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25 Jul 2017

The Liberty Cap Hideousness Trio

| Coinlover1899

Before I start, sorry about the bad photo, I had to merge three photos together so it ended up a mess!

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25 Jul 2017

got to make do with what you got

Coins-United States | Conan Barbarian

i had a huge problem, a modern lincoln cent whitman coin folder with all the 1982 cent slots empty and a huge pile of about 500 1982 cents (both P & D). i could not figure out which were copper and which were zinc. i had no good scale to use, the ones that were available had weird weights when i put the coins on. so i went to my lego stash and put together this contraption. this is a homemade scale or balance.

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25 Jul 2017

MNS Coin Show 2017 in Review

Coins | user_7180

The MNS (Missouri Numismatic Society) 2017 Coin Show in review. The show started with long lines of patrons who were eager to see the 180 tables of coins, currency, and exonumia. The show was a mix of long time dealers and new dealers showing the strength of the hobby. The dealers represented 19 states across the country. There was the annual auction on Friday night with a packed catalog of nearly 1,100 items. The auction realized $1,639,483.00. It was a wonderful auction. The setup, exhibits and dealers put on a great show.

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24 Jul 2017

The Golden Gift

Coins | Coinlover1899

When I visited my Grandmother and Grandfather, they showed me some of their coins. Among these coins were tens of thousands of Lincoln cents in which I went through, LOADS of junk silver (like Morgan Dollars), and these 3 gold coins. They ended up giving the three gold coins to me!!! Hence the title, "TheGoldenGift".I have posted pictures of the trio above. Two of them are from the United States, and the last one is from Tuvalu. They all have about the same amount of gold in them. Here is a summary of each coin:

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23 Jul 2017

Essai Coins - Does anyone collect them?

| Well worn Copper

I have been studying foreign Essai coins lately, and am seeking thoughts or comments from other collectors. For those not familiar with Essai pieces, they are specimen or pattern pieces from foreign mints. (The French translation for essay is "try") Sometimes they are produced with collectors in mind, and with mintages much more common than U.S. patterns. I've seen some modern (post 1970) Essai pieces with mintages around 1,000, which is still low when you consider it. Many are priced from $30 to $100 which isn't bad. Might be a cheap way to get into patterns. Essai coinage should also always be marked with the word "essay." There are lots of slabbed examples out there. Not looking to get rich, just collecting something different. Has anyone dipped their toe into this pond?

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23 Jul 2017

Spread the word

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Many coins are unfamiliar to the average person. No one has received a half dollar in change for decades. $2 bills are rarely seen, and never mind dollar coins. Sometimes people like to see unusual money.

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21 Jul 2017

Summer Project - FDR Dime Collecting from Circulation

| user_9073

I knew that I would be traveling in Georgiathis summer. Part of the trip would be a visitingFDR's "Little White House" in Warm Springs. So I decided to collect FDR dimes from circulation. I got a good deal on Littleton folders for the years 1965 to 2003. This folder has 75 holes for business strike coins. Only Philadelphia and Denver, no San Francisco or West Mint strikes. I thought it would be fun to fill the folder with coins only from circulation, NO dealer purchases. I decided to start in May. About this time I was asked to do a program for the YN's in my local coin club on Sept 2. So I turned this in to a summer project that the YN and adult members of the club could do too.

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21 Jul 2017

Finding something new

Tokens | CoinLady

While roaming the convention floor at a major coin show, I always pick up the many premiums available, such as pens, candy, price lists, and a catalog or two.

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