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31 Jan 2020

New Error Found? Extra Claw Alaska Quarter

Coins | JudeA

I was through my Alaska state quarters today, checking to see if I could find a variety that I had just heard about. The variety is located on the left claw of the bear (your right side), and is in the appearance of an extra chunk of metal in the claw. I have found what I think is the error. The photo is my first taken with my new USB plugable microscope, I have to say that it does work better on larger coins like the quarter. Let me know what you think on this quarter.

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30 Jan 2020

Becoming an Accessible Numismatic Community (BANC)

| jkenttt

OK, I know it’s risky to create a new acronym in the numismatic community, but I think we need to talk about making numismatics more accessible. I jumped back into numismatics 3 years ago with the goal of becoming a numismatic educator in my local community. I joined the ANA, Central States, ILNA, and several local coin clubs to get the ball rolling. Because of those affiliations I was able to attend a lot of coin shows, seminars, presentations, auctions, exhibits, you name it I have done it all!

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30 Jan 2020

Complimentary comments regarding the appearance last night of John Kent & Jack Smith on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight&

Coin Shows | jkenttt

Congratulations to members John Kent and Jack Smith who did an amazing job on TV representing the club. Incrementally, this was done on only one day's notice. It's just another example of the amazing talent that exists in our club. Gentlemen, thanks again on behalf of the club.

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30 Jan 2020

So I Reached 100,000 Points What Did You Get!!!

Coins | Mike B

Well a couple of fellow collectors told me I was reaching this mark. They wanted to know what do you get. I said allot. I got the benefit of meeting new friends. I was able to share my knowledge of my coins with other collectors. They asked how did you do it. I said that's easy I'm disabled and I have a large collection so I'm home with nothing to do. I received a wealth of information reading blogs and forums. I put a set together that took five years with the help of others. When I wanted to give up they picked me up. I was rewarded simply by helping those who joined this institution of learning. The yns when you help them with there site with what's this coin. By setting them on there way to a lifetime of the joy of collecting coins. How many things did I get. I was able to go to shows. Not physically but through their blogs and messages. I felt I was there. And I became sick in May many friends would send a message asking how was I and don't worry you can beat this. I learned respect for my fellow collectors. I learned character and honesty. I learned this and much more from a group of people I never met. Then disaster hit me again and again and now I'm walking. I get so many people telling me that's great. They made me feel whole as a person. That nothing in this life can beat you down unless you let it. They wouldn't let me. The people the organization of learning about coins got me through so much. When I was in the hospital I would look at my coins on my phone. There was no pain then. Use my motto Never Give Up. The ANA gave me support a gentleman named Sam . Who use to have a cup of coffee with me in the morning. I can't say all the names of collectors because I'm afraid of leaving one out and that's not fair. I had my wife drop off my magazines at the library I learned this from another friend.. They were pleased to get them. Yes I learned to give. The mission here I believe is to educate people on the benefit of collecting coins. That cost money. I learned to give so yns could.go to the summer seminar. The yns auction. Coins for the class rooms that's what the ANA did for me. You see you think I didn't get anything when in fact you get to learn what I have written. So I did get something for.reaching the 100,000 mark. In my misery and pain I learned to live again. All for.a couple of bucks. So I thank all of you for helping me reach this mark..And learning about why I love coins. I would also like to thank all of those who run the ANA. You see I did get allot. Thanks all. Mike

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28 Jan 2020

Down Memory Lane from March 20, 1959

| Well worn Copper

I recently bought a pile of oldNumismatic Scrapbook issues from 1959, and my, how times have changed. Seems like the big thing back then were rolls, rolls, rolls. A lot of dealers were stocking, selling, and even buying, rolls of uncirculated coins. And by no means were these vintage rolls, but actually current coinage. Speculation was high thanks to the 1950-D nickel, and I guess everyone and their brother thought keeping a garage full of rolled coins around would be the equivalent of a 401k someday. We all know what happened to that bubble, don't we. But I was also shocked to find quite a few advertisements for coin cleaners as well. Seems everybody was okay with cleaning anything and everything in their collection. Thank goodness that trend came to an end. The good old days weren't always so good I guess. Now I know why I see so many "improperly cleaned" NGC slabs around. The dealer ads in old issues are always interesting, but I almost cried when I came across one offering a small assortment of proof U.S. patterns from 1869 starting at $17.50!To top it off, the back cover featured an ad from B. Max Mehl. I sure could use plans for a Time Machine right about now.....

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27 Jan 2020

Some YN Fun with Countermarking

Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Been awhile since I've posted anything, but the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society had a pretty good meeting today and I thought I'd share.Earlier this school year, the Numismatic Knights heard from Mr. Bradley Karoleff, a regional coin dealer near us as well as a contributor to the Red Book, particularly noted for his knowledge on Spanish Colonial coinage. One aspect of Spanish Colonial coinage that has always interested me (aside from their being "pirate money") is the fact that these coins, minted in the New World, ended up being used as money to the far-flung corners of the earth. Proof of this is noted in the "chop marks" they received from being used in trade in the Far East, as well as the countermarks placed on them by other nations. I particularly like to see the 8 reales coins that have King George III of England 's portrait punched into the portrait of King Charles of Spain.UK large pennies have been out of circulation for some time. I came upon a quantity of extremely worn and/or cleaned examples that would make good media for trying our own countermarking. I contacted our medieval die maker, Mr. Carson Engle, to see if he could make us a punch with a design reminiscent of our school mascot, the Knight. He said he'd made punches before and would be glad to try. After awhile I received a punch in the mail. I must say, he did a good job for such a small area on which to work. Our mascot's helm and plume create an unusual shape if you include the space around it for a punch, so we opted not to go with a rectangular or oval shape, but more of a sideways diamond. In the photo accompanying this post, you can see the result of a decent strike. I swung the four pound hammer for the students to avoid smashed fingers on anyone's part. I'm no pro at it but I got some decent strikes. You can see the helm with its facemask and the plume flowing from the top to the rear of the helm.The kids enjoyed the activity and the counterstruck coins. While some were watching their penny get countermarked, the rest spent their time filling their Whitman Lincoln Cent No. 2 blue folders by searching donated wheat cents. They managed to search a few thousand coins in about an hour; next time they will already have them sorted by year to try filling in any remaining holes in their folders. All in all it was a very good meeting.

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27 Jan 2020

Coin Hoards

Coins | Conordon

What are coin hoards? Coin hoards are large amounts of coins that are usuallyburiedor hidden for safe keeping. Usually, coin hoards are found onaccident andhave many types of coins. Manycoin hoards have very old coins in almost perfect condition.Ancient coin hoards An ancient coin hoard is a hoard of coins from ancient times. These coins are often in good condition and are impossible to find anywhere else. The discovery of an ancient coin hoard revealsa lot about life during ancient times and the coins that were made then.US coin hoards Some coin hoards have american coins from the 1800s and the early 1900s. These hoards have coins like double eagles andMorgandollars in perfect condition that are never seen anywhere else.Shipwrecks Some hoards were not buried or hidden intentionally. Some hoards were found in shipwrecks that sunk many years ago. Most coins found in shipwrecks were coins that are hundreds of years old but some coins found in shipwrecks are from recent ships that sunk. Coins from shipwrecks can be coins from many different countries. Shipwreck hoards have gold and silver coins that are hundreds of years old. Sometimes the coins are rusty and in bad condition but sometimes they are preserved and are in almost perfect condition.Famous coin hoards1. The Wells Fargo hoard The Wells Fargo hoard was a hoard discovered the the early 1990s that had thousands of 1908 no motto Saint-Gaudens double eagles in amazing condition. Ten coins were even graded MS-69. The coins in this hoard were some of the best double eagles ever found.2. 1998Midwestmega hoard In1998 a hoard of 488,000 Buffalo Nickels, 308,000 LibertyHead Nickels, and 950,000IndianHead Cents that the president of Littleton Coin Company had been collecting. This coin hoard was the largest coin US coin hoard ever made.3. The Frome hoard The Frome hoard was found in 2010 near the town of Frome in England. The hoard was buried in a ceramic pot and contained many ancient roman coins dated from AD 253-305. The pot was so large that somebelieveit may have been an offering to the gods.4. The Montana hoard George Bouvier hid 8,000 silver dollars in the walls of his house and many more coins in coffee pots under the floor boards of his shop. He told one of his friends who told Bouvier's family about the hoard. After they searched they found over 17,000 coins. Not all coin hoards are found and no one knows how many are still hidden. Some coin hoards may never even be found.

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27 Jan 2020

The Token That Has Music Middlesex D&H 302

Tokens | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I have allot of Tokens. Trade private, political all sorts. When I saw this one I was curious. Now I wanted it for many years. So I tried to see if the notes were real or just a bunch of notes. To my surprise the music coincides with a song most of the old timers knew and middle age. I don't know what there teaching in school anymore but it's called God Save The King. Now it's not on the top ten but the music goes to a song we used to sing sometimes in school . It's the music to My Country Tis of Thee. Remember that . It's very patriotic. We want it every day in class. The Token is 30 mm 14-8 grams. It says God Save The King. Below it there is a crown all encircled by the notes to God Save The King. It was done by William Forster. It says on the reverses Wm Forster Violin Tenor, and Violincello maker No 348 Strand London. Strand London was a stretch of stores that made these wonderful instruments. If you ever get a chance to go to a quartet go. It's some of the most beautiful music you can hear. You can put your head back and close your eyes. I use to go when I could. I will start once again. Now I put a bid on it to my surprise many showed up. It's not rare or scarce. It shows you these tokens will surprise you all the time. I looked at it again on the reverses it was the shield of King George The III. I wonder how many picked that up. Well I paid a reasonable price. And I was glad I did. I had seen it in the books but now I could own it. I did. I started to do the research and never figured that those notes were the real thing. England is very good at adapting. When the King died and a Woman took the Throne naturally it was changed to God Save The Queen. This is just another reason I love these tokens. A sorry for everyone. Maybe we can change the words to God Save The ANA. Hope you enjoyed reading this as enjoyed writing it. Enjoy. Mike.

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