Sunday, September 30, 2012
Some coins from my collection of Northern and Southern Sung Chinese cash coins.
These coins are the larger and less plentiful Value 2 coins (each large coin was equivalent to two normal cash coins), and the Southern Sung coins are much scarcer than the Northern Sung coins.
These red plastic pouches (priced at 50 cents each) were issued by Singapore Mint from 1972 to 1983 to hold almost all those years (except 1975 and 1977 ASEAN) of $10 silver and nickel crown-size UNC coins.
If you don't keep these pouches well and clean them regularly, they become moldy and oily, covered with fungal growth.
Many coin collectors and dealers had thrown their pouches away.
In the early 1990s, when you bought a Canadian Maple Leaf 1-ounce gold coin from a local bank downtown at Raffles Place, you would receive a red pouch for every coin you'd bought.
But the gold print would fade off very easily in a short time.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Mel Fisher, the greatest treasure hunter who'd ever lived!
You might have thought VHS format was dead a long time ago.
But I was watching movies from some video tapes like this until around 2002 when my VHS video player had gone bust.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
This is probably the only one of its kind pneumatic exercise equipment (made in Sweden) found in Singapore.
It works like an air pump when you extend it and pump up the air pressure to provide resistance.
I'd bought it at a reasonable price about 3 months ago from a Swedish national who'd since left Singapore for home.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A carton box full of snail mails accumulated from the late 1960s to late 1990s.
Hundreds (perhaps more than a thousand) of envelops and letters can be packed into a box like this.
Some old envelops bearing interesting postmarks may become collectible postal history, so don't peel off those postage stamps.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
If you'd saved these plastic capsules once used to pack those rolls of film negatives, you can now use them to pack stuff like collectible coins and tiny rocks, among others.
The capsule in front contains pulverized gold ores from a mine somewhere in The Philippines, given to me by someone in 1988.