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25 Sep 2019

Lincoln Errors-Part One

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Lincoln memorial cents are not the most exciting to collecting. It has the same obverse design as the previous 50 years of coinage, with a less thrilling, but I must agree, a more fitting reverse. Their mintages were sky-high and after 1982 the design was shallow, and the color seemed preposterous for a "copper" coin. But I found a little niche in the collecting work that made Lincoln memorials very fun and amazing to collect; their errors. Errors are created when the mint's vast systems, dies, and machines do not do exactly what they were intended to do resulting in wide variety of wrong planchets, off centers, clipped planchets, and increasingly more rare and hard to info errors after that. A double-struck coin is quite self explanatory. It is a coin that has been struck twice by the dies on the same planchet. This happens when the planchet is struck by the die, and instead of being properly ejected out of the next coin to come out, it moves very slightly creating another Lincoln's face next to the first one, on the same coin. Sometimes these errors are paired with others, and can be off-center on both strikes, clipped planchet( a clipped planchet paired with multiple strikes is something to be on the lookout for, this would be a huge find as this is extremely rare) and something even more rare than the previous one, wrong denominational planchet. Every one o these coins are different. Sure two can be struck multiple times, bu tit won't be in the same spot. This offers to add some spice and additional collection, like having the second strike at each hour on the clock. Harder to collect is a date an mintmark set of these coins, because as stated above, they often do not have either visible, but as long as one is there, you can find it. A double struck coin usually goes for around $25, but there are many above and below that Priceline. Ones that do show the full date an mintmark are priced accordingly, which those can be quite expensive. These errors can be found at coin show, coin shops, and if you can find one, an unopened bag of coins directly from the Mint that you can dump out and search through the bottom to find some beautiful uglies of the numismatic world. Double-struck coins give you more bang for your buck, two coins for the price of one, well maybe one-and-a-half.

20 Sep 2019

Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting

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The Whitman guide to Coin Collecting was written by the amazing Ken Bressett. I have the revised edition created in 2017. This book is 250 pages of must-know information for any collector, and is especially helpful when first joining numismatics. This book gives the basics for grading coins, identifying counterfeits, and how much to pay for a coin based on its rarity. It tells you where to find the best spots for learning about coins, as well as where to go to find other collectors like coin shows and club meetings. My personal favorite section was the one on mistrikes and errors. If people who did not collect read this section, there would be much less confusion on what an error really was and how to identify it as such, instead of something that has been done outside of the mint. I would recommend this book to the want-to-be collector, and the non-collector alike.

17 Sep 2019

What's Your favorite Piece of Your Collection.

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Many of us have heard this question before, but what does entail. Is it our most valuable coin, the one that took eons to find, or the one that just makes you smile when you see it. Maybe it is not because the coin that it is your favorite, but perhaps the activities surrounding the day of when you got the coin matters too. My personal favorite, is quite a mixture of these. My 1991 Isle of Man proof Norwegian forest cat coin. This coin took me forever to find at a coin show. Although found easily online, I really wanted to have this coin in my hands before I purchased it. This coin is one troy ounce of pure silver minted at the Pobjoy Mint located on the Isle of Man in the center of Great Britain and Ireland. This commemorative coin was engraved by Raphael David Maklouf, an d I have to say he did a very nice job. Like all most coins minted around this part of the world, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth is on the obverse, with my favorite breed of cat on the reverse. This coin only has a mintage of 10,000, but since it is modern it is not as hard to find as something with that mintage made in the United States near the foundation of the country. This is quite a large coin, bigger than any Morgan or Peace dollar. I saved up a few weeks so I could get this coin, and I am very pleased I did. But just having the coin is not just the best part of this coin, it was the day. My family took me to a coin show about an hour away from where I live, and i was very excited. I brought the money I had saved up, hoping to find this coin there for the right price. Once I got there, they were giving out door prizes, and I was the first person to be called, winning a 1991 proof set to put into my collection. I was walking around for the first hour, looking closely at every dealer's table for this coin, when lo' and behold, towards the end of the first row of table it was there. The coin was shining brilliantly through the glass of the dealer's case and I had to get my hands on it. I asked if I could see it, and I held it under the scope of my loupe to see if there was anything wrong with the coin. Thankfully, I did not find anything wrong with the coin, and I asked the dealer how much it would cost. I was so happy when I heard the price was under what I was willing to spend. The fun was not yet over though. Afterwards, my family went out to eat. t was a very special day an da very special coin.

15 Sep 2019

YN Auction

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There are many super days in my numismatic life. There are coin shows, numismatic presentations and exhibitions, even visiting Mints and Treasuries goes on the list, but the annual YN auction stands out. This year was the second year that I had participated in, and the fifth year since the first one. Although I only got one thing, an amazing grab bag I have had great success with in the past, I still had a blast. I had some shockingly fun conversation with other YNs discussing favorite coins and collections, to favorite singers and artists. Sadly, there was someone who could not go without a day trying to ruin someone else's day. Some spamming in the chat and not being registered, a person had to be kicked leading to some extra strife and time to the auction . We got to hear Sam's angelic voice for 4 hours straight, a record low. Last year took almost seven hours, but this year they were able to cut that by almost three hours. This has its positives and negatives. I had more time to do things around the house that day, but I got a lot less time to talk with fellow YNs. During the auction, there were some real doozies. The first fifty lots cost about the same as the fifty-first lot, surpassing 4,000 YN dollars, and almost making it to 5,000 YN dollars purchased by some legendary YNs. It was this year's gold coin donated by some generous collector who hopefully has been rewarded well in life. There was quite a hodgepodge of great numismatic items this year. There were some hard-to-find ancient coins in fine condition, some wonderful books that expanded one YN's numismatic library, and some nice sample slabs that went to the right collector. Unfortunately, there was quite a lack of paper money, which I was a bit disappointed in, but I was happy there was a five-dollar silver certificate and a massive denomination trillion dollar Zimbabwe bill showing the signs of hyperinflation in any country's economy and coinage and paper money. The catalog descriptions for this year were top-notch. I do not know who made it this year, but some made me chuckle, and all were extremely accurate. Thank you for whoever did that, they should really give credit where it is due. Now it another year until the next one, and I will be silently counting down until that day in the back of my mind. Can't wait 'till next year!

28 Jun 2019

Another outstanding sale of rare and Choice United States and Foreign Monies 1953 Book Review

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Let me start off by saying this is a great book for anybody interested in coins. It features the prices of American and Foreign currency in 1953. The price changes from then to now are amazing. I have to say if I went back in time with the money I have now I would be able to purchase a lot more than I can in today’s age. The book is well organized and is written so it is Esau to understand what prices are for which coin. It amazes me when I saw that the most expensive half dollar listed in the book was only $110 in five pages of the listed coins. It is listed from lowest to highest denomination, so it is easy to find the coins you are looking for. The official title is for people with long winded breaths, but the title has no matter to the quality of the book. “America’s Laeding Coin Auctioneers Offer Another Outstanding Sale ( 157 th Mail Bid Auction) of Rare and Choice United States and Foreign Monies To be Sold June 26th 1953” is definitely a good book and a must read for coin collectors.

28 Jun 2019

The Money Museum

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On Friday, June 22nd, 2019, I visited the Money Museum in Colorado Springs. Before even going into the museum, I was greeted with an old printing press and a wall of fellow numismatists. When we walked in, we were greeted with a friendly smile and hello. Because of being apart of the ANA, I got in for no cost. As you turned to your right there was a small gift shop with useful items, and a machine that you put two quarters and a penny in and you got a pressed penny to remember your trip. There were other shirts, bags, and other standard souvenirs. They also had unique souveniers, such as coins they turned into guitar picks. When you walked into the actual museum, you didn't know where to start. There was a giant collection of coins that consisted of every denomination imaginable. There were also many level 8 rarity coins. There was a very friendly security guard that made the trip even more enjoyable. He quizzes me over coin facts, and I must say I learned a lot from just that quiz. After taking a picture with the cardboard cut out of Queen Elizabeth I was gifted a coin featuring the queen, and a new fact to take home with me. On the bottom floor of the museum there were coin presses and a video that told about all the steps in the process of coin making. There was many other exhibits featuring coins from different countries, and it also had a showcase for hobo nickels that was very impressive. One of the buffalos had a hoodie carved into it. There were also other very impressive works of art encased in the glass. There were many posters to read , and learn about how the countries developed their use of coins and other money. There were many showcases to look at throughout the whole museum. Many of the cases had magnifying glasses over them, so you could get a closer look at the featured coin. There was also a theatre in the corner of the top level that showed you a video of money. There were other things to look at besides coins as well. There were models of ships and other historic replicas. There was truly a lot to look at. My personal favorite part was looking through the foreign coins and learning about the develponmznt of coins and money throughout time and throughout different areas of the world. I definitely recommend a visit to this memorable museum. It's a wonderful place to learn and explore different types of money and coins. If you're in town or planning to come to Colorado, this is definitely a must for you. It's fun for the whole family, and will keep you occupied for hours.

17 Mar 2019

St. Patrick's Day Numismatics

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Today is St. Patrick's day. A day for adults to drink beer and celebrate with food. Gold coins and chocolate with leprehauns is usually how people portray this holiday, an dif you do not have a pot of gold it doesn't seem right. Along with this comes with the real history of St. Patrick the Irish Preist who converted many Druids to Christains after being arrested. St. Patrick is celebrated by many to commemorate his doings for Europe during the mid-4th century. Ireland was relatively stagnant at this point in history, and it is hard for us to iamgine a wolrd with a poulation of only 190 million. Economics was still dominated mainly by trade. At the time of St. Patrick's life, Ireland and almost all of Europe was under Roman rule. Roman coins in this century were relatively advanced and now were almost perfectly circular, and the designs were clear and prominent featuring many different rulers an dkings of Rome at that time. In Ireland though, coinage was quite different. Ireland was still far back technology-wise and used Celtic Ring Money for a medium of tarde and barter. Birthed from the Bronze age, Celtic Ring Money was shped just like any rings today, only made out of precious metals pof teh times, made of Copper, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Even at times base metals were plated with Gold. These rings were bland at times, but some were creatively designed with twisted metal and special engraving. Paired wuth trading slaves and cattle, you could get almost anything you wanted. dating these items are quite hard, as some speculate when they were created for teh Celts and used in this area. There is also no organic material so carbon dating is impossible. One can only rely on where these coins are found, if they are near ruins or buildings from which they already have a date. These rings are quite common for ancients "coins" and many people have found them just digging in their yards all around the British Isles and Ireland/ Northern Ireland. These rings make us realize how advanced our society really is. Today is more than just a day to drink, as without St. Patrick Christianity may not have spread as it did. Most poeple do not collect these coins, but maybe after St. Patrick's day you will.

09 Mar 2019

Lowell National Park Quarter

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Today I went to the local grocery store to pick up some items with my family, and at the end of the visit, my family received change that was to my surprise a 2019 Lowell National Park quarter. My brother and I were very excited as this was our first 2019 of the year. I did not know much about the park, but when I got home I started to research, and I have to say the history was unexpected, and the design is brilliant.

06 Mar 2019

What A Great Hobby

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With recent events we have begun to question everyone on this site, as our trust was breached on this site. This lousy period of a time is over and can we just appreciate what great hobby we have? This hobby brings in thousands of people from across the world together when nothing else would. Our coins brings us together and we love sharing our achievements, collections, coin roll hunts, and just plain old information. Our forums on this site allow us to ask and answer questions from each other. This site is one of the best on the internet at sharing information. What a great hobby!

02 Mar 2019

St. Gaudens Double Eagle

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There are many coins out there in the 250 years that the mints in our country has minted. Many have stood out for beauty and others from uglisness but all of them have amazing histories that are opened up when these coins are mentioned. Standing out among these coins is the Saint-Gaudens double-eagle. It is arguably the most oustanding and well known coin in the world, as it has been involvedin scandal and auctions blazing in the headlines. This design was used on the twenty dollar denomination from 1907 to 1933 in Denver, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, the last year of which many have been sold on the auction block for millions of dollars in years past. The orginaldesign for this coin was to be struck in high relief, but due to how long and hard it was to mint these coins, not many were minted, and it was suspenedquite quickly. The design was reinstated but now struck in a lower relief the following years. Sadly Saint- Gaudens died of colon cancer in 1907. Saint Gaudens was a saught after artist, designer, and engraver which was one reason Teddy Roosevelt chose him for the jobto make America's Coins Great Again. Teddy Roosevelt's goal was definitely accomplished providing one of the most beautiful periods of American coinage in history. This design features a bust of Liberty holding a torch over a sunny background with rays of light going throughout the coin on the obverse. The edge is unlike other coins we know of today and featured a lettered edge with thewords 'E PluribusUnum' accompanied by many other stars. The reverse is adorned with probably the most beautiful eagle on all of our coinage. This eagle is much like Gobrecht's eagle on the flying eagle cent only this one is much larger. It has both wings up and it soaring above a sun much like the one behind Liberty on the obverse. These coins are quite common an dcanbe found for very little above melt avlue, however since it is gold the price is still up there as it is .96 of a troy ounce of gold. This is an excelent addition to any collection and many collectors try to make this a sole example of a gold piece. A wonderful piece and thank Teddy Roosevelt for this lovely coin, he pulled a lot of strings to get him here, and maybe if he would have not died more deisgnswould have sprung forth.

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