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  1. There are probably some much smarter guys than me on the website that can answer, but your description doesn't match my Netherlands square 5 cent pieces circa 1913-1943. I don't see a match in Krause for the Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles either. My guess would be it is a commemorative issue. I wouldn't expect a high value, but of course that would depend on condition and exactly what it is.
  2. Finally found one of these that I liked at a reasonable price.
  3. Finally got a buddy to keep my one dollar bill from 1917 company. Too bad my scans always come out so crappy.
  4. I primarily collect mainland SEA because I've lived there several times, but since started to travel to Indonesia this year for work, I plan to start collecting some notes there too. My catalog has price figures pretty close to what dave listed in his post. However, there is also a note that states most examples of 35A (the 600 rupiah note) in high grade are contemporary copies. Sorry to disappoint on the big $$. Dave
  5. When I was a boy, my allowance was 25 cents a week, and I can remember hoarding those precious quarters in my piggy bank...counting and recounting them along with a few dimes, nickels, and pennies. I can't explain it precisely, but I certainly felt like those coins were special and important. Occasionally, I'd get a 50 cent piece from my grandfather, and it felt like hitting the lottery. My life is a lot more complicated now, and simple pleasures lose much of their novelty as we get older. However, when I am playing (as my wife puts it) with my coin collection, I feel the same way I did
  6. ... Duke Ellington??? I may not have been a history or political science major, but isn't DC our f**king Capital? WTF!?!?! Aside from being the center for our nation's executive, legistative, and judicial branches, there are also famous monuments every 20 feet (that's approximately 6.1 meters for our European friends). Pathetic. Thank God were done with these stupid things.
  7. That's me brother. I was living the good life in Thailand, but moved to DC two years ago. A little while back, I won an all-expense paid 6-month trip to Afghanistan. That's where I am writing this from. Unfortunately, I did not bring my Thai note collection with me. Overall, it is solid from 1948 to date (missing three notes that I can recall), but I need to do some work on the late 30s and early 40s issues. My wife tells me I have all the 2007 commemoratives waiting for me when I get back home. If I can find some extra time, I'll try to do a giveaway of some new Afghan notes. Dave
  8. Scottishmoney, You are spot on about the lower grades of older Cambodian notes...I have the same note as the one you just acquired, but not as good condition. I picked it up in Cambodia while I was, among other things, taking the photo in my avatar. Dave (not a Captain anymore...I just like coffee and alliteration)
  9. 1917 US $1. Looks a little better in person. What can I say? I suck at scanning these things in.
  10. Is it a local bank issue? There were no regular (federal, silver cert, etc) $1 1902 issues that I'm aware of. Dave
  11. On the "glove" side, you've got Sleeping Bear Dunes. On the peninsula side, you've got Pictured Rocks. I remember going to the dunes a few times when I was a kid visiting Grandma. Technically, you've got Isle Royale N.P. too...but that would be quite an adventure just to get there. Of course, if you did, you could visit Ryan Island (the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest freshwater lake in the world). Sorry for the non-coin post. Dave
  12. The Chief is certainly on my list of "must have" notes. I just have to wait until my wife blows a lot of money on something stupid. Then I'll have license to purchase. Unfortunately, she'll probably never spend enough to justify me buying the $5 educational note. Dave
  13. Thanks! I just got back from a week of camping up in Shenandoah, so I am only seeing the replies now. You guys rock. BTW, I'm a National Park nut, and would highly encourage all of you to get out and enjoy them...the greatest resources our nation has. Truly beautiful and inspiring. Dave
  14. I recently picked up one of the new Idaho quarters that had an interesting ripple effect on the reverse. The flat fields looked as if their were tiny waves or someone dropped a pebble in a still pond. I tried to get a picture, but it doesn't really look the same. In the pic, it almost looks like tiny cracks, but to the eye it looks as described above. Could anyone fill me in on what causes this? Thanks. Dave
  15. Your eyes do not decieve...no date.
  16. I'd be happy to...but the link you posted says "suspended account." I'll need a picture to tell you what your coin is. Dave
  17. I've got a few ugly notes, but this is probably one of the few in nice condition (looks better than scan indicates).
  18. Are these coins to be used in the UK controlled area, the UN controlled area, the Turk controlled area, or the Greek controlled area? No need to answer post...
  19. Scottishmoney, Is that $5 really yours? If it is...damn. I have the $1 (looks nicer than the scan indicates): I saw the $5 at a show this past weekend, but $4,000 was about $3,900 over my budget for the show.
  20. If it is helpful for you to use when comparing to other Thai coins in comparison, I'll translate the first coin for you. On the obverse, the left hand side says "Bhumipol Adulyadet", the name of the current King (L makes N sound at end of syllable). The right hand side says "Ninth Period" (as in period of reign) and refers to the ninth king (the current king). On the reverse, top left says "Thai Government". Top right has two letters (พ.ศ.) which are the abbreviation for the Buddhist calendar year (like A.D. or B.C.) and the date, 2505. Bottom says "one baht". Feel free to send me any
  21. In my experience with world coins & Krause valuations, I've found that Krause tends to value the coins very high. Sometimes they are spot on, but sometimes they overvalue by as much as ten times the true price. There are so many coins listed that it is not reasonable to expect they will get the prices right...I'm just happy if I can ID a coin and they didn't make any major errors. Ebay is good for checking prices, but you need to look at the actual purchase prices, not what they are offering to sell them for. Dave
  22. Thanks man. I was feeling guilty for buying a few of the disney $1 notes. Now I can show your post to my wife and say, "hell, at least I didn't spend $50 on funny money!"
  23. Every time I travel/live/work in a new country, I try to get hold of all the coins/banknotes that I can. It's a great way to combine my coin/banknote hobby and collect souvenirs of the place. 9 countries in Asia, 4 in North America, and 6 in Europe so far. Unfortunately, only repeat visits coming up in the next year. I generally don't collect any coins/banknotes from countries that I haven't visited. Somehow, it just doesn't mean as much unless there is a memory attached to it.
  24. For the EU, the Maastricht Treaty set of pre-entry rules for a single currency (<2% inflation, <3% of GDP as budget deficit, <60% debt, <2% interest rates, etc). I think that if the countries here were able to agree on similar terms, it could eventually happen--but in many years. The problem is, assuming they used the same economic standards , there really wouldn't be very many contries capable of getting there in the near term. Dave
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