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10 Oct 2021

Added Appeal

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Having only a few years away from fifty years of steadily collecting I find myself adding things to the hoard which, until the past year or so, normally would have been passed over. The subject in question being fancy encapsulations. While third party graded specimens have found their way into the mix, it has been a long belief in collecting in the raw. In the previous blog subject designer labels were covered for the Bicentennial coinage of 1975-76, so this week it seemed fitting to continue as much with a different coin, one picked up since then. Enjoy!

27 Sep 2021

The Past and the Future

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Fifty years ago, the Bicentennial Commission began promoting the then upcoming 200th Anniversary of the United States. The subject of this weeks blog. Enjoy!

22 Sep 2021

Market Irregularity

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Scrolling the internet recently for additions to add to a collection, looking at the modern United States commemoratives, an oddity appears which seems to break from the traditional values within the market place. No matter the denomination or series, the values range from low to high with many in between create a somewhat steady upward graph plot. Yet not the modern commemoratives. The subject of this weeks blog. Enjoy!

02 Sep 2021

Past, Present and Future

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This weeks blog topic is a break from the usual style of writing, in that it's a personal view of this hobby which we share. It goes against my firm belief that writing should never be that. Personal. Yet the very subject is one of those rare instances in which it is necessary in order to both educated and create free thinking on it. In my forty-seven years of collecting I have witnessed first hand many changes, some for the better some for the worse. I've met many like minded individuals over those years, quite a few becoming friends, several long time now. And so, the discussion of how one collector sees the hobby as it evolved over not only his lifetime but those before him and the direction it may or may not take going forward. Enjoy!

29 Aug 2021


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As most of you might agree this summer, and two-thirds of the year, has passed quickly with winter seemingly on the immediate horizon. With that, trying to make preparations as a homeowner with property cuts into an already short supply of time. Like most, the blog posts become farther between and often shorter. With the previous week being a rainy one, time was available to write another interesting blog. However, digging deeper into the research time is again a constraint pushing it back to perhaps next week. So as I scrolled through my messages another topic arose. Libraries. Enjoy!

14 Aug 2021

Now We Know.

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I tried to post this simple article I happened upon on the forum page but encountered three errors in displaying the text. So here is a simple yet short blog which sums up the frustrations felt by we the collector concerning the United States Mint. Enjoy!

05 Aug 2021

A Hoax and a Crime

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With the Sotheby's June auction selling of the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle making news, as a direct result the subject of ownership and the fate of those few remaining specimens once again rises for debate in the publications and many forums. While not a new subject by any stretch, having been discussed going back to sometime shortly after 1933, with the United States government legalizing a single example in 1996 has without doubt been the most celebrated and discussed coin. For ever linked with it is President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 1602. What's interesting on the subject, nearly all are mere highlights of the Executive Order rather than an examination. As you have most likely thought, this is the subject of the week. Not only the actions taken by President Roosevelt, but what lead up to it and the effects it has created on all coinage dated after 1935. Enjoy!

21 Jul 2021

Two Masters, One Masterpiece

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As a collector, or hoarder as I'm referred to after forty-seven years at this thing, there have always been those coins which are only but a dream to one day hold in my hands. The 1804 dollar, the 1870 s quarter and so forth. Then there are those with low mintage totals, the 1916 d Mercury dime or the 1909 s VDB Lincoln, largely out of reach to most. Even in grades of good or very-good 8 they are quite pricey, unappealing against the others within the series. Over the past few months I've shifted to similar coins, low mintage or low survival figures, that are by definition true rarities. Coins with mintages one-tenth that of the mentioned 1916 d dime for an astoundingly low price compared to that in a grade of about-good. One coin in particular recently acquired in a perfect proof 70 ultra cameo for $264.00. The 2016 Winged Liberty. Enjoy!

16 Jul 2021

A Go to Book

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With a busy weekend starring at at your's truly, a short yet extremely recommended book is in order. While at it, a shot of the mug to match the user name.Enjoy!

06 Jul 2021

Men Who Built America

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When people think of the men who built America, as depicted and portrayed in the History Channel program of the same name, likely thoughts instantly turn to Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller or any on a long list of inventive pioneers. While this may be true, and quite deserving, the real credit belongs to those forgotten many who did the labor. Those who, by no stretch wealthy, built things with their hands. True craftsman who's pride echoes long since they passing if those of us look close enough. The token referenced along with the title is this week's subject. Enjoy!


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