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07 Nov 2020

Coin Thoughts #105 by "SUN"

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MY FIRST NON COIN


I started collecting coins when I was 10 years old in 1959. Anything round was a coin to me. After a while, I learned not every things was a coin. There was a different between coins, tokens and medals.


I don't remember where I saw an advertisement selling Alaska "gold dollars," but I thought they were neat. For a couple of bucks, I could have a "gold coin." Featuring the Alaska state seal, I thought it was a nice looking "coin." Even though this is a common item from the year Alaska became a state, I I still have it in my collection.

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Part of history and also Numismatics.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

As you say, they are common but I think they were well done. I wonder how many were actually redeemed.

Kepi

Level 6

It's really cool! Great to have in your collection ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

That is a nice beauty. I would of had to have it. Still might. Thanks.

That's awesome. I sometimes need to remind myself that many people grew up without Alaska or Hawaii as a state, and some very lucky people remember times when many more states were just territories.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Is it a medal or a token, doesn't matter. It's very interesting and great to have in a collection!

Golfer

Level 5

Awesome medal, or so called dollar? I have a great interest in medals now. So called dollars is what i look at. Also Heraldic Art Medals by Robert McNamara.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Very Nice SUN!!! You are lucky to still have things from your earliest collecting days. It must have been quite a thrill for 10 y/o SUN to get that golden token in the mail.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Sounds like a fun "coin" to add to your collection! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, NM

Stumpy

Level 5

I love these type of "Non-Coins", my wife is going to have a fit and brother she's gonna want one, you see, she was stationed in Alaska in the early 80s and loves anything Alaska. So Sun my friend, it's off to e-bay I go, hi ho! lol! I simply love the advertisement tokens and "Fake Coins" that were put out during the Fifties through the Seventies. I know some were done after that but the majority seem to be in that time frame. Thanks for the great blog and the wonderful photo, even if it's gonna cost me. Later! Sun you are correct found em on e-bay and most are very reasonable. Thanks!

"SUN"

Level 6

After this one, I acquired many different Alaska items. It won't cost you that much, they are common.

Mike

Level 7

I know I would of bought It I mean it's great looking. Even if it's not gold. Who cares. The fact that you still have it is proof. Coins mean more to us than value. I think it's great you still have it. Thank for sharing that.

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