27 Sep 2020

**The Lion Sleeps Tonight**

Tokens | Kepi

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share my latest addition to my collection. I love these old Tokens with the Lion design on them. This is a 1796 G.Brit D&H-20 Penny Warwickshire- Kempson with edged lettering. I bought it raw and then sent it in to NGC for grading and to protect it. It came back a MS64 BN, which I was pleased with. I especially liked this design with the Lion sleeping in his cave... Reminded me of that old song "The Lion sleeps tonight"... Does anyone remember that one? haha Thanks for taking a look! ; )

26 Sep 2020

Coinstar Find!!

| I. R. Bama

This one is for you Stumpy! He got me in the habit of looking in the Coinstar reject cup. I found four gnarly shield cents AND a SILVER 1953 D Roosevelt dime in AU 50.PCGS valued it at $2.00. That alone pays for the gas to go to the store.Thanks Stump, you are the man!

26 Sep 2020

The History of the 3 Cent Piece

Coins | s12k3

Hey Guys! This will be a blog on the three cent coin, also known as the trime. The three-cent coin was proposed in 1 8 5 1 both as a result of the decrease in postage rates from five cents to three and to answer the need for a small-denomination, easy-to-handle coin. The three-cent silver featured a shield on a six-sided star on the obverse and the Roman numeral III on the reverse. The coin was initially composed of 75% silver and 25% copper to ensure that the coin would be considered real currency yet not worth melting down for the silver. The same coin was later made in nickel because people were hoarding these coins because of the silver. The coins were physically the lightest-weight coins ever minted by the United States, weighing only 4/5 of a gram and with a diameter smaller than a modern dime and only slightly greater than the smallest gold dollars. The silver coins were known as fishscales. The term trimes is often used today for these coins, and was first used by the director of the United States Mint ( James Ross Snowden ) at the time of their production.

26 Sep 2020

The History of The Peace Silver Dollar Part 2

Coins-United States | s12k3

Hello guys! The topic for today’s blog is the history of the Peace Dollar. It is one of my favorite United States minted coins. If not for the Pittman Act, these coins might not have been produced! The grind for the YN Dollars continues! The Peace dollar is often overshadowed by the Morgan dollar. The roughly 1 8 7 million Peace dollars struck between 1 9 2 1 and 1 9 3 5 was a fraction of the half billion Morgan dollars struck in their time, between 1 8 7 8 and 1 9 0 4 and again in 1 9 2 1. The Peace Dollar is one of the shortest series of silver coins the U.S. Mint has ever issued with only 24 coinsCollectors are often content to have a single example of the high relief 1 9 2 1 Peace dollar and the modified, lower relief 1 9 2 2 to 1 9 3 5 issues for type purposes in their collections. There is a big difference in a regular peace dollar and a high relief peace dollar, which is a little hard to tell by the photos. Did you know the designer Anthony de Francisci based Liberty’s head off of the features of his new bride? That is a pretty cool fact. It was the first American coin that would not have been issued without a concerted push by several prominent numismatists and the American Numismatic Association. In November 1918 Frank Dufield, a numismatist, published an article in The Numismatist, the ANA’s monthly magazine, in which he suggested a circulating coin be issued to celebrate the U.S. victory in the war. Two years later prominent expert Farran Zerbe gave a speech at an ANA convention in Chicago arguing for a coin sold at face value to honor the treaties that ended the war, which he felt was especially fitting since American silver played an important role in the war.The rarest of all Peace Dollars is the 1 9 6 4 - D, as the Denver Mint struck around 3 0 0 , 0 0 0 Peace Dollars in 1 9 6 5 with the 1 9 6 4 date on the coins. Most of these were melted. In fact, it is illegal to possess a 1 9 6 4 - dated Peace dollar because they were not released to the public.Thank you for reading this blog. I hope you enjoyed it. The next blog is about the trime, a three cent coin. See you next time!

26 Sep 2020

Because I Say It's Rare

Coins | Long Beard

Surly the title of this weeks blog caught your attention, with an impression that the subject derives from the authors arrogance, as if somehow claiming to be an expert numismatist. None of which are true, in fact about as far from it as one could get. As you read on the title fits the subject perfectly. Since becoming a new ANA member the first of this year I realized that my weekly blog posts have covered many topics on as many subjects without any on my own personal collection. Dimes. For an unknown and unexplainable reason the denomination has drawn my attention over many years. The "Hoard" as I call my collection contains every dime by date and mint mark (with exception to varieties and proofs) back to 1895, lacking the tough to find New Orleans exhibiting the "look" I'm after. While there are other denominations, several complete by series as well, from a collector's view point the dime happens to be where I specialize just as some do so in say, cents. Currently, I am about one third from completing the Seated Liberty series. An extremely difficult one considering the many, many low mintage key and semi-key dates. Since I am also a working class stiff, the cost of these becomes an added challenge and leaves a few prohibitive unless some how I hit the Powerball. Now back to the blog title. The dime pictured is the average condition in which my series run grades with the goal of an equal eye appeal across the run as possible. Another added challenge. I call you're attention to the date, this weeks subject. Enjoy!

25 Sep 2020

Just a Little About Me

| TheNumisMaster

Hi all, I just wanted to take a sec and tell y'all a little bit about me, and how much I value numismatics and why.As you know, I go by NumisMaster, I am 16 years old, and I "specialize" in US coins generally succeeding the Flying Eagle Cent. I am currently going though my Penny/Cent fetish, but also have a huge addiction to silver and gold investments. I collect small note currency starting with the 1923 $2 bill, and keep my eyes open for anything from star notes to miss-alignment errors. I have a moderate foreign collection from my various international tours, during which I'll yoink some local currency. I started collecting about 4 years ago, and very quickly discovered the best hobby in the world. I have mainly grown my collection through wheeling and dealing at local pawnshops, and with my best friend who I introduced into coin collecting. He keeps me on my toes, driving me to always know slightly more about this hobby than him. (if it wasn't for this friendly rivalry I wouldn't be half the collector I am today). Outside of numismatics, I (surprisingly) have a decent social life, and do DJ gigs on the side. (I'm going to take a moment to insert a shameless plug to my SoundCloud profile: SoundCloud.com/ptdjghost). I enjoy writing novels, and am slightly addicted to playing Minecraft, and uploading it to YouTube. (Nerdy, I'm aware ;). I enjoy listening to 80's rock, and modern EDM music, and some 90's-10's alternative music.I went through a phase when I was an early teen where I had no idea who I was, and who I wanted to be. I had bad depression, and suffered through suicidal thoughts. I drowned myself in Numismatics, and eventually worked my way through it. Ever sense, I have cherished my collection, and value it about most everything else besides friends and family. Numismatics has allowed to learn things about life, such as finance, critical thinking, negotiating, social skills (hard to believe, I know), geography, and world studies; not to mention history.So that just about sums me up: a TOtaLly normal (sarcasm) teenager of the male species with the attention span of a potato. Anywho, thanks for sticking with me this far, and thanks again for the warm welcome into the ANA community.

25 Sep 2020

Coin Thoughts #101 by "SUN"

Medals | "SUN"


25 Sep 2020

A delightful surprise.

Exonumia | wdhyder

I have been building a U.S. type set of U.S. coins, but it is not your usual type set. The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago saw the introduction of a new novelty, devices to roll coins through a die which compressed and stretched the coin while leaving a new design commemorating the event. Elongated coins are common across the country with many businesses and destinations offering coin operated rollers to created your own souvenir, usually on a penny (yes, I know its a cent). I attached two images of one of my grandsons rolling a cent at the San Francisco zoo.But, back to the type set. Visitors to the 1893 exposition rolled a wide variety coins foreign and domestic for souvenirs. I am slowly building a type set of U.S. coins rolled at the exposition. Indian head cents are the most common and the practice eventually evolved over time to where cents are the primary base coin for elongated souvenirs. Special sets using other denominations can be found, but they are not that common. In 1893, visitors rolled what they brung (so to speak).I have included pictures of the four Liberty Seated pieces in my collection. It is the 1876 half dollar that was my delightful surprise. I try to save the pedigree of rare coins, medals, and tokens when I can. When my Ebay purchase of the rolled half dollar arrived, the packing invoice included a handwritten note from the seller. He wanted me to know that it came from his parents estate, Harry and JoAnne Peters of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Roger even included a wooden nickel from their coin shop in 1983/84. Harry was a past president of the Iowa Numismatic Association and his wife served as secretary for many years.The 1876 elongated half dollar is rare and it now carries the pedigree of Harry and JoAnne Peters in my collection. Their son's handwritten note was a delightful surprise.

25 Sep 2020

the buffalo nickel

| walking liberty

The buffalo nickel was made between 1913-1938, was composed of copper-nickel (Not silver!), and designed by James Earle Fraser. It started when the U.S mint started the coin beautify U.S coins project and wanted to get rid of the V nickel. So they hired James to make the new nickel in fact when he presented them the new nickel they were very impressed by it. The buffalo nickel would have started minting in 1912 but a machine that detects slugs was not working correctly when they added the new nickel to the machine so they delayed it. When they started the process of making the buffalos the slug detecting machine was still broken but Treasurer Secretary Franklin MacVeagh distributed them despite the protest from everyone he still distributed it even though the machine was not fixed. Today the buffalo nickel is used as the American gold buffalo series.


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