Long Beard's Blog

01 May 2022

Purpose vs Collectability

Coins-United States | Long Beard

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!

15 Apr 2022

Broadening of the Horizon

Tokens | Long Beard

In my quest to complete the circulating coinage of my ancestors, those from Ireland, the fascinating sub-type of coin collecting Condor Tokens drew me in when finding and buying the beauty in the images. The Cronebane-Wicklow, the subject of the week. Enjoy!

10 Apr 2022

When Presentation Mattered

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Well, it's that time of year-spring. The chores of owning a home and property, along with weekly grime of 9-5, require more time than hours in the day for writing weekly blogs. So not wishing to shirk my passion for such I thought I'd squeeze in a short one on a recent purchase and some thoughts of the subject. Enjoy!

01 Apr 2022

What I Learned Today

Coins | Long Beard

On any given week I do research for the forth coming blog. In doing so, a thought occurred to begin a series of weekly blog posts with a very unique twist. First and foremost, I would add that the inspiration arose from Longstider's weekly toner forum. Enjoy!

27 Mar 2022

The New Eagle Has Landed!

Coins-World | Long Beard

The weekly blog was posted not a few hours earlier, however this absolute stunner could not wait to be shared so I'll keep it short. Those who have been following me know that the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series (2014- ) from the Perth Mint are the crowning jewel of my ever expanding hoard. This is the 2022 release in a true ultra high relief not seen in years, if at all, and truly life-like. I found one, graded in an NGC PF70 (the only grade I'm buying of the entire series) but way over priced. So now I'm back up to 8 for completion of every issue, including 2022, in uncirculated, proof and high relief proof finishes which may be viewed on my collections page. To be clear, this is a completely new way of doing a high relief by the master himself, John Mercanti.

27 Mar 2022

Simplicity and Elegance

Coins-United States | Long Beard

The title says it all as to why this the author's all-time favorite coin design. That which contains the "King of Coins", a footnote subject to this week's blog, the Draped Bust silver dollars of 1795-1803. Why the 1804 was omitted will be discussed with concrete evidence. In any event, Enjoy!

20 Mar 2022

Let the hunt begin!

| Long Beard

As usual the weekend seems to have blown by. Not wishing to miss out on a weekly blog, and short of time, a topic arose which is rarely discussed. Perhaps even forgotten as it involves something equally rare in doing. None the less, it came from reading the many blogs, in particular those dealing with coin roll, Coin Star or general coin finds in change. So Enjoy!

13 Mar 2022

PL 99-61

Coins-United States | Long Beard

The title, PL 99-161, is both historic and important to collectors of United States coinage and the economy of the nation. A law which ushered in a new age of collectors with the introduction of what would become one of the most highly collected coins in the world. The American Silver Eagle. The subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

06 Mar 2022

Rumors and Reality

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Over the years there have been many rumors pertaining to the striking of coinage which turned out to be just that. These rumors have steadily increased over the past twenty nearly pacing the advancement of technologies. Rumors such as an end of the U.S. One Cent and nickel or the elimination of physical coinage to a cashless digital financial world. While these have and will be debated for as many years to come, some with solid merit, the current reality suggest otherwise following historical fact and records. Or so for the foreseeable future. And this is the subject for the week. Enjoy!

26 Feb 2022

Changing and Evolution

Coins | Long Beard

The subject of the week is far from the usual posted over my years as an ANA member. One which has literally been years in the making. So as always, Enjoy!


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