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31 Jul 2018

NEW ! $1 Coin Program

| Big Nub Numismatics

As I was looking up information for my last blog, I stumbled upon U.S. Mint press release from July 26th, 2018. This new legislation was passed allowing a new series of coins to be passed.These acts of legislation have probably been going around for four years already, but it is exciting because it is only a few months away. Coin acts are harder to pass than most governmental laws. Unlike most of them, the coin bills have to be seen by two other committees. The it goes to the Senate and House Some blogs have been written about what the mint intends to do next, and they thought the mint should make. Some were close and their predictions may have been seen, if they were made a few years ago. This new dollar program is going to last for fourteen years, in which four will be minted in each year. This program is for an innovation or innovation for each state, and the District of Columbia. These coins will be minted according to when they entered into the union. More exciting than that, is that the mint is releasing an introductory coin this year, with the same obverse as the rest, but will only have a bit of commemoration to this program on the reverse. Offering a a reproduction of a signature by George Washington on the first patent. This U.S. coin series is going to be an exciting one. maybe a few problem and error coins will arise, missing edge writing, maybe a few mule coins.I am looking forward to collecting it, as it is, and I believe it will do a better job to educate the children of the public than the presidential series, and may gain a new surge of young numismatists because of this.I hope it will be a popular series, much like that of the state quarter program. I have some predictions about which innovators or innovations will be offered for the first seventeen of the coins.

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31 Jul 2018

2018 Silver Reverse Proof Set

| Big Nub Numismatics

Many of you have already heard, and written about this subject. These wonderful sets are beautiful, and the latest from the U.S. Mint's products. As I look on Ebay, this silver reverse proof set 2018, is the number two trending on the site, with it being viewed over 6,000 times. From the U.S. Mint, they sold for just about $55, a good price, I think. On Ebay, people are already profiting from this new product, with average selling price being around $67, although some extremes were seen, some have sold for $95. If you were lucky enough to nab these from the Mint, you saved yourself a lot of time and money, considering the profit turnaround. Although people can still purchase this product from the mint, they are still buying it from Ebay. Curious, but they may have their reasons.

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30 Jul 2018

Numismatic Book Review-Cherrypicker's Guide to Rare Die Varieties

| Big Nub Numismatics

This is another wonderful book by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton.

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30 Jul 2018

Where are all the sets?

| Big Nub Numismatics

For the year I have been collecting, nothing has been as clear as this problem. Many dealers at coin stores, flea-markets, and coin shows are cutting the cellophane mint sets into individual pieces. I met with a local dealer, and he said he tells everyone he meets with proof sets, and mint sets to do this. But why? He said he tells people this because they can get more money by selling each coin by itself , than in the set. I agree with the money perspective, but just how many sets are still sets. If two out of every ten proof sets and mint sets are taken out of their holders and destroyed, than the sets are now at 80% mintage. Fr me , this number seems to be more around 50%. For every set I see put together, I usually see someone selling the same "set" individually, but that is just where I have been. I you guys see different, say something in the comment. I would like to see someone do some very deep research into this, just to see how many are left. To me this is like melting the large cents, and silver dollars to make new coins, leaving the mintages the same, but making the coins rarer.This could also be compared to they year 1964, in which everyone rushed into treasuries to trade in their silver certificates for silver dollars. Even though there were billions of these notes printed, most were destroyed after they were turned in. I believe having a set in the future, may be a good idea for even investment purposes, because I do not know how long sets will remain sets. On top of making the proof and mint sets rarer, it makes the individual coins less rare. Take the 1973 Kennedy half dollar. Most of the broken sets are made from 70'S sets that I have seen. This year had a total well over 2 million pieces. This year,1973, there was a total of about the same was produced. In the future may the sets be worth a substantial amount? Before the science of coin holders came into light, the U.S. mint used to send in coins for the proof and mint sets in a terrible holder for them, this lead to the customers throwing away these bags. Now, if you have that bag with the set, you can get a substantial amount more with it than not. Maybe all of us can pitch in to stop this, or we could all let them destroy these sets and let us steal away any good proof and mint set deals in the future. I have already seen people on eBay selling destroyed 2018 reverse proof sets for a lot. Anyway, tell me what you think in the comments, I will release my findings soon for the area of Northwest Ohio. If we all do some research, we can make a detailed picture of this problem.

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30 Jul 2018

First Medal Collected

Medals | Mrdavie

So how does one get started collecting medals? Here is a scenario (Mom is 93 years old): (Mother) "I'm getting rid of the stuff on the dining room table." (Me) "Can I have this?" She chuckles, "Sure." That's it!

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30 Jul 2018

Joan of Arc

Coins-World | user_6581

Recently got a beautiful Joan of Arc coin from the French mint! Found out about it in our Numismatist magazine. Thanks.

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29 Jul 2018

2017 Commemoratives- Lowest Mintages in Modern Series!

| Well worn Copper

The 2017 Boys Town Centennial Half Dollar and Dollar coins have emerged as the lowest available mintages in (MS) business strike, as well as (PF) proof offerings in the entire Modern Commemorative Series thus far. The Silver Dollar totaled up a measley 12,256 uncirculated coins. This knocks the 1995 Wheelchair Paralympic Dollar out of the previously lowest mintage perch (14,497). The Proof dollar is also low at only 31,644 coins. As for the half dollar, the mint state strikes came in at 15,549 and proofs at 23,213. The Lions Club dollar was also under sold at 17,250 mint state strikes. It seems commemoratives reached new lows last year, but perhaps their future will brighten up down the road. The Red Book notes how commemoratives have "frequently undergone a roller-caoster cycle of price adjustments" in the past, but prices have always recovered and exceeded previous levels. I noticed eBay has been slow to recognize this fact, and the 1995 wheelchair olympic dollar is still being offered at higher prices than the 2017 Boys Town dollar, even though the mintage for Boys Town coin was noticeable less at 14,497 coins versus 12,256! I also noticed not too many Boys Town Dollars being offered in MS69, but a few in MS70 at around $125. Might be a bargain worth looking into. Even the $5 gold Boys Town coin was undersold at only 2,947, making it the lowest gold commemorative in the series as well. Who knows, years from now the 2017 Boys Town coins might be looked upon as the 1928 Hawaiian half dollar!

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28 Jul 2018

**WOLVES OR WOLFS???**

Coins-World | Kepi

* In celebration of a giant, full "Blood Moon" here in the southwestern desert, I'd like to share these 3 coins from the Canadian Mint with you. It's the "Silver Howling Wolves" series. Each coin is 3/4 oz of .9999 pure silver and has a $2.00 face value. The obverse shows Susanna Blunt's design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse depicts wolves in their natural habitat under the glow of the silvery moon howling to their hearts delight. Dated 2015, 2016 and 2017. I really enjoy these trio of coins, as the wolf is one of my favorite predators. Can't wait till they come out with the 2018 design! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcome!

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28 Jul 2018

JFK's Dublin, Ireland Presentation Piece

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I recently acquired this specimen from the family of a Department of State officer who served at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland in 1962. The presentation case, with presidential seal, is the first of its kind that I have seen that houses a Kennedy POTUS sGm.

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