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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!

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!

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!

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!

01 Jul 2021

Failing History

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Recalling the subject of last week's blog, things which the mint got right, somehow the discussion felt incomplete. Like coins themselves having two sides. Rather than harp on all the frustrations brought on lately by the resulting actions of both Mint and Treasury officials, the topic of the week will focus on two major failures of several since it's creation. Both eerily familiar under near exact circumstances, giving meaning to the blog title. The simple failure to learn from history. Enjoy!

24 Jun 2021

Outside the Box

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As I sat here performing my early morning routine, having downed one cup of coffee reading the news, I took a moment after the fact to reacquaint myself with the hoard. Collection just doesn't quite fit the description any longer. So, now well into my second cup, as I admired the 2004 Edison Collector's Set- pictured as reference- and thinking of what's being offered from the U.S. Mint this year, instead my mind shifting to the debacle created by the same and all of those like myself justifiably upset. Rather than linger in disgust and frustration, neither of which solve a thing anyhow, I decided to change the view looking at some of the positives. Which is the discussion of this weeks blog. Enjoy!

09 Apr 2021

A Nation Divided

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On this date, 156 years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The subject of this weeks blog looks at the 1995 U.S. Mint's Civil War Battlefield Proof Set, rather than the war it's self. Consideration of the state of our current union, it has been extremely difficult to write a blog in a way remaining neutral while refraining from an equally sensitive topic. Even though this is one in which someday we must face and discuss reasonably with open minds. However, this is not that time nor the place. So I ask in advance that should you chose to comment, please respect this and those who read or reply. As always, Enjoy!

16 Feb 2021

Research and Coincidence

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Often times there are strange occurrences which seem to reveal themselves in the pursuit of research. Mostly these lead to other topics, however this one just so happened to make an appearance on a television show. That show was the STARZ network series American Gods which airs on Sunday nights at 10 P.M EST. Now mind you, the subject research began a little more than a week ago and the episode in question was a new one so knowing before hand to get an idea for a topic is out of the question. After all, instances such as these are where the author finds inspiration to write. Anyhow, the opening of the show pertained to the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition held in Chicago where a half-dollar struck by the mint in commemoration was tossed into a tin cup outside of an exhibit. Looked to be a high grade example, along with a few other coins of the day. The episode will need to be watched again, since there may have been an Isabella Quarter in there. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

05 Feb 2021

A Popular Forum Topic

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With time being a precious commodity as of late, the subject of this weeks discussion came about from two sources. The first arose while scrolling the pages of the Heritage website looking for potential new purchases. This lead to the second, thoughts of the numerous posts on the coin forums asking for information on a particular close/wide AM Lincoln Cent, of which there are several known dates. More often than not, these questions are posed by new collectors not quite familiar with this highly sought after variety. So for those unfamiliar with the correct diagnostics, this short blog should explain things. Enjoy!

01 Feb 2021

The Only True American Coin

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Before getting to the discussion of this week's blog, allow me to apologize for the slight hiatus of the early start of a new year. In the busyness I've had little time to research, much less write about, an interesting subject. That said, and the fact behind the title. When one mentions the words Indian or Buffalo, in some shape or form America comes to mind. No other has ever embodied as much on both sides of the same coin as does the Indian Head Nickel. Or "Buffalo" as it's aptly referred. Enjoy!


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