Coin Collecting at the Safir House
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 Coins Library.Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
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
The Safir Family Internet Coins 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.
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