11 Apr 2021

Early Examples U.S. Coinage in Mint State: How Did They End Up Here?

| Well worn Copper

One part of American coin collecting that has always intrigued me concerns the existence of early examples of U.S. coinage which have somehow survived in mint state. By "early examples" I am talking about anything pre-1825. When you consider that coin collecting did not really get started in this country until the 1850's, with the elimination of the large cent, it amazes me that somehow certain coins were never used in commerce. "Workingman coins", such as dimes, quarters, and half dollars, were a considerable part of everyday commerce, and not sheltered or put aside like larger denominations such as silver dollars and gold coinage often were. So if collectors were few, who or how did these coins be put aside to remain in their mint state? Surely not every mint-state coin rested in the bottom of a mint sewn bag that somehow found it's way in the back of a deep bank vault, to lie undisturbed for decades (and roll collecting didn't come on the scene until the 1960's.) When you consider these examples survived the Hard Times era of the 1830's, when pocket change was scarce, it becomes even more fascinating. Although there were early collectors out there such as Joseph Mickley, they surely couldn't put everything aside. I recently purchased a 1806 Draped Bust half dollar in EF condition. The thought that it eventually found it's way into my collection simply because someone put it aside because it "looked pretty" over 200 years ago, instead of using it for the purchase of essentials in a hard scrabbled economy, always amazes me. Such things beg for answers. And I guess that's' why I'm pleasantly hooked.

10 Apr 2021

Coin Show!

| TheNumisMaster

Well my friends, my weekend took an unexpected turn. I was planning on attending one day of the two day Northern Utah Coin Show. Yesterday I went for pleasure, and looked around and got a feel for the experience. I had a WONDERFUL time, and made some new numismatic acquaintances. Then I was shocked to hear that my father was willing to drive all the way back to the show the second day (today) to allow me to do some business. I brought a lot of my numismatic crap to sell at the show, and spend the money on MORE numismatic crap! Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me!!

09 Apr 2021

For a Friend

| Long Beard

Just a quick visual for a Kennedy admirer. Or anyone else interested to know of their existence. Very rare! 2013 Ireland coin set, issued by the Bank of Ireland (the Irish Mint).

09 Apr 2021

Coin shop pickups

Coins | walking liberty

Hello everyone! it has been a while since I posted, but here is a new one! I went to the coin shop and picked up two large cents for $10, a seated liberty dime for $5 (also the only one without a hole), and 4 half dimes for $20. Also, all but one of the Half dimes were arrow variety. So in total, i spent $35. Another thing is that each one was only $5! Well that's all Stay safe WL

09 Apr 2021

What I Bought At the Coin Show

Coin Shows | CoinCollector7777

I just arrived back from the coin show I mentioned in an earlier blog, and these are the coins I got. A 1902 O graded and slabbed Morgan dollar graded by PCGS in MS-63, a 1904 O Morgan dollar in MS-64, an 1889 Morgan in MS-62 or 63 which I got $4 off, a free 1956 BIE error cent, and a 1964 minor broadstrike graded and slabbed cent in RB 65 graded by NGC for, yes, $1. Oh, and here are all of the deals I got. So, someone gave me a $4 discount, and on the 1964 cent, someone let me have it for $1. It was originally $25! And, when I didn't have enough money to buy one Morgan dollar, some RANDOM STRANGER GAVE ME $20 SO I COULD BUY IT!!!!! Wow! Anyways, thanks for reading this blog! P.S. Sorry for the blurry pictures.

09 Apr 2021

A Nation Divided

Coins-United States | Long Beard

On this date, 156 years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The subject of this weeks blog looks at the 1995 U.S. Mint's Civil War Battlefield Proof Set, rather than the war it's self. Consideration of the state of our current union, it has been extremely difficult to write a blog in a way remaining neutral while refraining from an equally sensitive topic. Even though this is one in which someday we must face and discuss reasonably with open minds. However, this is not that time nor the place. So I ask in advance that should you chose to comment, please respect this and those who read or reply. As always, Enjoy!

08 Apr 2021

The Story of 1883

Coins-United States | C.D. Harrell

I once watched an interview featuring the renowned Numismatist Q. David Bowers. A reporter asked Mr. Bowers what coins he enjoyed speaking about most. He simply replied, "story coins." He then went on to bring up an example of the 1883 liberty head nickel, featuring the no cents reverse. While not a particularly rare coin, it certainly is a good story coin.

08 Apr 2021

NGC Registry Award

Coins-United States | coinsbygary

I promise that this will be a short post! Last year in 2020, I won my seventh NGC Journal Award. Along with a plaque and generous grading credit, NGC sent a special pedigreed coin to each of its major award winners. The following paragraph details how delighted I was with the mystery coin when it arrived in the mail yesterday!

07 Apr 2021

Coin Roll Hunting

Coins | CoinCollector7777

So a little bit ago I went searching through 800 cents and 4 rolls of nickels. I found a few wheat cents but nothing valuable. I found one coin that I think has a doubled obverse, but I'm not sure. Also, I found a cent with a dot underneath the date, I don't know if the workers at the U.S. Mint tested the hardness of the die, give me your feedback in the comments. I also found one or two cents with "S" mintmarks, but were not proof. I saw one of my rolls of nickels that looked like it had extra nickels so I counted how many nickels there were and counted 42. So I took two out. And I found a dime in a roll of cents. So a 19 cent profit! Yay! I'm rich! Lol! I found two rolls of pure 1982 cents and one with 1982 cents and 1982 D cents. Oh, and my oldest find was a 1917 wheat cent. I'm also getting a 1881 S Morgan dollar in MS-62 which is graded and slabbed by NGC. My first slabbed coin! And it's a Morgan dollar! Yay!

06 Apr 2021

A nice gift

| A.J.

Oh boy, easter turned out to be a good day. That day, i was given along with the mystery coins in the form, this beautiful coin set here. The 1983 Prestige set. The beutiful set has a number of firsts:•the olympic dollar inside was the first majority silver dollar produced since 1935.• this was the first prestige set, with the last one being made in 1997.•the design of the coin was executed by the first female chief engraver, Elizabeth Jones.This was a great gift to get, and i will happily take care of it. Thanks from Andrew.


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