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  1. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1901 Pan American Exposition
    Electric Tower - Temple of Music McKinley Assassination
    Looped Medal



    This silver plated bronze 32mm medal can also be found looped or without a loop having other reverses/obverses.
    I have found this one.
    Perhaps there are more.

    Electric Tower and The World's Greatest Wonder. - Niagara Falls


    Where President McKinley was assassinated - Temple of Music and Where President McKinley President McKinley died - Milburn House


    President McKinley arrived just on time to the Temple of Music at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo New York on September 6, 1901.
    The pipe organ began to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" as McKinley ordered the doors open to admit those who had waited to greet him. The police let them in, and McKinley prepared to perform his "favorite part of the job".
    An experienced politician, McKinley could shake hands with 50 people per minute, gripping their hands first so as to both guide them past him quickly and prevent his fingers from being squeezed.
    The procession of citizens shaking hands with their President was interrupted when 12-year-old Myrtle Ledger of Spring Brook, New York, who was accompanied by her mother, asked McKinley for the red carnation he always wore on his lapel. The President gave it to her, then resumed work without his trademark good-luck piece.
    The usual rule that those who approached the President must do so with their hands open and empty was not being enforced, perhaps due to the heat of the day, as several people were using handkerchiefs to wipe their brows; the man who followed the swarthy individual had his right hand wrapped in one, as if injured.
    Seeing this, McKinley reached for his left hand instead. As the two men's hands touched at 4:07 pm, Czolgosz shot McKinley twice in the abdomen with a .32 Iver Johnson revolver concealed under the handkerchief.
    President William McKinley died on September 14, 1901 as a result of initial injury and subsequent infection.

    My 1954 Topps Scoop No 14 Non Sports Card


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  3. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1926 Philadelphia Sesquicentennial International Exposition
    Liberty Bell - Betsy Ross House Souvenir Medal
    looped 32 mm
    silver plated



    The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross (1752-1836) lived when she is said to have sewn the first American Flag.
    The house sits on Arch Street, several blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The front part of the building was built around 1740.
    At some time in the more recent 1900's the door and windows were reversed on the original building during renovation, thus a different image appears on this medal than how the Betsy Ross House appears today.


    My second one of these that was lost in the mail for 2 months.
    I bought the other shown above thinking this would never show up.


  4. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1926 Sesquicentennial Official Souvenir Medal
    32 mm
    Gilt Brass




    A pair of joined tickets, obviously from some kind of ticket booklet. These are good for specific days which is over-printed in the space provided. I had three connecting tickets but the third I have detached. I felt the lot looked nicer with two near mint/mint examples than a damaged lot of three. One is for Sept 11th.
    A special and sad date of course, in 2001. This ticket could have been used exactly 75 years earlier than the "9-11" terrorist attacks.

    I have odd tickets for the 1926 exposition. A common admission ticket has not come my way yet. I wouldn't know what to look for until it does. I imagine that there were other undated tickets that could be used on any day the Exposition was open.

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  5. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    Flying across the pond to Paris France

    Assembled a set!
    1931 Paris International Exposition


    I had found the AMERIQUE medal first which is my favorite and one of four medals that are considered a set.
    A few months later I picked up the rest of the set, no box but they are usually found corroded and discolored from storing them in the boxes for 90 years anyway.

    I do like the contrasting differences in the colors and finishes. It makes them all that much more unique.


    I also have a nice duplicate of the Amerique too.


    Paris 1931 International Colonial Exhibition Amerique Medal

    This is one of four medals in a set that interested me very much because of the Indian in headress on the obverse.

    On the reverse of the Amerique medal is an image of the recreated home of George Washington in Mount Vernon.
    It was one of the attractions to represent The United States in the Paris Exposition.


    In 1932, Robert Moses had a replica of Mount Vernon built in Prospect Park in Brooklyn New York to to mark the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The building, constructed by Sears, Roebuck & Company and designed by architect Charles K. Bryant. It lasted lasted a mere two years before being torn down. The house was located at the base of Lookout Hill on the Peninsula of the Lake.


    There were two different compositions of the four that I know of.
    The bright brass issues were perhaps closer to 30 mm in diameter but the antiqued bronze were 32 mm. There may have also been brass in 32 mm size. These came in both red and blue boxes.
    The antiqued bronze seem to command a higher price.

    Amerique - AMERICA is certainly the most popular, the others being
    Afrique - AFRICA
    Asie - ASIA
    Oceanie - POLYNESIA (my second favorite design)

    The Colonial Exhibitions were supposed to bolster popular support for the various colonial empires.
    The 1924 British Empire Exhibition was one, as well as the successful 1931 Exposition coloniale in Paris.
    Germany and Portugal also had such exhibitions. Belgium had a Foire coloniale as late as 1948.

    Human zoos were featured in some of these exhibitions.

    Members of the United States Indian Band playing at the Gare St Lazare, Paris on their arrival in France for the Paris Colonial Exhibition, 1931


    Getting a 1931 Paris ticket is unlikely so I found this booklet of 24 different postcards to go along with the 4 medal set. I like the simple Art Deco lines.

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  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Two Hundredth Anniversary of the City of Albany, N.Y.

    This was my first G.H. Lovett medal purchase. Struck in 1886 to commemorate the City of Albany, NY.

    51mm struck in bronze.


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  7. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Assorted small U.S. Mint Medals.


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  8. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Seems like my kind of town . . . . . . .

    Tombstone, AZ


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    I'm wondering if I can redeem one or three of these "Good For" tokens there . . . . . .

    There are multiple die varieties and combinations for these quirky Green River pieces . . . . . .


    Green River Whiskey / Whiskies - no regrets . . . . . .

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  9. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Here is an interesting "Hardware Store" token . . . . . .

    I wonder where this one can be "redeemed" . . . . . .


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  10. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    At the Hardware Store around the corner.
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    I used to live about 30 minutes from there.
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  12. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    Western Movie Stars

    1979 US Mint John Wayne - American
    Commemorative 3in. Bronze Medal
    Large version


    This is a 1979 Official U.S. Mint issue of the "John Wayne - American" commemorative medal.
    It was authorized on May 26th, 1979, his 72nd birthday and less than 3 weeks prior to his death on June 11, 1979. A single gold specimen containing 15 troy ounces of .999 gold was minted and presented to his family.
    In June 1999, the American Film Institute named Wayne 13th among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of All Time.

    John Wayne "The Duke" was born Marion Mitchell Morrison on May 26, 1907. I have a picture on my man cave wall of him from the movie Chisum. Alongside is Clint Eastwood as Josey Wales.
    Between 1926 and 1976, Wayne appeared in over 170 motion pictures.
    I might have seen them all where he played a leading role and some many times but my favorite is probably True Grit.


    Rooster Cogburn : Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way.

    1970 Gary Cooper - Montana
    Medallic Art Co Bronze State Medal


    Gary Cooper was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-five years, from 1925 to 1960, and included leading roles in eighty-four feature films.

    Some of my favorites are:
    High Noon
    The Pride of the Yankees
    Sergeant York
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    Meet John Doe

    But I can watch any movie with Gary Cooper and some I have seen dozens of times. Definitely in my top 10 favorite people on the silver screen.

    Cooper was one of the founding members of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals a conservative organization dedicated, according to its statement of principles, to preserving the "American way of life" and opposing communism and fascism.
    The organization — whose membership included Walter Brennan, Laraine Day, Walt Disney, Clark Gable, Hedda Hopper, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck, and John Wayne — advised the United States Congress to investigate communist influence in the motion picture industry.
    On October 23, 1947, Cooper appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and was asked if he had observed any "communistic influence" in Hollywood.
    Cooper recounted statements he'd heard suggesting that the Constitution was out of date and that Congress was an unnecessary institution—comments that Cooper said he found to be "very un-American".
    He also testified that he had rejected several scripts because he thought they were "tinged with communist ideas".

    Cooper's ability to project his own personality onto the characters he played contributed to his appearing natural and authentic on screen. The screen persona he sustained throughout his career represented the ideal American hero.


    1981 Ronald Reagan Yosemite Bronze medal
    1981 Ronald Reagan Inaugural Bronze medal
    1981 Ronald Reagan Presidential Bronze Medal

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    I count he was an actor in about 69 films and appeared on many television shows. One of his most famous movie roles was in 1940, he played the role of George "The Gipper" Gipp in the film Knute Rockne, All American.
    I like the roles he played in Western films and TV shows.


    Governor of California 1967–1975

    Two term conservative Republican as President of the US.
    When Reagan left office in 1989, he held an approval rating of sixty-eight percent, one of the highest ratings for departing presidents in the modern era.

    March 30, 1981 Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy were struck by gunfire from would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr.
    Although "close to death" upon arrival at George Washington University Hospital, Reagan was stabilized in the emergency room, then underwent emergency exploratory surgery.
    He recovered and was released from the hospital on April 11, becoming the first serving U.S. president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt.

    August 1984, Reagan made the following joke:

    "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

    Reagan was a fan of Jelly Beans.

    Although he had planned an active post-presidency, Reagan disclosed in November 1994 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier that year. Afterward, his informal public appearances became more infrequent as the disease progressed, finally dying of pneumonia due to the Alzheimer's.

    1983 Jimmy Stewart
    Medallic Art Co


    James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history.
    Jimmy Stewart reportedly did not like the name "Jimmy".

    I have not seen another of these medals, and this is not in the best of condition, having some tiny dark spots, but I just had to have one.

    Stewart was known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona. Many of the films in which he starred have become enduring classics. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran and pilot, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve, becoming the highest-ranking actor in military history. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, by his friend President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1985.

    Who doesn't love Jimmy Stewart? My favorites movies he acted in were the westerns.
    "Winchester '73" tops my list.
    If I had a chance to ask one question about that movie, I would ask why, before taking his shots to win the rifle, why did he lay it sideways and then sharply turn it upright before firing?

    I've watched the 3 hour "How The West Was Won" many times. He had the opening scene and was one of the main characters, playing Linus Rawlings, a trapper, and mountain man for a good third of the movie.
    Right now, I am sure I have at least a half dozen movies of his recorded on my smart TV.
    "It's a Wonderful Life" is a must watch every year around Christmas.

    Rich Little did a great impersonation of him, many others have too, but I think Rich Little was the best.
    No ... Jimmy Stewart did Jimmy Stewart the best!

    Jimmy Stewart is one of my 8x10 pictures hanging in my man cave. He wore this same hat in all his western movies.


    He was born in Indiana Pennsylvania, near the border of Indiana. There is a Jimmy Stewart museum there and his statue stands outside the courthouse which is also part of this medals theme.

  13. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    Here's Will Rogers, another movie star.
    One of 21 medals.

    1974 United States History Society Aluminum Medals
    "People who made America"


    I believe I have a complete set here. I had to buy Clara Barton separately to complete the set.
    I had been watching for Annie Oakley to show up by herself someplace. It never happens.
    One day she did show up, but in bronze and I have it now.


    But this set came along as one of the most filled albums I have seen and the condition of Annie Oakley looks good as do the rest.
    I only had to hunt down Clara Barton.

    Then, I found a bronze set with a checklist, same designs, same medals,
    way different price.
    Although this album has extra holes which holds up to 30 medals, I am thinking it quit at 21.

    It's not like I'm jumping up and down with joy over this set but the price was right and I don't think there are that many completed sets so there it is.
    My favorites would be of course, Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett, Benjamin Franklin, Sitting Bull, Frederic Remington and Neil Armstrong.
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  14. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    I just HAVE to show off my 1952 Studebaker . . .

    Almost 70 years old and looking almost as good as the day it were new . . . . . .

    I wish I held up as well . . . . .


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  15. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

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  16. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    Z! Nice Studebaker.

    1934 Chrysler Airflow
    Chicago Century of Progress Exposition


    The Chrysler Airflow was an attraction at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition in it's second year in 1934. It was put through various controlled tests and stunts promoting safety features and design before crowds in the stands at an oval track. There were cast model souvenir miniature "Airflows" with decals that indicate they came from the World's Fair.

    The Airflow is a full-size car produced by Chrysler from 1934 to 1937. The Airflow was the first full-size American production car to use streamlining as a basis for building a sleeker automobile, one less susceptible to air resistance. Chrysler made a significant effort at a fundamental change in automotive design with the Chrysler Airflow, but it was ultimately a commercial failure.
    Within six months of the Airflow's introduction, the vehicle was a sales disaster. Adding insult to injury, General Motors mounted an advertising campaign aimed at further discrediting the Airflows. Most automotive historians, though, agree that the Airflow was shunned in large part because buyers did not like its looks. The hood, waterfall grille, headlamps, and fenders were all merged into one continuous form that was interpreted as an "anonymous lump". While thoroughly modern, the public was slow to embrace the Airflow.


    Rumors also persisted that the "new-fangled" body was unsafe, which was mostly untrue. In one widely distributed advertising film shown in movie theatres, an empty Airflow was pushed off a Pennsylvania cliff, falling over 110 ft once righted, the car was driven off, battered, but recognizable.


    1939 Be Modern Buy Chyrsler
    New York World's Fair Medal

    The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco–style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.
    The building was formally opened on May 27, 1930. It is my favorite skyscraper in the world.
    At 1,046 feet, the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

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  17. TheNickelGuy

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    2019 Smallforest Cascadia .925 Silver Sasquatch 10 Dougies Coin


    Cascadia is a progressive independence movement that encompasses the "bioregion of the Pacific Northwest". It incorporates all of or parts of southern Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Northern California. The region has long had independence movements, going back to the early 19th century. Smallforest, a private mint in Oregon, struck this one in 2019 with the tiny total mintage of 25 pieces.

    Two silver coins for Cascadia in 2020 featuring two rarely seen creatures of the Pacific Northwest: Sasquatch (also known as Bigfoot) and Octopus paxarbolis, also known as the Northwest Tree Octopus. The 2019 reverse with Bigfoot was used again in 2020 but the obverse is different. The Paxarbolis coin shares the 2020 Sasquatch obverse with "CASCADIA" and the date within a ring of stars. The 2019 and 2020 silver coins are 26mm and the 2020 have a maximum mintage of 100 pieces each.


    Though there have been reported sightings of Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest, there is no proof that it exists. For some reason the photographs come out blurry. Paxarbolis was created as an internet hoax in 1998 about an endangered species of tree octopus. It has since taken on a life of its own.
    The rare Paxarbolis is reportedly the favorite food of Sasquatch, which may be why neither have been actually been found.

    2020 dated Cascadia Republic
    OCTOPIECE o' EIGHT Dougie Dollars

    smallforest mint fantasy coin


    Octopus paxarbolis is also known as the Northwest Tree Octopus. Paxarbolis was created as an internet hoax in 1998 about an endangered species of tree octopus. It has since taken on a life of its own.
    This website is often used as a test of internet literacy to see if people can discern fact from fiction on internet.
    The rare Paxarbolis is reportedly the favorite food of Sasquatch, which may be why neither have been actually been found.
    The Dougie, named after the Douglas Fir, is the currency of Cascadia.


    2019 Buck Smallforest Higley
    I Cut To Value


    1.5 gram, 13.3 mm .925 silver.
    The smallforest Higley was struck by Anthony. It comes in two sizes, the Buck at 13.3 mm, which is seen here and the Doe which is 11.4 mm.
    Minor differences, the buck and doe, obviously; a single axe and a crossed axes; the Doe weighs 1 gram, the Buck contains 1 and 1/2 gram.
    Both were struck in 2019.

    This buck shows ghosting of a medalet it was struck on.
    I can read
    1937 YEAR OF SIT DOWN STRIKES and Sterling from the original as well, closer to the border.
    It might be from one of those historical series that Franklin Mint put out of miniature medals. These were used as planchets and overstuck with the Buck dies.

    They could have no evidence of being overstruck in some cases, then another may have ghosting text from another medal from that same set I suppose.

    Anthony, my source, did not offer them for sale, He just gives them out as tokens of appreciation from time to time.

    The smallforest higley edition is pretty much closed due to die cracking; although, theoretically more could be struck using the damaged dies.


    2019 Doe Smallforest Higley
    I Am Good Silver


    1 gram 11.4 mm .925 silver.
    The smallforest Higley was struck by Anthony. It comes in two sizes, the Doe, which is seen here and the Buck.
    Minor differences, the doe and buck, obviously; a single axe and a crossed axes; the Doe weighs 1 gram, the Buck contains 1 and 1/2 gram.
    These were written up by the Ontario Numismatic Society shortly after they were released. Approximately 30 pairs were sold by Joelscoins for $10 USD for the pair.

    Total edition size is around 300 pieces of the Doe and around 150 of the Buck.
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  18. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    Try Madams Orr's House
    (The sign over the brothel in Support Your Local Sheriff (1969).)
    Funny movie by the way.
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  19. Circus

    Circus Tokens Only !! TEC#4981

    no where The only brothel tokens from real operating ones were good for drink or food.Chapter 67 section A lists your token in Alpert & Elman Tokens and medals 1st edition 1992 Fantasy bawdyhouse/brothel tokens were popular sellers @ flea markets in the 70's/80's
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  20. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Fantasy or real? Polish_20200618_205257410~2.jpg Polish_20200618_205257410~3.jpg
    Chicken Ranch in La Grange Texas. I have read both that these are real and that they are repos or fantasy.
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  21. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    While we were doing "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" earlier, we dare not omit the planes. . . .


    Princeton University, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Numismatics Division - Arthur L. Newman '23 Collection of Aeronautical Medals, Exhibit #1928a

    Well what do you know! I have an item that is also part of a major universities numismatic collection!

    My next step is to find out who this Arthur L. Newman is. I wonder if he is related to Alfred E. Neuman of MAD Magazine fame . . . . .


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