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  1. These are actually Dutch Antilles. They all have mintages under a million but they aren't too hard to find. with moderns it's hard to tell what they're worth because the price guides don't care and usually grossly underreport the true value. If any are true Uncs I'd hold on to them. The best date is 1962 which should bring at least a few dollars.
  2. They were able to start transitioning away from explosion bonding pretty early and by about 1970 all clad was rolled rather than explosions bonded. My understanding though is the metals were forced together hydraulic and the dynamite completed the process? I used to kid people that these were guaranteed for 50 years and then they'd all start failing explosively.
  3. In 1999 the thickness and weight of planchets was reduced by 1%. I believe this was done to avoid removing old worn coins from circulation; if the new coins were lighter the worn old clads wouldn't show up. Perhaps the mint forgot they had done this and when the states program was over went back to the old thickness and it won't work. It should be easy enough to check. Just get BU rolls of states coins and compare them to a BU roll of parks coins.
  4. If you really care just my the $2 folders to hold coins and save the nicest of each date. This can be used as a reference collection to search for the rare coins. Best of all it's a lot of fun to fill them. There are more rare coins in circulation than ever before because people aren't looking for them and haven't in half a century.
  5. I did it for decades with an eye toward using it for world travel. I actually accumulated enough for airfare. I was able to put together some real nice sets of XF/ AU coins as well and some of these coins list for a lot of money now. Look at the prices of 1950's German coins for instance. People think all these coins must be common because they were made in huge numbers but most haven't been saved at all.
  6. Cool. I've never seen the case before but I've managed to l;ocate three of the medals.
  7. Oh. The Great Pyramid just coincidentally contains countless millions of Nummolites; yes, you guessed it, a fossilized animal that looks like a coin.
  8. I believe that honor goes to Imhotep. Egyptology translates his title as Chief of Seers but it's really Chief of Observers in all probability. There was no mysticism involved in building the great pyramids. It was pure science and it is we who are superstitious. Ironically Newton translated the Emerald Tablets of Hermes and studied the Great Pyramid looking for secrets and I believe he just missed finding a corrolary to Newton's third law of motion in; 8) It ascends from ye earth to ye heaven again it desends to ye earth and receives ye force of things superior inferior. If he were a better translator I believe he'd have seen the principle of the transformation of potential energy to kinetic. 8) With great capacity it ascends from earth to heaven. Again it descends to earth, and takes back the power of the above and the below. http://www.the-book-of-thoth.com/content-157.html Imhotep means "I come in peace" and "mass" is a dismissal of a congregation. Some might consider a million tons to be a mass as well. So, maybe Imhotepmas sortta works.
  9. I checked my collection and found a nice gemmy 25p and a choice aluminum version of this issue. I forgot I had them.
  10. Interesting coins. Did the 10R actually circulate? It's so hard to locate most Indian coins in the United States except for some low denomination circulated coins.
  11. I can account for much of the difference in comparison to older coins and a little of the difference relative later coins. Older coins are saved out by collectors and the public so tend to wear more slowly as they are continually recycled into circulation. This will tend to cause them to be underrepresented but for a much longer time. The '65 to '67 nickels were horribly made with worn dies and weak strikes. This tends to mean they thinner and slicker and have a lower rotational inertia; they just slip away more than well made and less worn coins. It's not likely the FED is removing many coins but if your figures are ac- curate it might suggest that they are removing the thinnest nickels. This would mean these exact issues because of the weak strikes and years of wear. If this is actually the case your coins of this date will average noticably better condition than 1968 to '70 coins.
  12. Here's a little more context from utterance #262 333a. Behold, N. comes; behold, N. comes; behold, N. is ascended. 333b. N. is not come of himself. 333c. It is a messenger who is come to him; it is a divine word which will cause him to arise. 334a. N. has passed by his broad-house; the fury of the great sea has avoided him. 334b. His fare is not accepted in the great ship; 334c. the palace of the Great cannot ward him off from the way of the śḥd.w-stars. N is the dead king. I'd give you a couple more referents but no one agrees with them. http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/pyt/index.htm
  13. I collect parking and car wash tokens as well but have found these more difficult to obtain so my collections of them are much smaller. Most people don't realize that in all probility all the knowledge and technology that we take for granted is probably the direct result of the invention of tokens. Early Sumerian farmers used small disc of clay inscribed with representations of farm assets like chickens, cows, or wagons to represent items they had for trade. This was in the days long before currency so shrewd trading was important. As time went on their farms grew larger and there were many more assets to trade and it became inconvenient to count large piles of cow chips or chicken tokens. To counteract this they invented a nw improved token that could represent ten chickens or a hundred chickens and they realized that if the symbol inscribed on the disc could represent ideas than they could represent sounds or words and writing was invented. It is writing which truly underlies mans' ability to manipulate his enviroment. We're all weak and and ignorant before being educated. Primitive man couldn't invent the automobile until he invented writing. Curiously it was the Egyptians who really picked this up and ran with it since it was they who had a convenient means of writing; paper (papyrus) and quill pen. This allowed the honeydo list to be invented. There's a line in the Pyramid Texts which likely dates back to shortly after the invention of writing referring to a fare. "His fare is not accepted in the great ship". The meaning of this eludes me and I doubt it's referring to the world's first transportation token but it is intruiging.
  14. I collect transportation tokens by die variety. Most of these were made in batches of one thousand and the producers such as Osbourne Register Co didn't keep the dies so each order would have little differences. Some varieties can be very worn or very rare. The American Vecturist Society is a great place to get started with these. There's a three part "bible" which includes a listing of the tokens and the varieties. The books are at greatly reduced prices for members. A very large collection of these can be put together very cheaply and they are a lot of fun.
  15. A lot of these are quite valuable in unc condition. Some of the scarcer issues are even worth a few hundred in XF. All of these were probably pretty common but they are made in some "frag- ile" metals that don't survive well in circulation or in allied bomb- ing runs. They've had a very high attrition as well because until recent years they were percieved as pretty common. There's a lot of common junk and low grades don't have a lot of value usually.
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