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30 Nov 2019

A look at Canadian Coins (and everything else): Collector & Maple Leaf Issues 4th edition

| Well worn Copper

As a casual collector of Canadian coinage I recently upgraded my library with a few choice Canadian reference books. One of these was Charlton's Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins. Volume Two: Collector & Maple Leaf Issues. I purchased a 2014 4th edition which totaled 442 well illustrated pages. Until then I mainly purchased commemoratives and silver Maple Leaf issues, but after spending a few nights with this book, my knowledge of Canadian coinage has been greatly expanded. My biggest question before going into this book was what constituted a "collector" coin versus a typical NCLT commemorative. The answer is plenty. In the late 1970's the Canadian government recognized the Canadian Royal Mint as a corporation. This allowed the Mint to operate without government interference and issue whatever they wished, and that is where this book comes in. Since then the Royal Mint has issued scores of denominations and designs from everything from ducks to hockey teams. There is even a Tooth Fairy Quarter for parents to leave under children's pillows in exchange for a tooth. And if you have a deeper pockets there is a $2,500 (face value) gold coin. Many U.S. collectors lament the fact that Congress dictates our coinage, and have expressed the desire to give the Mint more freedom to strike what they wish. I say read this volume first. As an example, in 2005 the Royal Mint issued six different $300 gold coins in honor of the 120th Anniversary of the International Implementation of Standard Time Zones. Each of the six coins had a mintage of only 200 and have a 2014 book value of $1,525 each. Ouch! (An they complained about the 1936 Cincinnati half!) With prices like these there will probably never be a Louis Eliasberg of Canadian coinage. What really surprised (and saddened) me was the term "giftware." Apparently "giftware" is coinage produced solely for the souvenir market. And I quote: "In most cases it is packaged in such a way that the coin is never meant to be removed from its package, let alone fill any legal tender status. Even though it is issued as non circulating legal tender (NCLT) it is doubtful that anyone would accept it in exchange for goods or services." This is a nations coinage after all, not Pokemon cards. Much of this volume is interesting, but just how deep you might want to dip your toe (and wallet) in is another matter.

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30 Nov 2019

Cut off after being a member since 2008...11 years

| user_90007

I have had several hobbies over the past 20 years. One of my favorites has been my theater which I now have a library of over 300 movies. I have had a favorable relationship with a website of AVSFORUM.com from which I was able to get answers to many of the technical questions I had and have. About a week ago, I was cut completely off from their forum without any recourse that I could find. I am sure there are other forums that could assist me in the growing popularity of theaters, but to be cut off without recourse is ridiculous. Another hobby I had was building plastic model airplanes. As with my movies, I built a large inventory of models, but due to time constraints, I am unable to continue with that hobby and I am forced to sell my 300+ models.That leaves me to my current and only hobby... coin collection. I like to buy select annual coins from the U.S. Mint and in the past have been able to secure the purchase of their Proof coins. Recently, the Mint release a Two Coin collection of a 2019 W American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Coin and the Canadian Proof Maple Leave Silver Coin. That set is absolutely beautiful, and I am very happy that I was able to collect the set. However, later this year, a 2019 S American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver coin issued a total of 30,000 coins, limiting the purchase of one coin per customer. There are two questions I have about the West Point Mint versus the San Francisco Mint 2019 American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Coins. Except for the minting of the two coins being from different mint facilities, are there any differences between the coins. Secondly, if the 2019S coins were limited to one coin per customer, how did GovMint and MCM, as well as several other facilities and individuals collect enough of the coins to offer several of the 2019S coins. I know how it was done and I am sure everyone else knows how it is done, including the Mint, yet nothing is being done about it. I know it is the case because it continues to happen with the mint as well as the vendors.

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28 Nov 2019

PENNY BOX HUNT - RESULTS

Coins | 1943penny

sorry for the delay I was traveling for thankgiving! the first thing i would like to metion is i hope everyone is having a great thanksgiving and enjoying the food! and here are the results for the penny box search!...keep scrolling downkeep scrolling downCONGRATS "SUN" YOU GUESSED THE EXACT NUMBER, 195!!!!!nice job!

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28 Nov 2019

Amazing Birthday Present :)

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

I just recently turned sixteen, and I was surprised to open a card from someone, and discover... a beautiful, beautiful, red, mint state, 1909 S VDB 1 cent!!! And not only is that a hard coin to find, especially in that condition, but also, my dad and I are working to fill his grandfather's old penny books, and that is one of the last ones that we need! So now we get to add a real 1909 S VDB cent to our collection! It was a totally surprise, and super, super nice! What an awesome birthday present! :)Short blog post, I know, but I wanted to take a few minutes and check back with y'all before I turn to helping bake our Thanksgiving dinner. :) Have a happy Thanksgiving!!! :)

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28 Nov 2019

Coin Searching - CONECA crossword results!

Coins | JudeA

I just went to my Grandma and Grandpa's house again yesterday. They had more rolls for us to search through. I went through 6 cent rolls. Their bank is always really good for finding Lincoln Bicentennials, I found 8 of them, one of every design. I also found one 1941 wheat cent. Now, in the November to December edition of the CONECA magazine. I filled out the crossword puzzle for YN's. I received an email today that I won! She is going to send me my prize next week. Tell me if any of you sent in answers to the crossword puzzle.Also, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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