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22 Jan 2017

First 2017 Coins Found in Circulation.

Coins-United States | CoinCollector2012

I received my first 2017 coin in my change today- a lone 2017-P cent. I was quite surprised to find it when I was checking my change, mainly because current year coinage doesn't start to appear where I live until about mid February. I was also surprised to see that they decided to add a P mintmark to the Philadelphia cents, as opposed to other years where the mintmark has been omitted. I can't really say I'm a fan of it. It is too big and they used the same "Times New Roman" font that is used on the rest of the coin. The relief is very low (not really surprised there), and the coin appears "lifeless". The obverse is also incredibly spotty and dinged up, but this is probably not the mint's fault as I did find it in circulation. While I'm not a huge fan of the Shield Cent series to begin with, I am still holding out hope that I will start seeing 2017 dimes and quarters soon. I have really high hopes for the quarters, as I personally really like the design picked for the Missouri and Indiana coins. 

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22 Jan 2017

2016 W 50C Walking Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Commemorative a Retrospect

Coins | user_6870

When I first Purchased this from US Mint, I was 100%  certain I would return this to the Mint from which it came :>}..as I waited to return, I realized, I had already purchased the 10C Mercury Dime Gold Commemorative & then I remembered I had entered a note to this great site, the ANA  "blog”  on the 25C Standing Liberty Gold Commemorative..Due partially to procrastination. (yes a bit lazy or as I like to refer due to my “time schedule”,  the 3 Coins were all graded, encapsulated & WOW a New Gold Commemorative SET was now in my possession…Then I felt I should refer back to US Mints Specifications, which somehow I over-looked or possibly again related to my “time schedule”:each of the 3 Coin “Set” Composition is .9999 Fine Gold (15.552 grams) :Oh the :WOW” factor really came as I decided to pick up my camera, ((tho a less used Version of my prior now “damaged” camera-Ok no need for this comment” other then the effort of “learning” new tasks can/do lead to “”HOBBIES””).. and final review of the “PIC’s”, well I will leave the interpretation to all who visit:Enjoy the PIC’s

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22 Jan 2017

cleaning out my collection

Coins-United States | Conan Barbarian

last night i decided to sell all of my wheat pennies that i don't need and instead of letting them sit around in a box let someone else have fun going through them. after counting the coins (took around 2 hours) i came out with about 2,500 coins. this was my collection of all the wheat pennies that i have purchased over my collecting years that i already have in my albums and don't need them. i took a picture of 5 pennies that i thought were cool and unique so i decided to keep those (from left to right the pictures are): the 2,500 pennies (1930-1958 and 10 steel), a penny in which only half of it acquired dirt, a penny that has a pepper etched into it, a penny that looks tarnished as if it was a silver coin (it looks rainbowy and silver), and the last 2 are 1948-D that the dates were stamped in different locations (not worth much but cool to have). I will probably list the lot on Ebay in the next week and if it sells i will use the money to get some coins graded and finish some of my partial collections.

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21 Jan 2017

Really? ... That Much for a Copy of My Out of Print Book

Exonumia | DrDarryl

I'm writing a 3rd book relating to "POTUS sGm" (aka Eisenhower Appreciation medals, Kennedy Appreciation medal). I found it amusing as I looked at the high listed price on two Amazon locations (prices shown are in US dollars) for the first book on these "newly discovered" US Mint medals. The first two books on these medals can be seen at http://www.potus-sgm.com/

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21 Jan 2017

GOLD 25-CENT INUIT ARCTIC FOX CANADIAN COIN

Coins-World | Longstrider

Below is my example of the new 2017 25-Cent Pure Gold Coin- Predator vs. Prey: Inuit Arctic Fox. One of the coins in the Canadian series Predator vs. Prey. This coin is very small at 11 millimeters, the smallest coin made by the Royal Canadian Mint, making it very hard for me to photograph with my equipment. As such I have added three pictures from the Canadian Mint web site. The coin is in proof finish with serrated edge. Is has a total weight of 0.5 grams of 99.99% gold. The mintage is 6500. The reverse is designed by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik in the Inuit art style. The obverse is done by Susanna Blunt featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The design of the coin has a number of natural prey animals in and about the body of the arctic fox. As a numismatic eye test, how many can you identify? Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my blog.

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20 Jan 2017

Glass coin

| Conan Barbarian

in this past coin club meeting that i attended the topic of an alternative design for the war time penny came up. In 1942 when the mint realized they had to substitute the copper for a different material in the pennies there were a number of ideas that came about and the one that every one knows, the steel cent. but there were others that didn't make it as far and one such coin was the 1942 (date it was first struck to see if it would be sufficient) glass cent.  

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19 Jan 2017

I like Ike

Coins-United States | CoinLady

On the day before Inauguration Day, it might be a good time to consider collecting Presidents on coins. There are many!

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18 Jan 2017

Wonderful coin gifts

Coins-World | CoinLady

As one gets older, one reminisces. Reading so many posts about unusual coins, I've been thinking of some wonderful gifts of coin I received when I was young. When I graduated from grammar school, my uncle had mentioned he saved "a bunch of coins" from his service in World War II. He was in the South Pacific. Was I surprised when he handed me a small box with the coins! Among the goodies in the box were coins of: Fiji in 2 different metals, Australia in silver, Japan, Philippines, and a silver 5 Mark from Germany. I don't know how a German coin got there, but it was, in nice condition.

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18 Jan 2017

New Lincoln type set

Coins-United States | CoinLady

I recently purchased Dave Bowers' updated Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. Highly recommended! Everything a Lincoln cent lover could want is included in this book. Lots of photos, history, served in the inimitable Bowers style.

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