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19 Sep 2017

U.S. Mint - Bonus (15th) of 14

| user_9073

The U.S. Bullion Depository at Ft. Knox is operated by the U.S. Mint. Which is a surprise to many. There are no coining operations at the facility. This bomb-proof, high security facility was built in 1936 with Modern Style architecture, at least from the surface. This depository is the most famous of the bullion depositories along with Denver and West Point. This is a Linen postcard from about 1950.

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18 Sep 2017

Sent Morgan Dollars to ANACS

Coins-United States | user_9138

I took all 5 Morgans to a couple of coin shops in my area, both shops being in business for many years. The staff at each shop had no clear answer as to whether NGC was correct or incorrect in their grading. So I removed the four Morgans graded by NGC as Unc.- artificial toning from the slabs and sent them to ANACS. Two came back MS62 with no mention of artificial toning and the other two came back MS63 withno mention of artificial toning. It's still a little confusing about grading. I do most of my purchasing on the internet and I try to cherry pick for nice looking coins. I'll purchase, say, a nice looking toned Morgan that grades MS62 or MS63 if the photo is clear and detailed. I've seen many that are graded MS 65 and wonder how in the world they received better than an MS62 grade. It's said that grading is subjective and I guess it is.

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17 Sep 2017

Conservation vs light cleaning

| user_9894

What is the difference between Conservation and Light careful cleaning? I have heard that conservation can (doesn't always) improve the grade (and is acceptable), while any cleaning done by the owner will totally ruin the coin, lowering its grade.

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16 Sep 2017

Coin sales/auctions seem to be picking up

| user_9894

I have been seeing an increase in coin sales and auctions on the web lately, with very high prices paid for common coins, ie:cents, nickels, quarters, etc. Many of the reporters are new to the coin collecting hobby. Do you think the high prices paid for these common coins are going to increase the value for the rest of the collectors out here? The coins are all graded by third party graders.

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16 Sep 2017

U.S. Mint 14th of 14

| user_9073

The fourteenth U.S. Mint is the mint in West Point, New York. This building was built in 1937 as a silver bullion depository. It is located adjacent to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for security reasons. The building is an example of Minimalist Design architecture. The first coins were struck coining cents and quarter dollars in 1974 with no mint marks. This was due to the coin shortage in the 1970's. The first usage of the "W" mint mark was in 1983. Operations continue today producing gold, silver and platinum coins in bullion and proof strikes. This is a "Chrome" postcard from about 1965.

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15 Sep 2017

Two dollar bills!!!

Paper Money - United States | The Paginator

What is the deal with $2 bills? Will the government ever stop printing them and why do people think they are they so rare? The bill has gone through a unique past. It’s past reflects the history of the United States and it is one of the most uncommon bills ever made in the US!

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15 Sep 2017

U.S. Mint - 13th of 14

| user_9073

The Thirteenth U.S. Mint is the fourth mint in Philadelphia. The mint is located on 5th Street between Market and Arch Streets. It is prominently placed facing the Independence Mall. This mint replaced the outgrown third Philadelphia mint. The building is of Modern Style architecture. All coin design work is done here for all the U.S. Mints. The first coin was struck in 1969 and this mint continues in operation today. Peter the Eagle is in this building's lobby for all to see. They offer a nice elevated walkway tour and gift shop. This is a “Chrome” postcard from the United States bi-centennial in 1976.

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