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27 May 2019

THE TRADITION OF LEAVING COINS ON A VETERANS GRAVE MARKER

Exonumia | Longstrider

No doubt many of my fellow ANA members receive The Coin Update and have already seen this article. I feel the need to bring it to everyone's attention during this holiday, Memorial Day. Have you ever notice coins on the grave markers at some cemeteries' and wondered what the deal was? Here is a brief history of the practice.

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02 May 2019

Three Sides of a Coin

Coins | ANAStaff

Everyone knows that a coin has a front and a back, and that you’re supposed to call heads or tails when one is flipped. And, even though it’s theoretically possible, only the most optimistic coin-flippers would think there’s a chance of a coin landing on its edge.

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17 Apr 2019

Best in Show

| skywolf

A great way for kids to exhibit their collections is through the 4-H Collections project at their local county fair. It is a way for us to share our collections with the public and get interesting feedback from judges. I have been exhibiting coins since I was in kindergarten. You start out exhibiting a handful of your favorite coins and then add six more every year, along with records showing the history and value of each piece in your collection. I like to display mine in a leather binder with information on each coin on the page beside it. I use scrapbook paper with history and travel themes to add a little more fun to the project. I have earned grand champion, reserve grand champion, champion, reserve champion, honor, and first place ribbons on my coin collection every year since I began. It is a lot of fun! What are ways that you share your collection with the public?

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16 Apr 2019

Let it Grow

Coins | skywolf

One day while sifting through my grandparent's coin jar I came across a penny that did not look like the rest. Pulling it from the pile, I turned it over and over in my hand fascinated by the image minted onto its surface. While all of the other coins in the jar had the heads of United States presidents on them (my favorite being Abraham Lincoln), this coin had two maple leaves. I immediately went and asked my mother why it was different and discovered that it was from another country. From that day forward I was hooked. What started out as one Canadian penny turned into over four hundred coins and my collection is still growing.I have grown my collection in many ways from a little coin shop down the way to traveling to other countries. My absolute favorite way to learn about and acquire new currency is by traveling. A country's currency is a window into their past history and current culture. I have traveled to and acquired coins from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and Canada, as well as various locations within the United States of America including Washington, D.C. where I acquired several commemorative coins and tokens. My mother brought me back money from Italy and my cousin gave me coins from Malawi that he saved during a missions trip. My great-great-grandfather had a coin collection from where he had traveled to Japan and NASA, which was passed down to me. Other friends and family have contributed to my collection through their travels as well. I love learning about the countries of each coin's origin and the images upon their surface.Another way that I have grown my collection is through attending local coin shows. It is through such a show that I was able to acquire five ancient Roman coins from Hadrian's Wall. Though they are greatly degraded in quality, I could not resist the opportunity to include such historic pieces. As my mother has several degrees in history, anthropology, and archaeology, we spent many fun hours learning about the coins and life along the Wall. When we were in England we went to see Hadrian's Wall at Walltown near Haltwhistle and I got to see many more Roman coins in the museum there. It was great! I highly recommend growing one's collection through travel as you get to experience the culture that created the currency first hand. It is amazing! What is your favorite way to acquire new pieces? Tell me how you grow your collection in the comments below!

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15 Apr 2019

From Penny Pirate to Coin Collector

Coins - World | skywolf

Ever since I was a baby my grandparents have kept a coin jar. Many times they would let me fill a bag with pennies so I could take them and spend them. Sometimes there would be a special coin with different pictures on it so I would keep it. Now I have over four hundred pieces of currency from around the world. In the future, I hope to have a lot more coins with even more interesting stories to tell.

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01 Apr 2019

That's all she wrote

Coins-United States | CoinLady

This will probably be my final blog. It's been fun and interesting being a part of this, but the time has come. I have had too many problems with computers recently, and last week was the breaking point. Yes, my writing career must come to an end.I want to make it clear that I've been thinking of this for months, before the recent incident and before the bankruptcy. I am in my 60s and cannot spend any more time, effort, and money fussing with computers. This is not something a tech could fix. There have just been too many issues.I also want to make it clear that I am still a numismatist and always will be. I have enjoyed coins for over 50 years now. I will continue reading and doing what I can. I hope to attend the WFM this summer. I will also visit the coin shop downtown, even though I won't write about it!Those of you who follow my articles, thank you. I have also published non-coin related articles, in addition to publishing 8 romance novels.

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22 Mar 2019

Fanfare for the common coin

Coins-United States | CoinLady

If every coin was a rarity, what would we spend?If every coin was a key date, what would happen to collecting?Common coins are there. They are everywhere. Found in change, in piggy banks, tossed into a fountain to make a wish. Most people spend them without a second thought.Collectors check coins. They check their change. They get rolls of coins from the bank to look for varieties, errors, maybe a silver coin or two. Every collector started by picking out common coins from circulation or learning about coins given as gifts. They fill in holes in an album with many common coins. It's all part of building a set.A set of Lincoln cents, no matter the date span, will include quite a few common coins. The same goes for Roosevelt dimes, Mercury dimes, Buffalo nickels, whatever the collector likes. Perhaps it can be said that every coin in certain sets is common.There would be no coin collecting without common coins. Every coin has a history. Most coins have passed through many hands.Appreciate those common coins too.

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12 Mar 2019

Why not more popular?

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Had a great day downtown today. Best lunch of the year, so far, served by my favorite waiter. Of course, a stop at the coin shop was on the agenda.

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07 Mar 2019

In love again

Coins-United States | CoinLady

The first coin I bought was a well worn 1907 Indian cent, for 25c. I did not become that involved with that series, although I always liked Indian cents.

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01 Mar 2019

**Now That's A Pile of Change!**

Coins | Kepi

It's that time of year again! My change jar is full... I've been putting all the change I get for a whole year in this jar and believe me it won't hold anymore. This is an exciting time for me as I have no idea whats in there. I just "throw" it in... haha Well gently, just in case there's a "better" coin in there. ; ) Ya never know! It will take me awhile to sort through this pile, but as soon as I do I'll let you know what I found and how much $$$ was saved! Hope you enjoyed my collection! Feel free to comment as always!

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