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02 Sep

ANA and IAPN to issue bulletin to battle coin counterfeiting

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

In a joint effort to further reduce counterfeiting of collector coins- both ancient and modern- the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) plan to issue the Counterfeit Coin Bulletin.

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02 Sep

VIDEO: What's the coolest thing in your booth? With Chuck Daughtrey from Modern Coin Mart.

| ANA Official Post | Jake Sherlock

Chuck Daughtrey, marketing director for Modern Coin Mart, designed the Augustus Saint-Gaudens coin struck at the Perth Mint. The coin includes the ANA Lamp of Knowledge on Saint-Gaudens' shoulder

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01 Sep

Suggestions From Users for Web Administrator

Coins | WinkWink

To the Administrator of the ANA Website and All Users,

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01 Sep

How I Started Collecting

Coins | user_9998

So one day I had earned a few pennies doing a job (I don't remember what). We have a change jar that we use for job payments, and I was 8 years old, which made me old enough to pull out the pennies myself. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a penny whose back contained two wheat ears! Yes, it was a Wheatie. Naturally, this piqued my curiosity. So I did some research, and found out that the penny was worth about 5 cents! Okay, okay, not the millionaire kind of story. But this soon led to my interest in the State Quarters. When I received a State Quarters map, I was hooked! But then what was that odd quarter with a bison on it? Not a State Quarter... but my first National Park (Glacier)! And you can bet your britches I didn't stop there. Today I try to collect a little bit of everything. It's the age old story of what's found in a pocket, and it really did "change" my life.

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31 Aug

Pros and Cons of the Penny Retirement

Coins-United States | nachos10

Should the US government stop producing pennies or should it continue making them? This remains an unresolved question to this date as there are people on both sides of the argument. There are notable points that both sides make. I will now list them and also describe them.

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31 Aug

How I got started collecting

| CERGRADER

So there I was, at Gam and Bucka's (gramma and grampa to us) house. 1975. Nothing to do while my brother was playing catch with Bucka outside. Gam feeling like she needed to do something other than feed me again got out her change purse. She asked me to separate out the pennies for her. When I did that I noticed the backs on some were different. A few canadian bird pennies were mixed in with wheat's and lincoln memorials. It triggered me to separate them by dates, and I noticed the mint marks. So I separated them by date and mint mark. She noticed my interest spiking as I played with them. I asked if she had any more I could go through... (if you are a collector you know where it went from there...lol).A year later she took me to the local mall, a coin show!!!!???? I had never dreamed there was such a thing!I was lost in awe of all of the booths and coins. One elderly gentleman saw the sparkle in me eyes and asked me if I wanted to see a 250.00 penny. "OF COURSE I DO", was my reply. He was a burly gray and white bearded older man who would have maybe intimidated the masses at the time. His giant hands reached into a book he had under glass and pulled out something called a 1909-S VDB. Shiney new looking yet is was 67 years old. I didn't know the reasons it was worth more money, I didn't care. I knew I was on the right path and had chosen a hobby that suited my goals in life. He told me he bought that penny from his quitting smoking. He saved all the money he would have spent smoking and bought coins.He told me I could buy a lot more coins than he had if I never smoked.Well one day I did smoke. Do you think that ever left my mind in my years of collecting? No, it didn't. His face stuck with me. I knew my collection was suffering. So I only smoked for about 4 years and I quit. I have followed his advice. I don't think he realized how much cigarettes would end up costing, or did he?.Moral of the story, as a collector, we can change the lives of the young ones with our words, our reasons, our willingness to share our experiences.Thanks Gam, thanks unknown collector.By the way that VDB is probably worth 4 grand today.

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30 Aug

The Exquisite Morgan Dollar

Coins-United States | nachos10

The Morgan Dollar was minted from 1878 to 1904 and lastly in 1921. This coin is composed mainly of 90% silver and 10% copper. The purpose of  producing this coin was to stabilize the silver prices which had crashed due to the Colorado silver strike. The designer of this coin, the famous George T Morgan, got his inspiration for the coin from Anna Willess Williams of Philadelphia as he used her as a model to create the beautiful image of Miss Liberty on the reverse of the coin. The obverse of the coin has the eagle clutching an olive branch and arrows which is alike to the eagle portrayed on the quarter dollar coins we use today. In conclusion, this coin is a magnificent and intricate piece of art which every avid coin collector should own

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