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01 Apr 2022

What I Learned Today

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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!

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26 Feb 2022

Changing and Evolution

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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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20 Feb 2022

Collecting Strategy

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We collect coins for a wide variety of reasons. A safe assumption would be that, despite our varied reasoning, losing money on a purchase either in the short term or long is unthinkable. Yet we do so at times. This weeks blog examines the past to better protect ourselves from repeating history and at best limiting our inevitable losses. Enjoy!

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29 Jan 2022

The Purpose of the ANA

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The ANA was founded to promote and protect the hobby of Numismatics. It is an organisation whereby all are welcome who share in the passion and joys of collecting. Whether coins, tokens, medals, currency or script, originating in the United States or from around the globe. On the ANA website there are two places where topics, subjects, questions or comments may be posted for others to read and reply. One, the member blog page and the other a member forum.However, due to an ease of adding images the former seems to be the more used of the two, despite a lack of understanding in the purpose and intent of each. Recently, there have been many repeated postings from membership who clearly acknowledged their intent to collect points. This is not, nor has it ever been, the purpose as to why we are here. They mean absolutely nothing. Posting is not a competition of prizes or status as being better than another. This in no way means that you are limited to a number of postings to share. In fact it's the opposite, they are strongly encouraged, no matter how many or how often. The point is, reflect for a moment as to what you are a part of and why you are here. If you are merely here for points which win you nothing, then you misunderstand why the ANA exists. I know that this topic has been discussed, and commented on, private emails exchanged to the fact and so forth. I strongly suggest that you read the terms and conditions found at the link on top of the page or at the very bottom. The very first being, spam which this behavior borders on. Again, in no way am I or anyone discouraging participation in the blog or forum postings. I read each and every post, and although I do not always comment on them, this in no way means I am not interested or dislike what has be posted. Yet to be told it was posted for points is insulting, not only of myself but the membership as a whole. -Longbeard.

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14 Jan 2022

Grading Interpretations

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Last weeks blog received both the expected and surprising responses. Expected in that most of us, or so those who participate on the ANA website, are true collectors. Meaning, collecting a coin or coins without being graded is generally the manner conducted as opposed to the investor type with deep pockets looking for a maximized profit first and passion for the design or reasoning they exist second. Surprising in that none seemed intent on making a case for graded coins. In either event, the subject of the week is the flip side to the previous. Grading. Enjoy!

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08 Jan 2022

In the Nude

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The title of this week's blog was sure to draw your attention, the term I personally have used to describe any coin not yet reaching the third party graders. Many within the hobby call them raw, the subject of the week. Enjoy!

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03 Jan 2022

The Forgotten Mint

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Mention the name Franklin Mint and visions of plates depicting cats dressed in Victorian attire that you're grandmother collected are likely to appear. To us seasoned and aged collectors we are surely to remember the multitude of coins, medals and other numismatic products available. Many of us are also likely to have a piece or two, the U.S. Bicentennial issues of 1971 to 1976 being the most common and popular, found inour collections. But what do we really know about this long all but forgotten and shuttered mint? Enjoy!

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18 Dec 2021

Lost To History

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Still here! It's been a while since the last blog, which has been researched and hand written out for far too long. As an admirer of the late, great Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, the preceding subject is one which had been put on hold for a variety of reasons. The Kingdom and coinage of Hawaii. Perhaps it's fitting with the dream of warmer weather as winter sets upon the lower 48 states? Enjoy!

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04 Dec 2021

Distractions

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Being distracted, getting side tracked isn't always a bad thing. It's been some time since I last posted and for those very reasons. And this is the blog of the week. Enjoy!

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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!

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