31 Mar 2019

Thanks Dad ...

Coins | Teacher Brian

This coin was placed in Dad's casket. We just became aware of the coin collecting universe last year, and our first formal collection (and perhaps the very first ever "Baha'i History Collection") was started in honor of Dad only two months ago. None of us stays on this earth eternally, so it was not totally unexpected that March 10, 2019, Dad ascended to the next world, especially as he'd been ill the past couple years. But his next step did come a little sooner than the kids thought. He joins my mom and is assuredly happy to meet up again with her (they were married 43 years), as well as other family and friends already there. He was a Baha'i, the second in the family after Mom, and knew that "death is a messenger of joy" (Baha'i Writings) to the deceased, although it can be sad and painful to the rest of us still here. Every faith also teaches that separation is only part of this world, and in the spiritual world we will meet up again and be together forever. We can consider "death" as actually like being "born" into that next spiritual world, similar to how a baby is born from the womb-world into this earthly world. We've transferred from one home to another. Dad was a medical doctor, a general surgeon. I remember him getting awards for saving folks' lives, and lots of thank you gifts; we kids especially loved the presents of many types of food, cookies, sweets, etc! When I was considering switching from work in the engineering field to high school teacher, I was held up by thoughts of decreased social status, and of course the difference in salary. Eventually, I figured that money isn't everything, teachers can make extra dollars in various ways, and that perhaps someday I'd marry a rich girl, haha (my wife is a nurse and does, indeed, earn more than me)! Dad helped with the decision, too, as one of his greatest lessons came at that time -- he said that "status" was a disease some people have that makes everybody else sick. That definition has stuck with me. It reminds me of how we're all equal in the sight of God, and our greatest achievements come from lifting up others. Thanks Dad, we love you.

31 Mar 2019

A Day At the NMS

National Money Show | Mokester

The weather was fine, despite a forecast of some rain, the walk from the trolley station to the convention center was pleasant, and the National Money Show turned out to be all that I expected. As many of you are aware, I had signed on as a volunteer for Saturday but knew the heavy lifting would be at the end of the show, when we had to pack up our considerable amount of PAN stuff for storage, until the next PAN show in May. So, I had duties to be sure, helping out at the exhibits area, manning the PAN booth, and walking the show in my ANA Ambassador shirt to answer questions and to point people toward the museum exhibit where one could view, among many other items, a 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, an 1804 Dollar, a 1933 Eagle (one of about 20 legal to own), and the fantastic 1943 Bronze Cent. Just interacting with the attendees is the absolute best part of volunteering. I especially enjoyed interacting with YNs and their Parents as they came to our PAN booth during their treasure hunt. We were question #1 on their form, "What was the first year the United States produced coins?" The possible answers were 1776, 1793, 1804, or 1812. I probably assisted about 15 Juniors with their form and with a wee bit of coaching, they were all able to get their first question correct. Our PAN booth had a big box of foreign coins and each YN was able to choose two coins as soon as they got the correct answer. Seeing their eager faces and their happy parents, made the whole volunteering experience worth much more to me than it probably did to them. But volunteering was not what it was all about, I also had a want list and was determined to find, a NGC slabbed 1918 Lincoln Illinois, a raw 1925 Canadian Cent for my Whitman folder, and an NGC slabbed NO-VDB Cent, 1909-1917. So many temptations along the way, I could have easily blown my entire budget before I even spotted any of my wanted items, but I persevered and finally found the 1918 Lincoln, in MS65, with a CAC Bean to boot. Now that particular purchase pretty much blew my budget but luckily I had already had an offer accepted for the 1925 Canadian Cent, from EBAY, that same morning. I never did find the Slabbed NO-VDB, but they are plentiful on EBAY and I will buy it soon. At the urging of a PAN member, I bought a book on all things Lincoln and finally, I saw something that brought waves of nostalgia to my collector heart, it was the SILVER STORY with Silver Certificate, Morgan Dollar, Peace Dollar, and Silver Flakes for a price I could not pass up, so I took the last of my budget and bought it too. Freebies were a little scarce on that final day of the Con, political campaigning for the ANA Board was occurring so I got a very nice token from Mr. Donald Kagin, he is running for ANA President, and I also received a poker chip issued by Mr. Thomas Uram, who is running for ANA VP. Both men spent some time talking with my partner and I at the PAN booth, I like their enthusiasm for the Hobby and I also like their can-do attitudes.Finally, I got a free book, very thick, about Civil War Tokens and other misc. magazines and what not. Best day Ever? No, but a great one nonetheless, I cannot wait for May when my home club, PAN, hosts their spring show and I really cannot wait until August of 2020 when ANA returns to Pittsburgh.

30 Mar 2019

Is Impulsive Spending Ever Good?

| copper coin collector

Hello, allAs you know, I'm currently saving up for Lincoln Wheat Cent key dates. However, I haven't acquired any new coins for my collection in a while. I am wondering if I should use a fraction of my saved money to buy a relatively inexpensive scarce date like the 1913 "S" Lincoln for about 15 dollars. Please post your opinion in the comments below.Thanks for reading, copper coin collector

30 Mar 2019

1937 Irish Penny Error Coin

Coins | Mr_Norris_LKNS

I found this one in a pile of large pennies. If you look carefully you will see that the harp motif is both forwards and backwards on the obverse. On the reverse, you can see what looks like some backwards imprinting of the date above the chicken's head. What type of error is this?

30 Mar 2019

1913 5c & National Money Show

Coins | user_9894

I had the pleasure of attending the National Money Show yesterday, the 29th of March, in Pittsburgh, PA. I found it to be interesting, informative and a bit different than what I expected.The ANA had several displays with some of the rare celebrity coins on display such as the 1804 Dollar and the 1913 5c. Abe Lincoln was there talking to the attendees about how history repeats itself etc. The US Mint was in attendance as well.The coin dealer tables were about 90% filled with plenty to peruse and purchase. I surveyed the tables and found that silver dollars and gold coins to be the most present for sale. Early coppers were well represented as well as currency.Had a fun time .

29 Mar 2019

The Widow And Her Two Mites- A Lesson in Christianity

Ancient Coins | A.J.

coins in the holy land were interesting, and are great coins to collect. i have one, (but for showings, i'm showing a widows mite from online.) it was made from bronze, and was minted over 2000 years ago. it was made during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus. it has a reference from the book of Mark, stating:"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, witch make a farthing. And he called unto him, his disciples, and saith unto them, "Verily I say unto you, This poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury"; For all they did cast in of their abundance, but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."- Mark, 12:41If you want this coin, you can get a mint on for about $50. Its a Great way to start an ancient collection, especially because of the cheap pricing.

29 Mar 2019

Thomas Spence 1795 D&H -1112 Middlsex

Tokens | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I finely found a Thomas Spence token. One of the most important than any token of even coin. Why. The obverse shows a man riding a donkey. And it says Am I not thine ass. Why because he was one of the first to fight for the rights of man. He wrote many pamphlets on it. What he wrote applies today that's why it's important. That man has a right to own property. He wrote of the rights of infants and children. He was arrested many times. He spent that time in Newgate prison. He was born poor and died poor. Now the reverse has his name but two others you will know. Sir. Thomas Moore who worked for my famous killer Henry the VIII he was best friends with the king. They did like each other. He was an attorney. He fought for the right of man to worship the religion they wanted not the Kings Church. So for that he was accused of treason and his best friend had his head cut off. He is a Saint. Saint Thomas Moore they made a movie of his life called a man for all seasons. Gave his life for the rights of man. Now the third name also fought for the rights of man. He wrote a famous pamphlet called common sense now I sit have to cut and paste that. If you know about our history. You know he fought for our independence. Every year in January 29. There is Thomas Paine day. Does he have a coin. Now he was born in Britain and moved to the United States. The reverse states rights for the advocates of man. These three were fighting for us today back in the 1700's. Think of what they endured. I'm not writing all three of these great men's history. There names tell it all. No need to. And they all died for our right then and now. That's why this token a quarter penny. Is important to collectors. It speaks volumes of great men. I'm lucky to have it. Like i said were is Thomas Paine coin. Another founding father.and it would make a great commen. Not one of basket ball. Another waste by the mint. How exciting!!! I can't wait till I melt it.I hope you enjoyed this little blog on three famous people. And they are. Look up there history. You will enjoy it. Thanks Pat. Bibliography My tokenMy wordsMy knowledge of History.

28 Mar 2019

Numismatic Book Review-One Coin is Never Enough

| Big Nub Numismatics

One Coin is Never Enough was written by Michael S. Shutty Jr. who has a Ph.D. in Psychology. This cheefulbook explains why collecting is so fun and why teh collector is important. He described the processes and skills needed to become an advanced and knowledgable collector. Unlike most numismatic books, this one focuses on teh collector rather than the coin, and how it is the numismatist who brings the history to life from the coin. This 250-page, fast-paced book creates a mindset for a person who wants to collect, if if not a collector it would be rather hypnotizing. Most who read begin collecting and become quite knowledgable collectors. If you are new or looking to collect this book is for you because it also give stips on how to save time and money. 5/5

27 Mar 2019

Argument for Allegory; Why Liberty Should be Depicted on American Coins, Part One

Coins | Liberty Walking Half

This is part one of a three-part blog on the idea of whether or not Liberty should be depicted on America's circulating coins.

27 Mar 2019

The Change of the Penny

Coins-United States | A.J.

sometimes i wonder; What if we still had large cents? Well, the answer is that without the change, things could have gone for a bad turn. In 1857, copper prices were rising, and quick. That meant, america had to remint the penny. So they got the chief engraver,James B. Longacre, and told him to make a new penny. Soon, he came up with the Flying Eagle Cent. This coin was biasedoff thework of Longacre's predecessor, Christian Gobrecht. Today, Flying Eagle Cents are one of the most sought out coins for a collection.


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