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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.

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06 Dec 2019

MY COLLECTING LIFE

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.

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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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04 Dec 2019

What Is It About This Hobby?

Coins | Just Mokie

I started collecting coins in 1968 at the age of ten. At that time, my interest was kindled by friends in my neighborhood, who were in Scouting and had started collecting to earn their merit badges. I have stayed in the hobby due to several factors that hold true to this day.

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03 Dec 2019

YN Scholarship to ANA 2020 Summer Seminar

| Donn Pearlman

The annual Professional Numismatists GuildYoung Numismatist (YN) Scholarship Competition has opened. The PNG will provide a scholarship to a deserving YN to attend one session of the 2020 American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 27-July 2 or July 4-9.

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01 Dec 2019

the wheat cent

Coins | 1943penny

I've been doing some research and basiacally I have created this to some up the wheat penny;

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01 Dec 2019

Gold quarters

| user_85205

Just got 2 gold quarter sets at a coin show for $4 each. They look cool!

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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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