Mike 's Blog

20 May 2023

The Three Legged Nickel

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone ! Hope all is well. Today I will write about one of the great variety of the modern age. The three legged buffalo. His name was Black Diamond. His home was the Central Park Zoo. James Earl Fraser picked him because he thought he was the best looking buffalo there. .Now many people know about this coin but they don't know how it happened. It was part mechanical and part human. There was a space for a planchet. It was empty. When the feeder continued the dies clashed. This left a leg very high up. ..Well a gentleman by the named of Mr. Young decided he could fix this. They would polish it down. So that's what they did. They polished down the high leg were the die clashed Now after there hard work they said its gone and looked great.They didn't look hard enough. The leg was gone The hoof was there that probably told them the leg was there. Gone. They made it to circulation and instantly became one of the most desired variety of the modern age. Its the 1937 D. Now its not me but I think the Denver mint has the most mistakes. ......The nickel was made of 75% copper and 25% nickel.it weighs 5 grams and its 21.2 mm. Now.if your looking to buy this . I strongly suggest you buy this certified. Yes this coin was and is counterfeited. If you look on Ebay and if any of the letters are touching the buffalo move on. The back leg is also an indication that's its fake. ....Simply because in good condition like a MS it commands big money. I got mine for a steal. Won it in an auction. Thanks to Mr. Leab and his son Andrew!. they got me interested but I'm the one who bought it and I'm very happy I did. This blog was written two years ago. But there are allot of new people . So be careful save your money but this coin is worth it. I enjoy it. So will you. Take care be well.

15 May 2023

The Kings Royal Cyper!

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This will be my last blog on the new Monarchy. Every King or Queen has there Royal Cyper. What is that.? Well if you have been successful in life you would have it on your dinner jackets maybe your car door. ....In Britain it goes everywhere. Post office mail boxes Uniforms letter heads, cars government buildings and in this case The Tower of London gates. They are everywhere. Now the coin below is King Charles 111 Cyper. ....He has King Edwards Crown on top then it has C with an R inside of that and the 111 inside the top of the R. It means king Charles the 111. Queen Elizabeth had the R meaning Regina Latin for Queen. Now Charles has an R which stands for Rex Latin for King. You can go all over England and see the Rulers of the Monarchy on something. Enlarge the stamp. You will see Queen Elizabeth 11 on the stamp. You will see King George King Edward, most of them are still up but very few. There are about 2,000 Monarchs in the world with a Cyper. Now King Charles 111 will be in Australia ,Canada, and Commonwealth countries. Now think about that. The Kings Chose was designed by the Alms corporation they made it in September. Now its going up everywhere even on envelopes. The guards hats. I could not believe how many places it goes. So if your ever in England count how many places you see this. And if your taking a picture of the coin. Don't do it with the window open. The dust will find its way on the plastic protection . I hope you enjoyed this small blog on such a big project because that's what it is. . The coin just came out. And its 9999 proof. The fields are large. Its very hard to take a picture of a coin like this because of dust. It will get on there. !!!!!

03 May 2023


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Well I hope you all are well! May the 6,2023 many of us will actually see a King being crowned It doesn't happen every day. Get up early they are five hours ahead of us. This is about a text message I received from the Royal Canadian Mint. They showed a coin. It's called St. Edwards crown. I saw it and bought it. Its not being released till June 6,2023. It will be the crown put on the new King Charles the 111. I looked it up and this crown has some history. First the coin. Its 99.99pure silver. It weighs 31.39 grm. Its 38 mm.The edge is serrated face value is 20.00,and its a matte proof. That's why it sold out. Mintage was 6000. Its beautiful. And very high relief. The original Crown was found by Monks in1163 on the tomb of St. Edward The Confessor. Now that crown was melted down after England's civil war. Sir Oliver Cromwell had it destroyed. Some of the gold was saved and is in this crown Charles the 111 will where. Yes there was a break in the Monarchy. Cromwell declared himself the defender of England. Charles the second was somewhere in Ireland and Scotland or Wales. He came back and defeated Lord Cromwell and had him killed . Charles was now the King and had the crown made. That was in 1661. It was commissioned in 1661 to Robert Vyner. He was the Royal Golds Smith. It weighs five pounds has 444 precious and semi precious stones in it. Queen Elizabeth said it was heavy on her head. Now Charles will be crowned with it and it has been refitted for Charles head. After the ceremony it will be returned to the Tower of London.

29 Mar 2023

Were Have I Been One Gram of Gold For 8,887.00!!

Coins | Mike

Ok I know I miss things sometimes. But I must of fell asleep for fifty or a hundred years. I was just killing time searching Ebay. I decided to check the Gold. Why ? I don't buy gold on Ebay. Well I came upon a price for a gram a single gram of gold for the low low price 8,887.00 for a single gram of P.AM.P. gold.!! This is not an error. The seller never answered me. He claims go have sold 1,139One gram bars. But he will give you a break if you buy two!8,798.33 . Now that's a break..I thought of buying five or six. Now this is why I don't buy gold or expensive coins. I could own 4 one ounce bars with this price. Now he has sold 1,139 bars at this price. Do the math an ounce is 31.1 grams. Lets time that per gram of the seller. That would come to 276,385.70. I think that's a deal. Its not an error. This is what he claims. Enlarge his page. Read it for yourself. This is the kind of things that goes on. I'm not saying all eBay is all bad. Due your homework. Look for honest sellers. Read the ones that have negative feedback. Be careful.I first thought it was an error. But no. So buyer beware. Or you spend allot more than you should. I have also bought many good items on ebay. Just do your homework! Mike.

08 Mar 2023


Coins | Mike

Hi my friends. I hope you are doing well.Many years ago I had been buying gold. Who wouldn't an 750 an ounce. That's 24 karat gold of famous baseball players. I had bought a memorabilia store for my wife to keep her busy. We had players come to the store for the kids. When I would come to open the store the line was around the block! ..I still remember there faces of them and there dad or mom. And me. !! Back then they would stay for two hours. But back then the players did it for the kids. I would say its still along line. Don't worry about it they would say!. Well we needed a new car I took the Gold out of the safe one day and my friend ,wife and me went to sell it. Everyone was buying it. Gold was selling at 1950. 00 an ounce or 1850.00. We went in to the hotel were they were buying gold. I looked around and went to an open line.I showed the woman the gold and she said 1500.!! I said no you won't. The gentleman came over and I showed him the gold he said 1850.00 I said deal. So he went to his safe and I put the gold on the table . He said fair deal . Yes sir!

23 Feb 2023

Maundy Money April 7th 2023

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Hi everone. Today around the world is known as Holy Thursday April 7th 2023. The day when the Christ had the last supper and then washed the feet of the disciples. It was an act of humility. The Christ washing the feet was such a wonderful act of love. Obviously there is allot to this but this is a blog. To help you learn to do research on the subject.

02 Feb 2023

Gold The New Counterfeit

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Hi this is my second try on this blog or warning. I hope you all are doing well.As the title says there is a big push in fake gold. Not certified not from our mint or other mints. Im talking about affordable gold like below. .....Now I think these are great. They sell from one gram to one ounce and more. I wanted to buy a round coin from our mint. If I did that pay 2,500 dollars my buying power for the rest of the year would not be good. ....So I looked these up. I can buy a five ounce or ten ounce when I want. When I have a few extra dollars I can buy more. I looked the packaging and the company PAMP. A Swiss company known for there gold. ....But I also read about the counterfeiting. Its going on with PAMP and all the other bars. You cannot tell a fake from a real one. I don't care how good you are. They weigh the same. The packaging is identical. Even the front drawing Well PAMP jumped on this right away. The have a phone app. Every piece of gold has what they call a fingerprint. Something you can't see. One way of telling it may be fake the fake bar is thicker. The app does all six sides. Can't tell by the drawing. Packaging, not even the weight. You need an iPhone for this app. Other companies are coming up with them. PAMP came out in April. And it works great. There is a video on You tube just put in Veriscan they come up. They show the fakes from the real. The color is exactly the same. Now I was looking to buy gold but $2500 and taxes with prices going up I buy one coin and that's most of my budget. These you buy whenever you have some extra money.From one gram and up to an ounce. Other companies are trying to get a phone app. I always liked PAMP. So when I read About this I wasn't buying anyone's bars. Then I found the phone app. Its great. Even stores the cert number if your going to sell. Put two bars next to each other you can't tell you would be guessing. And you don't have to send it away. You check it from your house. Now I'm happy I can pick up some gold when I have some extra money. And to sell it is easy. You and the buyer have piece of mind. Veriscan is the name of the app. Im glad I read about it before I bought. So when you have some extra money. Buy from a known company not ebay. And own some gold. No more worrying. Take care and be safe. By the way there worth the same price as regular gold. You buy five grams you can buy 10 grams even 20 ounces. And its safe. I won't have that kind of money but it builds up so fast you will own your own ounce!.

09 Jan 2023

No More Points As Of Today January 9 ,2023

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Hi every one. Well we asked and the ANA agreed that we collect coins not points.This to me is an historic day. For years points were causing bad blogs and contest. That's how we were ranked. No more . As I said in that blog we are all equal. No one is first or second. This did not happen overnight. The A.N.A. had there reason for them. And take my word it probably worked great in the beginning. It was to get collectors to get active and participate. To write blogs and add to there collections. After a while this changed. A person was following over 6500 other collectors I did not make that up. I will not put his number here. The abuse had started.Some complaints were filed. But they still believed in it. Then at some point no pun intended that changed. It was no longer a site of blogs but a site of who's first. I had called the A.N.A and discussed it with a friend. He agreed but at that time years ago it wasn't going to happen. This game of catch me if you can started a series of low quality blogs. Wrong information and people stopped writing them. Abuse of the site was starting. And the site was on the wrong road. Now that's all behind us and I want to thank the A.NA for there cooperation!. It was great that we could voice our opinion and they would listen. Im thrilled that's its over. Now I hope those who left because of the point game come back and share there knowledge of this great hobby! I myself will start writing again. Its been a while for me and I have been eager to get back to one or two a week. I think that would be a good number. One a week with all the active bloggers would be great.Better quality blogs and more than that learning again. Im still learning after thirty years. I enjoy reading them and the comments. So today we start a new site. One were all are equal! We are collector's with a passion for this hobby. Lets make it the best site. One the A.N.A and us can be proud of!! Again I thank all of us who voiced our opinion. And again thank the A.N.A for working with us. There is no better place!. Good luck to all!!Mike

31 Dec 2022

G.S.A . Hoard! Morgan Dollars

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Hi !. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and Holidays.! This will be short. The blog is about the G.S.A. hoard. What was that. The government was going thru bags of silver coins and hit the mother load. Bags and bags of CC silver dollars. Now the chart below will show you how many of each coin was found. This impacted the history of collecting CC dollars.! What were they going to do.?Well they has an auction and the minimum bid was 60.00. and they put a limit on it. Surprising they didn't sell as many as the first year. And sales dropped of in sales after that. This started in the 1970's and sales at first were good. But after that they dropped of.

02 Dec 2022

Wreaths Across America

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Every year I write this blog. The story changes. Simply because another soldier has lost his life from war's he fought. War's that keep us free. There is an organization called Wreaths Across America . ...Every year these groups collect money fifteen dollars a wreath. They have it set up with a local florist. They order them were there grown. The ones this group orders are from Maine. Once the wreaths arrive the truck goes to the Military Cemetery' s that are close to them. Some the drive is four hours. Rain or snow each hero gets his or her wreath. Some of the cemetery's start with the early wars on a hill or in the back. As you come down the hill the wars get later and later. There is one grave they found from the Civil War. You see no one is forgotten. There families show up and are overtaken with emotion. They see first hand we will remember you always. We remember the families also. They lost a grand father father mother or son. So if you don't have a group in your area its very easy to set up. The florist will work with you also. They remember. This is one of the best groups that work six months out of the year. For one day. One day that means everything to each family and and every soldier. So if you see someone looking for a donation please do what you can. Five dollars it doesnt have to be the price of the wreath. They go on every year. Because our soldiersare dying every day. This is not a few wreaths by any means. The group in Bay Ridge Brooklyn does thousands. That's allot of fund raising. But the funny part is the money just comes in. Every year I talk about the T.V. commercial were they say our soldiers are being forgotten. Never. Wounded Warriors does a great job. And Wreaths across America will place hundreds of thousands wreaths across the country. Its in almost every state. Because they come from every state. The workers always say a word or two when they leave a wreath. They see the names and each name means a fallen soldier. It might take a few hours but they don't mind. They do this so we will remember. Some lost fathers grand fathers mothers sons and daughters. No they will not be forgotten.


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