21 Sep 2021

1794 Lace Manufactory 1/2 Penny Conder Token

Exonumia | coinsbygary

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time photographing old, heavily toned copper coins and tokens. Having only recently honed my skills to produce the best photos possible, I have re-imaged a number of my 1/2 penny Conder tokens. This token is currently part of my seated imagery typeset. Below is my description of the token and a copied description from the Smithsonian Institute collection. Enjoy!

18 Sep 2021


Exonumia | Longstrider

I have only been collecting POW chits for about a year. I find them amazing bits of history. My interest grew out of my MPC studies. Since my dad served in Italy during WWII and we are of Italian descent, I try to concentrateon that area but also collect others that interred Italian soldiers as well as Italian Service Units, “ISU”.

04 Aug 2021

The Enigmatic Entities bridging Numismatics and Exonumia

Exonumia | user_46396

Having come back into collecting after a 35 year hiatus, other than amplified prices and dominance of PCGS and NGC, a few interesting nuances gliding between numismatics and exonumia grabbed my attention.The activities of key individuals:Jeff Shevlin - Cataloguing & Publication for enthusiasts of So-Called Dollars, and development of newer commemorative products in silver & off-metals.Mel Wacks - Overstrikes of historically significant events onto modern coinage, plus 50 years of Jewish-American Commemorative MedalsAndor Carius - Square geometric morphing and rendering of multiple currencies, but most prominently the Square Washington Quarter.Daniel Carr - The Moonlight Mint, a plethora of topical wealth found regarding him and his work on every channel and forum.OHNS - Outlier as it's not a person, but I respect how OHNS is putting formality, traceability and value into hobo nickels, which diverges even further into the art community...and asset class. Modern carvings have come a long way... Even without Dremels.Curiously, all these gentlemen hail from a mixed Engineering/creative artistry backgrounds. (just goes to show what lengths people will to go to get out of Engineering!)I've been blessed through the modern miracle of email to have corresponded with these gentlemen. All of them gracious, informative, and personable. 50 or 100 years ago, "common folk" like me might have sent a letter, but a response I don't believe would have been as likely, and certainly not repeat follow-up.Hopefully we live to see a modern revival of collecting (and have "someone" left to sell our collections to if the grandkids don't want them!)

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!

21 Jul 2021

Two Masters, One Masterpiece

Exonumia | Long Beard

As a collector, or hoarder as I'm referred to after forty-seven years at this thing, there have always been those coins which are only but a dream to one day hold in my hands. The 1804 dollar, the 1870 s quarter and so forth. Then there are those with low mintage totals, the 1916 d Mercury dime or the 1909 s VDB Lincoln, largely out of reach to most. Even in grades of good or very-good 8 they are quite pricey, unappealing against the others within the series. Over the past few months I've shifted to similar coins, low mintage or low survival figures, that are by definition true rarities. Coins with mintages one-tenth that of the mentioned 1916 d dime for an astoundingly low price compared to that in a grade of about-good. One coin in particular recently acquired in a perfect proof 70 ultra cameo for $264.00. The 2016 Winged Liberty. Enjoy!

06 Jul 2021

Men Who Built America

Exonumia | Long Beard

When people think of the men who built America, as depicted and portrayed in the History Channel program of the same name, likely thoughts instantly turn to Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller or any on a long list of inventive pioneers. While this may be true, and quite deserving, the real credit belongs to those forgotten many who did the labor. Those who, by no stretch wealthy, built things with their hands. True craftsman who's pride echoes long since they passing if those of us look close enough. The token referenced along with the title is this week's subject. Enjoy!

30 Jun 2021

"Really... A Movie Review?"

Exonumia | Kepi

This isn't going to be the traditional blog about coinage... Rather one about a movie I watched a few nights ago. "The Good Marriage", based on a short story and psychological thriller written by Stephen King. It comes from the collection titled "Full Dark, No Stars". The movie was released in October 2014. Starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. Now if there's a Stephen King movie on, I'm all over it... Scary, dark, mind-bending stories! What's not to love! The thing with this particular movie is that (and pleasantly to my surprise) it involves coins! Well... and a Serial Killer! As not to give too much of the plot away... Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) has been married to Bob (Anthony LaPaglia) an accountant from Portland, Maine, for 27 years. They have a happy yet ho-hum relationship, running a mail order business selling and appraising rare coins. Darcy discovers her husband's sinister secret while he is away on a business trip... Yes for coins! A few months after Darcy's "discoveries", Bob is elated to find, yes find...can you imagine...He finds a rare 1955 Doubled Die Cent in miscellaneous change and the couple goes out to celebrate. Now this is where I stop. So at this point the movie might sound a bit corny, but did I mention Serial Killer early in my blog... Let's just say if you are a Stephen King fan and enjoy when coins play a part on the big screen then you might want to check this one out!

20 May 2021

Lucite Encasement #7

Exonumia | Haney

Yes it has been a while since I have posted about Lucite encased items then again how many people have ventured into an antique store recently. Since Covid-19 entered our vocabulary very little is done in person so if you do not see it on Ebay it might as well not exist. So I have to say it has been nice to finally get out and for the most part without a mask seeing smiles once again in lieu of bandits. Now whether or not the one smiling back is vaccinated or not it does not matter to me, to each their own. That said I was well rewarded for my venture into a small Antique mall in Ross, situated between West, funny name for a city that is east side of central Texas, and Waco.

24 Apr 2021

I Like Ikes: The Original Ikes

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Back in 2013, as a part-time numismatic researcher I discovered several medal types that the US Mint manufactured for use by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the years 1958 through 1961. It was an incredible discovery! I was the first to organize, catalog, and named this medal series. This medal series consists of twenty medal types (14 manufactured by the US Mint and 6 engravings added post-manufacture to those with a blank reverse). One can say that I did the unthinkable, I discovered an entire US Mint medal series that was unknown to the general public for over a half-century. Click-> Original Ikes Webpage


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