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31 Jul 2019

1793 North Wales Farthing D&H 15a

Tokens | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I haven't done a token in a while so I went to my blog book I pre write them and found this simple but very important token. Now it's a half penny made by the Royal mint. That's right a token made by the Royal mint. Not Soho but in England at the big mint. Why would they do that.? Well in about 1791 and 1792 Britain realized they were running very low on these tokens. Then people used them constantily. Now if they were made any were made anywhere else they would get only sixty an hour. Certainly not enough to keep up with demand.. That's why the Royal Mint made them. Now if they were going to make these they wanted a good die sinker and designer. It didn't take long to chose Peter Kempson. One of the many masters of this type of coinage.. I believe with no disrespect to the others he was the best without doubt. So he was called to make this token and one for South wales.. So he put the Prince of Wales on the obverse who would become George the IV. The reverse depicts the crest of the office of Prince of Wales. Then he did something to this token that was different. He raised different points in the token . Not a lot but a very slight dot changed the texture of it. Given it a wonderful feel and a terrific look. Only Peter Kempson would do this. Now there are thousands of different tokens is it possible someone else did this also? Of course. Now it weighs 3.6 gr and is 21.6 mm. To me the perfect size to carry. It was accepted at once by the people. I looked for mintage but could not find them. Those measurements are mine. When I can't find it I use my tools to get them. Now this is not a long blog but an important one no less. To think they were running out of pennies it immediately hit the economy and it picked it l up. Yes this Farthing made a differance. . Now we talk a value I know it's important to most of you. In a MS condition depending on the condition believe me when I say you will make your money back. I never use dollars when I write about these. I have seen most of them and they wouldn't make an A/U. More like an XF. I think Kempson did a great job and this small token has an impact on a country's economy. I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks dor.reading. Pat.

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30 Jul 2019

US Mint San Francisco Ensemble

Coins-United States | Silver Ingots

I've been at this a long time, pictured is an ensemble of silver ingots from the United States Mint San Francisco spanning the entire run from the early 1930's to 1960. The Mint status was changed to an Assay Office and later silver ingots were produced under that hallmark.I was very fortunate to have access to a lot of opportunity early on, acquiring examples from older collectors that had not seen much interest in their holdings to that point. +/-15 years ago, there was not much competition to buy these. To date, the 5 oz class ingots remain more desirable that larger counterparts and carry a much higher premium.Over the years, research and writings that I have done have contributed to increased popularity and today, any United States Government silver ingot will be offered with a huge premium.Hope everyone enjoys the picture, it was 15 years in the making! Check out SILVERINGOTS.COM for more on these and other United States Government silver ingotsKen Conaway

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30 Jul 2019

A good Purchase from ebay?!

| copper coin collector

Hello, allFor a long time, I have wanted to own a nice proof Wheat Cent from the 1950s certified PF65 or higher. Yesterday on ebay, I searched 'proof 66 wheat cent', and I filtered results to show only NGC certified coins. A few nice early/mid 50s coins caught my eye, but they were pretty expensive (I didn't want to spend too much because I'm already saving up for the 1909 "S" V.D.B cent). After some searching, I found a 1958 wheat cent certified PF66 for auction. The auction only had 10 minutes left and the current bid was 10.50. I didn't expect to win, because there had been multiple bidders, so I put in a bid of 11.50 with about 5 mins left to see if the other bidders would jump on it. Nobody did, though, and, with time expiring I increased my maximum bid to $14. I ended up winning the coin for 11.50: half the price the NGC price guide had listed. I expect to get it soon (it just shipped), and I may reholder it because it's in a relatively old holder (from 2005). If you think I should or shouldn't reholder it then please tell me in the comments.Thanks for reading, copper coin collector

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29 Jul 2019

Effective Editing

| Taler 63

I could not edit the pictures on the " my collection " page, so I deleted it all.A simple solution that seems to have worked.What is the story with the point system ?Keith

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29 Jul 2019

Counterfeit Thalers

| Taler 63

Counterfeit Talers, and some easy ways to detect them.

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29 Jul 2019

I Am Getting Anxious!!!

| Just Mokie

As I look at the calendar today, I see it is still almost 80 days until the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) show in October. This Fall, for the first time, I will be exhibiting my wonderful (well a small part of it) collection of Chopmarked Trade Coins for my fellow Numismatists to view. I had thought about it many times in the past but I always looked at the fascinating exhibits at the shows I've attended and felt I would bring shame upon my precious Trade Coins with an inferior and amateurish display. But things changed in June when our PAN Exhibit Chairman stood up at the Coin Club Meeting and called for us to do an exhibit, the fact their are Silver Eagles to be presented, even to Losers, also provided some additional incentive. With Tom's plea ringing in my ear, I decided to get off my retirement induced fat bottom and do something about it. What you see here is my prototype display, the blue poster board is just slightly smaller than the case I will be using so it gives me a good idea what will fit and how it will look with the elements in place. I opted to do only one case this first time, I could easily fill another case with more Trade Coins but I want to start slowly and build, if I get reasonably positive feedback, a bigger display in the future.The information card, center top, in the layout board has already been revised with a new, more oriental-like, font and a couple of typo/omitted word errors have been corrected so if you can read the card and see an error, it has probably already been addressed. Not necessarily looking for opinions, just wanted to share a bit of my hobby efforts.Have you exhibited? How was your first time around?

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29 Jul 2019

Maybe I'm in the minority...

Collecting Tips | user_80832

After reading exhaustive amounts of articles and book chapters on coin collecting basics, what to look for, and how to be a "successful" collector, I have reached probably the most unpopular opinion in all of numismatics. According to most everything I've read, you're only a successful collector if you turn your collection over for profit. And to me, that makes you a dealer, not a collector.Now don't get me wrong, I don't have any problem with collectors that buy and turn to make money to buy the next thing, but why does that have to be the benchmark for what makes you 'successful'? Can't buying what you like, regardless of potential financial gains, be considered successful?If you've been hunting for a particular coin for a long time and you finally find one, that's a positive result. Positive results to me equal success. Starting at your new purchase and then poring over sales records for the next several years to track margins over your purchase price sounds like a job, not a hobby. Like I said from the start, unpopular opinion.Think back to when you first started collecting things as a kid. Not necessarily coins, but if you started young, good for you. I mean collecting things because you thought they looked cool. I knew kids that collected bottle caps, buttons - the sew-on-your-clothes kind, rocks, bugs, the list goes on and on. Was that for profit, or because you enjoyed it? Just because we're all grown up doesn't automatically mean we have to be motivated by money. My grandfather was a lifelong mechanic, and he collected Studebaker cars/parts to build a completed car off his own. He didn't do it to try and sell it, he was motivated by his love of the car.I collect coins because I enjoy looking at them, learning about them, and sharing them on social media platforms. I collect for the artwork struck on the surfaces and because I enjoy history. I like to learn about the person(s) on the coin, what was happening in the country at the time it was struck. If there are animals or designs present, what, if anything, do they represent? Obviously from those descriptions, I collect coins from all over the world, and I do it for the variety. I collect for the love of the coins, not for any profit I could raise from selling them. Believe me, there isn't a lot of profit to be made unless there is some precious metal content and they can be sold for melt. (Just as an aside, I also am slowly building a "no gold" US type set, and I love Peace Dollars.)I consider myself a successful collector because I collect what I like, and I learn about what I collect. Each purchase still feels like an accomplishment. I see a coin that looks attractive in design and I purchase it. I don't worry what they've sold for in the past, and I don't worry what I might be able to sell it for in the future. I enjoy my collection in the now - now is when I'm collecting, now is when I'm learning, now is when I'm sharing knowledge and images with others. That to me is success.Anyone that my end up reading this will probably think, 'you're a novice collector', 'you're naive to what the hobby is about', or 'you're just a world coin collector'. And that's part of the problem with adding new collectors to the hobby; the, for lack of a better term, snobbishness of "serious" collectors that have been doing this for years. I personally don't belong to a coin club because I feel like I would be ridiculed for what I enjoy collecting. I was bullied enough growing up, I would hope at 40 years old, I could get beyond that. Maybe I could end up being the group's world coin guy, but maybe the derision of not focusing solely on US coins for profit because I live in the US would drive me out first.I went to my first ever coin show a couple weeks ago in Austin, Texas. It was a small show, but I enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately for me, I had one dealer that treated me as if I had spent to much time in his chair because I was looking at world silver, and as I sat back to check my phone for values on a coin I was considering, he said "thanks for coming by" as a way of chasing me off. I was looking at coins (not bullion) that he had listed at higher prices that some of his US items. The show was saved for me though, by another dealer from San Antonio, ANA Life member 6463 Patrick O'Connor. We had a nice conversation about pieces I was looking at on his table, and I made a couple purchases from him and his wife. All-in-all I guess it was a successful trip for my first show, but I was still left with a sour taste from that one interaction.Am I a successful collector? I believe I am. I am able to find what I like, buy it, learn about it, and enjoy the time I've spent. I post photos for others to see and I share some of the knowledge I've learned along the way. I encourage other people to collect what they like, not just what will make them money. Am I a dealer? No. I haven't ever sold any of my collection. To me that's the big difference. The popular opinion is that to be considered a successful collector, you have to be able to transition into being a dealer and sell your collection. I didn't get into this hobby to be a dealer, to worry about making a profit. I got into it to collect information, and the coins are vessels for learning that information. I collect because I love coins. I collect because I love the art they contain and the information they unlock. I collect because I love to. It may be the unpopular reason, I may be labeled unsuccessful or naive or even 'just' a world collector, but the knowledge and enjoyment I gain make me successful in my own right.

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28 Jul 2019

Britain's Prime Ministers

| Well worn Copper

Now that the the U.S. had their Presidential Dollars series, I wonder if England will ever jump on the bandwagon and strike coins commemorating all of their prime Ministers? With the recent election of Boris Johnson, the U.K. has had 77 prime ministers since 1801. They would sure make an interesting series if done right. American numismatists can probably name two former prime ministers. One was Winston Churchill because he was depicted on a popular commemorative British Crown in 1965. The other was William Pitt, who was depicted on Pitt Tokens in 1766 (see the Colonial section in the Red Book). Anyone know of any others with a numismatic backstory?

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