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25 May 2016

DANSCO SETS

Coins | Mike Burn

Well it took till May but my still active sets are now up to date. I completed the  deluxe Kennedy set with the P&D rolls.the silver proofs of course with the proof sets. And the S mints. It does take time but when you look at the set that's up to date there is a feeling of accomplishment. I have older sets thank the Lord there not making a lot of coins anymore. Now some of you will say what's the big deal. Well I as a collector enjoy it. There not the only coins I collect by far. Some of you I have told you part of my collection. It's just to long. After twenty five years you tend to accumulate a lot  of coins. I still like the up to date sets. Like nickels dimes Penny's half dollars all are current coinage. Some of the coins I don't collect in DANSCO albums. Like the America the Beautiful quarters. There all graded. All the same grade and all ultra cameo and of course silver. Now I can pull out any sets I want on a bad day and put a smile on my face. Some will say but there not investment coins. So what I like them. And that's all that counts. Take care. Mike

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24 May 2016

Why Numismatics?

Coins | Pliny The Elder

I believe that finding a hobby is essential to a healthy outlook on life, and with coin collecting you have a hobby that inspires and teaches it's participants.  A handful of change can tell a long story about silver shortages, wars, celebrations and important events.  But that story starts with each individual collector, each entering into the hobby for different reasons.  For some, coin collecting gives us respite from a world that often is overly involved with the concerns of others. It brings our thoughts into focus in a specific area that holds great interest to one's self.  Whether it be gryphons or gorgons, watchful eagles or possibly trees, a person can find an area of coin collecting that brings great joy into not only their life but into the lives of others.  Some coin collectors spend long hours studying their collection, reading numismatic material, furthering their knowledge of their particular area of numismatic interest. There are die combinations to learn about, hordes that have been studied, legend variations to look after, and all happening while one tries to fully enjoy their coins.  It can get confusing as coin collecting often involves more than just looking at your coins, but this is a hobby and it is only important to enjoy it and to have fun.  Along the way of coin collecting fun, though, you will start to notice variations in your coins that you have and you will want to know more.  Why did this particular coin have this type of legend, and this other one shows a different style?  Outside of the pretty images and silver and gold content one eventually learns that any serious numismatic pursuit involves a lot of counting and cataloging things. Now that doesn't mean if you are bad at math then numismatics is not your pursuit.  It does involve some level of mathematics, but this area of math is practiced only in a fun way, trust me.  You do not jump right in counting coin types in hordes and learning about die combinations, but it comes eventually because it just does.  Because numismatics, besides being about math and about coin COLLECTING, is also a scientific pursuit.  You can get our your microscope as well as your cotton gloves, because your coin collection will become a classroom over time.  Through your study of your collection you will learn about how environment affects some coin surfaces.  You will learn about toning of coins, about patinas both natural and artificial.  You will learn a lot about metal contents, and what is expected for certain issues.  Flow lines and clogged dies, various makeup of coin hordes, there is a great deal to know.  But outside of this scientific aspect of numismatics there is still even more.  Coin and currency collecting also holds a high level of interest to those studying history.  In cataloging one's collection, specifically identifying details on your coins, getting to know them each personally through hours of hands on learning, weighing and measuring, and always studying, one becomes an actual numismatist and not just a coin collector.  Through this study a coin collector becomes more expert, and sometimes a collector finds they wish to share what they have learned with others.  This hobby is so expansive, and includes a type of people that for the most part are dedicated to furthering the intellectual advancement of mankind.  Some collectors feel that the need to share their knowledge with others is important, and it grows this hobby in ways that are hard to quantify.  There are many reasons why people choose numismatics, and for some those reasons shift and grow over time. One might start off collecting silver, then graduating to Franklin Halves only, then slowly moving into Civil War Tokens.  By the time old age is reached there is a lot of experience to share, and that becomes the next level.  You have a nice collection.  You have learned so much about history.  Your scientific pursuit in this hobby has been so very rewarding.  You are ready to help others.  One might get into numismatics for a variety of reasons, but with time, the reason one stays is to help others.  Have fun collecting.    

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23 May 2016

This weeks news (1 day late)

Coins | user_94464

The top 3 numismatic things that happened to me are: 

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22 May 2016

NGC Canada W SP coins

Coins | user_2428

I have collected NGC Canada specimen coins for years.  I finally saw & purchased my first W mint specimen.

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20 May 2016

UNCIRCULATED SETS

Coins | Mike Burn

I read an article today. Now they want to do away with these sets. You know it's time we find out who ' they' are. Because if they do away with these sets lets do away with collecting. Why bother? Everyone says we need more young people in this hobby. Well this is just another part of the great plan to do away with everything. We all know young people make at least a hundred thousand dollars a year. They can afford gold slab coins. Oh they can go to the auction houses. I mean how much more do you want to do away with. Proof sets will be next mark my words. I guess they forgot how they got there start. Collecting with dad and grandpa. Do you forget those days? They were fun weren't they. Or do you forget since you only collect expensive coins. You don't need a set from the mint. Just the expensive stuff.

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17 May 2016

ENJOYING OLD BLOG'S

Coins | Mike Burn

Hi! The one thing I enjoy on a lousy day is to read old blog's. You would not believe how much information one can pick up reading them!

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10 May 2016

OVERDATE ERROR

Coins | user_2293

I have a 1942/41 Mercury Dime.  at about 7:00  7:30  there is a small die clip.  Are ther any Error collectors, Dime specialists that might be interested in this type of coin?

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09 May 2016

THE PIGGY BANK

Coins | Mike Burn

Hi! A lot of collector's have asked me if coin rolling is fun? Of course it is. I have something that does the same thing and will cost you nothing. The piggy bank! Now don't start laughing  I have gone through two banks in the house and not only did I have a good time I found some nice coins. Penny's that look uncirculated, because once someone puts a coin in the bank it just sits there. No banging around no shaking the coins just sit there. Nickels dimes quarters sometimes half dollars. I went through my wife's piggy bank only got half way. Now she's had it for thirty five forty year's. I found two Indian heads, two silver quarters a couple of silver dimes and some Penny's from the Thirty's and forty's and two Franklin's.No  ding marks no toning no scratches. The field of these coins were in great shape! I believe that because the bank just sat there. I forgot the nickels.Five from the late 50s early 60s. Now remember that's only half way down. I know I have a lot to do yet especially with the pennys. Remember double dies I have to give these coins the once over! I will wait for a rainy day that's when it's most enjoyable. Now I'm telling you depending on when they started these banks you might find anything, Including silver. So grab a bank and have some fun for free and good hunting!

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08 May 2016

What grading service should I use

Coins | user_94464

I was wondering what grading service I should Use. PCGS, NGC, ANACS, or ICG?

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