14 Jan 2021

Points of View

Collecting Tips | user_27473

Hello to all of my new found friends. This is my first post and I have to make a few we promises before any other sharing. To start , let's be clear on the elephant in the posting world and its my post Grammer. I promise I won't complain about any one else's run on sentences or bad spelling if you don't. LOL and my other is I promise I know way less about coins than what any one can learn from a book or from other collectors and thus I say to all of you from here on out that everything is either my own point of view or a point of view from a collection of sources. Great now you all can see soon enough I mean no harm and although passion for collecting and learning may lead to disagreements in the end we are all the same or similar in this passion. Since I hit the point already let's open that can and see what worms we can get shall we? So I have been collecting for less years than most and hoarding more years than I wished to. You see at first I thought I was collecting, I would buy every wheat roll and every wheat cent and after getting them I would quickly throw them in a safe and lock the door. I bought proof sets and any old coin and again throw in the safe shut the door. After a while I got very disturbed especially standing in line with my 5th safe and 5 or 6 orders in the car already to throw in and shut the door. After doing the cycle one more time I decided to end the ugly cycle I was in, I logged out of all the web sites and started to try and find a more logical way of it and to find out what is coin collecting. Yes I know I did look ridiculous and trust me my place looked like a little Brinks outlet. Anyways, after about 6 months of reading, observing, listening, and months of disturbing all the coin dealers in my area I finally opened my first safe and did what at first I thought would have been sacrilegious and I put on some gloves and opened some rolls. I was like a child learning about Santa being my parents all over again. Not fo mention I was seeing what every one menr about coin rolls off ebay. Lol yeah soo not ever going to recommend some of those sellers now but whats done is done and yet I learned the most valuable lesson of it all. Collecting coins is way more than my first idea and yes I do recommend every one gets involved first with the education of it all. Yet what I realized is that what you get from it the most is what can not be explained in lessons or by harassing the dealers in town. This is not a collection, it is a whole world made up of the past and present. Its a world of kings and queens. Pirates, rulers, wars, and yet all of it is real history. Some of it dark and some of it not so dark. Thats where we all actually take different roads into the actual collecting. We all see things In such different points of views and with grading we an all sorta find the road again but even on the street using a map whats great about it all is we still have room to take another path just to see what our point of view brings us. You and I can both look at a beautiful example of the same coin yet you see the very one side behind the obvious grade I see the straight path of the grade. Yes we both love it and agree to its road being that grade but it goes into your collection and thus allows your point of view to carry on your new joyful collection and I chose the other coin and that just fine. In the end we both preserved a historical beautiful piece ensuring it will see another generation but to us and different points of view have higher values and a must more vast in depth point of view for each coin. So yes coin collecting is more than preserving and more than a grade and yes these are good points for collecting. But to really collect and not be a hoarder living in a Brinks outlet you will have to look with your own understanding of it all, and that is when it will finally become that collection and that is when your going to become a true collector. Thank you and I hope that I havent given you all any bad point of view on my writing. This was a glimpse of the true beginning for me. I did leave of some more embarrassing mistakes and some others but hopefully one day those laughs can see the light of day for now thanks for reading.

25 Dec 2020

Morgan Dollars to look for

Collecting Tips | user_82972

Okay, so if you are okay with spending a little money, there is the slim chance that if you buy a roll/collection of common Morgan Dollars, you may get one with the CC mintmark! Let me explain further. There are a few different mintmark's. (P = Philadelphia, D = Denver, W = West Point, etc.) BUT there are some mints that have been shut down. Some of them, like O/New Orleans, have some not-so-valuable coins. Some others, like Carson City (CC), are very valuable. For example, an 1879 CC Morgan Dollar has an estimated price of $1,500-$8,000. If you buy a roll, there MIGHT be a nice little CC mintmark Morgan Dollar waiting in your stack. Happy collecting!

08 Dec 2020

Gifts for a coin collector

Collecting Tips | walking liberty

It's the holiday season again but this year is different. Because of COVID-19, we have to be on top of our game making sure we don't get COVID right before the holidays! But what do we do when we get asked "what do you want" and you don't know what do you do? Here's a list of useful things that you could ask for and if that is not enough I will put a link to youtube channels of my top two favorite YouTubers that discussed this here subject.1. some junk silver or a bag of random coins. This is the most basic thing to get a coin collector for the holidays. They are cheap (somewhat) and easy to get your hand on because they are sold everywhere!2. Coin flips or 2x2 coin holders. This is probably the cheapest thing on this here list! like number 1 these are easy to get your hands on and they have a wide variety of them.3. the latest red book or blue book. Don't you hate it when you get a U.S coin that looks rare but you don't know what it is? Well look no further these books come in a variety of books! we got big ones, small ones, we even got ones with a spiral on the side like a notebook!4. Neodymium magnet. Don't you hate it when you go to a coin swap or coin shop and you don't know if the silver coin is real or not? Well, they make the right tool to tell if the coin is real or not without acids! All you have to is swipe the magnet across said coin and if it sticks it a fake if it somewhat sticks then it's real.5. The final one an ANA or NGC membership. No, I am not getting paid to put this on the list I just think every coin collector should have this because they are good for you.6. And the final one, a coin world or numismatic news subscription. Like number 5 I am not getting paid for saying this (wish i was) having one of these subscriptions are a good thing because they connect you with other people, get your questions answered, and you could buy coins with both of their extensive market place.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FXlxWng_W8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUGsTYvmklAHope you liked this!

07 Dec 2020

New camera, new Qualities

Collecting Tips | A.J.

Hey there. just got a new phone and decided to start using it as my main camera, here's some photos for you to judge it's quality. The quality is 19 MP, if you want the technical bits.

02 Oct 2020

2006 commemorative

Collecting Tips | walking liberty

Does anyone here have a 2006 old mint commemorative coin? I don't know anyone that has one so I was wondering if any of you have one. They are really nice coins but kind of expensive.

03 Sep 2020

Book Review: A Guide Book to Lincoln Cents

Collecting Tips | CentSearcher

Being primarily a cent collector, this was my first numismatic book. This one in particular is the 2nd edition, and I believe there is a 3rd edition out there. To sum up all that I am about to say, this is a great resource for beginners and experts that is well written and I highly recommend it. The book covers a lot of information in depth, starting with the history. Here the author explains the creation of the Lincoln cent, the different historical events that affected the series, and the public's reaction to certain designs, releases, and varieties. I found this part of the book very enjoyable and easy to read, because it is written in a chapter book format. Once the full history of the Lincoln Cent is covered, the book proceeds to discuss other vital aspects of Lincoln Cents, such as Grading standards, the minting process, and how to be a smart buyer. To close the book, there is 150 pages of analysis and market guide on the series. For each year and mint they include a high quality photo, mintage number, a price guide for each grade, notes on striking, sharpness, and errors, and an overview of what all happened that year. This sums up the main topics of the book, an overall it covers all the fundamentals of the Lincoln Cent series as well as a lot of detailed background information. I highly recommend this book if you are collecting Lincoln Cents, and if there are any other US coin series you focus on their is likely a Whitman guidebook for it just like this one. The book costs $19.95, and remember that ANA members get a 10% discount on the Whitman website. That is it for now. Happy researching, and keep on collecting! Your fellow Numismatist, Timothy


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