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17 Feb 2018

Las Vegas Numismatic Assoc. Coin Show

Coins | user_9636

The LVNS is hosting its annual coin show on May 18-20, 2018 at the Westgate Resort Casino Hotel located at 3000 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV.

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17 Feb 2018

Recent pick ups

Coins | Kenny

Here is a video from a recent purchase to one of my favorite coin dealers. Began going to Mr. Charlies almost eight years ago. I try to go to his store every Friday evening.

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17 Feb 2018

Time To Start Checking Your Coins!

Coins | Mike Burns

Hi everyone how are you. Well springtime is coming which means our coinage will start to be released. To me it's an enjoyable time the weather gets nice you go shopping and keep all your change in your pocket. Don't buy anything with change if you can help it. You won't know how you did until you get home. I mean the luster of the new coins is a tip of. But it's the new error coins I will be looking for. Who will find that first doubled die? I hope one of us that find it and if you do write about it . Don't expect the flood gates to open and the economy get flooded with all the coins. We know the mint has a schedule I don't think they know. Had to get that in. There are always delays nothing runs like clock work and that's the fault of congress. We still don't have a permanent director of the mint and right of the bat that's a problem. I hope whatever commens come out are decent they have been poor. They will be released. The important thing is not to pull your hair out. Unfortunately it's according to there schedule not ours. Either way they will be released. Mr. Harper reported that the first cent was reported found in change yesterday that's a good sign. After that Conan reported finding a cent so they have started. So keep your eyes sharp and your loops ready because I think this will be a good year for error coins and I will be looking for them. So the flag has been dropped start looking. And lots of luck to all. Mike.

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11 Feb 2018

OLD DAWG BUT NOT A DEAD DOG!

Coins | Longstrider

The other day my wife and I were at our coin guy just looking around to see what was new. He had quite a few new items as we hadn't been there since November due to my wife's accident and surgery. I was checking out the raw Peace Dollars as we needed a ridiculously expensive 1934 D. While my heart was trying to recover, my wife spotted a 1921 low grade she fell in love with. Keep in mind we have 2 Dansco Albums that would take these. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, both had '21 Peace Dollars in them. Now I totally understand the concept of a coin talking to you. This coin talked to her. It had been rated as a nice Low Ball VG-8. I wanted my '34 D. I wasn't in love with this coin but the more I looked at it the more I saw what she saw. I could go on but as all the men know we bought the '21.. Surprise, surprise we bought the 1934 D also. Win, Win!!! Our coin guy loves us. At least my wife. Truthfully, he is the greatest dealer I have ever met. We also bought a 1971 Canadian Bicentennial. Very nicely toned. She wanted it. And why not??? As you can see in the photos, this coin has seen a lot of use. What did it purchase? You tell me. I dare you..

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09 Feb 2018

So You Want To Clean Your Coins

Coins | Mike Burns

Hi everyone. Well I have written in many messages ,blogs, comments don't clean your coins. Well there are many out there that think they can. Below is a coin I bought raw manly because I like that period in our history and I liked the coin it was done well. Had a couple of scratches but nothing that stood out. Well I sent it out and its to bad that this coin is to small other wise you would see what I saw when it came back. It's one of the four I own bought from a very reputable company. The price was good so I pulled the trigger. It came back and it had the label of death on it. The color of purple and those dreaded words IMPROPERLY CLEANED. Wow was I floored. Not this company oh yes this company. People say you can still get a good price. Sure if it was one of a kind. It says A/U Details. That's not good details is not telling you it has great details it's telling you because it was cleaned now there are details on the coin. And it's an A/ U. What a 58 ,56. No number never is. Now I looked quickly at the Red Book and it says 85.00. For what I don't know what number the grading party means. I'm not one with value never was. I like a coin I buy it. Do I still like it yes. But I'm not the type dealer who will break it out and sell it. Which happens more than you know. So what do I have. A nice coin I can't do anything with. I can look at it. But enjoy it like a good coin I just can't do that. I have heard many ways of cleaning coins. None of them work. You think your going to get past the third party graders it's not going to happen. There are these things called hairline scratches. You hold the coin the right way with the right lite and you will see them. They come from drying going back and forth with a cloth or a cotton swab. Silver scratches very easy. So if your not into value these coins are for you. I don't buy for value but I do want a well kept coin. So this half dime which I could of received 85.00 or more if it was an MS before these people made it better they destroyed the coin. Yes I consider them destroyed. It's to bad because it's part of our history. It has a wonderful design but now it has a purple label. So I have said all I can to discourage you from cleaning your coins I only hope you get it. Save coins don't destroy them. Read the label. Guaranteed Authentic Only Details Grade Does Not Determine Value. There it is they say it not me. Enjoy and leave those coins alone! Thanks Mike

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08 Feb 2018

Coinage after Independence #1: New Hampshire

Coins | user_55599

New Hampshire was the first of the states to consider the subject of coinage following the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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07 Feb 2018

1944 Wheat Cent Doubled Die Obverse

Coins | user_25740

I've been researching US cent errors, and searching my collection, and I've heard many references to 1944 wheat cent DDO cents. It seemed that they commanded no premium. Is this true? If so, why don't they?

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07 Feb 2018

1972 S Lincoln Cent Errors

Coins | user_25740

I'm just curious if there are any 1972 S error cents that command a premium, and if so, what type of error that would be.

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05 Feb 2018

Economic Affects of Numismatics?

Coins | user_55599

So I have a very different blog today. I was curious if anyone knows the economic affects, coin collecting has on silver and gold prices. Also did silver coins (90%) have an affect on the economy? If so how significant was it?

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