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29 Jun 2022

Pirates from The Elemental Mint 2016

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Hi everyone. Hope all is well with everyone. Well I have been going through inventory. I came across this complete set of Privateers. This series was done in 2016 and my friend Long strider pointed them out to me. Now as a kid I was fascinated with Pirates and there treasure so when I saw this I decided to buy them. They came out one at a time. There are seven in the set. Now all these coins are two ounces and made of .9999 silver with high relief.They are 40.7 m and 6.87 m thick. Now on top of all that they are all high relief and the detail is remarkably done well. They tell some of the stories that sailors and pirates told while they sailed. We have all herd of the Mermaid or Siren singing her beautiful music as the ships went by trying to lure the ships. Walking the plank. An oldie but goodie I think I have seen that in many movies. The one who put him on the plank was of course the Capitian. And we all know about the great white whale. I mean they covered some of the basis we know about Pirates. The one I did not know was the serpent. Otherwise know as the Frankin. This goes back to the days of the Viking lore as they conquered country after country.And what it comes down to is Davey Jones Locker. When the mighty ship is sunk. All hands lost the Capitan is on all the obverses. The most dangerous was the storm. Today ships have been found with billions of dollars it gold and silver. Some were transporting it others were stealing it. They are still searched for today. And being found. Now when I bought these they were very reasonable. I mean in the 56.00 range. Searching the net I found some companies offering to buy these from you. Why? I have seen certain ones selling for 165.00. I usually do not put prices in my blog. Other searches showed companies selling two or three. The mintages I believe did not go over 60,000. Another drawing factor. Now my childhood fun is treasure and it continues today . Many of you have metal detectors and use them. Believe me there out there. The shows of these professional divers looking for these ships and there treasure I find very interesting. The research and the original investment is very interesting. One show they had found a Spanish Gallion bringing gold and silver back to Spain . After a hurricane in North Carolina the ship they found was gone. They found It one hundred miles up the east coast. People have found gold on these beaches after storms. The water was not deep. The obverse says it all . No Pray No Pay. That's the way it was. And the Capitan would only trust a certain few. But the clues and years of research has rewarded the collecting community for years. The S.S. Republic. One of the richest and the El Cazador come to mind. You can buy these coins on line but make sure there certified. British and the United States sought out these pirates and tried to stop them. That's how much damage they did to commerce. It was a very important time in our history. We were rich in precious metals. And they came from all over the world for it. France,Spain ,Vikings. Many others looked to transport there gold and silver to the east coast banks to there home land. Believe me when I say there are still many ships unfound. I enjoyed this set and I'm glad I could share it to you. There all MS. But the thrill of it is in the hunt!! I hoped you enjoyed this blog as a set that at first was not well known. Its a quality set that describes life on the high seas. Its also enjoyable . Thanks for your time. And if you get the bug like i did enjoy it. Pirates were part of our life. Played a major part in our history even today it continues. Especially today I can only dream of finding treasure but the collecting part of it is also important.

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15 Jun 2022

The Queen And Her Coins.

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Hi those who are still here. I'm not well but I want to put up a blog. There have been many coins with Her Majesty The Queen. I have some. I have the one with the four images of her since she became Queen. Now if I was better this would be. She is probably the most respected woman in the world. With the loss of her husband she has not been doing well. I can tell you when she became Queen but you can look that up. She has been I believe fair to all. Especially all the charity's she has donated to. Political all she has been is pro- active. She meets with the Prime Minister and the House of commons.She is supposed to be a figurehead but she's involved with all. At her age after being sick I have the most respect for this woman . Her coins are stunning. I have more but there away. She is on every piece of currency. Keeping the Monarchy alive has been difficult but she endures. If you get a chance look at her coins.I love the one with the horse and unicorn.Read the part of owernship. I found that to be very different!.

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30 May 2022

Taps Across America

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We all know what today is. Its Memorial Day. It used to be called Decoration Day. A day to remember all those who gave there lives so we can have our freedom. This will be short I'm still recovering. But to think of all those who lost there lives in all our wars is just to much to remember. I can't tell you that number. But we know its very large I usually put up a blog with most of my military coins but the search would take to long. A few years ago someone came up with this idea of playing taps across this great country. Now were ever Americans live they play taps. What ever country. Were I live we have the oldest parade on record. Its also fleet week here in New York All sorts of ships arrived here during the week. So please remember those who's families lost there loved ones. And families that were lost. We have been forgetting these brave men and we shouldn't. But I do see more people coming out going to the Forts in there area. Ours is Fort Hamilton and Fort Wandsworth. Both are on each side of the entrance of the Harbour. So please come out and say thanks. If you play an instrument play taps. Believe me those who are gone will hear it. Thanks And God Bless The United States Of America. And keep those still in service your support they appreciate it!!

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25 May 2022

Blogs Will Be Coming!

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Hi everyone. I know its been a while since I posted a blog. This is because of physical reasons and doctors orders. I hope to be back in about two weeks hopefully less time than that. I feel like I'm not contributing to the site but I read some blogs and comment. This is all I can do at this point. However during this period I did become a Life Member. I know the ANA needs money and for given us this space to share make friends I decided why not. They have helped me many times. I want to say thanks to the yng for writing good blogs. I think this is the best group that we have had in a long time. They share there wins and losses. Mostly wins. They bring back memories of when I first started. So I say to the yng thanks for sharing. Below is the new card you get and new number .It also comes with a plaque. When I received it I felt very good that I did this.Those who can should consider becoming a life member. Your helping a organization that has that has helped thousands over the years. They break it down based on years you have been here and they set everything up. My plaque and card are beautiful. So think about it. You will be helping the group that helps us and only asks for a fee. For that reason I believe its worth it.. I'm having a hard time downloading the plaque. I will get that up so you can see what I mean. I told you I would get it. It means allot to me to give back what was given to me for free. New friends some blogs I read twice. I encourage more of us to write one. The research what I have learned here from other collectors you cannot put a price on. Of course with the good there is the bad. That's in every organization.

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05 May 2022

Silver Shortage Not True

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Hi ! We have herd all sorts of stories about a silver shortage. I have been investigating this for three months and now have the answer. I received my magazine Numismatic News. Was I shocked. There is no above ground silver shortage. But that's what every dealer on t.v. and elsewhere will tell you. The government years ago put four statues tying the hands of the mint. I believe the mint has told the 18 bulk sellers to say there is a silver shortage. With a glass and enlarging the article you will see the important four. One in particular. The Bill states that the mint can of buy silver a certain price over spot. Now we know about paper silver sold on Wall street.That has upped the spot almost 200%. The government will not lower this because the national debt is 30 trillion dollars. The other three are basically the same. No silver in any form. Planchets or bars. They will not even lower it. So what happens coins like the Morgan and Peace dollar have already been cancelled. The Purple Heart they have no idea when they will be shipped. Remember this was a pre-sale. Not cheep either. Almost 100.00 for one the other one I think I sells for 72.00. I see higher prices.Medals as you know are selling for 160.00. The choice of coins I believe will be limited.. There selling the Eagles made at different mints in sets of five from last year to this year. The end of last year. So as the heading says the government has tied the mints hands. I'm sorry you might not be able to read it but its there in black and white. I will try and get a better picture. They can't buy bar silver and make there own planchets. How long will this go on? No one knows. So the factors are the four statues ,Wall street driving up the spot. This leeds to more counterfeiting as you read in the last one. Please enlarge the picture. Use a magnifying glass but its there. Please try and read this. It affects us all! Remember Eagles were 49.00 went to 69.00 today 89.00. Were will it stop?

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02 May 2022

Counterfeiting

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Hi everyone. This will be my last blog for about two weeks. Surgery on cataracts. But it's very important. Just look at the add below. This showed up on the net and magazines. Yes its on the rise at an alarming rate. Why no silver. That's what they say. The truth is the government passed four statutes tying the mints hand from buying silver. One the important one statues they shall not buy silver a certain price over spot. This was driven up by paper silver sold on wall street. The fact were 30 trillion in debt has a direct bearing on this. You can enlarge the article about the add. Enlarge it. That's why programs have been cancelled. The two Morgan's for this year gone. There will be more. Now this has gone up because of the mints hands being tied. They are not allowed to buy silver a certain price over spot. This has gone up because of paper silver sold on Wall street. They will not relax this statue because we are30 trillion in debt. So for one action there is a reaction. Counterfeiting. It has gone up at an enormous rate. You can read part of the article if you blow it up.

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25 Apr 2022

My Two Cents!!!

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Hi everyone. Its been a while. So I chose my two cent piece. The first coin is a pattern coin enlarge it you can see the obverse and reverse. The second is the coin used. If you notice the reverse of both coins are the same! They decided to keep that. The two cent piece showed up in 1864 and had a short run till1873. Why? The coin looked good so good its looked for today. Then why? Well the nickel showed up and the people liked that better. Imagine the people stopped the use of the coin! It was designed by James Longacre. Basically known for the first American coin to say "In God We Trust". Collectors have not given up on this one coin. They still look for them today. It was made of 90% copper and 5% tin and zink. The diameter is 23 mm and weighs 96 grms. The 1864 had a small motto. The Large motto has been found in that year and the years after.

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21 Mar 2022

Why We Protect Our Notes And Coins

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Hi everyone! Well why do we protect our currency and coinage? Because we dolls Ted them!. My mentor passed away last week. Taught me allot about coins. Good man and Marine he was 89. He said Mike you buy a coin be wise you like it. Its your responsibility to protect it from the element's. ...Below you will see old currency and even older tokens. Now one of the notes is all bent and wrinkled. Its value. Sentimental. It was from my mom in law when she passed. The same as the Franklin. Which is toned and in good shape. Its in a holder now. What I have seen on this site personally I would not collect or buy and on T.V. Why the history is gone the coin is beat up. Everything I learned 30 years ago thrown out the window. Why bother.? Why collect these. I don't have the answer. The Conder token below is from the 1700's one side was exposed to the element's the other side on felt. Look at the difference. I have 2000 year old Widow Mites in better shape. There in the Bible under Mark and Luke. In this day and age there is no reason not to protect the history or the value of the coin or currency. No !after were you get it. The 1931 S was found in change. I put it in a holder as soon as my wife brought it home. and sent it in. Don't you know a few weeks later another showed up. There in rolls in change and most in good shape. They will stay that way protected. ....The older notes I bought a while ago. The 1899 horse blanket its also a mule meaning they used a different plate on the reverse. And the 1917 note. Legal tender. I have others. But these have value. This depends on condition of the note. And who signed it. That's right it makes a big difference. They will stay that way for a long time. Paper quality also helps in the value. Look them up do a little reserch. I only touched on a very small reason on value. There are books and the web you will be shocked to learn star notes not worth much unless there a certain year and the signers on the notes. You will know which ones to collect. Just because its a star note does not mean it has value. It may have some but not much. It again depends on what you buy!

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21 Jan 2022

My Microscope

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Hi!! Last year I bought a microscope. Nothing fancy as a matter of fact it was 35.00. So I bought it and no it didn't work. I tried everything. Christmas my wife bought me an I phone. I decide to try it and it worked. It seems my old phone was older than me. .What was I going to use it on. ? It hooks up with the house wifi. I had a Morgan dollar I got back with a MS 69. Why not. So I went over the reverse and found nothing. The obverse I started in the cheek there it was a small indentation. You can't see it with your eyes or loop. So I did what N.G.C.does I increased the magnification. There was my 69. Yes it takes pictures. ..No wires you can take it out of the holder. It downloads your pictures. So I'm looking to have fun with this. Enlarge the PICTURE so you can see the mark. I moved so its not sharp. I have found five cents so far with problems I told the author they make billions of these strikes. Your going to find many problems. They don't change the dies that often.

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19 Jan 2022

Looking For A Nice Little Set?

Coins | Mike

Hi! I know its been a long time for me both surgery and new technology set me back. I was looking at my pictures and came across a great little set. Fifteen coins. One coin from each mint and there from the war. No not nickels but dimes. Mercury dimes. You always wonder who thought of putting this set together?. I searched high and low. No name or company. ... This will be for me a short blog since I'm still recovering. I saw this set years ago. And the luster just made each coin shine. Its not worth a million dollars. But we collect what we like. I looked at each coin. The reverse some still have spreads bands. I had the nickel set and said these two will go nice together. And they do. No they don't cost allot but it is part of our history. Each coin from each year of the war will tell you another story. I checked eBay not to many. You will have to look for a nice set. For the younger group it is in your reach depending on the quality of the coins. They would add nicely to your collection. You save a while and you can have it. I saw prices from 80 to 100 dollar. That's not bad for coins that old in good condition. My set is old. Enlarge the picture please you will see what I'm talking about. The only good thing about being old is when we bought our coins they were not that expensive. These have held there price. Not only that there all silver and designed by one of the best. Do I have to tell you his name? I'm not. Look it up. Some.companies have beautiful sets . I think they would add something good to your collection. I have been collecting 30 years. I still like this set. You don't hear about it or see much of it. I'm glad I bought it when I did. I have enjoyed it all these years. I'm not collecting anymore. Thirty years is a good number. But its sets like this the little one that made it enjoyable. ... I'm still looking at Conder tokens. I don't think I will completely stop those. But there comes a time when all good things come to an end. Now I still get just to enjoy them. I still have many blogs I can write on coins. Only because I was lucky to buy early. So give the set a thought. I never tell anyone what to collect. But you have a home run with this set. A great designer a great design and a great coin and don't forget the history. . I hope you enjoyed this small blog . I have not seen on this site. . Take care. Be well be safe. Mike.

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