17 Feb 2022

Exhibit: Wild Mustangs Stampeding: Photographed Summer of 2008

Coins | mrbrklyn

Exhibit: Wild Mustangs Stampeding: Photographed Summer of 2008

08 Aug 2021

The 50 State Quarters Program

Coins-United States | Coinyoshi

You may know that the 50 state quarters program was a series of quarters minted from 1999-2008, with a new quarter being minted about every ten weeks. The designs on the reverse have symbols showing each state's unique history and traditions. These quarters have inspired millions of Americans to begin coin collecting. Today, I will be talking about these quarters.

15 Jun 2020

Blending hobbies.

Coins | Makeco

With thanks to The Moke, whom inspired my first blog post, maybe we can get a thread going of collector's displays.Growing up in Oregon's I-5 corridor, tucked quaintly between the coastal and Cascade mountain ranges, I spent a lot of time indoors. For those of you who don't know, it rains there, IT RAINS A LOT! One of my favorite pastimes on these cold, wet, dreary days, was to fill the Whitman albums my mother had given me. Like so many other kids, I would fill an album, then empty it when the urge for a Slurpee or a pack of baseball cards hit my fancy, only to refill the album pages during the next extended stretch of cloud covered precipitation. Never a serious collector of coins, I was, however, fostering a life long passion of collecting, more accurately, a passion of hunting down the peculiar items that peaked my interest at the time. Somewhere along the way, I became a collector of collections, post cards (my first true collection), sports cards, Pepsi memorabilia, soda bottles, Hot Wheels, agates and fossils, beer mats, and many more, all things to which I felt a connection, In 2000, though, I gleefully succumbed to the US Mint's advertising gimmick of the 50 State Quarters program, and slowly fell back in love with a childhood hobby. I purchased 3 maps to hold the quarters, 1 for myself and 1 for each of my 2 sons, and began hunting. Sometime during 2000/2001, I learned of the silver proof sets, it was love at first sight! So began my numismatic journey, it took several years before I would start to learn about the hobby, I am still a novice in knowledge, but am eagerly learning, and thankful to the ANA for the access to their vast library.Backtracking slightly, I have never been a wealthy man, though I have been blessed immeasurably, so I took up hobbies that would allow my family to have nicer things than our finances would allow. One of these hobbies is matte cutting, I couldn't afford to take the family pictures into the frame shop and have them done professionally, so I learned to cut mattes.When the America the Beautiful program began in 2010, an idea began to form about displaying the quarters that represented the National Parks we had visited. The idea started simply, then became more complex when I received as a gift, one of Yellowstone National Parks 100th Anniversary tokens, so my first coin display was born, I took a reproduction post card of YNP, token, 2010 S Silver Proof Yellowstone quarter, 2007S Silver Proof Wyoming quarter, & the 4 collector tokens sold at the park (another collection, lol), and matted them all together in an 8 x 10 frame. This led to Crater Lake ( Oregon 2005S), Mt Rushmore (2005S, 2013S, & 1991 S proof half dollar), to name a few.The result was awesome, not that I'm on the level of a professional picture framer, far from it, but it made a great display of 3 different collections combined, using a craft/hobby that I enjoy! A new addiction! This brings me back to the silver proof state quarters, I wanted to display them. Not only display them, I wanted to do so in a manner to pay tribute to our wonderful Nation, the country that bore me, the land that I love. So I bought a reproduction set of the "Greetings from " series of postcards from all 50 states, my silver proof sets from 1999-2008, and went to work cutting a circle in the postcard, backing it w/ foam board, and placing the quarter in the hole while contained in a capsule, putting that into a 4x6 simple black frame. Here is the result, 6 burnt pine shelves, each holding 8 states' postcards and quarters, in chronological order. I held Oregon ( my birth state) & Montana ( where my wife, eldest son his wife & 4 children, & I live) to the side, the wall completed w/ a wooden Betsy Ross flag, including a yellow line in remembrance of those whom have given all. Our little shrine to America!I hope you like my little story and my mode of display, I enjoyed telling you about it and would love to see your displays.

11 Jan 2020

State Quarters

Coins | xaviera

My name is Xavier and I collect state quarters. I like state quarters because they are unique and I can collect them for a long time. I go to the bank and get rolls of quarters and keep the state quarters in them. I have a collection of the state quarters. I have 2 books full of state quarters and almost another book full. I also have a pack with a proof state quarter, the same d and p state quarters. I have a jar of state quarters. I put my state quarters that don’t go in my books in it. I have over 200 state quarters in it. My goal for this year is to have $100 of state quarters in my jar. I have $50 in my jar right now. My favorite state quarter is Idaho. My favorite monument quarter is the Grand canyon. I have been collecting state quarters for a year. I buy state quarters from phils coins. I recently bought the proof set with the p and d quarters. I would like to find a w quarter some time. I would like to have a mint set also. I want to learn more about state quarters, about how coins are minted and about error state quarters. I want to learn what is the rarest quarter in the world. I want to go to a coin show soon and go to the coin shop soon so I can get cool state quarters. I also like standing liberty quarters because they are cool and old and they have silver in them. I have the 1927 d which is a key date standing liberty quarter. I also like bicentennial quarters. I like the double date on them. I have 3 of them right now, but I want more. I have never found a bicentennial in a roll. I just learned that 1964< are silver quarters. I don’t have a full book of monument quarters but I will soon. When I get a full monument quarter book I will sell it. And when I get another state quarter book I will sell it. Sometimes I will look through coin jars for state quarters. When I go to the store I sometimes get state quarters for change and I keep them. Sometimes I go to coin shows and I buy proof state quarters and other quarters. Also I get coins from buying them from other people like my brothers. I would also get to learn more about the ANA. I would like to get a lot of YN dollars for the YN auction. I really like coin collecting and have been doing it for 2 years. I hoped you liked my blog. Thanks for reading it!

26 Sep 2019

2008 "Perfect" Oklahoma Quarter

Ancient Coins | JudeA

I got home today and checked the mail. I didn't expect it to come this early in the mail, but it did. I finally got my thing I won from the YN auction! The package included my quarter which is graded by NGC as being PF(70) Ultra Cameo with 90% Silver. It also had this holographic token thing in it. I don't really know what that is and if any other YN's got that could you please let me know. I also got my YN dollar requests, (YN80 total.) They also sent me a random 1 YN dollar bill, so now I have the type set to YN dollars. There is the YN100, YN50, YN20, YN10, YN5, and YN1. Also I received a 2019 D cent and a blank planchet cent in the YN dollar request form, I don't really know why I got that, but I'll take it! If you guys want to see the coin I won go to the 2019 auction catalog and it is lot #85. Happy Hunting and I hope that the other YN's will be receiving their wins soon to!

31 Mar 2019

Thanks Dad ...

Coins | Teacher Brian

This coin was placed in Dad's casket. We just became aware of the coin collecting universe last year, and our first formal collection (and perhaps the very first ever "Baha'i History Collection") was started in honor of Dad only two months ago. None of us stays on this earth eternally, so it was not totally unexpected that March 10, 2019, Dad ascended to the next world, especially as he'd been ill the past couple years. But his next step did come a little sooner than the kids thought. He joins my mom and is assuredly happy to meet up again with her (they were married 43 years), as well as other family and friends already there. He was a Baha'i, the second in the family after Mom, and knew that "death is a messenger of joy" (Baha'i Writings) to the deceased, although it can be sad and painful to the rest of us still here. Every faith also teaches that separation is only part of this world, and in the spiritual world we will meet up again and be together forever. We can consider "death" as actually like being "born" into that next spiritual world, similar to how a baby is born from the womb-world into this earthly world. We've transferred from one home to another. Dad was a medical doctor, a general surgeon. I remember him getting awards for saving folks' lives, and lots of thank you gifts; we kids especially loved the presents of many types of food, cookies, sweets, etc! When I was considering switching from work in the engineering field to high school teacher, I was held up by thoughts of decreased social status, and of course the difference in salary. Eventually, I figured that money isn't everything, teachers can make extra dollars in various ways, and that perhaps someday I'd marry a rich girl, haha (my wife is a nurse and does, indeed, earn more than me)! Dad helped with the decision, too, as one of his greatest lessons came at that time -- he said that "status" was a disease some people have that makes everybody else sick. That definition has stuck with me. It reminds me of how we're all equal in the sight of God, and our greatest achievements come from lifting up others. Thanks Dad, we love you.

24 Oct 2018

Numismatic Myths: Part III

Coins | iccoins

Myths, misconceptions, coins. New collectors and non-collectors are often led to believe something that is entirely false. Let’s debunk some of these myths today.

28 Sep 2018

What Got Me Into Collecting? Part I

Coins | iccoins

Everyone has their own unique story about how he or she got interested in coins and here’s mine. Many years ago, when I was probably around five, my dad bought two state quarter books, one for him and one for me. During this time, whenever he got quarter change, we would look through it to find State Quarters to fill the books. This was before the National Park Quarters, so we would find either generic Washington Quarters or State Quarters. We slowly filled up both books. I was about seven years old when the series concluded. By the time we finished our books, I was probably around eight years old. After that, my collecting run essentially ended.


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