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Canada 1943 5 Cent Coin – V for Victory

This coin is in EF45 condition, with traces of luster. It is a one year type, and not many were kept in good shape.

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Obverse

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Obverse

The obverse shows King George the 6th, bare headed and facing to the left. The legend reads “GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP:”

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Reverse

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Reverse

On the reverse, a flaming torch is placed in front of a Roman numeral 5 (V). The legend “CANADA” goes CW from 10:00 to 2:00, with the date spread on either side of the central device (“19 – 45”) and the other half of the denomination CW from 7:00 to 4:00 (“CENTS”).

Identification code: Canada KM-40 (1943 only)

Date: 1943

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 24,760,256

Country of origin: Canada

Composition: Tombac (Brass: 88% copper, 12% zinc)

Size: 21.2 mm in diameter, 1.7 mm thick

Weight: 4.5g

Other details: There are a *ton* of varieties of this “nickel”. This coin is dodecagonal, which was done to make it easy to tell them apart from the other circulating brass coinage (a 1 cent piece). The nickel that was normally used in 5 cent coins was a critical war material (much like the American 5 cent pieces, where silver was substituted).

Estimated Value: $2-5 (and less in worse shape… and I got this one for 10 cents from a junk bin)

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Obverse 2

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Obverse 2

Coin - Canada 1943 5 Cent - V for Victory in Brass Reverse 2

Coin – Canada 1943 5 Cent – V for Victory in Brass Reverse 2

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.




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