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Phelps honored as Volunteer of Year

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 16, 2013 12:37 pm

 Phelps honored as Volunteer of Year Phelps honored as Volunteer of Year

Ann Phelps was honored at the Brigantine Municipal Alliance year-end meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the Brigantine Municipal Alliance Volunteer of the Year.

Many on the Island know her also as Gulliver the Clean Communities Mascot.

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December Artist of the Month

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 am

Submitted by Georgine Tracy

The Brigantine Cultural Arts Commission presents Don McGahn as the December Artist of the Month. McGahn’s train collection can be viewed at the BBCAC Showcase located at the Community Center. Don shares his passion for trains with us:

Dons Huff and Puff Out of Steam Railway:

Donald McGahn and his family have lived in Brigantine for thirty four years. They moved from Atlantic City when the Casino law was passed.

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The Gold and Silver Mine > When to clean coins: NEVER!

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 03, 2013 02:58 pm

coins A weekly column dedicated to “digging out” current information about precious metals, coins and other numismatics.

To clean or not to clean my coins, that is the question. Well, the answer is quite simple, never, ever, ever (did I say never?) clean a coin. I can’t emphasize that enough.

Many a coin collection has been ruined by improper cleaning, usually by someone who is not familiar with the natural appearance of coins as they age and develop a patina (toning) through exposure to the air or whatever was used for their storage. This toning is actually oxidation and the degree to which it affects the coins’ surface is dependant on the metal content. Gold coins are not affected, but silver and copper coins darken if not protected by storing them in airtight, inert containers. Toning does not affect the value of a coin as long as the toning is naturally occurring, and in some special cases toning can actually enhance the coins value.

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The Gold and Silver Mine > Betcha two bits you didn’t know the source of this term

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Written by Douglas Keefe Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 am

Pieces of 8 cut into bits – 2 making 25 cents

A weekly column dedicated to “digging out” current information about precious metals, coins and other numismatics.

Last week's article about the Spanish eight reales coin dealt with the coin whose value and size was close to that of our silver dollar. The eight reales was widely accepted both in our colonies and states and had legal tender status here until the 1850s. It also was accepted worldwide, particularly in the orient due to its consistent silver content. It was the highest denomination silver coin in circulation, anything higher would be made of gold.

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Mary Moyer named membership director for Greater A.C. Chamber

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 01:57 pm

Mary Ruley Moyer of Brigantine has been named director of membership for the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.

In her new position, Mary will be responsible for membership development and retention for the Chamber.

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The Gold and Silver Mine - Pieces of 8 cut into bits – 2 making 25 cents

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Written by Douglas Keefe Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:52 am

 8 reales 8 reales

Last weeks’ article about the Spanish 8 reales coin dealt with the coin whose value and size was close to that of our silver dollar. The 8 reales was widely accepted both in our colonies and states and had legal tender status here until the 1850s. It also was accepted worldwide, particularly in the orient due to its consistent silver content. It was the highest denomination silver coin in circulation, anything higher would be made of gold.

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Berkshire Hathaway Home Services ribbon cutting

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Written by Keri O’Connor Tuesday, November 19, 2013 04:38 pm

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services BRIGANTINE - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12. Mayor Phil Guenther cuts the ribbon with the help of Councilmen Tony Pullella, Dr. Frank Kern and Robert Sutton, Vice President/Manager along with all of the sales associates took part in the ceremony. 

By Keri O’Connor

 

 

The Gold and Silver Mine – Shady dealers and their tricks

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Written by Douglas Keefe Friday, November 01, 2013 10:30 am

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While reading some online articles related to coins and bullion, I ran across a summary of a presentation made by Patrick Heller, recipient of The American Numismatic Association 2012 Dealer of the Year Award. The topic he spoke on was ‘Dealers you may want to avoid.’ He touched on some things I’ve spoken about in the past, along with some other examples and practices I feel are worth sharing.

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The Gold and Silver Mine – Be aware of counterfeit coins

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Written by Douglas Keefe Monday, October 21, 2013 09:00 am

Coins Coins

This article will deal with the counterfeits coming out of China and the impact they have on our hobby.

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The Gold and Silver Mine > A simple change can reap a bonanza for counterfeiters

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Written by Douglas Keefe Friday, October 11, 2013 02:22 pm

Gold and Silver Mine Gold and Silver Mine

A simple change can reap a bonanza for counterfeiters

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