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04 Nov 2015

The costliest ugly coin in my collection

Coins-World | Ian Fenn

This entry follows on from Coinsbygary's blog entry of 11 Oct 2015 (Exception clauses in my collection). I don't have many encapsulated coins in my collection and I suspect my latest acquisition,the subject of this blog might struggle to be locked away in plastic "coin-prison" However for me it was the best I could afford with a low four figure price. Had it been a mint state example the price would be closer to five figures. At this point I anticipate some of you are taking another look at the photo. Yes it does look like a Dutch Lion thaler (leeuwendaalder). But this 1600 example isn't dutch!

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14 Sep 2015

Connections

Coins-World | Ian Fenn

I used to love watching, when I could catch it, the late 1990s early 2000's James Burke Documentary "Connections". A, I assume, British programme it may not be familiar to Americans. I didn't see it that often but recently found it on you tube. I hadn't realized I had probably missed 80% of all episodes. The format of each episode was to lead up to one particular invention (the undeclared subject of the episode) discovery by linking a whole lot of seemingly unrelated inventions and discoveries. It was interesting; at least I found it so, even when the links seemed to be a bit forced. What I found particularly useful was the different frames of reference that were applied. Too often we become so used to one way of looking at the world, or our hobby, that we fail to see another way of looking at it.

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