31 Jul 2020

Attention YNs!

| Big Nub Numismatics

YN's check out the YN auction page because the annual auction catalog is here! For the past week or so, I have been checking the ANA's YN section many times a day hoping for the release of the annual YN auction catalog. Needless to say when it finally got on the website today, I was ecstatic. This year's auction is Filledwith great items worthy of any collector be it World, US, or paper money. This year's gold piece is a 1945 2 1/2 Peso gold piece from Mexico, much like the one featured two years ago.Other Notables Include:BU 1909 VDB (unfortunately lacking an "S", but a lovely coin with a lower mintage)A poor man's 1936 DDO (type two, but still a true double die obverse coin)Two About Uncirculated Buffalo nickels, one with a strike through errorA 1938-S GEM BU Jefferson nickel much like the one I won in last year's auctionAn incredibly struck 1939 Mercury Dime1882-H Canadian 50c piece(Nearly the entire auction!)While writing this I had to stop myself from putting too many notable lots, I realized I had written almost every lot down. This year we had some very generous givers, and a great Cataloger. Sam Gelberd pulled out all the stops this year with whimsical an apt descriptions of the coins. This year's auction will be extra special. This is my last YN auction, and for the past few months, we have all been locked inside, most of starved from our coin show appetite, but as the YN auction has always been online, nothing has changed leaving at least one great thing untouched. It'll be a great way to add to our collections safely from home, while being in a fun environment around other YNs and, of course, Sam. Thank you so much for all who donated this year, you really gifted some awesome coins! Sam, thank you of putting together the auction catalog and the auction itself, I know it takes weeks to get everything ready to go, and many more to make things go smoothly in September.YNs, make sure to collect your YN dollars and start planning now, you can never be too ready. Here's the link to the wonderful Cataloghttps://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/6180285/2020%20YN%20Auction%20Catalog.pdf?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.money.org%2Fyoung-numismatists%2Fyn-auction

31 Jul 2020

Book Review of Littleton Coin Company founder

| Well worn Copper

I just finished reading "A Decent Boldness," which was a business biography of Littleton Coin founder Maynard Sundman by author Michael O'Traynor. Published by Littleton in 1995, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the book overall. Sundman started out as a seller of stamps, later getting into coins because back then the two seemed to go hand in hand. It was in the 1950's that Littleton entered the coin business big time, and eventually became the largest US mail order coin dealer. While the book leans heavily on Sundman's family and personal biography, not much is revealed about his numismatic dealings. Exactly what his "formula" for buying was is never revealed and what is also sadly missing are any antidotes about purchasing notable coins or collections. In fact, the only two stories I can recall were the time his son found a 1792 Washington Born Virginia piece in a junk box (purchased at 1/4 of a cent per coin!) and the time he was offered a BU roll of 1909-S VDB Lincoln's. (He told the buyer he could not purchase them from her with a clear conscience at the price he offered, but she insisted.) The book glosses over countless possible stories such as these with a scant mention of Sundman's "buyers' who simply purchased "millions of coins". Whether Sundman even had a favorite coin is not even revealed. Most numismatists never did much (if any) business with Littleton Coin and much of what they sold was considered entry level stuff. Sadly, this book (to me at least) reads too much like a straight business dealing, and I probably won't include it on my numismatic bookshelves. (Q. David Bowers has nothing to worry about.)

30 Jul 2020

1928 D Peace Dollar with Chop Mark??

| I. R. Bama

This is a 1928 D Peace Dollar that I am grading for a friend today along with a number of other of coins. As I considered the field of this coin I noticed some scratches on the obverse at about the four o'clock position. I looked at it under the 7x loupe, but wasn't satisfied with the magnification, so I got out the USB camera that is 6x magnification.I haven't ever heard of a Peace Dollar with a chop mark. I tried to look that up on the internet, but came up empty. So I have two options to consider: Is it authentic or is it a faked chop mark?Would love to hear you all weigh in...

29 Jul 2020

Barber Through and Through Part Two

| Big Nub Numismatics

Today's blog will be featuring one of Charles Barber's first works; The flowing hair Stella.Background

29 Jul 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 4- Arkansas

Coins-United States | coinfodder

Hello Folks and fellow Numismatists. Today, we will continue our road trip around the United States, reaching Arkansas.Arkansas is the 25th state in the Union. Arkansas is considered a flyover by many, not to dull but not worth a stop. However, one of the 61 National Parks (Hot Springs) are located here. A hotbed of Civil Rights, Little Rock High, is located. And in the dull part of Arkansas, lies a little place called Hope, birthplace of the 42nd President, Bill Clinton.Anyways, into coinage now.The 50 state quarter for Arkansas features a diamond and a swan, images representing the state slogan, the "Natural State". The design is one of the first done by the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) and is considered one of the series better designs.The America the Beautiful Coin featuring Hot Springs National Park was oddly the first in the series on 56 Quarters. The design is the design outside one of the bathhouses, presumably Fordyce. The door is inlaid with tiles. If you look carefully to the right of the water trough, the NPS arrowhead is on the wall. Very cool.Let us now head way back in time, to the late 1930's, during the height of the Commemorative Craze. From 1935-1939, two coins were produced celebrating the 100th birthday of Arkansas. The first was the Arkansas Centennial Half. The state name surrounded by the stars in on the front. On the back is an Indian chief and liberty with the Liberty Cap. The constant mintage was another money milker, as more years on sale=more money in the commissions pocket.The second coin was the Arkansas Centennial-Robinson Half Dollar. This time, the coin was issued by Stack's in NYC. The front was the same, but the back featured Senator Joseph P. Robinson.A note about both- the side with the people is the reverse, but many pictures have the sides switched. So be it.Thanks, and see you next week.

29 Jul 2020


Coins | Mike

Antietam. The bloodiest day in American history.. 23,000 soldiers were killed wounded or missing. To think this happened in twelve hours. Savage combat on September 17, 1862 . Bloody but it lead Lincoln to write the the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION. This document meant freedom for all slaves. Now this battle is also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg. The General's were Robert E. Lee for the army of the south. . And General George B McClellan's army of the Potomac. Before.I go on Lincoln was not a fan of McClellan. He was relieved later in the war.. The battle finished the confederate army of North Virginia first invasion into the North had failed. There were many battles that decided the end to this day. Miller's corn field. The corn was higher that any man . Both sides entered from opposite ends.. They fired blindly in the other side tion. Soldiers said there heard shots to by there ears. Some never heard it. . Bodies just dropped filling the corn field with blood. The main battles Bloody Lane. They said at one point the blood was so deep it almost reached your ankles Sunken road again a blood bath. Burnside Bride were over 600 men lost their lives. There was an incline on the field in Sunken road. The confederate did not see the North until it was to late. I have been there. I would sit on a bench and read the huge brass plate describing the Battle and how many died there. You could here soldiers yelling. When I got to the Burnside Bridge I stood next to the Witness tree. At the time it was 175 years old An eastern Sycamore at the North end of the bridge.. It's loaded with bullets from there long rifles and guns.. The ground saturated with them. But don't take one it's against the law. This field is all Hollow ground. Many have tried to describe this battle. My professor in College. Book writers. I call it organized mayhem.. That's what it was. . There are many stories about heroes . To me every one who died of survived was a hero. . It was day in our history but it is our history.. Before I go they found a dead Oak witness yes at Gettysburg died from all the lead in the tree.. If those trees could talk. But they did watch. The coin was made in 1937.it's weight 12.5 grm 30.6 mm.900 silver and 100 copper. It was designed by William Marks Simpson. Made in Philadelphia. The mintage was 50,000 however 32,000 were returned and melted leaving 18000. That's a crime.. I hope you enjoyed this one day in our history and why it has to be fought. Thanks Mike P.S. Read up on this battle. There are books pages and pages maps you can't count. I think it's a must read.I

28 Jul 2020

Coins in your Pocket - Cent Errors and Varieties 2

Coins | JudeA

This is part 2 of the errors and varieties on cents that I search for. I am also looking into buying a safe for my coins, so if any of you have suggestions or recommendations, feel free to share them with me!

28 Jul 2020

Coin Price Lists

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

I'm not sure if this is an appropriate blog topic or whether this should be a thread post. So feedback for next time will be instructive as how to address these questions....My understanding is that Grey Sheet prices are wholesale, i.e. dealer's prices of acquisition. PCGS lists are market value, what you would expect a dealer to offer a coin at a price point.I've also been told Grey Sheet prices are marked up 20-40% over Grey Sheet price points.Please clarify and set me straight!


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