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A Continuing Thread ~ Post Your Tokens, Medals, Exonumia Acquisitions

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 Posted 05/19/2020  2:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great posts! Thanks!

1994 USS Saratoga CV-60 Bronze Medal



I have looked for a medal of the ship I served on while I was in the US Navy from 1974-1976. I collected a lot of small items including coins and paper money from most the ports of liberty I went to, and small souvenirs from the ships store. When I left the ship in Italy for the last time, my uniforms and civilian clothing and all my personal items were lost in transport somewhere, never to be found again.
There were two nicknames for our ship. One was "The Fighting Cock" and the other "The Sinking Sara".
It was a ship that had a long history and was in rough shape. It went on to sail another unbelievable 18 years after I got off.
The image shown is from 1975 and it is possible I am one of the specs on the flight deck in "Fly 2" which is the middle third of the flight deck and it was my assigned workplace.

Shown on the reverse is the Carrier Air Wing Seventeen Squadron inverted triangular insignia. When USS Forrestal CV-59 entered a three-year Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) in November 1982, CVW-17 crossdecked to USS Saratoga and made six deployments aboard her until 1994.

Also shown is the Saratoga CV-60 insignia. It features a fighting gamecock, traditional symbol of U.S. ships named Saratoga, standing on an outline shield, representing the shield of the federal government. The silhouette behind is that of the CVA-60. Upon the shield itself are a symbolic crown and a trident, reflecting Saratoga's claim as queen of the dreadnaughts. The trident is the symbol of her domain. The dominant colors are red and yellow. The former stands for the blood of thousands of Americans, spilled to maintain our freedoms. The latter represents the Saratoga's readiness to thwart aggression. The Latin motto is translated: "Unconquered fighting cock".


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I have looked for a medal of the ship I served on while I was in the US Navy from 1974-1976...
Congratulations and well done!

Not sure if I should like that your ship is associated with the fighting gamecocks when I am a Clemson Tiger
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I had to get this one even if I have the other I just posted about here 6 days ago.
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1873 Elgin Watch Co
Chicago Inter-State Exposition
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I had to get this one even if I have the other I just posted about here 6 days ago.
I still like the watch design!
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I have no opinions on this matter except to say it's nothing new in the USA.

1939 Democrat Dollar
Arthur C. Brunk
Satirical Anti FDR Token



Kimberly Amadeo from thebalance dot com wrote:

The public debt is how much a country owes to lenders outside of itself. These can include individuals, businesses, and even other governments. The term "public debt" is often used interchangeably with the term sovereign debt.

Public debt usually only refers to national debt. Some countries also include the debt owed by states, provinces, and municipalities. Therefore, be careful when comparing public debt between countries to make sure the definitions are the same.

Regardless of what it's called, public debt is the accumulation of annual budget deficits. It's the result of years of government leaders spending more than they take in via tax revenues. A nation's deficit affects its debt and vice-versa.

Key Takeaways
The public debt is the amount of money that a government owes to outside debtors.
Public debt allows governments to raise funds to grow their economy or pay for services.
Politicians prefer to raise public debt rather than raise taxes.
When public debt reaches 77% of GDP or higher, the debt begins to slow growth.

Public Debt Versus External Debt
Don't confuse public debt with external debt.

That's the amount owed to foreign investors by both the government and the private sector. Public debt does impact external debt. If interest rates go up on the public debt, they will also rise for all private debt. That's one reason most businesses pressure their governments to keep public debt within a reasonable range.

When Public Debt Is Good
In the short run, public debt is a good way for countries to get extra funds to invest in their economic growth. Public debt is a safe way for foreigners to invest in a country's growth by buying government bonds.

This is much safer than foreign direct investment. That's when foreigners purchase at least a 10% interest in the country's companies, businesses, or real estate.
It's also less risky than investing in the country's public companies via its stock market. Public debt is attractive to risk-averse investors since it is backed by the government itself.

When used correctly, public debt improves the standard of living in a country. It allows the government to build new roads and bridges, improve education and job training, and provide pensions. This spurs citizens to spend more now instead of saving for retirement. This spending by private citizens further boosts economic growth.

When Public Debt Is Bad
Governments tend to take on too much debt because the benefits make them popular with voters. Increasing the debt allows government leaders to increase spending without raising taxes. Investors usually measure the level of risk by comparing debt to a country's total economic output, known as gross domestic product (GDP). The debt-to-GDP ratio gives an indication of how likely the country can pay off its debt.

Investors usually don't become concerned until the debt-to-GDP ratio reaches a critical level.
When debt approaches a critical level, investors usually start demanding a higher interest rate. They want more return for the greater risk. If the country keeps spending, then its bonds may receive a lower S&P rating. This indicates how likely it is that the country will default on its debt.

As interest rates rise, it becomes more expensive for a country to refinance its existing debt. In time, income has to go toward debt repayment, and less toward government services. Much like what occurred in Europe, a scenario like this could lead to a sovereign debt crisis.
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Another casino token added to my small collection. I do not usually collect these but they seem to be finding me lately.
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My similar Elgin 1873 medal was posted here
http://goccf.com/t/301479&whichpage=196#3207740

1873 Elgin Watch Co.
Yellow Fever Sufferers Variety
Chicago Inter-State Exposition
R-IL-EL-9




This one was minted to benefit those who were affected by the "Yellow Fever" that broke out in Shreveport Louisiana in 1873. Most of the doctors and nurses there at the time were among the 759 citizens who died in an 80-day period to the epidemic, with over 400 additional victims eventually succumbing.
The total death toll from August through November was approximately 1,200.
Many were buried in a single common grave named Yellow Fever Mound.
It began when men who were working to remove a log jam were bitten by infected mosquitos near the small city.

Yellow fever virus is mainly transmitted through the bite of the yellow fever mosquito, but other mosquitoes such as the tiger mosquito can also serve as a vector for this virus.
Like other arboviruses, which are transmitted by mosquitoes, yellow fever virus is taken up by a female mosquito when it ingests the blood of an infected human or another primate.
When the mosquito next sucks blood, it injects its saliva into the wound, and the virus reaches the bloodstream of the bitten person.
The transmission from a female mosquito to her eggs and then larvae, are indicated. The offspring are born as carriers without having a previous blood meal and it seems to also play a role in single, sudden breakouts of the disease.
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Great history lesson TNG. Thanks.
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1961 Kansas Statehood Centennial
Silver So-Called Dollar
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Info from the so-calleddollars.com website

Medal issued by Kansas Centennial Commission, Topeka and is "combination of designs of Topeka artist and experts in Treasury Department"; authorized by 86th Congress; struck at Philadelphia Mint. Controversy and criticism developed both because many considered medal unattractive and because of method of distribution.
"Special procedures" were established "to make sure none of medals would leave Kansas." Application forms were supplied "only to bona fide residents...by 596 banks and trust companies...on a population basis Issue limited to 20,000 Silver pieces; sold for $2.50. Almost immediately, however, medals became available elsewhere but at substantially increased prices.

Early settlers celebrated this ubiquitous plains flower and in 1903, the Kansas Legislature designated the Sunflower, Helianthus annuus, as the state flower.
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I could have posted in the silver stacker thread but all my other Annie Oakley's reside here, so here, I'll add this "chubby" round.

2020 Annie Oakley
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Bio from The Intaglio Mint page regarding this silver round.

Born August 13, 1860, Phoebe Ann Moses, to Jacob and Susan (Wise) Moses, Quakers who had migrated from Pennsylvania to Darke County, Ohio, where they rented a farm. She was the sixth of seven children and called "Annie" by all of her sisters. Her father died of pneumonia in 1866, and her mother, unable to support her children, sent Annie to live at the Darke County Infirmary, the county poorhouse when Annie was only nine years old.
When she was ten years old, she agreed to become a servant for a local farming family. She lived in near slavery conditions for the next two years before running away back to the Infirmary. Shortly after, she returned home to find that her mother had re-married and had another child, but the new husband had died, leaving the family to fend for themselves again.
Annie first shot a gun before she was sent away, and upon the return to her family, she ended up supporting her family by hunting and trapping. It was said that she could shoot a quail in the head leaving the rest of the bird completely free of any buckshot. She sold game to the local restaurants and hotels. She later claimed to be such a successful hunter and trapper that she had paid the mortgage on the family farm.

As a young woman, Annie met Francis "Frank" Butler while he was performing his traveling marksman show in Cincinnati, Ohio. Part of the show was accepting challenges from local marksman to matches. A local hotel owner set up a competition between Annie and Frank, which took place on Thanksgiving day. Frank was shocked that his challenger was a 15-year-old girl standing only five feet tall, who won the competition after he missed his 25th shot. Soon after that, they began a courtship and married in Windsor, Canada, in 1882.
Annie took the stage name of "Annie Oakley" when she began performing with Frank in his show. The name "Oakley" is believed to have come from the "Oakley" neighborhood in Cincinnati, where Annie and Frank lived after they were wed. Annie Oakley turned out to be a bigger draw than Frank, and she became the showcase act, performing solo in the show.

In 1884, Sitting Bull, the Sioux (Lakota) spiritual leader and medicine man saw Annie in a show and was so intrigued that after the show he asked to meet her. She gave him a signed photo, and he gave her a pair of moccasins he had worn at Little Bighorn and the nickname "Wayanya Cicilla," Little Sure Shot.

Also in 1884, Annie and Frank met "Buffalo Bill" Cody while performing in a circus in New Orleans. In early 1885, after negotiations, Frank and Annie joined "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" and went on performing with the show for 16 seasons.
Her skill with many firearms endeared audiences to her at the show. At 90 feet, she could shoot a dime, the cork out of a bottle, and put candles out.

In 1887, the show traveled to London as part of the American Exhibition. They gave many performances for the royal family, and on May 11, they performed for Queen Victoria who bowed deeply when the American flag came into the arena. It was the first time a British Monarch had saluted the American Flag, and the audience and performers roared their approval.
Annie was a celebrity, and it was reported that she was the top earner in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
In 1892, when the show returned to the US, Annie and Frank bought a house in New Jersey where they lived between tours.
In 1901, after an accident on a passenger train they were traveling on, Annie decided to retire. She had been touring continuously for over 20 years, and the sharpshooter was now 41 years old.
In 1912, Annie and Frank build a house on Maryland's eastern shore. The roofline was constructed so Annie could step out onto it and shoot game off the Choptank River.

In November of 1922, Annie was involved in a car accident in Florida where she fractured her hip and ankle. Although the brace she had to wear after that kept her from performing again, it did not keep her from shooting and hunting.
Over the next four years, her health started to decline, and on November 3, 1926, she died of pernicious anemia at the age of 66. Frank mourned so deeply, he stopped eating altogether and died 18 days later on November 21. They are buried at Brock Cemetery near Greenville, Ohio.

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I inherited an Elgin pocketwatch from my grandpa.

It's a 1921 17j in an 18K g/f sidewinder hunter 12s case, with blued hands and a pearl white face.

Cleaned, oiled & adjusted at the local shop, with a new barrel, and it still keeps time quite accurately, 100 years later. It loses approx. 3 minutes every 24h.

They were not expensive watches (relatively speaking) compared to their Raymond railroad line (or Hamilton's) much less to the Swiss and French watches, but they run well enough for their age.

Here's another new add that has aged very well. I love the design (especially the Phrygian liberty cap, which looks very similar to what would be used on the Mexican coinage 50 years later!)

It commemorates Lord Earl Stanhope's somewhat dubious distinction of being the only Lord of 61 to vote "No" against a resolution to support France's right to self-government; or it commemorates the fact that he came up from being a commoner and became a self-made wealthy / noble man who sat in the House of Lords, and his noted philanthropy and support of liberty.

It can be interpreted either way (sincerely or sarcastically.) At least, that's one theory. The world may never know. The fact that there were multiple Lord/Earl Stanhopes during that era doesn't make things very easy.

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German WW1 Navel canteen tokens. Acquired these in a lot of foreign coins. Always fun when something unexpected shows up.

From Wikipedia

SMS Arcona was the ninth member of the ten-ship Gazelle class of light cruisers that were built for the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The Gazelle class was the culmination of earlier unprotected cruiser and aviso designs, combining the best aspects of both types in what became the progenitor of all future light cruisers of the Imperial fleet. Built to be able to serve with the main German fleet and as a colonial cruiser, she was armed with a battery of ten 10.5 cm (4.1 in) guns and a top speed of 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph). Arcona was a modified version of the basic Gazelle design, with improved armor and additional coal storage for a longer cruising range.



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Great informative posts in the last couple pages there MontCollector, paralyse and dar76124.
Reading the wiki page about the SMS Arcona was very interesting.
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1977 Indian Head North Dakota
.999 SILVER Souvenir Dollar




This is my 24th different "Souvenir Dollar" from the years of 1971 to 1980 that includes Indian Head North Dakota with motto "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable" from a famous speech by Daniel Webster and South Dakota "Under God The People Rule" motto with an Indian on Horseback. They could be considered unlisted So-called Dollars.

This one is probably somewhat rare as it is .999 silver and has a strong cameo appearance.
I can find later than 1980 Dakota issues in silver but I didn't collect those and have no intentions to at this time as they don't have these Indian 1971 to 1980 obverses.
I have only found a South Dakota .999 silver issue that is also from the year 1977. So I guess I'll be chasing after that one to make it number 25.
Perhaps ND and SD got together on that year only and had special medals minted in silver.
Here is a link to a 1977 Silver South Dakota Souvenir Dollar tokencatalog.com entry by Maverick911

https://tokencatalog.com/token_reco...ord_offset=1

So far I have 10 each North Dakota and South Dakota and this is my fourth odd variation all of which are quite hard to find. The edge on this has .999 and hallmarks.


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