and broader (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). Collecting interests have grown put to feature old Whitman blue folders, numismatic literature, thelowestgrade coins (a subject of a future blog!)... the list goes on and on. One section that has seen particular activity has been the collecting of slabs. Yes, some people collect slabs. Here's one of the coolest kinds of slabs (in my opinion), and one of the most highly collected.

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14 May 2022

Tokens for the "afterlife"

Exonumia | AC coin$

While re-arranging part of my library and putting away some of my art and history books, I stumbled upon a copy of a magnificent art catalog published in joint cooperation between the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and, the United Exhibits Group of Coppenhague, Denmark in 2002. The well published art catalog is titled "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt." Within its pages many Egyptologists and additional experts have exposed for future generations their insights and knowledge regarding the ancient Egyptians and their path thru earthly time. I chose to read again Dr. Erik Hornung's exquisite esssay titled: "Exploring the Beyond" enclosed in this great publication. Dr. Erik Hornung (1933) is a Swiss born World reknown Egyptologist. My writing is a humble way to connect a study of the belief in an afterlife with a numismatist item: the token.One of the most intriguing and fascinating revelations might come from the ancient Egyptians and their belief in the afterlife. Many cultures after them incorporated this thought of a realm earned with a granted passage by a "token" of material value given to a deity or "overseer" who led the soul of a fervent or misfortunate being (as justified beliefs applied to individuals) into his/her new existence.

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10 May 2022

IT'S TONER TUESDAY AGAIN!

Exonumia | Longstrider

Well, It's Tuesday again. Time to show off anything you have toned. Coins, bullion, tokens, medals, whatever. Show us your baby on the Forum. Thanks.

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27 Feb 2022

**Delicate Miniatures**

Exonumia | Kepi

Hi Everyone, I found these crazy miniature U.S. coins today while poking around in the ol' coin vault... What else is there to do on a cold Sunday afternoon... Right??? Anyhow, from what I gathered is that were sold as a set and used as a novelty item to "emphasize" the inflation problem in America during the late 1970's through the early 1980's. So here we are again some 40 odd years later and these are right back in style! Inflation surrounds us...Shrinking our U.S. dollar... My set includes an Indian Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime, Washington Quarter, Walking Liberty and a Eisenhower Dollar. The Shield Cent is just for size comparison. Aren't they tiny! So appropriate to describe our monies value of today... haha Hope you enjoyed just reading a silly blog. Comments are always welcomed!

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18 Jan 2022

I'm not dead

Exonumia | coinfodder

Hello Everyone.SCHOOLI HATE ITI promise that I will find some way to start posting again during the summer."Did a timer get reset? Because two Georgia sports teams can win a year. (sorry bama)"

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22 Dec 2021

The Awards & Honors for My LGF Collection Keep Piling Up

Exonumia | coinsbygary

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! Nothing I collect has drawn more attention from outside interests than my Laura Gardin Fraser collection of coins and medals. For instance, my set entitled “The Coins and Medals of Laura Gardin Fraser” won NGC’s “2016 Most Creative Custom Set” award. Additionally, I’ve had numerous requests relating to this set, from permission to publish my pictures to a request to repatriate an awarded medal back to the recipient’s family. I’ve also had solicitations from cold contacts to purchase scarce medals, one of which is in my collection today. Furthermore, I am privileged to own two medals previously owned by the Frasers.

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14 Dec 2021

Galaxy of Coins - Brooklyn

Exonumia | mrbrklyn

As we slowly recover from Covid-19, museums in the NYC are reopening. Although they are requiring masking and not fully opened, many objects of numismatic interest are being dusted off and displayed. At the Brooklyn Museum in NYC, the Oriental sections of the second floor have been under renovation for many years. But this year, they have finally begun to reopen much of the delayed work on the second floor of this museum. The museum had an exhibit from Chinese Born artist Ni Youyu, born in 1984, was commissioned by Brooklyn Museum to create a body of art that involves 66 coins from around the world that is pounded and reworked with micro art, and formed into a collection that makes a coherent exhibit. Ni's work started in the wake of the 2007 fiscal crisis and reflects his own personnel relationship with coinage and money which he goes into great details in explain here: https://www.niyouyu.com/galaxy-project Following his installations in 2008, the museum commissioned its own unique work which Ni finished in 2014-2018. It was to be installed in the refurbished exhibit. Since then we had suffered under COVID-19 and citywide lock downs causing delays. The flattened and painted coins are painted with use of a loupe and together recall Chinese Cosmology. The installation is a critique of consumerism and the world trade in art (don't bite the hand that feeds you "Vincent"). True View, who made the showcase, explains their display of the coin artThe museum's new acquisition of Ni Youyu's work Brooklyn Galaxy, made specifically for the newly re-opened Brooklyn Museum Chinese Galleries, is wonderful and captivating, yet it also proved a challenge to install. The work consists of 66 coins, hammered flat, obliterating or nearly obliterating the evidence of their monetary value, and country of origin. The coins are ½" - 1 ¼" in diameter from various metal alloys and colors. Each of the coins became a surface onto which he painted images with extremely detailed delicacy and adeptness. These coins when installed on a wall become a galaxy unto themselves, revealing a whole universe of ideas, thought, emotions, and feeling.The exhibit can be seen on the Brooklyn Museums webstie:https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/216753Here is the slideshow of the images and exhibithttp://images.mrbrklyn.com/brooklyn_museum_11_2021/coins1.jpg?slideshow=3&width=1024

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