Chaim Dov Shiboleth
is also a collector of coins, token and medallion from Micronations, local
communities and Unusual places of the world. He has contributed a lot on
gathering the information on these type of coins and also provide us a
source to obtain them. He is an active member and eventually promoted to the
status of committee member of Unorganized states of Numismatic Society at
He was also one of
key member and special contributor in prompting and getting published the
"4th edition of Unusual coins" in June 2005 by Krause publication.
He and I
en-countered several time to bid on the same type of coins on Ebay auctions.
Through these en-counter I got to know him and bought a few coins from him
as well. He has a store in Ebay at:
often sells his extra coins. He is also keen in collecting all types of
coins from Israel as well. His personal website is at:
http://home.versatel.nl/shiboleth/index.html, which comprise of his own
created coins and other
communities and Unusual places coins with detailed information. Very
impressive indeed, I hope that it continues like that !
According to Chaim Shiboleth:"Visualise the clock, the hours of the day ticking away: Daily, you
start work at 9 a.m. (maybe earlier, maybe later). You greet your colleagues
with a nod of the head; maybe you have a chat about the weather, the daily
traffic jams, redecorating, the game last night, international politics. You
get your cup of coffee (one sugar or two? or do you drink tea?), check your
mailbox (chances are you turn on the computer) and start your daily routine.
Possibly you work with people, responding to their needs, a teacher, guide,
salesman; maybe you work with artifacts, consumer goods; you might be a
scholar, a thinker, a writer, using words or numbers as the tools of your
trade. It's all the same.
Daily, at 5 p.m. (or maybe a
while later) you’ll pack your bag, wish the colleagues a fine evening and
join the other commuters, those taking the train or those ploughing their
way through clogged traffic routes, following the well-known paths leading
homewards. At home, you’ll greet your spouse, your children (if you have
them), eat your supper, read the evening paper or watch the latest news (or
soap, or comedy) on TV. Possibly you’ll follow up on your sport or your
hobby or go online to order the latest gadget or bauble that has been
designed to convince you into thinking your life will be improved by owning
it. Filling the hole in your time or in your collection (or is it the hole
in your life) you’ll feel good for a fleeting moment. But, the salesman’s
promise to fulfill your dreams never occurs.
Imagine the days of the week,
the weeks in every year: Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly following the same
pattern, same routine. Stagnation. Imagine a lifetime, your life. Do you
find the life you’re leading really fulfilling, does it arouse your natural
intellectual curiosity? Or is it the comfort and safety of the known that
keeps you following the ticking of the clock? Do you make a difference? Are
you sure? Or do you recognise an internal feeling of existential boredom?
Take this feeling, this boredom, this emptiness. This tedium. Hold it tight;
embrace it for all it’s worth! Think about it as a State of Mind. Welcome to
the Ultimate State of Tædivm. We’ll welcome you with half a yawn and lull
you back to sleep. No promises made, none kept."
Final mintage figures including
pre release trials, minted in 2005:
(.064” thick flan, antiqued)
copper-nickel-zinc (.064” thick flan, antiqued)
.999 (antiqued, unholed)
.999 (prooflike, unholed)
All coins are 25mm in diameter
with plain edge. A coin full of compromises to the technical & practical
side of minting. In my opinion only worthy of a pitiful half-a-yawn, a mere
½ Gaap (pronounced with a soft G, similar to the CH of Loch Ness or Chaim).
The obverse: A stylised moon in the background, with the value
superimposed; the moon symbolising circularity, emptiness, lunacy. The
triangles on the left symbolise the dials of the clock stopped at 9, when
freedom ends and the tædivm of the workday commences. The reverse:
Symbolising a clock with the dials set at "nine to five”. The quote on the
coin is from Faulkner: "the hours of folly are measured by a clock". The
hole: Symbolising emptiness, the essence of being in an ultimate state of
tædivm... but also giving those who would wish it an opening to all that's
beyond tædivm. The
coins were minted by Pressed Metal Products in Canada. To order these coins
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