While sorting through antiques and coins to use for last Thursday’s (April 9th) post. I pondered some of the other coins and snapped some photos of them before taking most of the old loot back to the safe deposit box at the bank.
I don’t own a macro lens but my old Sony Cyber-shot can do a reasonably good job of getting close to a subject. I set up a make-shift staging area on the living room sofa in order to take advantage of diffused bright outdoor light from the overcast sky. I decided to share those pictures with you today.
All these coins were gifted to me to celebrate a special accomplishment, milestone, or birthday. They mean more than just their numismatic market value or their melt-down bullion prices. They’re simply interesting for their own sake. A disclaimer: I am not a numismatist nor any type of coin and currency expert whatsoever. If you want prices, availability, or other information, there are plenty of sources on the Web.
As a veteran roads department engineer, dad was proud of his many years with the agency. Dad purchased several of these Nebraska Department of Roads commemorative silver medallions. He gifted one apiece to my siblings and me in 1996. Meantime dad saved a few to give to his friends. The medal is the same size as a U.S. silver dollar; and stamped, “One Troy Ounce of .999 Fine Silver”. By the way, dad was a past officer of the Nebraska Numismatic Association, back in the day, so giving collectible coins was second nature to him.
Canada celebrated its Confederation Centennial in 1967. The Canadian Royal Mint released special collections of commemorative currency and coinage for the occasion. Among them was a boxed set of uncirculated coins. Unfortunately, they were not sealed from the elements so the coins were subject to tarnish and environmental damage. Dad gifted me the extra set that he had stored in a damp safe in his basement. All of the pieces have a patina. I supplemented the ambient light with artificial lighting in an attempt to bring out lost detail. I apologize for the poor image quality.
You probably noticed, right away, that the dollar coin is displayed upside down–that’s my error. The top piece is the Centennial commemorative medal. The other coins’ denominations and sizes are similar to their U.S. counterparts: half-dollar, penny, quarter, dime, dollar, nickel.
These are obverse sides of the Canadian coins.
I retained one coin at home because it is mounted in a ring. Although I’m not a big fan of rings, I decided to wear this today as a signet ring, while writing this little article. The 1913 Liberty $2.5 coin is a similar size to a contemporary American dime. I received this as a gift upon completing college.
The 1896 silver dollar is graded “extra fine” because it has only a few minor surface scratches. It was passed down to me in a plastic gift case that is open to the elements. Surprisingly, it hasn’t tarnished.
I put in countless volunteer hours for Jimmy Carter’s Presidential bid in 1976. As with all new Presidents, a commemorative Inauguration coin was minted and accompanied by a special stamp. Dad ordered a coin for me because he knew I’d greatly appreciate it. It’s still special. While photographing it, happy memories of the campaign volunteer group flooded back to life again.
The Blue Jay of Happiness shares some advice from financial advisor, Robert Kiyosaki. “Many gold and silver experts will recommend you buy numismatic coins–rare and old coins. If you are not a rare coin expert, I’d encourage you to stay away from them. New investors often pay too much for rare coins that are not really rare.”