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04 Mar 2023

Who? (And the Spectacular Underperformance of 2023 Quarters from a Hobby Perspective)

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Today I bought some comics at Barnes and Noble.Ok... why is this important?Well, first off, I paid in cash. Second, I got a bunch of quarters. I got three quarters. The first one I got was the New Hampshire one from 2000. Big whooop. The last two, however, where the Wilma Mankiller was the subject of the reverse. And when I saw it, I thought to myself... "WHO?"No seriously, I did. And that leads me into today's article.Before 2022, we had 22 years of states and National Parks quarters on the back of our coins. After the Tuskegee Airmen coin released in 2021, we had about 8 months of Washington Crossing the Delaware. What did the last 22 years of coins have in common with each other? They had an ability to make us care. With the states, they led to collectors all over the nation begin casually looking through pocket change to see if they had any of the cool, new designs. For the National Parks, a sense of wonder and a love of nature led us to collect these. The mint was hoping this love of collecting would drive the new American Women quarters to success.Except... they didn't.REASON 1: Collector Burnout.Its 2023. In 2019 and 2020, David Ryder led us into a storm of rare coins, new programs, and new stuff all in general to capitalize on the new collectors coming in during the pandemic hoping to get some financial security. This was a great bubble for the hobby...except, it burst. At the moment they introduced ANOTHER new series for us to spend our money on. With the new director not playing with the crazy artificial rarities that Ryder did, I guess the hype died down and people realized how much they had spent on the coins. This may have killed off a lot of hype around these coins, which had lots of potential. But then again, maybe they didn't, for...REASON 2: Do we really care?Don't get me wrong, the women on the coins have some very interesting stories of activism and personal achievement. But do the hobby, 90% male, honestly care? From a point, men like achievements celebrating brotherhood, sacrifice, or an interesting story about nature. We, as men, generally have a hard time relating with sisterhood and the motives of women. We can learn, but can we really adapt them into our life? (yes, but its not natural, if you know what I mean) So, at no fault to the subjects on the coins, I don't think the hobby really paid them much due when they came out for the above reasons.REASON 3: WHO ARE THEYYeah...this is probably the biggest one. If they chose subjects who's work have had implications on our lives and on the nation as a whole, I think we would be more invested in the coins as a whole. But...other than Eleanor Roosevelt, all the others have accomplishments seemingly only limited to their race or art as a whole. Some had effects across a bunch of different elements of life, but their accomplishments have unfortunately been buried by the history books.This is a series with a lot of potential. Maybe if the hobby appealed to more girls the coins would do better. Maybe if they chose better subjects. Could they have released it at a better time? The world is so full of "what-ifs?" All we can hope for is the improvement of the series at this point. They are already knee deep into plans for 2024.Thanks!Songs of the DayI don't want to take it anymoreI'll just stay here locked behind the doorJust no time to stop and get away'Cause I work so hard to make it every day

28 Jan 2023

Vatican Coins- a Brief Presentation

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VATICAN COINAGE, IS IT SMALL OR NOT? (sorry about the strange formatting, I don't want the entire blog to display on one page)

21 Jan 2023

Coins and You! Why do you collect?

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Some may say this article is beating a dead horse, a bad record, or whatever metaphor you use to describe repeating things. But every now and then, your job manager (or consultant) asks you to reconsider your purpose in a company. Do the same with your collecting habits too. Why do I collect coins? So I can......so I can......collect old pieces of our nations history!

16 Jan 2023

Coin Cleaning YouTube Channels: a Lesson in Cringe

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During my self imposed coin-break, I was browsing YouTube shorts while I was bored. The channel I found was called ICONICCoins. Seemed interesting, they had a cute-ish looking music theme, i'll watch it...

10 Sep 2022

The Fifty States of Coins: Part 29: New Hampshire

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God, I haven't uploaded in what seems like a lifetime. Well, here we go, I'll try to upload about once or twice a month around my busy schedule... Well good news, im watching the ANA auction with Emily and Andy the fighting numismatist...so I have time...

16 Jun 2022


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Provided you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 25 years, there is a chance that “Pokémon” has been screamed in your face at least once. Or check your phone. There are 150 million people that play Pokémon GO. Plop them in a nation together and you could have a little Indonesia. Pokémon makes a crud load of money. TV shows, video games, etc. However, a section (still pretty large) section of the franchise (which makes more money than Marvel or Star Wars) is the Trading Card Game. Surprisingly, these paper card games have an item of interest for coin collectors.

24 Feb 2021


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It’s time for (drumroll please), the battle of the Acronyms!!!

22 Jun 2020

Horrid Coinage Fails Part 4- The Twenty Cent Piece

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Back to the coinage fails before we continue along with our WWII series.The Twenty Cent Piece was conceived by the newly elected senator from Nevada, John P. Jones. He was a Republican with ties to the silver miners that dotted Nevada. He believed the Twenty center would help to alleviate the current change shortage in the west. Oh, and yes, he wanted to give the silver miners in Nevada someone and some coin to sell to, since the dollar (not trade) had not been made since 1873. He would be creating a win-win- A profit for the miners and more change for the West. It was anticipated to be a success.

05 Jun 2020

Something Cool...

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Here is some cool fodder to look at.Go to govtrack.org and type in "Coins" into the search bar.There, you can find House and Senate resolutions to create commemorative coins for a certain topic. FOR FREE.Right now I am looking a senate resolution by Tim Scott and Cory Booker to create a coin that will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the intergration of MLB if passed. You can also look at the likelyhood that the coin will pass Congress.

04 Jun 2020


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Today is the day.Finally, several months after the predicted day of the release of the 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame Coins, today the coins finally come out at noon today.Obviously, you can buy them straight from the US Mint, but certification offers are wide and complex.PCGS is offering a special label for any coins that reach their headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Also, you can recieve an special orange colored box with every ceritification.NGC, on the other hand, is offering an entire suite of coins label and certification options. You can opt for the traditional brown and early release labels, or special labels, including a brand new core.Overall, you have many options to choose from. Good luck.O', and you can also start sending in your basketball coins to certify now.


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