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07 Jul 2018

Modern token collecting

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Modern tokens can be an inexpensive way to add positive memories to your collection for little money. An inexpensive item maybe just another junk box addition that hardly warrants a second look. But, don't forget modern tokens when you can tie them to your own diary of family events and activities.

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27 Mar 2018

Just for fun.

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A recent purchase for my ANA collection is a 1911 personal token from Waldo C. Moore. He was later the 13th president of the ANA.Now for the fun part.Assuming you have not seen this before, can you interpret the rebus? For extra credit, identify each image and how it builds towards the sentiment expressed.

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19 Jan 2018

Mystery Medal

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I enjoy researching interesting tokens and medals. Sometimes they stump me. Pictured here is one such stumper. I am hoping that someone reading this blog will have some idea about what this particular medal commemorates.My best guess? The obverse shows the American eagle superimposed on the Rising Sun. I have not had luck translating the Japanese characters in the sun's rays, although one attempt suggested they say Otojiro. The reverse suggests the piece commemorates the sailing of the Otojiro. Enomo to Seattle on June 9, 1904. I do not know if that is a sailing date from Japan or an arrival date in Seattle.The light characters punched into the field before the final, heavier letters were punched suggests this may be a generic medal, perhaps sold as a souvenir of a voyage that the recipient could engrave with their own message.If anyone has any ideas or recognizes the medal, I would be happy to hear from you.

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02 Feb 2015

New Shell Card book by TAMS

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The Token and Medal Society recently released a new book by Q. David Bowers, The Token and Medal Society Guide to U.S. Shell Cards 1867-1880. One might think that catalogs exist for all major US token series, but shell cards have been all but forgotten by the numismatic community. Early attempts to catalog the pieces were published in 1881, in 1920 (in The Numismatist), and 1961 in the TAMS Journal. Dave Bowers has addressed the need in his new book published by TAMS. The book was further supported by the Central States Numismatic Society, Steve Hayden, Jeff Shevlin, and the Southern Idaho Coin Club.Over 1,000 shell cards are cataloged and most are pictured in color approximately actual size.As is typical for a Dave Bowers book, shell cards are placed in their historic context, manufacturers are identified and linked to their products, and historic background on the businesses issuing shell cards is provided when it was available.Shell cards are rare. Perhaps that is why they have been overlooked for so long. More information about the book can be found on the TAMS website, www.tokenandmedal.org.

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02 Feb 2015

So-Called Dollar Collectors cruise the Panama Canal

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The Panama Railroad Steamship Cristobal made the first ocean to ocean passage through the Panama Canal on August 3, 1914. Her sister ship, the Ancon, made the first official trip through the canal on August 15, 1914. Technically, a service ship made a passage in January, 1914, so the first ship through could be considered any one of them. The Cristobal carried 50,000 commemorative medals celebrating the canal opening. The medals are collected as a so-called dollar today, best known by its Hibler and Kappen number, HK-398. The medals were struck in bronze and two were struck in gold.On December 10, 2014, three so-called dollar collectors—Jeff Shevlin, Bill Hyder, and Mike Johnson—carried 500+ 100th anniversary medals through the canal in celebration of the 100th anniversary. Jeff Shevlin commissioned the medals struck by Daniel Carr's Moonlight Mint. The new medals were struck in copper, gold-plated copper, silver, and gold. Six serially-numbered brass and partially gold-plated copper medals were struck for three collectors and their wives to carry as their personal mementos of the trip.The photo of myself, Jeff, and Mike has the Gatun Locks in the background.

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17 Jun 2014

ANA Badges and Medals

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Tried to post this in forums and did, but the image did not post. Cannot create a collection from my ANA, maybe including a picture in a blog creates a collection? and it did finally post. I thought I created a collection, but it seems to be gone. I will try again eventually.

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