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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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25 Nov 2021

Hobo Nickels

Exonumia | thatcoinguy

Hobo nickels was a topic of confusion and interest in the September 2021 YN auction. There was a hobo nickel in the auction by an unidentified carver. The hobo nickel went for such a low amount of $YN, it caused Sam Gelbard (the current ANA YN director) to exclaim, "Do you guys even know what a hobo nickel is?" And to be absolutely honest, I had no idea! After reading multiple articles from the Numismatist, FUN, and everything in between, I finally know about these interesting, and frankly cool, numismatic collectibles.

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24 Nov 2021

"Sometimes Letter Writing Does Work!"

Exonumia | Kepi

Hi Everyone, I wanted to share this letter I received from my Congressman, Jay Obernolte, 8th District, California. Back on August 19th, I.R. Bama wrote a blog about writing to our Congressmen and Representatives in the government about the U.S.Mint and the ongoing problems with availability on new-releases...etc... Anyway I thought what the heck and took the time to write to my Representative. I wanted I'd share his letter and thoughts with you guys here on this blog. Comments are always welcome!Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! ; )

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09 Oct 2021

"My Little Book of Nuts"

Exonumia | Kepi

Here's a fun little blast from the past blog! I have been collecting these vintage coin saver bank folders back from the 50's and 60's. At the time these were geared towards kids to teach them to save money. (What a Great idea!) haha This one I'm showing today features a squirrel and he's collecting "nuts" or what I would call "Mercury Dimes"... I wanted all of these dimes to be blast white just for the fun of it, but to my surprise while finished and sitting on a shelf I noticed that the dimes are starting to tone. Well the top half of the dime that is... Crazy! The part that is slid down in the pocket is still shiny silver. Now I would have thought it would have been the opposite perhaps the cardboard having some chemical in it... But no, the part of the dime not touching the cardboard toned. Any thoughts on why this happened? Another crazy thought... This little folder holds 30 Mercury Dimes and when filled up you have saved $3.00! Well back in the 50's that is! haha Hope you enjoyed my blog! Comments are welcomed. ; )

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