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Offline bruce61813

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My collection on Tantalus
« on: May 01, 2007, 02:51:02 AM »
I am somewhere inth middle. None of my coins are that valuable, but my medallion collection does strat to run into money. One of my Edward VII medallions is one of only 300, and I have it's original case. That would be hard to replace, and as mentioned, it isn't the money, there is an emotional attachment to the items. they are like old friends. I have started putting them up on Tantalus, so they can be used for reference by others.

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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007, 10:17:18 PM »
As any curious neophyte numistatist would, I read Bruce?s post and thought ?Tantalus?? So, he?s putting them up on Tantalus.  Hmm, Tantalus.    What does that mean? 
So I investigated by going to the fount of all wisdom, the World Wide Web, and found several possibilities.  Bruce has connections in Hades, and he put them there thinking ?what could be safer?? 
Or he put them on Mount Tantalus in Hawaii for reasons which he will hopefully soon reveal; an appeasement ritual for Pele perhaps
Or he presented them to the British health compromised rock group Tantalus to speed their recovery. I agree, knighthood is surely premature; but perhaps they do deserve medallions.
Or, as unlikely as that is, he posted them on a coin web site called Tantalus. 
I always did poorly in multiple choice tests. I decided to go with the most probable first, music, and then proceed through my list of alternatives. 
Hours later, after listening to some progressive rock, looking at views of Diamond Head from the volcanic summit, and checking out a feverish Goya painting of a tormented grieving Tantalus, I eventually went to Tantalus, the online coin registry. Alas, Bruce?s medallions don?t appear to be connected with that place either.
I give up. I still haven?t seen Bruce?s medallions! Just tantalizing glimpses into the vastness of world knowledge.
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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007, 11:11:29 PM »
Well to save your hairline, you are correct about  the coin web site http://www.tantaluscoins.com/index.php , but youneed to search "bruce61813" , that is my name on many forums. Click the "Browse Collections" , and type the "bruce61813" into the user name.

I do have friends in Hawaii, I am not suree about the infernal region, as most of my friends are still running around the globe. But the Tantalus site is a good place to put large collections and you can have your own albumns, mine cover Roman Provincials [PMS CO VIMS], British Coronation, Condor Tokens, WW I medallion and probably some others I have forgotten.

Bruce

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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007, 11:40:35 PM »
Bruce, could you copy that info on the "Useful links" board, please? (I coul do it for you, but then it'd be in my name.) I think Ginger (ghipszky) was looking for just such a site...

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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007, 11:58:44 PM »
Done! Take a look everyone

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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2007, 03:28:39 AM »
Wow! They are beautiful Bruce.  I specially like the Franz Joseph of 1914.  The Salt celler of Francis I is amazing.  When was it minted?  Not 1539, right? This was a commemorative of Cellini's work?
and, please tell me more about "Silence and Patience".  Does this refer to tombs of unknown soldiers and patience to endure the horrors of war?
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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007, 03:57:43 AM »
The Cellini is actually posted here on the site, it is a recent work, and with help of the folks on the board, I have gotten it to a Franklin Mint piece, but I can't prove it totally, I bought it because of the artwork of a piece of art!

The others that you mentioned are in my WW I collection. I am writing what is becoming the never ending essay on WW I , illustrated with medallions [most are nonmilitary]. The essay is currently 55 pages, if you count the endnotes, and may actually be finished this summer. I would like to publish it, but that is currently out of my reach, at least the way I would like to see it printed. There are some very beautiful pieces, and they should be on coated stock in color. So I may put it out as a PDF on CD to start.

The silence and Peace does refer to an admonishment by Cardinal Mercier of Belgium, for the people to not rise against the occupying German army, as that would lead only mass retaliation, but to be silent, and patient and patriotic and loyal to Belgium.
I have a fairly decent group of medallions from Belgium, but there are hundreds, it would be interesting to catalog them, but I don't have the funds, or sources to get the pictures and attributions. I have some medallions, that I can identify and get biographies of 2 out of 4 figure, but for me the other two are there in name only, but to the Belgians of the post WW I era, they were heroes.

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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2007, 04:02:53 AM »
Thanks for the information Bruce. 
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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2007, 10:23:38 AM »
I have taken another look , Bruce. Every knowledgeable collector would enjoy looking at what you've put up. I have gone to an extreme on the other side of the scale. I have about 15000 (rough estimate) numismatic pieces. Beauty is not my goal. I am interested in the economic history of coined money. In other words, I don't want to dazzle, I want to tell a story, so complicated it cannot be told, only understood. That will remain my frustration, though I realize that there are people capable of understanding he story I want to show.

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Re: My collection on Tantalus
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2007, 03:41:11 PM »
I agree. That may be why I have started working with medals and medallions. For many of them, they represent a moment of time, and document history. I will have to get busy and try to post more of my collection on Tantalus. I am not sure of the current number, over 1000 in the coronation types.

   I have just finished the essay on WW I , there are 82 medals and medallions shown in it, but I can't really post it anywhere, it takes up 17 MB, right now it is in PDF form. On day I might have money to have it properly published, but tha tis expensive, at least the way it should be done.

Bruce