Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras Doubloons Celebrate Life

Mardi Gras is the last party before Lent. In New Orleans, among other kinds of trinkets such as necklaces, the krewes of floats throw doubloons. 
From left to right: 
American Ingenuity, Atlas, Triumphs of Arts and Sciences, Love that American Money
One side announces the krewe. The other usually is in line with a theme for the year. Many of the krewes are named for pagan gods and goddesses. Many are anodized for the liturgical colors of Easter: white, gold, red, green, and purple. They also can be found in blue, etc.


Coin of the Realm, Inventions and Discoveries, The Sciences
As my username is often "Mercury" I have a lot of those, as well as his analogs, Hermes and Thoth. 
All Things Beautiful and the Krewe of Pegasus
I also have Atlases. Overall, having bought mixed lots from dealers over the years, I have assembled a box of good wishes, celebrations, and honors that are meaningful to me.  They make nice hand-outs at parties and meetings, especially among my Objectivist friends.

ALSO ON NECESSARY FACTS
Industrial Medals: the Currency of Fame 
Numismatics: History as Market 
Numismatics: the Standard of Proof in Economics 
The Objective Virtues of Stamp Collecting

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