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Offline Alan Glasser

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2011, 08:28:07 PM »
I hit a bit of a good buy on the Silver Proof Lohn Lennon coin for my music coin set. It arrived today after excellent 5 day service and a surprisingly low winning bid of $80 for the silver proof version. I'm rather pleased.

Today, though way out of budget, I am looking at the 1000 Schilling gold coins from Austria featuring Mozart and Schubert. They are available from European dealers for maybe 10% above melt. I am trying to justify an approximate $900 "investment" for a coin I need that would melt at about $825 minus fees. I've been saving my piano lesson money and might just go for both of them, Austria KM-2999
and KM-3008. This would complete my Austrian music/musician set with the exception of KM 3021 500 schillings Strauss silver. Anyone have one of those they would like to sell/trade for? (Ooops...different topic I think).

I think I was supposed to be born rich but somehow got mixed up at birth.

Alan in MA

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2011, 05:34:42 PM »
Hello, everyone. I wanted to share my 2 latest additions to the "Composer" collection with you. Just 1 more Austrian gold musician coin to go and I will have them all...took about 4 years to finance that! and 1 more silver 500 schilling piece (Strauss KM-3021) and that series will be complete too. I am not sure whether to include Maria Theresa in the music collection (Patron) but at least she isn't a composer...I think...The price of the gold 1000 schilling was just slightly above gold content ($1650 at the time of purchase)...hope I can get the last one (Mozart 1000 Schilling magic Flute KM-2999) in a few months....if gold comes down back to Earth.  Alan in Massachusetts




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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2011, 09:44:39 PM »
Hello, everyone.

Another search has reached an end. This coin, Richard Strauss, arrived today. I believe this coin completes the silver composer/music coins from Austria...unless I include Maria Theresa who was a big Music supporter (patron?)...I have to do some more reading on her...I have several "Thaler restrikes" but don't have the more recent Austria schilling Theresa coins...2 gold coins to go and the entire Austria music set is done...problem.is ...they are too expensive now.  Alan  MA   





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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2011, 10:20:13 PM »
Congratulations, Alan. As for gold and silver prices, nothing is forever...

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2011, 01:35:31 AM »
I'm on a winning streak, "as they say at the casinos"...I HATE gambling...but the saying is accurate as far as adding to my music collection.

In 1 week, I have landed 3 coins for my music set, Kazakhstan KM-56,
Austria KM-2949 (Maria Theresa was a great patron of music and a bit of a musician herself)
and after about a 5 year search, a 25 francs featuring Mozart from Congo. This was a bit of a controversial purchase for me as the "coin" is acrillyc. (Did I spell that right?) It is about as big as a dinner plate and I believe has a mintage of 100 pieces. It is not listed in SCWCs so I'm not sure. I found it by searching for the piece on a whim, found an old E-Bay listing on Google where the item didn't sell, wrote the owner in Bulgaria and struck a deal for about 30% less than his asking price (my max price). Not cheap...but after 5 years...I had pretty much given up so I jumped. I wish I would have some luck with the Tonga KM-160 with Wagner...but that is a dead end I think. 

Anyway, putting the Congo coin in my albums will be a bit of a challenge. I don't think it will fit in a 2x2 holder. I'll send a scan when it arrives. ;D  Alan   MA

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2011, 05:42:26 PM »
Congratulations, Alan. Only a collector knows what it's like to end a hunt successfully. A piece as large as a dinner plate must be ... uhhh ... striking? ;) However, it is smaller than the manhole covers we have had so much fun with, so it clearly must be a fun piece also. Any chance of posting a picture?

Peter
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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2011, 06:13:21 PM »
Hi, Figleaf.

I'm like a proud grandpa just waiting for the "man hole cover" to arrive from Bulgaria. It might take a while but I will most definitely post scans when it arrives. This is the culmination of about a 5 year search, when I first saw one offered on E-Bay. Ironically, this is the very piece that didn't sell on the auction so I contacted the seller, made an offer. He still had the piece and was very accomodating at accepting a fair offer. (I wish the gold dealers were as accomodating....sigh... :'(  ) I have no idea how to display it...perhaps in a frame? It' won't fit in a notebook, that's for sure.

Yesterday I received the 50 Schilling Maria Theresa Austria KM-2949 which surprisingly had very little bid activity. I can post scans if there is any interest.

I think I am going to refine the music collecting to composers, instruments and famous performers. It's too much including opera houses/theaters (though I have quite a few beatiful pieces), National heros for whom music has been written, famous poets who have had their works set to music by composers, "musically connected prominant people"...patrons...and the like)  and such. Refine the collecting for now and branch out later. It's too spread out and there are hundreds of coins at this point, as well as a decent start on paper money of composers. Can't do it all.
I like to think that it is one of the best music collections anywhere...but since there are so few collectors, that isn't a big deal. Screen is hopping...better stop.   ALan












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« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2011, 07:31:18 PM »
Well, after 5 years of searching, the 25 francs Congo acryllic "coin" arrived today. It is about 5 1/2" in diameter, 3/4/inches thick and about 2 pounds 1.7 ounces. Rather a large piece. Now the qustion is how am I going to put it in an album??? Anyway, this is the end of a 5 year hunt. I am very happy with the coin (and the price). Komeda (Polish coin, connected to Polish film and Muisc, and Maria Theresa, music Patron), will fit nicely into the collection. Still waiting for 1 from Kazakhstan. Sorry the mozart image is so faint. The coin is clear acryllic and I didn't know how to bring out the features.

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2011, 08:00:41 PM »
Alan - what happens if you reduce the contrast when you scan the coin?
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #39 on: October 12, 2011, 08:50:50 PM »
Experimented a bit with increasing contrast and brightness helped a bit...not great...but better...decreasing contrast made it fainter.



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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2011, 08:54:50 PM »
One more try...then bck to cleaning the garage
 



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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #41 on: October 29, 2011, 11:49:55 AM »
The Perth Mint issued a "Composers" series in the name of Tuvalu. May be interesting ... or not.
http://www.perthmint.com.au/search.aspx?SearchKeyword=composers

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #42 on: October 29, 2011, 04:48:26 PM »
Does this relieve your frustration?

Peter
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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #43 on: October 30, 2011, 01:20:11 AM »
Chrisild and Figleaf.

Thanks for the notes. I do have the whole set of Tuvalu composer coins. They are nice...but I must admit that when a country comes out with a series, I find it somewhat frustrating because there is so much waiting between issues...and they were a bit pricy except for 1 where I got an excellent price on on E-Bay. Thanks for keeping me in mind.

Figleaf, nice job improving my photo of the Mozart coin from the Congo. I still don't quite know how to display it...but it makes one hell of a paperweight!

Alan    MA

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Re: Music: Composers on Coins
« Reply #44 on: December 08, 2011, 11:28:06 AM »
Poland just issued a "composers" coin today - or rather two. That is, two coins with two composers each. :) The coins honor Jeremi Przybora (1915-2004) and Jerzy Wasowski (1913-1984). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremi_Przybora (and the external link there). The obverse of the Nordic Gold coin is the common one for the 2 zl pieces, with the eagle, country name, denomination, etc.

Christian