The Tudor Beasts Collection

After the compelling Queen Beasts’s collection, Royal Mint just launched a new series of collection – The Tudor Beasts Collections. The Seymour Panther will be the first coin of this series. Tudor Beasts Collection will absolutely become one of the hot collections amoung numismatics community.

https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/ranges/the-royal-tudor-beasts/seymour-panther-2022/

Important News: Queen Elizabeth was seen using walking stick for what is believe to be the first time at a major public event. It will probably trigger Royal Fans worried about the Monarch’s Health. 

 

What are these Tudor Beasts?

They are:

The Seymour Panther

The Lion of England

The Greyhound of Richmond

The Yale of Beaufort

The Tudor Dragon

The Seymour Unicorn

The Royal DragonThe Queen’s Lion

The Black Bull of Clarence

The Queen’s Panther

The Tudor dynasty rose from the wars of the Roses conquest between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. When Henry VIII ruled after his Henry VII, He took these heraldic beasts as part of his lavish embellishment of the palace. These Tudor Beasts served to reinforce the legitimacy of his position on the throne and to highlight the regal lineage and strength of the Tudor dynasty.

If you have missed the Queen’s Beasts collection, do not miss the Tudor Beasts this time!

Next post, I will share the fun facts about Henry VIII. Stay tuned. 

 

Nothing Gold Can Stay


Last Friday night, my boss and I had dinner at one of the local popular Japanese restaurant. The view overthere was stunning. It was amazing that having delicious Japan cusine and breathtaking skyline at the same time.

“Let’s go to Japan once the pandemic ends” he suggested.

“Ya, but I can see the end this year.”

“That’s why I booked this Japanese restaurant. I missed Japan so much” he said.

“2019. it was an extraordinary year.”

“Sure.” I agreed.

“Life is short. So do the things which make you happy. And be with people who make you happy. Look for the food in every day even…even if some days you have to look harder.” He looked at my eyes.

“Yup, sometimes I remember the days in 2019.”

“Nothing gold can stay.” He said and drink his sake.

Yes, nothing gold can stay. Everything changed in 2019 and things cannot go back to the way they like in 2019. 

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subside to lead. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day, Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

Queen’s Beasts – the Completer Coin – Together as One

This is the final Queen’s Beasts coin in the Queen’s Beast collection since 2016 produced by Royal Mint. The Coin features ten beasts on the reverse which reuniting all ten beasts in one design. 

Here is the story of Queen’s Beasts:

The Queen’s Beasts are the ten heraldic statues representing the bloodline of Queen Elizabether II and the British monarchy. On 2 June 1953, the whole world witnessed a specacular of a very important occasion. The Queen arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s coronation. These ten Queen’s Beast stood in front of the temporary western annexe as formidable royal guardians.

 

They are:

The Lion of England

The White Greyhound of Richmond

The Yale of Beaufort

The Red Dragon of Wales

The White Horse of Hanover

The White Lion of Mortimer

The Unicorn of Scotland

The Griffin of Edward III

The Black Bull of Clarence

The Falcon of the Plantagenets

The balance of power


“The balance of power around the world is changing.” He says.

“Em…”I murmur.

“Ancient people would reason the serious natural disasters that there must be changes of sovereignty or political power.” He continues.

“Really?”

“Like in the bible, the birth of Jesus.”

“There was a very bright star, not a disaster.”

“Like the death of Jesus.” He changes.

“Yup, and whatelase?” I ask.

He is silent.

“Are you talking about the great Earthquake in China and the birth of new China.” I ask and give him some examples.

“Do you also mean the Hurricane Katrina and the presidency of George Bush?” I wonder.

“Also the famine in Japan during world war II?”

“Do you believe that history will repeat itself? It will repeats in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.” He worrys.

And I am silent.

The design for American Eagle Gold Coin – in God we trust. And in Gold we trust

The American Eagle Gold Coin is an officeal gold bullion coins of United States starting from 1986. It was produced by United States Mint. The composition of the gold coins included 91.67% gold, 3% silver and 5.33% Copper. Therefore, the fineness of this gold coin is just 22K.

The obverse of the gold coin depicts the figure of Lady Liberty. And the reverse design features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a female eagle and her baby.

Let me tell you something special about American Eagle Gold Coins.

For the Eagle minted in 1986-1991, they are dated with Roman Numerals. And starting from 1992, US mint changed to use Arabic numerals for dating Gold American Eagle Coins. 

Here is the gold coin in 1990 with dated with Roman Numerals “MCMXC”.

And starting mid 2021, the reserve design of American Eagle Gold Coin changes again! It features a side profile of a Bald ealge.

The new design is stunning!                    

As the the new design is launching in mid of 2021, the collectors around the world will definitely collect the old designs of American Eagle Gold Coins especially the old design dated year 2021 and the those dated with Roman Numerals.

War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

I am sorry that I didn’t update my stories with my boss for this week as I was super busy. The world are debating and concerning the situation in Afghanistian in these few days. And Biden adminstration is busy about blaming everyone but himself for the chaotic withdrawal from there.

“Before the militory withdrawal from Afghanistian, people are concerning about when will the US government withdraw. After the chaotic withdrawal from there, people are concerning about how did the US government withdraw.” My boss rolls his mobile and says.

“Yup, but Mr. Biden has already expained that there is never a good time to withdraw US forces. And people agree to withdraw US troops from there at the very begining.” I say.

“The main concern is Democracy will be a problem sometime.” He explains.

“May I ask why?” I confuse.

“Decision making is too slow. Sometime we need to do it fast.” he emphasises. “Reacting time is the key especially during wars. You cannot wait!” he stresses. 

“No mather how powerful of your armaments, no mather how advanced of your militory technology, if you don’t act fast, you loss.” He affirms.

“So much of our lives is given over to the consideration.” He suppresses his sadness when he sees the images from the social media.

“Maybe this is one of the problems about work from home.” I say.

USD 3.5 trillion budget plan for Americans

Senate Democats just passed a USD 3.5 trillion plan early Wednesday. The bill will spend on the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps, adds new dental, cision and hearing benefits to medicare coverage and investment in affordable housing.

Even though the GOP (Republican National Committee) voted against, the bill has passed without a Republican vote. Biden Adminstration previously said the US government will have tax increases on corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for the USD 3.5 trilliion plan.

There are many conerens about the 3.5 trillion plan will cause inflation. President Joe Biden hit back against information concern on Wednesday and would like to downplayed concerns about price hikes. and cited that his plans for the American economy are working. The President Joe Biden said that the consumner price inflation slowed in July. But his adminstration will also outline a number of resolutions  to lower the consumer costs.

However, there is one more concern about his 3.5 trillion plan. There is no one can gurantee the US government will have substantial tax incomes from coporations and wealthy people to cover this plan. Tax incomes may get affected by the pandemic.

Why do Horseshoes mean Lucky?

I have received a very interesting coin recenetly. It is a coin in a horseshoe shape.

2021 Palau Lucky Horseshoe Antique Finish High Relief Silver Coin

Some people may see western people hang horseshoes over their doors of the buildings. Someone like me would like to ask the reason behind this little thing. Why horseshoes?

Let me share you a story about hanging horseshoes over the doors.

This story is about a hermit – St. Dunstan.

St. Dunstan was a very quite and humble hermit as well as skilled metalworker. He lived in a hut where near the church of St Mary.

One night, there was a Devil came to his hut as a woman. However, St. Dunstan vigilantly noticed that he was a Devil instead of a woman. He saw his cloven hooves beneath the dress he wore. Dunstan noticed that the Devil was limping on one of his cloven hooves. He pretended to offer a shoe to help the Devil. He then nailed a red hot horseshoe onto the Devil hoof. 

The Devil screamed and begged St. Dunstan to take it off. Of course St. Dunstan was not going to do it easily.

He said, “You have to make a promise that you will always respect the symbol of the horseshoe and never enter a building that is protected by the sign of a horseshoe.”

Nowsdays, people are still telling about this story to Children in England. And hanging horseshoes over their doors have become one of their tradional. Also, people have different preference about hanging heel up or Down.

Some says that if you hang the horseshoe like a shape of a cup, it means horseshoe fills with good luck, holding it for everyone who lives in that house. 

Some says that if you hang the horseshoe downward, it means good luck flows out from the horseshoe and onto all the visitors and family who come into that house.

Up or down? Which one do you prefer? Let me know your thought.

Business competitions is on

Running a business is a chanllenge particularly during pandemic. Business environment changes, Business model changes, and customers practices chagnes. And companies have to be more innovative and creative to survive than before. 

“Your competitors are doing great discount on products prices. Do we need to follow them?” I ask my boss and show him the advestiment on the social media.

“The company’s best advantage should be a qulity product offered at the right price.” He answers with a smile.

“But they are drawing attention now.” I said. I do not have any ideas about price competition and how the business works. Maybe it is the reason why I am an employee not an entrepreneur. 

“If we let low-price competition continue to disturb the market order without containment, it will have an adverse effect on, and cause disorder to, the profession in the long run.” He explains.

“So, should we just…ignore them?” I confuse.

“If you have a successful company, you will get your market share. We don’t have a monopoly. We have market share.” He seems like care nothing about it and then sips his morning coffee as usual. 

I look at him and wonder. Will I be a successful entrepreneur one day?

The Story Behind The 1933 Double Eagle

The 1933 Double Eagle Coin.

Source: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NNC-US-1933-G$20-Saint_Gaudens.jpg#mw-jump-to-license


The change of design for American Eagle gold coin triggers me to study the history or development of the American gold coins. And there is a fascinated story about the Amercian gold coins development in 1933 – The most famous gold coin – The 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin.

I believe that most people will remember that in 1930s, US was in the bank crisis. In 1933, in order to end the 1930s general bank crisis, US president Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an important executive order – Executive Order 6102.

This Executive order 6102 was about:

  • All persons are required to deliver all gold coins and all gold bullion products which owned by them to Federal Reserve Bank.

It made:

The 1933 Double Eagle: America’s last gold coin struck for circulation and the last gold coin that can be legally owned by an individual.

However, a number of 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins were stolen or rescured before melting and those stolen coins found their way into the hands of collectors before later being recovered. Some of the 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins were acquired by King Farouk of Egypt who was a professional collector of many things.

In 2002, one of the 1933 Double eagle was sold to an anonymous bidder at a Stacks Bowers action in New York for USD 6.6 million.

In 2021, the coins was sold for more than USD 18 million.

If one day, you discover this 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin, remember its story behind this gold coin.