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07 Jan 2023

Things Which Boggle the Mind

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Something had occurred to me as I pondered on a subject for the weekly blog. The topic of rarity and famous collectors for some reason sticking on my mind, the very same things which I've written of in the past. Thinking of these, one simple yet overlooked aspect escaped me, and likely most of those who collect coinage. When we think of any on the long list of famous collectors and the coins they've had in their possession we instantly think of those such as the 1804 dollar, 1894s Barber dime, 1913 Liberty nickel or any number of rarities struck by the United States Mint. However, if we look further into these individuals it becomes no stretch of imagination that they collected coinage from various countries other than just the United States. So the subject of this weeks blog is rare world coinage. Examples which are on par with the famous U.S. issues, struck under similar circumstances and holding equal history. Enjoy!

17 Sep 2022

Seventy Years

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With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II the coin collecting hobby will once again witness a change spanning the globe. From the United Kingdom to Canada, Australia to New Zealand. In total, 33 different currency will no longer bear an effigy of a beloved Queen. Both the Bank of England and the Royal Mint have put out statements that current currencies shall remain legal tender, pending a final announcement following the 10 day mourning period. The timing of a change in monarch is without doubt proving challenging. In that, with three months remaining of 2022, the process to implement these mandatory changes to notes, coin and stamps is surely to put tremendous strain on the printing and coining facilities once approved by Royal commission and decree. Most likely these changes will occur in March or April of 2023. So the subject of the week is the process by which currency is redesigned through a Monarch change as occurred with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Enjoy!

12 Jun 2022

Why We Collect

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As collectors, we have a variety of reasons as to why we collect coinage. By breaking from the golden rule that any good writing should not be on a personal level, per say, in that if so the manner must be as to not distract from the story it's self., the subject of the week will be just that. Myself and why I collect a certain coinage. Which I feel sticks to the rule somewhat as most will relate. Enjoy!

27 Mar 2022

The New Eagle Has Landed!

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The weekly blog was posted not a few hours earlier, however this absolute stunner could not wait to be shared so I'll keep it short. Those who have been following me know that the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series (2014- ) from the Perth Mint are the crowning jewel of my ever expanding hoard. This is the 2022 release in a true ultra high relief not seen in years, if at all, and truly life-like. I found one, graded in an NGC PF70 (the only grade I'm buying of the entire series) but way over priced. So now I'm back up to 8 for completion of every issue, including 2022, in uncirculated, proof and high relief proof finishes which may be viewed on my collections page. To be clear, this is a completely new way of doing a high relief by the master himself, John Mercanti.

23 Dec 2021

A Very Large Cent

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Before tackling the blog of the week, it is only appropriate to wish all a heart felt Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And now, on to the subject. The title was thought out with two purposes in mind. The first, discussion of a copper (actually bronze by composition) business struck coin series which is larger than the U.S. Large cents long obsolete and just shy of the Kennedy half dollar in diameter. The second, to draw attention to the word CENT and PENNY. In Great Britain, and Ireland for which country the topic originates, the latter is the name for it's denomination. Anyhow, the Ireland Penny minted for the Irish Free State, the 26 counties which seceded from Great Britain in 1916, beginning in 1928 and ending in 1968 is the week's blog. Enjoy!

08 Jun 2021

A Tremendous Score

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In a past blog the subject of Irish Gun Money had been discussed, as well as the coinage of the Irish Republic dated 1928-1969. Yesterday, while in avid pursuit of the latter, your's truly happened upon quite possibly the best deal of a lifetime or so from a personal perspective. A fierce competition was being waged on EBAY for the coin in question, represented in this blog. And so, I thought I'd share. Enjoy!

26 May 2021

For You Mike

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For those following my blog posts, you may know that I began shifting heavier towards world coinage. The topic of this weeks blog is dedicated to my fellow Irishman, Mike. The 1966 10 Shilling, or commonly referred to as the 50th Anniversary Easter Rising Commemorative. This one being in the much rarer proof version. So Enjoy!

01 May 2021


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Prior to 1935, the coinage of Canada was somewhat rudimentary in design. The obverse always depicts the reigning British monarch at the time of striking while a standard layout bearing the country of origin, the date and a crown with leafy wreath graced the reverse. Although beautiful in ways by their own design, on this date the future of all Canadian coinage would break away of sorts from British authority. Enjoy!

27 Apr 2021

Funding An Empire

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Two-hundred and forty-eight years ago today, April 27. 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. Unfortunately, few have been taught in public school about this important event, intended to serve another purpose, other than the resulting Boston Tea Party eight months after it's implementation. So keeping to the theme of weekly blogs, we'll examine a subject which shaped not only the as of yet United States of America but the world. Enjoy!

17 Mar 2021

Honoring the Ancestors

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As collectors, namely those without unlimited funds, rare coins are often all but a dream. While the very word has and always will be debatable as to an exact meaning, the subject of the week deals with ways in which as average collectors may find a rare coin or two. Yet not any of those such as the 1909 S VDB Lincoln Cent or the 1916 D Mercury Dime. Rather coins with a mintage or known survivor figure of under 500. To be clear, extremely low availability for far less than one would expect. And surprisingly very affordable to the collector without deep pockets. Impossible you say? Then perhaps an expansion of the horizon is in order. Enjoy!


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