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    The Post-man always rings twice. Uhm... ring ring?

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    Nothing wrong with starting out or taking time to figure out things. I've gone back and added pictures to some of mine in the past year or so as I've gotten adjusted to the newer format. I think the thing I had the most trouble with was figuring out the difference between the normal photo attachments / uploads and the "feature" photo which pops up in the banner for the post. That took me a while.
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    I tracked these down online with Google, just in case anyone else wants to see what he's describing.
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    So that was a privy mark…

    Well, it managed to stay a secret to me.
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    So that was a privy mark…

    Well, I may need to go back and do some more reading there. Many of our coins have the initials of the designer but a symbol representing them is a little different. Edit to add: I know I've checked-out your set-description in the past and looked at your photos but I don't know that I've ever gotten around to digging into your individual coin descriptions much, so if it's in there that might be why I've never caught it.
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    So that was a privy mark…

    Lol Well, I think the "Samuel Likes Money" post, which I found rather funny and amusing, was torpedoed by what went down with the baby but that was more one of my posts about fatherhood-and-the-coins. There will probably continue to be a mix of those and ones like this as I go forward.
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    So that was a privy mark…

    Yeah... With things like that, when talking about 130+ year old coins. I'm never quite sure what's a deliberate "change" and what's a normal, year-to-year, die-to-die variation. With modern coins these things can be reproduced with very tight tolerances but I don't know what the tolerances were like back then. While I take those shots and blow it up huge the coin is only about the size of a US nickel. So those are small variations.
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    So that was a privy mark…

    There’s only 10 dates / years of issue for the Netherlands 10G coin during the 41-year reign of Willem III. All of these years occurred in a 15-year period from 1875 to 1889. Because of this, he only had one official portrait during this time and all the coins have the same obverse. Because even the date is on the reverse there is absolutely no way to discriminate one issue in the series from any of the others by just looking at the design of the obverse. By contrast, his daughter, ruled for 58 years (longer, but he was still on the throne 4 decades), and Gherrmann44’s 10G set honoring her has, I think, four official portraits on the obverse. The reverse of the coin is a different story. The 10 issues use a total of three different reverse “designs” for lack of a better word - or so I thought. It’s really two different designs and one of those designs has two variants with different privies… but I’m getting ahead of myself. The 1875 - the first and by far the most common with a mintage (4,110,00) that exceeds that of all the rest of the series combined (3,719,657) - is a 1-year type coin (KM 105). In 1876 several design features were re-arranged, and the date moved from the top to the bottom of the design. All the coins made from 1876 to 1889 are the same type (KM 106) and are the same except for one small detail: one of the two small marks on either side of the year is different in the last issues of the series. The issues from 1876 to 1887 have a battleax to the left of the date. The 1888 and the 1889 have a halberd. I have wondered, literally for years, what these marks were and why that one changed at this point. It never occurred to me that these were the mint mark and privy mark. I’m not gonna lie; this makes me feel a bit dumb. How did I figure this out? By reading the coin descriptions on Coin928’s “Curacao 1900-1948, Complete Circulations Issues” set. On more than one coin in that set he explains that the fish on those coins, next to the date, in the same position as the battleax and halberd are on the 10Gs, is a privy mark. The symbol on other side of the date is the mintmark for the Royal Dutch Mint - it’s a “Staff of Mercury.” He was nice enough to give me a link to the site where he found this information. The battleax is the privy for Philip Hendrik Taddel, who served as Mint Master from Nov 1874 to May 1887. The halberd (hellebaard) was the symbol for Hugo Laurens Adriaan van den Wall Bake (Good grief! What a name!), who served from July 1887 to 1909. Thanks to Coin928 for the new resource (website) and the information.
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    And so it begins... Updated 2/22

    Thanks. I appreciate the sentiment. This is clearly going to suck from start to finish but hopefully he'll pull through.
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    Old Green Rattlers

    In Illinois you actually get something that can be called "Winter." In Texas... I don't know what you call this. "Not Summer," maybe. Point of curiosity: Did you send them into PCGS again or did you send them to NGC? I guess without it specified I'd assume they'd go back to PCGS but I didn't want to assume. I know the general consensus seems to be that if you take any coin from either service that was graded 20+ years ago and send it in you might get at least one grade higher but I've never been brave enough to test it. Sounds like you did okay though.
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    And so it begins... Updated 2/22

    She's doing fine. Minor concerns make it sound like she won't be released until Saturday or Sunday instead of today which she's thrilled about. Even if she's released she wants to nap on the couch in the baby's room rather than coming home because she knows she can't travel back and forth much.
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    “Samuel Likes Money”

    Well, this was drafted and supposed to be queued up before everything went crazy on Tuesday so it may make less sense chronologically than it previously would have but here it is anyway I think it's a sweet and funny story. So, I have this “Heads or Tails” round that I got over 10 years ago as a joke. It has a nude woman on both sides so the “Head” and “Tails” should be self-explanatory from there. It’s the kind of thing that seems hysterical when you’re 22. Of course, my toddler finds it… He has no context for understanding it. It’s just another “daddy’s money.” I wasn’t home when he found it. This happened on a day recently when I was gone from before the sun came up until after the sun sets - this has been happening almost once a week lately. He likes to go into my home office (“daddy’s room”), mess with my stuff and look for me. I don’t necessarily blame him for this. I have a lot of stuff in there that a little boy would love including little robot toys… but I digress… So, he finds this thing and decides that the woman on the coin is Mommy. Why? Apparently when you’re two and you see a woman and she has long hair like mommy and looks even remotely close to mommy, it’s mommy. I have a couple of framed lithographs by Larry Elmore (“Ancient Powers” and his “Betty Paige” inspired work). He thinks both of those are Mommy too. I have to go by what my wife said since I wasn’t home. Ben likes to kiss her belly and tickle her stomach to tickle “sammy-el.” He also likes to try to reach into her belly button to try to get the baby out (Actually says, “I get baby out.”) – with predictable levels of success. I guess my wife’s stomach is like a room for the baby to him and the belly-button is the doorway to this room. As a logical (to him) extension of this behavior, he decided that he wanted to give this particular “money” to Samuel. He attempted to do so by pulling up her shirt and trying to press the round into her belly-button while giggling and saying “Sammy-el likes money.” My wife was laughing while explaining all of this. I’m a bit bummed that I missed it. It sounds like it would have been hysterical to watch. My wife has joked, in the aftermath of this, that I should get similarly inappropriate silver sounds for both boys and give the rounds to them on their 18th birthdays as a kind of “dad joke gift.” I think the idea has some potential, if only to see their eyes roll back in their heads.
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    1886A 20 Franc in MS64 and Resolution on the Anniversary Notes

    I think it's either 0.185 or 0.19 troy ounces of gold weight. Something like that but I don't know the exact number off the top of my head.
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    And so it begins... Updated 2/22

    I was gone all night at a professional function. I finally got home around 9:00, my son was already in bed. My mother-in-law stayed with them all evening while I was gone so Shandy wouldn't be alone, just in case. Maybe 5 minutes after my mother-in-law left, less than half an hour after I got home Shandy started bleeding. We went to the hospital. She was having contractions she couldn't feel and there was no way to stop the bleeding with the contractions and so she's in the OR now and I'm waiting. The surgery will take about 4 to 7 hours, maybe longer. 29 weeks and 2 days. Didn't quite make it to 30 weeks but ya get what ya get. Now just a lot a waiting, and I'm a pacer. Update 2/13: To my unending surprise the doctors came out in less than an hour and said the placenta had detached and there was no acreta like they'd thought. Instead of a 5+ hour operation it ended up taking about 2. They didn't have to do a hysterectomy but we went ahead and had her tubes tied. We will not be tempting fate again after this - all the risk factors would be higher next time. She seems to be recovering relatively well so far but I'm expecting Thursday / Friday to be bad days as some of the pain killers from the operation wear off. The baby was born at 11:55 on 12/12 and weighed a little north of 3 pounds. He's doing well relatively speaking and they haven't had to intubate him but it's still a possibility. He wasn't given steroids in the days leading up to the birth because we had no warning so his lungs are not as prepared as we would have preferred. He will likely spend about 8 weeks in the NICU. The place he's in right now is a Level III NICU, for babies born mostly before 30 weeks - There is a Level IV, for so-called "micro-premies" but those are mostly born at 23-25 weeks, at 29 weeks, Samuel has several substantial advantages over that group. Thanks for all the well wishes. We'll probably know a lot better how he's doing after he's made it to 72 hours old. Update 2/14 Well, you always hope your kid will defy the odds but they usually don't. Sam had to be intubated today because he was wearing himself out too much just trying to breathe. He's also dealing with some low blood-pressure issues. All of this was stuff they told us to expect that was probably coming. They can warn you all they want in advance but it's still going to suck to hear that it's happening. Update 2/16 Well, I guess it's a good news - bad news kind of morning. We went to bed last night knowing something seemed wrong but not knowing what. The doctors suspected he might be getting pneumonia. As it turns out, he doesn't have pneumonia, but he has had intraventricular hemorrhaging in his brain. Grade 4 (the worst) on one side. Grade 2 on the other. No way of knowing what, if any, consequences that will have for him. 2/16b: He's showing high bilirubin so they have him on the lights for jaundice. After hearing about the brain bleeding this just seems so mundane. Update 2/17 Shandy was discharged late yesterday and we spent the night at home with our soon-to-be-3-year-old for the first time since the birth. Today leaves me with more hope than yesterday for the first time in a while. The bilirubin levels are down and they've taken off the lights for it. He's breathing 21% O2 air and taking only 30-45 breaths per minute now. In the past they've had to have him on 40+% O2 air and he was still fighting for breath with a respiration rate in the 70s or higher. This is the most peaceful and relaxed I've seen him in that regard. His increased struggles to breathe, in combination with the unusual way he was holding his arms straight out and away from his body were some of the first signs that something was wrong which lead to the diagnostic tests for the bleeding in the brain. Today he's sleeping and resting with his arms bent and brought in to his body and face - much more natural and relaxed looking. I'm adding a picture from yesterday when he was under the lights. I'll see if I can get and share a picture of him today later. Update on 2/19. I think this is going to be the last time I update this post and I'll just include comments as appropriate in other entries moving forward. Sam will be a week old as of midnight tonight. His improvement has continued into this morning. His sodium levels, which were low, have come back up. The bilirubin lights have been on and off recently but they're back on for now. His heart and lungs continue to do well with no signs of new / additional bleeding recently. They think he'll be extubated today and put back on the CPAP. They're going to start feeding him milk again because they're liking the belly sounds they're hearing. So he seems to be doing well and out of most immediate danger. Update on 2/22: Couldn't resist one more: On 2/20, with the ventilator out (and he took to it well so he hasn't had to be intubated again) we got to hear him crying for the first time. It sounds a little like a small puppy honestly. On 2/21, Shandy got to hold him for the first time. On 2/22, I got to hold him for the first time.
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    What about this coin

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... I really hope he isn't paying a lot for these. I really hope he isn't. That would be sad.
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    Break from collecting. Hello again.

    Hi! Glad to see people circling back to the hobby. I was away for an extended period when you were active on the boards previously (you joined in 2012, I was most active from 07-09). - William