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29 Sep 2022

Hidden Gems

Coins-United States | Long Beard

The Commemorative market has been getting warmer over the past few years, rising predominantly in the classics the moderns are riding only. Certain themes and/or designs will always be sought after and their market values set upon this popularity no matter the market trend. Staying with the modern commemoratives (1982 to date), that very question was posed on another coin forum. Due to the growing market, this individual was looking to capitalize on the lowest mintage of the series and surprisingly themes based on popularity seemed to be the replies, only one being of low mintage. So this week's topic looks at one such overlooked candidate while at the same time comparing similarities between the classic and modern series. Enjoy!

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17 Sep 2022

Seventy Years

Coins-World | Long Beard

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!

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10 Sep 2022

The Unknown United States Mint

Coins-United States | Long Beard

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!

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