31 Jul 2022


| MercuryDime#

I know this is not really a post, but does anyone know how hard it is to start a coin club? There are no coin clubs within a 50-mile radius of me and i cannot get to the nearest easily.

30 Jul 2022

My Research Notes: POTUS Numismatic Artifacts (PNA)

Exonumia | DrDarryl

These are a few of my original source research notes from 1960 periodicals for the Class 2 President Eisenhower Appreciation Medals. I'm still researching this previously undocumented US Mint medal series.

28 Jul 2022

Penny Collecting.

Coins | MercuryDime#

Going through pocket change can yield many wonders. Just recently, I traveled to West Virginia and found a 1930 Wheat Penny in my change. When you travel to places without many travelers in or out, sometimes coins will just circulate within a small area (Like that penny!)More following.MercuryDIme

27 Jul 2022


Coins | Mike

Hi everyone hope all is well. I believe one of most important thing in collecting is doing inventory. Whatever you do don't do what I did. I waited to long. Now there is soft where for this. I hope those that use it will list it below and the benefits of what they have. Now I have been collecting 30 years. All my coins are protected that's another thing you should do. My coins are in metal boxes with foam that holds slabs. Now after thirty years I know were most of my coins are. Some I find I don't remember that I had it. I started doing my inventory a few months ago. I'm old fashion I bought an accounting book and it works out great. Everything about the coin goes in one line across. Even how much I paid for it. That's important. Would you believe I still have about three or four months to go? That's because I waited to long. Start with your first coins. Do not wait. Eagles with eagles Franklin's with Franklin's. I even have the amount of silver in ever coin I then add it up on the bottom of the page. This is not fun. However its easy to use. I have a picture of every coin in my registry . So that's taken care of. Putting coins in date order takes time. You don't have to go thru what I'm going thru. Start now. Don't wait. I mean I enjoy it because I like looking at my coins. Soon I will know where every cent is .I open the book to the table of contents. Cents are on page one. Slabs start on page five. So you see it does pay off. The only thing is finding time to do this. I have to make time be wise I didn't do it when I should of. Even my books are in order . I'm at the point were I can open the book and go to any slab any date and grade. Yes I should of started years ago. But when I'm done I will make a copy of every page and keep that in the safe . I hope your getting the idea of how important this is. If you want to sell your collection and the buyer comes over and says do you have the 2013 reverse proof set. Open your book and right away you say yes or no. Sets I have in another section. Year grade what TPG how much I paid and the cert numbers. Not in that order. Everything on the label goes in the book. And I check every cert number twice. That's important. So you have an idea what has to be done. Either with soft where or by paper and pen. Its not easy. That's why I suggested you start from the time you start collecting. It will save you the time and energy later when your done or go to sell your collection. So if you haven't started I suggest you start. It will make life easy for all. Thanks for taking a look I hope you start today!

26 Jul 2022

Provenance and Pedigree

Exonumia | DrDarryl

Most collectors, numismatists and dealers interchange the terms provenance and pedigree. This should stop. POTUS Numismatic Artifacts treat these two terms with a precise difference when it comes to "Evidential Proof".

24 Jul 2022

1988 D Reverse of '89

Coins | user_23578

Hi I'm Sam, and I am 17 years old. I was coin roll hunting a box of pennies a couple of weeks ago and came across a surprise. A 1988 Denver penny with the bold FG initials variety. This is a semi-rare variety labeled as the "FS-901 Wide AM" by PCGS. It is also called Reverse of '89 by many collectors. My example has many zinc blisters and is a nice red and brown. In high grades this coin can fetch a couple hundred dollars. I think that is pretty good considering I picked it up for one cent! I've included pictures of the specimen below.

23 Jul 2022

Siren’s Call

Coins | user_12827

As you may, or may not, know, I am on a journey to re-enter the world of numismatics. My pretext for this is to introduce my grandson to collecting coins. But let's face it, that's not an essential piece. I sold my not considerable collection in the late 70s and early 80s. In part to fund a wedding and to help satisfy the need's of a growing family. In reality, I never really left our hobby. I was addicted to coins and there was no going "cold turkey." I simply went underground. After selling most of my pieces I continued to dabble by purchasing uncirculated and proof sets or the occasional commemorative.To me coins truly are sirens. I am mesmerized by their beauty. Entranced by the frosty glow of a seemingly perfect proof. I cannot describe the excitement I felt when the mint first introduced us to the Silver Eagle. The rapture I felt when I received my gem Franklin Halves is indescribable. I truly love coins! My wife wouldn't understand. I don't know how I am going to break it to her.As part of the process to come out as an active coin collector, and to lure my grandson into our cult, I have put together a 'Beginner Coin Collecting Kit.' I pulled together some press-in Lincoln Cent and Roosevelt Dime albums, a basic loupe, a 2022 Uncirculated Set and a bag of 400 Wheaties. I figured we could search them together while attempting to fill as many spaces in the albums as possible. I bought two more bags just for me to search. I know, I know! They're just Wheaties, for crying out loud. But there was something about them. As I was looking through the bags to pick one for my grandson I could almost hear them calling out to me. Each of them promising to reveal their historical journey that brought them here. I just couldn't resist. I don't know, maybe I'm a coin whisperer. I also bought a set of the two-side albums. My goal is to fill the albums as much as possible from circulation. Once that is completed, I'll quit.I promise.

21 Jul 2022

Toning on Coins: What You Should Know

| CheerioCoins

Toned coins are coins with lustrous colors that make them worth an extra premium. Usually they make them look very nice but sometimes they can turn dark black colors that don’t add to the eye appeal of the coin. Lots of coins can tone but usually silver coins tone the best. Gold and copper don’t usually tone supper well but in some instances they can have really nice toning. Most collectors like toning since it adds color to the coin but some say it is distracting to the design or maybe it doesn’t look like very nice toning. Toning usually occurs over a period of time like around 20 years, although there are some exceptions. Toning is usually caused by sulfur or oxygen that reacts to the coins' metal therefore giving it colors, usually around the sides of coins. Other things like moisture or heat can also add to the toning or make it even more lustrous. Toning can also be caused by certain coin folders, albums, or holders because they have sulfur in them.


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