Haney's Blog

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.

21 Jul 2020

Lucite Encasement #6

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Well for those that followed Freak Show 1968 this next piece should not surprise…..

07 Jul 2020

Lucite Encasement #5

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This next piece is both my favorite and also my most expensive due to its association with The King of Beverages which most of us know simply as Dr. Pepper.

30 Jun 2020

Lucite Encasement #4

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This time I present a piece with a coin from the not so distant past.

23 Jun 2020

Lucite Encasement #3

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Unlike the previous weeks this Lucite piece is hardly a curio as it was designed with a purpose being more than something to be decorative on the shelf.

16 Jun 2020

Lucite Encasement #2

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This week I have another numismatic item trapped in Lucite that I also picked up at the local coin club auction. This too is one dollar, but unlike the former piece it is a one dollar coin. More specifically a product of the Philadelphia mint from 1921 designed by George T. Morgan who included his initial ‘M’ on both the obverse and reverse of the coin. In addition to the coin there is also two minute timer and the name of the company that I assumed commissioned the piece, Buhler Mortgage Company Inc. The piece, three and three quarter inches square by seven eighths of an inch high, came in its original plastic sleeve and light blue cardboard box. Neither included an information on the maker of this paper weight or the reason for its creation. The same night of the auction there was another offered with a 1922 Peace dollar, so it would appear that there was no special significance given to the type of dollar to be used. Like the one I secured it came in a similar box and also included the two minute timer encapsulated with the dollar coin, well I assume two minutes as I do no own that one so have not timed it.

10 Jun 2020

Lucite Encasement

Exonumia | Haney

Long before there were slabs to protect coins from oily fingers, perspiration, humidity, or any number of other ways those brilliant surfaces could lose their luster there was Lucite. Not just the old Capitol Plastic holders but paper weights that could hold your birth year set or for that matter any numismatic souvenir suspended both in space and in time encased in Lucite. Unlike a favorite slab coin these items actually have an artist quality allowing them to left out and about in the home or apartment to be enjoy by collector and non-collector alike.

27 Jan 2020

Franklin Mint Nixon Campaign Medal

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Upon reading the blog “Coin Thoughts #86 by SUN” I remembered a medal I had stashed away in my collection. It was unwanted thing receiving no bids at the local club auction so I offered the seller what I had in my wallet at the time which I believe amounted to all of three dollars. The medal was obviously tainted by a man who resigned as president at a time when I was just a small boy playing with marbles and dreaming of being an astronaut someday. So from that perspective I cannot weigh in on the right or wrong of the time I just knew that there had been a change and now Ford was our president. The only personal experience I can speak to in regards to this former president is that I lived not far from his compound at the end of Orange County in San Clemente for a few years and I have eaten at the El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano that apparently he frequented when in town.

15 Jan 2020

Series 471, Cigarette Case?

Exonumia | Haney

Numismatic collectables as you know can run the gambit of items from neck ties to glassware, but you want a puzzled look from your spouse just say you bought a cigarette case on eBay. So you are going to take up smoking now? Well no was my response, but it is really cool as it has a fictious series 471 note engraved on the outside of the case. At that point I wondered, out loud, if it would work as a business card holder as it is eye catching which ended with the comment you're cute. That is okay as I guess you need to be a little nuts to get excited about your latest MPC acquisition then again she may need to get her eyes checked saying I am cute.

13 Dec 2019

Pure Fantasy

Exonumia | Haney

I recently noticed that Amazon Prime had added Space 1999 to their lineup and as a child who both watched the program, had the toys, and later collected the trading cards I decided to watch the series again. Of course the many years between those fond memories and now I found the premise of our moon being pulled violently away from earth’s orbit to travel madly across space encountering other planets along the way, well it almost sets my teeth on edge. I know it is supposed to be entertainment so I try to push aside what I know, or at least think I know as I am by no means an astrophysicist, to once again try to enjoy this fictional world imagined in the early seventies. So what does this have to do with numismatics, well nothing and at this time of the year maybe everything?


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