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posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:28 PM
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My son was given this coin by one of his friends at school (7th grade) a couple months ago.

I wanted to scan it and share it. I figure it is a member token for the DC lodge celebrating the Bicentennial. If there is more to it or anybody has questions or comments, let me know.









posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:41 PM
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I think it's a commemorative coin that was probably given out to the Brothers at some grand lodge event. Most grand lodges make a pin or a coin for their annual communications meeting, I think this is one made for the bicentennial in DC. I have several that look similar, but are from the California grand lodge.

Pretty cool. Have your boy hang on to it. It won't ever be worth much money but it may be an heirloom some day.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:46 PM
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It's certainly an interesting piece. I wonder if it is silver. A random google search turns up quite a few on ebay but they don't seem to cost much. Literally just a few dollars.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:48 PM
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I think it's sterling. But yeah they are fairly common in Masonic circles.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 03:55 PM
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Your signature disturbs me...
Do not suffer offense, nor will I comport with mine own.
However, this you should know.
Last year in October I secretly thought to myself that I wanted to reconcile with the Roman Catholic Church and become an actual member of the faith and congregation. I did not know the full ceremony by heart so I thought to myself that I would learn it by watching one of the Holy Mass ceremonies that are broadcasted here in NYC.
I did so... While it is true I could not keep up with it and while it is true it was only for learning experience, I found that I had endured the hour and performed to the best of my ability this ceremony of Holy Mass in the name Christ.
Know this: I was a chronic masturbator with no self control. Whole heartedly addicted to porn. I would defile myself every single day and at times multiple times in a day. I was gross and totally hopeless in the cause of defilement. I was this vile wretch since I was 7 years old. I am 32 now. The effects of such a vile and disgusting torment have left me permanently deformed. I am in appearance as one who knows "Quasimodo."

My Point: For trying to be as pure hearted as a moral man and accepting Christ as my saviour. I found that since that day I no longer suffered an erection, save only when I'm holding back my urine for too long whilst I sleep.
I have not looked at porn since then. Lust has evaded me... And whatever device or attack that comes in that form is deflected. Completely. My face cracks and "eek" is the thought I utter when lewdness intrudes.
I have not allowed my eyes to roam nor have they lingered in unto the likeness of women.
In short: The story is that that adventure in unto the Holy Mass ceremony has cured what no soul could.
In Jesus Holy Name!
Do not mettle with the mysteries you know very little of, for therein may rest your salvation.
I do not call you forth to be convert... Instead I ask as Masons would ask. "Simply Be Mindful And Tolerant!"
Such things are mysterious and powerful and very very real.

No soul ever lent to consideration my appeal to reconcile with the church. I found that in secret on my own account. It was totally unexpected, but very acceptable. I hope you reconsider your signature and offer a more meaningful one.

In secret you find God and what he can accomplish for you is and will be totally unexpected by you.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:01 PM
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It looked like silver to me too. Being a commemorative thing it could well be so that gives it more inherent value than most other tokens. You can get 15-20 dollars an ounce for scrap if nothing else. I doubt it weighs anything like that but it's worth keeping or selling just for that reason.


ETA Some people on the net mention that it is sometimes worth contacting the lodge or body that issued it to see if they have any interest in it also. Just a thought.
edit on 3/4/12 by LightSpeedDriver because: ETA



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:02 PM
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So what does any of that have to do with the coin?

And for future reference, there's some things you should just keep to yourself man.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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.......WTF man?

So .. OP .. Masonic coins are relatively common, they are not worth much since they are not precious metal and not exactly collectors items (though I'm sure some people do collect them). Most Freemasons prefer to have a deep fascination with lapel pins.
I've got quite a collection of pins myself. Usually when a Mason takes the effort to go to a special event they are rewarded with pins or coins .. like Masonic flair ..
For instance you go to a GL Communication like someone said, they usually give you a coin or a pin. Or if you go to a lodges annual event, or a special fundraiser, or you can buy certain pins, coins etc from a lodges or grand lodges charity and proceeds go to the charity.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:08 PM
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Dude, I have so many friggen pins it's ridiculous.

Pins and tie tacs.... Like fifty of them.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:20 PM
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Originally posted by W3RLIED2
reply to post by Pinocchio
 


So what does any of that have to do with the coin?

And for future reference, there's some things you should just keep to yourself man.


To what end???? That information seldom sparks any interest, yet I felt it enough to share with one who believes his lack of faith is evident in mocking more than he can ever account for in his life.
Try as he might!
It invollves the coin moreso than necessary...
Here's how: The coin seems valuable enough to spark interest and query. Yet in it you find no particular worth according to the systems of measures and weights. Sucks...
But I find the coin just as valuable as the man who printed.
Washington was a man... yet look how far his legacy, freemason or not, has come....
Keep the coin. It's special enough. Or if per chance you loose interest, coonsider giving to one who cares...



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:27 PM
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ROFL... I am that I am... no offense bros....

Now:
Seems to ocurr quite often, yet never in my life have I seen such a coin.
I never imagined a coin like that. I'm 32 and have heard of AF&AM since I was about 17 or 18.
I've seen plenty but never like that.
If its not worth much, but has to be manufactured, what would the cost of such a coin be? Andwould the cost make a charity a healthy sum for their purse????

I'm a cowan every day... I'm just shy of getting a rude awakening from a tyler sooner or later...
Can I wear a pin and promote AF&AM for charity purpose(s)?


Also: Did you know that a coin can account for a moral man's deeds... Ever heard of the "King's Ramson" Theory?

If not: Then you're a cowan...



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:35 PM
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What I was trying to say is that while coins are relatively common, pins are far more common. I've got a few dozen, but I have no coins. I've seen them before, almost always at a grand lodge event (where they are more expensive to produce than pins).

Usually the coins are made from sterling or nickle or some other shiny yet not terribly expensive material. But pins are far more widely used.. you're just not Masonic if you don't have a few Masonic pins on your jacket.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:38 PM
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Originally posted by LightSpeedDriver
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It's certainly an interesting piece. I wonder if it is silver. A random google search turns up quite a few on ebay but they don't seem to cost much. Literally just a few dollars.


By looking at it, it appears to be clad by the way it is worn on the front (obverse) faces.

If it were silver, it is probably 1oz. and worth about $33 bucks today, though, you may have a better time selling it on ebay to a collector, who may pay a premium for the coin.

But, I dont think it is made from .999 silver.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:41 PM
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Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by Pinocchio
 


What I was trying to say is that while coins are relatively common, pins are far more common. I've got a few dozen, but I have no coins. I've seen them before, almost always at a grand lodge event (where they are more expensive to produce than pins).

Usually the coins are made from sterling or nickle or some other shiny yet not terribly expensive material. But pins are far more widely used.. you're just not Masonic if you don't have a few Masonic pins on your jacket.


I donn't know how to be masonic, but I would love to own a coin like the one op showed...
That is a beautiful coin. If I worn a pin and was not actually a mason would I incurr the wrath of G.A.O.T.U.

I've come to know to things about that name:
One is "GRAND ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE"
Two is "GRAVE ACTS OF THE UNDERWORLD"

One would be ok i guess to be condemned by... but particularly i would not like to be condemned in the underworld... catch my drift?????



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:46 PM
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Well, bravo to you Pinocchio. There is no lack of honor in shedding your feelings and admitting your weaknesses.

I just wasn't prepared for your confession. Next time, can you warn us in the first sentence about what you are going to say?

LOL

The light shall guide you.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:47 PM
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Originally posted by Pinocchio

Originally posted by Rockpuck
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What I was trying to say is that while coins are relatively common, pins are far more common. I've got a few dozen, but I have no coins. I've seen them before, almost always at a grand lodge event (where they are more expensive to produce than pins).

Usually the coins are made from sterling or nickle or some other shiny yet not terribly expensive material. But pins are far more widely used.. you're just not Masonic if you don't have a few Masonic pins on your jacket.


I donn't know how to be masonic, but I would love to own a coin like the one op showed...
That is a beautiful coin. If I worn a pin and was not actually a mason would I incurr the wrath of G.A.O.T.U.

I've come to know to things about that name:
One is "GRAND ARCHITECT OF THE UNIVERSE"
Two is "GRAVE ACTS OF THE UNDERWORLD"

One would be ok i guess to be condemned by... but particularly i would not like to be condemned in the underworld... catch my drift?????


Feel free to wear the pin. However, never claim to be something that you are not.

The Great Architect of the Universe will judge you based on how you behave or mis-behave. But either way, wearing the pin is not "sacrilege" in any way.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:48 PM
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WHERE DID YOU GET THAT????

It's not a coin but actually a key. Only the most trusted and highest regarded Masons get such a key. It goes to the super secret bathrooms located beneath all Starbucks locations. This is very important as most of our members are ancient and have several bowl and bladder issues......Guard it with your life!!!!

This message will self distruct in 10 seconds..



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 04:58 PM
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I just got a Karma Point added to my ATS wrapsheet...
Being judged by GAOTU is necessary as I am more fool than man.

But is there a pin the emulates a "Trowel & Square" as by my cowan beliefs tend to define it as "RESONATING" the mystery which may hereafter become me... ???

Through All



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 05:00 PM
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It is obviously an American 200th Birthday coin. Washington to Ford Presidents. In 1976 millions of things were created for that BICENTENNIAL celebration. I bet China made billions on that icon trading.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 05:03 PM
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Originally posted by Pinocchio
reply to post by phantomjack
 


I just got a Karma Point added to my ATS wrapsheet...
Being judged by GAOTU is necessary as I am more fool than man.

But is there a pin the emulates a "Trowel & Square" as by my cowan beliefs tend to define it as "RESONATING" the mystery which may hereafter become me... ???

Through All



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