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17 Feb 2018

**Beautiful Blue**

Coins-United States | Kepi

Hi Everyone, Just a short blog tonight as I wanted to share with you my latest addition to my toned Mercury Dime Collection! This one comes from an auction I recently won. It is a 1942 Mercury Dime or "Winged Liberty Head". Graded by NGC as a MS62. Unfortunately no Full Bands, but to me the toning makes up for that. It shows amazing blue, violet and orange tones on the reverse... While the obverse is more golden. There's something about these Mercury Dimes from the 1940's that seem to really tone beautifully, more so than other dates. Any ideas on why this might be? I hope you enjoyed my blog! Any comments are welcomed! Please note that scratches are on the holder...not the coin.

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16 Feb 2018

Still looking

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Still no 2018 dated coins in sight. The past three days I've been out and about. Bookstore day, shopping, and numerous delicious meals. I pay cash and check my change, as I have been for decades. I spotted a few bright cents and thought, maybe this is it! All cents were dated 2017.

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11 Feb 2018

Today's Quarter RPMs

Coins-United States | user_9894

Today I was setting up my digital camera, and downloading some software to get it working, and to test it I went and got a partial roll of silver quarters to see how it would work. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say that today it was around an 8. I need to work on the lighting next, to really bring out the varieties which can be found on our coins, The photos speak for themselves. Clearly you can see the repunched mint marks.

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03 Feb 2018

Where has it been?

Coins-United States | CoinLady

That poor old coin had seen better days. The quarter was worn slick and smooth. The coin's date had been worn off many years ago. A scratch covered much of the obverse. The reverse eagle was seen flying, with much of the lettering worn smooth.

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31 Jan 2018

**1943 Winged Liberty Toned**

Coins-United States | Kepi

I've been browsing some of my favorite auction sites and found this 1943 Mercury Dime, also called "Winged Liberty Head" with some really great toning! ( Which is one of my weaknesses...love those tones!) It's graded by PCGS and is an MS65. The designer is Adolph A. Weinman. It has a weight of 2.50 grams, a composition of .900 silver and .100 copper, a diameter of 17.9 mm, a reeded edge and mints out of Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. The wings on Liberty's cap are meant to symbolize "Liberty of Thought"....Something all Americans should embrace. I hope you enjoyed my blog! Any comments are always welcome.

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31 Jan 2018

Window of beauty

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Yesterday during my downtown trip, I stopped at the coin shop. I've already commented on the lovely sets I saw, but there was so much more to admire and enjoy. Another window held a selection of Morgan silver dollars, all mint state, all beautiful. There were many San Francisco issues--of course there were two 1881-S dollars--and a few New Orleans coins that looked pristine and glowing.

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30 Jan 2018

** Now That's One Big Eye!**

Coins-United States | Kepi

I love these big 5 oz. Silver coins! Otherwise known as "Hockey Pucks" because of their similar sizes. This one is "American The Beautiful" 2013-P Mount Rushmore design. The series was made in conjunction with the "America The Beautiful" Quarters. The Mint produced these companion pieces in bullion in five different designs of either historic or natural significance each year from 2010 through 2021. These bullion coins are nearly identical to their smaller counterparts except for the 5 oz. weight, a 3 inch diameter, and the edge is stamped with .999 Fine Silver/5.0 ounce. The U.S. Mint produces all these coins in bullion and numismatic versions. The bullion version has a brilliant Uncirculated finish and does not have the "P" mintmark. It is only sold through dealers. The numismatic version, with the mintmark has a "Burnished" or matte finish. These coins are designated Specimens (SP) by grading companies and are sold directly to the public. This series has become very popular with collectors! I really like mine as it is graded PCGS SP70 First Strike and because John M. Mercanti, one of our past U.S. Mint Chief Engraver signed it. I hope you enjoyed my blog! I appreciate your comments! : )

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30 Jan 2018

Beginning and now

Coins-United States | CoinLady

My first trip downtown since the holiday season had to be a good one. And it was. Besides shopping and a delicious lunch, served by my favorite waiter, there was a stop at the coin shop.

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