07 Oct 2019

Numismatic book reviews.

Collecting Tips | JudeA

I noticed when I went on the ANA member blog that 3 people had done reviews of the same 4 books. The books were,A Kids Guide to Collecting Coins by Arlyn G. Sieber,Coin Collecting for Kids by Steve Otfinoski,A Guide Book of United States Coins 2019 by RS Yeoman, andThe Coin Collector’s Survival Manual The 7th Edition by Scott A. Travers. I think this might have been one YN that wanted to get lots of YN dollars, so he made multiple accounts to different addresses. It might have also been some of a YN's friends. This isn't why the ANA does the YN dollars program. They do it so YN's can learn, while having an opportunity to get cool coins. Sam, if you see this blog, please look in to these blogs, and if they are by the same person please do not reward YN dollars to these people. Thank you all YN's who actually do the YN dollars program correctly.

27 Sep 2019

How I became a collector.

Collecting Tips | JudeA

This story is on how I became a collector. My Grandma and Grandpa were taking me and my siblings to an antiques show. I was excited because I was hoping that we would get to see some Pokemon there! That's right, we were huge Pokemon collectors back then. I still remember when I discovered that the Charizard I got from my Dad's binder was worth about $50! We got there, I didn't see any Pokemon, but I found a much greater treasure. I was looking at a table with pocket knives when I saw that the table had about 5 or 6 different coins in the case. I looked at them, and finally chose to buy a 1912 D wheat cent, and a 1939 D mercury dime with brilliant luster! As I was walking back to the car a gentleman gave me a piece of advice that all collectors should follow, "Don't touch the coin, only hold it by it's edges. I never did take the coins out of the 2x2 they were contained in, and to this day, both of them are still in my collection. When we got back to their house, I remembered that they had a huge coin jar upstairs, I went up, dumped out the coin jar, and started looking through all the coins, seeing if I could find some old coins. I found 4 wheat cents that day, which became the start of my wheat cent collection. Later, as all my siblings were searching through the coin jar, one exclaimed, "I found a penny from 1904!" We went over and, sure enough, there was a Indian Head penny, dated 1904. We searched up how much it was worth, and google told us it was worth, $10,000 to $15,000. To make a long story short, we freaked out. Grandpa did some more research and discovered that that value was only for a proof (We didn't know what a proof was back then) and that the coin would only be worth about $5. Still, a penny worth $5 is a big profit, and we got the coin craze. I found probably 3 more wheat cents, before falling into a coin collecting slump. One Sunday, we were driving down the road, when we saw a sign that said, "Phil's Coins!" We NEEDED to go there. We begged and begged our parents until they told us that we could go to Phil's Coins. We drove there, and my mind was blown. There was more coins than I ever thought possible! I marveled over the brilliant uncirculated Morgan's, and over the 1909 S VDB. I ended up buying a 1909 VDB, and a bulk sack of wheat cents. At that time I had checked out the Red Book 2017 edition from our local library, and was getting the general idea of what coin prices were. We went again, and at that time I was working on a set of semi-key date Lincoln cents. I saw a flyer for a coin show, and we convinced our parents, once again, to take us there. We got there, and we were ecstatic. There was coins everywhere! I had about $50 to spend and ended up spending all of it. I spent part of it on a 1924 D semi-key date Lincoln Cent, I also bought 2 Lincoln Bicentennial coins, which became the start of my Lincoln Bicentennial collection, of which I am proud to say has 10 of every of the 4 reverse designs picked from circulation. We then fell into another, longer, collecting slump. Then, this summer our family decided to go to Colorado for a summer vacation. I asked if we could go to the ANA Money Museum and they said that we could. We got there and spent a good 2 hours looking at the exhibits. For any of you who haven't been there, I highly recommend going, it is packed with Numismatic anything! I got home and sent in the YN dollar request for going there. I also started doing blogs on this website to get YN dollars for the YN auction. The last week before the auction I think I earned something like YN110? I did the YN auction and had a blast, it still amazes me how many YN's are active in this kind of stuff. I have did a talk at my school about Numismatics, and two of my classmates are going to do the coins for A's program! One of my friends is actively searching his coins for oldies, and has a collection going! I also keep getting ideas from bloggers on this website! All of you are amazing, and I hope you continue to share your ideas and thoughts! Happy hunting!

26 Sep 2019

My Avatar

Collecting Tips | Mike B

This will be very short. On Sept,29 I was planning on changing my avatar. Nothing to do with the other collector. I was born in Ireland. The custom being if you were born on a Saints day. That's the name you were given. So far I have used that name and my middle name Pat. And the 29th of September is my birthday The feast day of Saint Michael the archangel. What does this have to do with coins. We get to know others collectors by there avatar. All of them have special meaning. Now I'm writing this to let you know in advance so you don't think I'm new. We know the avatar we know the collector. I realized that I should of left it. Well when I change it maybe today it you will know Pat is Gone Mike is back. will stay. I have one other name Matthew. Yes Ireland believes strongly in the Saints. So now you won't have to say who's Mike.. I will sign my name in messages Mike was Pat. I think it's important otherwise you say who is this guy Mike. Well you will know. That's why it's important to let collectors know your the same person. I was thinking about it and Pat doesn't fit. So today i will to introduce Mike who was Pat. We have to know our collectors. I don't want anyone to get mixed up. So now you have Mike back and it will stay that way. Thanks Mike who was Pat. I hope you understood all that. Even I'm confused. Mike After all that it would not let change to Mike. I guess there's to many. So I chose the second initial to a B. Why? It's a good letter Why not b. I will keep that letter Why not. Mike B

25 Sep 2019

Strike Doubling scams. Be aware!

Collecting Tips | JudeA

I am seeing more and more scams on eBay in which people offer strike doubled coins as the real piece. A recent one I looked at had just been bought for $135 and was a "1936 DDO." The people doing this are directly scamming people, and depleting their trust in them. I hope that you will all do a little more research to avoid getting scammed like this.

13 Sep 2019

Half Dollar Roll Hunting

Collecting Tips | Mr_Norris_LKNS

Recently I made some hobby money that I was not going to need to spend for awhile. Rather than just let it sit idle (interest rates on savings accounts are still pretty low), I thought I'd use it for something I have wanted to try for awhile: roll searching.

04 Sep 2019

Custom Sets in the NGC Registry

Collecting Tips | Mr_Norris_LKNS

As I keep exploring resources available to me as a coin collector, I keep finding new things. My latest find revolves around the LKNS coins I submitted to NGC for certifying. NGC will take a digital image of your coin in its holder, so that when you go to ngccoin.com to verify the genuineness of an NGC-slabbed coin, you can see a picture of it after you enter the certification number. You can also ask NGC to take higher resolution professional photos of your coins before they are slabbed, which is very nice for seeing surface details. But once you have these nice photos, where can you show them off (as is natural for a collector to want to do)?There's always the Collections section here at money.org, but did you know you can also create a collection within the NGC Registry? Not only that, if it falls within a certain category type, you can actually compete your collection against others' collections for fun and points... maybe even recognition. I did not know anything about this... I'd heard of Registry Sets but didn't know much about the topic.Of course, not every type of coin that people collect are categorized. Some won't be, but others just haven't been identified yet as an area of collectors' interest. If you don't see the proper category for the type of set you want to compete, you can suggest it and NGC will consider creating it. It's not guaranteed that they will, though.Your other option is to create a Custom Set. It's not a competitive set, in that you don't win prizes or score points comparing your set to someone else's of the same type of coins. But you do get to display it where other collectors can see it whenever they want.As of this writing, NGC has been updating their set registry pages. While competitive sets are hosted on NGCCoin.com/registry, custom sets are still hosted at the old site,https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetListing.aspx. Plans are to migrate the custom sets to the new URL eventually.I decided to try this out by listing my set of LKNS coins. First I created a custom set, gave it a name, and added the coins using the NGC certification numbers. Adding the coins brought over the photographs NGC took when they certified them. Then I could fill in details, both about the set, and about the individual coins. Check it out:https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=27929You can do this for your own sets of NGC-graded coins. If you like adding details and telling background stories behind each coin or set, this format lets you do that. Sometimes a good coin is better when the story behind it is known.

03 Sep 2019

100 greatest ancient coins book review

Collecting Tips | SALMON

100 greatest ancient coins is less technical than aorta which I did a previous review on. First, you will see a foreword, a preface, and an introduction talking about the author and a little bit about the book, and also about the coins. next, it has a section how to collect ancient coins and what to avoid witch includes a denomination chart. next, it starts the list of the ancient coins from first minted to last not from 1 to 100 greatest. on the top of the page, there is the 1-100 number then the name of the coin, then the mint and date. on the main body of the page, there is a picture of the coin, with its actual size for reference. there is also a history piece about the coin/ ruler. on the bottom of the page, there is a timeline that shows the coins period in roman history.


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