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27 Mar 2021

New Post, Old Friends

Coins-United States | slybluenote

I'm very excited to make this post. About a week ago I received a circular via email that was advertising "proof coins". Since I had done business there in the past, I decided to check it out to see what they were offering. When I first started collecting Kennedy Half dollars, I went for the key dates first which were the 1998-S Matte finish and the 1970-D. I was eager to obtain the complete set, business strikes and date/mint mark coins first. Needless to say, I was taken aback when I discovered that business strikes only covered Philadelphia and Denver minted coins. I did not let this deter me though, because in my mind, a "complete set" included all coins from all years from all mints. Anyway, when I first looked at this circular, the first coin I saw was the 1964 accented hair variety, gem proof, Kennedy Half dollar. I have several 1964 Kennedy Half dollars, but not one of these varieties in my collection. I knew they existed, but I wasn't going to buy one due to 2 reasons: Number 1, I didn't need it to complete my set, and number 2, it cost more than an average Kennedy.

23 May 2020

The Best Things In Life

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Summer before last my baby sister and I went on an impromptu trip over to Memfus (Memphis, Tn.) to find Elvis. Since this type of thing doesn't occur very often, I was excited. I drove from Central New York down to Virginia, rested up for a few hours and we departed Virginia about 0230 a.m. We arrived at our Air b&b about 1730 that day which was a Friday. Since I'm a blues guy, we had plans to eat dinner at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street the next day (Saturday). We had also talked about taking a tour of Graceland. I'm also a musical kind of guy too, so I was interested in Graceland because I had never been there. I used to drive a big truck down to Memfus twice a week, but had been no further than the Fedex terminal. Come to find out, we had to book our tour of Graceland the day before we took it. So we booked our tour for Sun. It's a pretty long drive from Va. to Memphis so we were discussing the trip back over dinner on Sat., and determined we should stay one more day and leave on Monday morning instead of Sunday night.


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