03 Feb 2023

Finding a rotationally miss-aligned die large cent

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The ANA has several amazing youth programs that help young numismatists learn about coins and earn cool prizes, they include the Dollar Project, the Early American Copper Coin Project and the Ancient Coin Project. I completed the Dollar Project last year, and am now working on the Early American Copper Project. I completed the first section and received an 1854 Braided Hair large cent. To get the Matron Head large cent I had two write two blog posts, which I published here on the ANA website, and also get elected as an officer in my local coin club. I eagerly completed the requirements and sent in the form for the second coin. I received a Matron Head large cent for the second submission. The coin I got was an 1835 Matron Head large cent that graded VG-8. This grade is described in the Red Book as "LIBERTY, date, stars, and legends clear. Part of hair cord visible." This coin is worth about $30. I wondered about what it would have purchased back when it was minted. According to The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, October 1947 (p. 170), in 1835 a cent could buy about one 1/3 ounce of pork, 1 ounce of bacon and ½ ounce of sugar. This is quite a bit more than a cent can purchase today! I don't know of anything that I could buy with just one cent! My dad used to go buy penny candies for one cent, but nobody sells them anymore.

26 Jan 2023

A Wide AM cent from a change machine!

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Yesterday I was having a hard time. I had gone to the library with my mom and sister, but while we were there somebody was not nice to me and it left me feeling misunderstood and sad. When I got home, I was still feeling a little melancholy. My dad offered to take me to the bank to get some coin rolls, since I like to look through them to find new coins. I thought going to the bank might help me feel better, so I put on my shoes and climbed into the car to go for a ride. When we go to the bank, I always check the change machine to see if anyone has dropped any coins. Sometimes people bring a handful of coins to turn in at the change machine and sometimes people bring a bucketful of coins to put through it. Whenever people put change in the change machine the change machine sorts and counts the change then it gives the person who had the coins a receipt to get cash from the tellers. Sometimes coins get dropped because people are in a hurry. While looking around the coin machine, I found 64 cents of change that someone had dropped. None of the coins were in the feed slot, but a few were in the coin return, and most of the coins were on the ground. Among the 64 cents there was a 1998 Lincoln cent that I was 90% sure was a wide AM variety. The coin was almost black and caked with dirt. I wasn't quite sure because the coin was so dirty that it was hard to see the details. When we got home from the bank, I looked at the cent more closely and it was a wide AM! Unfortunately, the coin was not in good shape, but it is always fun to find a variety. I felt happy and lucky that I found it!

05 Jan 2023

Wonderful Things Found on Vacation (Part I)

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It is always a good idea to ask you relatives if they have any old coins while you are visiting over the holidays! A while ago I traveled to Wisconsin to visit family (for my great grandma's centennial). My parents and I were staying at my grand uncle's house, and I thought why don't I ask and see if they have any old coins laying around. Luckily it turns out they did. My great uncle had a picture frame full of coins that his mother had made and passed down to him. While he was pulling it down from the attic he told me not to get my hopes up since he didn't think the coins were valuable. My eyes popped when he presented it. I immediately recognized a 1912 Saint-Gaudens twenty dollar gold piece which has a price range of over two thousand dollars. I also immediately noticed another two gold coins and two silver half dollars. I told my uncle that the picture frame was worth over three thousand dollars, and offered to help identify and inventory all the coins. Really, that was just the tip of the iceberg. There were many other interesting coins that I'll list below, like the 1863 Civil War Token, but going over the coins reminded him there was a tin box of coins from his mother's desk as well. I'll start with the coins in the frame and if I have time I'll add the coins that were in the box as well. Other than the Saint-Gaudens there was: a 1897 Liberty ten dollar coin (worth around one thousand three hundred dollars), a 1912 two and a half dollar Indian (worth around five hundred dollars), a 1920 fifty cent Pilgrim commemorative (worth about sixty dollars), a 1897 Haitian fifty Centimes (worth around forty dollars), a 1863 'If anybody attempts...' Civil War token (worth around forty as well), a 1864 two cent Shield cent large logo (worth about twenty dollars), a 1893 fifty cent Columbian Expo commemorative (worth around sixteen dollars), two Indian Heads from 1891 and 1903 respectively (worth around eight and two dollars).I found the Dixie 1863 Civil War most interesting, since there is also a variety with a misspelling. The text reads "The Flag of our Union" on one side and "If anybody attempts to take this down, Shoot him on the Spot". The variety recommends to "Shoot him on the Spoot". It was a great discussion with the whole family about the variety and everyone found it funny. So my uncle agreed we needed to open the picture frame to check for this variety and find the date on the twenty dollar coin. Unfortunately his coin is the standard version. I couldn't get very good photos of the individual coins, so the picture is from an internet auction.More about the contents of the tin can in part two.

19 Dec 2022

How Many Cents are in Lincoln’s Portrait?

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When I was visiting the ANA Money Museum (in Colorado Springs) I found a Lincoln portrait poster which created a picture of Lincoln out of cents, similar to pixel drawings where each cent would be placed in a certain area based on its color to make a larger image. Now this on its own would be coo,l but not really article material, so I decided that instead of using modern coins (Zincolns) I would use only Wheat cents (1909-1958) since that was the first time he appeared on one cent coins after all. For the eyes I used steel cents (only made in 1943) and background requires new red coins, and as I'm sure you know it is incredibly difficult to find Wheat cents in high grades in circulation. So I wouldn't have been able to find the number of red cents needed if not for my parental finding an error finder on a coin forum and purchasing the necessary uncirculated rolls (from the 1950s) and allowing me to use some of the cents from his bag of thousands of toned Wheat cents pulled from change. The construction itself wasn't incredibly difficult; rather it was very time consuming, since I could only place a few rows before needing to let the glue dry (I know many of you are cringing at that but don't worry we double checked and none of them were rare or valuable for more than copper value). The goal is to display it at our local liberty or bank as part of the Ancient Coins Project through the YN program. As part of that I will create a placard with information from my own research and from the literature that accompanied the template kit.If you wish to make your own I will list the materials here: 846 cents (of varying degrees of wear), the Abraham Lincoln Poster Kit or another template of your choosing, PVA glue, a sturdy frame (that can hold around 5 pounds), time, patience and a friend who will put up with you. This project definitely taught me about the varying oxidation of different metals, how luster is formed and can be preserved, more of Lincoln's history and why he was put on the one cent coin in the first place. I would say that this is a very enjoyable project but definitely not for everyone, seeing as it is fairly expensive to do, takes quite a bit of time before you even see progress, and requires rather steady hands combined with terrible posture. But I think that describes most of collecting anyway, so if it interests you go ahead. Thanks once again to the ANA money museum for supplying us with this really interesting and cool project!

02 Dec 2022

The Panama Pacific International Exposition Commemorative Coins

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Error Collector

The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition commemorative coins were made to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. The sale of the commemorative coins helped fund the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The Panama Pacific International Exposition was held in San Francisco so all of the commemorative coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint.


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