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17 Sep

The first coin show

Coins | Cmower

My first coin show. Your average American probably has never been to one so for most of America it's not a significant event on their life rictor scale  but, for me it was a much needed experience in a hobby I look forward to being a life long endeavor.

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17 Sep

Photography

Coins | Longstrider

I've struggled to take nice, clear photos of coins. Silver coins seem especially dificult. They can quickly become mirrors. I'm now using a Nikon Coolpix. For close-ups I have rigged up a device to use my OLD binocular microscope. It invloves the macro setting on my camera and a toilet paper tube. Don't laugh it works pretty well. Here's a photo of my set-up less camera and an example of what it can do on a Morgan Dollar. The black spot is an artifact of the microscope. Like I said, it's old.

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15 Sep

You know you're truly a coin nerd when...

Coins | Numinerd9

You know you're truly a coin nerd when...

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13 Sep

Where did my collection go?

Coins | Longstrider

I posted a new collection yesterday and an older one dissapeared. Anybody know what happened? I noticed other people have View More at the bottom of there collection page. It brings up older posts. What did I do wrong??

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13 Sep

Coin Clubs

Coins | Longstrider

Are there any coin clubs in the High Desert area of Southern Ca.? Landers, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree or 29 Palms ??

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13 Sep

Decisions decisions.

Coins | CERGRADER

I am having a dilemma. To change my style of collecting or to maintain as I am.There is very good advice to collect smartly. I have been an emotional budget restricted collector which is why amassing the collection I have is probably worth less that collections much smaller. For most of my 38 years of collecting I have collected from change which means I don't have many coins in what could be called high grade. I have purchased coins as a kid just to fill that spot in my book. I have done the same with proof sets.Well, turning 50 this year has made me reconsider many things including downsizing to a smaller, more impressive (to me) collection of rarities. I find it hard to give up on the coins I have accrued and sell them off for a pittance to put toward a higher grade collection that is easier to manage.I have been keeping up with what the mint has been offering in the way of issued coinage and silver, but I would really enjoy being able to have some gold pieces. This is a reason for me to want to get into dealing coins, to be able to put some extra money away as well as add better coinage to me collection.Does any one else fight this internal battle currently?Any advice is appreciated.  I know this is and will end up a personal decision but I thought if anyone would understand what I am up against, it would be someone here at the A.N.A. website.Thank you!

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11 Sep

Vam 12 or Vam 12A?

Coins | Longstrider

I can really use some help from the Vam collectors out there. I have this coin, 1887 Morgan, that is listed as a Vam 12. I think it appears to be a Vam-12A. It has all the Vam-12 attributes. I also see all kinds of what I believe to be die clashes on the reverse. What do you think? Thanks for any help.

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11 Sep

American Legacy Proof sets

Coins | CERGRADER

I think the American Legacy Proof sets are phenomenal works of art, yet it seems as though some collectors are standoffish when it comes the the large sized beauties they are.I was told by a local coin dealer he would make me a deal just to get it out of his store so he had the space, which I took him up on it.I think they are very handsome additions to anyone's collection and maybe a crown jewel of sorts when it comes to our proof sets.Thoughts from my peers?

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05 Sep

Introducing: nachos10!

Coins | nachos10

Sorry guys! I wasn't able to post a blog this week cause I had a VERY busy time in school. Since I'm posting this I will also introduce myself.

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05 Sep

The Leeuwengroten of the Sneek Coin Hoard (1955)

Coins | RvO Numismatics

A new report of Paul Torongo and myself on the coin find in Sneek, Netherlands.

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