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20 Oct 2019

The Pan Show KidZone Report +

| Just Mokie

The Fall PAN show has closed its doors until next October but the excitement it generated will remain for awhile. Day 1 of the show, 17 October, was a work day for me. the show was not going to open until noon that day, but I was there about two hours early to set up the KidZone section. I brought 9000 plus Wheat Cents, two bags of KidZone Auction Dollars, and a whole bunch of other stuff including crayons for the Color Ben contest and coloring books sent by the U.S. Mint. OH, I also had to set up my Trade Dollars of the Orient exhibit (more about that on Day 3). So once I had all my supplies safely stowed, I hung our huge backdrop banner, hung some more banners near the main registration desk and generally schmoozed with my fellow PAN volunteers until shortly after the show opened. Before I left, I found a currency dealer who had a very nice 1870 Canadian Fractional Currency Note, so I purchased that and then left about 12:30. I was going to visit for a few hours on Friday, but I got a little lazy and decided I would save my limited budget for Saturday.

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18 Oct 2019

Spanish Conquest and Coinage

Medieval Coins | user_1727

Numismatics and history are very closely connected. From the earliest coinage to modern commemoratives, coins tell the story of triumph, conquest and tragedy throughout history. They tell the story of kings and of revolutions, exploration and innovation. This series looks at the history of the Modern World through the lense of 20 coins.

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18 Oct 2019

Micky Marcus Medal

Medals | user_54817

The American flag depicted in the Medal does not belong to circa 1948. At that time USA had only 48 States.See image in The Numismatist October 2019 page 14.

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17 Oct 2019

Coins in your Pocket - Part 1, Pennys

Coins | JudeA

The possibilities are literally endless. You could find a foreign coin, or complete your coin album. You could find nothing one day, and find a priceless error coin the next. This is pocket change, or just loose change in your wallet, in a coin jar, or from the bank. The mint has been circulating more and more special designs on coins to create an interest in coin collecting. The Great American Coin Hunt has helped tremendously in this. In 2019, during National Coin Week, dealers released hundreds of collectible coins into circulation. The mint also issued W mint mark quarters, which will be discussed later. Another thing to keep in mind is that, in the 40's and 50's, when you could find silver and indian cents in circulation, many people did not think that these would become valuable. Now, silver is pretty much gone, and you might find an indian head cent once a year. Who knows, maybe your bicentennial quarter will be worth $5 someday. Now to the coins to look for. I will be posting more of these blogs, so be watching!

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17 Oct 2019

YN Auction Wins!

Coins | JudeA

I finally won a monthly YN auction! I won the October auction, lot #1. This was a struck through penny. I am not really sure what it is struck through, but I think it is at the top on the obverse. I will put a picture on here, please leave comments on what you think it is. You can also see the coin on the YN auction part of this website. Please tell me what you think this coin is!

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15 Oct 2019

Silver bullion

| user_45166

Many collectors have some form of silver bullion coinage in their collections. This can be in the form of coins and bars. Both coins and bars can come in many different sizes and weights.

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15 Oct 2019

World History: Portugal and The Age of Discovery

| user_1727

Numismatics and history are very closely connected. From the earliest coinage to modern commemoratives, coins tell the story of triumph, conquest and tragedy throughout history. They tell the story of kings and of revolutions, exploration and innovation. This series looks at the history of the Modern World through the lense of 20 coins.

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15 Oct 2019

The Best Coin Show In Pennsylvania In the Fall! Word!!

Coin Shows | Just Mokie

Nowadays, a lot of us, including me, buy most of our coins via the internet. This is way different from when I started collecting back in the late 1960's. In those days, even Department Stores had a coin and stamp counter, Heck even the local Woolworth's had a section of the store where you could buy a Red Book, a Lincoln Cent Folder, and all the other associated supplies. Local coin shops, at least in the Pittsburgh area, were plentiful, and there was always mail order through a dealer you might have spotted in Coins Magazine, or the Numismatic News. Those days are gone, for the most part, but the local, regional, or national coin shows are still around and are still one of the best ways to fill your want list, meet your fellow collectors (I really do feel completely at home surrounded by my fellow hobbyists), and even learn a thing or two. The Pennsylvania Numismatic Association (PAN) is hosting their Fall show this week, 17-19 October, in beautiful Monroeville PA. There will be about 120 dealers, ANACS will take your coins for grading, and there are a number of speakers, to include Clifford Mishler, holding forth on the 18th. As if that wasn't enough, here are the top 11 reasons you should attend the Fall PAN show:1. Parking is Free, Admission is Free, Spending time at the traveling Burns Library is Free, Distinguished Speakers are Free, and the KidZone is Free (for all YNs under 18).2. Clifford Mishler is going to speak about the remarkable Chet Krause on Friday afternoon. Cliff is a personal Numismatic Hero of Mine.3. The weather should be excellent with no rain, or snow, or other natural calamities in the forecast.4. Monroeville is conveniently located off the Pennsylvania Turnpike for those of you coming from other parts of Pennsy.5. Monroeville is just a Parkway, a tunnel, and a Parkway from beautiful downtown Pittsburgh.6. The concession stand in the convention center actually has moderate prices, an excellent breakfast burrito, and a $5 soft drink you can refill for free all day long.7. The convention center is adjacent to the Monroeville Mall, which is WORLD FAMOUS for being the Mall featured in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.8. Clubs including the Harrisburg Coin Club, the West Penn Coin Club, the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, PAN, and the Barber Coin Collectors Society, will be present to answer your questions and solicit your membership.9. There will be outstanding competitive exhibits available for your viewing pleasure and you can vote for Best of Show.

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