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Posted 07 December 2010 - 11:44 PM

Thoughts for the season:

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 05:49 PM

Christmas themed notgeld from the town of Kahla.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:31 AM

Unfortunately every year we here in the Isle of Man release special 50p coins for Christmas, which only serve to bring more revenue to Tynwald. Mind you we produce so much dross over the course of a year that it is a wonder anyone takes Manx coins seriously.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 02:41 AM

Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night;
God said, 'Let Newton be' and all was light.
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Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day 1642 (Old Style) which was modernized to 4 January 1643. However, we still like to note that Newton was born in the year that Galileo died, 1642.

For most people, Newton is famous for his Three Laws of Motiion, for inventing the Calculus to prove his theories of celestial and terrestrial mechanics. In addition Newton invented the reflecting telescope as a result of his experiments with light. And he also proved the general case for the Binomial Theorem ("Pascal's Triangle"). We tend to ignore his religious writings, the extent of which actually eclipsed his scientific production. His Arian beliefs foreshadowed modern Unitarianism, but he swore under oath to be a Trinitarian so that he could teach at Cambridge.

Few people except numismatists know him to have been the Warden and Master of the British Royal Mint. In 2001, I wrote a biography of Newton for the ANA's Numismatist magazine. Last year, I was happy to be able to place several reviews of Thomas Levenson's new book, Newton and the Counterfeiter. As Warden, he had himself sworn as a justice of the peace so that he could conduct investigations. In disguise, he pursued counterfeiters in pubs and taverns.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:06 PM

Exceptional photos/scans Dave.

This is quite a reach, but here goes...

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Nothing improves the holidays like a fine ale, and you'll need hops to make it. :banana:

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:11 PM

I could use some beer right now.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:41 PM

A good ale is a just reward for a hard day of work.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:42 PM

So I need to put in a hard day's work? Crud.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 09:53 PM

Hops is good. My family likes hops.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:58 PM

Vernal Equinox... Daylight Savings... Passover and Easter (both late this year: full moon on the 19th of March; next one on the 18th of April). ...

I am going to jump ahead to May Day, comrades.

1 Ruble 1924. Yeoman 90. Lenin's New Economic Policy brings a temporary return to hard money. Obv: Proletarian shows farmer the glorious new day.
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Workers Paradise promised an end to Money
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From ancient times in western Europe the 1st of May has been a traditional holiday, often the first warm day of the year. In the 19th century international labor organizers turned it into Labor Day. In the old USSR, May Day parades were big events, as they had been with socialists all over the world. Since the publication of Das Kapital in 1867, radical communists, leftwing anarchists, and pale pink liberals all expected capitalism to be gone by May Day 2000.

The core of American numismatic collectibles are the 19th and early 20th century coins that remind us of an earlier time. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel’s Communist Manifesto called for the establishment of public schools, an income tax, and centralized banking. U.S. gold, silver, and bronze coins with images of Liberties, eagles, and Indians on them remind us of an earlier time when education, the funding of national defense, and the operations of demand deposit savings accounts were all done differently.

While communism seems to have withered away, Marxist ideas still drive a lot of common assumptions about money, even in America, and even among numismatists. We speak of "wildcat banking" but not of "wildcat farming" or "wildcat musicians." We say that only govenments can mint "coins" and that everyone else makes "tokens." Even the clamor for American Gold Eagles only echoes Karl Marx's observation that gold is the highest form of commodity money. There, his thinking stopped. And so has ours.

Comes the day, comrades, when the complete liberation of money will be the hallmark of a new capitalism, a solar age of fantastic individual production where each person owns more manufacturing capacity than any 19th century industrialist.



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Posted 09 October 2011 - 01:16 AM

Almost a year has gone past - Not much happened here, but I'll close the year with this for Columbus Day.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:14 AM

Good catch Dave. This thread has been languishing. I like the Columbus notes. :bthumbsup:

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 03:09 AM

Love the notes, Dave!

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:28 PM

A little more holiday fun - from Hollidaysburg, PA!

A large red note with a huge Roman Numeral V - just in time for Valentine's Day - and Dated February 14th, 1859!

 

 

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:20 AM

A little more holiday fun - from Hollidaysburg, PA!

A large red note with a huge Roman Numeral V - just in time for Valentine's Day - and Dated February 14th, 1859!

 

 

 

That note is a beauty. 



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 03:45 AM

A little more holiday fun - from Hollidaysburg, PA!

A large red note with a huge Roman Numeral V - just in time for Valentine's Day - and Dated February 14th, 1859!

 

 

 

 

I don't believe it!



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:33 PM

A little more holiday fun - from Hollidaysburg, PA!
A large red note with a huge Roman Numeral V - just in time for Valentine's Day - and Dated February 14th, 1859!
 
 


A romantic soul from back in that day must have greatly enjoyed that note too.




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