Long Beard's Blog

17 Sep 2022

Seventy Years

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With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II the coin collecting hobby will once again witness a change spanning the globe. From the United Kingdom to Canada, Australia to New Zealand. In total, 33 different currency will no longer bear an effigy of a beloved Queen. Both the Bank of England and the Royal Mint have put out statements that current currencies shall remain legal tender, pending a final announcement following the 10 day mourning period. The timing of a change in monarch is without doubt proving challenging. In that, with three months remaining of 2022, the process to implement these mandatory changes to notes, coin and stamps is surely to put tremendous strain on the printing and coining facilities once approved by Royal commission and decree. Most likely these changes will occur in March or April of 2023. So the subject of the week is the process by which currency is redesigned through a Monarch change as occurred with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Enjoy!

10 Sep 2022

The Unknown United States Mint

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Should the phrase "unknown", or "forgotten" arise in conversation many collectors would most likely reply Dahlonega or Charlotte. Perhaps even the long silent New Orleans or Carson City mints. Yet there is one which escapes nearly every ones mind despite knowing and seeing coins struck from a mint of the United States. Even your's truly as I began a new U.S. coin series with my current Irish coinage slowing and fact that I've not bought much in the way of U.S. lately. Intrigued yet? An unknown, forgotten and historical mint is the subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

24 Aug 2022

A Different Direction

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As I read through the member blogs, one in particular got me to thinking. While this one in particular pertains to the American Women Program, my mind wondered of the other programs as of late as well. Call it a revelation or what you may, but one sure to exited not only the collector but those who know little or nothing about coinage and their design. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

18 Aug 2022

New Discoveries

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For sometime now, it has no longer been customary to call myself a coin collector, rather a hoarder of shiny round metal discs. On occasion even us seasoned hobbyists find something new when we thought otherwise. Case in point, the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial coinage. The subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

04 Jul 2022

Why We Celebrate

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We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Enjoy!

30 Jun 2022

Don't Give Up

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Since I've been extremely busy with another project and shirking my duties of regularly posting a blog, this is a quick one. Enjoy!

12 Jun 2022

Why We Collect

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As collectors, we have a variety of reasons as to why we collect coinage. By breaking from the golden rule that any good writing should not be on a personal level, per say, in that if so the manner must be as to not distract from the story it's self., the subject of the week will be just that. Myself and why I collect a certain coinage. Which I feel sticks to the rule somewhat as most will relate. Enjoy!

05 Jun 2022

Enhancing the Enjoyment

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The subject of the week focuses on getting the most out of coin collecting. Particularly the beginner, who more often than not collects coins at random which pique their interest for a variety of reasons. More than likely none of us seasoned collectors began with higher graded coin specific series or denominations, rather we pulled from loose change, roll hunted or were simply left a few coins by a relative. As a result, this at times becomes overwhelming filling boards, albums or ring binders full of 2x2 flips containing no specific denomination or series, rather quite simply coins which appeal to us. So making sense of things and bringing order to chaos is the weekly topic. Enjoy!

28 May 2022

Overlooked Beauty

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Where has the time gone? While time has been found to log in, read and reply to the many blogs it's been nearly a full month since the last post and that very question weighs on the mind. I offer no valid excuses. With that, on to the week's subject. As you've most likely read from another member, last weekend was the annual Pennsylvania Numismatics Association's (PAN) spring show. At which time begins the latest series, the Susan B Anthony dollar. Enjoy!

01 May 2022

Purpose vs Collectability

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With the ever growing rumors and uncertainty of the U.S. one cent's continuation as a denomination struck for commerce, a viable look into an alternative seems appropriate to discuss. Rather than focus exclusively on the seigniorage, the cost to manufacture versus the face value, or the backlash millions of collectors and Lincoln admirers are surely to unleash upon the United States Mint, there in lies the topic of this week's block. Enjoy!


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