15 Dec 2018

Underrated Coins, Medals, Tokens

Coins | Mike

Hi everyone. I was looking through my old blogs and noticed I never wrote one on underrated coins. As well as medals and tokens.. We all own some. My question is why don't these coins get the respect they deserve. I own a 1931 S.mint cent. Those who commented said basically the same thing. Let's look at it. One of the lowest minted cents made. Mine is a MS 64 yet the rarity condition and desirability does not reflect in the value. I'm just going to cover a few then I want you to tell me what you think is underrated. There are Mercury dimes, nickels there's one the 1997 Botanical Nickel. Twenty five thousand made. A matte coin in MS 69 underrated . Think about it twenty five thousand made with a special finish. Try and well it for the price they list. You get a no thanks. Kennedy halves very underrated. Even the silver proofs. Now.I have been buying many different coins medals and tokens over twenty five years and I buy some for value some because I just plain like them.

14 Dec 2018

The Black Book - The "Other" Book of U.S. Coins

| Well worn Copper

In 1962, The Black Book of U.S. Coins was first published by House of Collectibles. The "Black Book" was a softcover price guide of U.S. coins and became the closest thing to a competitor for R.S. Yeoman's superior Red Book (Guide Book of U.S. Coins) published by Whitman. The Black Book's compact size meant it could be easily displayed in places like supermarket checkout's, and attracted "casual" and novice collectors, while "hard core" numismatists preferred the Red Book. The other thing the Black Book had going for it was the fact that it sold for about half the price of the Red Book. While the Black Book didn't delve into specifics and the wealth of information like the Red Book, it managed to see the publication of 53 Editions. 2015 was apparently(?) the last printing, and by 2000 it had become simply known as The Blackbook". I remember having a 1970 edition of the Black Book back when I was a young and budding collector, and one of the coolest things in it was a proposed design of the yet-minted Eisenhower Dollar (see photo). In the end, the Black Book could never mount a formative challenge to the Red Book in both sales and knowledge.

14 Dec 2018

Christmas Numismatists

| Big Nub Numismatics

Most kids are not into any hobbies nowadays. Except for a few children, mosta re absorbed into technology to even appreciate what goes on around them. They do not participate actively in collecting, observing, and analyzing objects around them. Christamsoffers an excellent opportunity to jumpstart a child's interest into numismatics. Giving a simple gift, be it a coin, book, or supply can spark an interest into this lovely holiday like nothing else. A child who receives a wheat penny will become curious about other designs and coins they may not have seen or heard about before. This curiosity can grow into a love for the hobby. It seems as though many other collectors, grandparents, and parents use this opportunity to the fullest. It is a great way to get new members into the community, and to extend the history of numismatics for many more years to come with each new collector. Young numismatists are very enthusiastic abou ttheholiday, and may even get other kids interested into the hobby in a sort of snowball effect. It is cheap to spark an interest like this as well. A small wheat cent can be found in circulation, yet many people do not care to look for them, and kids will definitely not be looking at the change and know what it is. This cheap gift does inspire many kids. Many kids go through phases and cycle about what they like, but with the unlimited opportunities of numismatics, from the shows, the shops, an dmost of all the clubs children have a hrdtime being bored. Beginning a collection is a lot cheaper than most kids' toys cost. $20 can get you a very good wheat penny collection, minus the semi-key and key-dates. Opportunities allow for these new collectors to gain lots of knowledge, an appreciationfor money and history, clubs allow young numismatists to gain friends an dexpandtheir knowledge of numsimatics through a healthy and caring enviornment. They can learn hard work and determination, for a great collection takes years of collectingand experience, patience, you may not find everything you need at one place, and more likely you will need to go to several shows through the years, and most of all knowledge and intelligence. Smart buying is crucial to building a great colelction, no matter what your budget is. We all make mistakes, but learing from them is the most important part.

14 Dec 2018

Look Ma, V-nickels!

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Good day for shopping downtown. Decorations everywhere. Goodies to buy. Delicious lunch, served by my favorite waiter, and I got a 1941 nickel in change. But there were actually three special coins of the day.

13 Dec 2018

The Golden Pavilion

Medals | Mokiechan

When I visited Japan back in 1976, I picked up this beautiful medal in Kyoto Japan. The medal depicts the Golden Pavilion on the obverse and the reverse is blank except for tiny Japanese characters in a box which read " Kinkaku-Ji", which is the name used by the Japanese for the Golden Pavilion. The Medal is signed by M. Sawano, possibly Mizue Sawano, but I am not sure. Mizue is a Japanese female artist well known for her paintings.

12 Dec 2018

Learn Your Types: Franklin Half Dollar

Coins-United States | iccoins

The Franklin Half Dollar was designed by John R. Sinnock, who also designed the Roosevelt Dime, which was released two years before the Franklin Half Dollar, in 1946. The Franklin Half Dollar was minted from 1948 to 1963 and was the successor to the popular Walking Liberty Half Dollar, whose obverse design is also on the modern American Silver Eagle coins. In my opinion, the Franklin Half Dollar, along with the other coins released during this time, started the age when American coins began to seem much more boring and uninteresting. The reverse of the coin contains the Liberty Bell, which is the part of the coin that causes the designation, FBL, which means “Full Bell Lines.” On the Liberty Bell, near both the top and bottom, are lines. If the lines are uninterrupted or mushed together, that means the coin is very well struck and may receive the Full Bell Lines designation by the leading grading services.

11 Dec 2018

Nero Dupondius

Ancient Coins | user_47175

Hello, I recently won an auction for this cool coin. It's a Nero Dupondius from 65 AD. I think it's so amazing to have a piece of history from 2000 years ago.

11 Dec 2018

Mega Red Book Rocks

| Prospector

My niece gave me a gift card to Amazon for Christmas and I decided to buy a 2018 Mega Red Book 4th Edition. This book is a good resource . I would recommend buying a current Mega Red Book to enhance your overall enjoyment of our hobby. Especially, if you find it difficult to buy many of the rare coins in this book. The only down size of this book is its weight. I would recommend reading the book while resting it on a table rather than holding it as you page through the book. The beautiful pictures are exciting to look at as you thumb through the pages. There is an abundance of good information in the book such as population counts for various grades. The values are up to date too. I am very pleased to purchase this book. Anybody else have this edition or are you planning to buy it? Feel free to tell us of other great numismatic books.


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