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  2. Looking for storytime tapes

    I saw it was sold on here months ago Here's the link: https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/187107507/Holder_with_30_Storytime_Cassette_Tapes.html Would really like to buy the same if anyone has it Thank you
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  4. Scarce Coin Watch

    Hi Lauren simple - go to ngccoin.com - go to resources then census will see all graded - just put in south africa and 1931 as the date
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    Status: Holidays This event appears every January 1st. It allows you to verify that everything is working as supposed and to see how often your calendar application updates calendar contents. This event will not update every time you update the calendar. Instead, it updates only when the calendar is recreated, no longer than one week. Content: Public holidays in South Africa.Update weekly. Status: Calendar content is downloaded frequently. Size: 6 Kb Download count: 219 times Download interval: 1 day Recommended update interval: 7 days Next update: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:50:00 +0000 Previous update: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:50:00 +0000 Subscription creation date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:44:09 +0000 Subscription ID: 7f2ed1d1c010a74cd9b2b62e522897dc Web address: webcal://www.webcal.fi/cal.php?id=506format%3Dicswp%3D4wf%3D105color%3D%233C78D8cntr%3Dzalang%3Denrid%3Dw
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    How many 1931 silver coins of the Union are graded?
  7. It's most likely a 20cent piece Pierre...
  8. The United Party and is leader, Jan Smuts, was ousted in 1948 by the National party of Dr. DF Malan. Like his predecessors, it seems that very little medals / medallions were dedicated to him. I could find only one voting badge and a set of medals struck in 1974 for his centenary. Malan was followed by Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom (15 July 1893 - 24 August 1958), nicknamed the Lion of the North, who was Prime Minister of South Africa from 30 November 1954 to 24 August 1958. Again, very little medallions /medals of him are known – here is a contemporary and a non-contemporary medal of JG Strijdom. Interestingly enough, here is an old picture from our old family album taken in 1894 – the little boy (number 13) was my grandfather (Charles Henry) and to his left (number 4) sits his much older sister with a little baby boy in a white Victorian dress on her lap. That boy is J.G. Strijdom. The next picture shows Strijdom’s wife at his funeral in 1958 being consoled by her brother with his son standing just behind him with his face only partly visible. That boy, just like his uncle, became leader of the National Party and the President of the Republic of South Africa – F.W. de Klerk. His effigy was shown on the silver R1 Protea of 2007 as part of the Nobel Prize winner-series. On Strijdom’s death in 1958, he was succeeded by Hendrik Verwoerd (who was interestingly enough, not a South African by birth – he was born in the Netherlands) Verwoerd was the last Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa as we became a republic during his term in 1961. Quite a few medals / medallions of him exist, but, like his predecessors, most were struck after his death. The last picture shows some medallions showing various prime ministers together - the one is the Pocket knife that Cold Sea was referring to but strictly speaking, probably not a numismatic item? After 1961, when we became a Republic and were not part of the British Commonwealth anymore, the profiles of our political leaders were increasingly used on our coinage reaching its zenith with that of Nelson Mandela from 1994 onwards. I wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2018 – may all your collectors’ dreams come true.
  9. I don't believe any of the Union portraits were designed to endure circulation wear, at least from a collector standpoint. There are any number of designs from elsewhere (portrait and otherwise) which I and most other collectors find appealing, even in low or very low grades. I don't find any of the Union portraits appealing below a minimum grade of XF. While my experience on this forum indicates that financial considerations are a lot more important in your country than elsewhere, I believe most South African collectors probably have a similar though not identical view to mine. Part of this may be from poor preservation due to the limited collector base, as practically every single circulated coin appears to have been dipped or cleaned. I make this statement because hardly any are attractively toned. This to me accounts for part (though certainly not all) of the reason why quite scarce but circulated Union coinage sells for such low prices.
  10. Don't forget those bronze pen knives that had the four prime ministers portraits. Smuts, Botha, Hertzog and Verwoerd if I'm not mistaken.
  11. I wonder if that 1969 date was ever struck?
  12. One would have thought that an international revered statesman like Jan Smuts would see many medals/medallions struck in commemorating this larger than life figure, but guess what? Like Louis Botha and JBM Hertzog, actually very few numismatic items are found with his profile/effigy. The following four medals were struck after his death (thus not contemporary) – the first two during the 1960s (by Bickels) and the second two during the 1970s by the South African Historical Mint and the Transvaal Medallion Society I could find only one truly contemporary medallion and three semi-numismatic items honoring Jan Smuts during his life-time. The first was struck by Geurt Brinkgreve of Holland on 1949, one year before Smuts’s death in 1950, and the second for his 80th birthday in 1950 (he died soon after) The other two items relates to Smuts’ and the Union’s involvement in the Second World War How it is possible that an international statesman could have this few numismatic items honoring him? Amazing! Please note that I am not referring to medals bestowed on him by Governments (Field Marshal Smuts was honored with various orders, decorations and medals from several countries) – I am talking about general commemorative numismatic items. To be continued …
  13. Oh and let us not forget the verse from Jesus regarding taxes. Whose face is on this denarius? Caeser! Then give unto Caesar what is his. It even more so cemented the tradition once christianity spread to Europe...
  14. I think it's more traditional than anything else. A throwback to a era where subjects needed to be reminded of who their king, queen, keiser, emperor was. Especially during the era of constitutional monarchies, where kings and queens aren't running the show anymore.
  15. I would say that Smuts would be in the lead when it comes to medals etc issued. I prefer the bare headed Elizabeth. This profile was also used on stamps and was a neat design. Although I'm not convinced that using portraits of persons on coins is good thing, I suppose it serves as a shorthand reminder of history.
  16. See below photos of pattern vs actual design chosen I got from the net:
  17. The portrait of KGVI is actually very well designed from a durability perspective. It's devices aren't too high above the rim, meaning it stood up better to wear compared to the portrait of KGV whose crown jewels always wore away. I always felt the QE2 design was beautiful but far too fine, as the features wore away too easily as well. It takes a AU or proof coin to really appreciate the design... The first design of Van Riebeeck on the first decimal series was accurate to the portrait which hung in the history museum in Cape Town (though I think it's since been sent to holland after the discovery that it wasn't his actual likeness) but like KGV crown, Van Riebeeck's device was far too prominent resulting in the eye always wearing away. Even with worn eye, I thought the designed looked much more lifelike than the one that followed on the second decimal series, which looked like the designers own interpretation rather than being inspired by an actual painting. That being said, I don't know how Van Riebeeck was such a fail on the second series as the patterns express a much more lifelike detail with flowing accented hair and passive expression rather than the smile that ending up on the coin. See below photos of pattern vs actual design chosen I got from the net:
  18. Hi Everyone, I have been looking at this topic and it seems that posts are getting more and more of a personal nature and in my view this is not adding value to the topic. I know that this subject is a bit sensitive as we all grapple with the changes in our world and how it fits in. So in this instance it is totally normal for there to be opinions that differ sharply, that being said we should debate the facts and opinions vigorously steering clear of cheap shots and character assassination. With the amount of complaints from all the main posters and the number of posts I have had to delete, I have taken the decision to lock this thread. Johan
  19. I am so so sorry for messing up the numismatic market. I'm so sorry the prices have tanked completely. I'm so sorry to all dealers and collectors who are sitting with stock and don't even have buyers for them. Im so sorry Numismatic was not a good investment in the last few years. How many times must I say I'm Sorry???
  20. I can see you want to get personal now. How does one small thread affect you? If you don't like it just stay out of it as you have many threads going or no problems I'll do you a favour and stay out of your marketing of coins here....nice chatting...have a great day further....
  21. https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/analysts-blame-golds-fall-bitcoins-rise/
  22. I am aware other crypto currencies are issued independently of Bitcoin. I meant fiat in the sense that it has no intrinsic value. It isn't fiat as government currencies. Don't get me wrong, I have been an advocate of currency competition for a long time. Most people implicitly make a distinction between money and non-money but there is no reason there cannot be multiple currencies competing in the same political jurisdiction concurrently and no reason why "money" can or should only be issued by governments. Blogger Charles Hugh Smith recently (as in the last week or two) wrote an interesting post on the feasibility of (crypto) currencies functioning with less than all of the traditional attributes of "money": store of value, unit of account and medium of exchange. I had never thought of it in this context before. Bitcoin (or another crypto currency) might have a future under this model. I don't see it ever functioning as a full replacement for existing fiat currencies, even if governments choose not to ban or control it, with the existing volatility. Today, Bitcoin isn't a hedge against anything and while it can be used as a payment option, is also impractical and will develop no scale due to its volatility.
  23. I wonder how widespread your opinion of the QEII "Young Head" portrait is shared. I consider it one of the best 20th century designs. I like it enough that I bought the Canada Golden Jubilee dual dated (1953-2003) proof set and I essentially never buy anything outside of my small group of series. I don't really care for the Edward VII portrait, though I do wish the SA Mint had started issuing coinage prior to 1923. The KGV portrait on British coinage (bare head) isn't attractive to me either and the one used in New Zealand and Southern Rhodesia far less so also.
  24. Looking for car radio

    I am looking for a car radio with a built-in cassette player. It should be preferably new. If anybody can assist, please inform me. I would really appreciate it.
  25. Trying to study and figure out these different tokens is so much more fun and has actually become a fun hobby. Also cost me a lot of money. Like rare coins I lost monies on some. Same thing
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