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Host coin: 1838 USA Coronet large cent.
Obverse: original Coronet Liberty Head design, unaltered except for traces of old mounting at center.
Reverse: intaglio carving of a Federal eagle carrying olive branch[?], with lyre and rays above, "+ + + + + Philodemica Societas ~ G [?] I [?] + + + + +" in italic script below. 

Ex-"numismaniacal", ...

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Bronze Dupondius of Gaius Julius Caesar
Posted on Saturday June 17, 2017

A recent acquisition: a bronze dupondius of Gaius Julius Caesar struck at an uncertain mint in northern Italy (various locations have been proposed over the decades). The obverse features the winged bust of Victory facing right with the legend CAESAR DIC TER (Caesar dictator for the third time). The reverse has the Goddess Minerva advancing left, holding a trophy over one shoulder and spear and shield in left hand. The ...

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RMS Lusitania Medal Karl Goetz
Posted on Friday June 09, 2017

On May 07, 1915, the German Navy committed arguably Germany’s biggest strategic failures in WWI: the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. International outrage grew as word spread that the ship was sank without warning, killing 1,198 passengers and crew, 128 of which were Americans. To add to this, Karl Goetz, German medalist and sculpture, created a satirical medal in August 1915. His intent was to embarrass the Cunard ...

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Chinese Tea Money
Posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017

Tea bricks have been used as a means of payment from 9th to 20th century in China, Mongolia, Siberia, Tibet, Turkmenistan and Russia. The Chinese Emperor had the monopoly on the production of tea as means of payment. The bricks were mainly produced in Sichuan, a Chinese province. Some have been made in Russia. They have various forms and sizes and were transported by yaks or camels caravans.

There are five ...


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Major Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee
Posted on Tuesday May 02, 2017

Major Henry ("Light Horse Harry") Lee
is honored on the fifth in the U.S. Mint's ten-piece series of pewter reproductions of America's First Medals, voted by the Continental Congress to commemorate the decisive military actions of the Revolutionary War. This medal was awarded to Major Lee for his daring pre-dawn assault at Paulus Hook in 1779. It features on the obverse the bust of Major Lee, facing ...

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Hobo Life
Posted on Monday April 17, 2017

In 1918, just five years into the new ‘Buffalo’ design, the first recorded instance of an altered nickel appeared in print. The Numismatist contained an entry that told of a nickel with the obverse intentionally fashioned to show our loyal Indian as the German Emperor Wilhelm II, complete with moustache and a pointed pickelhaube headgear. This was the modest beginning to a tradition that would span decades and ...

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Champion Paper, in small town Canton, has always been the heartbeat of that tight-knit Western North Carolina community. The company saw unparalleled growth from the early 1900’s well into the latter half of the twentieth century. At the helm was the founder’s son-in-law, Reuben B. Robertson.

Robertson had been brought on to temporarily oversee operations in 1907 and ended up staying with the company for an ...

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Charles I, king of Scotland, England and Ireland
Posted on Wednesday April 12, 2017
March 10th 1629, Charles I, king of Scotland, England and Ireland, dissolved the English parliament and began the eleventh year period known today as the personal rule. The king was entitled to do this because of his royal prerogative. At the time parliament did not meet regularly and was usually summoned only when the king needed additional revenue, usually for military purposes. 


England was among one of ...

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A silver denarius of Gaius Julius Caesar
Posted on Wednesday April 12, 2017

A silver denarius of Gaius Julius Caesar struck at an uncertain mint in Spain during his second campaign there in 46 and 45 BC. The obverse consists of the head of the Venus wearing a diadem and facing right. Behind her head and to the lower left is the god Cupid. The reverse has in legend CAESAR in the exergue. Above is a trophy with an oval shield and carnyx (a type of wind instrument used by the Iron Age Celts) in each ...

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Here is an interesting medal that commemorates the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of Scottish Clans, a summer event now in its 61st year.  The reverse of the 38mm medal, struck in .999 silver, honors Agnes MacRae Morton who co-founded the Highland Games and also donated the land on which the Games are held.  Supposedly only 1,000 of the medals were produced but I have yet to find ...

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