Coin Collecting at the Safir House
German Archaeopteryx 10 Euro Coin

Thu Apr 18 06:18:14 2024

Archaeopteryx is likely the most famous fossil ever unearthed. This coin celebrated the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the species in the limestone quarries of Solnhofen area in Bavaria, Germany (knows as Solnhofen Limestone). The first skeleton, discovered in 1861 is called the London Specimen, and resides in the London Museum of Natural History. Since then 9 other Fossils have been discovered and one possible feather. The Berlin specimen, which is depicted on the coin, was discovered in 1874 or 1875 by a farmer and through a series of financial transactions, which included a cow, ended up in the Humboldt Museum fur Naturkunde.

Over time and with support of mny fossils discoved in China of feathered Dinosaurs, we have learned a lot about Archaeopteryx. there has been debate about whether it is a true bird or a Treopod Dinosaur, butit is generally considered a bird, but not off in the direct linage of today's birds. We have also been able to learn some of the color of the bird from examining the shape of melanosomes in the single feather fossil. As such it is determed that the feather is likely black and so, if this feather belongs to Archaeopteryx that it's covert feather were likely black.

The Safir Family Internet Coin Library. Nearly all the coins here have been stolen. If you have any information on the theft, please contact us at

Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Section I:
US Coints
Large Cent Coppers
Flying Eagle Cents
Lincoln Cents and Wheat Backs
Buffalo Nickels
Jefferson Nickels
Jefferson Silver War Nickels
Bust Half Dimes
Mercury (Liberrty Head) Dimes
Roosevelt Dime
Barber Quarter Dollars
Standing Libery Quarter
Washington and Washington State Quarters
Cap Bust Half Dollars
1813 o.108 AU58 Cap Bust Half Providence Powell.
1818 MS63 Cap Bust Half
1833 MS63 Cap Bust Half
Seated Half Dollars
Barber Half Dollars
Walking Liberty Half Dollars
Franklin Half Dollars
Kennedy Half Dollars
Morgan Silver Dollars
Peace Silver Dollars
Eisenhower Clad and Silver Dollars
Sacawagea Golden Dollars
Modern Silver and Clad Proof Sets
Modern American Silver Eagle uncirculated mint coins and proofs
Modern Silver and Clad 2008 Commorative Bald Eagle Series
Gold Coins - Not too many
Circulated US Silver Coins prior to 1964

Go To Section II:
Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States

Go To Section III:
Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins

Unsorted Extra stuff:
Bust US Coinage
From the coin Show at Melville Long Island
Article on Numismatics and Lobbying

The Safir Family Internet Coin Library: Foriegn Coins.

Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.

Ruben Safir's Front Page
Coin Collection