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    1560 Mansfeld thaler, What's so Special?

    See my recent link for the answer
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    Mansfeld Mystery Solved

    1560 thalers from anywhere are scarce so I'm just hoping for a replacement at any grade.
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    Mansfeld Mystery Solved

    An underrated feature of custom sets is the ability to include coins that you don't own. I switched the 1560 Mansfeld thaler in my Silver Dollars of '60 set from "owned" to "want" and will keep the pictures and description until I find another one.
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    Mansfeld Mystery Solved

    This a follow up on my earlier post about a 1560 Mansfeld thaler that I bought last Spring and then immediately received buy offers through the Heritage auction site. I wondered what might be so special about this coin and made some posts on this and other forums to see if I could find out. Finally, I got a PM through this site from a person who found my earlier post and provided some information about the attribution for this coin. As I had speculated, there is nothing particularly special about this thaler except that the collector who contacted me has a connection to the Mansfeld region and only collects Mansfeld thalers. I have agreed to sell this coin so that it can join a collection where it will be special. My one condition on the sale was to ask the collector to share some of information about these Mansfeld thalers with us here. ~jack
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    It's the waiting that's going to get me...

    Good luck to you and take any opportunity to make sure the decision makers know how much you have contributed. Your student loan payments are, of course, a high priority but pay off any high interest credit card debt, too. Then you can reward yourself with a nice shiny present.
  6. I can't help with the first two but the second two should be 91.4% and 91.7% silver. You should find a way to check the alloy content and verify this otherwise you have counterfeits. Nowadays, many coin shops or jewellery stores have equipment to check on alloy composition.
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    Any Baltimore Reports?

    Baltimore is the closest big show to where I live, just a little over an hour drive, so I've been to it a few times in the past. At first I didn't know where to look for world coin vendors but now I know that they tend to cluster in one section of the hall (700-999). My overall impression was that the bourse activity was good but not so active as to be too crowded. I typically had to wait a few minutes to talk to anyone at a table due to the ongoing business. Stack's Bowers has some important US coins and currency items in auctions there so I imagine that brought in a few additional and perhaps, high-end collectors. Saturday morning is the latest anyone should try to attend as many vendors start shutting down before noon.
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    Any Baltimore Reports?

    I stopped by for an hour on Friday, talked to a few dealers I know, dropped a few coins off to our host for grading and crossover and made a deal on a 1733 Mexico City klippe 8 reales.
  9. I have posted about emergency issues but what kind of calamity could compare to your city besieged? Siege money are the ultimate emergency issues -- defending soldiers required pay and internal commerce needed to be maintained. Many examples come from the period of the Eighty Years War, also known as the Dutch War of Independence that occurred from 1568–1648 or from the English Civil Wars in 1642-1651. When regular coinage became scarce jewelry, silverware and religious vessels were converted into coinage. Issued in an expedient fashion, they were often roughly shaped, typically squares or diamonds, with a uniface design. When precious metal ran out, other alloys or even paper could be issued, all in the hope that the emergency money would be redeemed after a successful defense. The opposite was the worse case scenario where one might lose everything. My example is a silver thaler klippe issued by the besieged city of Münster in 1660 and fits nicely into my Silver Dollars of '60 custom set. At 34mm x 34mm square and weight close to 28g it may not be silver dollar shaped but certainly has the heft of one. The uniface design shows the city of Münster's coat of arms with the legend MONAST : WESTPH : OBSESSVM, for Münster Westphalia Beseiged. It differs from typical siege currency in that it was not from wartime but from an insurrection that began in July of 1660. The catalog notes from the CNG auction of the Jonathan K. Kern Collection of Siege Coinage provides the following background information: :
  10. I second the recommendation for having a caliper in your numismatic toolkit. Today you can get an inexpensive one with a digital readout. They are, of course, useful for measuring the diameter but you can also use them for measuring the thickness. With those two measurements you can calculate the volume, then with the weight you can calculate the specific gravity. Many counterfeits can be detected by having an incorrect SG. Thanks Ram for all the good advice!
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    Collecting my older journals

    Hey the old journals have finally been added to the new journals!
  12. I think it's a natural progression to build a collection, have a collection and pass on a collection. I'm in the "have a collection" stage now and foresee my, not too distance, retirement years as those when I will pass on my collection. My "coin time" is now focused on learning more about the coins I have collected and less about planning for the next acquisition. I admit, the thrill of the hunt was quite a rush and was rather addicting, however, I have stuck with my boundaries and successfully avoided collecting "everything". Ram, I hope you find your current stage to be as enjoyable as your earlier ones ~jack.
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    The BIDE-A-WEE Medal

    "LOYALTY, DEVOTION, FORGIVENESS, HUMOR." sort of conveys my feeling about numismatics, although I do need to work on forgiving myself for a few coin buying blunders. Placing pets into loving homes is a great endeavor. Thanks for the heartwarming story.
  14. I agree that the population reports are not very representative of coin existence for non-U.S. issues. However, the auction results are quite useful in that they represent the prices that (predominately) U.S. buyers are paying for these world coins.
  15. Yes, I started seeing previous auction results and population reports for world coins just recently. You must be logged into Heritage to see the reports.