Call me Ishmael, but I like a coin I can touch. I like them Raw. I also like circulated coins. To me these are the coins that have lived!
My latest NEWP is an XF-45 1860-O Seated Liberty Dollar to upgrade a VF-35 1842 dollar from my collection. What makes this purchase unlikely is that I was not looking to add a new Seated Liberty Dollar to my collection nor was I looking to upgrade the one that I currently own. However, while I was browsing a dealers listing looking for other coins, this coin kind of swept me away.
What is your favorite US coinage series and why?
I have been collecting the Walking Liberty Half Dollars for some time now. I started my raw collection on July 18, 2006 when the spark of collecting reemerged within me due to the State Quarter program. I found myself collecting the Silver Eagles with the Walking Liberty design as well as begin my raw collection of as nice of coins as I can afford.
I found the following little information snippet in newspapers from 1936 - 1953.
Coin Club Meeting Christmas 2013 we had a special item visit us
My father had a friend who owned a stationary store. I had a after school job there, basically sweeping and breaking down boxes. Being 11 ,it felt good to have some pocket change to buy comic books or accessories for my GI Joes. I was getting paid $10 to $15 a week. Lo and behold, in the back of the store he had a small coin shop. Looking through the case ,I was fascinated by the Large cent. No more comic books or GI Joe items for me! Most of my pay went for a Large cent. At that time I paid about $9 for a good condition common date Large cent (around 1969). As far as I can remember ,I have always been a collector,starting out with collecting and trading Batman cards for Green Hornet (Van Williams and Bruce Lee). Down to this day I've stay with collecting coins,basically Type sets, Indian head and Lincoln sets, and U.S.paper money (Large notes and Fractional currency). Always been a member of a coin club. I also collect Numismatic Literature (old and rare) as I have always had a love for books. Being retired , I have more time to spend in the greatest hobby of collecting and studying coins.
I was examining this 1915 Barber quarter through my loupe, trying to get a positive I.D. of what I think is a micro Sjust above/left of the "D" in Dollar, when I noticed a faint but well defined "2" between the center tail feathers and the "R" in Quarter, along with some other anomalies What I'm I looking at?
It was the year 1913. Every person was searching through their small piles of coins for a hyped up 5 cent coin that had been publicized all over the US. I'm talking about the 1913 Liberty V Nickel. It was said that only 5 examples got out of the Mint. Many theories were developed as to how these coins made it out in the public. Some say that the pieces were struck as test pieces while some say that someone accidentally minted 5 coins before the dies were destroyed to be replaced by the Buffalo Nickel. And also this was during the Great Depression, in which a collector named B. Max Behl of Texas offered a huge reward of 50$ (During those times 50$ was a enormous amount of money) to the person who found the nickel. This led to the nationwide hype of the coin. Most of the pieces were sold quietly to private collectors. Million of Americans could be seen stopped on the streets, checking their change for this rare piece of fortune.