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16 Jan 2017

Collector ingredients

Coins | CoinLady

What ingredients make up a numismatist who truly enjoys the hobby?

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13 Jan 2017

African-Americans on U.S. coins

Coins-United States | CoinLady

This year, a $100 gold coin will be minted, featuring an African-American Liberty. Liberty has been depicted over the years as a matron, a schoolgirl, seated, standing and walking. But this 2017 depiction of Liberty is a first.

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06 Jan 2017

Favorite article

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Back in 2011, the WFM had a display of double eagles. The unique first year coin, 1849, was there, along with the famous final issue, 1933. I made a point of visiting this display more than once. While chatting with Dave Harper, I got the idea to write of double eagles, especially the rare later date coins. Two weeks later, I broke my knee in an accident and had some time off to write. Mother stayed with me to help. She was putting away groceries when she injured her back. A strange series of events led to her stay in a nursing home for seven weeks.

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04 Jan 2017

This show is fun

Coins | CoinLady

As I write this, The Florida United Numismatists Show is about to begin. The FUN show is fun! For one thing, if you are from a cold weather area, it's nice to get away to the Sunshine State for a few days.

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03 Jan 2017

Topics for topical collecting

Coins-World | CoinLady

Specialists in coins of the world have so many ways to collect. One of the most popular is topical collecting. Looking for coins depicting animals, flowers, kings and queens, ships, have always been favorites. So many designs, and so many topics...use a little creativity and come up with a really different collection.

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02 Jan 2017

The Written Word

Coins | CoinLady

Reference books and auction catalogs are part of being a numismatist. Of course, most everyone has a Red Book, maybe a Blue Book too. But there are so many other references that are needed in a library.

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01 Jan 2017

1967--50 years ago

Coins-United States | CoinLady

1967 was a remarkable year for coins because this was when normal dating resumed. During the so-called "coin shortage" of the early 1960s, 1964-dated coins were struck until 1966. 1965-dated coins were also struck until 1966. Yes, this includes the 90% silver coins.

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31 Dec 2016

Peace dollars

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Overshadowed by the Morgan dollar, the Peace dollar is a beautiful coin that has a lot to offer collectors. An attractive design, 90% silver content, and it's not that difficult to complete. There are only 24 coins to a set, and no real stoppers. Peace dollars were minted from 1921-1928, and again in 1934-35. The 1935 coins are the last of the old-fashioned silver dollars.

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30 Dec 2016

Miss Liberty

Coins-United States | CoinLady

The face or figure of Miss Liberty has appeared on United States coins since 1792. The renderings are attractive, classical, and sometimes not so pretty. The Liberty on the 1792 silver center cent can best be described as "quaint." The Birch cent of the same year shows a much prettier Liberty, with long hair, almost smiling. The Flowing Hair coins of 1794-95 show Liberty more matronly, as do the gold issues of the 1795-1804 era. The Draped Bust design is a more classic design, that appeared on the copper and silver coinage in the late 1790s and early 1800s.

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