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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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28 Aug 2019

The Eisenhower Dollar Part Four

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

And here is the final post in my Eisenhower dollar coin series! This last post will cover the coin’s last years of production, and then its replacement with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Enjoy!

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28 Aug 2019

The Eisenhower Dollar Part Three

Young Numismatists Exchange | ZanzibarCoins

All right! I'm back again, and this time with part three of the blog series. The second to last post in my series on the Eisenhower dollar coin. This post will cover the bicentennial issue. I know that I said that part three would cover both the bicentennial issue and the last years of the coins' production, and then its replacement, but I had to change that. :) I wrote the whole thing out, and then realized that it was way too long for one single blog, so I split it in half. :) The two parts will be put up one directly after another though, since I wrote the whole thing out as one, and then split it up. I hope you guys enjoy it! :) Let's begin!

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21 Aug 2019

LKNS Coins Certified By NGC

Young Numismatists Exchange | Mr_Norris_LKNS

The Legacy Knights Numismatic Society is very pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 club coins have been certified and graded by the National Guaranty Corporation and added to the NGC census!

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