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20 Sep 2016

Regarding All These Coins I've Acquired...

Coins-United States | lawrenceCLANmaclaren

I know most of us, as ANA members, have had the dream (or some variation of it) before: "I want to be a coin dealer!" Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people which share this dream, you quickly find this sentiment to be far more idealistic than pragmatic. So many of us devote immense amounts of time, energy, and (of course we can't forget) money to our numismatic passion. Why not follow the old adage, that so many people seemingly stand by, of "do what you love, and love what you do"? To say this phrase is one thing - to pursue it in the realm of numismatics is substantially different (sigh)... For the purpose of clarification: I would love being a coin dealer. However, I'm certainly not going to let the pull of starry-eyed optimism lure me into a psychological and financial nightmare! I need to constantly remind myself that time, patience (and a whole lot of knowledge) alone will reveal the possibilities for possibly dealing coins in the future. I certainly have acquired a few! I can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate the numismatic community which being an ANA member has, and will continue to offer me. So, what better place than this sea of knowledge to seek out advice as a (hopefully one day) aspiring coin dealer?? 

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10 Sep 2016

Great Finds On Mercury Dimes

Coins-United States | Kepi

It's been awhile since I put up a blog so I decided to share my newest finds on one of my favorite coins...Mercury Dimes.  I bought these raw at my local coin dealer. I love toned coins so my eyes saw these even before my brain had time to realize they were in my hands, bought and on their way to their new home!   ANACS was running a special so I decided what the heck...I sent them in for fun really and waited and waited... Finally they arrived and to my excitement they were BEAUTIFUL!!!   Grading at MS67 and MS66 FSB. I was so pleased!      Has anyone ever sent in a coin for grading then went through that "stress" of wondering what it will come back as...not knowing if perhaps it's been altered, a fake, low grade or just PERFECT!!!  

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06 Sep 2016

"Fight Club" rules and "Pareidolia"

Coins-United States | ThunderD

This site/association is Amazing! I was thinking I wished I had joined sooner, my second thought was why didn't I join sooner? I've been in the hobby about five years now. I honestly had no idea what I was missing out on. Its not like I was living under a rock. I also consider myself a very social and friendly person, so why didn't anyone ever tell me about this? And that is when it dawned on me....... You (members) must have adopted "Fight Club" rules. You know..

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14 Aug 2016

Coin Thoughts #2 from "SUN"

Coins-United States | "SUN"

Are Commemorative Coins boring?  The sales of this years commemorative coins are lackluster. With over half the year gone and with the bulk of the sales taken place, the sales of the Mark Twain Silver Dollar is about 25% of the maximum mintage, while the $5 gold piece is around 17%.

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22 Jul 2016

Silver Queen Strikes again

Coins-United States | user_7361

I enjoy collecting coins and old currency, just as the rest of you do. I have a large variety of nice coins and paper currency in my collection but lately I have developed a taste for collecting junk silver coins.  Every time I make a purchase to add a coin to my collection I have to buy some junk silver as well.  I have become an junk silver addict and now I'm known as the "Silver Queen" amongst my fellow collectors.  I walk into my local coin dealer and when they see me coming through the door they automatically pull the junk silver tray out for me and put it on the counter.  Yes, even the local coin dealer knows I'm a junk silver addict. I always get teased and told I have a nose on me that can sniff junk silver out miles away. Does anyone else out there like junk silver coins too?  Please share your story. 

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09 Jul 2016

1909 S V.D.B. LINCOLN CENT... yes another auction win!

Coins-United States | Kepi

This is a funny story about auctions...  Of course we all know about the 1909 S  V.D.B. Lincoln cent so I won't go on about the specs.  My husband and I always wanted this coin, not only because it's cool, but because it's a good investment as well.  So lets just say we both find potential purchases offered on two different auction sites... We both bid on separate coins knowing we probably won't get even close to winning.  Yep, you guessed it. The next morning, two winning bid notices in our e-mail !!!     Well the old saying goes  "If one is good, then two is better"...     : )

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09 Jul 2016

YOU BOUGHT WHAT!!! HOW MUCH DO WE OWE???

Coins-United States | Kepi

After the auction closed this is exactly what I said to my husband.   "You bought what!  How much do we owe?"  Now keep in mind I've always wanted the coveted 1916 D Mercury Dime...as Mercury Dimes are my thing and that year was always just a dream.  But there it was, a reality come true... an invoice from Great Collections in our e-mail  : )      After all was said and done, with the coin in my hand...I thought she's beautiful !!!  My husband is amazing, my hero and as I later found out quite the bidder.  He sniped this beauty at less than half of what it's worth in the Red Book.  All is good.....    : )

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02 Jul 2016

Morgan dollar: identifying the "strike" quality

Coins-United States | MiketheCPA

What are the criteria to determine whether the "strike" on a particular Morgan dollar is weak, average or strong?

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