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  1. That's interesting Bill especially the numbers of alleged fakes and mention of the Chinese problem. A member of our ancient coin club shared a story about the Chinese counterfeiters from 2008 and the technology is only getting better. I imagine the day of perfect replication keeps getting closer asking us what is it what we collect if a perfect molecule for molecule copy isn't it.


    A quote from the latest issue of the Esylum:


    Dale Krueger writes:



    I'd like to get some reader response and discussion over the latest Heritage auction coming up April 18-23. Specifically, the mysterious appearance of 500 or so hubs and dies of hundreds of Goetz medals.


    When I saw these items being offered in the upcoming auction, with no explanation or information attached, I was at once intrigued, puzzled, and horrified. All attempts to get additional information from dealers both here and abroad (by me and some cohorts) were met with either no response, no information to share, apparent total lack of understanding of the issue raised, and/or seemingly total apathy.


    A careful reading of the second paragraph from the bottom of page 2 of THE MEDALS OF KARL GOETZ by Kienast, is very clear.


    "Unfortunately, hundreds of metal molds and steels dies, which had been stored in the Hauptmunzamt in Munich, were rendered unserviceable by the bombings of World War II, thus rendering duplications of many medals impossible."


    Perhaps this industry/hobby would be better served if more questions were asked, more information was shared with collectors, and certain issues were brought "into the light". One German connection quoted a major Auction official saying "20% of all coins and medals on the market are not original, but this is not so important, if nobody knows!" My connection added, "I cannot work this way, but what´s one to do ?"


    I did see someone START to address the "Chinese Problem " in the last issue of The E-Sylum. I am not an expert....but some of you who are should be asking questions, and demanding answers....even if it doesn't yet affect your collecting niche.

  2. We got a few lots either with pictures and one that was 60 coins from 60 countries. They've cataloged 38 different countries so far including four versions of Germany. They also picked up 40 coins each for $5 at a local coin show. Once they get through these lots it'll be time to look into trading

  3. Hi Steven,


    My sons are starting to look at coins from all over the world as well. It's easy to get started as you can get bulk lots of unsorted world coins to identify. If you want to save time there's sets of coins offered from various countries as well. One way to make that set more challenging in the future could be to include countries that no longer exist which would be quite a list. I wonder if anyone's compiled that least even? Anyway have fun.

  4. The video presentation is certaily top notch. One thing you have to decid is US only or other as well. It would make sense to just to US to start and then branch out reusing the same patterns. For me to use something new I'd need the following:


    Formatting of the pictures I upload (standard size obverse/reverse with an ability to zoom)

    Data kept in the cloud (web and mobile access)

    Easy to add data

    Pricing data available in the tool

    Availability of the standard numismatic information (size, composition, designer, description etc.)

    Checklist, Want List creation

    Inventory ability with security to hold purchase information

  5. An interesting take though not all the numbers add up. For one the nickel in nickels was only 25% but the Canadian production ramped up quickly and was not necessarily known when the US entered the war. There were efforts underway to spend $20,000,000 to open a nickel mine in Cuba and production of small appliances including radios was halted in 1942 to save similarly small amounts of metal. I can't say I'm convinced that the removal of nickel in the US and Canada was solely a ploy to get the public aware of the War. I'm guessing the rationing did that pretty well.

  6. When reading about the nickel replacement in the coinages of WWII the mention is always made that nickel was needed for war time production. What is less clear is precisely what was made out of the nickel. My guess would be it was used to make high grade steel for battleships and tanks? Does anyone know the primary usage of nickel during the war time economy?

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