Axel Ulen

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  1. Axel Ulen
    I began collecting So-Called Dollars in the mid 2000's. I was drawn to them because of their unique beauty and further representations of Our Country's historical heritage.
    I grew tired of collecting coins with the same faces and changing dates and mint marks and fell for their beauty and uniqueness.
    IMHO, Because of the many sections of  So-Called Dollars I found a need to set parameters of my collection. As a Disabled Veteran, my funding status is a red flag; I discounted Monetary  medals as too expensive and realized "Part I, Commemorative and Exhibition Medals of National Significance" represent  an affordable route to satisfy my collecting parameters. Being a Northwest Native, my collection centers in all North Western and Northwestern Expositions, specifically the 1905 Lewis & Clark Expo, the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Expo. and PPIE Expositions. Over the past years, I've devised many schemes to detect and secure rare Medals from the above categories. To this end, I scour all available search modes. 
    (As a young coin collector in the early 1960's, I cashed my allowance into various coin rolls from banks and built my collections. Decades later, I use the same drive and determination to fill my So-Called Collection.)
  2. Axel Ulen
    I'll begin using 'scd' in place of 'So-Called Dollar'
    In the beginning I had to learn to grade scd's from photos, learn the differences in copper bronze and brass as opposed to copper and toning of each metal, "white metal" and even lead. I have one gold scd and want no more.
    Years of poor inventory control placed me in a unique situation. At one point I kept some scd's in Airtite containers in albums, others in 2" x 2" coin flaps in a desk drawer and a growing number of graded SCD's in 20 holder boxes. My list and collection totals didn't match for years. Oddly, this "collector head space"(in Army electronics repair, user error was referred to as, "Operator Head Space") and cataracts aided in purchasing scd's which are unlisted in both "SCD" editions. Upgrading my SCD's has given the 'collection' a number of duplicates, some graded. The HK-366a I believed I owned. is an unlisted, 32.1 mm So-Called Dollar as described on J. Raymond's site:
    I never thought I could complete a Alaska-Yukon Pacific Expo. until I purchased The 1909 SCD, HK-356A Alaska=Yukon Pacific medal. My collection has (at this time) a mis-graded HK-364 medal and three unlisted Alaska-Yukon Pacific So-Called Dollars. I need only the below medals to complete a registry set. 
    HK-358    Utah Dollar, Ag
    HK-361    President Taft Dollar, AYPE
    HK-363    Seward-Chief Seattle Dollar, br
    HK-364a    U.S. Government bldg
    I have SCD's and Early Commemorative Half Dollars. to offer in a trade for SCD's I need to complete my Alaska-Yukon Pacific collection. 
    Go to your local coin store and ask to see examples of so-called dollars... -  Anonymous SCD Jokester