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31 Jan 2019

Long Beach Coin Show

| Ancient Collector

Today was the opening of the Long Beach Coin Show, held three times a year at the Long Beach Convention Center. We were promised rain which I must admit is much more acceptable than the blizzards being experienced on the East Coast. The show runs three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It used to go through Sunday, but so many dealers left early, that going Sunday was like going to a rock concert the day after the performance. It is always a great show. This one had a Brasher Doubloon on display along with CH XF and better historic New York Coppers from 1786 and 1787. The show has been expanded to include Sports Memorabilia, Stamps and a few other miscellaneous items. If I had a million dollars to spend, I still would not have had enough to get what I would want. There was a Baldric penny for my Anglo-Saxon collection, an Aelia Flacilla gold solidus for my Byzantine Gold, A gorgeous Alexander II Balas tetradrachm from Syria. And on and on. CNG had trays of ultra high quality ancients, both silver and gold. My favorite dealer, Glenn Schinke, had loads of great ancient and medieval material. There are dealers from all over the US and from abroad. A few got caught in the snow and were not able to make it, but some came out a few days early, knowing bad weather was on the way.

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31 Jan 2019

Certificates of Authenticity

Collecting Tips | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Hello all. Hope everyone is staying warm. The Legacy Knights are dealing with a nice polar vortex here in the Midwest. We are surviving.

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31 Jan 2019

If You've Wondered

Coins | Mokiechan

I read a fascinating article today about the eagle that appears on the reverse of the 2018 American Innovations Dollar. When I first saw the Dollar, I thought the eagle was a sop to the law requiring eagles on the reverse of Half Dollars, kind of like that silly minuscule eagle on the back of Franklin's Half. But I was wrong, the eagle actually has great significance and is an important addition to the Patent Dollar. I will let you read the interesting article yourself:

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31 Jan 2019

Numismatic Book Review-The Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection, 2nd Edition

| Big Nub Numismatics

The Official Guide to Coin Grading and Counterfeit Detection, 2nd Edition was written by John Dannreuther in 2004. This book is over 400 pages, and will take atleast 8 hours to read. This title is somewhat misleading, as only one good chapter is on the detection of counterfeits. The books is written okay, and many books are better out there. Their grading standards are sub-standard to the ANA's book on this subject. This book lacks color pictures, and using this as a reference book is not a good idea. It does however work as an excellent primer to the grading and counterfeit detection world. If you are a beginner, this book has excellent pages on making sure the coin is an actual coin, not a fake. This book is good for the easy-to-find coins of the smaller denominations, but I would not recommend this book. 2/5.

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29 Jan 2019

Everybody Agrees

Library | Mokiechan

One piece of advice that all of us give to newcomers and even to each other is the absolute need to Buy The Book before you start collecting any particular series of coins. We have all read numerous book reviews on Esylum, on this Blog, and in magazines. Heck, even today's ANA blog makes recommendations about which books a beginning collector should have in their library.

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29 Jan 2019

Colors of the Rainbow part 2

| Big Nub Numismatics

Green sealed notes are used on the new federal Reserve notes as well as some of the later issued notes in the 1930's. Notes with the green seal were printed in the denoinationsof $1 to $10,000. These notes of 1928 and 1934 are very hard to find, and being that these notes of this year has face value of hundreds of dollars, the premiums are quite high. Newer Federal reserve notes have beenprinted with the highest technologies against counterfeiters, and the new series 2017 notes were printed quite recently. Star notes are quite common among the $1 denominations, except for the 2017 notes, as these have print runs well below 360,000. Green sealnotes are one of the easiest notes to find whether it be in circulation or for sale. Two dollar bills with green seals have been printed with a different reverse design. Most of these notes are very common with very large print runs.

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29 Jan 2019

Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin

Collecting Tips | ANAStaff

It is often said that beginning coin collectors should "buy the book before you buy the coin." There are many excellent reasons why new collectors are told this. It is often said that "knowledge is power." That is especially true in numismatics. And acquiring knowledge, especially for novice coin collectors, can help them make smart decisions. Those smart decisions will result in saving money. Sometimes a great deal of money.

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29 Jan 2019

Think warm thoughts

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Much of the country is experiencing a severe cold snap. The past few days we've had blizzards, below zero wind chills. The worst is yet to come.

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28 Jan 2019

Online Coin Purchasing

| Big Nub Numismatics

People can collect in a variety of different ways. Many people choose to go to shows or auctions, dealers or shops to buy their coins whilst others choose to shop online, but which is better.

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