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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

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint

This coin has passed through a few pockets, likely including a few US Marines and Army soldiers during the second world war. It has mild wear and a natural patina of age; I’d grade it Very Fine (VF30).

The reverse was designed by W. H. J. Blakemore; it shows the Australian coat of arms. This is a shield flanked by a Kangaroo on the left and an Emu on the right, with a scroll below. The shield has six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. Ontop of the shield is a royal crown with six sided stars to either side. . The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “SIXPENCE” with the date below the crest, and the mint mark just above.

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint Reverse

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint Reverse

On the obverse, the silver 6d has a leftward facing bust of George the Fifth of England. He is shown wearing a crown and regalia that must weigh a ton. The portrait was engraved by Bertram Mackennal.

The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? Note that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters. This stands for George the 5th, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).

Australia Sixpence 1942 from Denver Mint Obverse

Australia Sixpence 1942 from Denver Mint Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-38 (1938-1945)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 12,000,000 (a fairly common date))

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 19mm

Weight: 2.82 grams (0.0838 troy ounce ASW)

Other details: This coin came from a hoard that I bought at a Precious Metal’s dealer. It had spent hte last 10 years or so sitting around with tourist pocket pocket change, old tax tokens, medals, and other forgotten treasures.

Estimated Value: $3-5 with silver at ~$33/oz

Australia 1942 D Threepence Silver Coin

This coin has some unsightly tarnish on it, but that indicates that it has original surfaces and hasn’t been cleaned. I would grade it Very Fine (VF30) or so.

On the reverse are three stalks of wheat tied together at the stalks with a ribbon. The legend reads “Australia * Three Pence”.  The date is written on either side of the grains, across the horizontal bar formed by the ribbon. The mint mark is below that bar on the right, at approximately 6:10.

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

On the obverse, the 3d shows King George VI facing to the left. The boyish King is surrounded by the legend “GEORGIVS VI : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? This Latin inscription stands for George the Sixth, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-37 (1938-1944)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 16,000,000

Country of origin: United States (minted for Australia, as a wartime ally)

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I bought this coin from a hoard at a PM dealer. They had a bin full of assorted “foreign junk” and I was happy to dig through it for diamonds in the rough.

Estimated Value: $1.50-3.00 with silver at ~$33/oz

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1932 Willy’s Overland Silver Anniversary Washington Medal

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This medal is in pretty good shape, I would grade it VF30 to EF40 (but I am without other examples to compare to, this might be as good as it gets). On the obverse is the legend “Willy’s-Overland” with “Silver … Continue reading

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso: a tough peso to find

The 1912 silver peso was hard for me to find – it took me quite a while to find this one at a price I was willing to pay. I think it conservatively grades EF40, and may garner an EF45.

1912 was the last year that this coin was made, and the mintage numbers weren’t particularly high. That, combined with a century of disinterest in the coin has led to a severe shortage in high grades. American pesos circulated widely throughout Asia as trade coinage, and many were damaged with chopmarks or assay slices.

On the obverse, Liberty is shown pounding on the forge of freedom. It was designed by Melecio Figueroa and there is some speculation that the young Filipina woman shown on the coin was based on his daughter. She is wearing a flowing dress, similar to the garb of Liberty on other period coinage. The obverse of the coin shows Liberty in the act of one-handedly striking an anvil with a hammer while her other  hand holds an olive branch. In the background is Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “One Peso” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”.

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Obverse with Liberty

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Obverse with Liberty

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with symbols from the American flag. At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. To the left of the year is the mint mark (“S” for San Francisco). Coins with no mint mark were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Reverse with Eagle on Shield

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Reverse with Eagle on Shield

Identification code: Philippines KM-172

Date: 1912

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)

Mintage: 680,000

Country of origin: United States of America

Composition: 80% Silver (0.5144 oz ASW)

Size: 38 mm

Weight: 20 grams (0.5144 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: $80-150

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)
1912 Silver Peso – (0.5144 oz ASW)
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Skiing Medal – Salvador Dali 1988 Calgary Olympic Silver Medal

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This Brilliant Uncirculated medal is from a 5 medallion series that Salvador Dali did to raise funds for the US Olympic Committee in 1988. These seem to be restrikes of a larger set that he did in 1984. They were … Continue reading