Long Beard's Blog

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!

10 Apr 2022

When Presentation Mattered

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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!

27 Mar 2022

Simplicity and Elegance

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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!

13 Mar 2022

PL 99-61

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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

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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!

13 Feb 2022

Coming of Age

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The subject of the week arose be happenstance from that of last week on the Lincoln Cent. Had the circumstance which occurred that brought about Abraham Lincoln to be forever immortalized on a United States coin, would the one cent still be as highly collected? This lead to another question, which was pondered several times between 1792 and 1909, what if George Washington were placed upon the one cent? While the popularity factor would almost certainly exist, to what end? Reflecting on these questions and what ifs, I began comparing the similarities of these two great and revered former Presidents and the two denominations which they have found their way onto. The Washington Quarter. Enjoy!

04 Feb 2022


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What is this strange and long running fascination with the Lincoln Cent? Since it's highly anticipated release, through economic hardship, war and civil unrest, to countless changes in design and composition, the beloved Lincoln is both the longest continually struck circulating coin and the longest at number one for collectability. While there are countless books on the Lincoln, countless articles in publications over as many years and countless questions, comments or discussions on the various hobby sources, few if any ask much less look at why that is. The subject of this weeks blog examines the history, presents the facts and asks the question. Enjoy!

29 Jan 2022

A Book In Review

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The blog subject of the week arose setting at my desk re-reading book which I had bought a few years back. With winter's chill outside of the window this seemed like a good thing to do to pass the day, as I got older outdoor activity tapers off dramatically. With that, I would like to present a review of a most fascinating book. Enjoy!

21 Jan 2022

A Revisiting

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January is a month where as collectors we begin new things, largely from New Year's Resolutions we've made pertaining to our hobby. Like most of you, the first weeks were spent adding a few missing coins or sets to finally complete a series run many years in the making before delving into something new. In the process, sorting through and looking at the many beautiful specimens amassed over 49 years I stumbled across a coin which instantly became the subject of this weeks blog. The Classic Head Large Cent. Enjoy!

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!


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