[meteorite-list] Numismatists and Meteoriticists - How well do they go together?
From: David Freeman <dfreeman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:11 2004
Dear Lunatic Numismeteoritics,
I have traded meteorite for gold coin in the past.... Also traded
petrified wood for gold nuggets...also traded some of the same gold
nuggets for meteorites. Seems things of value are universally tradeable
when we have like minded traders.
Tim Heitz wrote:
> Hello Mr. Mark Fox, Mr. Casper,Mr. Tettenborn and
> fellow Meteorite Enthusiasts, and Numismatists
> This just goes to show you how meteorites and coins go
> so well together, I have been collecting these for about
> 5 years now. I hope you enjoy the stories, the is third
> story is my favorite.
> Mark if your thinking of doing a story in a coin magazine, this would
> make a great one, I have been thinking of doing just
> that for some time now. E-mail me Mark, I have other pictures
> as well.
> Tim Heitz
> Midwest Meteorites - http://www.meteorman.org/
> Mark Fox wrote:
>> November 15, 2001
>> Greetings Mr. Mike Casper, Mr. Mike Tettenborn, and
>> fellow Meteorite Enthusiasts, and Numismatists
>> I never knew you were also an ardent coin collector,
>> Mr. Casper! What numismatic luck! I thought
>> meteorite collecting and coin collecting were
>> interwoven in more than one way.
>> I have been collecting for some years now, and have
>> gotten three articles published in Coins Magazine. I
>> collect practically any series of coins I can find
>> including both US and foreign.
>> By the way, I do agree with Mr. Mike Tettenborn's
>> comment about the extraordinarily high prices of many
>> rare coins in the coin hobby, including Morgan
>> dollars. Nevertheless, I also find it hard to imagine
>> that SNC meteorites and many other types are worth
>> thousands of dollars for a minuscule amount of grams.
>> Of course, some meteorite collectors or the like many
>> argue that such rocks are significantly more important
>> than some metal discs since meteorites are a piece of
>> other worlds, including Mars and the Moon. Thus, they
>> may say such rocks are crucial to our understanding of
>> life and the creation of the universe, etc.
>> Nonetheless, I doubt every space rock enthusiast
>> acquires a meteorite for that purpose alone to be
>> studied under an electron microscope and have a
>> scientific paper written up. Rather, it is apparent
>> that many obtain such rocks for the same reasons that
>> a person buys a beautiful coin like a Walking Liberty
>> half dollar, an Indian penny, or a Buffalo nickel.
>> Therefore, the possible argument that some gargantuan
>> priced meteorites are not overvalued like some hefty
>> priced coins, strictly because of their importance to
>> science is not valid in all cases. Both meteorite
>> and coin collecting are hobbies and are treated by
>> many as such.
>> Lastly I too like natural-made collectibles, Mr.
>> Tettenborn. Maybe instead of concentrating on the
>> coins themselves, you may find it more interesting to
>> concentrate on where the metal in them came from. I
>> have wondered for a while now if any coins, including
>> ancient coins, were ever struck from meteoritic metal.
>> Also, it appears that the Romans were very excited
>> about "falling rocks" and apparently commemorated many
>> meteorite falls on some of their coins. Other old
>> coins and/or medals also commemorate the appearance of
>> Halley's Comet. Like meteorite collecting too, coin
>> collecting has many mysteries that remain unresolved.
>> My e-mail is unclefireballmtf_at_yahoo.com.
>> Long strewn fields and shiny octahedrite coins!
>> Best regards,
>> Mark Fox
>> Newaygo, MI USA
>> --- tett <tett_at_bmts.com> wrote:
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>> Sorry Michael but I will never get excited about
>> coins. Man made
>> things just don't interest me as collectibles except ,
>> perhaps, certain
>> forms of art and even then I would not break the bank
>> in acquiring them.
>> <p>I am surprised at the bids for some of these
>> coins. I can't believe
>> $140,000 for a small 100 year old Morgan dollar.
>> Obviously, these
>> are highly collectable and eagerly sought by many
>> people. Congratulations
>> on what appears to be a successful auction so far.
>> <p>Still, give me natural made meteorites any day.
>> <p>Mike Tettenborn
>> <p>Michael Casper wrote:
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>> <font face="Arial"><font size=-1>Hi
>> there,</font></font> <font face="Arial"><font
>> size=-1> Perhaps
>> some of you may have some interest?
>> Click</font></font><font face="Arial"><font
>> link below for a peek.</font></font> <font
>> face="Arial"><font size=-1>
>> xoxox, MC</font></font> <font face="Arial"><font
>> href=" http://heritagecoin.com/auctions/lots.asp?SubHeader=Casper ">
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Received on Thu 15 Nov 2001 08:12:33 PM PST