Monthly Archives: February 2012

Rainy Day Visitors

Two bucks?! A rainy day brings a small herd of deer to the woods outside my backyard fence. Note the construction in the background – developers are paving a cul-de-sac that will leave these woods otherwise undisturbed. Fortunate, because these woods … Continue reading

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The Briot Shilling

Here is the story of a very interesting coin, told to me by Bruce Lorich, an acknowledged expert on English coins. It is about an English shilling from the reign of Charles I, minted at York by Nicolas Briot in … Continue reading

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Evliya Çelebi and the Leopold Taler

Here’s an entertaining description of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I; who lived from June 9, 1640 to May 5, 1705; given by Evliya Çelebi, an Ottoman traveler who visited Leopold’s court at Vienna in 1665: One may almost doubt whether the Almighty … Continue reading

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