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30 Sep 2017

A VG-10 MORGAN BUT STILL A LOT TO GIVE

Coins | Longstrider

I was sitting around today reading some older blogs on our site, not too old just not on the first page. I came across a blog written by CoinLady on 22 Sept. entitled "Good, Not About Good". It's a well written blog and I recommend everyone go back and read it. It got me to thinking about this Morgan Dollar I have and I decided to share it with everyone. It is a 1880 Morgan Dollar rated VG-10 and an attribute of VAM -19B. A lot of people wouldn't want such a low grade and common date Morgan. Personally I found it to be Fantastic. Besides being a VAM, I think it looks beautiful. Looking so nice after all these 137 years is a testament to the skill of everyone that helped to mint it. From George T. Morgan all the way down to the person that bagged it. Do you think a coin minted today will look this good in 137 years? I don't. Rich silver color with the dark toning makes one want to hold it and feel the smoothness of it. Even with all the wear and use it received it still boldly shows all its engraving nicely. Miss Liberty, the stars, lettering and date on the obverse along with the wreath, lettering and courageous eagle on the reverse are still bold and easily read. Now as to the VAM 19B. There are several things that should be can be seen on a 19-B but have disappeared with time and use on this particular Morgan. The one attribute that still stands out and can be seen with the naked eye is the spike going through her hair above her forehead. I will leave it to the reader to research the rest of the attributes. Let's call it a little homework. All in all, while not for everybody, I am very happy and proud to own this Morgan Dollar. It has character and has a secret history of ownership and use that only it can tell. I hope you enjoy looking at it. I look forward to your comments.

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30 Sep 2017

1955 ** Believe it or Not **

Coins-United States | Kepi

This is an odd little story about 2 rolls of penny's that a customer at my work paid for her purchase with. I thought oh wow...I have to buy these out of my drawer, so I did... I took them home and believe it or not, it took me a couple of weeks to open them up and go through them. I was thinking after all this time of sitting there on the table wouldn't it be funny if there was a 1955 Double-Die in one of the rolls...haha Right! So I'm looking and I see the only Wheat Cent in the bunch and what the _ _ _ _ (heck) It's a 1955!!! Could it be??? Well... not this time, but it was an exciting moment! Keep roll searching everybody!

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30 Sep 2017

Revisited: Frank Gasparro's Dual Torch Design

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In one of my previous blog entries I shared a composite image of a numismatic research find from my original research on the POTUS sGm series. The attached image could be the first photo to actually have the three dual torch design of Frank Gasparro side-by-side with actual specimens . The Kennedy and MacArthur issues are the full size "list medals" and not the smaller re-issued medals. All struck by the U.S. Mint.From Left to right:1960 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appreciation medal1961 President John F. Kennedy inauguration medal1962 General Douglas MacArthur congressional gold medal (struck in bronze)Mr. Gasparro used his dual torch design in three consecutive years on three different medal types (appreciation, inauguration , and congressional).

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29 Sep 2017

RPM?

Coins-United States | user_9894

Today, I was trying out some extension tubes on my Nikon D600 camera. I pulled out a quarter that I received as change today and this is wha I found. A rpm I think. Take a look at the photos and see what you think.

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29 Sep 2017

A good coin site

| Daniel M.

a pretty good coin site is bazalelcoins.com they have some good prices like a got my first liberty head nickel there for eighty-nine cents! that is 11 cents below my price guide

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28 Sep 2017

1865 INDIAN CENT-FANCY FIVE

Coins | Longstrider

This is the last Indian Cent minted during the Civil War. The 1865 Fancy Five is a variety of the regular strike. What makes it unique is the top line of the 5 in the date. It is more curvy and, well, fancy, than the normal five. Because of the Act of April 22, 1864 the government started issuing Cents in bronze and outlawed the the issuance of Merchants tokens. This was due to the hoarding of all coin metals during the Civil War. The coin was designed by James B. Longacre and has a mintage of 35,429,286. At first it was thought that the Fancy 5 was a rarer strike than the Plain 5. It was found that the Plane 5 is the rarer of the two by a factor of 2 to 1. If one looks at both sides of the coin you can see that the dies were slightly rotated during striking. I purposely sought out this circulated grade. I wanted to hold this coin and think about the different people that also held it and spent it at, perhaps, at a sutler's tent. You can learn about the sutler's from a blog by Mike Burns dated 25 Sept. Civil War Tokens Part V. I highly recommend you read this as it is unbelievable! I feel very lucky to have obtained this coin at auction. It completes my small collection of circulated Indian Cents from the Civil War. Although there still are some additional varieties. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking.

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27 Sep 2017

President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1960 Paris Summit Medal

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I made this video a few days ago of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1960 Paris Summit medal with nice toning.

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