14 May 2021

Exam updates!

| Eriknation

I think i did pretty good on my exams.:DI got a 19/20 for social studies75/75 for an open book examAnd thats it for this week next week there will be two diagnostics and one examIn late may there will be 2 more exams.Here are some coin facts and facts about me: in 1931 some coins were not minted due to the Great Depression. A fact about me: i love giving away coins and other things to people. Sadly yesterday i tried giving copper cents and nickels from the 50’s and 60’s but nobody wanted them.In late may i might start writing long informative blogs.

13 May 2021

Type one or Type two?

Coins | Mr. Monetary

I recently acquired this 1981-S Susan B. Anthony and believe it is a proof. The only trouble is, is that there are two types of the coin. The 2021 red book tells me that a certain variation of the 's' mint mark makes the difference between them, but I can't see the 's' well enough under my magnifying glass to decide which type it is. Is there other variations I can use to mark the difference?

13 May 2021

My Collection of Money, Big and Bold

National Coin Week | user_28318

In this blog post, I will be showing some coins from my collection of big and bold coinage with incredible designs. I am doing this in honor of this year's National Coin Week which occurred from April 18th-24th this year. And who knows? Maybe I'll get really lucky and get chosen as one of the top two blog posts. That would be so cool. However, let's get right into it. Below I have descriptions of the coins I chose to post about as well as their designs and I will post my own coins of these types from my collection below as well. Thanks so much and enjoy!Coin Images below from left to right: Saint Gaudens 1908 "No Motto" $20 Golden Eagle Coin (Entire Top Row); second-row: Rainbow-toned Morgan Dollar from 1884 Carson City, and United States Trade Dollar (1878); third row: Medio Balboa (1973) and Mexican Silver Peso (1925).1. Saint Gaudens $20 Golden Eagle CoinPerhaps one of the most, if not the most iconic form of coinage in American history, I just knew that I had to include my MS66 1908 "No Motto" $20 Saint Gaudens Golden Eagle coin in my blog post. The 1908 "No Motto" is one of the most common dates in the St. Gaudens series. In fact, there was a time in the 1980s when dealers would post sight-unseen bids for Saints they would post their bids and say "no 1908 No Mottos" or they would post a bid for all Saints except the 1908 No Motto and then post a little bit lower bit for 1908 No Mottos. I believe this was because most 1908 No Mottos look pretty ratty and the dealers' customers probably didn't like them. In contrast to the usual "ratty" look of the 1908 No Motto Saints, in the early 1990s, dealer Ron Gillio found a hoard of 9,900 absolutely incredible 1908 No Mottos. The hoard was dubbed the "Wells Fargo Discovery" because the initial transactions involving these coins took place in a Las Vegas Wells Fargo bank. The hoard contained thousands of superb Gems graded MS66 by PCGS, nearly 1,000 coins graded MS67, 101 coins graded MS68, and 10 virtually perfect gems graded MS69 with three of those ten coming extremely close to being graded MS70 by PCGS. Those 10 coins were the only Saints to ever be graded MS69 by PCGS and it was the largest hoard of ultra high quality $20 St. Gaudens ever discovered. Not only is the history of this coin incredible, but its design is extremely beautiful, making it a perfect example of big and bold American coinage! Augustus Saint Gaudens was also the first sculptor to design an American coin, before that, only the mint engravers produced the designs. Saint Gaudens based his design on the female figure known as "Victory" which he had designed in creating New York City's monument to General William Tecumseh Sherman, but the sculptor's ultimate inspiration was the Nike of Samothrace. On the coin, Liberty holds a torch in one hand, representing enlightenment; an olive branch in the other, a symbol of peace. She strides across a rocky outcrop and behind her are the United States Capitol and the rays of the Sun. The figure is surrounded by 46 stars, one for each of the states in 1907. The reverse is a side view of a flying eagle, seen slightly from below, with a rising sun and its rays behind it, complementing the obverse design. The edge bears the lettering "E Pluribus Unum" because Saint-Gaudens felt that he could not place a third line of text on the reverse without unbalancing the composition, and the obverse lacked room for the motto, so it was placed on the edge.2. United States Trade DollarIn China, theMexican peso(successor to theSpanish dollar) was greatly valued in commerce. However, the Chinese were sensitive to any changes in the coin's design and were reluctant to accept newer coins due to a minor design change. The American silver dollar, 7.5 grains (0.49g) lighter than its Spanish counterpart, was unpopular in East Asia due to its lightweight, forcing American merchants to purchase the Spanish or Mexican pieces to use in trade.Beginning in 1866, during the reign ofEmperor Maximilian, the design was changed to show the Emperor's portrait; this caused widespread nonacceptance of the coins in China.While conducting an investigation of theMint at San Francisco, deputy comptroller of the currencyJohn Jay Knoxbegan discussing the monetary situation with Louis A. Garnett, a man who had worked as both the treasurer and assayer of the San Francisco Mint.Garnett recommended that the United States mint a commercial dollar that would be exported to East Asia to compete with other countries' silvertrade coinsthat were already popular in that region.Garnett's rationale was that the majority of the coins would be hoarded or melted in Asia and would never be presented for redemption, allowing the government to make a profit from the seignorage. The U.S. Trade Dollar design depicts Lady Liberty resting on a cotton bale by the seashore. To her back stands a shock of grain. In her right hand, she extends an olive branch, a friendly gesture meant for those on the other side of the Pacific. The reverse shows an eagle with arrows and an olive branch in its talon. Below the eagle are the inscriptions "420 Grains .900 Fine" and "TRADE DOLLAR." This coin truly is one of my favorites and definitely represents a big, bold, beautiful design.3. The Medio Balboa (Panamanian Coin)

13 May 2021

Follow my Instagram

| Coin Collecting With Tyler

Hey everyone I have been buying and selling a lot on Instagram! Please follow me right here my username is @coincollectingwtyler

13 May 2021

VAM-Misstrike- Error- What is it?

Coins | SilverToken

I made a recent purchase of a 1900 P Morgan Silver Dollar. I was drawn to the coin from the over-stamped field to the left of Liberty’s face. The die has left a shiny, deeper field around all 7 left stars and along Liberty’s face from her lips to the lower tip of her neck, and along the denticles. The rest of the strike is correct, level and as expected. It is not a clash, but how the die was created. It definitely is not a die crack. I find no doubling anywhere on the coin.I have researched my VAM books, VAMWorld 2.0 and have not found a similar strike.I would grade at a MS-60 Uncirculated, but it may be higher, I always tend to be safe and under-grade. Coin has no wear, hasn’t been cleaned, talons and feathers are great. I paid $60 which is inline with PCGS, but a little high compared to NGC, but I felt the curiosity was worth it.So what do you think the strike is? What would you classify it as? Send your opinions

12 May 2021


National Coin Week | coinfodder

Like any good movie series (Star Wars, The Godfather...) this is a part three that was added on to a completely complete story and did not do so well.

12 May 2021

My Idea in making my own local coin club for teens and adults

Young Numismatists Exchange | Jackson

Hi, I"m Jackson, I'm 15 and am active in this hobby. I joined the ANA to become more connected to fellow collectors like me. But I'm more than a half hour away from a local coin club unfortunately. So I've decided to try to make my own! I made a Facebook page called Bowling Green, Ohio coin group. I plan on setting up a flyer in my local library too. I may even try to write something for my High School newspaper. I want this group to be teens and adults. I want it to be friendly and enjoyable to do. I want it to be a place where collectors in my town can talk, share, and trade coins! I want to meet every once in awhile at our local library if the group ever grows. I'm super excited about it and I hope if anyone reads this that is in the Bowling Green, Ohio area will join! Thank You fpr reading!

10 May 2021

1956 Franklin Medal by Laura Gardin Frazer

| Well worn Copper

I picked up a copy of "The Medals Of Franklin" (Greenslet & Schenkman) which was published by TAMS in 1993. There is a medal by Laura Gardin Frazer which was struck at the U.S. Mint in 1956 in bronze and silver versions. First: It's a beautiful medal. Second: It's by Laura Gardin Frazer! I haven't seen this medal until now, and am unable to locate an example. Would anyone have any information about it? It reads "Medal of the Congress" on the obverse and "Wise and Good Men are the Strength of a Nation" on the reverse. Mrs. Frazer was a national treasure, and anything touched by her is worth looking into.


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