17 Jan 2019


Coins-United States | Longstrider

I was lucky enough, the other day, to be browsing my favorite VAM web site. I was looking at the peace Dollar’s for sale and ran across this one. It is a 1922 Peace VAM 2C. It was a very good price so I made an offer and it was in the mail the next day. I know I have put quite a few VAM’s up here but this is a new learning opportunity. First the ’22 VAM 2C is in what is called the Top 50. That basically means they are nice ones to collect and the thing that makes them a VAM is visible with the naked eye, mostly.

09 Jan 2019

Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollars Book Review

Coins-United States | Mokiechan

Greetings fellow collectors, today I am going to highlight an area of collecting that can be both very interesting and potentially profitable. The book I am currently reading is titled Reeded Edge Half Dollars 1836-1839 by Mr. Jim Koenings. Mr. Koenings is an expert on Bust coins but has chosen to focus on those issues at the tail end of the Bust Half run that have reeded edges. As most of you are aware, prior issues of Bust Halves had lettered edges.

01 Jan 2019

New beginning

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Happy New Year to all! This is the time when many folks make resolutions, decide to try something new. It's been written about many times (including by me) to collect something new in the new year. My own collecting experience began soon after a year began.

23 Dec 2018

Learn Your Types: Presidential Dollars

Coins-United States | iccoins

Because of my busy week this past week, you get to read two articles in one day, this along with my article about details grades.

20 Dec 2018

Fun memories of FUN

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Many thanks to the blogger who mentioned the FUN show. It made me think of all the good memories of a great show.

16 Dec 2018

US Bicentennial Coins (+ A Small Story)

Coins-United States | iccoins

The last few days have been incredibly busy for me. This week, I have finals in school for the end of semester one and then there’s winter break, which means lots of time for coin stuff! Anyways, today, my family and I went to the Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) in Chicago and we passed by Harlan J. Berk. Unfortunately, the store wasn’t open, but I did see some awesome stuff in the window that I may go back and look at during the holidays. The window displayed several Mint State Morgans, as well as a very nice complete uncirculated set of Franklin Halves. I’ve always thought sets like that are very cool, but the fun of putting the set together is absent when you choose that route. Personally, that’s what I find to be the most exciting part…the hunt for the perfect coin. Even if you don’t have much to spend, no matter the coin, it can still be a hunt to find the one you want at the price you want. There were also a few commemorative coins that I really liked in the window. There were quite a few window shoppers, likely because it was nearby the market and was a common route to get there. Now for the main part of the blog about Bicentennial Coins:

14 Dec 2018

Look Ma, V-nickels!

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Good day for shopping downtown. Decorations everywhere. Goodies to buy. Delicious lunch, served by my favorite waiter, and I got a 1941 nickel in change. But there were actually three special coins of the day.

12 Dec 2018

Learn Your Types: Franklin Half Dollar

Coins-United States | iccoins

The Franklin Half Dollar was designed by John R. Sinnock, who also designed the Roosevelt Dime, which was released two years before the Franklin Half Dollar, in 1946. The Franklin Half Dollar was minted from 1948 to 1963 and was the successor to the popular Walking Liberty Half Dollar, whose obverse design is also on the modern American Silver Eagle coins. In my opinion, the Franklin Half Dollar, along with the other coins released during this time, started the age when American coins began to seem much more boring and uninteresting. The reverse of the coin contains the Liberty Bell, which is the part of the coin that causes the designation, FBL, which means “Full Bell Lines.” On the Liberty Bell, near both the top and bottom, are lines. If the lines are uninterrupted or mushed together, that means the coin is very well struck and may receive the Full Bell Lines designation by the leading grading services.


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