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28 Sep

Help!

Coins | Razar

I need help getting a fingerprint from a proof coin. It is a 1976 S quarter. I want to remove it without harming the coin. I'll appreciate any help!

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26 Sep

The best way to clean coins

Coins | Razar

Today I found out the best way to clean coins.

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25 Sep

Dealers turned away by Antique show rules

Coins | CERGRADER

I recently attended the Michigan Antique festival in Midland MI where I was surprised to see that the barn normally full of coin dealers was sparse with only three or four dealers there. I was told by one of the dealers that many opted out because the rules are that if they rent space on Saturday, they are required to also rent that space on Sunday. (Not sure how Friday falls into that scenario).The reason this was a problem is that there was a much bigger show in Detroit area that Sunday; which of course there would be a better chance of customer exposure and more sales due to sheer population. Many of the dealers who wanted to show in Midland on Saturday had to opt out because they didn't want to lose Sunday in Detroit, which I cant blame them for. In my mind, that particular barn was almost empty for that reason. why turn away people willing to come and share their goods for a day?I was disappointed, not that I had a ton of money in my pocket which I didn't but because I saw a lot of kids there to look at coins and I was listening to the comments about how there aren't as many dealers here this year etc. I felt bad for them (OK, and me).Hats off to those dealers who did commit. You gave us a chance to see our hobby represented showing items items to put us in awe, put in our pockets, and wish we could go home with. That's what its all about.

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24 Sep

My 1879 mint set

Coins | HashTag

Well this is my first blog post ANYWHERE! After two hours of trying to figure out how to navigate the web site and learn how to log in I feel I've made a major accomplishment. Not that this site is difficult but as my family states I'm a tech tard. I should stop here but today I added a $10 gold Liberty to my 1879 mint set and no one I tell seems to care; except my wife because of the cost.  My set is 96% complete only lacking the 1879-O $20 which is the most expensive in said set even at the lowest possible grade.  I will find one though; I should say it because there's only one in F-15 that I might be able to afford. 

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23 Sep

Silver 50th Kennedy set limits?

Coins | WinkWink

I'm looking forward to Oct. 28 and the release of the silver sets. Does anyone know if there is going to be a household limit of 5 on these sets or can we get all that we can afford? I need a dozen just for my nieces and nephews!

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19 Sep

My start in Coin Collecting

Coins | user_1037

I started collecting coins in Middle School. I started collecting Indian Head cents and Wheat back cents, from there it was an easy move into Civil War Tokens and then the complete move into Exonumia. Collecting Tokens and Medals offered me so many possibilities about the collection I wanted to start. I started with Worlds Fairs and Expositions and over the years my collection has expanded to Encased coins, So Called Dollars and Good Luck Coins. The mystery of Exonumia is that you have no idea how many pieces are out there that will fit into your collection. This is where the excitement of collecting Exonumia comes into play, the thrill of the hunt, to find that one unique piece and you even get to learn a little history along the way.

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18 Sep

Throwback Thursday: Values of Coins 124 years later

Coins | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

This image was found in the book titled, Illustrated History of the United States Mint by George G. Evans. Inside are photos, fine engravings and 32 plates of rare coins. These coins once went for $10-$50. Now, they are valued between $50K-$300K! It looks like these relative rarities prove to be solid investments, 124 years later.

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18 Sep

ANA Advocacy Programs

Coins | Mike Ellis

As part of our Congressional Charter, we are required to inform members and the public in general on all things numismatic with advocacy issues being at the top of the list. On this site we have an excellent portal to the Federal Trade Commission's site on numismatic collectible and more. To get there, follow the link below:http://ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt188.shtm

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18 Sep

Whitman Publishing Calls for Cherrypickers’ Guide Volunteers

Coins | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing is calling for volunteers as it prepares the latestCherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins. The next book in the series will be the sixth edition, volume I, covering half cents, large cents, Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents, Lincoln cents, two- and three-cent pieces, Shield nickels, Liberty Head nickels, Buffalo nickels, and Jefferson nickels. The deadline for volunteered information isFriday, October 31, 2014.

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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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