03 Jul 2022

Authenticating rare dimes

Coins-United States | RmanCan

Hello, ANA. I need some help.I am going through a collection from a friend of mine and have located what I believe to be a 1916-D Mercury dime. The edges are worn smooth, but under magnification I caught what I believe to be a "D" Mint-mark. I hope you can help me know if it is real or not, like die markers or things like that.P.S. Here are some pictures of the coin in question:P.S.S. I used some filters to enhance its appearance, to make the high points and things stand out, but I included a picture of the unfiltered dime from afar as well, along with an up-close unfiltered one as well.

03 Jul 2022

Hints for Newer Collectors

Collecting Tips | RSchwa57

I know that at least 1 organization uses a slogan "Be Prepared".A few tips gained over the many years in the hobby.1. Have an objective in mind you want to achieve, if possible.2. Carry a Grey Sheet, not a Red Book. Make sure the dealers see you are holding the Gray Sheet. You will probably get a better deal.3. Always look at any purchase before purchasing with a loop or magnifying glass.4. Coins that are black, corroded, or damaged should not be saved in most situations.5. Cleaning coins is never recommended, however, if necessary, the least harmful cleaner is acetone. 2nd is ammonia, and finally a dip as a last resort.6. Any item marked .999 silver, 10 MIL, is plated. Anything marked MIL is plated.7. The Grey Sheet has a "Bid" and "Ask" price for most coins. Bid is generally thought of as the price a dealer somewhere is willing to pay. The Ask is what a dealer is willing to sell for. Very rare coins can go over both "Bid" and "Ask". Very common coins can both be below "Bid" and "Ask'.8. If looking to buy Silverware at a YardSale or garage sale, it must be hallmarked with STERLING or .925. If neither, there is a 99% chance it is NOT SILVER.9. TV, printed media, and telemarketers will push MODERN coinage in PR or MS 69 and 70. Therefore, most people think they are valuable. Most MODERN coins do grade MS or PR 69 or 70, so they are not rare. The average MONSTER Box purchased from the mint will grade 55% MS69 and 45% MS70. Anything other percentage would be out of the norm.10. What makes a COIN RARE? Low mintage combined with low survival rate, high quality, and FINALLY, demand for the item.Just 2 cents worth of learning the hard way over many years.

02 Jul 2022

1936 Wisconsin Territorial Centennial Classic Commemorative Half Dollar

| CheerioCoins

This is my second blog on a 1936 Classic Commemorative coin. I really love commemorative coins from 1936 and decided to research them and make an exhibit about 1936 Classic Commems. There were a total of 16 commems minted in 1936 that were only minted in 1936. So, enjoy this blog about the 1936 Wisconsin Territorial Centennial Classic Commem!

01 Jul 2022


| RmanCan

As I come back out of the shadows, I would first like to say I have not given up on coins, as they still interest me. I got caught up with school and friends and things and never really thought of getting back on here. Lets just say I'll try to post some blog Ideas I've had but never gotten around to, as well as some more stories.

01 Jul 2022

The Unique 1870-S $3 Gold Piece

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

In our numismatic hobby, I have found that collectors are mainly knowledgeable on things they collect, or could collect later on. For instance, if I asked a YN to tell me three things about $20 gold pieces, most would stare at me blankly like I was insane. We naturally learn the history of coins that we collect, because it helps us better understand and appreciate the series. I believe that this is a huge loss, because the more you know about numismatics as a whole, the better numismatist you are. So here’s some history about a coin in a series I (and probably some of you) don’t collect: the 1870-S $3 gold piece.

01 Jul 2022

Albums and New Once Again to Collecting

Collecting Tips | user_12827

I am re-entering numismatics after an absence of several decades. I am trying to get my 12-year-old grandson interested. I figured a way to do that was to start collections together. I have a couple questions:A: Any tips or suggestions regarding this and affiliated topics would be greatly appreciated. Not even sure where or how to start. Maybe getting a bag of Wheaties and a couple Lincoln Cent press-in albums for each of us then going through them together. Other than that….?2: Speaking of albums, when I was collecting the choices were pretty limited to the Whitman albums. I used mostly the two-side pages with the acetate slide cover to show both obverse and reverse. Just a quick browse has demonstrated that available album styles and quality has grown exponentially. Any recommendations regardalbums that won’t break the bank?

01 Jul 2022

Enhancement for Younger Members

Club Exchange | RSchwa57

The Shelby County Coin Club is dedicated to the Younger Numismatists by having a SCOOP-A-COIN jar available at ALL Club functions.The membership donates: Wheaties (OLD and UNC), Buffaloes (Dateless and very nice), a few silver dimes (common Mercs and Rosies), Tokens, Medals, and lots of foreign coins.Any Jr. Member, 16 and younger can Scoop out from the container and keep everything they get in 1 Scoop.The Scoop is the size of the OLD COFFEE scoop in cans provided by the manufacturer.Last year a 31 S Lincoln was inserted at the Coin Show. It to my knowledge is still in the container.Here is the label on the container. I figured the picture would not transfer. The wording is below.We started this during Covid. The Jr. Members LOVE it. We have added 5 Jr. members, since May.

30 Jun 2022

Double Prutah of Felix?

Ancient Coins | user_9810

I have a coin from Antonius Felix, but it is larger and heavier than normal (17.46 mm; 3.87 gm). Is it just a larger planchet or is it a double prutah?

30 Jun 2022

Don't Give Up

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Since I've been extremely busy with another project and shirking my duties of regularly posting a blog, this is a quick one. Enjoy!


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