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16 Jun 2022

Speaking of the Queen and Her Coins

Coins-World | coinsbygary

I was encouraged to see Mike publish his newest post, “The Queen and Her Coins.” Amazingly, Queen Elizabeth II is still alive today, let alone sitting on the throne. While Mike has some of Elizabeth’s more modern coins, I have two of her first coins.

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08 Jan 2022

The Branding of the Medallic Art Company

Medals-So-Called Dollars | coinsbygary

The branding of the Medallic Art Company really began with the founding of the Art Students League of New York in 1875. In the early 20th century New York City became the arts center of America. It is no wonder with instructors like Augustus Saint-Gaudens, James Earle Fraser, Daniel Chester French, and students like Laura Gardin. (This same Laura Gardin would later marry James Earle Fraser in 1913).

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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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04 Nov 2021

Destination: Iceland

Coins-World | coinsbygary

Whenever I visit a foreign country, I make it my practice to cherry-pick examples of that country’s coins from circulation. For an expensive visit to a foreign country, coins make an inexpensive souvenir that only costs you the exchange rate of your dollars. They also make a memorable keepsake of your visit and interesting conversation pieces with your numismatic buddies back home! Sometimes I save examples of the circulating paper money when I travel. However, paper money is convertible back to dollars, and coins generally are not.

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01 Oct 2021

Contrasts in Lighting & Posting Pictures Problems

Coins | coinsbygary

Well, it appears I have the same problem as Mike has. I can't post pictures. My latest post uses a LOT of pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I can't write a 5000+ word post with anything but words. No one will read it! At any rate, I do have a workaround that will require you to follow a link to another chat board. I wrote a post about different types of lighting with pictures of the same coin. I hope you enjoy it, and if you can't comment on the other board, feel free to come back over and comment here! Gary Alls good now, and my post is updated.

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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!

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08 Apr 2021

NGC Registry Award

Coins-United States | coinsbygary

I promise that this will be a short post! Last year in 2020, I won my seventh NGC Journal Award. Along with a plaque and generous grading credit, NGC sent a special pedigreed coin to each of its major award winners. The following paragraph details how delighted I was with the mystery coin when it arrived in the mail yesterday!

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13 Mar 2021

The Three Graces on the Cheap

Coins-World | coinsbygary

In December of 2019, the United Kingdom launched a series of commemorative coins based on the classic works of "The Great Engravers." The inaugural issue features the classic "Una and the Lion" engraved by William Wyon. When this coin was first issued, you could find the 2-ounce silver version on e-bay for less than $500. From then on, the resale price has sky-rocketed. Recently, I saw an NGC PFUC-68 Una and the Lion on e-bay sell for $4000.00! Fortunately, I bought mine long before the numismatic community realized what it had in this coin. Subsequently, I had mine graded by NGC at PFUC-69. Obviously, I'm pretty happy that for a change, I hit the numismatic lottery! By the way, mine is not for sale!

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26 Feb 2021

Numismatics and Social Media

Collecting Tips | coinsbygary

I wrote the following on 2/3/21 in response to a collector who lives a fair distance from his nearest coin shop. In his blog, he talks about social media and its effect on the coin market. The author of the blog wrote it in response to an article by Jeff Garrett. The link to Jeff's article and the blog are posted below. In my edited answers to him below, I will make references to some of you. Please know that I am not talking directly to you. But I am referring to my perceived knowledge of you in this response to him. I am also posting a proof version of a French coin commemorating medical research that I wrote about in a previous blog. All I can say about that is stunning!

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24 Dec 2020

A Christmas Present Post for All My ANA Friends

Coins-World | coinsbygary

Late in 1983, working as a defense contractor, my wife and I moved to a small town near Munich in southern West Germany. In the heart of Europe, this was a perfect place from which to visit many other nearby European countries. Austria, France, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland were all within a day's driving distance. The United Kingdom was quite another story. In that instance, a Lufthansa to British Airways connection from Munich to London Heathrow fit the bill nicely.

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