Long Beard's Blog

13 Jun 2021

An Unusual Year

Coins | Long Beard

As collectors there are certain coins which captivate us, coinsknowinglyin our minds we may not possess whether by price or availability. Those fortunate enough to have been blessed as the caretaker of such important and historic pieces tend to hold such pieces for many years, passing them on to heirs, hidden in the physical sense only to be enjoyedby the massesin the digital . More often than not, said pieces are traded in private among like collectors with little or no knowledge by the average collector. Yet on occasion these treasures find their way to auction, for various reasons, after many years in private care. Thus far2021 has been an unusual year as several have appeared and found new caretakers, setting records above and beyond expectations. The only "legal" 1933 Saint-Guadens Double Eagle selling for 18.9 million, the finest known 1787 Brasher Doubloon and an 1822 Half Eagle to sight a few. And next, the subject of this week's blog, the finest known 1804 Dollar consigned to the Stack's and Bower auction being held at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois August the twelfth. Enjoy!

08 Jun 2021

A Tremendous Score

Coins-World | Long Beard

In a past blog the subject of Irish Gun Money had been discussed, as well as the coinage of the Irish Republic dated 1928-1969. Yesterday, while in avid pursuit of the latter, your's truly happened upon quite possibly the best deal of a lifetime or so from a personal perspective. A fierce competition was being waged on EBAY for the coin in question, represented in this blog. And so, I thought I'd share. Enjoy!

26 May 2021

For You Mike

Coins-World | Long Beard

For those following my blog posts, you may know that I began shifting heavier towards world coinage. The topic of this weeks blog is dedicated to my fellow Irishman, Mike. The 1966 10 Shilling, or commonly referred to as the 50th Anniversary Easter Rising Commemorative. This one being in the much rarer proof version. So Enjoy!

01 May 2021


Coins-World | Long Beard

Prior to 1935, the coinage of Canada was somewhat rudimentary in design. The obverse always depicts the reigning British monarch at the time of striking while a standard layout bearing the country of origin, the date and a crown with leafy wreath graced the reverse. Although beautiful in ways by their own design, on this date the future of all Canadian coinage would break away of sorts from British authority. Enjoy!

27 Apr 2021

Funding An Empire

Coins-World | Long Beard

Two-hundred and forty-eight years ago today, April 27. 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. Unfortunately, few have been taught in public school about this important event, intended to serve another purpose, other than the resulting Boston Tea Party eight months after it's implementation. So keeping to the theme of weekly blogs, we'll examine a subject which shaped not only the as of yet United States of America but the world. Enjoy!

09 Apr 2021

For a Friend

| Long Beard

Just a quick visual for a Kennedy admirer. Or anyone else interested to know of their existence. Very rare! 2013 Ireland coin set, issued by the Bank of Ireland (the Irish Mint).

09 Apr 2021

A Nation Divided

Coins-United States | Long Beard

On this date, 156 years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The subject of this weeks blog looks at the 1995 U.S. Mint's Civil War Battlefield Proof Set, rather than the war it's self. Consideration of the state of our current union, it has been extremely difficult to write a blog in a way remaining neutral while refraining from an equally sensitive topic. Even though this is one in which someday we must face and discuss reasonably with open minds. However, this is not that time nor the place. So I ask in advance that should you chose to comment, please respect this and those who read or reply. As always, Enjoy!

02 Apr 2021

Happy Birthday!

National Coin Week | Long Beard

As collectors, specifically those of United States coinage, the date April 2 should be highly remembered. As much so as July Fourth. Regrettably it is not, even to the author until research for a blog topic shined light on this all important day. As mentioned in the previous weekly blog, a theme had been contemplated in which the date of the topic's posting related to a historical event of the same. So in avoiding any further curiosity as to the title, today is the birthday of The United States Mint. Or at least the passage of legislation for it's creation. As such, this would be the author's submission for National Coin Week and the Money, Big and Bold theme. Enjoy!

28 Mar 2021

On This Date

Coins | Long Beard

There are many reasons why we as collectors pursue the small and largely round in shape metallic objects with such passion. Of those the top two reasons, both equal, would be their design and history. This weeks blog touches on the latter, history, in what may be a weekly theme. One which uses a particular coin or coins relevant to the day in which a blog is posted. With that, enjoy!

17 Mar 2021

Honoring the Ancestors

Coins-World | Long Beard

As collectors, namely those without unlimited funds, rare coins are often all but a dream. While the very word has and always will be debatable as to an exact meaning, the subject of the week deals with ways in which as average collectors may find a rare coin or two. Yet not any of those such as the 1909 S VDB Lincoln Cent or the 1916 D Mercury Dime. Rather coins with a mintage or known survivor figure of under 500. To be clear, extremely low availability for far less than one would expect. And surprisingly very affordable to the collector without deep pockets. Impossible you say? Then perhaps an expansion of the horizon is in order. Enjoy!


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