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Challenge Coins-U.S. Challenge Coins

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I am the first to admit I am no expert on the manufacture or art of Challenge Coins.  I only hope to educate coin collectors and enthusiasts that they exist.  It has been brought to my attention(by the owner of) U.S. Challenge Coins that they have a superior product and lower costs on these treasures.  I have never ordered and don’t know if I ever will order a challenge coin, though I do appreciate their importance.  What I do like is Capitalism and the ability for the market to decide who is best.  So I urge anyone who might be interested in Challenge Coins to explore the different manufactures, and find one you like and trust.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

Challenge Coins

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The more I research coins, the more I find out unique and interesting stories.  The Challenge Coin is a coin or medallion, bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem, usually military,  and carried by the organization’s members. They are given to prove membership when challenged, thus helping to create unity.  The origins of the coin are what stories are made of.   My friends at Challenge Coins have a great website dedicated to their passion of these coins.

Photo: Challenge Coins

Written by Robert L. Wilson

December 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

Coins for Anything

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I did a post on Challenge Coins a ways back and received a comment asking where one could have these kinds of coins made.  While searching the inter-web I came across a company that can do just that, Coins for Anything Inc. is your go to place to get that special coin made for any occasion.  They strive for complete customer satisfaction, and will do a digital image of your coin for free.  I hope to have a few coins of my own made one of these days, after all this is The|Coinologist.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

December 30, 2010 at 8:08 am

ANA | ANS Partner for Early U.S. Mint Exhibit at World’s Fair of Money

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Cooperative effort includes museum display, two Money Talks programs

The American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the American Numismatic Society in New York City, are joining together to present a stunning exhibit of the U.S. Mint’s first issues as part of the Museum Showcase during the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The ANS is loaning a complete collection of the first issues of each coinage denomination minted by the Philadelphia Mint from 1792-1796. This one-time exhibit highlights Philadelphia’s storied numismatic history.

Mike Gasvoda, an ANS Board of Trustees member and longtime ANA member, was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Philadelphia show. “While the ANA and ANS may serve different parts of the numismatic community, the overlap of what we offer is much larger than the places we differ. This type of joint effort between the ANA and ANS should be a natural part of both our efforts to reach the collecting community,” he said.

The pedigrees of the ANS coins have links back to some of the most famous collections ever formed. A few stand-out pieces include:

  • Select 1793 large cents donated by George H. Clapp;
  • The Louis Eliasberg specimen of the 1794 dollar, exhibited courtesy of an ANS Board of Trustees member;
  • A 2 ½ dollar gold quarter eagle and 10 dollar gold eagle, from the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan.

The exhibit will also include  a 1793 half cent, a gift to the ANS from Robert Schonwalter; a 1794 half disme, graded MS-63; a 1796 disme, 1796 quarter, 1794 half dollar and 1795 half eagle, all donations to the ANS from Arthur J. Fecht collection. A 1792 half disme, donated to the ANA by Steve L. Contursi, will complement this exhibit in the Museum Showcase.

“I’m really pleased that the ANS is partnering with the ANA for this wonderful exhibit of the first Philadelphia Mint issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees at the World’s Fair of Money to see such historically significant U.S. coins,” said ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin. “We appreciate the ANS partnering with us and we look forward to more opportunities in the future.”

The challenges of the early U.S. Mint are easily recognized when looking at these historic pieces.  The designers, engravers and die operators struggled to learn their new trade. Coin production came in fits and starts as efforts to secure funding and precious metals were anything but steady. It took four years for the fledgling mint to coin each of the congressionally mandated denominations, so foreign coinage continued to circulate alongside American coins as legal tender for many years. The exhibited coins give a rare glimpse into the operations of the first Philadelphia mint.

“Working with Mike Gasvoda, Robert Wilson Hoge and Elena Stolyarik to create this exhibit has been a wonderful experience. It is rarely possible to display such great pieces,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.

This exhibit will be complemented by three related Money Talks presentations, which are expected to be heavily attended.

  • Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger, both ANA and ANS members, deliver the talk, “The First Philadelphia Mint,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Room 104B.
  • Robert Wilson Hoge, former ANA curator and current curator of North American Coins and Currency at the ANS, will give the presentation, “First Order of Business: The U.S. Mint’s Original Coinage Denominations, 1793-1796,” at noon Thursday, Aug. 9 in Room 104B.
  • Jamie Franki, creator of the 121st Anniversary Convention Medal, presents “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 104B.

“If you appreciate this exhibit and the related presentations, I hope you will let both organizations know so we can better understand how we can serve our numismatic family in the future,” Gasvoda said.

The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; more than 1,000 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.

Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon at www.worldsfairofmoney.com. For more information, call 719-482-9849.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 27,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.

2008 Bald Eagle Uncirculated Half Dollar

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The 2008 Bald Eagle Uncirculated Half Dollar will have a maximum mintage of 750,000 coins.  This will include both proof and uncirculated versions.  It will be minted at the San Francisco Mint in San Francisco, California.  It was brought into existence by Public Law: 108-486.

Obverse:
Designer: Susan Gamble
Sculptor: Joseph Menna
Description: Two baby eaglets settled in a nest with an unhatched egg.

Reverse:
Designer: Donna Weaver
Sculptor: Charles Vickers
Description: The famous eagle “Challenger” with the American flag in the background.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

December 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

2008 Bald Eagle Proof Half Dollar

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The 2008 Bald Eagle Proof Half Dollar will have a maximum mintage of 750,000 coins.  This will include both proof and uncirculated versions.  It will be minted at the San Francisco Mint in San Francisco, California.  It was brought into existence by Public Law: 108-486.

Obverse:
Designer: Susan Gamble
Sculptor: Joseph Menna
Description: Two baby eaglets settled in a nest with an unhatched egg.

Reverse:
Designer: Donna Weaver
Sculptor: Charles Vickers
Description: The famous eagle “Challenger” with the American flag in the background.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

December 5, 2008 at 11:11 am

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