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    Big23 reacted to Melon in Gold confiscated   
    "Gold coins? Oh no I have none of those, just jewellery here officer." 
    "By the way have you met my wife?"

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    Big23 reacted to RiverbankSilver in Bog Rolls for Sovereigns ?   
    This morning I watched my dog do it’s usual trick and drag it’s a#s up the garden.. I couldn’t help thinking that could be myself in the coming month’s 😂
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    Big23 reacted to augur in World War I Coins   
    Haiti had risen as a new nation out of a slave revolt against their French masters. Many bloody battles were subsequently fought against spanish, british, and french attempts to regain control over the colony. This had lead to great distrust against white people and the constitution explicitly stated that no whiteman [sic] should be able to acquire property. However german merchants were not shy to marry into the black society and gained increasing influence in Haiti (as in many other South- and Central American Countries). While the german merchants did not directly took control of affairs, they did support and finance revolts to overthrow the haitian government and so the US saw their interests infringed and after removing the National gold reserves in 1914 it came to a full occupation of the country in 1915. A new president was installed and his new constitution (written by future president Roosevelt) now granted foreign access to property in Haiti, much to the dismay of the population and parliament. On the 15th of July 1918 Haiti declared war on Germany. 
    To the present day Haiti, the first independent black nation, suffers from political instability, dictatorships and coup d’états as well as natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. 

    1908 Haiti 50 Centimes (NGC MS65) minted in Waterbury, CT with no new coinage until after the Second World War. On the obverse President General Pierre Nord-Alexis, on the reverse the coat of arms of Haïti.
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    Big23 reacted to augur in World War I Coins   
    Costa Rica on the other hand tried to become recognised by the US after a recent coup d’état. But despite severing diplomatic ties with Germany, declaring war on the 24th May 1918, the country would remain ignored by US involvement. Maybe because the population was mainly settlers and no large haciendas existed that would have made it easier for large companies to rake in profit.

    1917 Costa Rica 10 Centavos (PCGS MS66) largest denomination during the war with the coat of arms depicted on the obverse and the value within a reef on the reverse; notably América Central in the legend along with the fineness of 0.500 silver – in the same year Costa Rica started to issue the same coin in base metal while in1914 the same coin was still minted in 0.900 silver.
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    Big23 reacted to augur in World War I Coins   
    Nicaragua was the second option to build a canal between Pacific and Atlantic and German engineers were actively pursuing this possibility. They had to abandon their plans when the US military began a 21 year long military occupation including full control over the finances and revenue of the country in 1912 and finally with the opening of the Panama Canal. This ”Good Neighbour Policy” entailed military intervention, and/or occupation and later training (e.g. School of Americas in Panama US Bases where Death Squads were trained in warfare and torture techniques) on the side of the US Administration; the private sector was not less active and the main players Standard Fruit Company and United Fruit Company (now Dole and Chiquita) financed guerillas, presidential campaigns and entire governments, which later led to the coining of the term Banana Wars. With such heavy US influence it comes as little surprise that Nicaragua and eventually also the other Central American Countries declared war on the Axis Powers, Nicaragua on the 6th of May 1918.

    1912H Nicaragua 1 Córdoba (Heaton Mint, Birmingham) (now NGC AU53)
    The obverse depicts Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, the discoverer of Nicaragua while the reverse is still a strong reference to the coinage of the República Federal de Centro América; Nicaragua was the first country to separate but kept the strongest references in her coat of arms. 
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    Big23 reacted to augur in World War I Coins   
    Panama is an interesting construct. I might have been the smallest American Country to join the war formally on the 10th November 1917. But it has now the largest fleet of merchant ship and more  ship sail under panamanian or liberian ‘convenience’ flag than any other country
    . Raison d’Être for the country is the Panama Canal: it was of extreme strategic importance to be able to swiftly move the US Pacific Fleet and US Atlantic Fleet between both oceans. And when the French Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique (which went spectacularly bankrupt midway after bribing politicians and press to influence the public in favour of the costly project), the US military intended to complete the project. Colombia, who had given permission to the French to create the canal however did not wish to extend the territorial concession to the US and so with help of a military intervention the the country of panama was declared in 1903 and its independence fortified with multiple US military bases alongside. The canal was only opened on the 15th of August 1914 right at the dawn of WW I and would continue to prove important well into the present day.

    1916 Panama 5 Centesimos (MS65) the first (european) man to walk over the isthmus to the Pacific, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, is depicted on the obverse. The reverse shows the coat of arms with the isthmus as a central element. 
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    Big23 reacted to augur in World War I Coins   
    Brazil was the only larger South American State to declare war in Germany on the 26th of October 1917 and seized several dozen merchant ships. While Brazil was prepared to send troops to fight in the hot Mesopotamia, limited transport capacities meant that the main contribution to the Allied war effort remained food: beef, beans, and sugar. The state of war allowed  the government to harshly oppress the German settlers in Brazil similar to the Japanese settlers during WW II. 

    1913A (Berlin Mint) 1000 Réis (NGC MS63+) largest coin was actually a 2000 Réis piece, also minted in Germany; two versions exist, one with and one without dashes between the stars. 
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    Big23 reacted to augur in World War I Coins   
    Liberia is an unusual entry with little impact on the First World War. The state was formed on a settlement by the American Colonization Society in order to return free slaves back to the African Continent and was the first independent african state. Despite its attempt to remain neutral, it remained surrounded by colonies of the Entente and eventually declared war on Germany on the 4th of August 1917. 

    1906H 50 Cents minted by the Heaton Mint in Birmingham (UK). Very few coins have survived undamaged of the original 24,000 mintage; those that have present often very attractive toning. The white Liberty depiction was replaced by an African Liberty on later coins (1960 onwards) while maintaining the original design. 
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    Big23 reacted to StackerCollector in Today I Received.....   
    Central Banks are buying more gold - so I countered with a small purchase 2x 2 ounces Queen's Beast + 1/10 ounce Britannia

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    Big23 reacted to CoinStruck in Today I Received.....   
    A pick up from Australian eBay, the 1931 Perth Mint sovereign. The last sovereign produced in Perth as a UK branch mint. 

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    Big23 reacted to Goldmick in Today I Received.....   
    Big thanks @terakris lovely 3 coin set from the london coin fair today 

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    Big23 reacted to Cking83 in Today I Received.....   
    An amazing present to give today for my wife’s birthday. Thank you so much @BackyardBullion for making this and all your messages during the process. 

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    Big23 reacted to richatthecroft in Today I Received.....   
    ‘Workers of the World Unite!’ says the inscription.  Thanks @augur for the Soviet Chervonets.
    The Dos Pesos crossed the Border from Lancashire into God’s own county safely from Chards. 

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    Big23 reacted to Numistacker in NGC Grading Submissions Open   
    Silver Forum Lounge is now open


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    Big23 reacted to 1817Karl in Today I Received.....   
    Today I received these super coins... If only the postman brought the same every day!

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    Big23 reacted to Scotty1511 in Today I Received.....   
    Forgot to add this one also

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    Big23 reacted to Scotty1511 in Today I Received.....   
    Recived a few silver coins.

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    Big23 reacted to jultorsk in Today I Received.....   
    Some 1937 Aussie Crowns. 👑 🇦🇺 "Casey's Cartwheels" was the nick-name given to these large silver five shillings, after Lord Casey - Treasurer of Australia who issued these for circulation. Being so heavy, they weren't well recieved by the general public, so they only lasted for two years. There were over a million 1937 crowns minted, but the 1938 mintage is only about 1/10th of the 1937. "The rumour is that many more 1938 crowns were minted but rather than being released into circulation but they were sold to China where in 1948 they were re-minted as Chinese (Sun Yat-Sen) dollars." 
    These are hefty to hold and can be quite 'dramatic' in appearance when the toning happens to be right. There's apparently one (or maybe two?) variations of the 1937; a minute speck under letter I on the reverse (a.k.a. the "dot variant").  

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    Big23 reacted to NRSovereign in Today I Received.....   
    Arrived safe and sound amazing coin 👍

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    Big23 reacted to silversurf in Today I Received.....   
    A little Indian, some Beasties and a winged Victoria all landed this morning. Thanks to @richatthecroft for the Beasts.

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    Big23 reacted to rob6 in Today I Received.....   
    Delivered today in exquisite condition, a delightful,  46.24 gram bar of what can only be described as "stuff dreams are made of".
    From a super forum member 1817Karl. A big "THANK YOU" my friend.
    Oh, and the two coins were nice as well.

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    Big23 reacted to adamthetaller in Today I Received.....   
    Lots of bits I've been waiting for are finally in my possession - Gilded lunars from @Gildeon made it safely across the Irish sea.

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    Big23 reacted to fehk2001 in Next Dragon Dollar Restrike   
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    Big23 reacted to AuricGoldfinger in Full Stack / Full Collection Photos   
    Updated stack pic. Only a few Ozs more than the last one so not much action this year

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    Big23 reacted to scotland210590 in Full Stack / Full Collection Photos   
    Terrible photo but you get the idea, buying since late June, still waiting on my 2019 Fantasia coin arriving too.

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