15 Dec 2019

A Book Review of a Mighty Fortress: The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Silver Half Dollar

A Mighty Fortress: The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint by Richard G. Kelly and Nancy Y. Oliver is a great book about the history of the San Francisco mint. This wonderful book begins by talking about the Granite Lady, also known as the 2nd San Francisco Mint in addition to a brief amount on the other active U.S. mints, the Denver Mint, Philadelphia Mint, and West Point Mint. This book gives some context of the time period surrounding the building of the San Francisco Mint before diving into the construction of the mint. Then, the book details the scandal of the mint, and how a mint clerk was accused of losing several thousand dollars. In addition, this book talks about the security features of the mint that prevented a "direct forceful robbery of the Granite Lady in its entire tenure as an operating mint (Kelly and Oliver 50)." Next, the book talks about the coins made here and the rarities of 1893 and 1894. Later in this book, the authors wonderfully detail how coins went missing from the mint. I found it interesting how the mint managed to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco. At the end of the book, it talks about how the mint became a museum that closed and became abandoned. The last pages list the superintendents of the 2nd San Francisco Mint.

13 Dec 2019

Pure Fantasy

Exonumia | Haney

I recently noticed that Amazon Prime had added Space 1999 to their lineup and as a child who both watched the program, had the toys, and later collected the trading cards I decided to watch the series again. Of course the many years between those fond memories and now I found the premise of our moon being pulled violently away from earth’s orbit to travel madly across space encountering other planets along the way, well it almost sets my teeth on edge. I know it is supposed to be entertainment so I try to push aside what I know, or at least think I know as I am by no means an astrophysicist, to once again try to enjoy this fictional world imagined in the early seventies. So what does this have to do with numismatics, well nothing and at this time of the year maybe everything?

10 Dec 2019

CONECA crossword puzzle prizes!

| JudeA

So today I finally got the prizes from the CONECA crossword contest! I opened it up right away, and here is what I got. I got a certified by PCI, a broad struck 2001 Lincoln Cent. I also got a Partial Unplated Lincoln cent! I had a lot of fun on this crossword contest. And if you are not already a CONECA member, I suggest you become one soon. Have a nice day! -Jude

07 Dec 2019

My top 5 numismatic acquisitions of 2019

| user_93026

Hello everyone,2019 has been a great year for many people in the numismatic community; myself included. This is a list of my five most favorite coins that I have taken ownership of in this year. All of these coins are pictured in the thumbnail above. As the holiday season comes in and the 2010's come to a close, it is time to look back and see what we all have acquired over the past few years.#5. 1730 Spanish S S 2 reales, XF details, holed; $20This was one of my favorites because as a collector of Spanish reales and especially two reales it was super satisfying to own one with this amount of details. I sniped it off of an eBay auction for the price of around $20. Most of my reales up to this point were not very expensive and usually low-grade/almost slick. This example features a strong and well-centered strike. The fine details of the shield, denticles, Spanish cross, flowers, and lettering are clearly visible making for a beautiful and historically significant coin.

06 Dec 2019


Coins | user_67896

About 1 and a half years ago I started to collect pennies. It started when I was at a thrift store and I saw a folder of squished pennies. Then I decided to move things up and collect cents. It started when I bought a 1941 to 1974 Whitman folder and hunted rolls from the bank as instructed. I got more and more serious about my collection and decided to get all Whitman penny albums. I have just gone to coin shows and shops and hunted from there.

05 Dec 2019

New Coin Shop, Great Experience!

| copper coin collector

Hello, ANA members...Yesterday, after school, I went to a coin shop that I have not visited before. I hoped for a good experience and also to pick up a few nice coins for my collection. In spite of these expectations, the time I spent there was waaay better than I had ever imagined. When I entered the shop, I was greeted by a man probably in his 50s (a pretty average coin shop owner, to be honest) and his dog, Dave who happened to be spending the day at the shop. He was very friendly and informed me that if I wanted to look at anything, I could ask him and he would get it out. I asked to take a look at his box of wheat cents for sale, mainly to look for that 1948 "S" that I haven't been able to find yet. Fortunately, I found a BU example in the box and took it for $3. After that, I requested to look through a box of Liberty nickels behind the counter. While looking through the Nickels, I found a nice VF 1911 coin, and bought it for $10. (By then I had spent most of the $15 I brought) After my purchases, I asked him about coin shows and clubs and what his recommendations were. He referred a few people to me who could help me find a coin club that was right for me. I had a very informative conversation with him about coin shows/clubs, and then left, encouraged by the positive experience I had just had.Thanks for reading, copper coin collector


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