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23 May 2018

Lucky penny day

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Today is Lucky penny day. Many collectors out there love their "pennies," or cents. So many began with pulling Lincoln cents out of change, looking for a 1909-S VDB, a 1914-D, or a double die. Back in the day, I heard of Indian cents turning up in change in the early 1960s. And don't forget the Flying Eagles or the large coppers.

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23 May 2018

Speaking of Dimes...

Coins-United States | coinsbygary

As I read through the blogs posted here, one of my favorite reads is when Kepi writes about her Mercury Dimes. While the coin I'm writing about here is not a Mercury Dime, it is very reminiscent of her dimes in terms of toning and beauty.

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21 May 2018

**Not Just Another Pretty Face**

Coins-United States | Kepi

I thought I would show off my new addition to my Mercury Dime collection.  Now I told myself, cut back on the auctions...take a break.  But no...I just had to take a peek at the Dimes on one of my favorites auction houses.  There it was, a 1916 Mercury Dime with some amazing and I think unusual toning.  Graded by PCGS as a MS64  Full Bands.  Oh yeah,  this one had my name all over it!  There was a bidding war though.  About 9 people were interested but not serious...  ;  )  haha    I especially wanted this one as it has Full Bands.   I have found that there are alot of pretty Mercury Dimes out there, but not too many that have split bands as well.   Toning and Full Bands, can't get better than that...   Well, I guess it could have been a 1916 "D"......    ; )  haha    Hope you enjoyed my blog!  All comments are welcome.

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17 May 2018

Variety "Near Miss" Results In Learning

Coins-United States | Mr_Norris_LKNS

One of our blogging cohorts here on money.org, Mr. Mike Burns, has recently described some experiences in the "you never know what you'll find" and "it could happen to you" categories, regarding rare varieties and rare finds.  He's right!  I've heard testimony from other members of local coin clubs that have even recently found some rarities in their pocket change and auction lots.Our young numismatists club, the Legacy Knights Numismatic Society, recently had a "near miss" in the expensive variety category.  Our club periodically receives donations from other local clubs, coin shops, and individuals who are interested in supporting what we are doing, which is teaching kids about numismatics and developing numismatic curriculum ideas for youth clubs.  In one such recent donation, we received, among other things, a small group of US cents in 2x2s, including one 1917 wheat cent in about VG condition.  Now me being a relative amateur at this and not having all the rarities, key dates, errors and varieties memorized, but knowing such things exist, and knowing who the donor was, I decided to look up each coin in the donated grouping before putting them in our end-of-the-school-year student auction, in which they bid using our own version of YN dollars earned throughout the year.  Well wouldn't you know, there's a 1917 doubled die obverse variety that bumps that year coin from a few cents to hundreds of dollars.  In G-VG the lettering can be worn down a bit in spots, so when I looked at it, not being an expert grader, I thought it's possible the doubling could be worn to the point where you don't see the separation lines in the doubled letters and numbers, but you might see thickness or an off-centered look to parts of the letters.  I saw some letters, particularly the T's in LIBERTY and TRUST where the stems looked thicker than I thought they should and skewed a bit to the right, making me think it might have been doubled, but being worn from circulation, you wouldn't see the separation lines.  So I gave it to my local expert, who was going to see a wheat cent specialist at a show that weekend, and held my breath.  If this donation was really a doubled die obverse variety, we would have to consider whether or not it would be better off auctioned as a fundraiser for real cash that would give our club some much needed operating funds, for reference books, supplies, etc.  Another option would be to have a drawing for it among the student members.Well, we got it back and the expert had said it was NOT a doubled die obverse, with the explanation that even on worn circulated ones like ours, you would see a split tail in the 9 in 1917.  So we put it back in the student auction and someone won it to add to their circulated wheatie set, where it will be enjoyed for what it is.  So even though we didn't hit the jackpot, it is still a happy ending to the story... and in the process we learned something from an expert.  I learned that each variety has its own telltale signature, and now I know to look at the tail of the 9 when examining 1917 wheat cents.This also gives me the idea of asking our friend to see if his expert on wheat cents will come to our club and make a presentation on errors and varieties.  He probably has some neat examples to show us.So four things:  1)  Read your Red Book and other reference books and get familiar with the varieties and errors that are out there.  The Mega Red Book has a ton of info in it, but so do other books.  If you specialize in something, get books that specialize in what you collect.2)  Keep your nose in your pocket change, or the bargain bin at the coin shop.  New varieties are discovered from time to time, and even some of the old-timers aren't yet aware of them so that they've all been cherry-picked out of circulation.  Even older graded coins in a coin shop display case may have been graded before a variety was known to exist; take a look at them carefully.  You could find something big!3)  Talk to an expert!  Most people are happy to share knowledge with you about their favorite subjects, and you can learn something new.  I learned about the 1917 doubled die obverse cent from my Mega Red Book, but I learned the split tail on the 9 tip from an expert.  They have details and tips you might not find in the books.4.)  If you ARE an expert, consider sharing your experiences with inquisitive amateurs!  You can inspire a new generation of collectors, which you will not only find personally rewarding, but you will support future demand-- and hence values-- for items you already have.  People have to know why something is valuable before they will value it very highly.  The more you share your knowledge, the more people will understand the value.Happy hunting, and happy learning!

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16 May 2018

**Golden Girl's**

Coins-United States | Kepi

After several trips to my coin dealer and after admiring this coin and her sister, yes, there were two identical.    I'm like what the heck are you waiting for Kepi?   For someone else to buy them?  So next time I go to the coin store and look in the case and they are gone...   I can be sad and mad for not buying them earlier...?   Well...not this time!   These ladies are coming home with me...  ;  )       I loved the golden tone of these 1881-S  Morgan Dollar's!   Beautifully unique with a sharp strike and a mintage of 12,760,000.    Although thought to be one of the most common of the Morgan Dollars...   These look anything but common to me  ; )  Thanks for reading my blog!  Comments are always welcome.

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16 May 2018

Make a list

Coins-United States | CoinLady

An interesting story came out of Central States. A man came to the show with a proof set of 1876 that belonged to his father. The son dug it up on the father's property. Before the father died, he told his son to check under the house, and the son came up with a hoard of Morgan dollars.

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11 May 2018

So tempting

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Beautiful spring day yesterday, perfect for a trip downtown. It was the first day of the Farmer's Market. Had a delicious lunch, served by my favorite waiter. And of course, a stop at the coin shop.

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07 May 2018

The legacy

Coins-United States | CoinLady

I'm approaching the age where I begin thinking of my legacy. What have I accomplished, and what body of work will I leave for future collectors?

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05 May 2018

Ship of Gold (SS Central America Shipwreck Treasure Exhibit)

Coins-United States | FortWorthCollector

Today I went to the NRA national convention for the last chance to see the current discoveries from the SS Central America shipwreck before they are broken up and sold. I was able to meet and shake hands with bob Evans the chief scientist on the original voyage that discovered the shipwreck and is  now conserving the finds. I was also able to buy a pinch of gold which was the equivalent of 50¢ in the gold rush days and would have bought you a drink at a saloon. It was a great exhibit and I am glad I was able to catch it before it was broken up.

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