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03 Jun 2022

** 2022 Una and the Lion**

Coins - World | Kepi

Hi Fellow Collectors! This is the latest design in an annual coin series that I collect. It's the 2022 "Una and the Lion", a 1oz. Silver Proof coin. It has a diameter of 38.6 mm and a mintage of 1,500... Mine is #123! The designer of this coin is Glyn Davies and is produced by the East India Company and the Government of St. Helena with Royal Approval of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. I love this series as it reminds me of my big ol' Golden Retriever/ Great Dane, who has now been gone almost two years. Now, let me tell you the Medieval story of Una, a beautiful princess on a quest to save her parents from a dragon who has them imprisoned in a tower. She enters a dark forest where she encounters a fierce lion who is immediately captivated by her beauty and innocence and his rage is replaced by wonder. He, as my ol' boy did, become her faithful companion, forever by her side to protect her from harm. It's the powerful connection and mutual adoration of this ancient legend that has captured my heart. Many thanks thanks for reading my blog! Comments are always welcome.

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31 May 2022

**Mini Roo**

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Hey everyone! Here's a 2021-P Australian Gold Kangaroo! Well, a "Mini Roo"! A little guy... 0.5 grams of .9999 gold with a diameter of 11.60 mm. This little coin is a GEM Proof and came encapsulated in an wallet-sized card with kangaroo graphics and Specification information. The obverse shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem. The designer of this coin, Jody Clark has been a sculptor for the Royal Mint of Great Britain since 2012. The reverse shows the iconic kangaroo in a crouched position with inscriptions of the gold weight and the "P" Mint mark of the Perth Mint.This popular kangaroo design began to appear in 1989 and has been a hit with collectors every since! Many thanks for reading my blog! Comments are always welcome. ; )

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28 May 2022

**Man's Best Friend**

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Hi everyone! I just received a new coin that I added to my collection and wanted to share it with you. This is a 2022 Fiji Dogs 1 oz Silver $0.50 coin as a GEM BU. In the Republic of Fiji this coin is considered to be legal tender for one-half dollar. The coin is .999 fine silver and measures 40 mm in diameter. Limited mintage of 12,000 pieces. The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Fiji. Now being a "dog person", I love the reverse of this coin! Whats not to love about a big ol' happy dog running towards you in anticipation of a sloppy wet kiss. This is the first coin in the series "Fiji Dogs". Each release of the series will focus on a different dog breed, celebrating a diversity of body shapes and character traits. I can't wait to see next years design and add it to my collection! Thanks for reading my blog! Comments are always welcome. ; )

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27 Feb 2022

**Delicate Miniatures**

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Hi Everyone, I found these crazy miniature U.S. coins today while poking around in the ol' coin vault... What else is there to do on a cold Sunday afternoon... Right??? Anyhow, from what I gathered is that were sold as a set and used as a novelty item to "emphasize" the inflation problem in America during the late 1970's through the early 1980's. So here we are again some 40 odd years later and these are right back in style! Inflation surrounds us...Shrinking our U.S. dollar... My set includes an Indian Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime, Washington Quarter, Walking Liberty and a Eisenhower Dollar. The Shield Cent is just for size comparison. Aren't they tiny! So appropriate to describe our monies value of today... haha Hope you enjoyed just reading a silly blog. Comments are always welcomed!

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19 Feb 2022

**Lion on the Mountain**

Coins - World | Kepi

Hi everyone! I wanted to share the newest addition to my collection! This is a 2014 $5 Fine Silver Coin from the Bank Note Series: Lion on the Mountain. It is 99.99% pure silver with a diameter of 36 millimeters and a weight of 23.17 grams. The reverse image recreates the vignette of a lion on a mountain from a design of the early twentieth century by the British American Banknote Company. The obverse shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll designed by Susanna Blunt. This coin was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint and has a limit of 8500. (Mine is #4355)... ; ) As some of you might know the lion theme is one of my favorites and fills quite a few spaces in my coin boxes! haha I would love to find one of original bank notes depicting my Lion on the Mountain coin! Keep searching right! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are always welcome. Sources: Coin World 2014

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24 Nov 2021

"Sometimes Letter Writing Does Work!"

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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"

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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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31 Jul 2021

**One Wild Panda**

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The newest addition to my collection is a 2003 Chinese Silver Panda. This series started back in 1983 with a different design featured each year. Minted in China, a denomination of 10 Yuan, 1 oz of .999 silver, 40 mm diameter with a reeded edge. This one has a mintage of 600,000 and has two versions. The"frosted bamboo" version, which is the one I have and the "mirrored bamboo" version. This reflects the part of the coin behind the panda in the design. The obverse features the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests with two inscriptions, "People's Republic of China," which is in Chinese characters and the date "2003". The reverse shows an adult panda crawling through a bamboo field with the coins value, weight and purity listed.Now what was kinda funny to me when I looked at this coin in the shop was that I really don't care for pandas... Now give me a polar bear or a big grizzly bear, that I like! Also, China is not my "go to" country when it comes to coins for a list of reasons that I won't go into here... But this coin caught my eye! It has the most amazing toning and I like toning! Originally it was in an album, encapsulated in an airtight that somehow got cracked. This over time let oxygen seep in and the long term result is this wild toning! Cool, right!Anyway, that's it... Not a fan of pandas or China and yet this coin had my name written all over it.. ; )Thanks for reading my blog! Hope you enjoyed it.

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04 Jul 2021

**Another Buffalo Added To My Herd**

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I wanted to share this new addition to my “Buffalo” themed collection! A perfect Silver 1 oz. Buffalo… PF 70 Ultra Cameo. A National Zoo Commemorative 2019 Buffalo at the Castle. Mintage of 2,500 Designed by Natanya van Niekerk.

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