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19 Oct 2017

Coin Thoughts #37 by "SUN"

Coins | "SUN"


19 Oct 2017

The Best Ways to Organize Your Collection

Coins | iccoins

Many collectors want to showcase and organize their coin collection in a nice, organized way that they understand. Many turn to Excel spreadsheets or other alternatives, while others turn to the special software designed specifically for coin collectors. However, there are many free and great ways to organize your coin collection. I have used all the formats below and these are my honest reviews of each, helping you to decide which one is best for you.

16 Oct 2017

Coin Grading Scale

Coins | iccoins

The coin grading scale is very important to finding the value of a coin. The Sheldon coin grading scale, which is the most common grading scale and is used by the grading services, contains grades from 0 to 70, with 70 being the best and 0 being the worst. One or two letters are in front of the number to include the more overall grade.

11 Oct 2017

Its been a while

Coins | Conan Barbarian

Its been a while since i last wrote a blog and a lot has happened since then. i got a few new coins (mostly silver quarter ranging in grades MS64-MS66 but also some Franklin and a couple MS66 wheat pennies) and expanding my collection in areas in which i am lacking (mostly silver coins). i also managed to sell all of my excess buffalo nickels which were either duplicates or undesirable. with that income i will hopefully find some great coins at the upcoming Whitman show in Baltimore and other local coin shows. i am also looking to buy more Dansco albums to store my better coins in and hoping to find discounted ones at the coin show or online and if anyone here knows of a website that has them for low prices i am open to options. Also i am about to move into a new house and spent the entire day yesterday packing up my collection into boxes ready to transport to the new house. i never realized until now how heavy a coin collection can get, all those hundreds and thousands of coins add up to quite a load. i hope to write more frequently in the coming months.

10 Oct 2017


Coins | Longstrider

Yes, it is possible. Most "O" or New Orleans mint Morgan Dollars are weakly struck. This, among other things, results in a flat chested eagle on the reverse. The breast feathers are almost lacking on some. I think this specimen shows a very well struck Morgan with defined eagle breast feathers. The 1885-O is one of the most common Morgan dollars in mint state. It had a mintage of 9,185,000 although untold millions were melted under the Pittman Act with more during the 1970's when silver prices rose. In 1938 the Treasury released 1,000 coin bags with millions more released between 1962-1964. I was luckly enough to find this specimen while looking for a 1885-O Morgan just for the mintmark to fill a hole in the Dansco album "Silver Dollar Date Set" # 7172. As you can hopefully see in the photos, there is some very nice toning on it. All in all I feel very lucky to find this MS-64 "O" Morgan with toning. A much nicer example than I was hoping for. Relatively cheap too. Thanks for looking. I look forward to your comments.

04 Oct 2017


Coins | Longstrider

Today I am adding another, what has lately become controversial. It is my 1925 Stone Mountain Silver Commemorative fifty cent piece. Once again, this coin has become a problem for people that want to revise history especially Civil War History. Especially, especially Southern Civil War History. Personally I'm against any history revisionism. Enough politics. About this coin. In 1925 the coin was issued to help pay for the giant carving on Stone Mountain, Georgia. This project was started in 1916 and wasn't going well. Thus the coin. It and the real mountain were meant to honor the Civil War soldiers that fought for the South. Both the obverse and reverse were designed byGutzon Borglum. The Obverse features Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The reverse features an eagle and the text. The other features can be seen in the photos below, I hope. The coin has a diameter of 30.6 mm and weighs 12.5 grams of 90% silver and features a reeded edge. The surviving mintage is thought to be 1,310,000. This coin is the second most plentiful of all the early Commemoratives. My particular coin has some nice toning on both sides. I hope you enjoy this blog and photos. Please comment NON-POLITICALLY only! Thanks!!

03 Oct 2017


Coins | Longstrider

My controversial coin is a 1892 silver Columbian Exposition Silver Half Dollar. It never used to be controversial but it seems to be now. I won't get into politics. This isn't the place. Let's just say that as a American-Italian I am not to happy that most Columbus Days festivals are now called Indigenous Peoples Day, as well as the parades. Back to the coin. This coin is the first commemorative coin issued by The United States of America. They were issued to commemorate the Worlds Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. This Expo was to celebrate 400 years since Columbus' finding of the New World. Coined in 1892 some were also made in 1893. They were sold at the Expo for $1.00 as a souvenir and to help cover the cost of the Expo. This coin has become the most common early commemorative coin. As you can see in the photos, mine has great toning on the obverse, that my photos don't show properly, and wear toning on the reverse. Most were held and not spent but it appears this one was spent. Why?? Maybe the original owner needed money so bad he/she spent a coin that cost one dollar to get fifty cents and it went on from there. The specs on this coin are that the obverse designer was Charles E. Barber. The reverse was designed by George T. Morgan. This is noteworthy as they were, reportedly, arch enemies at the mint. It has a diameter of 30.6 mm and weighs 12.5 grams of 90% silver and has a reeded edge. There was a total mintage of 950,000. I hope you enjoyed the blog and photos. I look forward to your "Non-Political" comments, please. Thanks for looking!

30 Sep 2017


Coins | Longstrider

I was sitting around today reading some older blogs on our site, not too old just not on the first page. I came across a blog written by CoinLady on 22 Sept. entitled "Good, Not About Good". It's a well written blog and I recommend everyone go back and read it. It got me to thinking about this Morgan Dollar I have and I decided to share it with everyone. It is a 1880 Morgan Dollar rated VG-10 and an attribute of VAM -19B. A lot of people wouldn't want such a low grade and common date Morgan. Personally I found it to be Fantastic. Besides being a VAM, I think it looks beautiful. Looking so nice after all these 137 years is a testament to the skill of everyone that helped to mint it. From George T. Morgan all the way down to the person that bagged it. Do you think a coin minted today will look this good in 137 years? I don't. Rich silver color with the dark toning makes one want to hold it and feel the smoothness of it. Even with all the wear and use it received it still boldly shows all its engraving nicely. Miss Liberty, the stars, lettering and date on the obverse along with the wreath, lettering and courageous eagle on the reverse are still bold and easily read. Now as to the VAM 19B. There are several things that should be can be seen on a 19-B but have disappeared with time and use on this particular Morgan. The one attribute that still stands out and can be seen with the naked eye is the spike going through her hair above her forehead. I will leave it to the reader to research the rest of the attributes. Let's call it a little homework. All in all, while not for everybody, I am very happy and proud to own this Morgan Dollar. It has character and has a secret history of ownership and use that only it can tell. I hope you enjoy looking at it. I look forward to your comments.


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