Conan Barbarian's Blog

05 Dec 2017

Great Confusion

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In the numismatic field there are numerous great and wondrous coins but then there are those that just dont even come close and make you question who thought it would be a good idea. if you haven't guessed it yet i am talking about the Susan B Anthony Dollar (SBA). this was the mints attempt on making a modern silver dollar and they made it a few millimeters larger than a quarter so as not to be confused (which it was confused and still is confused as one). also they were going to have the coin (like many Canadian coins) have a octagonal edge (maybe more flat sides) but instead of placing this characteristic on it they just made a design into the coin that made it look like it should have sides but still round (see pic).

15 Nov 2017

Numismatics in Movies

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one of my most favorite movies of all time had a hint of numismatics that literally changed the entire plot of the movie. the movie, UHF, written and staring the one and only Weird Al is one of the funniest comedies out there but one of the heros of the story has one of the smallest amounts of screen time. this character is a bum who is begging for money on a street corner when a fairly wealthy man tries to mock him by only handing him 1 cent and what do you know that that one cent is a 1955 DD cent worth thousands of dollars. The homeless man instantly recognizes the cent and knows its worth and doesn't hesitate to cash out on this opportunity. this fairly insignificant action done by the wealthy business owner turns both the bum's life around but also the protagonist. i will not give away the ending of the movie but i love the incorporation of the infamous cent within this very comical movie. i strongly recommend watching it or put it on a must watch list but the movie is called UHF and incorporates this small aspect of numismatics very cleverly into the film.

13 Nov 2017

The Long depression

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As i continue to delve deeper and deeper into my research paper i adjust my topic to make for a more interesting and engaging paper for all to read. As of now i am focusing on the various causes for the long depression. the long depression is not as widely known as the infamous Great Depression but it still impacted the US greatly and the entire world's economy. The long depression was a global economic recession that lasted a couple of decade from 1873-1879/1896 (similarly to the great depression the exact ending date is uncertain do to the tremendous devastation it caused). in my paper i am going to look at what were the major causes of this extraordinary recession and i am going to focus on the Global silver industry and the plummeting prices of silver that lead to the coinage act of 1873 which bannedcivilians to mint their bullion into legal UScoins also the act eliminated half dimes, 2 cent and 3 cent pieces. the second major cause i will look into is the failure of the reconstruction era after the American Civil War. the reconstruction age failed to meet its goals in many ways and it led to the major travesty of the long depression. lastly i will look at the completion of the intercontinental railroad. although this was an amazing accomplishment few people look at the events that led shortly after the completion. there were hundreds of thousands of unemployed personnel stretching from unneeded railroad workers to fewer miners for the needed metals and fewer factory workers to process these metals and so on and so on. all of these unemployed people hit america hard and created an even more devastating depression and took a very long time for the american and global economy to recover from.

03 Sep 2017

World Trade Center Recovery coins

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over the years browsing through ebay and other coin sites i saw quite a few coins in PCGS holders with a special label designating it WTC recovery. this was a very weird label to have on a coin that was graded pf70 because like everyone else who saw what happened on 9/11 there is no way a coin can be found within that ruble that would come out without a scratch or so i thought. there were some speculations that these coins were minted from the scrap metal of the towers but they are bullion gold silver and platinum coins so that is highly unlikely and in fact false. what actually happened was the following.

20 Aug 2017

additional collections

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after i got back home from the WFM i decided to create another modern cent collection but this time have the entire collection only brown cents. i have previously completed a red cent collection and i dropped the idea of a toned cent for now but the brown cents are going to be a little hard especially for the shield cents. so far (as of the shields) i have only found a 2011 brown but the more rolls i go through the faster it will come together. as a side note i did find 2 beautifully toned shield cents one was rainbow and the other was blue-purple.

31 Jul 2017

1943 glass cent

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on the NGC website they have a section on the Blue Ridge Glass Company Pattern Cents and they have incredible pictures of all 17 examples that they have certified. this consists of 9 coins and 8 tokens that were experimental samples used no preserve copper during WWII and some are quite remarkable. obviously the mint did not end up using glass but it does not take away from the beauty of some of these magnificent pieces. the main reason why glass was discarded as a medium for a coin was due to its lack of strength but desperate times called for desperate measures which led to this great piece in history.

25 Jul 2017

got to make do with what you got

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i had a huge problem, a modern lincoln cent whitman coin folder with all the 1982 cent slots empty and a huge pile of about 500 1982 cents (both P & D). i could not figure out which were copper and which were zinc. i had no good scale to use, the ones that were available had weird weights when i put the coins on. so i went to my lego stash and put together this contraption. this is a homemade scale or balance.

14 Jul 2017


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finally after over a year or 2 of coin roll hunting today i went to the bank got $40 in dimes and boom there were 2 silver dimes in there. spotting silver dimes in a roll is easy when they are lined up due to its lack of copper-nickel or cladness. see the picture and try and spot the silver one. the 2 dates were 1953 D and 1958 D they are in decent condition and i am going back to get more dimes. there are still plenty of silver ones out there.

11 Jul 2017

cool error

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i was going through a few coins and came across this interesting quarter. i has a few grease stays throughout the coin making some very interesting marks. the one that really pops out at me is the "I" in IN GOD WE TRUST is "missing" and appears invisible when looking at it. also in the word LIBERTY the T seems smudged and reaching from the R to the Y and it looks like it is covering the hole in the R. lastly on the reverse the word UNITED looks as if the I and part of the T have vanished and the rest of the word has also become dulled compared to the others. there are plenty of coins that are in circulation that can be just as fascinating as one like this.

09 Jul 2017

complete collection?

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i was wondering what are the criteria for a complete collection. lets just say a complete wheat penny collection, you have all the dates and mints 1909 VDB, everything. but what about the wheat proofs are those needed to be considered a complete collection like there is the 1936 wheat cent from the Philadelphia mint there is both an MS and a PF and besides for the type of strike they are the same. i think you know what i am getting at but back to my original question: are proofs needed to complete a collection if that mint came out with a regular strike that year?


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