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  1. That'd be cool! John got a bad rap too.
  2. That would be Arthur I; there's never been a King Arthur of England. King Arthur, if he existed, was King of the Britons, the Celtic people who became the Welsh. The English monarchy comes from the Britons' rivals, the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms (specifically the kingdom of Wessex).
  3. I agree with the folk art explanation. Too bad they didn't cut it so the date and mint mark survived. Not that a coin that's been converted like this will keep any of its value as a coin, but it would be nice to know. I also think it's interesting that it was carved on only one side--seems they were using the convex shape of Lincoln's body and the folds of the fabric to add texture to the horse's head, and that doesn't work on the reverse. That also suggests it was meant to be displayed with only the obverse showing: not hanging free on a chain, for instance. And, I suppose that does prec
  4. My dad picked these up in Thailand back in the '70s or '80s. The explanation on the back reads: Porcelain Pees were originally used as gambling tokens in Siam. Until probably in 1737-1875, the Siamese Government adopted them as her national currencies--in small changes. Their denominations were in 1 Solot, 1 Att, 2 Pies, 1 Fueng, 1 Salueng (25 satangs). Anyone know anything about these things?
  5. Wow. Ok. Well, I suppose it makes sense you found it on the East Coast. I'd be really p*ssed if you'd found it here in California. ;-)
  6. Wow, Tannu Tuva. Been a while since I'd heard about that place. Not many people know about it. I know little bits of the history, but nothing about the coinage. Scottishmoney obviously knows more about it than I do.
  7. Can you post a photo or scan of the coin? It wouldn't help me identify it (I'm no expert in these things), but it might be of use to someone else.
  8. Well now, why didn't I think to look up Wildwinds till now? (I'd never heard of it before.) Yes, this does look like it might be the one I have. (http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/domitian/RPC_2018v.jpg)
  9. I want it I want it! Sigh... Scottishmoney, you found one of these old classics (although of course in much worse shape) in a junk box? Now you've got me really jealous. Please tell me you found it outside the US. ;-)
  10. Oh, wow! I remember Apollo-Soyuz. It was one of my first memories from the space program; I think I was in first grade, and they showed us pictures and things about it. I recall being jealous that our spacecraft didn't have the "wings" (even though our teachers told us space capsules didn't need wings).
  11. Say, now that you mention it, how do you tell the ripoffs from the good deals on eBay? Do you have any pointers?
  12. I second gxseries's suggestion. You could get started with coins from your own country; they're usually easiest to get your hands on. Then you can branch out into other countries that you have some sort of friend or family ties to. When I decided I wanted to collect coins, my mom pulled down an old owl-shaped piggy bank from the top of the dining-room secretary and gave me the old change she had pulled out of circulation on the job before she quit to stay home with us kids. Thus I started with a (surprisingly complete) collection of wheat pennies, a solid assortment of buffalo nickels,
  13. Looks like mine is from 1983. I don't think it has any error pieces. So, probably around $20. Not too bad compared to its original sale price, I expect.
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