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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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19 Jun 2017

Nation Coin Week Trivia Challenge Prize

Coins | user_9073

Nation Coin Week was April 15-21, 2017.  There was an Online Trivia Challenge and a Club Trivia Challenge.  I entered the Online Challenge and lead the effort in two clubs to enter the Club Challenge.  Correct entries were put in a hat and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes were draw in both categories.  I wasn't a winner of any of those prizes.  In the Club Challenge all correct entries got a 2017 US Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set.  For my leader ship I got one of those.  The questions and answers are on the ANA website, under EVENTS, then NATIONAL Coin WEEK.  Check it out!  There is some interesting stuff there. (Sorry that the image of the coins are blurry.  I scan it and the auto focus was on the lens, not the coins.)

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19 Jun 2017

This might take a while

Coins-United States | CoinLady

I once heard of a collector who wanted to get his kids interested. This was during the height of the statehood quarter program. He got a $1000 bag of quarters from the bank, and the family members got busy. They checked every coin in that bag and began putting sets together. Statehood quarter sets were assembled, along with clad sets. Many quarters of 1965, 1966, and 1967 are still out there. And a few silver quarters turned up.

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19 Jun 2017

Odd Thing with Coins #15

Coins | user_9073

In Great Britain the one pound coins is referred to as the "Round Pound.  This series started in 1983 and closed in 2016.  I have collected them from the beginning and enjoy now having a complete set.  And I have taken a ribbing from fellow collectors about collecting this series instead of something more appropriate like Morgan dollars.  (I do collect Morgan dollar!)  Well a friend of mine found this One Pound Silver plated replica a an 1878 Morgan dollar and gave it to me.  Hi comment was' "Now this is a round pound!" It is nice to have friends like that.  Has a friend ever given you something while ribbing you about what you collect?

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18 Jun 2017

The 1937 Fort Peck Dam Commemorative Half Dollar.....Almost

| Well worn Copper

In 1937 a massive dam in Fort Peck, Montana began construction. At the time the dam would have been considered an engineering feat. In March 1937, an organization placed an ad in The Numismatist offering pre-sale orders for a commemorative half dollar in honor of building the dam. The ad ran during the peak of the commemorative craze, and organizers beleived there would be no problem passing the bill through Congress . The bill never passed, however,  and was shot down with other wanna-be commemoratives once the market collapsed later that year. Still, the fact that the proposed coin made it's way  to print is an accomplishment in itself.  The dam was eventually completed in 1940, and a photograph of it appeared  on the premier issue of Life magazine. If Fort Peck Dam was commemorated on a half dollar, the only other coin honoring a  feat of man-made engineering would have been the 1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge half dollar. 

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