2003 Wildlife Refuge Centennial Duck

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This medal is part of a 4 piece set. This example is slabbed by PCGS and graded PR69DCAM. I’ve put a censorship block over the serial number on my piece, as I don’t want copies of mine flowing out of … Continue reading

Australian 5 Dollar Silver 2000 Olympic Map

This coin is encapsulated in a plastic case & is in clean proof condition. There’s some residue on the case, but the coin’s surface is pristine. The fields are mirrorlike & the details are frosty.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

The obverse shows the bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right, wearing her full regalia (a stylized variation on the Imperial State Crown, teardrop earrings, pearl necklace). The legend reads “Elizabeth II Australia 2000″ clockwise from 7:00 to 4:00. The denomination is clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

On the reverse, there’s a map of Australia, surrounded by 19 tall sailing ships (mostly they appear to be 3 or 4 masted schooners) representing the settlement era ships each with it’s masts pointing toward the center of the coin. On the continent, there are 2 stickfigures that seem to be dancing in opposite directions next to 4 footprints (a mix of outlined & full). Wavy lines surround the shore, representing the Great Barrier Reef. At 6:00 is a 6 sided trapezoidal diamond that may represent the Olympic Torch, with 5 colorized rings.

Identification code: Australia KM-371

Date: 2000

Mint Mark: C (Canberra)

Mintage: 100,000 (sold in sets of 16)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 99.99% Silver

Size: 40.5 mm

Weight: 31.635 g (without the case)

Other details: The interlocking rings are the symbol of the Olympic Games. There are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. Originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin; the ring colours supposedly included all of those found on the national flags of the countries that competed in the Olympic games at that time. Coubertin wrote in the 1912 Olympique:

“…the six colours [including the flag’s white background] thus combined reproduce the colours of all the nations, with no exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Estimated Value: $75 with silver at ~$28/oz

Guernsey 1889H 4 Doubles Coin

I picked up this coin at the September 2013 Dallas Coin Club Auction, where the club sold a large collection of items bequested from the estate of a former member. I’m not very familiar with coins from Guernsey, but would grade this to be between Very Good & Fine.

The center of the obverse is dominated with the crest of Guernsey – a shield with 3 lions passant to the left. There are dots all around the inside rim. I tried counting them but lost count 5 or 6 times & gave it up as a lost cause. From 8:00 to 4:00 along the inside of the border is the legend “Guernsey”.

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Obverse

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Obverse

On the reverse, the 4 Doubles has the same border of dots, with the denomination in the center “4 Doubles” over the mintage date “1889″.

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Reverse

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Reverse

Identification code: KM-5 (1864-1911)

Date: 1889

Mint Mark: H (Heaton)

Mintage: 104,000

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Composition: Bronze

Size: 26.1 mm

Weight: 4.8g

Estimated Value: $5-10

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Obverse

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Obverse

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Reverse

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Reverse


1829 Bust Half Dollar O-114

This coin has been seen a lot of history. I only hope that I look as good going into my second century! I’d grade it a G4 or a VG8 on a generous day. There’s a large X scratched into the reverse that significantly harms its eye appeal.

1829 Bust Half Dollar Obverse 04

1829 Bust Half Dollar Obverse 04

The obverse shows lady Liberty facing to the left, with a lot of cleavage showing. She wears a rather crushed looking liberty cap, and has curls of hair down to her shoulders.  She is surrounded by 13 six-sided stars; 7 run from her bosom at 8:00 to her temple at 11:00 and 6 run from the back of her head at 2:00 to her back at 4:00. The date is at 6:00.

1829 Bust Half Dollar Reverse 03

1829 Bust Half Dollar Reverse 03

On the reverse, an emblematic eagle sits on a nest of arrows. The eagle has a shielded chest, a rather serpentine neck (facing to the left) and spread wings. The legend “United States of America” runs from 8:00 to 4:00. A banner scroll reads “E Pluribus Unum” between the legend and eagle’s head from 10:00 to 2:00. The denomination “50 C” is at 6:00.

Date: 1829

Mint Mark: n/a (so Philadelphia)

Mintage: 3,712,156

Country of origin: United States

Composition: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

Size: 32.5mm

Weight: 13.48 grams

Other details: The dies on these are all attributed by Overton. I don’t know all the differences between varieties, but they mostly have to do with the spacing of letters on the reverse. On some, the “I” in Liberty is further to the left or right of the “T” in United States.

1829 Bust Half Dollar Reverse with Overton attribution to O-114

1829 Bust Half Dollar Reverse with Overton attribution to O-114

I was told that this is an O-114 variety. Overton varieties start with 001 and were numbered based on their order of discovery. Typically, this means that the higher Overton numbers are scarcer. In this case, the O114 variety is rated as a R3 (which I believe is based on the Sheldon rarity scale below):

R1 is common (1000+ pieces known)
R2 is Slightly uncommon (501-1000 pieces known)
R3 is Scarce (201-500 pieces known)
R4 is Very Scarce (81-200 pieces known)
R5 is Rare (31-80 pieces known)
R6 is Very Rare (13-30 pieces known)
R7 is Extremely Rare (4-12 pieces known)
R8 is Unique or nearly so (1-3 pieces known)

Estimated Value: $60 to $90 with silver at ~$21/oz

Hard Times Token – 1835 Bucklin’s Book Keeping & Interest Tables

This token was minted in 1835. It’s been around the block a few times since then, and I would grade it About Good (AG3). And that’s probably being generous.

The obverse shows a wreath around an odd fraction: “Troy” over the denomination of a bust facing left in profile. The circumference of the obverse reads: “Bucklin’s Book Keeping” clockwise from 11:00 to 8:00.

Token - 1835 - Hard Times - Bucklin's Interest Tables Token Obverse

Token – 1835 – Hard Times – Bucklin’s Interest Tables Token Obverse

The reverse also shows a wreath around a fraction: “1835 / T*”. The circumference of the obverse reads: “Bucklin’s Interest Tables” clockwise from 6:30 to 5:30. The T is pretty well gone on my example, but it’s the mark that sets this token apart from a very similar other issue.

Token - 1835 - Hard Times - Bucklin's Interest Tables Token Reverse

Token – 1835 – Hard Times – Bucklin’s Interest Tables Token Reverse

Identification code: HT-353 or HT-354 (not sure which, but 354 may simply be a more worn version of 353 without the T below the date due to die damage)

Date: 1835

Mintage: unknown (but fairly small) R-3 (Sheldon: 201-500)

Composition: Copper (possibly bronze)

Size: 27mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: According to a resource I found on PCGS: These tokens were issued by Isaac B. Bucklin, of Troy, New York. Bucklin was a school teacher,and he lived in West Troy. Bucklin furnished special instruction in bookkeeping and also engaged in printing and selling the 19th century equivalent of calculators: devices called interest tables. From 1839 on he was a stove dealer at 221 River Street in Troy.

Bucklin made several different tokens to advertise his business (and, presumably make some money on the side). Many of these tokens advertised his “Bucklin’s Bookkeeping Simplified,” with the date 1834. According to the token, this system SHOWS ONE VIEW THE EXACT STATE OF YOUR BUSINESS. The reverse of the piece described as Low 77 states: BUCKLINS INTEREST TABLES. 100 DOLLARS FOR DETECTING AN ERROR OF 1 CENT. SHOWS THE INTEREST AT A GLANCE OF ANY SUM FOR ANY TIME AT 6 AND 7 PER CENT. PRICED FROM 25 CENTS TO 2 DOLLARS.

Here are pictures and details of several of the other tokens Isaac Bucklin produced, including

HT 348 / Low 77
HT 353 / Low 92
HT 354 / Low 92A
HT 355  / Low 93
HT 357A / Low 145

Estimated Value: $10-20

Censorship from a printing company –

A month ago, I ordered a rubber stamp from an online printer. They had a good price and the ability to submit custom graphics. So, I made the following graphic for use when I mail back unwanted junk mail:

After a few weeks, I began to wonder where my order was. So, I sent an e-mail into their customer service:

I’m checking on the status of an order I placed on 5/3 (4038531). Can I get an update or tracking info? Thanks.

In response I got the following:

Greeting George,
Due to the obscene nature of graphics, your order has been placed on hold and will be cancelled. Your funds will be refunded within 7-10 business.
Thank you,
StampXpress Customer Services

What the hell? First off, where they just planning on keeping my money if I didn’t follow up?

Secondly, that’s obscene? There’s nothing in that image that you wouldn’t see on a beach. AND, it’s a 296 x 72 pixel image… the “offensive” part is 58 x 31 pixels. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by HD porn, but I fail to see how anything that size could offend anyone.

Finally, where does a printing company get off making editorial decisions? Am I going to have to put up with waiters cancelling my order because it’s obscene to add bacon to a cheeseburger? Or will the post office refuse to deliver a letter I send with an upside down flag stamp?

I wonder if the internet can help me out here. Have you got any truly offensive graphics handy? I think StampShitspress needs an education in what obscenity really looks like.