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28 Jul 2021

Victor David Brenner: The Man Behind the Cent

Coins | thatcoinguy

ViktorasBaranauskaswas born June 12, 1871, inSiauliai, Lithuania. As soon as Viktoras was old enough, his father taught himskills for gem and seal engraving, along with sculpting, as that was the family trade.At age 19, Viktoras moved to New York City, and changed his name to Victor David Brenner in order to gain US citizenship faster. He was always interested in numismatics, and four year after moving to the US,he joined the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society. He had a passion for learning, and during his time in America, learned English and French. In 1898, Brenner decided that to continue his studies in engraving and sculpting, he would move to Paris, France. He was taught underOscar Roty of the Academie Julian School of Art, and started gaining public notice by winning multiple awards at the Paris Exhibition in 1900.

18 Jul 2021

Update #3: New Additions

Young Numismatists Exchange | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs and YNH!First of all, over the course of the past week, I searched two cent rolls, one nickel roll, one dime roll, and one quarter roll. In the cent rolls, I found one 1952-D wheat cent, one Early Years Bicentennial cent, a 2004 Buffalo nickel from the Westward Journey series, and a 1986-P doubled rim. In terms of Coinstar finds, I went to two machines this week. One had a 1984 Canadian dime, the other didn't have anything, but as I left, I saw a 2021 cent on the ground. I picked it up, and added it to the Coinstar jar.

10 Jul 2021

The Red Book VS Greysheet: The Ultimate Numismatic Battle

Library | thatcoinguy

Hello fellow YNs and YNH!Today, I am going to attempt to take a dive into the hardest decision a numismatic collector has to make: which price guide should I buy. Before I begin, let me just say that although I will try to pick a better one, both of these are worth buying from time to time, especially if you buy/sell on a regular basis.The Red Book: 464 pages of awesome coinage. This book is more informational, including pictures of the coins, and paragraphs of important information. The Red Book is edited by the great Kenneth Bressent (my personal favorite when it comes to numismatic publication), and written by R.S. Yeoman. It retailed for $15.95 cents (NOT pennies) in 2020, and is all around amazing. This is defiantly the one you want if you are a more visual and prolific reader, rather than if you want the straight up facts. Comes out yearly.Greysheet: Retailed for $10 last time I checked (though I picked mine up for $5). The Greysheet is the facts and nothing else. No pictures, barely any reading.. this is what you want if you purchase regularly, or are a dealer. Comes out quarterly, which means if a 1989-P Morgan Dollar just went up in value, you will see it in the Greysheet, but not until next year the Red Book comes out.Considering the pros and cons of the situation, I would have to say it is a tie! As I said earlier, if you want to learn pick the Red Book, if you want the up to date facts, pick the Greysheet. What I personally do is get the Greysheet every time it comes out, and get the Red Book every other year. But make your own decision, and I hope this blog helped.Thanks for reading!


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