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31 May 2017

Looking for a 1994 Vietnam PCGS PF 70 DCAM silver dollar

Coins-United States | user_80356

Does anyone know where I can purchase a 1994 Vietnam PCGS PF 70 DCAM silver dollar coin? Thank you, Roy Ciarlo, Wolcott, CT 06716

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31 May 2017

Modern World Coins by R.S. Yeoman (1964 Edition)

Library | Well worn Copper

Some of my books are purely sentimental. "A Catalog of Modern World Coins 1850-1964 (8th edition) by R.S. Yeoman", is one of them. I discovered this volume in my hometown library of Yardville, N.J. back around 1969. The library was a small off-shoot branch, and only had two rooms, but as far as I was concerned it held all the books in the world. It introduced my 8 year old imagination to world issues and fascinated me to no end. R.S. Yeoman wrote it and Whitman published it. (Yeoman must have never slept! He was always working on something.) The book is by no means rare (far from it) and I found it for about $5 including shipping. But it remains amongst my treasured volumes and never fails to take me back to a simpler age. (Like an old girlfriend.) As for valuations, I include a page listing a St. Gauden's $20 Gold Piece for $75. Read em and weep.

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31 May 2017

Remembering The Garrett Collection Sales: 1979-1981

Library | Well worn Copper

From November 1979 to March 1981, Bowers & Ruddy Galleries dispersed the collection of T. Harrison Garrett. (Bower & Ruddy Galleries pre-dated the Stacks/Bowers of today) The sale of Garrett's holdings was considered a big deal back then, and included numerous rarities. A Brasher Doubloon even set the world record for the price of a coin in 1979. Aside from the typical softcover catalogs, a set of hardbound catalogs were also available. I found these years ago on the secondary market for well under $100. I considered them special because they capture the essence of a great 19th century collection, and are useful when you see what was being collected at the time (and what was not). Also available at the time was a companion volume, "The History of United States Coinage, as told by The Garrett Collection", also from Q. David Bowers. My favorite lot of the entire collection remains to be Lot 1199. It was a Sommer Islands (Hogg Money) Gold "Pound", which was sold to Garrett by dealer Lyman Low in 1884. Low touted the piece to be genuine, while today we know it was a bad fantasy piece. It was even struck to imitate wear. Garrett purchased it for $500, and whether Mr. Low was ignorant of the piece or in on the con, remains unknown. It just goes to show any collector can be ripped off, so buyer beware. (The "coin" sold in October 1980 for $1250. Wonder where it is today?)

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31 May 2017

Odd Things with Coins #4

Coins | user_9073

Here is another coin related item I have in my collection. Some years ago I was visiting a museum with some friends. One of my friends bought this tin for me. It had "red, white & blue" mints in it. The mints are called "MonuMints!!" We ate the mints but I saved the tin. The image is of a 1909-S VDB cent. Inside is a card with the "History of the Original Lincoln Penny." It is a fun item.I wish I had bought some to give to others. What coin related things like this have you saved??

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31 May 2017

Eric P. Newman Book - Signed Hardbound Edition

Library | Well worn Copper

Just looking thru my library today, and will be posting some of my unusual volumes. Back in 2015 I pre-ordered "Truth Seeker, The Life of Eric P. Newman." The book was issued to coincide with the multiple auctions at the time which dispersed Mr. Newman's lifelong collection. As far as I knew the book was softcover, but when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find I had a limited edition hardcover, signed by Mr. Newman. Felt like I had won the lottery!

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31 May 2017

Colonial Coinage of the U.S. Virgin Islands

| Well worn Copper

Whitman Publishing put out a interesting little (61 page) book in 1962 regarding colonial coinage used in the U.S. Virgin Islands. You won't find anything out these in any Red Book, but in the early 1960's there was much collector interest in coinage of U.S. "possessions". This included the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii to name a few. Unfortunately, interest in the Virgin Island issues waned, and the book was never reprinted. I was thinking that when the mint issued the 2009 Virgin Islands quarter in the Statehood set, perhaps it would stir up interest, but it was not to be. Still, the book is a curious sideline in U.S. related coinage. It can be easily found on eBay for about $5-10, and is also in the ANA lending library. The book includes coinage, merchant tokens, and paper currency. I would be interested in knowing what the current values are, given the 1962 valuations.

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31 May 2017

Jefferson coins

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Books have been written on the many coins and medals depicting George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. But our third president, Thomas Jefferson, has appeared on many items.

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30 May 2017

Bookstore day

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Since Monday was a holiday, today was my weekly bookstore day. The first section I visit is the "Hobbies" area. There are two shelves of coin books.

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30 May 2017

Odd Things with Coins #3

Coins | user_9073

Here are some more of the odd things I found this past weekend. Two sets of salt & pepper shakers with images of US coins. Images are 1909 Lincoln cent, 1913 Buffalo nickel, 1939 Mercury dime and 1878 Morgan dollar. I remember getting these for $.99 each at a Cracker Barrel. I bought 2 of each at the time. I kept one of each andput the other four in my local coin club auctionwith a starting bid of $2 each. At the opening bid I would break even and have a set of my own. The total hammer price for all four was $14!!! Wow!! I was thrilled. Do you have in everyday items with the image of coins??

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30 May 2017

Our Hero's Memorial Day

Coins | Mike Burns

Hello everyone. Yesterday many of us celebrated Memorial Day. There were parades, barbeques all sorts of festivities. Here in New York we have Fleet Week. Ships and sailors from all over come here and show us how they live on a ship or sub. During one of the exercises a Navy Seal was killed when his parachute did not open. Word is he lived in Colorado. Yes we celebrate but the oldest parade in the country passes right under my window. There were not as many sailors as past years. A few were seen with tears. But we celebrated those who lived and died. This so we can do what we want to do as a free people. Sometimes we see the dead at ceremonies in cemeteries all over the states. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I went there. What we don't see is the sons and daughters of those who left us. No matter what war these soldiers had family's. So many grew up without a father or mother. Those are the ones who should also be honored . But there forgotten. Just think of what we take for granted. Our way of life. There's a lot to think about. Other countries look to our way of life and hate us for it. I only hope that as a people while we celebrated remembered those who died before their time. It's because of them I can write this. You and I can collect coins. Yes something simple collecting a coin. But think of it as a family a whole family who lost someone they love for us and to them I say thank you. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your hero. Bless you all. We will never forget them. Mike

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