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10 Sep 2022

The Unknown United States Mint

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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!

24 Aug 2022

A Different Direction

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As I read through the member blogs, one in particular got me to thinking. While this one in particular pertains to the American Women Program, my mind wondered of the other programs as of late as well. Call it a revelation or what you may, but one sure to exited not only the collector but those who know little or nothing about coinage and their design. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

18 Aug 2022

New Discoveries

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For sometime now, it has no longer been customary to call myself a coin collector, rather a hoarder of shiny round metal discs. On occasion even us seasoned hobbyists find something new when we thought otherwise. Case in point, the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial coinage. The subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

04 Jul 2022

Why We Celebrate

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We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Enjoy!

30 Jun 2022

Don't Give Up

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Since I've been extremely busy with another project and shirking my duties of regularly posting a blog, this is a quick one. Enjoy!

28 May 2022

Overlooked Beauty

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Where has the time gone? While time has been found to log in, read and reply to the many blogs it's been nearly a full month since the last post and that very question weighs on the mind. I offer no valid excuses. With that, on to the week's subject. As you've most likely read from another member, last weekend was the annual Pennsylvania Numismatics Association's (PAN) spring show. At which time begins the latest series, the Susan B Anthony dollar. Enjoy!

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!


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