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29 Sep 2020

The History Of Coinage Types in the United States- The Half Cent

Coins-United States | coinfodder

Well, to put things in perspective, I think I have become older, taller, and wider on my birthday today. To celebrate, I am pushing a new set of blog posts to compliment the 50 States series I am doing. So great. Presenting the history of the Half Cent from coinfodder, who is one year older, taller, and wider.

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29 Sep 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage- Trivia Quiz Part 1 Answers

| coinfodder

Hello. Here are the answers to last weeks trivia.

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29 Sep 2020

I Neglected to Mention...

| TheNumisMaster

Hi again! One thing I neglected to mention on my previous blog in which I focused about the 1652 Pine-tree Shilling, was how they were often punched with a hole at the top. This was mainly due to the fact that they were often worn around the neck to ward off evil spirits during the massive witch-hunts that predated 1720. I hate to publish another blog just for this tidbit of info, but I figure yall would rather know this interesting fact than not. Especially if your like @Stumpy and I and are history buffs ;)Anywho, thanks as always, and tell me some interesting coin facts in the comments. Stay healthy and safe!

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29 Sep 2020

Confused in Nevada

Coins-United States | Stumpy

I truly hate to post a blog with just a few questions, but this is the most efficient way to get the best feedback so please excuse me this one time. I have been talking to some of the older members and have gotten some good answers but I am still somewhat confused. I am smart enough to think I know the basic reasons for their behavior but as a former corporate manager I am still stunned by a seeming lack of acute business sense, also please keep in mind that even though I'm an older guy, I only became involved in April of this year, so I don't have any practical experience with the U.S. Mint to compare to.

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28 Sep 2020

Absence from the site

| CoinsInHK

Hello everyone,I've been a bit busy lately as things here in HK are starting to become somewhat normal again. I'm now attending school on-campus and have not been really active, and I hope I can find some time to be on the site during my day-to-day life. I hope everyone is doing well, and most importantly, stay safe & healthy.

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28 Sep 2020

US Mint CGM Replica Prices Quadruple

Medals | Mr_Norris_LKNS

I enjoy history, particularly WW2 history. I am not a frequent shopper of United States Mint products... not that I find anything wrong with them, but I've never been a mint set subscriber or anything. I'd more likely buy a numismatic item I wanted at a coin shop or coin show. But I have seen some of the Mint's commemorative medals, and some of them I like; especially some of the WW2 related ones, and a few Presidential ones. When I read the news from Coin World Magazine that there was a tremendous price hike in the works, I thought I'd better investigate.The United States Mint creates the Congressional Gold Medals as they become authorized by Congress. Typically these recognize an individual or a group, and the reason or occasion for Congress awarding them the medal. Medals have been awarded to military personnel (not to be confused with the Medal of Honor and other medals for valor), pioneers in medicine, science, aviation and space exploration, humanitarians, even entertainers and athletes. US citizenship is not a requirement for recipients, you just have to be appreciated for some notable reason by the US Congress. The Congressional Gold Medal has about the same level of prestige as the Presidential Medal of Freedom; however, far fewer CGM's have been awarded in spite of having been authorized for much longer. The PMF has been awarded to over 500 recipients since its inception in 1963 during President Kennedy's term (with 102 awarded by President Reagan and 123 by President Obama). By comparison, the CGM has only been awarded 163 times (as of April 2019) even though it has been around nearly 200 years longer, since the Second Continental Congress authorized it and first awarded it in 1776 to then-General George Washington! It must take a great deal more cooperation to get two-thirds of Congress and their respective committees to agree on granting such an award, than for the President to decide you deserve recognition. The CGM is not the kind of medal you wear around your neck or pinned to your jacket; it's more of a trophy type medal that you would display on your desk or in a prominent display case.I can't confirm it but I've heard that the Mint uses the sales of CGM replicas made in silver and bronze to fund the production of gold medals. That is what you are getting when you buy the 1-5/16" or 3" bronze or silver medals from the US Mint. Congress does occasionally authorize actual Congressional Silver Medals and Congressional Bronze Medals to be awarded to individuals or groups. Congressional Silver and Bronze Medals are rare, and are not the same thing as the replica CGMs made in silver or bronze that you can buy from the Mint. Typically the Congressional Silver and Bronze Medals are awarded as part of an award of a Congressional Gold Medal, whereas the main person leading a group effort might get the gold, his chief assistants or officers would get the silver, and the rest of the crew would get the bronze. This recognizes everyone's participation in the event commemorated at different levels of responsibility, activity, etc.; not to mention awarding gold medals to every individual in a large crew would be very expensive. Everyone who receives a silver or bronze Congressional Medal still played a part in Congress's recognition that the event deserved commemorating by awarding the CGM., and their silver or bronze medal is proof of that.As of this writing, 1-5/16" bronze CGM replicas are being sold for $6.95 plus shipping, and 3" replicas are being sold for $39.95 plus shipping. $40+ for a bronze replica isn't hateful if you really like the topic, and $7+ for a smaller replica would make collecting them an affordable hobby. Of the two, of course, the larger one is what I'd want. I was hesitant to order, though, at that price, simply because it wasn't as high a priority as some other things. Then Coin World Magazine announced in a Facebook post that the price of the 3" medals was going up.A lot.Afte r January 1, 2021, the price of the 3" CGM replicas in bronze are supposedly going from $39.95 to $160.What?! Whoa!!Supposedly the Mint loses money on these things; and that's driving the price increase. So now I wonder, how much have they been losing, and for how long?? because that's a pretty steep price hike.So I finally jumped and ordered my favorite WW2 design, just in case the price hike story is really true (and if Coin World reports it, I have no reason to doubt them).My favorite of the ones they have available is the Doolittle Raiders CGM replica. First reason is, it's WW2 history and I am fascinated with the story. Second reason, I live within driving distance of the original Wright Field (now Wright Patterson AFB) where Jimmy Doolittle spent some time before his famous raid (you can see photos of him with a Wright Field patch on his flight jacket); Dayton was also the hometown of his co-pilot, Dick Cole. Thirdly, my son and I have actually attended Doolittle Raider events at the National Museum of the US Air Force there, with Mr. Cole present. If you haven't seen a flight of 17-odd B-25's flying in formation and heard the collective rumble of their twin radial engines in flight, you've missed out.So the Doolittle Raider CGM replica is a natural selection for me, and someday my son will probably have it. If for some reason he doesn't want it, the price jacking happening this January will make $40 look like a bargain, and there shouldn't be any trouble selling it. Unless, of course, the price hike has the unintentional consequence of killing the CGM replica sales program and none sell for $160. I guess then, if Congress wants to issue a gold medal, we'll just pay for it in our taxes instead of by adding to our collections.Maybe I can convince somebody to buy me my favorite Presidential 3" medals before Christmas. :-)

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28 Sep 2020

The Pinetree Shilling of "1652"

Coins | TheNumisMaster

Hey guys! I'm back with another story about one of my many personal favorite coins. Today I would like to dive into the design and history of the Pinetree shilling. Without further ado, lets go!

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28 Sep 2020

Finding Something Anew

| Mokie

I have this weird quirk in my personality. I like to hide things, like actual money or something interesting, in books or rarely worn clothing or even in furniture crevasses. The reason is the instant pleasure I give myself when I find the hidden item sometimes years later. I find the same things happen with my coin collections too. Although not done purposely, I often 'discover' things buried in some bin or box that I actually forgot I owned. This happened to me this morning when I happened upon a memento of my very first ANA convention . I first joined ANA in 1977 but was very young and very poor so had never attended a convention. In 1983 ANA came to San Diego CA and since I lived in nearby Oceanside CA, I registered and drove down Interstate 5 to beautiful Mission Valley and the very lush and tropical (appearing) Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. Truth be told, I only spent one day there and my memories are fairly limited. But I do know it was an exciting day and at least one treasure remains in my collection from that day. Oh, I still have my convention badge and ribbon too. What is your first ANA convention experience?

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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! ; )

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