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17th century silver Spanish coin. The gold “frame” is not part of the coin. When I wear this coin Eileen says I have the Tony Soprano look. Paul Goldfinger photo.   Side one.


Side 2


The Atocha was loaded with treasure  (gold, silver, jewels and jewelry) when it sunk in a hurricane off Key West in 1622.  The wreck was scattered, and most of the treasure was not found until 1985 by American treasure hunter Mel Fisher, who searched  for years.    Among the loot were rosaries with emeralds–destined for the Vatican, gold carved rings, gold coins and silver coins.

The silver was mined in Peru and rolled into lengths like a tootsie roll that could be cut into coin blanks. Then a wooden form with an engraving on the end was used to hammer the carvings into the silver, much as they did during the Roman Empire. This coin was minted in Potosi, Peru  (now Bolivia)

The coins were shipped in wooden chests.   The wood dissolved leaving an amalgam of silver coins all stuck together.  It was a huge job to separate them while preserving the coin details.

Many people invested in his search, and when the bulk of the riches were found, they received a portion.

I purchased this silver coin from the family of one of the original investors. It is “grade one” which means that much of the detail is preserved.

One side depicts the symbols of the two royal houses of Spain:  the castle and  the lion. It is about  1 1/2 inch in diameter.

The writing has to do with King Phillip III and where the coin was minted.


We have a winner:  Rosemary of Ocean Grove who sends us an interesting account of Mel Fisher:

“It is a compelling story and I continue to be amazed by the tenacity of the Fisher family, they searched for the Atocha for 16 years before finding it, Mel started every day by saying “Today’s the day” and, one day, it was indeed the DAY.  Others had searched for the this vessel but what made the difference is that Mel Fisher sent someone to Spain to research the original 17th century documents which pinpointed the location of wreck in a different area slightly away from where other would be treasure hunters were looking.
“Even after finding it, he litigated for 6 years or so with the State of Florida which tried to claim the treasure.
“The case worked its way up though the Appellate Courts eventually winding up in the Supreme Court which found in favor of Mel Fisher and his investors.  Really a fascinating story.”


Thanks,  Rosemary.

MILES DAVIS AND GIL EVANS.   “The Maids of Cadiz”.  From the Miles Davis album Sketches of Spain.  This album is perhaps his most famous and most beautiful.  Cadiz is a port in southwest Spain which had been the home of the Spanish navy.


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Literary giants and literary girls out for coffee. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge


We have a winner:  Sam Hill correctly identified Barnes and Noble.  The company took over their coffee shops from Starbucks, although they still serve that brand.  This B&N is in Florida.

No, the mural does not depict a scene from Woody’s Midnight in Paris.  But those literary figures are reminiscent of that film.

Hemingway said:  “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

Joyce said,  “His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.”


ALEXANDER DESPLAT——   from the movie Julie and Julia     “Leaving Paris.”


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This man, Robert W. Watt,  has an important place in OG history.  Tell us who he is.


From the history of Ocean Grove  Four Score and Five.  (1879-1964):


“In 1921, the New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals reaffirmed the decision of the NJ Supreme Court that the Ocean Grove borough bill was unconstitutional.  Robert W. Watt was Ocean Grove’s first and only mayor, serving less than one year.”


Editor’s Note:  The Borough of Ocean Grove only lasted one year.  The reason it was dissolved is because it kept religious blue laws, and that is why it was found to be unconstitutional.  It was a lost opportunity.  After that, governance was returned to the Camp Meeting.  Then in 1980, governance was given to Neptune Township after another Supreme Court decision.


PG  @Blogfinger





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October, 2019. Spring Lake.   Paul Goldfinger photo. ©




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Click to enlarge this image. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©



Paulie D is the winner:   Paulie—just knock on Jack’s door for your prize.




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Paul Goldfinger ©. September 2019.  Click to enlarge. Deal, NJ. Click to enlarge.


Geo George is the winner of our “name that Jersey Shore town contest.”  This snazzy color scheme is a bit unusual for Deal.

THE NIGHTHAWKS  “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails:


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Color Scheme

Asbury Park, just west of the Sunset Avenue bridge. Paul Goldfinger © 9/16/19.   Click to enlarge.

Janet Kaden wins our Name That Shore Town contest.   What do all of you think of this color scheme?

SHAKIRA:   “Sale el Sol” (The sun comes out)




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August 2019. Blogfinger photo. Allenhurst.     Paul Goldfinger ©


We have a winner of our “Name That Jersey Shore Town” contest.  It is JW.

Allenhurst was founded in 1897, carved out of parts of Ocean Township.

Ocean Grove also was part of Ocean Township, but instead of being “carved out” on our own, we were attached to Neptune Township—ugh!

And they have no parking problems in Allenhurst with a population of about 500 people. They have a nice mixture of architectural types.


From the Roaring Twenties it’s Frank Munn:



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Mt. Prospect Cemetery Oct. 11, 2014. See the comments for the winner. Plots still available at 973 824 6871 for the lay away plan.

Mt. Prospect Cemetery.  Blogfinger photo. Oct. 11, 2014. Plots still available.  It’s a lovely spot, and the residents can watch the Scarlet Fliers from there.  Call 908 461 7132 for the lay-away plan.  Click to enlarge.

Mt. Prospect Cemetery . Founded by Wilisford Dey, 1881.  Neptune Township;

Neptune Twp was created in 1879 (carved out of Ocean Twp,)  and Ocean Grove was made part of it at that time.  Re-post from .net,  October 2014.

Note new comment dated 7/1/19.

WYNTON MARSALIS  “It’s Easy to Remember.” Marsalis studied under Phil Smith.

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Paul Goldfinger ©. May, 2019.   Apple iPhone XS. Sunset Lake is about 5 minutes from OG when the road isn’t partially demolished.


Northender wins the “name that Jersey Shore town” contest.

“It’s May, the lusty month of May, when all the world is brimming with fun, wholesome or un”……….from Camelot.


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