We have moved!!

    It has been a while since I have posted here on my blog, and I figured what better way to get back into the habit than by posting about our move from Los Angeles Ca. to Las Vegas NV. I lived in Southern California all my life, so I think it was time for a change.

    In this day and age of the internet, chances are there really won't be much of a change on the face of our business, but hopefully, the added time I can spend on all things numismatic will help us to expand.  I was very active in the local community of clubs and I will miss the monthly meetings of the Glendale Coin Club and the Verdugo Hill Club. Of course it is only a few hours away, and I plan to make it every chance I get.

   I will continue to attend the Long Beach Expo and have plans to attend the ANA Worlds Fair of Money in Anaheim next year as well. I have not yet decided on whether or not I will take a table at any of the local shows here in Vegas, but I'm sure you will be able to find me walking the floors in search of new inventory.


Counterstamped Coins of the Philippines

Because the Philippines were a colony of Spain from 1565 until 1898, Spanish coins from many different sources found their way to the islands. During a period from 1828 through 1837 Spanish coins were struck with a counterstamp and made circulating coins of the realm. 

The first counterstamps were designed in a way to destroy the legends of freedom depicted on many of the coins from the Spanish American Colonies. These were large stamps that due to complications were discontinued 1830.  Krause only shows these as known on the 8 Reales.

In 1832 the counterstamps returned, but this time they were much smaller, and depicted a crown and the letters and numbers F.7.0 for King Ferdinand VII. There were 2 different variations of this stamp, one being round with the other being oval. These are known on 1, 2, 4 and 8 Reales, with the vast majority being the larger denomination pieces of 8. These were discontinued in 1834 because of the death of Ferdinand VII.

Between the years of 1834 and 1837 a new counterstamp was used with the letters and numbers "Y II" for Queen Isabel II with several different varieties of crown. These were also known on 1, 2, 4, and 8 Reales denomination coins from several different Spanish colonies. The counterstamps were discontinued in 1837 after Spain recognized the independence of Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Chile and other former colonies in Central and South America.

Glendale Coin Club Coin Show

Another October has passed, and that means that The Glendale Coin Club has just finished with our annual coin show. Overall it was a great show for the club. We had a steady flow of people all morning, and even in the afternoon, if you looked to the lobby, there were always a couple of people on their way in. We had several dealers comment on how busy it was, and many who have been really grumbling about the lack luster showing at some of the other small shows seemed pleasantly surprised.  It probably didn't hurt that the club was giving away silver prizes every hour, and we had a raffle where the top prize was a NGC certified $10 Indian.

 I don't usually set up at the small local shows, but setting up at this show allows me to meet lots of collectors in our area and promote the club. I know going to a coin club seems a bit old fashioned in this day of internet forums and online auctions, but I still feel that the local club is a very important part of collecting. 

 If you are interested in visiting our club, or just want more information, you can go to Glencoin.com.

Constantly Changing

Like most things in life, my site is constantly changing. For instance, today I changed the name of this blog to Current Events. No big deal right? But the old title wasn't really working for me. I'm sure when I come up with something really clever, I will change it again.

 The main reason for the change is that I wanted to use this space to help point out site features, interesting things that I'm trying to do, and possibly my own reports on how I see this hobby and the places it takes me.  

 I am currently trying to decide if I want to have an archive page that is visible all the time, or if I would prefer that it runs in the background. I have a search bar on the home page, and all the coins I have listed for sale, and all the coins I have already sold and archived are searchable there. You can simply type in Archive to see the archive page, or you can search by any other keyword/type/denomination. If you haven't already tried it, go ahead and let me know what you think.

Also coming up this weekend is my local coin club show in Van Nuys. You can find out details about this show, and any upcoming shows I will be attending on my Show Schedule page. Hope to see you there.