[CLOSED] LordM Giveaway, April, 2018

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  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Update: this giveaway has CLOSED for entries, now.

    Please see the link in my signature line for the current giveaway.

    Welcome to spring, and since I'm posting this on April 1st, Happy Easter Fools' Day!

    (Trivia: this happens to be the first time Easter and April Fools' Day have coincided since 1956.)

    No foolin' - there's really a gold coin prize this month.

    This month's giveaway is open for entries until Midnight Eastern USA time on Monday, April 30, 2018. Drawings will be held on or shortly after May 1st.

    As per my usual practice, winners will be chosen by a random number generator.

    By way of example, here is last month's giveaway. Winners were announced in Post #125.

    Here's what I ask of you in order to enter this month's giveaway:

    1. Please include the words "entry post" in your initial post to this thread. This enables me to sort out the eligible posts from the secondary commentary posts later, when the drawings are held. You may reply as many times as you like here, but each member gets only one eligible Entry Post for the drawing.
    2. This month, I'll ask you to tell the story, in your own words (as long or short as you like) of the first gold coin you ever owned. If you have never owned a gold coin before, please say so- you will become eligible to win one here!
    3. I will do four drawings on or shortly after May 1st. The first time a number comes up which corresponds to an entry post by someone who's never owned a gold coin, then that person will become the winner of the gold coin prize. The other three people will win the copper/bronze coins shown below.
    The gold prize will be an extremely tiny gold coin - and crude - but old. Everyone else will win an ancient (copper or bronze) coin.

    All of the coins this month happen to have come from India. I didn't really plan that - it just kind of worked out that way. Note that I'm relying on other people's information for the attribution on these coins, since my knowledge of Indian coins is pretty modest.

    Here are the prizes.

    The gold coin winner will win a coin from the Vijayanagara Empire, dating from roughly 1336-1646 AD. It will be a tiny, primitive little speck of a thing, but will be somewhere between three and six centuries old. And gold, albeit not very much gold. It should weigh around 0.75 grains, or 1/20 of a gram. Very, very tiny! Presently all I have is the stock photo below. It should look something like that- crude, with not much in the way of pictorial design.

    So, one person will win:

    India (Vijayanagara Empire): tiny gold coin, circa 1336-1646 AD
    Winner's coin may vary slightly from the examples in this stock photo. I know practically nothing about these personally, and am relying upon the dealer's attribution.
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    And three more people will win:

    India (Amirs of Sindh): bronze or copper coin (dirham?), circa 870-1030 AD
    Three winners will receive one of the actual coins shown in the photos below. Admittedly, I know next to nothing about these, either, so take the attribution with the proverbial grain of salt - and if someone has more precise information, I welcome their input. I believe them to be similar to the ones shown in this Wikipedia article.

    If they were indeed struck by the Amirs of Sindh, then they came from a part of India that is now within modern Pakistan. These were a kind gift from member @Alok Verma in India, who provided the Sindh attribution but didn't know much else. I'm keeping one for myself and giving one to @coin_nut, so that leaves three for this month's winners.

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  3. Chiefbullsit

    Chiefbullsit CRAZY HORSE

    Thanks for the chance LordM.

    My first gold coin was a 1915 $5 Indian piece that I bought at a local coin show years ago. The obverse on that coin is awesome. The tales of the incuse design are interesting also...eeewwww, don't touch it, it's covered in germs...:dead:
  4. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I’ll post only because my very first gold coin happens to be very much of interest to me at this moment.

    In 1973 I was a young teen. My mother was also young, single and worked constantly to keep me fed and clothed. I emulated her work ethic and worked two jobs myself. I delivered newspapers every morning and pumped gas at night. Most of that went to records and goofy clothes but I also amassed a fine teenage coin collection. My local dealer loved my zeal for coins and helped me pay some each week toward a very well worn common half eagle. I don’t remember the amount. Maybe a hundred bucks, but was a kings ransom to this kid.

    Mom was quite the supporter of my collection and would sit with me as I would swoon over my coins. We spent many evenings swooning together over that half eagle. A sparking gem in a poor families home. She gave me a Diebold steel mini safe as a birthday gift to keep my gold secure that I treasured near as much as the coin itself.

    Fast forward now to 2018. Mom is the perfect happy image of a retired schoolteacher spending all her time fawning over grandkids. Myself, I am comfortable. The old worn half eagle is still mine.... However I have taken that half eagle to a jeweler to go into an upscale gold rope mount with a 20” heavy gold rope chain. The piece is at the jewelers now in fact. Once it is done it will be presented to Mom on Mother’s Day. The presentation will arrive in the old Diebold safe mom gave me all those many years ago hopefully making my saintly mother feel recognized as the truly special person that she is.

    Edit.... Changed my mind. Not an entry post. @lordmarcovan you give your generous offering of gold to these young collectors that do not have any. I just enjoyed telling the story.
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  5. Chiefbullsit

    Chiefbullsit CRAZY HORSE

    You're a good son Randy.
  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you for that. I was the lucky one to have the mom I have.
  7. jtlee321

    jtlee321 Well-Known Member

    I've only owned a few gold coins over the years. The first was a $2.50 Gold Indian that I won in a raffle at my local metal detecting club meeting. I don't remember the date off hand. But I sure loved seeing that little piece of precious in my hand. I was only able to keep it for a couple of months when hard times hit and I had to sell it to get some bills paid. Currently I do not own any gold, but I would like to change that sooner rather than later. :) . So ( Entry Post )

    Thank you so much for your super generous give away.
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  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    My first gold coin was a 1909 $5 given to me by my father in the 1950's when I was still collecting US coins. He had bought a few from a man he knew at face value back in the day when such coins were only available if you forgot to turn them in in 1933 or if they were out of the country. I don't know which route my coin took but the previous owner was Italian so either is possible. I never thought much about it until I got into coin photography and wanted to practice on a gold coin. I dug it out of the box it was in with my childhood Whitman folders and assorted numismajunk and made these three images. All are the same coin on the same day but light arrangement changed. The Indian gold is not the easiest coin to light because of its combination of raised and recessed design. I have no plans for the coin so it should be found with story attached by my heirs in that same box of junk where it has been for over 60 years now. The coin has been $5 and then $35 an ounce. I could see how it could be again. It makes no matter in the company it keeps.
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  9. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    Entry post.

    I really cannot tell which was my first gold coin, but I can tell which were my first gold coins. Back around 2007 I decided that all the news indicated that PMs were going to go way up. I'd already been buying silver but had not yet got into gold. I decided it was time to get some so when it was around $700/oz I bought a dozen each of Italian 20 Lire, Dutch 10 Gulden, and France 20 Francs. Since then I have sold some of them for a nice profit but still have most. I've probably posted pictures of many of them here in various threads.
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  10. Wheels

    Wheels Active Member

    Entry Post

    Thank you for the April contest
    I don’t have a gold coin, no stories ......:confused:
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Thanks for taking the time to post that. That's the sort of thing I had in mind.

    My first gold coin was acquired circa 1981 when I was 15 years old. It was a "1915" Austrian ducat restrike like the example shown below. They cost about fifty bucks at the time. That was a big investment for me, at age 15.

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    The following summer I worked as a cameraman's assistant to my father, who was producing a historical documentary about timber rafting on the Altamaha River. With the money I saved from that job, I bought an 1857 half-eagle in around Fine+ condition, which became my first US gold coin.
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  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Well, now you have a chance to win one, and maybe your avatar picture will prove true, who knows? ;)
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  13. ken454

    ken454 Well-Known Member


    my first gold coin i purchased were 2 American 1 ounce gold Eagles the first year they were minted which i believe was 1986 which i purchased for $500 each from the U.S.mint, they were gorgeous and the pride an joy of my small collection, unfortunately, about five years later i fell on hard times and had to sell them at a loss at $480 each, (along with 90% of my collection), a decision i regret to this day, i figured i could always replace them, after all they were just $500, well time passed and gold started to rise and i never did replace them and to this day i still do not own an American 1 ounce gold Eagle, since then i have never sold another coin that i've collected, every time i think about selling a coin i get this dread feeling that it will be gone forever and never get replaced.....
  14. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    You call that a rabbit? EasterFool.png

    Now here's a bunny that would give a Rottweiler a run for the money!

    Entry post. Happy Passover and Easter
  15. sonlarson

    sonlarson World Silver Collector


    The first of the very few (3) Gold coins I have ever purchased was a gift for my wife's birthday in 2008. She is a huge fan of Koalas and has been collecting figurines, stuffed bears, prints, and other Koala related items forever. bought her an Australia 1/25th ounce Gold Koala from Australia. 2008 Kip Koala, mintage 10,000.

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    I don't recall what I got her in 1998, but for her birthday in 1988 I purchased 2 Australian 1/10 Platinum Koalas and had them made into earrings. I paid $75 each for the coins, which was a $15 premium each over the $600 per ounce that Platinum was selling for at the time. I had to go to 5 jewlers before I found one that would work with Platinum. We decided to use white gold to make the mounts. I think I paid about $368(back in 1988!) to have the custom work done. She wore them several times and always got multiple compliments. I finally stored them in my SDB to avoid losing them. The last appraisal we got from another jeweler, which I think is a little high, was $2000. 1988 was the first year of issue on this coin with a mintage of around 42,000. They are currently selling for around $250.
    Was it worth it to have them mounted? I think so. How much would one pay today for a unique piece of jewelry?

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    Her birthday comes up in July so I need to start looking now for something.

    BTW, the other 2 gold coins were also gifts, one for my daughter and the other for my son.
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  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I've certainly been there, and had my collection decimated several times by economic woes, and completely wiped out at least twice in 40 years (and a third time by choice, in my "Great Purge" of 2013.)

    Had to sell off my first Roman collection when I got laid off in the 2008 downturn, just at the height of my enthusiasm for it.

    But those selloffs taught me a lot about detachment from material possessions - coins come, and coins go - and as long as you're alive and interested, more can always come again.

    I can also say that every time I've sold off my collection and started over again, it was even better after rebuilding (if quite different with each rebuild). Perhaps a collection is like a forest, where the ecosystem actually benefits from the occasional brush fire.

    Just the other night I started compiling a list of coins I sold from my Eclectic Box collection in just the last four years or so. That list of "bygones" is not even complete yet.
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  17. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    To the best of my ability, I don’t think these coins are from Sind. I own one of the small silver coins from the same period and they don’t look anything like this. Unfortunately, I don’t know what they actually are. So maybe somebody will find out what they are. 5B5C695E-3F51-48F8-ACFA-DEB43403A403.jpeg This image comes from worldofcoins.eu
  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Thanks. Maybe someone will pin down their identity for us.
  19. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    Oh, and I got a 1/40 of an ounce of gold two years ago as a gift (those photos were my first coin photos, so they’re unsurprisingly bad). 4A0A47BC-990F-4D4B-B979-84C4066C4C22.jpeg 25598FD9-FD0A-4398-B2EF-38DBC1E892E5.jpeg
    When I get a salary I will probably buy a half eagle. Oh, and happy Easter! This is a coin that commemorates the 1900th anniversary of the Cruxifiction of Christ. 74E431D9-2CB8-4D72-B2F6-3827AD3F518C.jpeg CC795F52-D1EA-4466-A38E-20BE3B9956F2.jpeg
    Entry post.
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  20. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    Welcome! I’ll try to while I can. I meant to put entry post in the post above me.
  21. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Ooh! I love the tiny little fractional Brittania! Didn't know they made 'em so small. Great Vatican piece, too.
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