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  1. I look forward to reading those eleven topical journals!
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    The BIDE-A-WEE Medal

    First, the problem with most medals is that the mintages are unknown probably because they were struck to order as they were awarded. Although my medal is un-awarded, the awarded medals tend to be kept by the families they were awarded. Of course all awarded medals are one of a kind and if Admiral Byrd's medal ever came up for sale it would sell for a pretty penny. An un-awarded medal could be a trial strike or copies that the awardee would give out as souvenirs to their family and friends. Thus, the reason for the scarcity of this medal is the law of supply and demand. Because of the subject and sentimental design of the medal, this medal is in high demand. In my two plus years of collecting Laura Gardin Fraser designed coins and medals this was the only example of this medal I have seen for sale or auction. I purchased this medal through a true auction on E-Bay and the bidding was high and spirited. The only thing that keeps medals like this one affordable for me is that far fewer people collect medals than do coins. This is why I feel the way I do about the cleaning. I'll gladly take a piece that has been cleaned rather than have no piece at all and not know when or if I'll see another example become available.
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    The BIDE-A-WEE Medal

    Bide-A-Wee is Scottish for "Stay A While" and is the name of an animal rescue and adoption center in Manhattan founded by Mrs. Flora D'Auby Jenkins Kibbe in 1903. Bide-A-Wee still exists today and has a policy of not euthanizing the animals in their care except for pain and suffering. As a result in 115 years of operation they have been able to place over a million dogs and cats into loving homes. A collector favorite, the Bide-A-Wee medal was awarded to persons in grateful recognition of their "service in the cause of friendless animals." The pictured medal is a bronze un-awarded uniface example designed by then sculptor Laura Gardin around 1913 just before her marriage to James Earle Fraser. It is interesting to note that although the Medallic Art Company catalogs the die pair as MAco 1918-002 that the design pre-dates 1918 because it is signed Laura Gardin rather than Laura Gardin Fraser. The obverse of the medal features three of Laura Gardin's favorite dogs seated together. Surrounding the dogs is the inscription, "LOYALTY, DEVOTION, FORGIVENESS, HUMOR." The edge inscription reads "L.G. Fraser (copyright symbol) 1919. The picture attached to this post is of Arctic explorer Rear-Admiral Richard E. Byrd being presented the Bide-A-Wee medal in 1930 for devotion to his terrier ironically named, "Igloo". Interestingly, Laura Gardin Fraser is also credited with designing the National Geographic Special Medal of Honor for Rear-Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1930. One side of this medallion sized medal prominently features the bust of Admiral Byrd. The only fly in the ointment is that this medal is details graded by NGC for cleaning. When I submitted the medal for grading, I hadn't noticed the cleaning. Now that the medal has been graded I can see the cleaning and I agree with NGC's conclusion. For me, the fingerprint on this medal is more distracting than the cleaning which is probably why I didn't catch the cleaning. Still, even with the cleaning and fingerprint I visually find this medal very appealing. Thus, I am thrilled to own this medal because it is scarce and rarely comes up for sale or auction.
  4. This is not an error coin. Cents was intentionally left out of the design. As a result people gold plated this nickel and passed it off as a half-eagle and the nickel earned the name "racketeer nickel". Later in 1883 the word cents was added to the nickel to prevent this fraud.
  5. Well I sent an e-mail concerning the delay of my 2-month submission this morning and before the day was over, it's finalized, imaged, and shipped! The Bide-A-Wee medal in my submission came back as cleaned but I agree with that assessment and since the medal is scarce and rarely available, I'm more than happy to live with it.
  6. Today marks the 2-month anniversary that I sent three medals in for grading to still have their status as "scheduled for grading". Enough said.
  7. I'll take the conservation any day over a no-grade!
  8. Thank you! If you liked "Inspirational ladies" you'll like "The Use of seated Imagery in Numismatics" and in particular the coin in this link In this set I trace the use of seated images on coinage from ancient times to more modern uses of those ancient images. From there, I trace the deities of ancient Greece and Rome during Europe's colonialism of the world. Coins adapted to the regions they circulated effectively spread western philosophy and thinking across the globe. Enjoy! Gary
  9. One of the things that endears me to coin collecting is allegorical art. I have several sets in my collection based on allegories alone. I have always maintained that coins are a powerful medium to communicate national ideals through allegorical images. For me a lot of the fun in collecting coins is deciphering the allegories. In researching the allegories, I am amazed by how much I have learned about world history through the stories told on coins! For instance I had not known that the name "Borealia" had been considered for Canada's name at it's confederation in 1867 before I acquired the latest coin for my allegorical "Inspirational Ladies" set. The following is a description of my coin purchased from Tallisman Coins and comes from their website: Building on the classical concept of a female national personification, Canadian artist Rebecca Yanovskaya offers a new allegory for a modern Canada. Framed by waves and maple leaves that unite land and sea, Borealia is the very picture of strength and confidence as she stands against the majestic backdrop of Canada's tallest peak, Mount Logan, which represents the soaring spirit of innovation. Like the British figurehead Britannia, Borealia is clad in traditional robes, but with unique armor that hints at Canada's journey since the colonial era. Every engraved element in this intricate design carries deeper symbolic meaning, including those that allude to the weight of history: the fur cape that represents Canada's pre-Confederation past; the feather that pays tribute to Indigenous Peoples; and the poppies of remembrance woven into her hair. In one hand, Borealia holds the shield of the Arms of Canada; in the other, a dove of peace, a nod to Canada's historic role as peacekeepers, but also to Canadians' desire for peace. Facing forward towards the future, Borealia is strong, optimistic and steadfast, like the people she represents, whose ideals and spirit continue to shape and redefine the nation's global future. With one foot reverentially set in the past, her name is an ode to one of the proposed names of Canada leading up to Confederation: Borealia. Traditional engraving creates a classical portrait of the modern Miss Canada, a highly symbolic and meaningful allegory or personification of the goddess Miss Canada, struck in one full troy ounce of 99.99% pure silver, and layered in precious 24-karat gold! She is youthful yet wise, peaceful yet powerful. She is Borealia, (from "borealis," the Latin word for "northern") the goddess Miss Canada, who radiates strength and confidence on this fully gold-plated, 99.99% pure silver proof. This symbolic personification is a superb rendering of a classic allegorical figure who represents the collective spirit of Canadians in today's world: hopeful and steady in resolve and perseverance, rising to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
  10. Thanks Jack for the tip, it works great but doesn't quite go back far enough for me. I think I started journaling back in 2009. Oh well, I'll take what I got. Gary
  11. A couple of PFUC 70's, a PF 68, and a couple of PF 67's. All in all I got a 70 for my single $5 pink gold Breast Cancer Awareness US modern and a 70 for a silver 2012 Canadian $10 Praying Mantis. The other three are 2016 French coins that I bought directly from the Paris Mint. The finish on these coins is a little weird and I am not at all surprised by the grades I got for them. There was easily not a single 70 in the French lot and I was hoping for 69's. It's OK though because they fit into one of my custom sets and I don't NEED a certain grade. I just wanted to display them in my sets.
  12. Well this must be some sort of submission record. From hand delivery at the CSNS show on April 26 to delivery back to me today is exactly 16 days! Of course the tiers are modern US and modern world. I have another early bird submission of medals that I mailed on 4/19 that are still in received status as of today. To be fair, they arrived at NGC on April 30 coincidently the same day NGC got them back to Florida from the show.
  13. It sure helps when things go fast. I have a modern world submission that I hand delivered to NGC at the CSNS show last week Thursday that is in grading/quality control today. I also have a submission of 4 medals in the early-bird tier that arrived at NGC on Monday this week but are still only received. Funny, my US modern submission that I hand delivered with the world submission is still scheduled for grading.
  14. I've been at this a long time and I'm still obsessed. I don't know if anything can be done about it. If you figure out how to just leave it alone, let me know.
  15. Jack You may not have a genealogical link to this coin, but you sure have the numismatic research down pat. Other than that you are very unselfish about this coin. You are more concerned about the greater good of the hobby or in this case another collector. You are my friend, "a breath of fresh air." That said, it would be nice to know the identity of the other collector and to know what their interest was in this coin. BTW, nice coin! Gary
  16. Here, Here, totally agree! I still don't know if NGC has restored my archived journal posts as they said they would. There are a lot of posts that I wrote that not only others could read, but I myself referenced back to on occasion. Yes I do have the saved posts on my computer but I much rather reference my old posts via the web. That said as a somewhat prolific poster it is sad that this once vibrant site has come to a trickle. Lately, I've been posting my blogs on the ANA's site because there seems to be more interest there.
  17. My wife's mom died of breast cancer when my wife was just 7 years old and today some 50 years later my wife gets regular check-ups. Thus, these coins have a special significance to us resulting in my purchasing the proof half-eagle directly from the mint. Like Jeffrey and Rick, I'm all for the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Attached is a picture of my coin. Gary
  18. When I was in the Navy and later lived in Europe some 35 years ago, I collected the circulating coins of every country I visited. Though my kids are adults now and neither of them are interested in coins, I still own those coins. From time to time I like thumbing through those old coin folders and reminessing about the places I have been.
  19. Coin photgraphy is a lot of trial and error. Lighting is key. My rig is centered around an f4 enlarger lens on a bellows. After many years of hard work, some coins still give me problems. My lighting is based on diffused LED bulbs. I don't know what I'd do without digital cameras.
  20. I checked out your set last night and it's coming along rather nicely. I can't wait to see your edits in the coming weeks and years. I for the most part consider my Wilhelmina set complete after a 7 year effort to get the coins I wanted. Gary
  21. Dittos for me on the wife thing. Every year my wife comes with me for an overnight stay in Schaumburg, Ill. to the Central States show. However, she is more interested in a night dining out on the town or shopping for things other than coins!
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    The Beginning

    Ah, the memories of those early years! I think most, if not all of us who started collecting as children started with those Whitman folders! Gary
  23. Congratulations on a great pick up for a good price! To get a scarce high grade coin for low grade money is a good deal! All the best. Gary
  24. I also add my voice of congratulations to all the winners! It's not only the coins but the creativity and persistence of the winners to assemble such great sets. It is also the patience required to find just the right coins to populate the sets. I see all these attributes in your amazing proof-like set. Congratulations on such a spectacular set. Gary
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    Older and Wiser

    I always thought it to be a shame if a person only grows older without growing any wiser. People often classify such a person as a fool. Concerning my relationship to coin collecting, wiser after so many years has finally come! After going trailblazers buying Morgan Dollars several years ago, I had lost interest in the series and finally sold off much of my collection in 2017. Now my interest in Morgan Dollars only includes the following: MS-65 and higher Morgan’s, GSAs, and Carson City Morgan’s. The rest, more than 40 coins in all, were sold, most at a loss to acquire the coins that today represent my real passion. At that time several years ago, I was adding Morgan’s to my collection at a rate of two or three coins a month. E-Bay was an addicting and all too easy venue for me to buy coins. It became as if, “I see, I like, I buy.” Never mind if I saw a coin, bought it, and only a few days later saw one I liked better and bought that one. I often rationalized that purchasing the new coin was subsidized by the old coin. To tell the truth, I was compulsively and indiscriminately buying coins. This no-win situation only robbed me of my numismatic passion and subsequently turned me into a numismatic fool. My Laura Gardin Fraser collection has taught me the patience needed to not only enjoy coin collecting but to do it at a pace that is both reasonable and results in buying quality coins that will never need to be upgraded. You see, when the coins and medals you need in your collection rarely make an appearance on the open market, you have to learn patience. Patience then is a good indicator of passion. If I have no patience, I have no passion resulting in burnout. So far, I haven’t lost patience with my LGF set and now don’t expect that I will. In fact, I just picked up two scarce pieces at bargain basement prices, one with a mintage of only 30! I will post more about those later. That said, I will not be branching out into other numismatic ventures other than the following: • Allegorical and inspirational women featured on worldwide coinage. Since my wife’s mother died of breast cancer, I will be buying the “pink” gold half-eagle going on sale by the US Mint in March. • Seated imagery featured on worldwide coinage. • A US gold typeset featuring all the major varieties from 1834-1933, less the 1907 high relief St. Gaudens double-eagle. (Only the prohibitive price tag keeps me from acquiring that one.) • High-grade Morgan dollars, Carson City dollars, and GSA’s. • Final upgrades to my 7070 US type set purchased on my behalf by a dealer friend of mine. • …And of course my Laura Gardin Fraser coin and medal set! My dealer friend buys attractive coins for my 7070 type set from my want list in the grades that I can afford. My want list is a five year plan to acquire the coins that I will never have to upgrade and so finally complete a set that I will be proud to own going into retirement. This dealer friend also attends all the coin shows that I cannot. Thus, I am learning to patiently acquire coins via one of the oldest of collector venues, “The Coin Show.” Coins shows also give my dealer friend a chance to sell or trade my old coins at the best price possible. Therein is yet another opportunity for me to learn patience especially for my VG-10 1893-S Morgan. My friend held that coin for close to a year before finding a suitable buyer at the January FUN show. In 2017 I spent most of the proceeds of my Morgan sale to purchase coins to fill my gold type collection. Now only the no-motto half-eagle and no-motto Indian Head Eagle remain. Additionally, I am waiting until the spot price of gold goes much higher to sell the gold coins I purchased long ago and recently upgraded. This again is another opportunity for me to learn patience since many of those coins I purchased when gold was close to $2000/oz. In 2018, I expect my new purchases to be far fewer as I move more towards quality over quantity. So far this year with the proceeds from the 93-S Morgan I bought a beautiful E-bay purchased MS-64 1908 no-motto St Gaudens Double-Eagle and a FUN show pick-up, MS-66 1913 ty 1 Buffalo Nickel for my 7070 type set. I purchased both these coins with a couple hundred dollars to spare. Needless to say these two coins are not subject to upgrades as they are absolutely gorgeous for their grades. Through the patience of selectively purchasing only those coins that fit my narrowly defined passion, have I finally become wise.