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NBA Owners' net worth (Dan Gilbert's net worth rose from $7.5 billion to $45.3 billion this year)
...After his company went public. I had to include that in the title. Maybe now he won't be such a cheap bastard with his GMs. I had no idea Gilbert was now the second richest owner in the league. Which made me wonder what other owners are worth (the title of this post was almost "why is Tilman Fertitta such a cheap bastard while Joe Lacob spends money like he thinks the shit's gonna rot?"). Which brings us to this handy Forbes list from March: 1. Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers): $51.4 billion Ballmer scored a huge win this week for his dream of building a new arena. He bought the Forum for $400 million from the Madison Square Garden Company, which tried to block a new Clippers arena near the Forum in Inglewood, California. 2. Philip Anschutz (Los Angeles Lakers): $11.2 billion Anschutz owns one-third of the Lakers, plus the arena in which they play, the Staples Center, in addition to the NHL’s Kings. \For those wondering, it's hard to find a reliable source on Jeanie's net worth but according to unreliable sources it's in the ballpark of $500 million* 3.Stanley Kroenke (Denver Nuggets): $10 billion The real estate and sports mogul owns teams in the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, MLS and the Premier League. 4.Joseph Tsai (Brooklyn Nets): $9.9 billion The cofounder of Alibaba Group completed his purchase of the Nets last year for $2.3 billion and bought the Barclays Center for an additional $1 billion. 5. Robert Pera (Memphis Grizzlies): $7.1 billion Pera owns nearly three-quarters of wireless equipment maker Ubiquiti Networks. He was the lead investor in the Grizzlies purchase in 2012. 6. Daniel Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers): $6.2 billion Gilbert made his first fortune from Quicken Loans, the largest online mortgage lender, which he cofounded in 1985 at 22 years old.*List is from March, before the IPO 7. Tom Gores (Detroit Pistons): $5.7 billion Gores and his brother Alec are both private equity billionaires. The Pistons opened a new $90 million headquarters and training facility in September. 8. Micky Arison (Miami Heat): $5.3 billion Arison’s net worth plummeted 33% over the past six weeks with the collapse in the stock price of Carnival Corp. The world’s largest cruise ship operator was founded by Arison’s father in 1972. 9. Tilman Fertitta (Houston Rockets): $4.4 billion Fertitta furloughed roughly 40,000 employees at his casino and restaurant empire to curb the economic impact caused by coronavirus-induced shutdowns. His fortune is derived from his ownership of the Golden Nugget Casinos and Landry’s, a Texas-based restaurant and entertainment company. 10. Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks): $4.3 billion Cuban was one of the first sports team owners to commit to paying hourly arena workers for games missed during the coronavirus crisis. He’s invested more than $20 million as a “shark” on ABC’s popular Shark Tank show. 11. Joshua Harris (Philadelphia 76ers): $3.7 billion Harris cofounded private equity powerhouse Apollo Global Management in 1990 with fellow billionaires Leon Black and Marc Rowan. He remains a managing director there. 12. Gayle Benson (New Orleans Pelicans): $3.2 billion Benson inherited the Pelicans and the NFL’s Saints when her husband, Tom, died in 2018. 13. Glen Taylor (Minnesota Timberwolves): $2.8 billion His printing firm, Taylor Corp., generates more than $2 billion in revenue annually. Taylor also owns stakes in Minnesota’s MLS and WNBA teams. 14. Herb Simon (Indiana Pacers): $2.6 billion The real estate mogul bought the Pacers with his since-deceased brother, Melvin, in 1983, for $10.5 million. Simon Property Group is one of the world’s largest real estate investment trusts, with 206 properties in the U.S. 15.Antony Ressler (Atlanta Hawks): $2.4 billion Ressler cofounded private equity firm Ares Management in 1997. He owns a small piece of the Milwaukee Brewers, in addition to his controlling stake in the Hawks. 16. Michael Jordan (Charlotte Hornets): $2.1 billion The NBA’s GOAT sold a minority stake in the Hornets in September in a deal that valued the team at $1.5 billion. Nike pays Jordan more than $100 million annuallybased on growing sales for the company’s Jordan Brand. 17. Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks): $1.8 billion Lasry, a hedge fund titan, joined Wes Edens to buy the Bucks in 2014 for $550 million. He was born in Morocco and moved to the U.S. at age 7 with his family. 18. Gail Miller (Utah Jazz): $1.7 billion Miller transferred ownership of the Jazz in 2017 to a family legacy trust to deter her heirs from selling or moving the team. Gail and her since-deceased husband, Larry, bought the team for $22 million in 1986. 19. Jerry Reinsdorf (Chicago Bulls): $1.5 billion Reinsdorf led a group of investors who bought a controlling stake in the Bulls for $9.2 million in 1985. Good timing. It was one year after the team drafted Michael Jordan, who led the Bulls to six NBA titles. The team is now worth $3.2 billion. 20. Theodore Leonsis (Washington Wizards): $1.4 billion Leonsis initially built his fortune as a senior executive at AOL, before investing in sports teams like the Wizards and the NHL’s Capitals. *Not included on the list but googled for your edification: DeVos Family (Magic): $5.4 billion James Dolan (Knicks): $2 billion Joe Lacob (Warriors): $1.2 billion Vivek Randive (Kings): $700 million Robert Sarver (Suns): $400 million Jody Allen (Trail Blazers): The sister of Microsoft cofounder, Paul G. Allen, took control of the team after his death. At the time her brother was worth $20 billion though he intended to give most of his fortune away... Boston Basketball Partners LLC (Celtics): An American local private investment group formed to purchase the Boston Celtics Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (Raptors): The Raptors are a subsidiary of MLSE The Professional Basketball Club, LLC (Thunder): A group of OKC businessmen "who represent a wide variety of local and national business interests" owns the Thunder Spurs Sports & Entertainment LLC (Spurs): An American sports & entertainment organization, based in San Antonio, Texas owns the San Antonio Spurs
Hello again, and good morning! This listing is for items that did not sell during the December 13 Auction, so you can buy anything you want right here and right now - no buyer's premiums, no additional fees. *FREE shipping for any order over $100. *All items priced at $1 are now .75 each NOTE: Since we are fast approaching Christmas, if you want me to ship your order via Priority Mail - to hopefully get it there by Christmas - please let me know during your first PM and I will get your order shipped ASAP. My wife and I just got back from the post office to mail a few items and were told that at this point, even Priority Mail cannot be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas, but it you want to give it a shot I am happy to oblige. Each lot was individually imaged (front and back) for the auction - so the easiest way for you to see exactly what you're buying is to visit the auction link (the auction is over, so I'm not advertising anything different or advertising an upcoming auction) - so here that is: https://www.invaluable.com/catalog/8o2qykf0og Here is the required "prove you still have the stuff" photo with the username card and today's date: PHOTO Payment: PayPal only. I do not have Venmo/Zello/Bitcoin or any other form of digital payment at this time. No notes if using PPFF, please. (Thank you.) If you choose to use PPFF, please make sure to send me your shipping address here as it won't automatically load with your payment. Shipping: I will charge you what it costs me for the USPS label rounded up to the nearest dollar. For First Class that is usually $4, for USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Small Box it will be $9. I will get you a tracking number right after payment is received and will get your package scanned into the USPS system within 24 hours of receipt of payment. I will offer "Risky Shipping" (via stamped greeting card)at my discretionfor $1 - for single, small coins ONLY.NOTE: These prices are for Continental US shipping only - if you live outside the continental US, shipping will be more expensive. I am still happy to do it under the same rules as above, but just keep in mind it's going to cost more. What do YOU need to do to buy coins from this group: send me a list of which lots you want (for example, I want to buy lots # 51, 52, 53, 54, 55) and I will send you a total. There are too many coins here (plus there are duplicates) so I cannot look up the coins you want by description - just give me lot numbers and it will be much simpler. I'd like to make a simple and polite request - if I have sent you my PayPal information (meaning we've agreed to a deal) please finish it up as soon as you can so I can check you off the list and move on to the next person. This helps make sure you get all the coins we discussed and no one else is in limbo. I will do my absolute best to update the ad as soon as lots sell. LEFTOVERS: 51 Toner US Type Set 1$40.00 52 1963 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 53 Toner US Type Set 3 $25.00 54 1959 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 55 1959 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 56World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 57 1960 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 58World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 59 World Silver - Germany 1937 D 2 Reichsmark $11.00 60 1976 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 61 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 62 1960 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 63World Silver - France 1903 50 Centimes KEY DATE $4.00 64 1977 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 65 1960 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 66 1962 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 67 1959 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 68 Toner US Type Set 6 $50.00 701936 Mercury Dime Doubled Die Obverse HIGH GRADE $30.00 71 1963 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 72 1956 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 73 1961 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 74 1957 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 75 1957 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 80 1956 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $6.00 81 1959 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 831954 Washington Quarter $5.00 84 1960 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 86 1961 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 87 1964 Washington Quarter TONED $6.00 89 1976 S Silver Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 90 1974 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 94 1964 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 95 Illinois Governer Otto Kerner Inauguration Medal $2.00 96 1963 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 97 1964 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 98 1963 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 99 1961 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 100 1963 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 151 1961 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 153 World Silver - Great Britain 1893 Sixpence $4.00 154 1964 D Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 156World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 157 1964 D Washington Quarter TONED $6.00 158World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 159World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 161World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 162 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 163 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 164World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 165World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 166 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 167 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 168World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 170 1964 Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 171World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 172 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 173 1964 Kennedy Half Mint Clip Error $12.00 174World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 175 1964 D Washington Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 176World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 177World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 178World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 179 Stag Beer Wooden Nickel "Fair on the Square" $1.00 180 The TV Shop Slidell, LA One Wooden Buck $1.00 181World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 182World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 183World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1975 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 185 1962 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter NICE $8.00 186 World Silver - Australia 1923 Sixpence $4.00 188 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 190 1996 D Kennedy Half UNC MINT CELLO $1.00 191 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $1.00 192World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 193 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 194 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 195World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 196World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 197 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 198World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 199 1974 D Kennedy Half Dollar DDO UNC $20.00 251 World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $5.00 252World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 253 1978 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $20.00 254World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 255 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter NICE $6.00 256 1979 Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $8.00 257 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 258 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 259 1954 S Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 260 1957 Washington Quarter UNC TONED $10.00 261 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $20.00 262 1999 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU PROOFLIKE $3.00 263World Silver - Bahamas 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 264World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 265 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 266 1971 D Eisenhower Dollar "Talon Head" Obverse Die Clash / "Moon Line" Reverse Die Clash UNC TONED $10.00 267World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 269 Maybrook NY Golden Jubilee Good For 10 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 270 Maybrook NY 1975 Golden Jubilee 25 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 271 1962 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter NICE $6.00 272 1974 Eisenhower Dollar UNC RAINBOW TONED $12.00 273World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 274 1962 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter NICE $6.00 275World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE 1.1xMELT 276World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $6.00 280World Silver - Australia 1943 Shilling $6.00 281 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse Book Low UNC $2.00 282 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse Book Low UNC $2.00 283World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC 1.1xMELT 284 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 012 UNC $2.00 285World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC 1.1xMELT 287 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO FS-101 $25.00 288 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 012 UNC $2.00 289 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 012 UNC $2.00 290 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO UNC GEM BU $50.00 291 1964 D Washington Silver Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 292 2000 "Wide AM" Lincoln Cent UNC $12.00 293 1960's Terre Haute, IN Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $2.00 294 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 295 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 296 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 297 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 298 1982 Buffalo NY Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $1.00 299 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 300 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 002 UNC $2.00 351 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 352 Denmark - 1950 5 Ore KEY DATE $8.00 353 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 354 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 355 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 356 2009 P Lincoln Cent "Formative Years" Doubled Die Reverse 013 UNC $2.00 357 1990 Rappahannock Area Coin Club Wooden Nickel $1.00 360 Old Time Wooden Nickel Co Support Our Troops Wooden Nickel $1.00 361 1941 S "Large S" Lincoln Wheat Cent $1.00 362 1941 S "Large S" Lincoln Wheat Cent $1.00 363 1941 S "Large S" Lincoln Wheat Cent $1.00 364 1980 D Jefferson Nickel Mint Error - Minor Curved Clip (@3:30) $3.00 365 1979 S "Type 2 - Clear S" Proof Jefferson Nickel $2.00 366 1979 S "Type 2 - Clear S" Proof Jefferson Nickel $2.00 374 Sudan - 1972 50 Ghirsh UNC $2.00 375 50 Cents in Trade Token $1.00 376World Silver - Canada 1904 10 Cents $2.00 377 Clear Lake, IA Perkins Wooden Nickel $1.00 378 50 Cents in Trade Token $1.00 379 Medallic Art Co Grand Canyon National Park 50th Anniversary Medal Bronze $3.00 380 Great Britain - 1981 25 New Pence UNC $3.00 381 "The Great War for Civilization" Art Deco Medal $5.00 382 Pomona National Bridge / Jackson County 200 Year Anniversary Medal $3.00 383 Guyana - 1970 1 Dollar UNC $2.00 385 Illawarrra Numismatic Association Membership Discount Wooden Nickel Token $1.00 386 San Juan Quality Royale Casino Token $1 Face Value $1.00 387 Canada - 1963 Prooflike 1 Cent Emerald Rainbow Toning $3.00 388 Artisan Silverworks Temecula, CA Wooden Nickel $1.00 389 Canada - 1966 1 Cent Emerald Toning $2.00 392 5 Cent Token $1.00 393 Netherlands East Indies - 1945 S 1 Cent UNC $2.00 395 Denmark - 1904/804 1 Ore NICE $8.00 396 Netherlands Antilles - 1965 2.5 Cents UNC TONED $6.00 398 Netherlands - 1921 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $2.00 399 Netherlands - 1922 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $4.00 451 Sweden - 1901 1 Ore $1.00 452 Norway - 1948 50 Ore Overdate 4/4 $5.00 453 Netherlands Antilles - 1959 1 Cent UNC $2.00 454Korea (Republic) - 1959 100 Hwan NICE $8.00 457World Silver - Canada 1945 10 Cents $2.00 458 Canada - 1948 5 Cents $1.00 459 Korea (Republic) - 1968 1 Won NICE $1.00 460 Denmark - 1951 10 Ore NICE $5.00 461 Barbados - 1973 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 463 Barbados - 1973 Proof 25 Cents in OGP $1.00 465 Hungary - 1965 2 Filler Key Date $5.00 466 World Silver - Canada 1886 Ten Cents $7.00 468 Switzerland - 1968 5 Rappen UNC TONED $1.00 471 Trinidad & Tobago - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 472 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 476 British Virgin Islands - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 479 World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $8.00 480 Barbados - 1980 Proof 25 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 481 World Silver - Switzerland 1975 1 Franc $6.00 483 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 485 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 486 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 488 Netherlands East Indies - 1921 1/2 Cent NICE KEY DATE $8.00 493 10 Great Britain Large Pennies - all different dates as early as 1900 $6.00 495 France - 1946 C 5 Francs $1.00 499 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence $5.00 500 France - 1946 5 Francs $1.00 552 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 553 Switzerland - 1902 2 Rappen KEY DATE FIRST YEAR $8.00 554 Panama - 1975 Proof 1 Centesimo in OGP $5.00 555 Panama - 1975 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 556 Panama - 1976 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 557World Silver - Australia 1928 Shilling $5.00 558 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 559 Panama - 1975 Proof 25 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 561 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 562 Panama - 1976 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $2.00 563 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 564 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 565World Silver - Australia 1917 M 1 Florin $8.00 566 World Silver - Australia 1912 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 567 World Silver - Australia 1913 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 568 Panama - 1974 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 569 World Silver - Australia 1917 M Sixpence KEY DATE $6.00 571 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence KEY DATE $8.00 572 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/10 Balboa in OGP $1.00 573 World Silver - Australia 1912 Shilling $8.00 574 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent $1.00 575 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/4 Balboa in OGP $1.00 577 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 578 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 579 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 580World Silver - Denmark 1874 25 Ore $4.00 582 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 584 Liberia - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 585 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 587World Silver - Portugal 1933 2 1/2 Escudos KEY DATE $6.00 588World Silver - New Zealand 1943 6 Pence $3.00 589 10 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 590 12 Great Britain Large Pennies $6.00 591 1979 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 592 1984 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 594 Bahamas - 1970 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 596 Token "10" Unknown origin $1.00 597 World Silver - Ecuador 1833 1 Real $15.00 651 Sarawak - 1930 1 Cent NICE $5.00 652 Indiana Sesquicentennial Medal 1966 $3.00 653 1960 Roxborough/Manayunk/Wissahickon (Philadelphia) 250th Anniversary Medal $3.00 654 Alleppey Dist Treasury 286 Token $3.00 655 Creotina Remedies Belleville, IL Token $3.00 656 World Silver - Canada 1881 H 25 Cents $8.00 657 Mexico - 2001 1 Peso UNC in original cello $1.00 659 World Silver - Germany (Wurttemburg) 1805 6 Kreuzer $8.00 661 Greece - 1959 10 Drachmai UNC $6.00 664World Silver - Canada 1921 25 Cents $5.00 665 Franklin D Roosevelt $2 Trade Token Union Maystern $3.00 667 Russia - 1994 50 Roubles Blind Mole Rat LOW MINTAGE UNC $3.00 668 World Silver - Germany (Hamburg) 1700's 1 Schilling (12 Pfennig) $4.00 670 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent and 5 Cents in OGP (two coins) $4.00 671 Barbados - 1973 Proof 10 Cents and 25 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 672 Mint of Romania Aluminum Token UNC $3.00 673 Bahamas - 1973 and 1974 Proof 1 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 674 Bahamas - 1973 and 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 676 Penny Press Mint 1 Dollar Token (Morgan Dollar Inspired Design) $2.00 677 Penny Press Mint 1 Dollar Token (Morgan Dollar Inspired Design) $2.00 678 France (Paris) Montmartre Auditing Firm "Good for one audition" Token $2.00 679 Thailand - Bangkok Institute of Accounting Token $1.00 680 Swedish Shooting Medal Double Pistols Design $3.00 681 1941 Mercury Dime Pin $4.00 683Korea (Republic) - 1959 100 Hwan $3.00 684 Russia - 1994 50 Roubles Bison NICE LOW MINTAGE $2.00 685 Coca-Cola 1974 "It's the real thing" Silver Dollar City Token $5.00 686 State Mint of Romania Octagonal Token UNC $2.00 687France - 1943 B 50 Centimes BETTER DATE $3.00 688 World Silver - Australia 1918 M Sixpence KEY DATE $15.00 689 World Silver - Canada 1891 Ten Cents $6.00 691 World Silver - Australia 1920 M Sixpence SEMI KEY DATE $6.00 692 Mount Vernon, VA High School Token $1.00 693 Mexico - 1954 5 Centavos UNC $1.00 694World Silver - Canada 1948 Ten Cents $2.00 696 Russia - 1992 100 Roubles UNC $2.00 698 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Driver's Association "good for one full fare" token $2.00 699 Mexico - 1973 20 Centavos UNC $3.00 700World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 751 Canada - 1957 House of Commons Medal $3.00 752 Mexico - 1955 5 Centavos $1.00 753 Mexico - 1955 5 Centavos $1.00 754 National Pony Express Centennial Medal So Called Dollar UNC TONED $5.00 756 Four Canada 1991 UNC Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 757 Four Canada 1991 UNC 5 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 758 Pair of Two Thomas Jefferson 1 Cent Postal Stamps $1.00 759 Four Canada 1991 UNC 10 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 760 Philippines - 1975 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 761 Mexico - 2000 10 Pesos UNC in original cello $6.00 762 Philippines - 1975 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 763 India - 1926 1/12 Anna NICE $2.00 764World Silver - Canada 1948 25 Cents $5.00 765 Mexico - 2000 20 Pesos UNC in original cello $10.00 766 Four Canada 1991 UNC 50 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $3.00 767 Four Canada 1991 UNC 1 Dollar (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $5.00 768 Morocco - AH1320 10 Mazunas $8.00 769 Korea (Republic) - 1972 5 Won UNC $1.00 770 Korea (Republic) - 1974 50 Won NICE $1.00 771 Jamaica - 1976 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 772 Korea (Republic) - 1979 100 Won NICE $1.00 774 Mexico - 1935 20 Centavos NICE $6.00 776 1974 P Kennedy Half Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $2.00 777 Poland - 2014 2 Zlotych UNC $2.00 778 Mexico - 1913 1 Centavo $1.00 779 Mexico - 1921 1 Centavo BETTER DATE $8.00 780 Mexico - 1924 1 Centavo BETTER DATE $8.00 782 Two Mixed Tokens $1.00 783 1976 P Kennedy Half Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $2.00 786 Canada - 1970 1 Cent TONED $1.00 787 Canada - 1932 1 Cent NICE $2.00 788 State Penal Institution 5 Cent Good For Token $3.00 789 1953 Silver Proof Washington Quarter NICE $15.00 791 District Treasury Alleppey 1860 Token Government of Kerala $2.00 792 Russia (Empire) - 1881 1 Kopek $1.00 7942011 S Silver Proof Glacier Quarter $6.00 795 North Fork, West Virginia 1 Penny 1903 Masonic Token NICE $3.00 7962013 S Silver Proof Great Basin Quarter $6.00 797 Canada - 1939 Coronation Medal $2.00 799 Germany (Empire) - 1890 A 20 Pfennig $10.00 851 France - 1935 1 Franc KEY DATE $5.00 852 Great Britain - Queen Victoria 60 Years of Rule Medal $3.00 853 Peru - 1878 1 Centavo $3.00 854 Belgium - 1944 2 Franc NICE $1.00 855World Silver - Canada 1948 25 Cents $5.00 859 Monarch Automatic Co Northhampton Good For One Coupon in Trading Token $2.00 860 Netherlands - 1881 1 Cent $1.00 862 Mexico - 2000 20 Pesos UNC in original cello $10.00 864 World Silver - Australia 1913 Shilling $8.00 866 $1 Good For Token Large $3.00 867 Canada - 1939 Coronation Medal $3.00 8682011 S Silver Proof Chickasaw Quarter $6.00 8692013 S Silver Proof White Mountain Quarter $6.00 870 Belgium - 1836 2 Centimes $1.00 874 Germany (Prussia) - 1834 D 1 Pfennig $1.00 876 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $4.00 878 1953 Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal $3.00 880 World Silver - Australia 1920 M Sixpence $6.00 886 Canada - 1962 "Hanging 2" 1 Cent UNC $4.00 888 Australia - 2014 1 Dollar 100 Years of ANZAC $1.00 893 Duenweg, Missouri State Bank One Quart Token NICE $3.00 894 Rotary International Token $1.00 896 Canada - 1930 House of Commons Medal $3.00 900 France - 1944 C 2 Francs $1.00 951 France - 1944 C 2 Francs $1.00 952 Poland - 2006 2 Zlotych $3.00 953 Poland - 2003 2 Zlotych $3.00 956 Poland - 2004 2 Zlotych $3.00 9722010 S Silver Proof Mount Hood Quarter $6.00 9742011 S Silver Proof Olympic Quarter $6.00 975World Silver - Australia 1916 1 Florin $9.00 9762010 S Silver Proof Yosemite Quarter $6.00
Hello again, and good evening! I hope everyone is having a great week (personal good news: just scored 284 points on a single Scrabble word today - "Squeezes" on a double triple word score plus using all my letters.) This listing is for items that did not sell during the November 22 Auction, so you can buy anything you want right here and right now - no buyer's premiums, no additional fees. *FREE shipping for any order over $100. Each lot was individually imaged (front and back) for the auction - so the easiest way for you to see exactly what you're buying is to visit the auction link (the auction is over, so I'm not advertising anything different or advertising an upcoming auction) - so here that is: https://www.invaluable.com/catalog/5l9n29no4q Here is the required "prove you still have the stuff" photo with the username card and today's date: PHOTO Payment: PayPal only. I do not have Venmo/Zello/Bitcoin or any other form of digital payment at this time. No notes if using PPFF, please. Thank you. Shipping: I will charge you what it costs me for the USPS label rounded up to the nearest dollar. For First Class that is usually $4, for USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Small Box it will be $9. I will get you a tracking number right after payment is received and will get your package scanned into the USPS system within 24 hours of receipt of payment. I will offer "Risky Shipping" (via stamped greeting card)at my discretionfor $1 - for single, small coins ONLY.NOTE: These prices are for Continental US shipping only - if you live outside the continental US, shipping will be more expensive. I am still happy to do it under the same rules as above, but just keep in mind it's going to cost more. What do YOU need to do to buy coins from this group: send me a list of which lots you want (for example, I want to buy lots # 51, 52, 53, 54, 55) and I will send you a total. There are too many coins here (plus there are duplicates) so I cannot look up the coins you want by description - just give me lot numbers and it will be much simpler. I'd like to make a simple and polite request - if I have sent you my PayPal information (meaning we've agreed to a deal) please finish it up as soon as you can so I can check you off the list and move on to the next person. This helps make sure you get all the coins we discussed and no one else is in limbo. I will do my absolute best to update the ad as soon as lots sell. LEFTOVERS: 2 1971 Lincoln Memorial Cent NGC MS67RD (Price Guide $195) $100.00 3 1971 Jefferson Nickel NGC MS66 6FS (Price Guide $125) $70.00 4 1946 S Roosevelt Dime NGC MS67FT (Price Guide $95) $50.00 5 1965 Roosevelt Dime NGC MS67 FULL TORCH (Price Guide $750) $300.00 6 1965 Washington Quarter NGC MS66 (Price Guide $30) $15.00 7 1971 Washington Quarter NGC MS66 (Price Guide $50) $25.00 8 1971 D Washington Quarter NGC MS67 (Price Guide $65) $35.00 9 1963 D Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS65 FULL BELL LINES (Price Guide $190) $125.00 10 1971 D Kennedy Half Dollar NGC MS67 (Price Guide $120) $75.00 11 1971 P Eisenhower Dollar NGC MS65 (Price Guide $80) $50.00 12 1941 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS66 5 Full Steps (Price Guide $40) $25.00 13 1974 Proof Set $6.00 14 1941 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS67 5 Full Steps (Price Guide $175) $100.00 15 1956 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS65 TONED (Price Guide $20) $10.00 16 1956 D Jefferson Nickel NGC MS65 TONED (Price Guide $20) $10.00 17 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $40) $20.00 18 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $40) $20.00 19 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $40) $20.00 20 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 21 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 22 1975 Proof Set $6.00 23 1975 Proof Set $6.00 24 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 25 1959 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $55) $25.00 26 1975 Proof Set $6.00 27 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $50) $25.00 29 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS64 (Price Guide $50) $25.00 30 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $65) $30.00 31 1963 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (Price Guide $130) $60.00 32 1942 Walking Liberty Half DDR NGC AU58 (Price Guide $100) $50.00 33 1942 Walking Liberty Half DDR PCGS MS67 GEM (Price Guide $6,000) $4,500.00 WILL CONSIDER TRADES FOR GOLD/SILVER 34 1977 D Kennedy Half DDO NGC AU58 (Price Guide $175) $100.00 35 1977 D Kennedy Half DDO NGC AU58 (Price Guide $175) $100.00 36 1885 O Morgan Dollar NGC MS63 TONED $60.00 37 Cape Verde - 1930 5 Centavos NGC UNC DETAILS $10.00 38 Suriname 1962 1 Gulden NGC MS65 TONED $40.00 39 1946 S/S (RPM-002) Washington Quarter NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $50.00 40 1946 S/S (RPM-002) Washington Quarter NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $50.00 41 1950 Washington Quarter NGC MS66 Doubled Die Reverse (variety unattributed) $100.00 42 1957 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse PCGS MS66 (variety unattributed) $60.00 43 1958 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $50.00 44 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse ANACS Old Small Holder MS65 (variety unattributed) $40.00 45 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $40.00 46 1960 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse NGC MS65 (variety unattributed) $40.00 47 1962 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse PCGS MS65 (variety unattributed) $65.00 48 1963 Washington Quarter Type B Reverse PCGS MS65 (variety unattributed) $75.00 49 1953 D Franklin Half Dollar "Booger Nose" Obverse Die Clash PCGS MS64FBL (variety unattributed) $75.00 50 1954 D Franklin Half Dollar "Booger Nose" Obverse Die Clash PCGS MS64 FBL (variety unattributed) $50.00 51 Toner US Type Set 1 $40.00 52 Toner US Type Set 2 $25.00 53 Toner US Type Set 3 $25.00 56 World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 58 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 59 World Silver - Germany 1937 D 2 Reichsmark $10.00 60 1976 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 61 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 62 World Silver - Panama 1962 1/10 Balboa $3.00 63 World Silver - France 1903 50 Centimes KEY DATE $4.00 64 1977 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 65 Toner US Type Set 4 $20.00 66 Toner US Type Set 5 $25.00 68 Toner US Type Set 6 $50.00 69 World Silver - Netherlands 1850 25 Cents KEY DATE $35.00 70 1936 Mercury Dime Doubled Die Obverse HIGH GRADE $30.00 71 1934 Lincoln Wheat Cent UNC $3.00 72 World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 73 1955 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $6.00 74 World Silver - Panama 1904 5 Centesimos $3.00 75 1955 S Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $4.00 76 1955 S Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $4.00 77 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 79 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $3.00 80 1956 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $6.00 81 1958 D Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $4.00 82 World Silver - Curacao 1900 1/4 Gulden $5.00 83 1964 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $3.00 84 1964 Roosevelt Dime UNC TONED $3.00 85 World Silver - Canada 1906 10 Cents $3.00 87 World Silver - Great Britain 1859 Shilling $6.00 88 World Silver - Netherlands 1905 25 Cents NICE $8.00 89 World Silver - Great Britain 1887 Shilling $6.00 90 1974 D Eisenhower Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $4.00 91 World Silver - Great Britain 1865 (4) Sixpence $4.00 93 World Silver - Great Britain 1884 Sixpence $4.00 95 Illinois Governer Otto Kerner Inauguration Medal $2.00 96 World Silver - Switzerland 1920 1/2 Franc $2.00 98 World Silver - Great Britain 1916 Sixpence $3.00 100 World Silver - Belgium 1904 2 Francs $6.00 148 Group of 35 UNC 2 Euro Commemorative Coins (70 Face Value) Mixed Countries and Dates $135.00 149 Group of 93 UNC 2 Euro Commemorative Coins (186 Face Value) Mixed Countries and Dates $350.00 150 Over 360 Mixed US and World Coins and Tokens $110.00 151 World Silver - Great Britain 1839 Shilling $6.00 152 World Silver - Great Britain 1864 (4) Sixpence $4.00 153 World Silver - Great Britain 1893 Sixpence $4.00 155 World Silver - Great Britain 1909 Sixpence $3.00 156 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $6.00 158 World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $6.00 159 World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 160 1958 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 161 World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 162 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 163 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 164 World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 165 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 166 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 167 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 168 World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 170 World Silver - Canada 1910 25 Cents $4.00 171 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $22.00 172 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $12.00 173 1964 Kennedy Half Mint Clip Error $12.00 174 World Silver - Bahamas 1976 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $22.00 175 1964 D Washington Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 176 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 177 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 178 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 179 Stag Beer Wooden Nickel "Fair on the Square" $1.00 180 The TV Shop Slidell, LA One Wooden Buck $1.00 181 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 182 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 183 World Silver - British Virgin Islands 1975 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $20.00 184 World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC $18.00 185 St Helena - 1981 25 Pence (Crown Sized) $3.00 186 World Silver - Australia 1923 Sixpence $4.00 187 World Silver - Australia 1961 1 Shilling UNC $3.00 188 World Silver - Australia 1961 1 Shilling UNC $3.00 189 World Silver - Australia 1943 S 1 Shilling NICE $5.00 190 1996 D Kennedy Half UNC MINT CELLO $1.00 191 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $1.00 192 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 193 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 194 State of Missouri Sesquicentennial Medal $2.00 195 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 196 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 198 World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 199 1974 D Kennedy Half Dollar DDO UNC $20.00 200 World Silver - Australia 1911 Shilling $5.00 251 World Silver - Bahamas 1970 Proof 50 Cents LOW MINTAGE $5.00 252 World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 253 1978 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $20.00 254 World Silver - Canada 1935 10 Cents $2.00 255 World Silver - Switzerland 1945 1/2 Franc $2.00 256 1979 Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $8.00 257 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 258 1986 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU TONED $6.00 259 1954 S Washington Quarter UNC $10.00 260 1957 Washington Quarter UNC TONED $10.00 261 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Quarter UNC TONED $20.00 262 1999 D Kennedy Half Dollar UNC from Mint Set GEM BU PROOFLIKE $3.00 263 World Silver - Bahamas 1973 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 264 World Silver - Bahamas 1974 Proof 1 Dollar LOW MINTAGE $12.00 265 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 266 1971 D Eisenhower Dollar "Talon Head" Obverse Die Clash / "Moon Line" Reverse Die Clash UNC TONED $10.00 267 World Silver - Bahamas 1971 Proof 2 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $20.00 269 Maybrook NY Golden Jubilee Good For 10 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 270 Maybrook NY 1975 Golden Jubilee 25 Cent Wooden Nickel $1.00 272 1974 Eisenhower Dollar UNC RAINBOW TONED $12.00 273 World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $20.00 274 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 275 World Silver - Barbados 1973 Proof 5 Dollars LOW MINTAGE $20.00 276 World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $6.00 277 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 279 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 280 World Silver - Australia 1943 Shilling $6.00 281 World Silver - Canada 1918 25 Cents $5.00 283 World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC $18.00 285 World Silver - Canada 1973 5 Dollars UNC $18.00 286 1963 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 287 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO FS-101 $25.00 288 1964 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 290 1983 Lincoln Cent DDO UNC GEM BU $50.00 291 1964 D Washington Silver Quarter UNC TONED $8.00 292 2000 "Wide AM" Lincoln Cent UNC $12.00 293 1960's Terre Haute, IN Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $1.00 298 1982 Buffalo NY Sesquicentennial Wooden Nickel $1.00 299 1958 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 300 1959 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 352 Denmark - 1950 5 Ore KEY DATE $10.00 353 World Silver - Switzerland 1951 1/2 Franc $2.00 357 1990 Rappahannock Area Coin Club Wooden Nickel $1.00 360 Old Time Wooden Nickel Co Support Our Troops Wooden Nickel $1.00 366 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 370 World Silver - Canada 1916 10 Cents $3.00 371 Great Britain - 1920 1/2 Crown NICE $30.00 372 New Zealand - 1942 1/2 Crown $20.00 373 1960 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 374 Sudan - 1972 50 Ghirsh UNC $2.00 375 1961 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 376 World Silver - Canada 1904 10 Cents $2.00 377 Clear Lake, IA Perkins Wooden Nickel $1.00 380 Great Britain - 1981 25 New Pence UNC $3.00 382 World Silver - Canada 1903 H 10 Cents $3.00 383 Guyana - 1970 1 Dollar UNC $2.00 384 New Zealand - 1953 1 Crown $4.00 385 Illawarrra Numismatic Association Membership Discount Wooden Nickel Token $1.00 386 San Juan Quality Royale Casino Token $1 Face Value $1.00 388 Artisan Silverworks Temecula, CA Wooden Nickel $1.00 393 Netherlands East Indies - 1945 S 1 Cent UNC $2.00 395 1957 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 396 Netherlands Antilles - 1965 2.5 Cents UNC TONED $6.00 398 Netherlands - 1921 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $2.00 399 Netherlands - 1922 1/2 Cent BETTER DATE $4.00 452 World Silver - Canada 1899 10 Cents $4.00 453 Netherlands Antilles - 1959 1 Cent UNC $2.00 454 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 455 Canada - 1930 5 Cents NICE $4.00 456 Canada - 1930 5 Cents NICER $6.00 457 World Silver - Canada 1945 10 Cents $2.00 458 Canada - 1948 5 Cents $1.00 461 Barbados - 1973 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 463 Barbados - 1973 Proof 25 Cents in OGP $1.00 464 Barbados - 1973 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 466 World Silver - Canada 1886 Ten Cents $8.00 469 Trinidad & Tobago - 1973 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 470 World Silver - Canada 1899 Ten Cents $4.00 471 Trinidad & Tobago - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 472 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 474 World Silver - Canada 1908 Ten Cents $2.00 475 World Silver - Canada 1909 "Victorian Leaves" 10 Cents $3.00 476 British Virgin Islands - 1973 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 477 World Silver - Caribbean Country 1953 25 Centavos $4.00 478 British Virgin Islands - 1973 Proof 25 Cents in OGP $1.00 479 World Silver - Australia 1920 Shilling $8.00 480 Barbados - 1980 Proof 25 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 481 World Silver - Switzerland 1975 1 Franc $6.00 484 World Silver - Canada 1904 10 Cents $4.00 486 1964 Type B Reverse Washington Silver Quarter (starts at melt) $5.00 487 World Silver - Canada 1909 Ten Cents $2.00 488 Netherlands East Indies - 1921 1/2 Cent NICE KEY DATE $8.00 489 World Silver - Canada 1902 10 Cents $3.00 490 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 491 World Silver - Canada 1901 10 Cents $4.00 492 India - 2010 10 Rupees UNC $1.00 493 World Silver - Canada 1900 10 Cents $3.00 494 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP cello $1.00 495 France - 1946 C 5 Francs $1.00 496 World Silver - Canada 1899 10 Cents $3.00 498 British Virgin Islands - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 499 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence $5.00 500 France - 1946 5 Francs $1.00 551 World Silver - Australia 1922 Shilling $5.00 552 World Silver - Switzerland 1963 1 Franc NICE $4.00 553 Switzerland - 1902 2 Rappen KEY DATE FIRST YEAR $8.00 554 Panama - 1975 Proof 1 Centesimo in OGP $5.00 555 Panama - 1975 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 556 Panama - 1976 Proof 10 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 557 World Silver - Australia 1928 Shilling $5.00 559 Panama - 1975 Proof 25 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 560 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 561 Panama - 1975 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $1.00 562 Panama - 1976 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP $2.00 563 World Silver - Canada 1902 25 Cents $6.00 564 World Silver - Canada 1870 25 Cents $8.00 565 World Silver - Australia 1917 M 1 Florin $8.00 566 World Silver - Australia 1912 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 567 World Silver - Australia 1913 1 Shilling KEY DATE $8.00 568 Panama - 1974 Proof 5 Centesimos in OGP cello $1.00 569 World Silver - Australia 1917 M Sixpence KEY DATE $6.00 570 World Silver - Australia 1914 Shilling $5.00 571 World Silver - Australia 1922 Sixpence KEY DATE $8.00 572 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/10 Balboa in OGP $1.00 573 World Silver - Australia 1912 Shilling $8.00 574 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent $1.00 575 Panama - 1973 Proof 1/4 Balboa in OGP $1.00 576 World Silver - Switzerland 1950 1/2 Franc $2.00 577 World Silver - Switzerland 1958 1 Franc $5.00 578 World Silver - Australia 1943 D Sixpence NICE $3.00 580 World Silver - Denmark 1874 25 Ore $4.00 581 Liberia - 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 583 France - 1856 BB 5 Centimes $1.00 584 Liberia - 1974 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 585 World Silver - Mexico 1890 Pi R 25 Centavos LOW MINTAGE $8.00 586 World Silver - Mexico 1895 Mo M 10 Centavos $3.00 587 World Silver - Portugal 1933 2 1/2 Escudos KEY DATE $6.00 588 World Silver - New Zealand 1943 6 Pence $3.00 589 1830's Capped Bust Half Dollar Holed $12.00 590 World Silver - Canada 1909 Ten Cents $3.00 591 1979 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 592 1984 Swedish Shooting Medal $2.00 593 France - 1854 K 5 Centimes $1.00 594 Bahamas - 1970 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 596 France - 1856 K 10 Centimes $1.00 597 World Silver - Ecuador 1833 1 Real $15.00 599 France - 1854 W 10 Centimes $1.00 656 World Silver - Canada 1881 H 25 Cents $10.00 658 World Silver - Canada 1916 Ten Cents $2.00 659 World Silver - Germany (Wurttemburg) 1805 6 Kreuzer $8.00 660 World Silver - Canada 1916 25 Cents $4.00 661 Greece - 1959 10 Drachmai UNC $6.00 662 World Silver - Canada 1908 Ten Cents $4.00 663 World Silver - Canada 1921 25 Cents $5.00 664 World Silver - Canada 1921 25 Cents $5.00 668 World Silver - Germany (Hamburg) 1700's 1 Schilling (12 Pfennig) $4.00 669 World Silver - Poland 1800's 10 Groszy $3.00 670 Barbados - 1973 Proof 1 Cent and 5 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 671 Barbados - 1973 Proof 10 Cents and 25 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 672 World Silver - Canada 1902 Ten Cents $4.00 673 Bahamas - 1973 and 1974 Proof 1 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 674 Bahamas - 1973 and 1974 Proof 5 Cents in OGP (two coins) $1.00 675 World Silver - Canada 1909 25 Cents $6.00 676 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 677 World Silver - Switzerland 1955 1/2 Franc BETTER DATE $3.00 678 World Silver - Canada 1903 25 Cents $6.00 688 World Silver - Australia 1918 M Sixpence KEY DATE $15.00 689 World Silver - Canada 1891 Ten Cents $6.00 690 1986 Proof 2 Coin Statue of Liberty Set (Silver Dollar and Clad Half) in OGP $20.00 691 World Silver - Australia 1920 M Sixpence SEMI KEY DATE $6.00 693 Mexico - 1954 5 Centavos UNC $1.00 694 World Silver - Canada 1948 Ten Cents $2.00 695 Mexico - 1966 20 Centavos UNC $3.00 697 World Silver - Canada 1929 10 Cents $2.00 698 1986 Silver Proof Statue of Liberty Dollar in OGP $18.00 699 Mexico - 1973 20 Centavos UNC $3.00 700 World Silver - Canada 1948 10 Cents $2.00 751 1986 Silver Proof Statue of Liberty Dollar in OGP $18.00 752 Mexico - 1955 5 Centavos $1.00 753 Mexico - 1955 5 Centavos $1.00 756 Four Canada 1991 UNC Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 757 Four Canada 1991 UNC 5 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 758 China (Hu-Peh Province) 10 Cash $1.00 759 Four Canada 1991 UNC 10 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $1.00 760 Philippines - 1975 Proof 10 Cents in OGP $1.00 762 Philippines - 1975 Proof 5 Cents in OGP $1.00 764 World Silver - Canada 1948 25 Cents $5.00 766 Four Canada 1991 UNC 50 Cents (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $3.00 767 Four Canada 1991 UNC 1 Dollar (4 coins) in OGP CELLO $5.00 768 Morocco - AH1320 10 Mazunas $8.00 770 World Silver - Canada 1904 25 Cents $6.00 771 Jamaica - 1976 Proof 1 Cent in OGP $1.00 773 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 776 1974 P Kennedy Half Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $2.00 777 Poland - 2014 2 Zlotych UNC $2.00 778 Two Mixed World Coins $1.00 780 World Silver - Canada 1903 25 Cents $6.00 782 Two Mixed Tokens $1.00 783 1976 P Kennedy Half Dollar UNC MINT CELLO $2.00 789 1953 Silver Proof Washington Quarter NICE $15.00 790 Netherlands - 1880 1 Cent $1.00 791 World Silver - Canada 1905 25 Cents $6.00 792 Russia (Empire) - 1881 1 Kopek $1.00 794 2011 S Silver Proof Glacier Quarter $6.00 795 World Silver - Canada 1916 25 Cents $6.00 796 2013 S Silver Proof Great Basin Quarter $6.00 799 World Silver - Canada 1902 H 25 Cents $6.00 851 Republic of China - 10 Cash $1.00 852 World Silver - Canada 1912 25 Cents $6.00 853 Peru - 1878 1 Centavo $3.00 854 World Silver - Egypt AH1293 (Year 10; 1884) 10 Qirsh $10.00 855 World Silver - Canada 1948 25 Cents $5.00 860 Netherlands - 1881 1 Cent $1.00 864 World Silver - Australia 1913 Shilling $8.00 867 World Silver - Canada 1909 25 Cents $8.00 868 2011 S Silver Proof Chickasaw Quarter $6.00 869 2013 S Silver Proof White Mountain Quarter $6.00 870 Belgium - 1836 2 Centimes $1.00 873 Romania - 1880 2 Bani $1.00 874 Germany (Prussia0 - 1834 D 1 Pfennig $1.00 875 Italy (Tuscany) - 1859 5 Centesimi $2.00 876 World Silver - Panama 1931 1/10 Balboa $4.00 880 World Silver - Australia 1920 M Sixpence $6.00 882 2013 S Silver Proof Fort McHenry Quarter $6.00 886 Canada - 1962 "Hanging 2" 1 Cent UNC $4.00 889 Hungary - 1894 1 Filler $1.00 890 Hungary - 1895 1 Filler $1.00 952 World Silver - Canada 1902 10 Cents $4.00 966 World Silver - Spain 1869 (69) SN-M 1 Peseta KEY DATE $15.00 969 World Silver - Canada 1908 10 Cents $3.00 970 World Silver - Egypt AH1327 (1910-1913) 5 Qirsh $4.00 971 Sterling Silver Cigarette Case Engraved "CML" (67.5g) MELT 972 2010 S Silver Proof Mount Hood Quarter $6.00 974 2011 S Silver Proof Olympic Quarter $6.00 975 World Silver - Australia 1916 1 Florin $9.00 976 2010 S Silver Proof Yosemite Quarter $6.00 977 1817 Large Cent $5.00 978 1853 Large Cent $5.00 979 Sterling Silver Tongs (19.1g) MELT 980 Sterling Silver Tongs (19.0g) MELT 981 1854 Large Cent $5.00 982 1856 Large Cent $5.00 985 1856 Large Cent $5.00 986 1828 Large Cent $5.00 990 World Silver - Philippines 1944 S 50 Centavos $6.00 993 France - 1946 C 5 Francs $2.00 997 World Silver - Australia 1912 Shilling $8.00
What is ForgottenVision? ForgottenVision is the Andra Chansen for Eurovision - a second chance for real entries form Eurovision, entries that weren't winners or haven't exactly become classics. Buit we all have those personal favorites we're fond of, and just maybe, they'll do better on a second go? So, in ForgottenVision, everyone enters a contest that fits the above description, see exact criteria a few paragraphs later. Well yeah lol, i just said early October. After some intense shady back room negotiations, it was decided to open ForgottenVision as soon as possible. I know, this is very sudden, but few people usually know in advance when a contest opens anyway, so i don't think it makes that much of a difference. Now, this leaves us with the polls from this post. And we run into a problem - two polls, the questions of multiple entries from a single country and the time period, they ended dead even. So, what do we do? I have to decide something, so, to keep it easy, but open: no entries from the Top 5 of each year (that poll was decisive), only one entry per country (should keep it simple enough), and NO YEAR RESTRICTION, as long as we're pre-2015. An entry needed a chance to become forgotten in the first place, after all. We can switch it up next year, depending on your feedback So, what entries are eligible? An entry has to be
a real Eurovision entry from before 2015, so between 1956 - 2014
from the country you claimed with your sign-up
must not have finished in the Top 5
must have been an official entry, entries from a national final are ineligible
entries that failed to go past the semis, or Kvalifikacija za Millstreet, or that 1996 audio-only pre-qualification ARE eligibe.
please send in the according Eurovision video perfomance, so i can cobble together a videofile with my non-existing video editing skills (seriously, they're awful), if time allows it
Signups open NOW (just pick a country, you can send the entry later)
Different countries want startups to relocate there and are offering incentives - would you take them?
Hey all, I just published some research on what different countries are doing to entice entrepreneurs to relocate. Whether visas, grants, mentorship, coaching... there's a lot. Question for the group: Would you consider relocating / moving your startup post-COVID? Content: Visas, Incentives, and More: Here’s What Countries are Doing to Attract Remote Companies As lockdowns ease, more than a few entrepreneurs are thinking about what’s next for them and their businesses, especially if they’ve chosen to stay remote. As news hit about remote worker visas in Barbados, or as small towns and cities are more equipped than ever to lure weary big-city remote workers, you’ve got to ask… what about the founders? Sure, remote founders can work from anywhere just like their teams. Where things get interesting, though, is that many countries are launching programs to lure entrepreneurs to relocate their businesses or start up a new company - and with them come access to public funds, free visas, and even a path to citizenship. As governments think about recovery from COVID and general growth for the future, a handful are getting serious about offering a lot of perks to entice entrepreneurs to relocate. All programs have three key elements to them, though in differing quantities:
Accelerated / extended resident visa permits.
Access to the country’s startup support ecosystems.
Funding / financial support.
So if you’ve ever thought about relocating, being an entrepreneur is one of the fastest tickets out. In this article, I’ve highlighted a mix of programs, but it’s not necessarily exhaustive. I tried to focus on the programs with unique elements or that are easy to apply for. While large funding requirements or other hurdles may not be a problem for many companies, my goal here was to highlight the programs that work for the majority of entrepreneurs, including small businesses and freelancers who recently went remote.
France: La French Tech
France has a long history of artisan entrepreneurship but less in the big tech or digital scene. However, the government is hoping to change that with its La French Tech visa programs. There are three kinds of La French Tech visas:
For entrepreneurs launching businesses in France.
For employees joining French startups.
For investors putting money into French startups.
The founder-focused program requires you to get accepted to one of France’s 30+ startup incubators and accelerators, so your ability to get in hinges on that acceptance. France also has a unique program in the sense that it provides a 4 year visa automatically (most other programs only provide 1-2 year visas) and family members are automatically granted residency rights regardless of which visa you get. Finally, the program is diploma agnostic - it’s geared towards creative people and entrepreneurs, not necessarily only STEM grads like many other countries. Internet connectivity is relatively high quality in cities, though it can be lacking in the countryside. If you’re relocating, check for good internet service first. More info: https://lafrenchtech.com/en/how-france-helps-startups/french-tech-visa/
Chile is hoping to attract entrepreneurs with cash, incentives, a visa, and the natural beauty of the country. The Startup Chile program is actually an accelerator - billed as the “best accelerator in LatAm.” As part of the program, though, non-citizens are granted a one year visa to live in the country while building your company. Highlights of the program are:
1 year visa.
Equity-free funding options to build your startup.
Up to $100k in perks / free offerings from their partners.
Connections with local businesses for validation, testing, and customer growth.
Chile is not known for blazing fast wifi, but if you’re in the accelerator and living within city boundaries, you should be alright. More info: https://www.startupchile.org/
The kingdom of Denmark seriously wants entrepreneurs to relocate there. Named by the World Bank as the number one country in Europe for doing business, the country wants to further attract entrepreneurs. The Startup Denmark program is geared to helping people realize the ease of doing business in Denmark, specifically:
Free, independent business advice provided through publicly-funded Business Development Centres in the country.
Focused clusters for cleantech, life science, design, and sustainable energy.
Access to funding through Innovation Fund Denmark and the Danish Growth Fund, both of which are available to non-citizens.
Internet connectivity and penetration is very high in Denmark, so high-tech companies (or even just remote companies with a lot of zoom meetings) should be just fine. More info: https://startupdenmark.info/
The only English-speaking country on the euro, Ireland is a prime place for doing business. Its geographic location makes it easily accessible to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America, and its low corporate tax rate has already attracted major players including Google and Starbucks. Enterprise Ireland has also launched an entrepreneur visa, which is specifically for entrepreneurs who can:
Feasibly create 10 jobs in Ireland within 3-4 years.
Raise 50,000 euros for the first founder and 30,000 additional euros per additional co-founder needing a visa.
Be controlled from Ireland.
Despite rigid sounding rules, the visa program is actually quite flexible. For instance, the fundraising requirements can be through almost any funding option, including using your own money and not taking any investment dollars. Further, the notion of being “controlled” from Ireland is more flexible than other countries that require a certain percentage of business to be done in the country for founders to be eligible for a visa. More info: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Start-a-Business-in-Ireland/Startups-from-Outside-Ireland/
Singapore took the world markets by storm in the past few decades, going from a small island nation with no natural resources to a global hub of finance and casinos. Now, the country wants to be known as a hub for global entrepreneurship. The EntrePass in Singapore grants founders a 2 year visa to live in Singapore while building a business. Like other programs (France, for example), businesses must be accepted into an accelerator in order for the founders to qualify for a visa. However, where Singapore adds a bit of strictness is two-fold:
The business must be net-new or less than 6 months old at the time of application. This program is only for new businesses.
Your business must be accepted into a government-backed accelerator or receive funding from a government-backed investor.
Known for fine leathers, fashion, and amazing food, Italy is now hoping to become known as a centre of innovation. The country offers two kinds of visas for non-EU entrepreneurs:
Italia Startup Visa
Italia Startup Hub
The Visa is made for entrepreneurs who aren’t currently in Italy but want to relocate there to start / scale their business. The Hub option is for people already in Italy who want to stay and launch a business (I think Italy caught onto the fact that people sitting in gorgeous villages sipping a coffee might just want to stick around). Visa programs came about through Italy’s “Decree 179/2012,” which is the country’s program to explicitly attract what they deem ‘innovative startups’ to the country. In general, innovative startups by Italy’s definition are technology companies that either invest more than 15% of their revenues to R&D, employ PhD-level researchers full-time, or own patents for inventions or ‘original software.’ The visa lasts for 1 year, but is renewable for another 2 years. While business taxes in Italy can be fairly high, the relatively low cost of living can balance those costs out. More info: http://italiastartupvisa.mise.gov.it/
SMART Visa Thailand
Thailand is one of the only programs to highlight that spouses and children are automatically granted residency (along with France) - and that your spouse will have a work visa included in their residency permit as well. The country’s SMART visa program has four tiers:
S - Startup.
T - Talent.
E - Executives.
I - Investors.
S visas are explicitly for entrepreneurs and startup founders, and have three options: a 2-year, a 1-year, and a 6-month visa. The 2-year program is for designated high-tech startups, the 1-year for incubator and accelerator-backed startups of all varieties, and the 6-month visa is intended for sales and promotion in Thai markets as opposed to setting up shop in Thailand. More info: https://smart-visa.boi.go.th/smart/pages/smart_s.html
Startup Visa Lithuania
A Baltic country bordering Poland and Latvia by land and Denmark and Sweden by sea, Lithuania has some of the fastest internet on the planet and gorgeous medieval towns and sea views. The visa program is part of Startup Lithuania, a government-backed organization geared towards helping Lithuania succeed in global markets. Recognizing that many people have probably heard the name “Lithuania” but don’t know much about it, the Startup Visa program focuses heavily on soft landings with guides on how to relocate, connections to other relocated workers and entrepreneurs, and links into the country’s extensive support programs for businesses. More info: https://startupvisalithuania.com/about-us/
The original “digital society,” Estonia is regularly in the news for how connected their society is. The internet is fast, citizenship is digital, and the country even launched a remote worker visa to entice more people to relocate. On the entrepreneur side of things, Startup Estonia launched a Startup Visa to encourage entrepreneurs to relocate to Estonia. The program is very explicitly focused on technology-based companies with global market potential, but Estonia has the minimum required capital of all programs in Europe (you only have to prove you have around $2,000 USD for a one-year visa). Entrepreneurs can apply for a 3-month visa to test the waters and get set up, or a 12-month visa to make the move and begin the process of permanent residency. Like its cousin Lithuania, Estonia has beautiful scenery, sea views, and a high quality of life. More info: https://startupestonia.ee/visa
Entrepreneur residence permits (Sweden)
Sweden is known in the business world for producing the likes of IKEA, but it’s also a welcoming country for entrepreneurs with companies of all sizes. While Sweden doesn’t have a flashy website or dedicated startup-lingo page, the Nordic country has a Self-Employment Residency visa, which provides up to 2 years stay - with a path to permanent residency - for self-employed individuals. The capital requirements are fairly low - you have to prove you have around $25,000 USD to support yourself while on visa - and you can apply from anywhere in the world. The primary potential downside for remote entrepreneurs is that this visa requires you to produce and/or sell the majority of your business’ goods and services in Sweden, which could be a challenge for a distributed workforce. More info: https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Working-in-Sweden/Self-employment.html
Not sure about relocating quite yet?
One of the wins of remote work is that you can physically do your job from anywhere. So if you’ve been dreaming of relocating but not sure about taking the actual plunge, plan an extended working holiday. Depending on where you’re from, most countries will allow you to stay at least a few weeks (and upwards of 90 days in some cases) with no visa or simply on a tourist visa. If you’re planning this kind of “working holiday,” here are some places to consider visiting (that have great, accessible wifi) for when the world opens back up: Cities:
Heinrich Goetz - Good friend of Prince Tahani VP of Voult Shipping, a subsidiary of SK
Helmut Talz - Rep from SK with several connections in Morocco
Location: Casablanca & Marrakesh, Morocco
Opposition: Casino and hotel security teams
Synopsis: Runners investigate a meeting between Prince Tahani and a rep from Saeder-Krupp, then record the meeting
Run Rewards: 36k nuyen, 6 karma (5 base, +1 for time),
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Opposition: National Police Force (NPF), Khalid (Matrix), Locals
Casualties: National Police Force (NPF) Officer
Collateral: Broken casino and office windows
Synopsis: Runners head to Casablanca to retrieve a defector and deliver him to the Johnson.
Run Rewards: 28k nuyen, 3 karma, optional contacts (see above)
Background Khalid Amrabat left Seattle (Gaiatronics) and the Johnson wanted him back as she was his wife (also works for Gaiatronics). Meet Runners meet with the J to learn about their job. She is able to provide some infmoration about the extraction target (Matrix security knowledge, gambling problem). After some negotiation, the runners agree to the terms and make plans. Run The team hits up their contacts for help with getting into and out of Morocco. Runners are able to get their gear to the Canary Islands via a smuggler, and into Casablana with the help of Karim, a member of the El Hassan Smuggling Ring (via Slicer's Tamanous connection). Slicer does some matrix research and gets info about Khalid's friends (Hassan, Rafik and Omar). From there, Rakim's cousin helps them get setup in the city and they get some clothes and info from Amina bint Qassam (via Hellhound's Adventure Club connection). They decide to split up and hit the local underground casinos to see if they can find him or his friends. Hellhounds gets in and makes contact with one of the friends, and cons him into tagging her. She follows him out, but is stopped by some locals and is escorted back to the French Quarter (for a small fee). Ash strikes out at the first casino he visits (narrowly avoiding a fight) and heads to one in the French Quarter. Unfortunately, the police question him and the attempt to spoof the SIN scanner fails and he is detained at the casino for not registering as Awakened with the government. Ash manages to escape by killing a guard, crawling through the air ducts and jumping out a window to a neighboring office building. Slicer triangulates the position of Khalid while Hellhound picks up Ash. Having little time as Ash is now wanted by the police, the team busts into Khalid's hide out, knockout his friend, and abscond with him into the Moroccan night. Some good driving, hacking and navigation get the team to their extraction point and Karim sails them to the safety of the Canary Islands. Slicer gifts the smugglers Khalid's deck (as well as some saltwater taffy) and the team heads back to Seattle with the target in tow. Khalid offers them more money, but the team declines, preferring to see this worm squirm when they deliver him to his abandoned wife. Back with the Johnson, the team delivers the package (even tasing him into the truck at no extra charge) and the J drives off with a big smile on her face. Aftermath Team is paid and makes new connections. Ash is wanted by the Moroccan government for murder and failing to register as an awakened, Moroccan Government - Awakened relations suffer. Expenses Payments to contacts for services (Tamanous, Smuggler, Karim, The Adventure Club), bribes to local ruffians, gambling
Angélica Gorodischer - Three Stories [Translated by Lorraine Elena Roses and Marian Womack]
The Resurrection of the Flesh [Tr by Roses]
These first two tales published in Secret Weavers: Stories of the Fantastic by Women Writers of Argentina and Chile, edited by Marjorie Agosin (White Pine Press, 1992):
She was thirty-two, her name was Aurelia, and she had been married eleven years. One Saturday afternoon, she looked through the kitchen window at the garden and saw the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Men of the world, those four horsemen of the Apocalypse. And good-looking. The first from the left was riding a sorrel horse with a dark mane. He was wearing white breeches, black boots, a crimson jacket, and a yellow fez with black pompoms. The second one had a sleeveless tunic overlaid with gold and violet and was barefoot. He was riding on the back of a plump dolphin. The third one had a respectable, black beard, trimmed at right angles. He had donned a gray Prince of Wales suit, white shirt, blue tie and carried a black leather portfolio. He was seated on a folding chair belted to the back of white-haired dromedary. The fourth one made Aurelia smile and realize that they were smiling at her. He was riding a black and gold Harley-Davidson 1200 and was wearing a white helmet and dark goggles and had long, straight, blond hair flying in the wind behind him. The four were riding in the garden without moving from the spot. They rode and smiled at her and she watched them through the kitchen window. In that manner, she finished washing the two teacups, took off her apron, arranged her hair and went to the living room. "I saw the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in the garden," she told her husband. "I'll bet," he said without raising his eyes from his paper. "What are you reading?" Aurelia asked. "Hmmm?" "I said they were given a crown and a sword and a balance and power." "Oh, right," said her husband. And after that a week went by as all weeks do--very slowly at first and very quickly toward the end--and on Sunday morning, while she made the coffee, she again saw the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in the garden, but when she went back to the bedroom she didn't say anything to her husband. The third time she saw them, one Wednesday, alone, in the afternoon, she stood looking at them for a half hour and finally, since she had always wanted to fly in a yellow and red dirigible; and since she had dreamed about being an opera singer, an emperor's lover, a co-pilot to Icarus; since she would have liked to scale black cliffs, laugh at cannibals, traverse the jungles on elephants with purple trappings, seize with her hands the diamonds that lay hidden in mines, preside in the nude over a parade of nocturnal monsters, live under water, domesticate spiders, torture the powerful of the earth, rob trains in the tunnels of the Alps, set palaces on fire, lie in the dark with beggars, climb on the bridges of all the ships in the world; finally--since it was sadly sterile to be a rational and healthy adult--finally, that Wednesday afternoon alone, she put on the long dress she had worn at the last New Year's party given by the company where her husband was assistant sales manager and went out to the garden. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse called her, the blond one on the Harley-Davidson gave her his hand and helped her up onto the seat behind him, and there they went, all five, raging into the storm and singing. Two days later her husband gave in to family pressure and reported the disappearance of his wife. "Moral: madness is a flower aflame," said the narrator. Or in other words, it's impossible to inflame the dead, cold, viscous, useless, and sinful ashes of common sense.
The Perfect Married Woman
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She catches cold frequently and keeps a photo album in a dresser drawer along with a black crepe dress with lace collar and cuffs. Her mother never hit her. But when she was six, she got a spanking for coloring on a door, and she had to wash it off with a wet rag. While she was doing it, she thought about doors, all doors, and decided that they were very dumb because they always led to the same places. And the one she was cleaning was definitely the dumbest of all, the one that led to her parents’ bedroom. She opened the door and then it didn’t go to her parents’ bedroom but to the Gobi desert. She wasn’t surprised that she knew it was the Gobi desert even though they hadn’t even taught her in school where Mongolia was and neither she nor her mother nor her grandmother had ever heard of Nan Shan or Khangai Nuru. She stepped through the door, bent over to scratch the yellowish grit and saw that there was no one, nothing, and the hot wind tousled her hair, so she went back through the open door, closed it and kept on cleaning. And when she finished, her mother grumbled a little more and told her to wash the rag and take the broom to sweep up that sand and clean her shoes. That day she modified her hasty judgment about doors, though not completely, at least not until she understood what was going on. What had been going on all her life and up until today was that from time to time doors behaved satisfactorily, though in general they were still acting dumb and leading to dining rooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, bedrooms and offices even in the best of circumstances. But two months after the desert, for example, the door that every day led to the bath opened onto the workshop of a bearded man dressed in a long uniform, pointed shoes, and a cap that tilted on one side of his head. The old man’s back was turned as he took something out of a highboy with many small drawers behind a very strange, large wooden machine with a giant steering wheel and screw, in the midst of cold air and an acrid smell. When he turned around and saw her he began to shout at her in a language she didn’t understand. She stuck out her tongue, dashed out the door, closed it, opened it again, went into the bathroom and washed her hands for lunch. Again, after lunch, many years later, she opened the door of her room and walked into a battlefield. She dipped her hands in the blood of the wounded and dead and pulled from the neck of a cadaver a crucifix that she wore for a long time under high-necked blouses or dresses without plunging necklines. She now keeps it in a tin box underneath the nightgowns with a brooch, a pair of earrings and a broken wristwatch that used to belong to her mother-in-law. In the same way, involuntarily and by chance, she visited three monasteries, seven libraries, and the highest mountains in the world, and who knows how many theaters, cathedrals, jungles, refrigeration plants, dens of vice, universities, brothels, forests, stores, submarines, hotels, trenches, islands, factories, palaces, hovels, towers and hell. She’s lost count and doesn’t care; any door could lead anywhere and that has the same value as the thickness of the ravioli dough, her mother’s death, and the life crises that she sees on TV and reads about in TV Guide. Not long ago she took her daughter to the doctor, and seeing the closed door of a bathroom in the clinic, she smiled. She wasn’t sure because she can never be sure, but she got up and went to the bathroom. However, it was a bathroom; at least there was a nude man in a bathtub full of water. It was all very large, with a high ceiling, marble floor and decorations hanging from the closed windows. The man seemed to be asleep in his white bathtub, short but deep, and she saw a razor on a wrought iron table with feet decorated with iron flowers and leaves and ending in lion’s paws, a razor, a mirror, a curling iron, towels, a box of talcum powder and an earthen bowl with water. She approached on tiptoe, retrieved the razor, tiptoed over to the sleeping man in the tub and beheaded him. She threw the razor on the floor and rinsed her hands in the lukewarm bathtub water. She turned around when she reached the clinic corridor and spied a girl going into the bathroom through the other door. Her daughter looked at her. “That was quick.” “The toilet was broken,” she answered. A few days afterward, she beheaded another man in a blue tent at night. That man and a woman were sleeping mostly uncovered by the blankets of a low, king-size bed, and the wind beat around the tent and slanted the flames of the oil lamps. Beyond it there would be another camp, soldiers, animals, sweat, manure, orders and weapons. But inside there was a sword by the leather and metal uniforms, and with it she cut off the head of the bearded man. The woman stirred and opened her eyes as she went out the door on her way back to the patio that she had been mopping. On Monday and Thursday afternoons, when she irons shirt collars, she thinks of the slit necks and the blood, and she waits. If it’s summer she goes out to sweep a little after putting away the clothing and until her husband arrives. If it’s windy she sits in the kitchen and knits. But she doesn’t always find sleeping men or staring cadavers. One rainy morning, when she was twenty, she was at a prison, and she made fun of the chained prisoners; one night when the kids were kids and were all living at home, she saw in a square a disheveled woman looking at a gun but not daring to take it out of her open purse. She walked up to her, put the gun in the woman’s hand and stayed there until a car parked at the corner, until the woman saw a man in gray get out and look for his keys in his pocket, until the woman aimed and fired. And another night while she was doing her sixth grade geography homework, she went to look for crayons in her room and stood next to a man who was crying on a balcony. The balcony was so high, so far above the street, that she had an urge to push him to hear the thud down below, but she remembered the orographic map of South America and was about to leave. Anyhow, since the man hadn’t seen her, she did push him and saw him disappear and ran to color in the map so she didn’t hear the thud, only the scream. And in an empty theater, she made a fire underneath the velvet curtain; in a riot she opened the cover to a basement hatchway; in a house, sitting on top of a desk, she shredded a two-thousand-page manuscript; in a clearing of a forest she buried the weapons of the sleeping men; in a river she opened the floodgates of a dike. Her daughter’s name is Laura Inés, her son has a fiancée in San Nicolás and he’s promised to bring her over on Sunday so she and her husband can meet her. She has to remind herself to ask her sister-in-law for the recipe for orange cake, and Friday on TV is the first episode of a new soap opera. Again, she runs the iron over the front of the shirt and remembers the other side of the doors that are always carefully closed in her house, that other side where the things that happen are much less abominable than the ones we experience on this side, as you can easily understand.
The Unmistakable Smell of Wood Violets [Tr by Womack]
Translated for the first time in Ann and Jeff Vandermeer's Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage, 2016):
The news spread fast. It would be correct to say that the news moved like a flaming trail of gunpowder, if it weren't for the fact that at this point in our civilization gunpowder was archaeology, ashes in time, the stuff of legend, nothingness. However, it was because of the magic of our new civilization that the news was known all over the world, practically instantaneously. "Oooh!" the tsarina said. You have to take into account that Her Gracious and Most Illustrious Virgin Majesty Ekaterina V, Empress of Holy Russia, had been carefully educated in the proper decorum befitting the throne, which meant that she would never have even raised an eyebrow or curved the corner of her lip, far less would she have made an interjection of that rude and vulgar kind. But not only did she say "Oooh!," she also got up and walked through the room until she reached the glass doors of the great balcony. She stopped there. Down below, covered by snow, Saint Leninburg was indifferent and unchanged, the city's eyes squinting under the weight of winter. At the palace, ministers and advisers were excited, on edge. "And where is this place?" the tsarina asked. And that is what happened in Russia, which is such a distant and atypical country. In the central states of the continent, there was real commotion. In Bolivia, in Paraguay, in Madagascar, in all the great powers, and in the countries that aspired to be great powers, such as High Peru, Iceland, or Morocco, hasty conversations took place at the highest possible level with knitted brows and hired experts. The strongest currencies became unstable: the guarani rose, the Bolivian peso went down half a point, the crown was discreetly removed from the exchange rates for two long hours, long queues formed in front of the exchanges in front of all the great capitals of the world. President Morillo spoke from the Oruro Palace and used the opportunity to make a concealed warning (some would call it a threat) to the two Peruvian republics and the Minas Gerais secessionist area. Morillo had handed over the presidency of Minas to his nephew, Pepe Morillo, who had proved to be a wet blanket whom everybody could manipulate, and now Morillo bitterly regretted his decision. Morocco and Iceland did little more than give their diplomats a gentle nudge in the ribs, anything to shake them into action, as they imagined them all to be sipping grenadine and mango juice in the deep south while servants in shiny black uniforms stood over them with fans. The picturesque note came from the Independent States of North America. It could not have been otherwise. Nobody knew that all the states were now once again under the control of a single president, but that's how it was: some guy called Jack Jackson-Franklin, who had been a bit-part actor in videos, and who, aged eighty-seven, had discovered his extremely patriotic vocation of statesman. Aided by his singular and inexplicable charisma, and by his suspect family tree, according to which he was the descendent of two presidents who had ruled over the states during their glory days, he had managed to unify, at least for now, the seventy-nine northern states. Anyway, Mr. Jackson-Franklin said to the world that the Independent States would not permit such a thing to take place. No more, just that they would not permit such a thing to take place. The world laughed uproariously at this. Over there, in the Saint Leninburg palace, ministers cleared their throats, advisers swallowed saliva, trying to find out if, by bobbing their Adam's apples up and down enough, they might be able to loosen their stiff official shirts. "Ahem. Ahem. It's in the south. A long way to the south. In the west, Your Majesty." "It is. Humph. Ahem. It is, Your Majesty, a tiny country in a tiny territory." "It says that it is in Argentina," the tsarina said, still staring through the window but without paying any attention to the night as it fell over the snow-covered roofs and the frozen shores of the Baltic. "Ah, yes, that's right, that's right, Your Majesty, a pocket republic." Sergei Vasilievich Kustkarov, some kind of councilor and, what is more, an educated and sensible man, broke into the conversation. "Several, Your Majesty, it is several." And at last the tsarina turned around. Who cared a fig for the Baltic night, the snow-covered rooftops, the roofs themselves, and the city of which they were a part? Heavy silk crackled, starched petticoats, lace. "Several of what, Councilor Kustkarov, several of what? Don't come to me with your ambiguities." "I must say, Your Majesty, I had not the slightest intention--" "Several of what?" The tsarina looked directly at him, her lips held tightly together, her hands moving unceasingly, and Kustkarov panicked, as well he might. "Rep-rep-republics, Your Majesty," he blurted out. "Several of them. Apparently, a long time ago, a very long time, it used to be a single territory, and now it is several, several republics, but their inhabitants, the people who live in all of them, all of the republics, are called, they call themselves, the people, that is, Argentinians." The tsarina turned her gaze away. Kustkarov felt so relieved that he was encouraged to carry on speaking: "There are seven of them, Your Majesty: Rosario, Entre dos Rios, Ladocta, Ona, Riachuelo, Yujujuy, and Labodegga." The tsarina sat down. "We must do something," she said. Silence. Outside it was not snowing, but inside it appeared to be. The tsarina looked at the transport minister. "This enters into your portfolio," she said. Kustkarov sat down, magnificently. How lucky he was to be a councilor, a councilor with no specific duties. The transport minister, on the other hand, turned pale. "I think, Your Majesty...," he dared to say. "Don't think! Do something!" "Yes, Your Majesty," the minister said, and, bowing, started to make his way to the door. "Where do you think you're going?" the tsarina said, without moving her mouth or twitching an eyelid. "I'm just, I'm going, I'm just going to see what can be done, Your Majesty." There's nothing that can be done, Sergei Vasilievich thought in delight, nothing. He realized that he was not upset, but instead he felt happy. And on top of everything else a woman, he thought. Kustkarov was married to Irina Waldoska-Urtiansk, a real beauty, perhaps the most beautiful woman in all of Holy Russia. Perhaps he was being cuckolded; it would have been all too easy for him to find that out, but he did not want to. His thoughts turned in a circle: and on top of everything else a woman. He looked at the tsarina and was struck, not for the first time, by her beauty. She was not so beautiful as Irina, but she was magnificent. In Rosario it was not snowing, not because it was summer, although it was, but because it never snowed in Rosario. And there weren't any palm trees: the Moroccans would have been extremely disappointed had they known, but their diplomats said nothing about the Rosario flora in their reports, partly because the flora of Rosario was now practically nonexistent, and partly because diplomats are supposed to be above that kind of thing. Everyone who was not a diplomat, that is to say, everyone, the population of the entire republic that in the last ten years had multiplied vertiginously and had now reached almost two hundred thousand souls, was euphoric, happy, triumphant. They surrounded her house, watched over her as she slept, left expensive imported fruits outside her door, followed her down the street. Some potentate allowed her the use of a Ford 99, which was one of the five cars in the whole country, and a madman who lived in the Espinillos cemetery hauled water all the way up from the Pará lagoon and grew a flower for her which he then gave her. "How nice," she said, then went on, dreamily, "Will there be flowers where I'm going?" They assured her that there would be. She trained every day. As they did not know exactly what it was she had to do to train herself, she got up at dawn, ran around the Independence crater, skipped, did some gymnastic exercises, ate little, learned how to hold her breath, and spent hours and hours sitting or curled into strange positions. She also danced the waltz. She was almost positive that the waltz was not likely to come in handy, but she enjoyed it very much. Meanwhile, farther away, the trail of gunpowder had become a barrel of dynamite, although dynamite was also a legendary substance and didn't exist. The infoscreens in every country, whether poor or rich, central or peripheral, developed or not, blazed forth with extremely large headlines suggesting dates, inventing biographical details, trying to hide, without much success, their envy and confusion. No one was fooled: "We have been wretchedly beaten," the citizens of Bolivia said. "Who would have thought it," pondered the man on the Reykjavík omnibus. The former transport minister of Holy Russia was off breaking stones in Siberia. Councilor Sergei Vasilievich Kustkarov was sleeping with the tsarina, but that was only a piece of low, yet spicy, gossip that has nothing to do with this story. "We will not allow this to happen!" Mr. Jackson-Franklin blustered, tugging nervously at his hairpiece. "It is our own glorious history that has set aside for us this brilliant destiny! It is we, we and not this despicable banana republic, who are marked for this glory!" Mr. Jackson-Franklin also did not know that there were no palm trees or bananas in Rosario, but this was due not to a lack of reports from his diplomats but rather a lack of diplomats. Diplomats are a luxury that a poor country cannot afford, and so poor countries often go to great pains to take offense and recall all the knights commanders and lawyers and doctors and even eventually the generals working overseas, in order to save money on rent and electricity and gas and salaries, not to mention the cost of the banquets and all the money in brown paper envelopes. But the headlines kept on appearing on the infoscreens: "Argentinian Astronaut Claims She Will Reach Edge of Universe," "Sources Claim Ship Is Spaceworthy in Spite of or Because of Centuries-Long Interment," "Science or Catastrophe?," "Astronaut Not a Woman but a Transsexual" (this in the Imperialskaya Gazeta, the most puritan of the infoscreens, even more so than the Papal Piccolo Osservatore Lombardo), "Ship Launches," "First Intergalactic Journey in Centuries," "We Will Not Allow This to Happen!" (Portland Times). She was dancing the waltz. She woke up with her heart thumping, tried out various practical hairstyles, ran, skipped, drank only filtered water, ate only olives, avoided spies and journalists, went to see the ship every day, just to touch it. The mechanics all adored her. "It'll work, they'll see, it'll work," the chief engineer said defiantly. Nobody contradicted him. No one dared say that it wouldn't. It would make it, of course it would make it. Not without going through many incredible adventures on its lengthy journey. Lengthy? No one knew who Langevin was anymore, so no one was shocked to discover that his theory contradicted itself, ended up biting its own tail, and that however long the journey took, the observers would only perceive it as having lasted minutes. Someone called Cervantes, a very famous personage back in the early years of human civilization--it was still debated whether he had been a physicist, a poet, or a musician--had suggested a similar theory in one of his lost works. One autumn dawn the ship took off from the Independence crater, the most deserted part of the whole desert republic of Rosario, at five forty-five in the morning. The exact time is recorded because the inhabitants of the country had all pitched in together to buy a clock, which they thought the occasion deserved (there was one other clock, in the Enclosed Convent of the Servants of Santa Rita de Casino, but because the convent was home to an enclosed order nothing ever went in or out of it, no news, no requests, no answers, no nothing). Unfortunately, they had not had enough money. But then someone had had the brilliant idea which had brought in the money they needed, and Rosario had hired out its army for parades in friendly countries: there weren't that many of them and the ones there were weren't very rich, but they managed to get the cash together. Anyone who was inspired by patriotism and by the proximity of glory had to see those dashing officers, those disciplined soldiers dressed in gold and crimson, protected by shining breastplates, capped off with plumed helmets, their catapults and pouches of stones at their waists, goose-stepping through the capital of Entre Dos Rios or the Padrone Giol vineyards in Labodegga, at the foot of the majestic Andes. The ship blasted off. It got lost against the sky. Before the inhabitants of Rosario, their hearts in their throats and their eyes clouded by emotion, had time to catch their breath, a little dot appeared up there, getting bigger and bigger, and it was the ship coming back down. It landed at 06:11 on the same morning of that same autumn day. The clock that recorded this is preserved in the Rosario Historical Museum. It no longer works, but anyone can go and see it in its display cabinet in Room A of the Museum. In Room B, in another display case, is the so-called Carballensis Indentic Axe, the fatal tool that cut down all the vegetation of Rosario and turned the whole country into a featureless plain. Good and evil, side by side, shoulder to shoulder. Twenty-six minutes on Earth, many years on board the ship. Obviously, she did not have a watch or a calendar with her: the republic of Rosario would not have been able to afford either of them. But it was many years, she knew that much. Leaving the galaxy was a piece of cake. You can do it in a couple of jumps, everyone knows that, following the instructions that Albert Einsteinstein, the multifaceted violin virtuoso, director of sci-fi movies, and student of space-time, gave us a few hundred years back. But the ship did not set sail to the very center of the universe, as its predecessors had done in the great era of colonization and discovery; no, the ship went right to the edge of the universe. Everyone also knows that there is nothing in the universe, not even the universe itself, which does not grow weaker as you reach its edge. From pancakes to arteries, via love, rubbers, photographs, revenge, bridal gowns, and power. Everything tends to imperceptible changes at the beginning, rapid change afterward; everything at the edge is softer and more blurred, as the threads start to fray from the center to the outskirts. In the time it took her to take a couple of breaths, a breath and a half, over the course of many years, she passed through habitable and uninhabitable places, worlds which had once been classified as existent, worlds which did not appear and had never appeared and probably would never appear in any cartographical survey. Planets of exiles, singing sands, minutes and seconds in tatters, whirlpools of nothingness, space junk, and that's without even mentioning those beings and things, all of which stood completely outside any possibility of description, so much so that we tend not to perceive them when we look at them; all of this, and shock, and fear more than anything else, and loneliness. The hair grew gray at her temples, her flesh lost its firmness, wrinkles appeared around her eyes and her mouth, her knees and ankles started to act up, she slept less than before and had to half close her eyes and lean backward in order to make out the numbers on the consoles. And she was so tired that it was almost unbearable. She did not waltz any longer: she put an old tape into an old machine and listened and moved her gray head in time with the orchestra. She reached the edge of the universe. Here was where everything came to an end, so completely that even her tiredness disappeared and she felt once again as full of enthusiasm as she had when she was younger. There were hints, of course: salt storms, apparitions, little brushstrokes of white against the black of space, large gaps made of sound, echoes of long-dead voices that had died giving sinister orders, ash, drums; but when she reached the edge itself, these indications gave way to space signage: "End," "You Are Reaching the Universe Limits," "The Cosmos General Insurance Company, YOUR Company, Says: GO NO FURTHER," "End of Protected Cosmonaut Space," etc., as well as the scarlet polygon that the OMUU had adopted to use as a sign for that's it, abandon all hope, the end. All right, so she was here. The next thing to do was go back. But the idea of going back never occurred to her. Women are capricious creatures, just like little boys: as soon as they get what they want, then they want something else. She carried on. There was a violent judder as she crossed the limit. Then there was silence, peace, calm. All very alarming, to tell the truth. The needles did not move, the lights did not flash, the ventilation system did not hiss, her alveoli did not vibrate, her chair did not swivel, the screens were blank. She got up, went to the portholes, looked out, saw nothing. It was logical enough: "Of course," she said to herself, "when the universe comes to an end, then there's nothing." She looked out through the portholes a little more, just in case. She still could see nothing, but she had an idea. "But I'm here," she said. "Me and the ship." She put on a space suit and walked out into the nothing. When the ship landed in the Independence crater in the republic of Rosario, twenty-six minutes after it had taken off, when the hatch opened and she appeared on the ramp, the spirit of Paul Langevin flew over the crater, laughing fit to burst. The only people who heard him were the madman who had grown the flower for her in the Espinillos cemetery and a woman who was to die that day. No one else had ears or fingers or tongue or feet, far less did they have eyes to see him. It was the same woman who had left, the very same, and this calmed the crowds down at the same time as it disappointed them, all the inhabitants of the country, the diplomats, the spies, and the journalists. It was only when she came down the gangplank and they came closer to her that they saw the network of fine wrinkles around her eyes. All other signs of her old age had vanished, and had she wished, she could have waltzed tirelessly, for days and nights on end, from dusk till dawn till dusk. The journalists all leaned forward; the diplomats made signals, which they thought were subtle and unseen, to the bearers of their sedan chairs to be ready to take them back to their residences as soon as they had heard what she had to say; the spies took photographs with the little cameras hidden away in their shirt buttons or their wisdom teeth; all the old people put their hands together; the men raised their fists to their heart; the little boys pranced; the young girls smiled. And then she told them what she had seen: "I took off my suit and my helmet," she said, "and walked along the invisible avenues that smelled of violets." She did not know that the whole world was waiting to hear what she said; that Ekaterina V had made Sergei Vasilievich get up at five o'clock in the morning so that he could accompany her to the grand salon and wait there for the news; that one of the seventy-nine Northern States had declared its independence because the president had not stopped anything from happening or obtained any glory, and this had lit the spark of rebellion in the other seventy-eight states, and this had made Mr. Jackson-Franklin leave the White House without his wig, in pajamas, freezing and furious; that Bolivia, Paraguay, and Iceland had allowed the two Peruvian republics to join their new alliance and defense treaty set up against a possible attack from space; that the high command of the Paraguayan aeronautical engineers had promised to build a ship that could travel beyond the limits of the universe, always assuming that they could be granted legal immunity and a higher budget, a declaration that made the guarani fall back the two points that it had recently risen and then another one as well; that Don Schicchino Giol, the new padrone of the Republic of Labodegga at the foot of the majestic Andes had been woken from his most recent drinking bout to be told that he had now to sign a declaration of war against the Republic of Rosario, now that they knew the strength of the enemy's forces. "Eh? What? Hunh?" Don Schicchino said. "I saw the nothingness of everything," she said, "and it was all infused with the unmistakable smell of wood violets. The nothingness of the world is like the inside of a stomach throbbing above your head. The nothingness of people is like the back of a painting, black, with glasses and wires that release dreams of order and imperfect destinies. The nothingness of creatures with leathery wings is a crack in the air and the rustle of tiny feet. The nothingness of history is the massacre of the innocents. The nothingness of words, which is a throat and a hand that break whatever they touch on perforated paper; the nothingness of music, which is music. The nothingness of precincts, of crystal glasses, of seams, of hair, of liquids, of lights, of keys, of food." When she had finished her list, the potentate who owned the Ford 99 said that he would give it to her, and that in the afternoon he would send one of his servants with a liter of naphtha so that she could take the car out for a spin. "Thank you," she said. "You are very generous." The madman went away, looking up to the skies; who knows what he was searching for. The woman who was going to die that day asked herself what she should eat on Sunday, when her sons and their wives came to lunch. The president of the Republic of Rosario gave a speech. And everything in the world carried on the same, apart from the fact that Ekaterina V named Kustkarov her interior minister, which terrified the poor man but which was welcomed with open arms by Irina as an opportunity for her to refresh her wardrobe and her stock of lovers. And Jack Jackson-Franklin sold his memoirs to one of Paraguay's more sophisticated magazines for a stellar amount of money, which allowed him to retire to live in Imerina. And six spaceships from six major world powers set off to the edges of the universe and were never seen again. She married a good man who had a house with a balcony, a white bicycle, and a radio which, on clear days, could pick up the radio plays that LLL1 Radio Magnum transmitted from Entre Dos Rios, and she waltzed in white satin shoes. The day that her first son was born a very pale green shoot grew out of the ground on the banks of the great lagoon.
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