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  1. At the Dallas ANA convention last week, I met the guys from Banknote Central (www.banknotecentral.com). They charge a fair price for their service. If you have a large collection to manage, or if you are a dealer, it can be well worth the cost. Being able to search a full database by image as well as by keywords is especially important for banknotes. The Banknote Central guys - Diego Pamio, Julio Staude, and Alejandro Dutto - seemed pretty much like other collectors. Computer programmers (devops) people themselves with a passion for numismatics, they developed the database management sys
  2. Another fascinating series, Ian. You are indefatigable. I have a silver bank token from Ireland from 1811. I had no idea that there were some many similar series out there. Thanks!
  3. Gold Ducats of the Netherlands, Vol. 1 by Dariusz F. Jasek, Knight Press, 2015. 345 pages, A4 (11.7 x 8.3 inches) €135 from www.goldducats.com. (Book Review by Michael E. Marotta) I saw Gold Ducats of the Netherlands by Dariusz F. Jasek mentioned on the CoinTalk.com discussion board. From the sample material provided in the links, the book looked like a quality presentation. So, I bought it in order to review it. I do not collect the series. I have not independently attributed the coins cited. I did spend a weekend reading the text, and catching typographical errors. They are inevitable.
  4. Well, if I buy a bulk lot of world coins and find a Nazi coin among them, I throw it in the garbage. That being as it may, this object is not a coin. It is a fantasy.
  5. Thanks for sharing. You have a fascinating array of modern common notes. If you know nothing about them, they still present compelling images from distant places and different times. The more you know, the more they tell you. For most people with the collector's passions, completeness and perfection are the axes of measurement. Some people care a lot about Signatures. Assembling a complete set for each series. With nations such as Brazil or Yugoslavia, that can be a serious challenge - even for the USA which often changes Secretaries of the Treasury at least once every quadrennial administra
  6. Thanks for the pictures. I have a few of these myself. I like tokens because they show that anything can be monetized, even (especially!) good will. Just a note, though, to clarify something. It is true that in times and places where coins were scarce, tokens filled the gap. Tokens provide other conveniences, such as letting the seller change the price. Video game parlors are a good example. Tokens might go from four to five to the dollar, or even 3 or 6, without requiring that the machines be reconfigured to accept pennies and nickels. Here and now, bar tokens are mostly good wil
  7. I am putting this here, rather than under "Books" because of the extremely broad reach of these coins, both in space and in time: they served global trade for hundreds of years. Modern restrikes continue that tradition. And "restrikes" copies, knock-offs, and fakes are also part of the glorious history of these coins, apparently. I mean that in the positive sense. Like any successful trade coin - the Athenian Owl or English Sterling Penny - these were imitated in good metal. Also, I have not yet received the book, hence, no review. It should arrive from Europe in a couple of weeks. Howev
  8. This promises to become a complete (and compelling) catalog. Volume 1 (an overview of all of that nation's coins and currency) was released in 2014. Volume 2 ("Modern Coins of Mexico: 1905 to Date") came out late last year. Volume 1 is complete catalog, but not a price guide. Volume 2 continues the narrative format for each coin. However, in addition, Volume 2 includes family Red Book style pricing tables by years and grades. The Foreward for Volume 1 was written by Dr. Manuel Galan Medina, Director General of Currency Issues (retired), Banco de Mexico. The Foreward for Volume 2 comes f
  9. Before the Mafia took over Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Vegas, New Mexico, was the place associated with the name. From the days of the Santa Fe Trail, Las Vegas, New Mexico, was the entrepot to the territory, even after statehood in 1912. Although Santa Fe always was the territorial capital, even in the days of the Spanish and later while Old Mexico held the territory, that town depended on Las Vegas. At that time, Albuquerque was little more than the square called "Old Town" today. It was only after World War II that Albuquerque took off like an A-bomb on a V-Rocket.
  10. The book is actually only $40, not $50. (In included my annual membership by mistake in the tally.) You can only order the book direct from the author. Colin Gullberg <chopmarknews@gmail.com>
  11. Chopmarked Coins: A History; the silver coins used in China 1600-1935 by Colin James Gullberg (iAsure Group JEAN Publications, June 2014, 187 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, color ill., $55 + S&H). For most collectors in most times and places, these were just damaged coins, worth less than unmarked coins in the same grade. For merchant sailor and numismatist, Frank M. Rose, they became a passion. For over 25 years, his 1987 work, Chopmarks, stood alone. Now, it has a worthy companion. This is a narrative about collecting, a history of economics in China, and an overview of a huge, unexplored
  12. Chopmarks are Chinese characters and similar symbols punched into silver coins from western nations that circulated in China and East Asia from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. You can find chopmarks on Spanish and Mexican silver dollars easily, but also on large and small Dutch, English, US, and other coins. The chopmarks were added by "shroffs" professional coin testers and money-changers who also provided ad hoc banking services. Recent issue of Chopmark News PDF from 2011 includes my article "The Shroff."
  13. Whitman has issued a pared-down, large format, "bookzine" edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins by Yeoman and Bressett. It is intended for the novice collector, the person newest to American coins, perhaps attracted to the State Parks quarters, or having inherited a collection, needs to start "somewhere." If you are an active collector and have a Red Book - just one? - this is not the book for you. However, this is a great gift. The large 8-1/2 x 11 format allows big pictures and big type. The front matter narrative is essentially the same as the Red Book you know. The large t
  14. No one replied, so I will hazard this: It is one of a series of medallions struck by the Paris Mint, each to commemorate a famous French building. La Conciergerie was a palace and prison. http://conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr I cannot read all of the obverse at 9 o'clock to 6, but it seems to say "... monuments historique..." and that is plain to understand.
  15. I was going to make all the same comments and then some. In this day, glorifying war is the worst of blasphemies against everything that is and of civiilzation. (Plus, as an American, a lot of the tiny iconography is lost on me and the guy on the coin looks like the Kaiser. Maybe the royals are exploring their roots.)
  16. ... by the Gregorian calendar, of course... Otherwise, we get to do this again on January 13. ...
  17. Outstanding New Hampshire note! Truly a museum piece!!
  18. NEWTON AT THE MINT (excepts from "Sir Isaac Newton: Warden and Master of the British Royal Mint" The Numismatist, November 2001.) In the 1690s, much of the silver coinage had been in circulation for a hundred years or more. Counterfeiting was easy because so many silver coins were worn beyond recognition and were trimmed small. In 1695, Isaac Newton served on a Regency Council with John Locke and Sir Christopher Wren, among others, to consider the problem. Newton and William Lowndes, Secretary of the Treasury, both favored issuing new coins that were devalued by 20%. Reducin
  19. 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. Few people except numismatists know him to have been the Warden and Master of the British Royal Mint. For most people, Newton is famous for his Three Laws of Motion. Beyond that, those with additional education know him 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.
  20. Wow... who knew? Thanks! I read a bit online about marigolds and heliotropes.
  21. Wow... I had completely forgotten what it was like... but, yes, I will give numismatic items to others, now that you mentioned it... Gee... The thing is that I stopped collecting in 2001. I am a writer. I really do not have the "missing gene" for collecting. (Former Krause editor and president and former ANA President Clifford Mishler called collecting "a gene you do not inherit." In other words, collectors are a special kind of person, and it may not run in families.) So, I did not think about a "numismatic Christmas" beyond my annual "Newtonmas" post. Thanks for mentioning it. L
  22. Cannot show mine: technical problems. However, I do have a story... In 1991-1993 and again in 1997, I taught factory automation for automotive production in and around Detroit. I started with Kawaski Robotics; Ford Motor Company was our largest client. Later, I worked for Carl Zeiss and GM was the buyer of their coordinate measuring machines. Most of my client learners were UAW skilled trades. I started off teaching the way I had been taught K-12 and college -- and it did not go well. I thought that the problem was that I did not know enough about manufacturing. So, I took a communit
  23. Thanks! That was a nice story. I wish the "Like this" button worked.
  24. Estonia 10 krooni honoring Jakob Hurt and folklore. In my Gallery under Authors. I think that my problem posting illustrations is a matter of privileges.
  25. wowsers! I understand that A. Bovy is designer, but that sent me searching for "Massonnet Editor." MEDAILLE D'HONNEUR Armand Poncet 1881 by Massonnet Editor/Editeur http://www.horsekeeping.com/jewelry/pawn/medallions/medallion5.htm Massonnet Medals Collection of Robert Fowler http://www.rpmrents.com/medals/massonnet.htm
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