Friday, November 6, 2009


Thursday I got home from California. To get home I took my rental to the airport, rode the monorail to the terminal, flew in a plane, rode a bus to the train station, took a train and then was picked up by Meg and Henry at the train station. Whoah! It felt great to see them both again. I was tired, but it didn't matter at all. We even had a little family fun raking leaves before I put my stuff inside the house.

I did well with some coins I searched this weekend.

15 small dollars produced one Canadian dollar. In the dollars was a new variety I needed, 2009P James Polk.

8,000 half dollars turned up forty-eight 90% silver halves (19??S, 1935, 1936S, 1937, 1941D, 4 x 1942, 1942S, 5 x 1943, 1944, 2 x 1945, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1952D, 1953D, 1954D, 1957D, 1958D, 1959D, 1960D, 1961D, 1962, 5 x 1963, 3 x 1963D, 10 x 1964) twenty-five 40% silver halves (1965, 2 x 1966, 6 x 1967, 10 x 1968D, 6 x 1969D) and fifteen proofs (1972S, 1974S, 1976S, 3 x 1979S, 1984S, 1985S, 2 x 1987S, 1988S, 2 x 1990S, 1992S, 1994S). The 1984S is the last clad proof I needed! (Except for the 2009S, which I consider too new to count at this point.) I still have a lot of silver proofs to go. I'm especially eager to find the 1976S 40% silver proof half.

160 quarter and 250 dimes didn't yield anything.

1,300 pennies had ten Wheats, fourteen Canadians and two US dimes. The Wheats were:

1940, 1941, 1944, 1946(2), 1947D, 1956(3), 1956D

Yesterday I completed a two volume work, Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos, during the Years 1858, 1859, and 1860, by Henri Mouhot (1826-1861). Mouhot was a French citizen who explored Indo-China in the middle of the 19th century with funds from British patrons. He died as the result of fever caught in the jungle in 1861. After his death his servants brought his journals, manuscripts and specimens to Bangkok where they eventually found their way to Europe. His brother posthumously compiled these two volumes from his journals and correspondence. The reprint I read was produced by Elibron. (The cover curled a bit too easily, but the prints within the book are very sharp.) Mouhot traveled cheaply and usually by himself with a few servants. Before his death he was able to capture an abundance of insects and birds and make many keen observations about the people he met and the landscapes he encountered. He's most famous for "discovering" the ruins of Angkor (they were always known, but Mouhot popularized them in the West). Mouhot also inspired the subsequent Mekong Expedition.


Thom said...

two new half varieties from one 8K search is pretty good at this stage in the game. I'm pleased for you.

kestrelia said...

thanks! I forgot to mention that the 84S is the last clad proof I needed.