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Gold Prospector Examining a Pan

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  • Title: Gold prospector examining a pan to see how much gold it contains. Pinos Altos, New Mexico
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May-June.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

Prospector Panning Gold

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  • Title: Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Prospector panning gold. The light objects are probably not gold as it is very unusual to find pieces this large in this section. They are probably mica (fools’ gold) or mercury, which is used to attract the gold
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May.

Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

Milling The Blanks | 1897

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Workman milling blank coins at the U.S. mint in New Orleans.  Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Source:  Library of Congress

Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

Vintage New Orleans Mint Photo

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Here we have another Library of Congress find.  This photo of the New Orleans Mint was taken between 1880 and 1901.  What an amazing history this building has, built out of necessity, due to commerce in New Orleans, being seized by the Confederacy in the Civil War, and withstanding a beating from Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst hurricanes in the history of the United States.  The building still stands today, and since 1981 is has served as a branch of the Louisiana State Museum.  Coins from this mint were rarely stored and certain uncirculated pieces bring big money at auction.  Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Photos:  The Detroit Publishing Company

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 4, 2011 at 8:08 am

Safe Find | 1891 Cary Safe

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My very first “Safe Find” was the Cary Safe, California Car Wash post.  So when I came across this one, I had to post these photos.  Look at the size of this thing.  Not only does it have double doors, but two sets of them.  The front has  Cary Safe Co. in traditional script.   Here was the company slogan “Growing Great Since Seventy Eight” CARY SAFES “The Safe Investment” “Uniform Strength Throughout”  Keep in mind that is 1878, and unfortunately the growing stopped in 1929.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

Wilson Silver Service

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There are two stories that come from this Library of Congress photo.  One being the photo itself, named “Wilson Silver Service,”  Wilson being my surname, and the second being the value of silver items like this.  With Silver at such highs, and being in the business of silver,  I frequently have people asking me “how much is my silver worth, I never use it.”  There are a few things everyone needs to know upfront.  One:  Silverware has to be stamped “Sterling” to have precious metal value, meaning if it is only silver plate, try to sell it as the antique it is.  Two:  Any business that is buying this has to accumulate a certain quantity until they have enough to send to a metal refinery, they don’t do smelting in the back of their shop.   Three:  Last but not least don’t forget about the heirloom value of your silver, someone in your family bought this or received it as a gift and that should be considered before parting with your Silverware.  Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Photo:  Library of Congress

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 9, 2011 at 8:08 am

Pennyland|1928

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Here is another great photo I found on Shorpy.  A glimpse into 1928 at the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington.  Stop for a moment and really look at this photo.  Let it take you back to the Twenties, imagine wearing your boater and a suit, or your new dress to the amusement park, because you looked good!  These were the days when a pocket full of change meant you were going to have a great day.  This is certainly a time when coins were used in everyday commerce.  When I look at the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies from the twenties and thirties, you see the wear on them.  These coins were spent, not dumped in a jar because they are a hassle to carry around.  They bought your lunch, filled your tank, and let you have a whole lot of fun in “PENNYLAND!”  Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Photo: National Photo Company Collection

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

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