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  1. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1974 Uncle Toms Cabin
    Danbury Mint 39mm
    Sterling Silver Medal

    I bought this one since I have an old copy of the book from Harriet Beecher Stowe. And I have read it.

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    Harriet Beecher was born June 14, 1811, the seventh child of a famous protestant preacher. Harriet worked as a teacher with her older sister Catharine.
    In 1836, Harriet married widower Calvin Stowe: they eventually had seven children. Stowe helped to support her family financially by writing for local and religious periodicals.
    During her life, she wrote poems, travel books, biographical sketches, and children's books, as well as adult novels. She met and corresponded with people as varied as Lady Byron, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Mary Ann Evans who used the male pen name George Eliot.

    While she wrote at least ten adult novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe is predominantly known for her first, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).
    Begun as a serial for the Washington anti-slavery weekly, the National Era, it focused public interest on the issue of slavery, and was deeply controversial.

    In writing the book, Stowe drew on her personal experience as she was familiar with slavery, the antislavery movement, and the underground railroad because Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Stowe had lived, was a slave state.


    Following publication of the book, she became a celebrity, speaking against slavery both in America and Europe.
    She wrote A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853) extensively documenting the realities on which the book was based, to refute critics who tried to argue that it was inauthentic, and published a second anti-slavery novel, Dred in 1856.

    In 1862, when she visited President Lincoln, legend claims that he greeted her as "the little lady who made this big war" meaning the Civil War between the states.

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  3. Razz

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  5. Chris B

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    2 new French Medals for my collection:

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    France banking BANQUE REGIONALE D'ESCOMPE ET DES DEPORTS bronze 68mm by Delannoy
  6. TheNickelGuy

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    1909 Bronze Hudson - Fulton
    Ter-Centennial Celebration Medal
    32 mm



    The Hudson-Fulton Celebration from September 25 to October 9, 1909 in New York and New Jersey was an elaborate commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the Hudson River and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton's first successful commercial application of the paddle steamer.

    I have
    A 1910 Hassan Tobacco Card
    Henry Hudson


    A 1912 T68 Royal Bengals Cigars Tobacco Card
    Robert Fulton


    The maritime achievements of Hudson and Fulton foreshadowed the importance of the river to New York's progress and identity. Organizers used the event not only to display the success of the two men, but also the status of New York City as a world city and the achievements of its citizens.

    There were great parades on land and water. One way the memories of Hudson and Fulton were honored was in the replication of the Hudson's Half Moon and Fulton's Clermont, the sailboat and steamship each respectively navigated on the river. Both vessels were newly replicated, displayed, and dedicated with great fanfare.

    The United States' naval supremacy was proudly represented with a number of ships from Theodore Roosevelt "Great White Fleet" as well as other countries battleships. The newly built Steamship Lusitania was also there. Landmarks were illuminated at night with spotlights and half a million incandescent lights.

    The Celebration also included public flights by Wilbur Wright, who had won world fame with demonstration flights in Europe in late 1908 and spring 1909. Using Governor's Island as an airfield, on September 29 he flew around the Statue of Liberty. On October 4 he made a 33-minute flight over the Hudson River to Grant's Tomb and back. Airships, blimps and airplanes flew overhead.

    The fate of Henry Hudson and the mutiny of his crew, as well as the nay-sayers of Robert Fulton's building of a steam powered paddle boat, "The Clermont" aka "Fulton's Folly", are both stories one should learn about.
  7. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Well-Known Member

    Encased 1934 Lincoln cent...USS Morro Castle fire 20220219_090814.jpg 20220219_090740.jpg

    SS Morro Castle was an American ocean liner that caught fire and ran aground on the morning of September 8, 1934, en route from Havana, Cuba, to New York, United States, with the loss of 137 passengers and crew.

    Morro Castle

    HistoryUnited StatesNameMorro CastleNamesakeMorro CastleOwnerAtlantic, Gulf & West Indies SS Lines (1930–33)[3]Agwi Navigation Co, Inc (1933–34)[3]Operator Ward LineRouteNew York City – HavanaBuilderNewport News Ship Building & Drydock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.CostUS$4,000,000Yard number337Launched5 March 1930Completed15 August 1930Maiden voyage23 August 1930Out of service8 September 1934HomeportNew York City, New York, U.S.IdentificationUS official number 230069code letters MJCR (1930–1933)[1]call sign KGOV (1934–1935)[2]FateCaught fire and beached herself on September 8, 1934; later towed off and sold to breakers (Union Shipbuilding Co.)[4] Scrapped[5]General characteristicsTonnage11,520 GRT[6]6,449 NRT[6]Length480 ft 0 in (146.3 m)[6]Beam70 ft 9 in (21.6 m)[6]Depth18 ft 5 in (5.6 m)[6]Installed power14,000 ihpPropulsionsteam turbo-electric transmissiontwin screwsSpeed20 knots (37 km/h)Capacity489 passengersCrew240 crewSensors and
    processing systemsdirection finding equipmentsubmarine signalling equipment (removed by 1934)gyrocompass (added by 1934)echo sounding equipment (added by 1934)Notessister ship: Oriente

    On the previous evening, the ship's captain, Robert Willmott, had died suddenly, and his place was taken by Chief Officer William Warms as a strong northeast wind was developing under heavy cloud. At 2:50am, a fire was detected in a storage locker which burned through electrical cables, engulfed the ship in flames, and plunged it into darkness. Response by crew, Coast Guard, and rescue vessels was notably slow and inefficient, with empty capacity in the lifeboats. The decks were too hot to stand on, smoke made breathing difficult, and passengers were forced to leap into ocean swells where swimming was impossible. By mid-afternoon Morro Castle was abandoned and the survivors were landed on the shores of New Jersey by an assortment of craft
  8. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Well-Known Member

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  10. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1970 Stone Mountain
    Confederate Memorial
    40mm Bronze Medal


    Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock and the site of Stone Mountain Park near Stone Mountain, Georgia.
    At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet above sea level and 825 feet above the surrounding area.
    Stone Mountain is well known for not only its geology, but also the enormous rock relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world.


    The Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War.
    President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (and their favorite horses, "Blackjack", "Traveller", and "Little Sorrel", respectively).
    The entire carved surface measures 1.57 acres.
    The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 76 by 158 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's right elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface.

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  11. TheNickelGuy

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    1909 Hendrik Hudson Daalder
    HK-374 so-called dollar


    This is one the many medals struck commemorating the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York.

    There were 8 different medals struck with THIS DESIGN in different compositions. Four in Silver Dollar Size and four in Gold Dollar size.

    HK-369 Silver - edge Med. Art Co. 38mm with 75-100 struck
    HK-369a Silver - Same as HK-369 but without Med. Art Co on edge
    HK-370 Aluminum. 38mm with 200+ struck
    HK-370a Bronze. Number struck unavailable

    HK-371 Gold, size of Gold Dollar. 15mm. 50-100 struck
    HK-372 Silver, size of Gold Dollar. 50-100 struck
    HK-373 Bronze, size of Gold Dollar. 50-100 struck
    HK-374 Aluminum, size of Gold Dollar. Number struck unavailable

    Number of pieces struck in various metals appears in Elder sales catalogs over the years since 1909 varies.
    At one time it was stated that only 100 were struck, at another, less than 50 and then, only a few were struck, all referring to same medal.
    This is the small gold dollar size medal in aluminum where the number struck is not given.

    I suspect mine is probably one of the most often encountered but all Elder issues were quite limited. Thomas L. Elder, issued this so-called dollar and was a coin dealer and prolific striker of medals in N.Y.C. It was designed by Frank C. Higgins and modeled by J. Edouard Roine, struck by Medallic Art Co.
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  12. TheNickelGuy

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    1909 Hudson Fulton Celebration
    32mm Medal

    I picked up this little 32 mm medal by Emil Fuchs at a good price. It would have a thin red white and blue ribbon for wearing around the neck. They are often seen quite worn or corroded.
    This souvenir from the celebration in 1909 is pretty nice.




    1909 Hudson Fulton Celebration
    Yonkers N.Y. Medal



    This very scarce medal was designed by E Fuchs. There are many examples of these medals bearing “The American Numismatic Society” on the border. Like the one above.

    This 32mm medal has “Yonkers NY” on the border instead, implying that it was perhaps produced in much smaller numbers for the portion of the celebration specific to Yonkers. I can't find another with Yonkers anywhere

    1909 Hudson Fulton Celebration
    2 Inch Aluminum Medal



    Another larger version.
    The American Numismatic Society
    Discovery Of Hudson River By Henry Hudson
    First Use Of Steam In Navigation On The Hudson River, 1807, Robert Fulton
    Aluminum 51mm or 2” diameter

    I am fairly sure there were even larger 4 inch medals and this size and those were also made in bronze and silver.
    They are pretty expensive.

    Some artwork (as usual)

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  13. MIGuy

    MIGuy Well-Known Member

    @DonnaML inspired me - this is a big 51mm silvered bronze medal that was pretty affordable and in the original box celebrating the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.
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  14. TheNickelGuy

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    That's a beauty!
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  15. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Very attractive! The 51 mm. silver versions of that medal are actually rather scarce -- much harder to find than the small silver or large bronze, or the large silver medals celebrating Victoria's Diamond Anniversary in 1897, or Edward VII's coronation in 1902, or George VI's coronation in 1937.
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  16. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1930 circa Buffalo NY
    Big Lucky Nickel

    A nice Buffalo from Buffalo
    about 3 inches


  17. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    A rare
    1930's Buffalo Bill
    Lucky Penny

    about 3 inches ~ Never saw another



  18. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    Big Lucky Penny dated 1898
    but most likely circa 1930's

    Unusual Indian on this one and obviously a good luck charm paperweight. Excellent condition.


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  19. TheNickelGuy

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    1922 Dated Philadelphia
    Big Lucky Buffalo Nickel

    nice example

  20. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    Big Lucky Nickel Chicago
    Possible souvenir during the 1933 Worlds Fair


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  21. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    1959 Colorado - Rush to the Rockies
    USAF Academy
    So-called Dollar



    Colorado- Rush To The Rockies Centennial 1959 So-Called Dollar
    Official Medal below authorized by 86th Congress; struck at Philadelphia Mint.
    Obverse is Official Centennial Emblem designed by Arthur Roy Mitchell, Trinidad, Colorado; modeled by Frank Gasparro. Issue limited to 10,000 pieces; sold out for $3.50 "before end of August 1959."
    Congressional designation as a "national medal" permitted striking of additional number "upon approval of issuing Commission" but Governor Steve McNichols personally advised on April 11, 1960, that no more medals would be struck.

    Measures: 33mm. 14.6g. Silver.


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