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Welcome to the Tarnished Truth, your newsletter. We are just about at that point that the mint starts to put out their yearly annual sets. With everyone's mind on world events and with the economy stalled it could turn out to be one of those years that it really is worth buying the mints products for future resale. In reading history a lot of what we consider the keys in U.S. coins were minted in what one would call trying times. .
Ray D Larson
By Ken Hughes WINS# 112
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I wish I could start this out with something other than a Whitman coin folder story, but I can't. My coin collecting began in the late 50's; we lived with my grandmother in a small Italian part of St. Louis while my father was away in the army. It was one of those places where all the merchants knew everyone and all their children by name. There was no shortage of coins to go through back then, the owners of the corner grocery store would save a few small bags of change for us to look through.
I really enjoyed those times and the hunt for something nice to put in the old Whitman. Unlike most people, I never found any real great coins back then, but I kept plugging away at it.
I began to loose interest when I started High school, I guess the sports, studies, and of course girls took up most of my time. I didn't really start up again until I entered the army. I traveled all around the U.S. and finally ended up at Fort Lewis Washington. I lived off post on Mt Rainier in a little town called Ashford. There I met a man, who was an avid collector, really had some nice stuff. He got me interested in silver dollars, and I picked up a few Morgan's here and there. I soon was sent to Vietnam, where I became a crew chief (door gunner) on an UH-1H model 'huey' helicopter. I flew every day while there and was able to pick up all types of coins and tokens from all over Vietnam, sadly I have no idea what became of that group of coins and tokens.
I returned to the states in 69, later got married and had a son Eric. My wife and I divorced, and soon I was looking for something my son and I could do when we were together. We took Karate for four years, but soon after my forty-fifth birthday, I realized I had to find something that didn't hurt quite as much. We joined the Missouri Numismatic Society in 1987 and attended all the monthly meetings; we would participate on all of the bid boards at the local coin shops. We collected mostly Morgan dollars, and he picked out what is now my most prized coin, an 1878 8tf Morgan dollar, sold to us as an MS60 and later graded PCGS 63. We collected mint sets and proof sets, and a few gold coins, a few silver bars, but like everyone else he lost interest in collecting. I went for a short period of time collecting coins with my late brother-in-law; you know the investment thing. It just wasn't the same. I've since remarried and have a thirteen-year-old son, he loves basketball and other sports, but sadly I can't seem to get him into coins yet.
I kept a few of the coins we had, and sold off the others. I really didn't do much in the way of collecting until one day I was introduced to Charles Calkins, the new guy at work. The rest is history.
I've lived in St. Louis, Missouri all of my life, and most recently for the past fifteen years in Kirkwood. I have been a sheet metal worker since back in the army repairing my own helicopter. It's not the most exciting job, but it's a good decent living. I like working with metal almost as much as collecting it.
I've since developed this passion for Indian and Lincoln cents, I never paid much attention to them in the past. They are really great looking coins, now if I can just learn how to grade them properly. I think on-line groups like this one are what the hobby really needed, makes it hard to lose interest.
I might even be able to complete my Whitman someday.
Dave Noble WINS#204
|Who was Queen Liliuokalani and what twenty dollar coin (pattern) was her likeness on?|
|"Una" was the first official pattern and first proof coin minted in Victoria's long reign (1838-1901), and it received nothing but praise when it was first introduced. The design was described as being "most attractive" and "stately," with the standard of workmanship and strike "beyond improvement." Get more info about this coin at the ANA website.
||In 1861 the Confederate government took over the New Orleans mint and they useing the 1861 obverse die and a new Confederate States reverse half dollar die produced four specimen of which two are known. Many years after the war J.W. Scott purchased these dies and after shaving the reverse off of 1861 New Orleans halves he struck five hundred of these with the Confederate reverse design which are known now as restrikes. He also produced five hundred pieces in white metal with the Confederate States design on one side and his advertizment on the other.
The answer is: Queen of the Hawaiian Islands patterns were made in 1893 for both a dollar and a twenty dollar coin, also there was a pattern made of a dollar coin with the likeness of Princess Kaiulani.|
by Robert Peterson
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