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09 Feb 2020

United States Mints

| Conordon

Do you know how coins are made? First a strip of metal is used to make the blanks. The leftover metal is used to make another strip of metal. The blanks are heated so they are soft and easy to make designs in it. After that They are cleaned. Then the rims are made on the blanks and then they go into the die. The die punches the design into the coin. Finally the coins are checked and any errors are removed. Some errors make it through and go into circulation. Some error coins are worth a lot of money. Proof coins are made in a different way. Proof coins polished and struck multiple times to make them look perfect. Then they are checked and put into airtight packagesand aresold to collectors. Coins are made in many different places called mints. Each mint puts a small letter called a mint mark. Mint marks show where the coins are made. There are currently 4 mints. are in Philadelphia, Denver, West Point, and San Francisco. Their mint marks are P, D, W, and S. There are also 4 former mints. They were in Carson City, New Orleans, Charlotte, and Dahlonega. Their mint marks are CC, O, C, and D. The oldest mint is Philadelphia. It has made coins since 1793. The newest is West Point it has made coins since 1984. Cents made inPhiladelphia and in West Point haveno mint mark. Also before 1979Philadelphia had no mint marks excepton wartime silver nickels. Some proof coins without mint marksare worth thousands ofdollars. Thank you for reading this. I hope you enjoyed reading about mints, how coins are made, and mint marks.

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04 Feb 2020

Holding History

Ancient Coins | skywolf

Coin shows and swaps are a great way to expand a person’s collection. It allows you to see and handle currency firsthand, as well as converse with fellow collectors. I especially enjoy speaking with the more experienced enthusiasts who love to support the younger generation. There is a wonderful annual coin swap in my hometown that I enjoy visiting whenever possible. One year at the local swap I was fortunate enough to find a small number of Ancient Roman coins that had been unearthed at Hadrian’s Wall. This was an exciting find for me because I had never had such an opportunity before. The coins were not in very good condition, but it was thrilling to be able to hold something so ancient in the palm of my hand. To think of all of the ancient people who had held the coins before me was astounding and exciting. What was even better, was that I found them while digging through a half price bin. It is one my absolute favorite coin collecting memories and it even inspired my mom to write an entire time travel series based around my Hadrian's Wall coins!

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02 Feb 2020

$1,500... BUT WORTH IT!

| copper coin collector

Hey everyone,I'm really excited to be writing about what I did yesterday, but first, we have to rewind about a week and a half. Remember the 131 silver dollars and 84 40% silver half dollars I said that I inherited? If not, I'm not surprised, because that was a blog from long ago. Anyways, I'll fill you in. 3 or 4 years ago, I inherited these aforementioned silver dollars and half dollars. For a while, I didn't know what to do with them, but recently, I decided that, since they were common and not worth more than spot price, that I should sell them and put the money into my Wheat Cents collection. I did just that a week ago, and I got $2,100 from Coins & Currency of Wayne, PA for the whole hoard. Then, just yesterday, I went to my favorite coin shop, owned by Mike, who I have mentioned in my previous blogs. There were four coins which I particularly liked. 1. A 1909 S VDB Wheat Cent PCGS AU-58, 2. 1909 S Wheat Cent PCGS AU-58, 3. 1931 S Wheat Cent NGC MS-63 RB, and 4. 1908 S Indian head cent NGC VF-30. The original price for all four coins was $1680, but Mike, the shop owner, made the price $1500 for me. I still have $600 left over from the silver dollar sales, plus $450 that I had previously saved. I'll probably use most of the $600 on a VF-XF 1914 "D". I am really happy to have these coins!Thanks for reading, copper coin collector

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11 Jan 2020

lincoln cents

| Larry Smith

The realization just came to me that I only need a few more lincolns to complete my set. Most are key dates.

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10 Sep 2019

Annual YN Auction

| JudeA

Well guys, the YN auction is 4 days away. I am so excited, this is my first year doing this. First of all, let me just say how great the ANA staff is on putting all of this together! They do all of this for the YN's, and it has really helped me be more interested in coins. In this blog, I am going to be highlighting what I think are the coolest things in the auction.Lot #1 - 1828 Half cent: Even though this is in terrible condition and has enviormental damage, it is still an almost 200 year old coin. If you are looking for something old or to impress your friends with, then this is a great coin. Open is only YN10Lot #3 - 1909 VDB Brilliant Uncirculated: What a beauty! This coin would definitely get a high grade by anyone! It is a semi key date in the Lincoln cent series and a high grade coin. One of the lots I am looking forward to. Open is YN50Lot #30 - 1893 Morgan Dollar: A key date to the Morgan Dollar series, it has been cleaned. But if you collect Morgan Dollars this would be a great way to obtain this pricey example. Open is YN100!Lot #51 -1927-B SWITZERLAND 20 FRANCS – CHOICE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED: Sorry for caps, but I was to Lazy to type all of that out. As always, sometimes the highlight of the auction! The gold coin! This year the coin has almost 1/5 of an ounce of gold. After the intermission make sure to be there if you want to bid on this. Open is YN250!Lot $90 - 1960 proof set with small date penny: The small date penny was HOT on the market in the '60s. It has cooled down, but it is much scarcer than the large date penny. It is also a relivitaly old proof set. Nice coins, proof set collectors take notice! Open is YN60Lot #99 Series 1953 $5 Silver Certificate: I always find old notes interesting, and here is an old(ish) $5 silver certificate. Perfect for the bank note collector, also the only US bank note offered this year. Open is YN10Lots #101-110 Grab Bags!: I would recommend buying one of these, I don't know what is in them, so if anyone wins one, could they please share what you got? You can only get one of these if you did not get ANYTHING from the auction. Open is YN25 and they all went for YN300 and YN250 last year.That's it for this blog. Good luck all YN's!Question for the blog - If you could own one coin, what would it be?

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22 Aug 2019

World's Fair of Money 2019

World's Fair of Money | iccoins

It's been quite a while since I last posted a blog post. Unfortunately, I ran out of new, unique ideas of things to write. Anyways, I finally have a new blog! Last weekend, I went to the World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. I went on the final day of the show, on Saturday. Unfortunately, last week was the first week of school, so I wasn't able to go to the show during the week. I really wanted to go every day of the show so I could be sure to see everything, talk to dealers, and go to the cool events. Saturday was still fun, even though many of the dealers decided to start their trek home and left either before the show on Saturday or sometime mid-day. It was nice getting in at 9:30, though. Since it was the free day for everyone, I assumed there would be a lot more people there, but even by noon, there still wasn't a super large crowd, which was quite nice.

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16 Aug 2019

US Mint revealed innovation dollar designs

| Larry Smith

A forum post, "What happened to Innovation Dollars "Has been going viral lately. The US Mint revealed the designs for the 2019 innovator dollars for four states. The four states will be pensyllvania, Georgia, New Jersy, and Deleware. They plan to release the coins later this year. Designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Joseph Menna, This coin commemorates the creation of the polio vaccine in 1953. It features a microscope on the obverse. The Georgia coin designed by Emily Damstra and engraved by Micheal Gaudioso Commemorates the Trustees' Garden, the first agricultural experimental garden in America. It features seedlings growing on the inscriprion "TRUSTEES' GARDEN" like it is soil, with an outstretched hand planting seeds. The New Jersey dollar commemorates the invention of the lightbulb with a filiment that could last 1200 hours. It pictures the Edison Lightbulb on the obverse. This coin is designed by Paul C. Balan and is engraved by Phebe Hemphill. Last but not least, the deleware coin, designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Joseph Menna commemorates Annie Jump Cannon who developed a star-classifying system that we still use today. For more coin updates, visit my blog and follow me.Source: CoinWeekhttps://coinweek.com/us-mint-news/united-states-mint-unveiled-2019-american-innovation-1-coin-program-designs/

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16 Aug 2019

The New Orleans Mint Part I

| Larry Smith

In the mid 1830s, President Andrew Jackson felt a need for mints in other locations besides Philadelphia. 3 branches were proposed:Charlotte, Dolenada, and New Orleans. New orleans was a large port where foreign silver deliveries commonly came in. The act became official on March 3, 1835. Mint Director Samuel Moore chose John Mitchel and Benjamin F. Fox for the construction contract. William Strickland designed the new mint. He had also designed the second Philadelphia Mint. David Bradford was appointed superintendent of the new mint in March of 1837. In January of 1838, Robert Maskell, the mint director reported: "The machinery of the New Orleans Mint was executed, and the steam engine set in action in may last; and there would have been no difficulty in putting the mint in full operation, but for the apprehensions from the climate. Two of the officers and all of the workmen were from the middle states, and unacclimated; and I was advised by the resident officers that they would incur great risk in going to New Orleans in the warm season…. They are now, however, all at their stations, and making every exertion to commence the operations of the Mint at an early day.”

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