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Feb. 20th, 2007

11:00 pm - I went to a coin shop today

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See, I've been collecting the state quarters ever since the first one came out. (Only ten states left, yay!) I've been collecting two of each: one to put in a display album, and one as shiny and pristine as possible, to put in a plastic sleeve to keep it clean.

Well, I ran out of plastic sleeves, so I went to a coin shop today. They didn't have the same kind of plastic sleeves, but they did have hard plastic frames, each with five quarter-size lenses with collars to hold the coins in place. Since there are ten quarters left in the 50 State Quarters program, I bought two (five each makes ten). Unfortunately I forgot about the last two quarters of 2006, which I ran out of sleeves before bagging. I'll have to go back and get another one.

Anyway, while I was there I saw a bin full of foreign coins, 50 cents each or 10 for $3.95. I guess those are the coins that aren't worth enough to sell individually. I got ten coins:

1 Mexican peso, 1997 (two-toned coin like a Canadian toonie, only smaller)
1 Canadian cent, 1934 (George V; different reverse design than today)
5 Canadian cents, "NICKEL 1751-1951", commemorating the discovery of nickel (the metal)! (George VI)
2 French francs, 1982
1 Belgian franc, 1991 (large three-pointed star on reverse makes it look a bit like a Mercedes-Benz logo)
1 Dutch gulden, 1982 (very modern geometric design)
2 Swiss centimes, 1955
50 Italian lire, 1978
1 South African cent, 1992 (smallest coin I could find in the bin!)
10 Japanese yen, Shōwa 28 (1953)

As I paid for my purchases, I asked the guy behind the counter if he'd seen the new George Washington dollar coins. Sure enough, he had rolls of them for sale. He handed me one to look at. Nice, shiny, yellow, and safely female-figure-free to avoid offending supporters of the patriarchy. Not a bad picture of George; he looked his usual stern Washingtonian self, instead of the pissed-off zombie cyborg the U.S. Mint website made him look like. I asked if I could have the coin for $1, but he said the going rate was $1.95. I told him I'd wait till I started getting them in my change. :}

Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
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From:toonygal
Date:February 21st, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
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pissed-off zombie cyborg

Ahahahaha! He totally is! That's great. XD
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 21st, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I think Madison looks even worse on that site. Almost a bleedin' Picasso.
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From:toonygal
Date:February 21st, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I think Jefferson looks kinda like He-Man. (It's his hair.)
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From:wbwolf
Date:February 21st, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
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The best places for dollar coins: ask for them at the bank, or from post office vending machines.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 21st, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
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I'm just wondering what they'll do when they run out of dead Presidents and get up to the living ones (since you have to be dead to be on a US coin). My mom hopes they put George W. Bush on a dollar coin and then kill him. >:}
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From:ceruleanst
Date:February 21st, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
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The act itself says:

(2)(E) LIMITATION IN SERIES TO DECEASED PRESIDENTS.— No coin issued under this subsection may bear the image of a living former or current President, or of any deceased former President during the 2-year period following the date of the death of that President.

(8) TERMINATION OF PROGRAM.—The issuance of coins under this subsection shall terminate when each President has been so honored, subject to paragraph (2)(E), and may not be resumed except by an Act of Congress.

So it looks like it will just stop in ten years. Carter and Daddy Bush are both 82. Clinton and Dubya are both 60.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 21st, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
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So there'll most likely be no George W. Bush coin.

Somehow this fails to upset me. :}
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From:wbwolf
Date:February 21st, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Right now, however, there will be a Reagan coin (the last in the series as it stands now), much to the rejoicing of many neocons.
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From:nefaria
Date:February 21st, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
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He earned that honor, just like FDR did.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 21st, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, I just about stopped caring who gets put on currency. With villains like Jackson, unpopular guys like Grant, and so-so figures like Eisenhower, I think it doesn't say much for a President's greatness.
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From:maxgoof
Date:February 21st, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Makes you wonder if they killed off Ford, just so he could be on a coin.
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From:varro
Date:February 21st, 2007 09:08 am (UTC)
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Hmmm....at 4 a year, that'll be a problem come 2016, when both Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush would be 92 if they're still alive. (However, they'd have to die before 2014 to be on the coin - the law says that they can't be put on the coin unless they've been dead two years.)

However, that doesn't apply to the First Spouse $10 gold pieces, which may lead to a living person being depicted on a coin.
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From:maxgoof
Date:February 21st, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Awww.....

And I *liked* the Sakagewea dollars, too...
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:February 22nd, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
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A good haul! I think I only have one or two old (ie before QEII) Canadian coins (although I have a Canadian dollar bill from 1954, really different-looking Queen on it!) And all of those coins are KG6, no KG5 in my collection. (My oldest coin period is a 1928 American penny, without that building (Jefferson Memorial?) on the front bot rather the words "ONE CENT" surrounded by a wreath of something.

I consider myself a "casual collector", special series (like the ones of all the provinces / states, or commemorative issues in Canada (since they're easy to obtain)) I try to accumulate, but I don't take too much stock in what I collect. Other than Canada and some US (including a US$2 bill from vakkotaur, do you have one?) I have coins from Mexico (100 peso) UK (2 pound coin - looks like a reverse Canadian $2 coin)), Barbados (dunno, I think 10 cents), and I think one or two other places (something's telling me Luxembourg is in there)

If you're interested in some of my stuff (especially my Canadian stuff, as I'm more likely to have duplicates) contact me via email to see what I have, I'll see if we can make some trades!
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