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  1. Some folks provided the info, including that it was from Coney Island in Cincinnati. "It's in the big Rulau Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900, 4th edition, under Cincinnati, p. 1053. Catalog number is Cin 25, fabric is brass, diameter is 22mm, and the date is given as 1885. Valued at $7.50 in VF. An additional catalog reference is given as Lipscomb CI 1630 (I'm unfamiliar with that catalog). There's also Cin 26, Lipscomb 1635, identical except in copper-nickel, valued the same as the previous. Evidently there is also a "10" token as well as one that is undenominated."
  2. This is a brass Coney Island token denominated at "5". The die sinker's name and address is at the bottom on the back: "Jas. Murdock, Jr., 165 Race St., Cin., O." I'm guessing late 19th century, but that is all I got on this one. Any help IDing would be appreciated.
  3. Here are the Ameros and a 63mm pewter medal for the Knights of the Coin Table:
  4. Edge lettering is completely arbitrary on circulating dollars. 50-50 chance.
  5. The mint is proposed for Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
  6. I received information today about two former private mint employees who seek to raise funds to create their own private mint. I'm reposting the text of both the announcement today on the rec.collecting.coins newsgroup and a response from the pair to an inquiry I made to them about it. Please feel free to contact them at f4njunk@yahoo.com to find out more about the project for prospective funders. I'm a great fan of private mints and I'm sure these two are working their very best to establish one. If you support such an idea, but don't have the funds yourself to invest, please send this notice to others who may be better able to get involved. Cheers!, Edwin Johnston member, Greater Houston Coin Club. ----------------- Email response to announcement reprinted below: Edwin, Yes, this is a confirmation. Tim and I have grown very frustrated by lack of support in an area that is economically depressed and is clamoring for economic development, but no one seems willing to help. We are seeking between $60K - $100K to cover start up expenses (moving the presses, installing power and air, buying metal for the tokens, etc.). We do not even expect this from one source, although that would be easier, numerous investors of smaller amounts would be welcomed as well. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Sean Moffatt and Tim Grat ----------------- From the rec.collecting.coins newsgroup on September 11, 2007: Investors sought for new private mint Sean Moffatt, formerly of Hoffman Mint and Tim Grat formerly of Gallery Mint have joined forces in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and are working to establish a new private minting operation. Sean has 20 years in the minting trade, and was operations manager for Hoffman Mint. Hoffman Mint was sold out from under all the employees in may of '06, and the new owners moved some of the equipment to another location and kept none of the experienced staff by April '07. Sean owns 4 high speed Schuler coining presses and some support equipment and is ready to install this equipment right away. Tim has 10 years in the minting trade and was chief coiner at Gallery Mint before it was sold in November '06, and reclosed in August. We are seeking interested investors as none of the standard investors and financial institutions in our area can think beyond standard "cookie cutter" loans secured by real estate. We have a business plan available for interested parties. We are only seeking enough funding to get moved into a building that has been offered to us, acquire a few pieces of support equipment, and cover start up costs. We would be interested in discussing terms with interested parties including part ownership. Please respond to me via email if you are interested. Sean Moffatt f4njunk@yahoo.com -----------------
  7. I lost all the coins I collected in my early teens. I have no idea what happened to them at all. None of them were particularly valuable, but it was something I put a lot of time into in the early to mid-1970s. I guess the education I received while collecting back then is what has lasted.
  8. I suppose research would be lifelong, for there is just so much to learn. For instance, learning about strikes -- a fully struck vs. a weakly struck coin & strike quality for an overall issue. Another thing is cleaning. For instance, Anthony Swiatek says that many of the earlier commemorative issue coins (pre-1955) have been cleaned, so on those issues you'd have to keep an eye out. You have your standard reference works and pricelists, but you would do yourself well to find books on specific topics, like some by Q. David Bowers, or newsletters by people like Swiatek. Getting familiar with the varied sources of research information is going to aid anyone.
  9. I enjoy collecting items made by contemporary private minters, like the Gallery Mint Museum (now Striker Token & Medal), Daniel Carr, Greg Franck-Weiby, the Shire Post, Kyle Mutcher and others.
  10. These new issues are creating a stir on some internet website and political blogs. Basic info: http://www.designscomputed.com/coins/amero.html Ordering info: http://www.dc-coin.com/index.asp?PageActio...&Category=8
  11. I picked up three rolls on the 16th and shared many of them as singles in an exchange at my local coin club meeting that night. I picked up an additional roll on the 18th to exchange for a Philly roll with a trader from that area. This one is the best portrait so far, IMO, but the quality of coins in the rolls hasn't improved at all over the past two other issues.
  12. I just received my set of the 2007 Hobo Tokens from the Original Hobo Nickel Society and made a little webpage for them: http://www.hal-pc.org/~edi/gmm/ohns07s.html These are struck by Striker Token and Medal for the first time, using dies adapted from Ron Landis' original designs of mixed previous years.
  13. They have a common reverse:
  14. When I had my first paper route, which meant my first regular amount of discretionary income.
  15. I can't tell ya that I like the John Adams coin better. Certainly Washington's head is much larger on his coin. And Washington's portrait still carries a great deal of the majesty that we are accustomed to when viewing his visage. My opinion would refer to popularity, and it seems to have fallen off already even tho' only two prexies are out of the box so far. I don't hold out much hope for this series.
  16. I've got my order in for the counterstamped version. In fact, here they are:
  17. The Gallery Mint Museum (GMM) was sold and now operates as Striker Token and Medal: http://striker-mfg.com/ You can still purchase GMM-made items from them plus they have some new creations. Additionally they made the following: Coin club selling “Lincoln Large Cent” Striker Token and Medal recently struck an anniversary medal set for the Lincoln Coin Club that is being offered for sale as a fundraiser for the club. The medal design is referred to as a Lincoln Large Cent and also has an innovative counterstamped version. Please see the press release for more information: http://www.hal-pc.org/~edi/gmm/lccllc.html
  18. Strangely I wouldn't have any tips. I browse for coins at coin shows and search for stuff online and in coin publications, but I only buy from a coin shop when I know exactly what I am looking for. When I was a pre-teen, I used to spend a bit of time at Gimbels department store where they had a number of glass display cases. My friends and I used to drool, but never bought anything in the cases. Sometimes we'd ask them to get us a coin like an uncirculated 1943-S steel Lincoln, and they'd go into the drawers and pull out a little marked paper envelope with the coin inside. If I could offer any advice, I would recommend chatting with the owner about what they carry and what you are interested in and perhaps walk away with a token purchase (or purchase a token) as a sign that you might want to develop yourself as a customer over time.
  19. But doesn't Puffs have aloe and other slimy chemicals in them?
  20. 1990 East Germany Reunification and Parody Issue:
  21. This week's Numismatic News reports that the Penn-Ohio Wooden Money Collectors have issued a set of 50 wooden nickels featuring lighthouses on Lake Erie., followed by future sets of lighthouses on the other Great Lakes.
  22. I've found a 2007 D Lincoln and a few 2007 D Roosevelts. All the Roosies have evidence of die chips. And I've gone through 4 rolls of Washington dollars, some of those with die chips.
  23. I got to see one of those schoolgirl dollars in copper at Kagins' table some years back. I was most impressed with the eagle and platform on the reverse.
  24. Here's some other stuff by Kyle Mutcher:
  25. That appears to be Mohammad Reza Shah and Farah, who got booted out of Iran in the late 1970s. He took over the throne from his father in 1941.
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