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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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22 Jun 2017

Odd Things with Coins #17

Coins | user_9073

Most of my "Odd Things with Coins" blogs have been for things I have had for a long time.  These first day covers were just given to me last week.  The Image on the stamp is an Indian Head cent.  There is some postal history about this stamp too.  This is the smallest stamp issued by the USPS.  It was an experiment at five post offices around the country.  It must not have worked because this size stamp was not continued.  I was visiting a stamp collecting friend and he gave these to me.  I think they are kind of a neat thing to put with my Indian Head cents.  I know there are other stamps with images of coins but I can't think of them now.  Can you think of them??

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22 Jun 2017

Getting Started: Collecting Coins using Whitman Blue Folders

| Dave_75466

Our young numismatist group has found and used these handy folders to organize and guide some of our collecting.

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22 Jun 2017

Protect Those Coins!

Coins | Mike Burn

Hi everyone. The most important thing besides collecting coins is protecting them. Now there are many suppliers of different types of holders. It's up to you what you need . I find if I'm going to to do some coin rolling I order the rolls to protect them. Not a lot it depends on how many rolls your getting and what denomination. They have hundreds of different plastic holders. What's the best? Well I use air tites. They seem to work for me the best. For slabs there are also many ways to stop them from scratching. I was going to order a slabed coin when I noticed I was having a hard time seeing the coin. So I sent a message to the seller saying it's probably a very nice coin but I can't see parts of it. His response didn't make any sense. It's what the label says.  No it's what in the holder! They have binders aluminium boxes with foam. Wooden boxes with foam even cardboard which I wouldn't recommend. A few years ago a seller sent me an aluminum box for Christmas. So I tried it. I think it's the best. It holds the slabs tight doesn't scratch them and if it falls they stay in there spot and the top stays closed. The kind I dont like are the ones from the third party graders. They rattle scratch the holders the top comes right off and on the floor go your slabs. Now I found the cheaper prices of the exact same holders on eBay. That's right. The one that hold thirty cost up to forty four dollars. The ones on eBay that hold a hundred are fifty four dollars.  Again this is up to you and your needs. You might not need one that hold a hundred. So buy one that holds thirty. They also have great wooden ones with the foam inside. There easy to store and look a lot better than the third party graders. Now the interesting ones I saw hold round air tites in foam. Great idea. I think. Again this blog is just my opinion. You buy what you need for your coins. You know better than I do what you need. The bottom line is that we all need these so don't skim on protecting your coins. The binders have a great reputation also. So shop around there out there and the prices do vary a lot. But do buy them in a few years you will be happy you did. By the way the aluminium box I received from the seller still today five years later in terrific shape. But it's up to you. You might be protecting a very expensive coin! Think about it. These were bought with your money. There part of our history and the history of the world let's save them for them for those who will follow us. It's the least we can do. Enjoy and protect those coins Mike.

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22 Jun 2017

Still to be found

Coins-United States | CoinLady

I still check every coin, every bit of change that passes through my hands. I like to pay cash for most purchases, so That means I look at a lot of coins each week. Finds are still out there.

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21 Jun 2017

Miles Standish Will Get Head Shaved To Benefit ANA And Help Sick Children

World's Fair of Money | Donn Pearlman

Prominent numismatist Michael "Miles" Standish, a long-time friend and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, will get his head shaved in public at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World's Fair of Money® in Denver.  The hair-raising act will raise money for the ANA and the nonprofit Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.

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20 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #16

Coins | user_9073

Here is a cute little bell made from a penny.  I bought this a few years ago.  It actually does ring (a little!!).  I put a penny in the photo for scale.  This was probably made by a tradesman showing what he was capable of doing.  I like it!  What do you think??

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20 Jun 2017

Still Looking for Good Airfares for ANA Denver?

World's Fair of Money | VKurtB

It seems that affordable airfares from the East Coast to Denver in the week of the ANA show are few and far between. Usually, I like to take Southwest Airlines to most destinations, but that is not a low-priced option from the northeast this time.

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