19 Feb 2020

Liberty Nickels I Bought Today

| copper coin collector

Hello, coin collectorsToday I went to the coin shop planning to pick up a couple of nice Liberty Nickels for my collection. I planned to buy some older coins in VF-XF grades. Upon arrival, I saw a nice 1883 'with cents' nickel in VF-XF condition priced at $50 (the exact red book price). There was also a nice XF 1903 nickel priced at $30 (slightly below red book price). I bought the coins for $75. Then, I bought a Whitman™ Liberty Nickel folder for a few dollars. Now I have four coins in my new collection. 1) 1883 'no cents' 2) 1883 'with cents' 3) 1903 and 4) 1911. All coins are in nice VF-XF condition.Thanks for reading, copper coin collector

19 Feb 2020

A Most Remarkable Woman

National Coin Week | Mokester

80 years ago you might have had a Washington Quarter, Mercury Dime and Buffalo Nickel in your pants pocket. 80 Years ago, purchasing a home would have set you back about $4000, a loaf of bread 10 Cents and a new car about $850. 80 Years ago we, here in the United States, were following the news of Great Britain and its air battle with the German Luftwaffe. 80 Years ago tensions were rising in the Pacific as the United States watched Japan’s attempt to conquer our Chinese allies. 80 Years ago, Hattie McDaniel broke the color barrier in Hollywood and won the first Oscar given to an African-American by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her supporting role in the classic movie Gone With The Wind.

18 Feb 2020

1964 Franklin Halves: Are There Any Out There?

| Well worn Copper

The past month I've gotten into an area of collecting I've ignored for quite some time now, namely Franklin half dollars. I've always felt the Walking Liberty was a hard act to follow and the modernistic and uncluttered design of the Franklin's were proof of this. However, I've gotten into Franklin cameos and NGC star (*) designations which display incredible eye appeal. Reading Rick Tomaska's Guide Book of Franklin & Kennedy Half Dollars was also enlightening. One thing has always bothered me though: There just HAS to be a few 1964 Franklin's out there somewhere, but where? The new (1964) Kennedy half was authorized so late in 1963 that the master hub and dies must have been ready for at least a few 1964 Franklin trial strikes. Tomaska does not go into the possibility of '64 Franklin's, but others have, such as Walter Breen. I have always felt the Mint could have struck both 1964-dated Franklin and Kennedy halves, instead of rushing the Kennedy issue like it did. But the '64 Franklin would have had a smaller mintage, and in the end both designs would have been hoarded. Yet, after all these years everyone knows about the 1964 Peace Dollars, but nothing about possible 1964 Franklins. By the way, the image of the 1964 Franklin half shown here is the work of Daniel Carr, who over-struck legal Franklin halves with a 1964 date. How Mr. Carr gets around this is beyond me (he must have great lawyers) but until a legit piece appears, they will have to do. Happy hunting!

18 Feb 2020

A Surprise In The Mail!!!

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. First I would like to thank the two collectors who were kind enough to send me this. It was a surprise I was shocked when I opened the box. It was for reaching 100,000 poins. Many of you know I'm not a fan of these. But it does show your activity. The yn's should take note of this. I picked the winners. The people who were active. Not those following thousands of people or haven't written a blog in five years or four years. This is how we learn. I learned allot from these two friends. It shows you what a friend i s and all the others. When I had a question about anything they were there. They inspired me to get going and share my coins with blogs that tell the story each coin ,Tokens, and medals did that . Collectors would tell me your coming up on 100,000 points I would answer that's nice. What are you going to get.? Well I wrote a blog on that I would suggest that the yns read that also. Is it a milestone I don't think so. I know I'm active. But I'm home all day and have allot of coins. I enjoy the research and looking for pictures.. I never expected anything. After all this is not a contest. It's a reason to get you active and pick out the dead wood floating around. I'm very grateful for this wonderful surprise. I will cary it everyday. Not as a reminder of 100,000 points but the friends that sent it. Were it says friends on your page sometimes it means friends. Anyone can reach this. It won't stand forever. This is one mark I hope someone breaks . I have come along way in this organization. And before i end this I want to thank you all for your help. All who sent messages. I don't want praise I just want to learn. After 27 years I'm still learning. Once you think you know it all,try stamps. Yeah I'm old but coins help me feel young . Just like all of you do. So again thank you from the bottom of my heart . That was very nice of both of you. And to the yns, I say find the active collectors. This is not a race to see how many people you can follow. If i can do it so can you. So stay active learn and you will wind up with a wonderful collection. Thanks Mike.

17 Feb 2020

The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, Part Two

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hi everyone! This post is slightly later than I meant it to be. I wrote it originally about half a week, or a little more, after I published the first part of it, but then, when I hit "publish", the post completely vanished, and it didn't go up. (Has this ever happened to anyone on here before??) It just pulled up a page that said "ERROR" in red letters. Sigh. And, of course, this was the one time I forgot to copy my post and paste it into a pages document just in case something went wrong. So, after spending about an hour and a half on what turned out to be an almost 800 word blog post, it was gone. Just gone. And, though I tried many different things, there was no way to get it back. And then, before I had a chance to rewrite it, we went out of town (amazing winter break trip, to the Grand Canyon. So beautiful! I highly recommend it lol). But now we're back, and here I am, rewriting this blog post for a second time, from scratch, although this time I assure you I will fully be copying it all and pasting it into a pages document before I try to publish it or anything. Here's hoping it goes up this time... :) Okay. Here we go. The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, special editions.

17 Feb 2020

National Coin Week, April 19-25

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Dear ANA members,National Coin Week is April 19-25. This year's theme is "Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the vital contributions of women in numismatics and society.

17 Feb 2020

A Fount of Knowledge

Library | Mokester

Free stuff isn't always good, sometimes the old adage that "you get what you pay for" is true. But when you're speaking of the E-Sylum, you are talking about one of the most interesting Free publications available to the collector community. Wayne Homren, the editor of the E-Sylum, sends out a weekly newsletter packed full of interesting articles, annoucements, and book reviews. Always a fun read. Get yourself on Wayne's mailing list by writing him at whomren@gmail.com and let him know you want to be on his E-Sylum mailing list. Who knows, you may enjoy it so much that you end up joining the sponsor group, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. Here is a brief excerpt from this week's issue, remember it's an E-Pub so no extra paper clogging up your recycling bin:

15 Feb 2020

Coin Thoughts #88 by "SUN"

Medals | "SUN"


15 Feb 2020

An American Classic | The Buffalo Nickel

Coins-United States | YoloBagels

The Buffalo nickel, also known as Indian head nickel, is generally regarded as one of the most sacrosanct coins of the twentieth century. The obverse features an American Indian Chief facing towards the right, with the inscription "LIBERTY" and the date of its mintage (1913-1938) on the Chief's shoulder. On the reverse is an American Buffalo, for which the coin is named after. "United States of America", "E Pluribus Unum", and "FIVE CENTS" is inscribed on the reverse as well, with the mint mark located right under the buffalo.


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