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  1. Although this item is not numismatic, it is related as it mentions "Telephone Pioneers". A plaque attached to a rock in Oakland California Redwood Park. Redwood Park plaque Telephone Pioneers "In memory of the past Telephone Pioneers. We gave back to God and nature these trees to grow tall." Redwood Park is a nature preserve with hiking trails and picnic areas.
  2. Another reason for buying a particular coin. Walt Disney had a Spanish Potosi eight reales "cob" dated 1685. Now, thanks to Sedwick Coins of Florida, I have one too. Spanish America silver eight reales "cob" type 1685 Potosí (Charles II) Silver, 39mm x 40mm, 25.11gm Obverse: Pillars of Hercules above waves POTOSI ANO 1685 EL PERV (missing) P 8 VR (mintmark, denomination, assayer) PLV SVL TRA (Plus Ultra or "More Beyond") VR 85 P (assayer, date, mintmark) Reverse: Jerusalem cross, castle upper left and lower right, lion upper right and lower left CAROLVS II DG HISPANIAR (missing) Denomination '8' at top, mintmark 'P' at left, assayer 'VR' at right, and date '85' at bottom
  3. Supposedly the last year that Chinese merchants chop marked coins was 1935 when China abandoned the silver standard. This is my latest, from early in the 20th century: United States Philippines peso 1903-S with chop marks Who has the Chinese chop marked silver coin with the latest date?
  4. From Trailing the Giant Panda by Theodore Roosevelt and Kermit Roosevelt, published in 1929 Here we stopped to arrange our money transfers. This is a most complicated matter as the different denominations, though ostensibly dealing in the same medium, the cent, have entirely different relative values. The standard, of course, is the dollar "Mex", worth about fifty cents of our money. The half-dollar piece is the most valuable, -- the paper dollar the least. One dollar in half-dollar silver pieces is worth many dollars in paper. The twenty-cent pieces stand in between. It takes some 120 cents in them to equal 100 cents in the half-dollars. This is because certain enterprising officials had them coined in brass outside of the country. To make matters worse, the values are different in most places and in certain districts paper and small coin are not accepted at all. The final straw is added by the practice of separate coinage for the different provinces. Making out an income tax in America is simple compared with figuring exchange in China. The "half-dollar piece" he refers to is a silver dollar sized coin, either Mexican or Chinese. When the US changed to the gold standard, the Chinese "Mex" silver dollar was pegged at half a "gold" dollar. China Dollar 1914 Yuan Shih-kai "Fat Man" type (Silver, 38mm, 26.62gm)
  5. John F. Kennedy and Clare Boothe Luce both came from families of wealth. The were both intelligent and knew what United States gold coins looked like.
  6. While waiting to see the Netflix film "Coin Heist" that everyone is raving about and watching the rain fall, and it being Elvis' birthday, I had to watch one of his films. The 1967 Paramount Pictures film "Easy Come, Easy Go" features Elvis Presley as a former US Navy diver who discovers a sunken ship and attempts to retrieve the contents. Along the way he meets a pretty go-go dancer and yoga student and a pair of rival treasure hunters. The film story location is not made specific but is most likely Southern California. The treasure consists of a traditional treasure chest supposedly filled with Argentine silver "pieces of eight" or eight reales coins which are dollar-sized silver coins made by the Spanish colonies and their independent successors. Some large prop coins are used for the coins in the film. Closeups of the underwater prop coin The prop coin appears to be a large size imitation of an ancient Greek silver tetradrachm with the profile of the nymph Arethusa. A final scene is set in a 1960's coin store where Elvis and his companions try to sell the coins. Coin dealer's store The dealer's store is filled with coin collecting supplies of the 1960's including blue Whitman albums. The dealer tells Elvis and his friends that the coins are copper not silver. Elvis and Jo the go-go dancer are unhappy or "all shook up" Elvis' group does get some cash and they give it to a hippie commune.
  7. And this just in: Solomon Islands strikes JFK commemorative $1 Coin By Solomon Times /Pasifik - January 10, 2017 BULLION Exchanges and the Royal Australian Mint have announced an exclusive 1 oz. Silver JFK Commemorative $1 coin honouring the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) – the 35th President of the United States. Solomon Islands Dollar 2017 - John F. Kennedy The design of the coin pays tribute to the act of endurance, heroism and leadership shown by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy in 1943 during WWII in the Pacific, specifically the Solomon Islands. The Royal Mint says there are several bullion features which make the John F. Kennedy JFK Solomon Islands $1 Coin a highly desired collectible coin on the marketplace. This $1 coin is legal tender of the Solomon Islands. “This remarkable silver coin is made of the purest .999 silver with a frosted finish, has a limited mintage of 15,000 pieces, a denomination of $1 dollar and an impressive coin diameter of 40.00 mm, allowing every detail of the coin to look stunning,” said the spokesman.
  8. The Father Flanagan Omaha Boys Town gets a clad half-dollar, a silver dollar, and a five-dollar gold piece and the Lions Club International gets a silver dollar. US Mint information and designs: https://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/index520a.html?action=commemoratives The reverse design of the Lions Club coin looks interesting: United States Dollar 2017 Lions Club Reverse Any thoughts on these coins?
  9. November 20, 1818, a date which will live not in infamy but in historical trivia. Monterey, California holds the dubious distinction of being the only city in California to have been sacked by pirates. It happened in 1818, during the Spanish-American wars of independence. Privateers from Argentina attacked Alta California, which was under Spanish control. French sea captain Hipólyte Bouchard led the attack and plundered Monterey. It was the only time California was invaded by an enemy. United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata (Argentina) 8 Reales 1813 Specs: Silver, 38.0mm x 37.5mm, 26.80gm Obverse: Sun face and rays / PROVINCIAS DEL LA RIO DELA PLATA (Provinces of the Rio de la Plata) Reverse: Wreath, two hands holding Liberty Cap / EN UNION Y LIBERTAD / 1813 Mintmark: Monogram for Potosi Bolivia and Assayer initial 'J' Argentina was known as the "United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata" from 1810 to 1825, after a revolt and separation from Spain. The provinces took the name "Argentina" in 1825 and are usually referred to by that name. In 1818, Argentina commissioned a privateer named Hipólyte Bouchard to raid Spanish shipping. He headed first for the Spanish Philippines, but found little to raid. He then sailed to Hawaii where he met an Englishman who told him about Monterey and its suspected Spanish riches. Monterey was the Spanish capital of Alta California and had a Spanish population of about 400. California was low on the scale of Spanish colonies compared to Mexico and Peru, as it did not have the gold that the Spanish Conquistadors wanted. The colonists managed by raising cattle and working Indians at missions. On November 20, 1818, Bouchard's two ships, the La Argentina and Santa Rosa, arrived in Monterey. The next day, the Santa Rosa opened fire on the El Castillo fort and the return fire from a shore battery caused the Spaniards on shore to reject Bouchard’s demand for surrender. According to the Spanish governor, the pirates landed the next day but were chased off, according to Bouchard they took over the fort. The next morning, November 22, Bouchard’s 200 men landed and occupied the fort. The crew left the mission and church alone, but began looting houses and businesses. They didn’t find much money or valuables, no doubloons or pieces of eight. They shot some farm animals, and stole whatever Spanish items they could find. The raiders held the town for six days and then left and headed south. Before leaving, the pirates set fire to the presidio adobe houses which didn't burn. The ships then attacked another California town, San Juan Capistrano, then headed to Mexico for more raiding and back to South America. Bouchard is a hero in Argentina and has streets named after him. A strange reason for having a coin but as I live in California, to have coin associated with the state's only pirate raid is something.
  10. I took this photograph at my place near San Francisco recently. A pair of owls in a tree Pine cones, too. The bird looked familiar, somehow. Panama-Pacific $50 1915 Octagonal From Heritage Auctions via Wikipedia To be technical, they are Great Horned Owls and pretty big birds.
  11. This Egyptian coin commemorates the third anniversary of the revolution which ousted the infamous King Farouk. Egypt Pound 1955 - Third anniversary of Egyptian Revolution Gold, 23mm, 8.48gm, 0.8750 (21 carat) This commemorative coin is about the same size as the British Sovereign. The Egyptian Revolution began on July 23, 1952 when a group of army officers, led by Mohammed Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser, staged a military coup and forced King Farouk to abdicate and leave the country. Among other things, King Farouk left behind a fabulous coin collection which was later sold by the new government. This coin has an image of the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II (BC 1279-1213) riding a chariot; the image is taken from an Abu Simbel wall relief depicting the battle of Kadesh (around BC 1274). It is interesting that the Egyptians put one Pharaoh on the coin commemorating the removal of another, but Rameses II was one of Egypt's greatest kings and Farouk was known for hanging out in nightclubs and grabbing what he could. A good biography of King Farouk is Too Rich: The High Life and Tragic Death of King Farouk by William Stadiem, published in 1991. Farouk was an accumulator, he had collections of coins, stamps, labels steamed off of bottles, Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge comic books, naughty postcards, and many other items. King Farouk did like to drive fast and once ended up in a hospital after a crash.