One poster here occasionally regales us with accounts of his most recent finds.
Would other board regulars be willing to occasionally share an interesting coin they've either bought, sold, or otherwise encountered in the last month? Along with comments on what they liked or learned about it? Doesn't need to be valuable, just interesting to someone. On the sports memorabilia board, there used to be month-end threads like this.
So, I'll start for July (actually, it's a coin that sold at the end of June ... cheating at my own game).
I ran acoss this small Guatemala coin in my collection; I must have picked it up as a kid (that telltale rust on the staples of the 2 x 2). I hadn't ever looked at it closely enough to realize that the portrait on the front was NOT a national political leader, but a religious figure, Brother Bartolomew de las Casas. When I looked it up in Krause, it seemed to be a common, low value coin, but I didn't see any in an eBay sold items search. I listed it as a BIN at 12 times Krause and was surprised it sold in a day. OK, the price was $2.95 which ain't exactly gonna pay the mortgage, but it's also a bit better than $0.99. It turns out that Batolomew de las Casas was an interesting figure, ahead of his time in some ways, advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples in Central America back in the early 1500s:
Anyone else got an interesting coin to share?
During the month of Julio 2015 el Heron was able to acquire only 4 coins.
All 4 are Holy Roman Empire issues.
This coin of Austria-Lotharingen [or Lothringen, either is correcto] was not on
Heron's want list.
However, the price was 'right' so Heron added this to the HRE collection!
This coin is listed as a 1 Pfennig, copper, and dated 1765HA.
This coin is 19.5mm dia. Listed as Austria KM2001.
This coin grades Extra Fine +.
On obverse is depicted Franz Stefan I as Duke of Lothringen.
On reverse is coat of arms of Lothringen.
Some info regarding Lothringen:
925AD - conquered by Heinrich der Vogeljagder, an East Frankian.
To 1766, part of the HRE. Changing size by reduction and constant
territorial additions and subtractions.
1728 to 1737 ruled by Duke Franz Stefan I.
1736, Franz Stefan married Maria Theresa of Austria.
1737 - Franz Stefan received Tuscany in return for handing over 'control'
of Lothringen to Duke Stanislaw Leszczynski, former King of Poland.
1765 - Franz I died.
Some additional info:
Franz I and Maria Theresa had 16 chirren. Four died very young. Five
died without 'issue'.
Franz Stefan was father of Marie Antoinette of France.
Franz Stefan was also father of Emperor Jose II & Emp. Leopoldo II.
To pronounce the name Leszczynski correctly we will need assistance
of TDZ. Heron does not know.
To summarize, the history of Lotharingen is long and convoluted. It would
be necessary to study for many hours. Heron does not have many hours.
However, the coin series was apparently issued 1759 through 1765. Heron
can only guess that perhaps Maria Theresa was trying to re-establish some
form of 'claim' to the territory.
An interesting bit of numismaticks history. Any coin esspert knowing more
about this issue, please advise.
House of Names.
Lorraine Duchy Wikit.
eBay coins & paper money.
House of Lorraine.
House of Hapsburg wikit.
Britannica-com/house of Hapsburg.
Hapsburg new woild encyclopedia.
Hapsburg-Lothringen Royalty Guide.
If an eBay seller listed a Buy-it-Now 10-oz silver bar for $180-$190, with free shipping and insurance or delivery confirmation, what would be the approximate fees they incurred?