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18 Sep

ANA Advocacy Programs

Coins | Mike Ellis

As part of our Congressional Charter, we are required to inform members and the public in general on all things numismatic with advocacy issues being at the top of the list. On this site we have an excellent portal to the Federal Trade Commission's site on numismatic collectible and more. To get there, follow the link below:http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt188.shtm

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18 Sep

Slabbed Chicago Kennedy Gold Numbers Don't Add Up

Coins - United States | Mike Ellis

On August 1, 2014 I wrote a blog about my thoughts on the numbers of the slabbed Gold Kennedy Half Dollars. I suggest you go back and read it as it is a short blog. Remember, this was before sales began.The link below leads to a Coin World article posted on line. I highly recommend you read it, especially if you are a collector of coins with ultra high grades or special labels!  http://www.coinworld.com/insights/kennedy-gold-proof-half-certification-sales-mismatch.htmlWhat are your thoughts on this issue?

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18 Sep

Whitman Publishing Calls for Cherrypickers’ Guide Volunteers

Coins | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing is calling for volunteers as it prepares the latestCherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins. The next book in the series will be the sixth edition, volume I, covering half cents, large cents, Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents, Lincoln cents, two- and three-cent pieces, Shield nickels, Liberty Head nickels, Buffalo nickels, and Jefferson nickels. The deadline for volunteered information isFriday, October 31, 2014.

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17 Sep

The first coin show

Coins | Cmower

My first coin show. Your average American probably has never been to one so for most of America it's not a significant event on their life rictor scale  but, for me it was a much needed experience in a hobby I look forward to being a life long endeavor.

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17 Sep

Coin Photos

| CERGRADER

I am not having much luck with taking quality macro photos with my Samsung galaxy s5., or anything else for that matter.Does anyone have a quick coin photography lesson or pointers we could share on this blog? What kind of lighting for copper, silver, what size and resolution for posting here on ANA site etc.Thank you

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17 Sep

Photography

Coins | Longstrider

I've struggled to take nice, clear photos of coins. Silver coins seem especially dificult. They can quickly become mirrors. I'm now using a Nikon Coolpix. For close-ups I have rigged up a device to use my OLD binocular microscope. It invloves the macro setting on my camera and a toilet paper tube. Don't laugh it works pretty well. Here's a photo of my set-up less camera and an example of what it can do on a Morgan Dollar. The black spot is an artifact of the microscope. Like I said, it's old.

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16 Sep

1913 Liberty Head Nickel Badge Problem

| Doc Bob Jones III

No one has this badge.  I have tried to list this tag and it does not take.  I have some interest in this coin but it does not allow me to make the tag for this. Is there something wrong with this one badge/Post/blog.  I have seen others try to make mention this coin.

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16 Sep

First Strike

| CERGRADER

I am curious about First Strike.What constitutes a first strike?How do you identify a first strike?How do you obtain a first strike, are they sold as such, are they only offered to certain people from the mint, or are they judged as such by a grader?I asked because I saw an enhanced first strike of a silver eagle that has Edwin Mos signature on the cover and it was GORGEOUS.Thank you.

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15 Sep

1913 Liberty "V" Nickle

| user_4542

This coin is considered one of the rarest in America. It is the second highest priced coin (behind the 1933 Double eagle). There were only 5 made. In 1913, when the government said this, people searched and searched for these. People searched their pocket change, what they had in their house, and probably their couch cusions. I was I was lucky enough to own one.

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