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11 Mar 2020

**Attention All YN's**

Young Numismatists Exchange | Kepi

Hey all you YN's out there... I was reading through the latest edition of ErrorScope Magazine, March/April 2020, and came across this article! Sounds really cool! I wish they would have a challenge for us "old guys"... haha Check it out. Write your best story, send it in and maybe win a prize! Just for everyone's information, a CONECA membership with the ErrorScope is available for free to all YN's as part of the YN program. I also wanted to mention that there's a great article on the same page about a 1882 O/S Morgan Dollar Vam 5 by you guessed it our very own "Vam Man"... Longstrider!

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17 Feb 2020

The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, Part Two

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hi everyone! This post is slightly later than I meant it to be. I wrote it originally about half a week, or a little more, after I published the first part of it, but then, when I hit "publish", the post completely vanished, and it didn't go up. (Has this ever happened to anyone on here before??) It just pulled up a page that said "ERROR" in red letters. Sigh. And, of course, this was the one time I forgot to copy my post and paste it into a pages document just in case something went wrong. So, after spending about an hour and a half on what turned out to be an almost 800 word blog post, it was gone. Just gone. And, though I tried many different things, there was no way to get it back. And then, before I had a chance to rewrite it, we went out of town (amazing winter break trip, to the Grand Canyon. So beautiful! I highly recommend it lol). But now we're back, and here I am, rewriting this blog post for a second time, from scratch, although this time I assure you I will fully be copying it all and pasting it into a pages document before I try to publish it or anything. Here's hoping it goes up this time... :) Okay. Here we go. The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, special editions.

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22 Jan 2020

The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin, Part One

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hey everyone! It's been a little while (School and the SAT sure do manage to keep you busy...), but I'm glad to be back!! I've decided to do a blog series to provide information about one of my new favorite coins, one that my dad and I have slowly started to collect together. The Silver Eagle Dollar Coin! (For those of you who have "known" me for a long time on here, they're definitely not replacing my Eisenhower Dollars, don't worry :), I just realized that I like the Eagles a lot too.) So here we go! :)Some quickie facts first:

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15 Dec 2019

A Book Review of a Mighty Fortress: The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint

Young Numismatists Exchange | The Silver Half Dollar

A Mighty Fortress: The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint by Richard G. Kelly and Nancy Y. Oliver is a great book about the history of the San Francisco mint. This wonderful book begins by talking about the Granite Lady, also known as the 2nd San Francisco Mint in addition to a brief amount on the other active U.S. mints, the Denver Mint, Philadelphia Mint, and West Point Mint. This book gives some context of the time period surrounding the building of the San Francisco Mint before diving into the construction of the mint. Then, the book details the scandal of the mint, and how a mint clerk was accused of losing several thousand dollars. In addition, this book talks about the security features of the mint that prevented a "direct forceful robbery of the Granite Lady in its entire tenure as an operating mint (Kelly and Oliver 50)." Next, the book talks about the coins made here and the rarities of 1893 and 1894. Later in this book, the authors wonderfully detail how coins went missing from the mint. I found it interesting how the mint managed to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco. At the end of the book, it talks about how the mint became a museum that closed and became abandoned. The last pages list the superintendents of the 2nd San Francisco Mint.

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28 Nov 2019

Amazing Birthday Present :)

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

I just recently turned sixteen, and I was surprised to open a card from someone, and discover... a beautiful, beautiful, red, mint state, 1909 S VDB 1 cent!!! And not only is that a hard coin to find, especially in that condition, but also, my dad and I are working to fill his grandfather's old penny books, and that is one of the last ones that we need! So now we get to add a real 1909 S VDB cent to our collection! It was a totally surprise, and super, super nice! What an awesome birthday present! :)Short blog post, I know, but I wanted to take a few minutes and check back with y'all before I turn to helping bake our Thanksgiving dinner. :) Have a happy Thanksgiving!!! :)

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02 Sep 2019

Book Reviews: Coins and Collectors, and A Kid's Guide to Collecting Coins

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hey y'all, here are a few more book reviews. :) The first one is by none other than Q. David Bowers, and the second (although it is a book for kids, so younger YNs, not for everyone on here) :) is by Arlyn G. Sieber. Let's get started! :)

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29 Aug 2019

Coin Book Review: Coin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices, & Value Trends, & 1 more

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

Hey y'all! Here are two more book reviews. :) The first one is called theCoin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices, & Value Trends. It is by William T. Gibbs, Steve Roach, and the Coin World Valuing Team. It may not be about one single coin, although it does fulfill part of the "buy the book before the coin" saying. As the title says, it is a value guide, although it is not really just a long boring list of prices for coins. (boring depends on your point of view though, really) :) There are illustrations throughout the book, and there are short, well, not exactly stories, although some could possible count for that, information about the majority of the coins that it talks about. It is a very helpful book for anyone looking to purchase a coin. It gives you the ability to see what the coin you are thinking about buying is really worth, and whether the price for that coin might possibly rise in a few years. You can also see whether or not there might be a market for your coin in a few years, through the tracking of "trends" in the coin market. It may not be focusing on one coin, or just a few coins, or one series, or anything like that, but it is a helpful book for anyone going to a coin show or an auction.

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