Mike 's Blog

06 Oct 2022


Tokens | Mike

Hi everyone hope you all are well. This will be a short blog to explain the buildings and there tokens. Now if you didn't read the first blog please read it so you get a better understanding of these beautiful tokens. Now the engravers back then had terrific talent. Now I only picked two tokens and the buildings they represent. I said that the engravers worked on every detail. .....I have many more of buildings still standing the one St.Johns still is in use today .I wrote a journal about St. Johns and don't you know I received a response from someone who went there when it was a high school. Its a church again! Built in the 1300's. I stated that they were great architectures these are two examples.

05 Oct 2022


Tokens | Mike

Well I will try and keep this short. Simply because once I start writing about them I can't stop. Conder Tokens were made mostly in the 1700's in England. They did for the English what civil war tokens did for us. You see England was involved in many wars. The French the Spanish and us. This almost bankrupt the country.So a gentleman named Matthew Bolton who owned the Soho mint began to make these tokens so they could be redeemed for basic items. That information was on the edge. Now not all had edge writing. They were made in half penny's and pennys. Saint Michaels Cathedral below is very large that's a penny.

04 Oct 2022


Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. I hope you are all well. I posted this coin on my blog when the Queen passed. I did not write anything about it. Then I found the C.O. A. . Now many say why do you need the C.O.A. ? I mean the coin is slabed and certified. Well I read it and realized why I keep these. The information contained in the C.O.A. has much more information than the label.I found out that they were numbered. This coin was number 15. I did not know that there was edge writing on this coin. I mean there is not edge writing on most if not all her coins.The edge writing states Shine Through The Ages! The mintage was only 8600. It also says that this was one of the first 100 struck . I mean I'm learning more and more as I read on. Now this was folded a long time so the important part is hard to read. I will write some of the highlights. Since the year 1282 the coins struck by the Royal Mint have been independently and rigorously checked to determine there quality and fineness. I find this remarkable. Since 1282. The next part is very interesting. The judicial ceremony is known as the trial of Pyx even today 700 years later it still takes place.Every year the Queens Remembrancer,ascertains basically that what you have matches the weight mm grms, that it should be along with the likeness.

28 Sep 2022

My Lucky Day

Coins | Mike

Hi! Hope everyone is well. Thanks to Pete for getting the gremlins out of the system!. Now the title is lucky day. I have had some good luck and bad. This was good. A few years ago I guess it was four I was looking at the gov mint magazine. The had rolls of Ten Centavos. Now I wasn't big on foreign coins but these were not foreign. They were made at the Denver mint. They were very small. Smaller than our dime and made of silver. I said why were these coins made in Denver. Well before General MacArthur before he left the Philippines he dumped all the silver in to the Manila Bay. This was done so the Japanese could not buy ammunition to use against the armed forces. They were dated 1945. So how did I get lucky? They were not expensive so I liked them and pulled the trigger. I'm looking at the reverse and the then I looked at every letter including the mint mark even the three stars on the seal on the reverse were DD. So I looked them up. They were called the Allen-905b DD reverse. I checked with N.G.C. and there were only 27 of these in the high grade of MS 67. Do I send them in. I checked them under 30 power. Not a mark. I decided to send six in. Good luck was with me. The six I sent in came back all MS 67. The others I knew were less of MS 67 they were MS 66!!! This story gets better. I checked Heritage house on a guess these would be there. One was. It was a MS 66 and was auctioned of for a large sum of money I had no idea!!For one a MS 66. I waited about two years and sent one in. That's were the luck stopped. I didn't want someone getting a coin for free. So my mistake was I set a reserve!.It was to high. That's the story of my good luck. Somethings you buy on EBay and they don't know what there selling. I have seen that. This was a once in a lifetime find.Sam said that if they write a cherry pickers book on foreign coins one of these coins would be the cover. So now you get to know the importance of this find. Its a major rarity in this hobby

21 Sep 2022

Lewis and Clark Set Released May,24,2004

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. I hope your all well. Today I will write about a set. A special set never done by the mint before or after. Its about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Now we know that this expedition was one of this country's greatest ever undertaken.

08 Sep 2022

The Queen is Dead Long Live The King

Coins | Mike

Some would call her a great woman Some would not.I'm sorry she passed away. That's coming from someone born in Ireland. Centuries of troubles. I must say she was a giving person. To charities and the poor. She was the one besides Tony Blair to apologize for some of the atrocities committed on the Irish. But she ran here country even after the death of her husband. My heart went out to her when I saw her sitting alone in the church pew. She has done many great things. We can't forget that. Till the age of 96. I was lucky to get the coin of the five portraits of her from when she became Queen in 1953 She went to the comenwelths of her country. You can of say everything in a blog about a woman who ran a country in good times and bad. So I will leave it at that. God bless her and keep her in his arms. The two coins the obverse were the same when she became Queen . She was a rock!!

07 Sep 2022

Coins The Magic They Do

Coins | Mike

What do coins do? Well we buy items with them. We collect them. But what they really do is bring us all together. No matter what religion race creed or what country your from once you sign on to this site we are all one. Think about it. We all have this one thing in common. We share them with each other. Tell the history of them.But most of all we learn. Now the coins below are coins of two Popes. Were ever a Pope goes he is followed by millions. Why to see a man of peace. This is not a religious blog. Its about two beautiful coins I was very lucky to get. Enlarge the pictures and look at the coins and the C.O.A. Look at the mintange. Very low.That's what I meant when I said I was one of the lucky ones. Because of there beauty. ...One is of a man called Pope John Paul the 11.The other is of Pope Francis. He made a visit to the United States. And they made a beautiful coin to commemorate this journey. That was in 2015. The second coin is to commemorate the Saint hood of Pope John Paul the Second. He was born in Poland so the Poland Mint made the coin. By the way the Pope does not need a passport but has one! ..Now the packaging of that coin came in wood. It is suspended in air in a clear plastic. It is a sight to see. It looks like its just there not being held by anything. Very well done. The box is cardboard but once you open it you have to be impressed. .I brought these coins to show its not about religion. They honor two men of peace. It doesn't matter what religion they are. They teach the same thing. Peace . Help those who needs it. These are things every religion do. They dedicate there life to this cause just like other men of peace. I often wonder what we would be like if Martin Luther King and JohnF. Kennedy were not killed. I believe we would be in a peaceful nation. The hungry feed the homeless given shelter. Those two men were taken before there time. They had allot of work to do together. Them and others. We all saw Rodney King get beat almost to death by police officers. What did he say " Can't We All Just Get Along " men of peace. This is what coins do for us. I have no idea who my friends are!. I don't know who or were they come from or there beliefs. But when I sign on I know one thing. Coins do bring us together!! Hope you enjoyed this blog. Stay well. Mike. This is what coins bring to us! Please ENLARGE THE C.O.A. AND THE PICTUTPRES. YOU WILL SEE THE MINTAGE!

05 Sep 2022

The Nickel That Changed The Cold War!!!!

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone I hope all is well. We talk about coins in the movies and used for other props. But this blog is about a single nickel that changed History!!Lets start !!! .....This nickel stoped the cold war for a while. You see A young man his name was Jimmy Bozart. Jimmy was a paper boy. On his rounds to collect his pay for delivery of his news papers. This 14 year old stopped at 3403 Foster Ave in Brooklyn. The gentleman paid him and on his way down the steps he noticed something was wrong. I remember getting under our desk in case of an atomic bomb like it would of helped but that's what we did! . He was right. He noticed the 1947 nickel was very very lite. While looking at it he dropped it and it split open!!He found a black film very small. Brought it to his dad. They went to the police who brought everyone to the F.B.I. for questioning. It turned out to be micro film! Further study showed names and important documents. Now to the Russian Spy his name was Abel Ivanovich. The nickel he gave Jimmy was a 1947 nickel. Now I saw this nickel at the F.B.I. museum in the F.B.I. building it looked like a normal nickel. ....The Russians wanted their spy back. So they made a deal. A few years before our U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia. The deal our pilot for there spy. B thoth sides agreed. They met on a bridge and the exchange was made. That's were the two movies come in. The F.B.I. Story and on October 16,2015 the second movie A Bridge of Spys. Starting Tom Hanks. ...Now think what would have happened if little Jimmy did not drop that nickel? We wouldn't know about the ring and they would of gone on spying on us. But that nickel changed the cold war. An exchange for one of our pilots for a spy. This seems like fiction but it did happen! Imange if it did not drop. People important people could of been killed.Some of our dearest secrets would of been found out!!I check my 1947 nickels when I get them. Who knows. I hope you enjoyed this short blog and true story. A single nickel played such an important part in our history!

03 Sep 2022

Milk Spots White Haze And Black Marks Update!!Live On T.V.

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. Hope you are all doing well. I nave to update my blog on Milk spots. I was watching Rick Tomaska on Sunday September,3 at 12:10 P.M. What a shock!! He showed three Morgan dollars from the mint in there OGP. To my surprise a white haze covering the obverse of a new Morgan. He wasn't done on the reverse of another Morgan black marks. That's right black marks. You can see them with the naked eye. The third I had a mark right on the check of a Morgan. Now I wrote an email about this and never got back. I always get a reply. Not last time. The mint has gone back in time to the 1950's. This problem has to stop. This is our hard earned money. So they send coins we might as well through away.

28 Aug 2022

Why I Would Not Store My Coins In A Safety Deposit Box

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone I hope you are all well. I did some research on storing some of my coins in my banks safety deposit box.After talking to the agent at the bank I walked out and said my mattress is safer. One the vault and the safety box area are kept at high humidity to protect important papers. Now that will make your coins tone even in a slab. Now anything you put in is not insured. If you want to put large amounts of money the I.R.S can and will confiscate that money. There thinking is your trying to beat the government out of taxes. Besides things have been stolen from these boxes. I read a story a gentleman went to look at the gold coins his grandfather left him. The bank manager was very helpful till they got to the box. Forty thousand dollars of gold coins were gone!! The manager said the government thought that he was part of a terrorist ring. He of course was not. They don't even have to notify you. Before you sign the contract read it carefully.Some banks still do not allow coins to be stored. Who would of thought. The I.R.S if there investigating you can empty your box of all its contents. Of course no weapons or anything dangerous can be stored. I have read on line horror stories of coins missing and boxes emptied. Safe deposit boxes don't sound to be safe. Your on your way to look at your coins. There is a sign in the window. This branch is temporary closed. Nothing you can do. Your box might have gone to another branch and opened. Yes a government official will be there. Why? There looking for people stealing from the government!You don't have access to the vault 24/7. That also can be a problem. Yes big brother is watching they do want your money. Large deposits of jewelry. And the will use any reason to get them. Buy a safe for home . I have been using one for years. Bolt it in the floor. That's the safest way to do it. Miss a payment after all there rented for the year some states have laws that say they can confiscate your box. Its easy to forget the bank won't mind if I'm late but the state government does. For years people thought these boxes were safe for cash and coins. There not. One person asked the agent can I store my coins in my box. He said yes!! But would not put that in writing . Why he knows the many reasons government officials have to taking the contents of your box!So as I stated earlier read the contract over and over again. These coins include gold coins from foreign country's . If its gold it doesn't matter. After I spoke to the agent I realized I could not rent a box. This I cannot say. My coins would be gone in a heart beat with my papers. Be careful think twice. Is this what you want? But I'm honest!.Sometimes the government doesn't think so. They could be 100% wrong. You still loose! This includes silver coins not just gold. Any precious metal!


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