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.