In his 'July Treasures' topic, TDZ advised us about another chat board where the
chatters would report and summarize their 'finds' for the month. Heron was gonna
add this info to the July topic but decided against.
Some items acquired by Heron during August 2015:
British West Indies, 1/8 Dollar, dated 1822 and is Silver. Another 'bit' item perhaps?
This series of coins is sometimes called 'Anchor Money' because of the nice anchor
depicted thereon. This is Heron's first 1/8 Dollar Anchor coin. A fun find.
British East Africa Company, Mombasa: A 1 Pice coin dated 1888 with Calcutta Mint
Mark. These coins are relatively plentiful. This is Heron's 3rd Mombasa. All three
have legends in different font size. This most recent added item has legends in 3
different font sizes. An item added just for fun.
East Africa & Uganda Protectorates. A British issue of 10 Cents and dated 1911.
When Heron saw this coin in dealer's inventory Heron could not remember if there
was one in the 'accumulation' of Brit Empire stuff. So it was purchased. Turned out
that there was NOT one a these in the old accumulation. Must have sold the original
on eBay during the 'hot' days!
British Essequibo & Demerary Half Stiver dated 1813. A nice 'upgrade' for Heron
and so it was included in the purchased batch. A nice Copper coin.
British East India Company Half Anna Copper coin dated 1835. Another 'minor' coin
that was not in Heron's batch of British Empire coins. Nice VF with no edge dings.
About the same size as an Essequibo & Demerary One Stiver coin.
British 1/2 Penny Copper dated 1799. No reason to purchase this coin except it is
a nice VF with no edge dings. Heron already owned several. However, because
Heron was viewing a nice batch of British Empire coins he bought it anyhow. Just for FUN!
And the fact that these large coppers are some a Heron's favoritos. [And the price was
All the above coins were purchased from one Socal dealer at his place of business.
Last and small but not least is a Mexico 1/4 Real Silver coin dated 1843.
This coin has the Ga. Mint Mark.
This is the Guadalajara mint. Always something 'new' to add. A nice 'find' because
Heron did not have a 1/4 Real issued by Guadalajara. This item was also purchased
from a local coin dealer at his place of business. Sometimes we have to revert to the
old fashioned method of acuisitions in order to add some neat stuff!
So, I am sure that this not new to many of you, but to me it was extremely new. I bought a dime some months back that was encased with basically "American Museum of Atomic Energy. I do not have the coin right at this time as I sent it off to a friend to check it out. I do have quite an interesting article, however, and have listed the link below. (The dimes shown in the article are exactly the ones I am talking about)
I remember reading and watching films from the early atomic ages where people were given dark glasses and moved back to a ridiculous distance from an atomic blast. I remember them teaching children (I was one of them) how to hide under their desks and cover their head in the case of a atomic attack.
How any of us survived our own ignorance back then is amazing.
So back to the dimes. Here is what they said about them "One of the most popular exhibits in the American Museum of Atomic Energy is a "dime irradiator." To date, more than 250,000 dimes have been irradiated, encased in plastic and returned to their owners as souvenirs. The irradiator works as follows: A mixture of radioactive antimony and beryllium is enclosed in a lead container. Gamma rays from the antimony are absorbed by the beryllium atoms and a neutron is expelled by the beryllium atom in the process. "
This was carried out in the 1950's which we can see. What is truly insane, it continued into the 1960's. 1965 was the last date I read about. I wonder if I play with my dime if my hair will fall out?
Is it just me or does anyone else hate them? Especially silver coins. It like winning a gold medal at the Olympics and having it "bronzed plated"
There are so many countries doing it now, especially Canada..