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21 Mar 2017

Forming a new Young Numismatic Society

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_75466

New member here, grateful for the opportunity to join the ANA. I've had great experiences with several other ANA members and am happy to finally associate my name with this institution.Through positive exposure to my crossover interests in history and coins, my son has come alongside me in taking up similar interests. One day he came home from school and exclaimed, "Another kid in my class collects coins! He heard I liked coins and World War Two history and gave me this!" He produced a 1943 US steel cent, which I dutifully admired before reaching into my own wartime collection. "Here... Since he likes historic coins, maybe he'll like this one," and I handed him a pre-war British penny to give to his friend. And thus the trading frenzy began.Soon my son was coming home with reports of more friends who were bringing coins and paper money to school and trading them. "You know, I'll bet your friends would like to join us some Saturday for a trip to the coin shop," I told him. Sure enough, after a basketball game, several of his teammates from school joined us in patronizing our favorite numismatic dealer.Soon afterwards, I had permission from the school administration to form an after-school club for students in the third through sixth grades. We held our first official meeting on 28 February 2017 with fourteen young enthusiasts in attendance. We are working on creating more Young Numismatists through the Coins for A's program, then we're diving into The Dollar Project.This club is a little different from other local clubs in that its membership is limited to students of our school in those four grades, their parents, and school faculty/staff. However, we have another excellent club in the area whose membership is open to the public and accepts members of all ages. They have already become an ally of ours and we hope to support them in turn.As coordinator for this newly formed young Numismatic Society, I've found that it takes a little effort and planning, but not much more than I was already interested in investing in my hobby in the first place. It keeps me progressing in increasing my own knowledge, and in making contacts and developing relationships within the numismatic community. Plus, it is an excellent way to get to know the parents of my son's school mates, a key component in forming a strong, healthy educational community for our students.Dave

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13 Oct 2016

The American Eagle Program

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Silver Half Dollar

The American Eagle Program contains gold, silver, and platinum coins. American Eagle coins provide investments, beautiful coins, and a way to easily own precious metals. American Eagle coins are not the same as the quarter-eagles ($2.50), half-eagles ($5.00), eagles ($10), and double-eagles ($20). Even though these coins are legal-tender they typically sell at a high premium above their melt and face value combined.

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24 Sep 2016

My thoughts on the 2016 ANA YN Auction

Young Numismatists Exchange | CoinCollector2012

Earlier today the ANA held their annual auction for the YNs. In this auction, participants used YN dollars, which are earned by doing things in the hobby such as going to coin club meetings and writing numismatic articles. I will be sharing my thoughts on what I think went well, and what should be fixed for next year's auction.

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24 Sep 2016

My thoughts on the 2016 ANA YN Auction

Young Numismatists Exchange | CoinCollector2012

Earlier today the ANA held their annual auction for the YNs. In this auction, participants used YN dollars, which are earned by doing things in the hobby such as going to coin club meetings and writing numismatic articles. I will be sharing my thoughts on what I think went well, and what should be fixed for next year's auction.

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12 Sep 2016

Early Chinese Currency

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_8029

In ancient China, copper replicas of useful objects such as spades and knives were used as currency. One theory for the reason behind this is that originally actual knives and spades were used, but were eventually replaced with smaller, more convenient items for barter. These instruments for money were used for at least a century for the spades and a little longer for the knives, before being replaced with other means of payment.

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12 Sep 2016

The Story of the West Point Dimes

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_9998

In 1945, shortly after the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Vice President Harry Truman was called to the White House. He was greeted there by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who informed him that the President was dead. Truman was quiet for a moment, then asked if there was anything he could do for the family. The First Lady responded: "Is there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now."*

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12 Sep 2016

A Bit Loonie

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_9998

Often referred to as the "Loonie", the gold-colored Canadian dollar coin has a fascinating and sometimes quirky history, beginning in 1982, when the Royal Canadian Mint began experimenting with a new composition for its Voyageur dollar.

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10 Sep 2016

The Red Book

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_8029

The Red Book (A Guide Book to United States Coins) is one of the key works of literature in the hobby of coin collecting. However, have you ever thought about this guidebook’s history?

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08 Sep 2016

Weinman

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_8029

Adolph A. Weinman was the designer of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, as well as the Mercury Dime, another popular silver coin. His design for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was also used as the obverse design on the American Eagle bullion coins.

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