Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 P cent

I was quite surprised to get the first 2017 Cent and see that the P has now been added! The P mintmark was added to the other coins in 1980, but the cent went without all these years. Now, no longer.

I've been kind of "out of the loop" on the hobby so I didn't know this was coming until I got it in hand...and that was sometime back in April.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

King Edward I Medal

This came from the same person who sent me the Green medal. Unfortunately this one has some issues, as are clearly visible in the photo. Yes, another photo post instead of scans.

Again I don't know where it came from or when it was issued. But I am pretty sure it's copper.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nathaniel Green Medal

A friend gave this to me years ago. At the time, I didn't know the subject of the medal was a blood relative, but he is!

Actual pictures, not scans, today. I don't know when it was issued or even what country (France?) it was issued in, or what metal it's made out of.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Col. E.H.R. Green

I just today found out that Col. E.H.R. Green is my 16th Cousin 4 times removed. Very cool! It doesn't serve any practical purpose to know but it's a cool bit of trivia for a history buff like myself.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

One from Every Country #15: Belgium

Belgium is a small country, but the coinage has proven to be one of the most common countries found in the mixed coinage by the pound that I like to purchase. I've gotten 54 coins from Belgium, ranking it well in the top 10 in most populous countries in my collection.
Of course, it doesn't hurt Belgium's total coinage numbers that unlike most countries, there are multiple versions of most every coin issued every year, one in French and one in Flemish.

The frank is the most common, and in the mixed-by-the-pound I have built most of my collection through, I have gotten franks ranging in age from 1950 to 1995. I chose the 5 frank as the coin for this project solely because it scanned the best. The frank used the same obverse design.

Belgium is one of the countries now using the Euro, so they have abandoned the frank that had served them well since the 1830s.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

2016 Bailiwick of Jersey Queen Elizabeth 90th Birthday

I received a really cool coin for Easter today, celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday, which is April 21st. She will be the first British Monarch to reach the age of 90. I would not be surprised if she is still ruling 10 years from now!

I was unable to get a good photo, but my brother was able to, and these are his work.

Very, very cool!

This is a large issue and made of, I believe, brass. (metal content is not as important to me as subject content)

This is my first non-US coin from 2016, and it is spectacular!

Monday, March 21, 2016

First 2016s arrive

The first 2016 coinage made it's way to my collection today, March 21st. (In actuality, it's been sitting in the "to be sorted" box for an unknown number of days, but I just found them today).

Seven cents were found, and all of them have some problems. Spotting that is typical on current cents afflict most of them, and there are some with small scratches already.

I don't mind, I am happy to have them!

Even before I became a true numismatist in 2008, I have always been thrilled by getting the first new issue of the year.

This is the 3rd or 4th year in a row where the first issue found on the year is a cent. For several years before that a quarter had been the first find of the year. I don't believe a nickel has ever been the first found in circulation since I started paying attention, and dimes only once that I can remember.

My scanner that I use for scanning coins is pretty much useless for new issues, so this photograph will have to suffice.