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25 Jun 2017

Everyone needs a mentor

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Everyone needs a mentor for encouragement and inspiration, whether it's for a career or a serious hobby. I had a collecting mentor when I was young and became interested in coins.

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25 Jun 2017

Why Are We Here?

Coins | Mike Burn

Hi everyone hope your all doing fine. So now to my question. Why are we here? I will tell you why I joined. I wanted to interact with other collectors. Learn. I had coins but didn't know a lot about some. I asked the only other collector I knew and he recommended the ANA. He said you share back and forth with each other and learn about coins and collections and how other collectors work on there collection. I said that's great that's what I'm looking for. So I joined and was thrilled. The people were friendly at the ANA the collectors we're terrific to me so I jumped in with both feet. I have learned so much from my fellow collectors I have notes everywhere. I bought books and took there suggestions and recommendations. Everyone wanted and offered there help.

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25 Jun 2017

The 1930 Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary Medallion

Medals | coinsbygary

The Governor Endecott medallion struck by the Medallic Art Company in 1930 commemorates the Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary. Interestingly, this medallion was not commissioned by a group or a committee involved in the tercentenary celebration but as stated in the June 1931 issue of "The Numismatist," for a private account. The mintage of the medallion is about 200 suggesting that this large 102 mm bronze medallion was only intended for limited distribution. [1]

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25 Jun 2017

The World's Fair of Money is getting ever closer

World's Fair of Money | FortWorthCollector

So for everyone that is attending the World's Fair of Money, it is getting ever closer to being time to pack your bags and hitting the road. I of course have made my reservations months ahead of time for my hotel. I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver right across the street from the convention center. I chose the Hyatt Regency because of the location, free internet, and slightly lower parking prices than the Sheraton. I will end up paying about $209 a night but I have a king room with view and I am closer to the convention so less walking the streets and more walking the show. The ANA has their deal for $184 a night at the Sheraton or $189 a night at the Magnolia. Of course those are both good deals but do a little research and find the things that are important to you for your stay. Check out some of the travel sites and see what deals you can find. I used booking.com for my hotel free cancellation, pay at the property, no service fees, and it was easy. Post in the comments if you have found any goods deals or where you are planing on staying. Also keep your eyes peeled for my next post on some restaurants I am planning on trying.

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25 Jun 2017

Texas Numismatic Association annual coin show

Coins | FortWorthCollector

The Texas Numismatic Association's annual coin show ran June 2-4 at the Arlington convention center. This years show was great, very busy and a lot of dealers showed up. I believe the show is now hitting its stride with the local coin collecting community as they become accustomed to the new show location.I was able to run into a lot of old friends and make some new ones this year. I did not do as much buying this year as I have in past years just because the Worlds Fair of Money is just around the corner and I am saving my money up for that. I did however get a very nice 1921-D MS-63 Morgan Dollar that I plan to give as a gift to someone I am meeting at the Worlds Fair of Money. I believe it will be great because of course we will be in Denver where the coin was minted and it will be the first time either one of us has been there. Interesting fact the 1921-D Morgan was the first circulating silver dollar ever minted at the Denver mint and also the last year for Morgans to be produced.

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24 Jun 2017

Great find...not a coin

Coins-United States | CoinLady

I keep checking every bit of change that comes my way, in the hopes of finding something special. Maybe not a 1916-D Mercury dime, or any Mercury dime. Not a 1909-S VDB cent. But something unusual, like a War nickel or a scarce variety, maybe even a double die cent.

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24 Jun 2017

Cowry Shells

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_8029

Far before the coin was invented, the cowry shell served as currency in much of what is now China. These shells were the ideal coin, having convenience, perceived value, durability, a uniform size and weight and more, all of which are seen in most currencies around the world. These “coins” have an interesting history and numismatic importance, which make an interesting story.

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24 Jun 2017

Jewelry as Currency

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_8029

Gold and Jewels, usually in the decorative form of rings or necklaces, are much appreciated by humans as a whole. Almost every culture has developed some form of them, whether they be golden or made out of the skin of a deer. These types of jewelry, unsurprisingly, have developed into a form of currency or as a store of wealth. The main types of these jewelries are bracelets and necklaces, though anklets and neck rings also were used as money.

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23 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #18

Coins | user_9073

This item is really odd! First, it is a wheat cent in a tiny bottle. That is kind of cute. Probably a souvenir from a gift shop some place. Second, the coin is dated 1942. It has no mintmark so it is from Philadelphia. And, it is plated, probably tin, maybe zinc. Why is this coin plated?? I have no idea. Maybe just to look nice. It is not magnetic! Third, my mother, who got me stated as an eight year old collecting coins, gave this to me 10 to 15 years ago. She bought it at a garage sale that she went to and didn't see anything she wanted but felt she should buy something so she bought this. When she gave it to me she said I could throw it away if I didn't want it. But I kept it as another of my Odd Things. Up until her last year, she went to one coin show a year with me, even in her wheelchair. My mother is gone now so I will be keeping it forever. Did your parents or the person who got you started ever give you a numismatic item that you are now sentimentally attached to?

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22 Jun 2017

Mint State... Proof?

Coins | The Coin Student

Recently I bought this coin in an auction lot of multiple slabbed coins. It looks like ANACS mis-graded the coin by listing it as a proof MS68. I looked up the ANACS certification number and the population for this coin is zero. Any thoughts?Here's the link to the ANACS certification: http://www.anacs.com/Populations/CertVerification.aspx?cert=4335819

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