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Welcome to the Tarnished Truth. YOUR newsletter. I was in the local drug and sundry store picking up a few requested items for my wife. I noticed that there was a young woman and her five years old son in the line ahead of me and they had one of these State Quarter coin boards. After paying for her purchases she stepped to the side and did what to me seemed wise beyond her years. She handed the coin board and a quarter to her son and let him search the board to find the proper position for the quarter. When he found the space and placed the coin in the board, all on his own mind you, he had a look of accomplishment and joy on his face that told me I had just witnessed the birth of a life long collector.
Ray D Larson
by Mark Watson
In October 2001, I ran a contest for WINS members called "A Country, A Coin." To enter the contest, a member needed to write an article on which coin best represented the country that minted it. Contest prizes included ANA's video "Grading Mint-State U.S. Coins" for first place, a 1982 Mexican Libertad for second place, and two different uncirculated state quarters for all other entries. Three judges rated the entries on readability, information, and strength of argument with bonus points for pictures and references.
The contest received two entries: Rod Sell's article on the 2001 Australian Bi-metallic $20 coin and Ray Larson's article on the U.S. Walking Liberty half dollar. Based upon the results of the judging by Richard Robinson, John Baumgart, and myself, Ray won first place and Rod won second place.
Here are the winning articles:
Greetings, I am Terry of GBIE. This is the biography of Terry and GBIE.
I have been interested in coins since about age 10 when I first started pulling USA coin silver, wheat pennies & old Jefferson nickels out of pocket change -- converting my allowance money into numismatic treasures. Still have most of that old stuff. Didn't have the heart to sell it -- even when silver prices peaked in the early 1980's. One of my favorite after school pastimes was taking a paper dollar or two around to local merchants, convert it to change, pull out the silver then cash in a dollar's worth of clad coins at the next merchant for a dollar bill, then off to the next merchant. I had a regular coin & bill changing route of sorts. Sometimes I'd get some rolls of pennies if they could spare them. Found a '55 double strike in one of those rolls way back when. Still have it too. Looks to be at least an XF. I think by that time I was about 12 or 13. Quite an exciting find. Thought that I was going blind looking at too many coins until it finally dawned on me what I was looking at was the famous 1955 double strike.
I continued collecting, buying, selling coins through the years. My first purchase of a British coin was at a local coin show. It was a 1720 Farthing of King George I in fine condition for about $6. I was amazed how much further my allowance money went on foreign coins & how much older they were compared to what was available for the same money in USA coins. It may have been that realization that ultimately lead me to specialize in British coins.
Then in 1978 I formed GBIE to formally engage in part-time dealing of numismatic materials. I, as GBIE, have served many satisfied repeat mail order and Internet customers over the years. My primary stock-in-trade and general expertise is in British Coins, however, I have been known to handle just about anything that comes through the door in a very diverse range of numismatic materials, which has given me a very solid overall background knowledge of the numismatic field, worldwide. GBIE's inventory covers the spectrum of denominations of British coins from Fractional Farthings through Crowns, British Trade Dollars, Gold Sovereigns, Tradesman Tokens, Proof Sets, Bulk Lots, and a host of sundry oddments including coin care products, Albums, Imported British Coin Casings, Coin Capsules, and Reference Books. I service Want Lists on a no obligation basis.
Coins that I enjoy most, personally, are turn of the century French bronze coins, Peruvian Sols, and late eighteenth century British Cartwheel-type pattern pieces.
As GBIE's slogan, I adopted the Latin legend, Nummorum Famulus, the edge legend of late seventeenth century British tin coinage. It means the Servant of the Coinage. That's me & GBIE.
Sincerely, Terry of GBIE ~ Nummorum Famulus ~ Coin of the Realm ~ Purveyors of British & Other Quality Coinage.
Austrian 20 Schilling
Stamps on Coins
There was a spirited fun thread last month on the mailer about stamps on coins, coins on currency, coins on stamps, ect. ect. so this month we have an example of such a coin.Designed by Helmut Andexlinger the 20 Schilling coin changes its theme and design
annually. In 2000 it commemorated 150 years since the issue of the first Austrian postage stamp. The Denomination side of the coin was designed by Kurt Bodlak and has been on every 20 Schilling coin since 1982. ||
How is James Frasers original design of the Buffalo nickel different from the final coin design?
There were several patterns made in 1836 from Gobrecht's design. He engraved the work of artist Thomas Sully ( obverse ) and Titan Peale ( reverse ). There were paterns made in silver and copper, plain and reeded edge, and with the engravers name on and below the base of Liberty, and with the Eagle both plain and in a field of stars. About a thousand examples in silver plain edged Gobrecht on the base and the Eagle in a field of stars were struck. Several simular paterns were made again in 1838 and 1839 with an arc of thirteen stars added to the obverse and the engravers name removed.
The answer is: The full head dress was dropped from the original model in favor of the simple feathers.|
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