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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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09 Jun 2016

Slab Coins.........................

Coins-United States | BigMB72

Need to know if there is any dealers out there who specialize in slab coins. Especially NGC. If anyone has dealt with such a dealer and would like to recommend one that would be great.

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09 Jun 2016

NGC ONLINE PRICE GUIDE

Coins-United States | user_2716

This is likely a naive question but I am relatively new to collecting. Is the NGC online price guide a realistic place to look for retail prices of coins? I ask because here in Canada there is an excellent website with many fine features but the price guide it offers seems to be out of sync with actual retail pricing. Is there a better starting point to find current market pricing for U.S. coins?

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03 Jun 2016

How I Got Started

Coins-United States | World_Coin_Nut

I started collecting coins in the early 1970’s by helping my grandfather sort pennies for our Lincoln folders. We would spend hours sitting around my grandparent’s dining room table. I remember being absolutely amazed at the size of his collection of what I considered to be impossibly old coins.

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25 May 2016

Authenticating coins

Coins-United States | MiketheCPA

I am preparing to sell parts of my collection but I want to authenticate four or five before hand. I am aware I can send them to NGC but wonder if there are sources closer to home. I live in the Pacific Northwest.

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