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12 members have voted

  1. 1. Group A

    • Mark Stilson's Feuchtwanger composition one cent
    • ScottO's 1958 brass 50 francs
    • No vote
  2. 2. Group B

    • Art's 1977 ANA Convention Medal Atlanta
    • Steve D'Ippolito's 1833 3 Rubles Platinum, Russia
    • No vote
  3. 3. Group C

    • gxseries' China Guizhou Province 1931 antimony 10 cash
    • ccg's 1791 12 Deniers, France
    • No vote


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GROUP A

Mark Stilson's Feuchtwanger composition one cent

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Feuchtwanger composition one cent ht-268 (61) 1837 was the start of what is known as "The Hard Times" or "Panic of 1837" Lewis Feuchtwanger started minting his own coins due to a shortage of small change during this time. They actually were used as money during that time.

 

ScottO's 1958 brass 50 francs

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The key date in the series just over 500k mintage and worth about 120 euro

 

 

GROUP B

Art's 1977 ANA Convention Medal Atlanta

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Steve D'Ippolito's 1833 3 Rubles Platinum, Russia

 

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This is a worn, bent example of the Russian 3 ruble platinum piece issued from 1828-1845. It has also been knifed (possibly for acid testing) twice, forming an X on the obverse. Platinum first came to the attention of European science in what is now Colombia; it showed up as nuggets mixed in with gold in panning on the Rio del Pinto. It was not regarded as valuable; in fact it was a nuisance because the panners had to painstakingly sort the nuggets. When platinum nuggets were noticed near the Urals in Russia, peasants would actually use them as shot in their shotguns. (Imagine blowing 1/4 or even 1/2 ounce of platinum nuggets out the muzzle of a shotgun!) Anyhow, Russia faced an annoying situation in the late 1820s--they had both paper and silver coinage in circulation but they did not trade at par (four paper rubles made a silver ruble). Enter the platinum coinage.

These coins were issued by Russia as an extension of the silver coinage (note the value reads 3 Rubles "in Silver"). Not coincidentally, the platinum mines were owned by the politically powerful Demidov family. The three ruble piece did circulate to a very limited extent, as seen with this very coin. The Russians introduced a 6 ruble piece the next year and a 12 the year after that; these did not circulate. There is also a lot of fascinating information on how the coins were made but I'd probably exceeded people's tolerance for coin trivia by now. The 3 ruble piece stands as the only platinum coinage ever issued with the intent of circulating, that actually did so.

 

 

 

GROUP C

gxseries' China Guizhou Province 1931 antimony 10 cash

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ccg's 1791 12 Deniers, France

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Veni, vidi, vote.

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Moving on to Round 5:

 

Mark Stilson's Feuchtwanger composition one cent

 

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Steve D'Ippolito's 1833 3 Rubles Platinum, Russia

 

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ccg's 1791 12 Deniers, France

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