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  1. Trench art was of course by no means limited to `coins'. For example, I have a cigarette lighter made from a .303 calibre bullet. The .303 was standard calibre for British rifles during WWII.


    I came across this comment while reading about trench art:


    "Decorated shell casings... sometimes come with projectiles. Occasionally these may contain live explosives that can kill or cause serious injury."


    Yikes. The Bud Vase of Destruction.

  2. The Royal Dutch Mint had one of these for sale, but it was already sold when I saw it. I liked that the Mint didn't balk over carrying a defaced coin. History trumps finicky. But I did wonder how they could be confident that it was an original, unless it had some sort of provenance.


    Scottishmoney, I've heard amazing stories - mostly from my mom, since my dad didn't like to talk about some parts.

  3. Sorry about the tiny image.


    Some Dutch people altered coins during the German occupation, and sold them in secret to help finance the resistance. They replaced the queen's hair with a helmet, and removed parts of her name to make the inscription read "Wilhelmina in Londen."


    My dad joined the Dutch underground when he was 18. I'd like to add one of these coins to the colllection that he started, but haven't found a lot of info about them.


    I do know that there are lots of fakes out there. How would someone authenticate an altered coin? And is there an English word for these types of coins? I'm hoping someone can educate me.





  4. Welkom, Marianne, ik hoop dat je het hier naar je zin hebt :ninja:


    Feel free to ask any questions you have, there's always someone here who knows the answer, we don't think there's such things as stupid questions here.

    And, like Elverno mentioned, we like pictures.

    www.omnicoin.com is a nice place to post your coin pictures.



    Ik kan over munten leren en mijn afschuwelijk Nederlands tezelfdertijd uitoefenen. Maar dat zou wel eens moeilijk kunnen zijn... voor iedereen. :lol:

  5. Hello, Coinpeople.


    I spent a large chunk of my life working for a book wholesaler called Bookpeople, so maybe I'm predisposed to liking this place. The atmosphere is different from the other coin forum I spend time on; it's interesting to compare.


    Right now, I'm more of a curator than a collector. I've spent eight months wallowing around in the collection I inherited from my father. My parents were from the Netherlands, and my dad built a massive collection of Dutch coins from 1818-1970s, along with earlier provincial coins, mainly from Westfriesland. I also have many tins full of duplicates, and mostly 19th-century coins from the U.S., Canada, Newfoundland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and on it goes.


    My dad limited our family's involvement with his collection to looking up mintage numbers for him and delivering coins to dealers whenever one of us went to Europe. He didn't keep an inventory either, but I did find a 1978 Mevius catalog in which he'd marked all the coins in his main Netherlands collection, with his estimates of their grades.


    Aside from researching what I have, I keep going off on tangents lilke tracking down information from a 1982 Dutch auction catalog or reading about King Zog of Albania and his love for perfumed cigarettes. All madness and no method, that's my motto.


    It's hard to resist filling in some of the holes in my dad's collection, but I don't share that compulsion for complete sets. Since I'm a dilettante, my taste runs amok. Who knows where this will lead. Hoardpeople?

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