Mutt and Jeff visit the Swap Shop with Princess Angelina

It was a very foggy morning in South Florida on this not too cold morning, as Mutt drove the eight miles north to the Swap Shop at 7: AM.  As he pulled in to the usual parking spaces at S5, Jeff pulled right along side.  Both right on time.  Angelina was with Mutt this time, the visiting Hawaiian Princess.

As they walked toward the few dealers scattered about, Angelina found the first numismatic item, a shinny penny on the tarmac.  Moving off to the east, of this big multi-screen drive-in, the last one left in the area, the three; Mutt & Jeff with Angelina, continued to look for treasurers.

It was poor pickings until Angelina spotted a large pile of costume jewelry, as usual all tangled up.  As she pawed through it, she told Jeff, “look here is a foreign coin”.  Then another came to light and before they were done over twenty from all over the world.

Jeff retrieved the following items at the swap shop from the dealer.  Two (2) two dollar Canada coins (Polar bears), two (2) one dollar Canada coins (Loons), 1 Five (5) franc Swiss coin, two (2) five dollar Hong Kong coins, three (3) 1 dollar Singapore coins, two (2) 50 cent Singapore coins, one (1) 20 cent Singapore coin, one (1) 10 cent Singapore coin, one (1) 5 cent Singapore coin, one (1) 50 cent Australia coin, one (1) 100 pesetas of Spain, one (1) 100 won of South Korea, one (1) 500 won of South Korea and two (2) Ontario Place tokens.  Cost was $ 3.50 for the lot.

Princess Angelina with her sharp eye was actually responsible for retrieving the coins as they were buried in this pile of costume jewelry.  Jeff merely haggled with the dealer and purchased the lot.

But as Mutt & Angelina looked for the junk coins (the no value ones are given by the coin club to the Boy Scouts as part of their educational out-reach), Mutt spotted a shinny gold coin.

An Australian 100 Dollar, with Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and 2000 with a Chinese Dragon, 1 oz. 9999 Gold marked on the reverse, edge reeded, 32 mm. As Mutt paid one US Dollar for the item, the dealer said it’s not real, The Chinese know how to make real good knock-off’s these days. Mutt remarked it will make for an interesting ‘Show & Tell’ at the next meeting.

That was the end of the numismatic treasures, but Mutt, always on the look out for strange items, did make two more $2 purchases.  First a Japanese bronze small souvenir spoon, which he noted, “it is not marked, therefore it could not be Old China and had to be Japanese because of the dragon design”. 

Second a rather modern and hand made large framed Arabic inscription, hung over a door.

All and all, the group had an interesting morning, with exercise in the slightly overcast, yet now warmed up daylight and soon, adjourned for coffee and numismatic talk at the usual haunt.

All three are members of the two local coin clubs.