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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.
  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
  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/
  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 wer
  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.
  16. The problem with the Lincolns is that they were all saved in substantial quantities since the 1930's. Savings fell off substantially in 1965 but many dates later are quite common anyway. Even though dates may be scarce AU there will be enough uncs to suppress the value most likely. The only likely exceptions will be dates where the coins set aside are usually very poorly made like the '66 and the '71. There should be substantial increases in the '74-S sm dt (these were modified dies for striking aluminum) and a few varieties. Savings of new cents became more sporatic after
  17. The mint did a lot of strange things with hubbing especially between 1977 and 1988. It gets difficult to tell the hubbing varieties from the die varieties and some coins even appear to display both. I think they were experimenting with hubbing dies variable numbers of times. I personally believe these are all highly collectible. Some are very dramatic and all are interesting. They don't appear in mint sets so most will be pretty hard to find in nice condition.
  18. Interesting. I think the second one is just a nice clean strike from relatively new dies and the first one was struck by worn mushy dies. With the lettering spread by wear they appear closer to the edge. It would be interesting to see them in hand since there may be a hubbing issue of some sort.
  19. My appreciation for a coin isn't really determined by the cost so much as the effort in acquiring it. Some of my favorite coins cost only a quarter. I suppose there is a relationship between cost and appreciation but this is caused more by the fact that I value money so wouldn't part with it unless I were recieving value. It's the market that sets the values of coins. ie Other collectors set the price and I try not to define myself or my collections by what other collectors think and do. Obviously if you want to collect nice standing liberty quarters there is a lot of correlation bet
  20. Here's something I posted elsewhere; Everyone always understates the true cost of keeping the cent. It's not just the pollution created mining crap that should stay in the ground and processing into a worthless coin that costs more to count than its value. It's not just the huge cost to count and transport these on the rare occassion that they actually get used instead of tossed in the trash. It's not just the lesson we teach our children that money lost in small amounts doesn't count. It's not just the toxic metal that we place in the paths of innocent animals and babies. It's not even th
  21. For the main part US coins have never been removed from circulation in this country and destroyed. There are numerous exceptions such as the Pitman act of 1918 that destroyed millions of silver dollars, the demonetization of the trade dollar, and the treasury recall of circulating silver in '68/ '69. Most had already been removed by the public. The mint also had always pulled out damaged and excessively worn silver for redemption and this did account for a significant amount over the years. Still the government doesn't pull out mutilated coin. Most of this ends up in the garbage stre
  22. Most of the 1965 to date clad quarters sometimes appear as PL. There are some dates (like the '74) which are quite scarce and some that probably don't exist at all. The most common is the '72-D. Many of the coins from the late'80's sets appear PL but are usually heavily marked and unattractive. Some of these are extremely PL and could be mistaken as proofs at a glance. After 1986 the mint began burnishing many of their planchets, especially those intended for mint sets, and very strong strikes from new dies will appear PL. Some even have squared rims. The effect is
  23. Mint sets were discontinued in '82 as one of Reagan's cost cutting initiatives. There was apparently a very small but very loud outcry over it and mint sets were resumed in 1984. Everyone knew there would be no sets so lots of extra rolls were set aside but these were insignificant compared to mint set mintages. Much of the reason for the outcry is that it's very difficult to find nice well made coins from the mint. Most of the coins are poorly struck from worn dies and collectors simply had gotten in the habit of look- ing in mint sets for the much better strikes and usuall
  24. As a rule they are a huge waste of money. The coins tend to be exceedingly common and are often polished, plated, or otherwise damaged. They are frequently glued into the frames and no consideration is given to the glue used. Prices are invariably much higher than the cost of assembling it yourself. There are probably some exceptions out there but I'd look hard at one be- fore buying it.
  25. I did not mean to imply that all (or any) of the larger denomination Swiss coinage dated '68 and later is rare, but merely that they are in the category of coins that have been widely ignored for decades. In a sense some of these actually are rare. If you compare the number available in unc to the number of the silver coins available in unc, most of them appear nearly "rare". The 1963 1F had a mintage of 13 million and large numbers of these were saved by collectors and hoarded by the general public who thought silver prices were going much higher. In con- trast the 1971 1F h
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