Shortly after I started my horse-themed collection some 3 years ago, I systematically thumbed through my Krause Standard Catalog of World Coins, particularly focusing on the 1901-2000 and 1801-1900 editions. I made a long list of coins that I wished to eventually add to my collection, knowing that some would remain “dream coins.” But, it never hurts to dream. One of the coins that I added to my list was the 1934-35 Australia (Melbourne/Victoria) Centenary Florin. Read more »
There are coins in this set that are difficult to describe, and this 1863 store card is one of them. That said, I will convey the little I known about Christoph Karl in my owner comments. Then taking into account the historical context of this token, I will give a plausible explanation of the allegories present on this beautiful token from New York City featuring Germania, the national personification of Germany. Read more »
Nero actually had a couple of things he liked to do and occupations besides tyranny things. He was a theater actor, musician, political leader, emperor and a poet amongst other things. A little more about him. Nero was born in 37 A.D., the nephew of the emperor. After his father’s death, his mother married his uncle and persuaded him to name Nero his successor. Nero took the throne at 17, rebuffed his mother’s attempts to control him, and had her killed. He spent lavishly and behaved inappropriately. He began executing opponents and Christians. In 68, he committed suicide when the empire revolted. Read more »
Such to the title, where does one start? As I sit here this evening, watching college football, I ponder my existence. It has been more than two years since I last took in a college game. Disoriented and disillusioned, I view Florida State and Clemson. What was it that made me tune in this evening? I don’t know…….I’ve been reeling from the effects of the scandal at Penn State for the interim. It has taken a costly toll on my ability to watch the college venue, for you see, I was a big fan of Penn State. I grew up following that team and I grew up idolizing it’s long time coach, Joe Paterno.
Oh Joe, they killed you and done you in. Jealous factions and hungry morons of avarice steered quite your demise. An honorable and loving man you were, only to fall to the mistreating’s of politics and public humiliation for an act that was completely void to what it was that you stood for. How quickly the public is to rush to judge a man so dedicated and pure in his mission statement…..that of hard work and scholarship. To this day I can’t get over that fact. You didn’t deserve to end up this way Joe. You inspired and mentored countless individuals on their journey through life. You inspired me, a ‘sandlot’ guy who never played a college game or high school one for that matter. I never believed in myself enough to take the plunge in organized sports but was always subscribing to your creed of hard work and scholarship. I never believed myself worthy enough of ‘making a team’ but your credo inspired me to make it ‘in life’. For that I am thankful. God Bless you Joe……..I love you………..
The Spanish Provisional Government copper 10 centimos is 30 mm in diameter and weighs 10 grams. With a mintage of 170,088,104, one might think that this coin is readily available in MS condition. Yet NGCs highest grading coin is an MS-65 with a population of just two coins. Recently in 2013, Heritage Auctions sold a MS-65 for $340.75. The apparent rarity of MS coins seems to imply that nearly all the Spanish Provisional Government 10 centimos circulated. Read more »
Gary’s Coin of the Month (Volume 3, Number 2) features a coin commemorating the 25th wedding anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and Elizabeth of Bavaria. The obverse of this coin portrays an image of their conjoined busts and the reverse features a seated image of the goddess Fortuna. This coin (KM#X5) grading MS-63 by NGC resides in my newest custom set entitled, “The Use of Seated Imagery in Numismatics.” Read more »