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  1. Thanks all for your thoughts.
  2. Looking for thoughts on this one. NGC Price Guide in 66 - $150.00 67 - $400.00 68 - $1,250.00 TIA
  3. That 1957 coin is a nice one. Congrat's! I hope you don't mind me showing my 57P coin:
  4. Thanks Mark. Mark Goodman images
  5. As I look through my records it looks like 2007 was the earliest that I purchased a coin. I know it was earlier than that but after a computer crash or two it is what it is. Got backups to my backups. Here is one of the coins I purchased in 2007: Heritage 12/30/07 Sold it to a forum member and he was gracious enough to ask if I wanted it back. Of course I said YES! He sold it back to me at the same price. Who does that? A true collector. Please post the earliest coin you own in your records. No image, pass on this thread. Thank you I believe this is my first coin purchased (could be the 90s?). Not sure the year but it's a Mark Feld coin: I have mark's images but can't find them right now.
  6. a 1957 NGC PF67 Cameo Jefferson Nickel. PM or email me. TIA
  7. Back then they did not have the chemical company's that we do today. A big hindrance for them. They also used this " Pomade."
  8. The Numismatist, August 1912, p. 267. Have we learned something since then?
  9. Another book,leather embossed with stamps, to add to my Early Classic Commemorative series:
  10. Thanks to all of those who've contributed! Designed and modeled by John Howard Benson and Arthur Graham Carey both of Newport, Rhode Island, and distributed by Arthur L. Philbrick, vice-president and treasurer of the Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Tercentenary Committee, Inc. Mintage figures: Philadelphia Jan 1936–20,013, Denver Feb 1936–15,010 and San Francisco Feb 1936 –15,011. Image courtesy of Rare Coins of New Hampshire (RCNH) a coin in my collection. Approved by Congress on May 2, 1935 and issued to commemorate the three-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the city of Providence, the first settlement in Rhode Island, by the great leader Roger Williams. Design: Obverse: Roger Williams kneeling in canoe, holding Bible, being welcomed by an Indian at State Rock; sun with rays in background; behind Indian a stalk of maize; above, in small letters, LIBERTY; around border in large letters, 1636-1936: RHODE ISLAND. Reverse: Shield of Rhode Island; the anchor of hope on a mantle; on ribbon above, HOPE (standing for the authority of State); below, E. PLURIBUS UNUM (standing for the authority of the nation); around border, in large letters, UNITED. STATES. OF. AMERICA. HALF. DOLLAR. “The Providence Plantations were the first white settlements in Rhode Island. The clergyman Roger Williams, banished by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay for propagating ‘new and dangerous opinions,’ founded the Providence Plantations in June 1636. Williams bought a large tract of land from the Narragansett Indians, and in 1638 joined with twelve other settlers in forming a land company. Their covenant provided for majority rule and allowed religious liberty. Other religious dissidents fleeing the Bay Colony's orthodox Congregationalism founded towns at Narragansett, Newport, Pawtuxet, Pocasset, and Warwick by 1643. To protect local land titles, Williams petitioned Parliament to recognize Providence, Newport, and Portsmouth as a charter colony, and the charter was issued on 24 March 1644 as the Incorporation of Providence Plantations in the Narragansett Bay in New England (adding Warwick in 1647). After the Restoration, Williams received a royal charter from Charles II in 1663 confirming the parliamentary charter. . .”1 1 Courtesy Encyclopedia dot com. John Howard Benson “John Howard Benson and A. Graham Carey, artists of this city, were among those who voluntarily worked on the project before announcement was made of a competition among Rhode Island artists in designing the Providence Tercentenary memorial 50 cent piece by former Judge Ira Lloyd Letts, chairman of the Rhode Island Tercentenary Jubilee committee. For a design acceptable to the United States Treasury the winning artist will receive $250 and 10 of the coins. Second prize will be $100 and five coins. The committee will accept entries until noon of Monday, September 23, at its office in the Hospital Trust building. The designs will be judged by Dr. Royal B. Farnum, educational director of the Rhode Island School of Design; Howard W. Chapin, librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society; Henry D Sharpe, Judge Letts, and a woman member of the Tercentenary committee, who will be designated later.”2 2 The Newport Mercury and Weekly News, Rhode Island Artists Enter Competition; Prizes to be Awarded for Best Design, for Tercentenary 50-cent piece. Friday, August 30, 1935. “An unprecedented demand for the tercentenary half dollars resulted in the complete sale of all the 50,000 coins available in less than a day throughout the state. All the half dollars, which sold at a dollar each and which were designed by John Howard Benson and Arthur Graham Carey of this city, available in Newport were gone by 9:30 last Friday. Bank officials, surprised at the great interest shown, sought in vain to secure additional coins from headquarters in Providence. The Newport Trust Company disposed of its entire allotment of 200 coins Thursday. The Aquidnecit National Bank distributed 150 on orders, and have another 168 requested, which it hopes to secure from state headquarters. The Savings Bank had 175, the last of which went at 9:30 this morning. The Newport National Bank’s quota of 100 was disposed of in a few hours. Nothing like the interest indicated had been expected. Arthur L. Philbrick of Providence, treasurer of the tercentenary committee, declared the sale one of the most encouraging features of the observance thus far, indicating, he said a far greater interest in the celebration than anyone had suspected.” The committee disposed of 45,000 of the congressionally authorized coins through the 30 banks of the state within six hours, and held 5,000 more to fill previous orders received. Rhode Island’s interest in the coins is all the more remarkable, it was said, because of the experience of Connecticut. That state, with a population twice the size of Rhode Island, had 20,000 coins minted for its tercentenary last year. After two months so many of the Connecticut coins remained unsold that they were turned back to the Treasury and melted down for other coinage uses, Mr. Philbrick said. Further interest in the Rhode Island coins is evidenced in the action of Congress prohibiting the minting of any more coins of this nature. These may be the last memorial coins authorized, although the House has since passed a measure authorizing a coin for Charleston, S. C.”11 11 The Newport Mercury And Weekly News, Tercentenary Coins All Sold First Day, Unprecedented Demand Shows Great Interest In Jubilee, 50,000 Half Dollars Available Throughout State Disposed of in Less Than Day, Friday, March 13, 1936. #11 above is not correct. The “Three weeks ago I went to Providence, R. I., to see how scarce the Rhode Island half dollars were. The following is what I learned: I was told that an influential banker had scooped up eleven hundred sets of these Rhode Island halves and at present was disposing of them in lots of five or ten sets at the highest market price. Also, that a bank in Providence still had the half dollars, but would only give them out to its depositors. Another one is about the man who went from bank to bank the day they were issued and filled a Boston bag full. The man who told me the above was offered 450 Rhode Island halves the day they were issued by a bank employee and turned them down because he is not interested in coins. He is a stamp dealer. Let’s have more commemorative half dollars. BOSTONIAN.”17 17 The Numismatist, Rhode Island Half Dollars, July, 1936, p. 510.
  11. Wisconsin 1934 centennial medal: 1934 Green Bay, Wis., Wisconsin Tercentennial, Jean Nicolet, Bronze 37mm Unc. A bronze medal commemorating the 300th anniversary of the coming of the first white man to Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1634 - 1934. In 1634 Jean Nicolet crossed Lake Michigan and landed at Red-Banks (near Green Bay), thus becoming the first white man to explore Wisconsin. (Found in Bloomington, IL) The tercentennial (300th anniversary) of Nicolet's landing at Green Bay was celebrated in 1934. . .While it is the size and shape of a coin, I feel that it fits more into the relic category due to the historical context of it. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Tercentennial celebration on August 9, 1934. Evidently Mr. (or Mrs.) D. Prescott was so moved by Pres. Roosevelt’s speech that he purchased this ‘official souvenir’ to commemorate the event. H&K Unlisted, Bronze / R 37, TC-219792. I was born 30 miles from Green Bay in a small town called Kaukauna. My Grandfather and Father both worked at the Paper Mill on the Fox River. That’s why I write this story. “. . .The spirit of rejoicing, an overtone from the contemplation of significant achievement, is the more urgent from the seeming shortness of the period of civilization building. Wisconsin people look back a hundred years, recall that plans for a territorial organization were then only beginning to be formed, and assume that date as the starting point in the state’s development. In this attitude there is a certain fundamental justice, as we shall see, but the story in its completeness is much more involved and infinitely more romantic. The Tercentenary Observance To prove this it is only needful to recall the tercentennial, celebrated at Green Bay in the summer of 1934. That event contemplates a Wisconsin which came to the knowledge of civilized man three centuries ago and thenceforward was continuously interesting to Europeans from religious, commercial, political, military, mining, and colonizing points of view. If the land had merely been seen by its original explorer and then disregarded for two centuries, the Green Bay celebration would hardly have been justified, but when the visit of Jean Nicolet has as sequel the coming of Perrot to organize the Indian trade, of Allouez to found a mission, Louvigny and LaPerriere to conquer hostile savages, Joliet and Marquette, to prosecute interior discoveries; when English followed French and Americans English in a fateful if uneven succession, then the discovery of the Wisconsin terrain three centuries ago is seen to be an event of genuine historical significance, about which all the people of the state, young and old, without exception, should be informed. Jean Nicolet greeting the Menominee Indians. Painting by Edward William Deming. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS). Jean Nicolet was an engaging young Frenchman of Cherbourg, who adventured to Quebec in 1618 at the age of twenty. Samuel de Champlain, his patron, governor of the French colony, had use for a bright, capable man like Nicolet and promptly sent his out among distant tribes of Indians to learn their language and mode of life. In that service he spent nine years, making himself an expert in the language and lore of the Algonkins (sic). It was doubtless a hard service, but it won him the honorable office of interpreter and agent. The last three years had been spent among the Nipissings on or near Lake Huron. Here was the crossroads of the wilderness. The Ottawa River, Lake Nipissing, and French River had become the regular channel of trade between Quebec and the upper Great Lakes. It was by that route that Ottawa Indians of the far northwest, with greet fleets of bark canoes, carried their furs to the French metropolis, while the Hurons at the south end of Georgian Bay received through the same channel French traders and missionaries. The Nipissings’ country, in effect, was the listening post from which to eavesdrop upon the savage as well as the civilized world. It is practically certain that Nicolet there obtained some knowledge of the more distant tribes south, north, and west as well as general notions of the routes of travel and of the distances that would have to be covered in order to visit them. The record of what now took place has been preserved solely because the Jesuit missionaries were in the habit of sending Relations of events transpiring in the new world to the heads of their order in France. . . For these reasons, and especially because the interest his visit (Jean Nicolet) created was never permitted to die or to be lost, the state is under deep obligations to the people of Green Bay for causi9ng the tercentennial of Nicolet’s visit to be adequately observed. This was done in a variety of ways: Through the issuance by the Post Office Department of a special commemorative three cent stamp, bearing Edwin W. Deming’s painting of Nicolet’s landfall; by a visit to Green Bay on August 9, 1934, of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; by a Fox River Valley parade on the opening day, July 7, and the religious observances on July 5. Enjoy. Please share any like medals/history.
  12. 1934 Green Bay, Wis., Wisconsin Tercentennial, Jean Nicolet, Bronze 37mm Unc. A bronze medal commemorating the 300th anniversary of the coming of the first white man to Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1634 - 1934.
  13. Book probably three volumes. Happy New Year! I'll start 2019 with some images from this pamphlet: