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24 Sep 2016

My thoughts on the 2016 ANA YN Auction

Young Numismatists Exchange | CoinCollector2012

Earlier today the ANA held their annual auction for the YNs. In this auction, participants used YN dollars, which are earned by doing things in the hobby such as going to coin club meetings and writing numismatic articles. I will be sharing my thoughts on what I think went well, and what should be fixed for next year's auction.

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24 Sep 2016

My thoughts on the 2016 ANA YN Auction

Young Numismatists Exchange | CoinCollector2012

Earlier today the ANA held their annual auction for the YNs. In this auction, participants used YN dollars, which are earned by doing things in the hobby such as going to coin club meetings and writing numismatic articles. I will be sharing my thoughts on what I think went well, and what should be fixed for next year's auction.

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23 Sep 2016

Ancient Propaganda On A Coin

Ancient Coins | Pliny The Elder

This coin attracted me because of the strange Z mark carved into it, and the Xgraffitoseen lightly in the background. I always like the signs of ancient hands on the surfaces and on the edges, I do. But I also like the history each coin represents, and the underlyingpropagandabeneath that history. Every single ancient coin says something, if not just in my own head. This silver denarius was issued during the lifetime of Julius Caesar, but before he was given total power over Rome and all of Romantic history. Struck in 58 B.C. by Marcus Aemilius Scaurus and Publius Plautius Hypsaeus at the time of the Aedilician Games (you can see the "AED CVR" for Aedile Curule, the titles ofHypsaeusandScaurus at the time---Aediles organized public events like parades, festivals and games).This coin appears to commemorate the supplication of King Aretas to Pompey's general (and brother-in-law) Marcus Scaurus. I say "appears" because Scaurus had a reputation for backroom dealing and dishonesty. Even though accusations were constantly bandied about, as brother-in-law to a famous general he always managed to avoid legal trouble, once employing the famous Cicero as his defense counsel to plead his case. Scaurus went to war in the Nabbatean Kingdom in 62 B.C. and laidsiegeto the city of Petra. King Aretas III is alleged by historians to have bribed Scaurus to lift this seige. Scaurus returned to Rome, crowing of victory and hoping to settle into a nice and important life as a public servant. And he did to some extent. He organized these Aedilician Games, he issued this coin. But he just couldn't escape from being himself, though, and lingering problems with honesty eventually saw him sent him into exile. This coin is a snapshot in time. It tells the history of his victory in Nabbatea? Or possibly it merely shows one of his many thinly veiled lies. That is King Aretas kneeling next to his camel on the obverse side. The reverse is Jupiter, the king of the Gods, driving a four horse chariot to the left. That is fourhorses galloping abreast of eachother, an amazing sight to see I am sure. I hope you enjoy the coin and the short history associated with it.

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22 Sep 2016

1916 Gold Standing Liberty Coin

Coins | Longstrider

So it seems to me that the US Mint has misjudged the public and us, their customers, again. I received an email from the mint yesterday, 21 September, notifying me that they have removed the household limit on the new 2016 Gold Liberty Commemorative Standing Liberty Quarter. I guess us regular folks didn't care to purchase this item at the inflated price. Today it is listed for $ 485.00..Anyone that wanted one has bought it by now. All this loosening of the rules now allows their REAL customer base, the third party people, the tele-marketers, to buy as many coins as they want. As Usual. How does this help me. Just an average collector that was out priced on this item that should be in silver!! Don't forget there are over 9000 gold dimes still lying around no one knows what to do with. What do you think?? Thanks for looking. Just my opinion. I could be wrong!!

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