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07 Sep 2017

Finally bought it!

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Finally, after all these years...I bought a copy of Dave Bowers' wonderful reference book, "A California Gold Rush History." A solid reference and a keeper if ever there was one. An important part of American history is documented in this volume. Collectors, historians, and gold fans would love this book. I don't know why I didn't get this book sooner.

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16 Aug 2017

How can I do this?

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Mother was a big fan of my coin writing. She saved copies of my articles. When she died and I was going through her things, I found notes to a story I had written in 2011. That year, I wrote many articles when I was at home recovering from an accident. Mother injured her back at that time, so it was quite a time for both of us.

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03 Aug 2017

Every one is rare

Coins-United States | CoinLady

One American coin series is special because of its specialness. Every coin in this series is a rarity. Only the very rich and very serious numismatists would even attempt to collect this set.

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19 Jul 2017

A piece of history

Coins-United States | CoinLady

During my bookstore rounds the other day, I managed to stop at a coin shop I hadn't visited in a while. The owner remembered me and we sat and chatted for a time.

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29 Jun 2017

Discovery: 1997 Princess Ka'iulani 1/10 oz Gold Hapaumi Repunched Date

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I'm working a side project to catalog the Royal Hawaiian Mint issues relating to Crown Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom Hawai'i. This catalog is roughly 90% complete. However, I spotted what seems to be a new variety being listed at an online auction website. I purchased this specimen to confirm and document this variety. I was right. I spotted this repunched date a mile away (auction image was not of high quality). I snapped a few close-up pictures after I received the specimen. This is the second repunched date identified in the Crown Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom Hawai'i issues by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.

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03 May 2017

Rarities I have known, Part 3

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Collectors wishing to see the 1870-S $3 gold must make a special trip. This unique coin is housed at the ANA's Money Museum. It's on display with a wonderful collection of $3 gold pieces, the Bass Collection. The coins are mounted so it's easy to examine each one.

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28 Apr 2017

Uplifting story

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Last night, a lovely proof double eagle was sold at auction for over half a million dollars. The proceeds will be used to keep a church in business.

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25 Apr 2017

Little gems

Coins-United States | CoinLady

During a visit to my favorite coin shop today, I spotted a lovely little coin. The U.S. Grant gold dollar is an underpublicized and underrated coins, but is special. It features President Grant, Civil War general, who also appeared on the Presidential dollar and a silver commemorative half dollar. The gold dollar and the half dollar feature the same design--Grant on the obverse and his log cabin birthplace on the reverse. This may be the only examples of the same design on two different US coins. The coin was MS-65, golden and lustrous.

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