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29 Sep 2022

Hidden Gems

Coins-United States | Long Beard

The Commemorative market has been getting warmer over the past few years, rising predominantly in the classics the moderns are riding only. Certain themes and/or designs will always be sought after and their market values set upon this popularity no matter the market trend. Staying with the modern commemoratives (1982 to date), that very question was posed on another coin forum. Due to the growing market, this individual was looking to capitalize on the lowest mintage of the series and surprisingly themes based on popularity seemed to be the replies, only one being of low mintage. So this week's topic looks at one such overlooked candidate while at the same time comparing similarities between the classic and modern series. Enjoy!

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10 Sep 2022

The Unknown United States Mint

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Should the phrase "unknown", or "forgotten" arise in conversation many collectors would most likely reply Dahlonega or Charlotte. Perhaps even the long silent New Orleans or Carson City mints. Yet there is one which escapes nearly every ones mind despite knowing and seeing coins struck from a mint of the United States. Even your's truly as I began a new U.S. coin series with my current Irish coinage slowing and fact that I've not bought much in the way of U.S. lately. Intrigued yet? An unknown, forgotten and historical mint is the subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

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09 Sep 2022

1865 US 2 Cents Coin

Coins-United States | AC coin$

The Two Cents "Union Shield" Coin was in circulation from 1864 to 1873, being shortlived as a National currency item but still quite important in the development of all American coinage.Designed and engraved by James Barton Longacre, this still beautiful piece of American coinage history was the first coin to have the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST." engraved on it. This specific motto was requested in response to a Nationwide sense of returnto religiousvalues and an attempt to place the "Almighty" as a covering force over the country, which was in the midst of terminatingits Civil War.Yet unpopular, but curiously accepted the two cents coin did not cross a full decade in minting quantities, never to be produced again after 1873.A great American coin item to collect and share, still sought heavily in our days. NGC data claims that many in pristine mint status or condition have been sold for over $1,100 a piece. Some have reached higher prizes due to uncirculated and well kept conditions. Thanks for your visit and comments bellow.

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07 Sep 2022

United States Type Coin Collection

Coins-United States | TCHTrove

OK, let's try this again. Couldn't put all the pictures into "Collections", so we'll do it this way. Found these old Whitman folders in a lot of stuff I purchased when we had our own shop. Decided to gradually try to complete the set. It's gonna take awhile though, since there are 46 slots in the first book (not including the "Rare" coins), and 31 slots in the second book. (Not including 1 "Rare") Many I already have in my collection, but have decided to purchase additional specimens to fill them, many of which will be better date or better grade. Not all, and not necessarily HIGH grade. You know, it's really about what makes you feel good, not the actual value, and resources are a little limited. Anyway, here's what I have so far. Grades given are my best estimate, although I am NOT an expert. (But I do pretty well most of the time.)Book 1: Book 2:1858 Flying Eagle F12 1841 O Seated Liberty quarter VG81859 CN Indian Head F12 1854 w/ Arrows Seated Liberty quarter VG81864 Bronze Indian Head G4 1876 CC Seated Liberty quarter VG101909 VDB Lincoln cent VF30 1932 Washington quarter F151915 S Lincoln cent F12 1894 Barber half dollar G41943 S Steel Lincoln cent EF45 1938 D Walking Liberty half dollar VF201981 Lincoln Memorial cent AU58 1892 S Morgan silver dollar VG81858 Silver 3 cent piece F12 1877 S Trade dollar EF401853 w/ Arrows Seated Liberty Half dime VF201883 No cents Liberty Nickel VF201914 Buffalo Nickel F121875 Seated Liberty dime F15

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