Documenting Your Collection: Motives and Methods for Keeping Records of Your Collection
Keeping detailed and accurate records is an important component of any coin collector’s hobby experience. Whether your collection is large or small, focused or eclectic, this presentation will get you motivated to make order out of chaos or consider alternative ways to document your collection that will keep you engaged. Reasons for getting organized and multiple methods for documenting your collection will be presented, enabling attendees to pick and choose the motives and systems that are right for them. Incorporating photos, choosing the right backup system, and tips for staying motivated to maintain those records once you get started will also be presented for your consideration.
Instructor: Tim Ferreira
Originally presented May 10, 2021.
Abraded Die Varieties
Abraded Die Varieties are fascinating, collectible but all-too-often overlooked die errors. Learn why and how they happen and see examples of popular and not-so-well known examples to complete your collection. Focus will mainly be on Buffalo Nickels, although other series will be discussed.
Instructor: David Smock
Originally presented May 13, 2021.
Off the Beaten Numismatic Path
The collection highlighted here was motivated by a desire to search for items that hardly anyone collects, are mostly not coins, are often eye-popping and mysterious, document history, and are a blast to show to friends. The unusual and exciting material you’ll see in this presentation comes from an ANA exhibit that was given a National Money Show Best of Show award and a World’s Fair of Money runner-up Howland Wood award. It also received the Rodger E. Hersey People’s Choice award. (If you can identify every item in the PowerPoint show before described, you are a numismatic whizz!)
Instructor: Sam Deep
Originally presented May 18, 2021.
Reading Roman Coins
Historical Narration: A summary about ancient currencies, types of models, inscriptions, mint Mark, methods of minting coins and examination of coins from different eras.
Instructor: Samira Slime
Originally presented May 21, 2021.
U.S. Half Cents; Designs, Dates, and Die Varieties
Half cents have long inspired numismatic writers. One quaintly called them, the “Little Half Sisters.” Why were half cents struck for circulation only intermittently between 1793 and 1857? In which years were they struck? How many different design types were there? Who designed them? Are there multiple die varieties for each year?
Instructor: Franklin Noel
Originally presented May 24, 2021.
Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection
Many numismatists do not know what to do with their collections before they enter the “Great Misty Veil of Life.” Often, a hobbyist’s spouse and/or children are not familiar, nor the least bit interested in, numismatics. If a collector dies without a specific strategy, then his family is left with a big mess. Should you sell your collection before passing? If not, how can you help your relatives liquidate your collection upon your demise?
Presenter: Rod Gillis
Originally presented May 24, 2021.
Is Anything Ever Really New? Coin & Currency Déjà Vu over Two Millennia
History tends to repeat itself. In cultures separated by years to millennia, intriguing situations involving coins and paper currency have recurred. These include fraudulent gold-plating of minor coinage, using imagery to bolster fiat currency, and recycling cannons and shells to make spending money. Coincidence or circumstance? Tune into this talk to decide for yourself.
Presenter: Hans H. Liu, M.D.
Originally presented May 25, 2021.
Proof Walking Liberty Half Dollars: One of the Most Underappreciated & Undervalued Series in Numismatics
Adolph A. Weinman’s half-dollar design is a collector favorite. Proof versions of these pieces aren’t often discussed, as major varieties are not widely recognized by the numismatic community. Their entire run was low, yet high-grade proofs are relatively affordable. This discussion will include specific die varieties, along with some toning issues evident on many specimens.
Presenter: Ralph F. Wetterhahn
Originally presented May 26, 2021.
Overstrikes: Politics, Economics & Damnatio Memoriae on Byzantine Coins
Byzantine emperors frequently overstruck the coins of their predecessors. In some instances, this was due to economic necessity, but in others, the move shows clear ideological implications— the destruction of the memory and image of previous rulers. This presentation will explore this fascinating and under studied medieval phenomenon.
Presenter: Alex Magnolia
Originally presented May 27, 2021.
Coins Melted to Manufacture War Material
Many collectors know that coinage metals have been used to manufacture war materials, but few are aware that such items also have been melted to make coins. Coins from five countries were melted to support the United States’ effort during World War II. This presentation will explore this wartime-era coinage.
Presenter: William Myers
Originally presented May 28, 2021
Colonial Currency: German East Africa
After the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, Germany established four colonies across Africa. The largest was German East Africa, founded by the German East Africa Company in 1885. This presentation discusses the money created for and used in the colony until the end of the German Empire in 1918.
Presenter: Doug Mudd
Originally presented June 1, 2021
Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger and the Numismatic Legacy of His Tokens
In 1837 Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger petitioned Congress to use his “German Silver” alloy for coinage. He struck and circulated 1- and 3-cent pieces dated 1837 to bolster his case, but Congress declined. However, 20 years later, legislators “borrowed” his ideas when the Flying Eagle cent was introduced. Feuchtwanger can be considered the father of the small cent and pioneered the use of nickel in coinage.
Presenter: Brad Seidel
Originally presented June 2, 2021.
Oh, No It Ain’t!
Many people who aren’t coin collectors tend to think they’ve hit the jackpot when they find anything that looks out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, and most of these purported “rare errors” turn out to be post-mint damaged coins. This presentation offers a fun and informative look at what constitutes a genuine U.S. Mint error and teaches how to distinguish these exceptional coins from near-worthless junk. Knowing the differences may potentially bring riches, but the main goal is to help attendees become better numismatists than they were before the presentation!
Presenter: Sam Gelberd
Originally presented June 3, 2021.
The Incredibly Diverse World of Confederate States Paper Money
What is Confederate Paper Money, and why is it so important to us? This webinar will cover this and all the basics of Confederate States Paper Money. You will embark on a journey in which you will acquire knowledge about the types of this currency and the people depicted on the notes. You will also learn what a PF variety is. Finally, you'll be instructed on how you can obtain these fascinating pieces of history that were issued from 1861-1864.
Presenter: Caleb Audette
Originally presented June 10, 2021.
Coin grading is very subjective and at times, complicated. Learn the difference between technical grading and marketing grading. Understand what a proof coin is and what it is not. Instructors Rod Gillis and Ken Bressett will discuss the language that is grading and set you on a path to learn how to grade coins suitable for your collection.
Presenters: Rod Gillis & Ken Bressett
Originally presented June 21, 2021.
Counterfeit US Gold Coins
Originally presented June 23, 2021.
Chinese-Made Counterfeit Coins
Originally presented June 24, 2021.
Discovering Your Coin: How to Truly Learn about the Objects You are Collecting
Originally presented June 25, 2021.
The Importance of Eye Appeal
Originally presented June 28, 2021.
Modern Minting Process
Originally presented June 29, 2021.
Counterfeit Detection of Key Dates and Mintmarked U.S. Coins
Originally presented June 29, 2021.
The Coinage of Roman Egypt: A Survey
Originally presented June 30, 2021.
Originally presented July 1, 2021.
Ancient Greek Coinage; An Overview of the World's First Coinage
Originally presented July 2, 2021.
This presentation will discuss the medals produced in America by several societies in the 20th century.
Presenters: David Menchell & David Alexander
Originally presented July 26, 2021.
The Currency of Colorado
This presentation is an introduction to the numismatics of Colorado from the earliest days to the present.
Presenter: Doug Mudd
Originally presented July 27, 2021.
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19th Century US National Bank Note Counterfeits plus Counterfeits of Chinese Paper Money Coming from China
This two-hour presentation will cover two topics. We will start with counterfeits of large-size national bank notes that were mostly circulated in the 19th century. When the Bureau of Engraving and Printing assumed the responsibility for printing national currency, many employees of the contract printers who had been doing this work no longer had jobs. Some turned their skills to creating notes on the QT; those are what we will examine. As bad notes were identified in circulation, these craftsmen modified the plates they were using so that notes of a different bank became their product. One can trace several generations of counterfeits to single original plates.
After the break, we will take up more modern products - notes of China from 1948 to today being pushed into Western markets from Chinese sources. The market for Chinese paper money has been overheated, but is still quite active; if you collect these series, you need to see this presentation.
As for all of my presentations, you will be best served if you watch the introductory session on printing technologies. Go to info.money.org/elearning-recorded-webinars and look for “Printing Technologies and Introduction to Counterfeit Detection.”
Presenter: Joseph E. Boling
Originally presented July 28, 2021.
This presentation takes a look at the history, lore, issuance and use of collecting Hell Banknotes --- a small specialized paper money collecting field. These colorful large to small ornate intricate to simple designed ceremonial death notes [which are burned at gravesite and other ceremonies to honor ancestors] have a mythological history use in China dating back hundreds of years. Individuals will learn about there naming, the Emperor and Bank of Hell depicted on many along with there uses in Buddhist Temples/Shrines plus yearly traditional rituals such as 'Qing Ming-The Festival of Pure Brightness' and the 'Hungry Ghost Festival- where the gates of Hell or Afterlife are thrown open for the deceased to visit the living on earth'.
Presenter: Walt Ostromecki
Originally presented July 29, 2021.