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22 Jul 2016

1923 TOP-50 VAM PEACE DOLLAR

Coins | Longstrider

  So here I am trying to save money for the ANA Anaheim Show. Doesn't sound like a big deal does it. Then I get an alert from ha.com that a coin I am looking for has come up for bid. I check it out and it's a very nice 1923 MS 64 Peace Dollar VAM-1B Extra Hair. I enjoy Vam Peace and Morgan Dollars. Especially ones you can see the deal that makes it a noteworthy, Top 50, VAM without any magnification. I put a modest bid on it and before you know it I won it. Oh well. It's a beauty. I have included a photo I took from VAMworld so you can see the extra hair clearly. I had a bit of trouble photographing this coin as it's fairly blast silver color. What do you all think. I already know I'm weak! Thanks for looking!!

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18 Jul 2016

need help

Coins | user_93411

I have a few questions to ask i have a 1999 no mint mark penny and Im wanting a ball park figure on its value.  I also i have a 1983d double die penny the wt. 3.0 grams, is that a copper penny im not sure? my  1996 d penny double die with a extra bread does anybody have any info on them regarding value ect. I'm new to collecting coins and any advice would be greatly appreciated 

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18 Jul 2016

Bobs Thoughts

Coins | user_3513

Blogs are new to me....coins .....not so much. I would love to help (myself) and others, who are new to the "online" world of coins reach out to all the coin art lovers out there. Any mentors out there?    B

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08 Jul 2016

2016 GOLD MERCURY DIME QUESTION

Coins | Longstrider

 I was one of the lucky few people who were able to order the Gold Mercury Dime from the mint. I bought this as a gift for my wife who is a Mercury Dime collector. I had no desire to have this coin graded at the time nor do I now. I have seen some ads for different graded dimes that got me thinking. This led to a question I am hoping all you fellow numismatists can answer. This coin, as you all know, sold out in lets be generous and say an hour. Given this fact, how is it that NGC and PCGS have offered Early Release type labels on some of their slabbed coins? For example, NGC has set a cut off date for this label as May 23, 2016. Since ALL these coins sold out in an hour, shouldn't all the slabbed coins get this designation? Why should one pay extra for the "early" label given these facts? As of today, Coin World states that nearly 9,000 of these coins are still unsold as they were returned for some reason. It seems to me these should be the only gold dimes that don't get the designation, if and when they are ever sold. I hope someone can answer my question. I know it seems trite but I would like an answer without calling NGC or PCGS. That's too easy..

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04 Jul 2016

Celebrating Independence

Coins | Pliny The Elder

Today is an important holiday for Americans.  This day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United States' Declaration of Independence from Britain.  It also marks the day for parades, fireworks, barbecue, kayaking and fishing and other fun things.  I hope you get to do something fantastic today, something exciting and fun.  I hope you eat good food, and feel a great sense of comfort.  The United States of America is a great country, it has brought me all I have.  But most of all, my country guarantees my right to live and breathe as a free man.  America guarantees that any man may uplift himself, or sink to the lowest depths, all as a matter of choice.  For myself, I choose to eat good food.  Happy Independence Day.  Enjoy your freedom.  God Bless America. 

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02 Jul 2016

Coin Slang.

Coins | user_15398

Why is there so much coin slang? Rosies for Roosevelt dimes, wheaties for Wheat cents, Ikes for Eisenhower dollars, pennies for cents, and all that. Who thought those names up and why? The coins already had names, I mean, sure, those are easier to say, but still..... Honestly I agree that Ike is easier than Eisenhower and penny is catchier than cent, but I still like the original names more, and I believe the original names have more history attached to them. Does anyone know who started coin slang? That would be an interesting thing to know. :)

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02 Jul 2016

MORGAN DOLLAR GSA HOARD

Coins | Longstrider

   So, it's been a while since I posted a new coin and I think it's time. I recently acquired this 1884 CC GSA Morgan Silver Dollar. I bought this coin from my regular coin dealer. He had set it aside for me as he knows I enjoy toned coins. Not only is this a toned Morgan, It also shows the pattern of the burlap bag it was encased in. That means it was in direct contact with the Carson City mint bag since 1884 till October 1972 when the three most common CC were auctioned off. The 1882, 83 and 84. I'm not going to go into details of the GSA sales,, it was multi tiered, but I greatly encourage anyone interested to look it up. Its CRAZY!!! Some people made a ton of money and some lost a ton, as their rare coin was no longer rare!!!!!! In 1884 the Philly mint produced approximately 14,070,000 Morgan Dollars. Of these, only 1,136,000 were minted at Carson City. Of this reduced number, only 962,638 were GSA holdings. 

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