29 Jun 2022

Cheerio Cent, NGC Sample Slab, Roll Finds and More!

| CheerioCoins

Wow. I didn't think I would get many coins on this trip but it really surprised me how much I got for my collection. The first thing is yesterday the auction for the benefit of the YN's/benefit of Summer Seminar scholarships. It happened here in Colorado Springs, CO and was fun. I ended up bidding on lot #112 which was title "Cheerios Money". This lot was made for me! Here's the description the YN's wrote for it: "This lot has everything except a box of Cheerios. In this lot, a 1954 $1,000 Confederate note from a Cheerios box is accompanied by a Cheerios Cent, one of the first 10 million Lincoln cents minted." I literally had no idea there was a 1954 $1,00 Confederate note that came in Cheerio boxes but here I am. I won it for $40. I also got donated a 2006-S Clad Colorado Quarter, NGC sample. These sold for $60 a piece at the auction and is really cool.. All the YN's who participated all got something donated to them. (I was not participating in Summer Seminar though, just my brother).I had posted earlier that I found two W quarters, a New Hampshire quarter with a hole in it, an American Samoa NP quarter with a cud on the mintmark, and three circulation strike S mints, Great Sand Dunes, Tallgrass Prairie, and a Sally Ride. I don't think I told you about this but I was also gifted a 1971-D "Ike" dollar and a 1922 Peace dollar. I also went to the Book Sale they had at the Money Museum and got a 1965 Red Book which I thought was cool. The final thing I wanted to share was the 1772 silver Ike dollar I got for doing the scavenger hunt at the CoinXWest show.Tomorrow will be the banquet for the end Summer Seminar which is where I will get the award for the YN literary award.

29 Jun 2022

Pirates from The Elemental Mint 2016

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. Hope all is well with everyone. Well I have been going through inventory. I came across this complete set of Privateers. This series was done in 2016 and my friend Long strider pointed them out to me. Now as a kid I was fascinated with Pirates and there treasure so when I saw this I decided to buy them. They came out one at a time. There are seven in the set. Now all these coins are two ounces and made of .9999 silver with high relief.They are 40.7 m and 6.87 m thick. Now on top of all that they are all high relief and the detail is remarkably done well. They tell some of the stories that sailors and pirates told while they sailed. We have all herd of the Mermaid or Siren singing her beautiful music as the ships went by trying to lure the ships. Walking the plank. An oldie but goodie I think I have seen that in many movies. The one who put him on the plank was of course the Capitian. And we all know about the great white whale. I mean they covered some of the basis we know about Pirates. The one I did not know was the serpent. Otherwise know as the Frankin. This goes back to the days of the Viking lore as they conquered country after country.And what it comes down to is Davey Jones Locker. When the mighty ship is sunk. All hands lost the Capitan is on all the obverses. The most dangerous was the storm. Today ships have been found with billions of dollars it gold and silver. Some were transporting it others were stealing it. They are still searched for today. And being found. Now when I bought these they were very reasonable. I mean in the 56.00 range. Searching the net I found some companies offering to buy these from you. Why? I have seen certain ones selling for 165.00. I usually do not put prices in my blog. Other searches showed companies selling two or three. The mintages I believe did not go over 60,000. Another drawing factor. Now my childhood fun is treasure and it continues today . Many of you have metal detectors and use them. Believe me there out there. The shows of these professional divers looking for these ships and there treasure I find very interesting. The research and the original investment is very interesting. One show they had found a Spanish Gallion bringing gold and silver back to Spain . After a hurricane in North Carolina the ship they found was gone. They found It one hundred miles up the east coast. People have found gold on these beaches after storms. The water was not deep. The obverse says it all . No Pray No Pay. That's the way it was. And the Capitan would only trust a certain few. But the clues and years of research has rewarded the collecting community for years. The S.S. Republic. One of the richest and the El Cazador come to mind. You can buy these coins on line but make sure there certified. British and the United States sought out these pirates and tried to stop them. That's how much damage they did to commerce. It was a very important time in our history. We were rich in precious metals. And they came from all over the world for it. France,Spain ,Vikings. Many others looked to transport there gold and silver to the east coast banks to there home land. Believe me when I say there are still many ships unfound. I enjoyed this set and I'm glad I could share it to you. There all MS. But the thrill of it is in the hunt!! I hoped you enjoyed this blog as a set that at first was not well known. Its a quality set that describes life on the high seas. Its also enjoyable . Thanks for your time. And if you get the bug like i did enjoy it. Pirates were part of our life. Played a major part in our history even today it continues. Especially today I can only dream of finding treasure but the collecting part of it is also important.

28 Jun 2022

Penny Jar Find

Coins | user_39492

Hello everyone, earlier today I was going through my penny jar I've had since my son was about 3(he's 26 and in the Army) and ran across this unusual 1953-S Lincoln Cent. As I took my loupe out to get a closer look at it I discovered first the last "T" in Trust is covered by the rim, but it's not bent. Next after a closer look I saw a die crack from in between IN GOD going down the left side of the head stopping at the ear. Just wanted to look through coins today and get more knowledge of what I love doing now and look at this!!! I don't think it's worth anything and I wouldn't want to get rid of it anyway because I think it's a conversation piece. Gonna look more into this coin, but I thought I would share it with the community, thanks again for reading.

28 Jun 2022

1868 US Shield Nickel

Coins-United States | AC coin$

A piece of American history, the "shield" nickel took its name from the design motif on its obverse, a beautiful US carved shield. Designed and engraved in Philadelphia by reknown James Barton Longacre, this nice nickel was minted in the same alloy that nickels are minted today in the United States.

26 Jun 2022

Quarters of the Modern World

| Eriknation

Hi, Its Eric and today I have another blog for you guys. Today I will be talking about more modern coin designs. I will be talking about modern quarters 1999-date.

26 Jun 2022

Photogenic Miss. Liberty

Coins | C.D. Harrell

In today’s world, an image of a coin is nothing but a click away. Auction sites and many other platforms have technology that allows you to magnify the smallest of details by the touch of a finger. Often these photos are of the coin only, which itself is a beautiful work of art, culture, and history. With that said, on the occasion I find myself wanting more imagery context with the coin. Questions I ask are, what tools did this numismatist use to view, magnify, study, catalog and identify the specimen being photographed. I understand none of this is necessary for the research or purchase of a coin, but it is a small piece of provenance that can be tacked onto the life history of such a coin. Think about it this way, choose the favorite coin of your collection, wouldn’t you like to have a photo of that exact coin from 100 years ago? Me too.

26 Jun 2022

Digital Coin Database

Coins | user_14559

This is my first ANA blog post. I'm relatively new to coin collecting and while I've been interested in the hobby since I was a child, I only began collecting at the beginning of 2022. After about 6 months, I've amassed a nice little collection, joined the ANA, attended a local coin show, and I've become active on numismatic Facebook groups. The amount of information is vast, both right here on the ANA website, and in other corners of the internet. Also, the number of serious collectors active not only in my area but across the country and world is far larger than I anticipated.To become a more educated hobbyist, I've started taking the ANA Diploma Program. The first correspondence course is Introduction to Numismatics. The coursework is a good overview of the hobby, but the course book was published over 30 years ago, in 1990. Having worked through about half of this course so far, I started thinking about how far technology related to coin collecting has advanced since that time. Digital photography has advanced the field tremendously. Now, photographs of coins can be presented in a much clearer way than they could be in 1990.

25 Jun 2022

Collecting Original U.S. Mint Wrapped BU Rolls

| Well worn Copper

I've never been much of a "roll collector" but lately have purchased a few for my collection. Roll collecting had it's heyday back in the mid 1960's, but went bust soon afterward. It was mainly driven by the depletion of silver in our coinage and was fueled by collector and investor alike. For a long time I viewed roll collecting as a form of hoarding, with storage being a main issue. What I've chosen to collect, however, are brief commemorative issues that were intended for circulation with relatively low mintages. These include the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial issues and the 2004-2006 Jefferson Westward Journey designs. What really makes these rolls interesting is their colorful original U.S. Mint wrappers. To me these wrappers are a key element. They certify the rolls contained were wrapped at the Mint and have never been opened. They usually sell at a small premium compared to no-name bank wrappers, but are well worth it. I've recently added a few 2009 Territorial Quarter rolls in original U.S. Mint wrappers as well, after researching just how minuscule their mintages were compared to the larger Statehood series. When you put them all together the wrappers really pop.


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