Mike 's Blog

29 Jan 2021

My Christmas Surprise! A Thank You To All !!

Coins | Mike

My friends I hope you are all well. I woke up Christmas Day. I signed on only to see this. I was schocked. I immediately commented on it . I said I don't deserve this. Everyone who writes blogs they deserve this. I'm disabled some of you know the extent of my injuries.I have a large collection so I decided to write about every coin I own. I had the time

I don't know who's idea it was but I was taken back. I have received many awards. But known as great as this. To be honored by your peers is the greatest award you can receive. I cherish this . I still don't think I'm the one. I love history and every coin tells a story. To share my knowledge of coins with you is not work but a pleasure. Simply because of the comments you leave. I read them and I learn from them

I have put a set of tokens a together. It's one of a kind . It took five years to put together. All graded MS 63 to MS 66. All the tokens are rare. Made in the 1700's Red and Brown and one proof like.there are 19 in the set thought for this I would get some recognition. We all want to be recognized for our sets and coins. It took two years to find the last one. I sent it in NGC noticed that this was a complete set done by P.Kempson. They asked me to send the set back.I didn't know why. But when I did my name was on the label.!!The ANA wanted no part of it. Nothing. But my friends and others in the ANA and NGC told me in messages you did something very rare. They helped me look for the last one. I thought an article was forth coming but no.. Why do I tell you this be proud of your work here. Do your best we will see.it and learn from it . The comments left were very touching by the way. one better than the other.

So do not expect anything from the ANA. Those were friends. My wife has a frame but my hands are getting bad I had to write this now. You will make friends here. Some for many years. Help each other. There is nothing you cannot achieve here. My motto is never give up.. Don't let the experts tell you you you can't do this. Well the experts have been wrong many times. I was told by those respected in Conder token that my set was impossible. It wasn't. It was hard. When I was down all of you picked me up.

So I must say again this has to go to everyone in the ANA who blog and teach us . Who teaches me .. I am forever grateful to those who put this together. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget this. You didn't have to do this. I was so surprised. I would like to see this given out to others who donate there time to others . Blogging is fun. It's learning . I have never learned so much from all of you. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with you. .. I was recently diagnosed with Arthritis in both hands. That's why my blogs have slowed down and putting this up now was important.

.But I will continue to post blogs. I think I have put up two hundred that's a guess. That didn't help my hand!! I have a passion for this hobby that I hope you all catch.. It's remarkable you don't want to stop and don't. It takes over everything. When you get it you will know. I leave you with this. I thank the ANA for allowing me to use there site. But the real thanks goes to all of you. I just wrote them. You read them and I hope some of you took something away with you. Passion and the desire to be a good collector. That's what it's about all friends. Bless you all be safe be well. Pace Nobis Pachem!Bring us peace.!! Thank you. Mike b.



Level 5

Great job. You were the first one here that gave me encouragement to continue blogging (other than Longstrider) I wish for your hand to stop trembling so you can do more of these posts. Continue to inspire bloggers. Coin Fodder. The YN's are grateful of your help.


Level 4

Good stuff, congrats!!!

The MoKe

Level 6

Mike, you are the very first person to reach out to me when I first joined this group in the Fall of 2018. You have also been a wonderful friend for the last 2 plus years. I have learned many things from you, and most of them have nothing to do with our hobby. Thank You for being my Friend and being a Friend to so many on this forum. You truly are the beating heart that keeps this group moving. It was the easiest thing in the world to find members that enthusiastically supported your tribute, you are very loved here.


Level 5

Congratulations again Pally, you deserve it. I'll be out of touch starting tomorrow for a week or two, I'll miss our knowledge and general bull sessions, I learn something every time. I'll see you on the other side! Nuff said!


Level 5

Congrats on the reward! I believe that you earned every aspect of this reward. I am excited to hear from you in the next blog, but until then stay safe!

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Congratulations on the award Mike!! Thats quite an honor. You inspire me to do my best and contribute as much as I can to a hobby thats brought me great enjoyment over the past 42 years. I learn something new by reading most of the blogs here. Cheers!


Level 5

Congratulations again Mike B. !! Mike is a great guy and a true numismatic. Not only does he teach me a lot about coins and numismatics he also teaches me a lot about life. I bet his wife is absolutely awesome just like he is, and I want Mike to say hello to her for me ! If the ANA has a member Hall of Fame, Mike should be an inductee !


Level 5

I can only echo what has already been said. Mike, you deserve every bit of this recognition and honor, and it doesn't fit on anyone else but you. Wear this as a proud badge of honor, and continue to be amazing! We appreciate you, and I hope this award embodies that. Cya 'round!

walking liberty

Level 4

you really deserve this! you have taught and helped so many people


Level 6

You deserve it! Congrats


Level 6

It is very well deserved. I'm glad you like it. Thanks Mike.

Long Beard

Level 5

I could not think of a more deserving recipient for such acknowledgement.


Level 5

Mike, I am honored to have been one of the contributors to the citation that goes with this award. For us who frequent the member blog, you are the one who most encourages us. This despite the adversity you face. People are blogging here that would not be here if it wasn't for you. You are as gracious a person as there is. You're not here for the glory or accolades but to serve and educate. No one does this more prolifically than you do, and you are being recognized for these truths. Gary.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

You are well deserving, enjoy your honor!


Level 7


Mike, I could not think of anyone more well deserving than you. You have helped many people (including me) on many different things about numismatics. You are one of the greatest people i have ever known. I wish you luck with all your different things and I wish you luck on moving forward with your disability. Thank you Mike for all you have done. CN.


Level 5

That's a GREAT post MikeB ! The pleasure is the opportunity to read your posts and learn from your experiences! You were one of the first people that I met here after I joined ! When you post something or message me, I take it as a compliment and take it to heart also! HooAh ! Give your wife my best!

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