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24 Apr 2018

Numismatic Library Suggestions and Questions

ANA Library | NumisMATist

Ok, so I have made my account and can check out books! YAY! But I need some tips on what to check out and have a few questions.

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23 Apr 2018

Red Book Review

Library | NumisMATist

For my first book review, I will do the basic numismatic book that almostevery numismatist has; the red book! This book is updated yearly and is published by Whitman Publishing. I would definitely, one hundred percent recommend this book to any collector, beginner or advanced. This book has info and price info for EVERY US coin ever produced (excluding some errors and varieties.) This book has all of the basic info to help collectors understand the coins they have and want. It also has price info to help prevent younger collectors from being ripped off. If you have one of the better versions of it, the book has colored, beautiful pictures of every coin described in it. On top of the regular US coins, it goes in-depth into pattern coins, territorial coins, colonial coins, tokens, Hawaii/Territory coinage, and much, much more. For SURE if you are a numismatist you NEED this book.

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23 Apr 2018

Two good finds

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Good bookstore day. Found "100 Greatest Ancient Coins" at Half Price Bks. Someone didn't want it? And look what I got in change...the first 2018 cent...bright and blazing.

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22 Apr 2018

THE END OF AN ERA

Coins | Mike Burns

Hi every one how are you. Today I just want to write a small blog but it had a very big impact on our history. Now please make sure you click on the pictures so you get the whole thing some of you don't know that. Shortly after the assassination of our beloved President John F. Kennedy NGC decided to make a holder that would hold two coins. And the two coin set was that of two great men. Benjamin Franklin and John F. Kennedy. Now Benjamin Franklin did not get the full run of his set because of the tragedy with the President. They rushed the coin into production and after they started making them they showed the to his Wife. She shocked everyone and said I don't like his hair do it over. Immediately production stoped thus was created the accented hair. They were already into circulation and everyone wanted one. That was not to be. The new design was out and what was done was done. I think a coin should of been made but I also believe Benjamin Franklin should of received his just run. This man traveled back and forth from country to country looking for allies against the British. He also had many successful inventions. I think the idea of putting these to men together celebrates there life and our history. One in the past and one in modern day. For President Kennedy achieved great things in his short life. How about world piece. Cuba and Russia. He stood up to both of then. You ever wonder what could of been?I I have. If you look at the coins there is history all over them besides the great men. The liberty bell and our famous Eagle on the Kennedy reverse. Now I know sets like this are put together. But to match up two proof 67 coins in a set like this is special. I only wish I knew the mintage.

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22 Apr 2018

Thoughts upon a Chain cent

Coins-United States | CoinLady

During a visit to my favorite coin shop, I spotted a Chain cent. Not spectacular Mint State, mind you. This old copper coin was well worn and a bit scruffed up. The edges were not perfect and the color was that tone you see on older coins that have been out in the world. The grade was Fine and that may have been generous.

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21 Apr 2018

All The ANA YN Programs!

Young Numismatists Exchange | Jonas's Coins

As many of us know, the ANA has tons of activites for YN’s. Today we will be looking at these different activities and all the different things YN’s Can win, receive, and earn! These activities include The Dollar Project, The YN Auction, The Early American Copper Coin Project, The Ancient Coin Project, Coin’s For A’s, The National Coin Week Activity, and a couple of other programs. Let’s start looking!

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21 Apr 2018

**A Mini Roo For You**

Coins - World | Kepi

This is the sweetest little coin I've seen in awhile so I wanted to share it with you. And it just happens to be Gold! And it hopped right into my collection ; ) Nicknamed "The Mini Roo", this is a 2018P Australia G$2 Kangaroo, First Releases. Graded by NGC as MS 70. The coin was issued by the Perth Mint which was founded in 1899 and is the oldest operating mint in Australia. Some of the specs on this coin include... Diameter 11.6 mm, Thickness 0.70 mm, Weight .50 grams, Purity of gold 0.9999. The obverse is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2018 year-date. The reverse depictstwo bounding red kangaroo's and the Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. It was designed by Jennifer McKenna. The Kangaroo which has become so popular over the years that it is now an unofficial emblem of Australia, appearing on various government crests, corporate logos, and, of course, coins. I hope you enjoyed my blog! Comments are welcomed.

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21 Apr 2018

1955 Bugs Bunny

Coins | Longstrider

The other day I was ordering a coin from an online dealer, when I needed to buy something else to get free shipping. A sad state of affairs that forced me to buy another coin. Now I have never been a huge fan of the Franklin Half dollar but being a VAM guy for Morgan and Peace dollars, I always admired the "Bugs Bunny" Franklin half. Since the store had a sale on them I went ahead and ordered one. I received my free shipping and then something I wasn't expecting happened. When my order arrived, after admiring my first choice item, I checked out my Franklin. This series of coins are beautiful. Mine, as you can see below, is a MS 63 FBL. That is a respectable grade and the FBL stands for "Full Bell Lines". That means the coin has such a well defined strike, not that common in Franklins, that the lines in our Liberty Bell are visible. Similar to "Full Split Bands" on Mercury dimes. The "Bugs Bunny" effect is a result of the dies clashing together. A die clash is when there is no planchet between the dies when they come together. In this case the clash resulted in details from the reverse die ending up on the obverse. It gives old Ben a buck tooth effect resulting in the bugs Bunny nickname. This is a type of VAM. One really has to hold the coin at just the right angle to see it but it is there. The problem I have is I now feel the need to start collecting this series. Just what I needed. Another way to spend my money. I am old enough to remember using Franklin Halves and getting them in change. It's a nice big silver coin that feels like a million bucks in a kids pocket. I do miss the half dollar being used in our circulating coins. Briefly, the Franklin half dollar was minted from 1948-1963. The coins are all 90% silver weighing 12.50 grams and having a diameter of 30.6 mm.. The coin was designed by John R. Sinnock. The only thing I find disappointing is the sad little eagle on the reverse. Just my opinion. I could be wrong. In closing be careful what you buy to save on shipping. You might open up a whole new realm of collecting. Is that bad??? I hope you enjoyed this blog and photos. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for looking.

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20 Apr 2018

Digital subscription problems

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Is anyone else having problems with their digital magazines not showing in the browser?

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