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22 Jun 2017

Odd Things with Coins #17

Coins | user_9073

Most of my "Odd Things with Coins" blogs have been for things I have had for a long time. These first day covers were just given to me last week. The Image on the stamp is an Indian Head cent. There is some postal history about this stamp too. This is the smallest stamp issued by the USPS. It was an experiment at five post offices around the country. It must not have worked because this size stamp was not continued. I was visiting a stamp collecting friend and he gave these to me. I think they are kind of a neat thing to put with my Indian Head cents. I know there are other stamps with images of coins but I can't think of them now. Can you think of them??

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22 Jun 2017

Protect Those Coins!

Coins | Mike Burn

Hi everyone. The most important thing besides collecting coins is protecting them. Now there are many suppliers of different types of holders. It's up to you what you need . I find if I'm going to to do some coin rolling I order the rolls to protect them. Not a lot it depends on how many rolls your getting and what denomination. They have hundreds of different plastic holders. What's the best? Well I use air tites. They seem to work for me the best. For slabs there are also many ways to stop them from scratching. I was going to order a slabed coin when I noticed I was having a hard time seeing the coin. So I sent a message to the seller saying it's probably a very nice coin but I can't see parts of it. His response didn't make any sense. It's what the label says. No it's what in the holder! They have binders aluminium boxes with foam. Wooden boxes with foam even cardboard which I wouldn't recommend. A few years ago a seller sent me an aluminum box for Christmas. So I tried it. I think it's the best. It holds the slabs tight doesn't scratch them and if it falls they stay in there spot and the top stays closed. The kind I dont like are the ones from the third party graders. They rattle scratch the holders the top comes right off and on the floor go your slabs. Now I found the cheaper prices of the exact same holders on eBay. That's right. The one that hold thirty cost up to forty four dollars. The ones on eBay that hold a hundred are fifty four dollars. Again this is up to you and your needs. You might not need one that hold a hundred. So buy one that holds thirty. They also have great wooden ones with the foam inside. There easy to store and look a lot better than the third party graders. Now the interesting ones I saw hold round air tites in foam. Great idea. I think. Again this blog is just my opinion. You buy what you need for your coins. You know better than I do what you need. The bottom line is that we all need these so don't skim on protecting your coins. The binders have a great reputation also. So shop around there out there and the prices do vary a lot. But do buy them in a few years you will be happy you did. By the way the aluminium box I received from the seller still today five years later in terrific shape. But it's up to you. You might be protecting a very expensive coin! Think about it. These were bought with your money. There part of our history and the history of the world let's save them for them for those who will follow us. It's the least we can do. Enjoy and protect those coins Mike.

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20 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #16

Coins | user_9073

Here is a cute little bell made from a penny. I bought this a few years ago. It actually does ring (a little!!). I put a penny in the photo for scale. This was probably made by a tradesman showing what he was capable of doing. I like it! What do you think??

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19 Jun 2017

Nation Coin Week Trivia Challenge Prize

Coins | user_9073

Nation Coin Week was April 15-21, 2017. There was an Online Trivia Challenge and a Club Trivia Challenge. I entered the Online Challenge and lead the effort in two clubs to enter the Club Challenge. Correct entries were put in a hat and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes were draw in both categories. I wasn't a winner of any of those prizes. In the Club Challenge all correct entries got a 2017 US Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set. For my leader ship I got one of those. The questions and answers are on the ANA website, under EVENTS, then NATIONAL Coin WEEK. Check it out! There is some interesting stuff there. (Sorry that the image of the coins are blurry. I scan it and the auto focus was on the lens, not the coins.)

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19 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #15

Coins | user_9073

In Great Britain the one pound coins is referred to as the "Round Pound. This series started in 1983and closed in 2016. I have collected them from the beginning and enjoy nowhaving a complete set. And I have taken a ribbing from fellowcollectors about collecting this series instead of somethingmore appropriate like Morgan dollars. (I do collect Morgan dollar!) Well a friend of mine found this One PoundSilver plated replica aan 1878 Morgan dollar and gave it to me. Hi commentwas' "Now this is a round pound!"It is nice to have friends like that. Has a friend ever given you something while ribbing you about what you collect?

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18 Jun 2017

"6 Months of saved pocket change"...

Coins | Kepi

It was time to empty the ol' jar of saved pocket change from about 6 months of tossing it in everyday! Always exciting to see what you might find and how much you actually saved. This jar full weighed about 19 pounds, netted me $225.00 and after going through every coin I found one 1964 Silver Quarter. Not bad for a day of fun! : ) Now to start all over again! Who else saves all their change?

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18 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #14

Coins | user_9073

Well it is Father's Day!! Fix breakfast for Dad in a skillet. Here is a tiny one made from a 1940 Lincoln cent!! Looking at the tool marks it looks like it was turned on a lathe. This would probably be better placed in a doll house. Maybe Dad made you a doll house years ago. I have seen other miniature cookware made from coins. Have you seen any?

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17 Jun 2017

Images of Frogs on coins - Question

Coins | user_7180

I purchased one of the 2016 Mark Twain coins for my grandson. He has a fascination with all things frogs. Now that he is understanding money and collecting I figured it was time to help him learn that he can easily combine his interests. We can dive in together to learn more about Mark Twain and his stories starting with that famous Frog. My grandson asked the question "How many coins have Frogs on them"? Good question already! I told him we could ask our ANA Community for help with the answers. So, does anyone know of other coins with Frogs? Thanks for your responses in advance!!!

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17 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #13

Coins | user_9073

What is odd about this coin is how I got it. I was at an estate auction in 2004. The auction had a lot with six of these gold plated Ike dollars. The auctioneer described these as "souvenirs" of the Apollo Space Program. He did not realize that they were gold plate coins. I was the only bidder at $4. (for $6 face value!!) I put this one in my collection and had fun with the other 5. Usually as prizes to Young Numismatists for contests that I sponsored. Have you had an auction buy under face value?

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16 Jun 2017

Now Over 11,000 in ANA Online Community!!

Coins | user_9073

Did anyone else notice the counter for number of ANA Online Community accounts rolled over 11,000 today! That is eleven M's in Roman numerals for you ancient coin collectors!!

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