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19 Jan 2018

MEXICAN ENDANGERED SPECIES COMMEMORATIVE

Coins-World | Longstrider

Below I have my example of a Mexican Commemorative. It is actually one of the series of Endangered Species in Mexico Collection. That is inscribed on the reverse in Spanish, "ANIMALES EN PELIGRO DE EXTINCION / EN MEXICO". Mine is a 2000 River Crocodile, "CROCODRILO DEL RIO". It shows a great picture of a crocodile centered on the coin. His or hers mouth is opened against a grass background. Above that is the date 2000 and the mint mark of Mexico City below it. To the left of the crocodile is the denomination, $5. To the left of everything is the Latin name of the species, (Crocodylus acutus). It is a very busy reverse but it all fits nicely on the well designed reverse.

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19 Jan 2018

Print or e-books?

Coins-United States | CoinLady

So many coin reference books are available. New research is being done all the time, with new titles being released each month or so.

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19 Jan 2018

The 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln Cent

Coins | Coinz4Lyfe

Im sure some of you know the story behind the 1909-S V.D.B. cent, but for some of the newer collectors, here is some information about it. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, arguably one of the best coin designers and sculptors ever, died before he could finish his work. He was to redesign all of the American coinage. After he died, president Theodore Roosevelt picked Victor David Brenner to design the cent. Finally, after 2 years of talking about what would be on the cent, it was ready. The cent's release caused much controversy. People objected to the placement of his three initials on the bottom of the coin, which was odd because no one objected to Augustus Saint-Gaudens three initials placed right in the obverse field of his new double eagle in 1907. James B. Longacre's initials, J.B.L. appeared on most of the gold coins in the second half of the 19th century as well. The cent was also particularly unpopular with the southerners because of Lincoln's impact on slavery and the Civil War. His initials were stripped from the coin early in 1909, with almost 28 million pieces struck at the Philadelphia mint and only 484,000 struck at the San Francisco mint, which there are even less of today, making the 1909-S V.D.B. cent the rarest and most sought-after Lincoln cent of all time.

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19 Jan 2018

found all of my facts

| user_88687

I just finished writing all my facts that I need for my second dollar project. Now I'm still not done. I still have to write about it and then mail it in. That is the easy part though. Then all I have to do is mail it in and then wait for them to send me the new coin. I can't wait to receive my new coin. I will most likely get it in the mail by tomorrow. I will blog again when I receive my new coin if not sooner,

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18 Jan 2018

A Coin or a Book? Decisions, Decisions....

| Well worn Copper

Recently I experienced something every collector goes thru: I had a set amount of money to spend and had to decide whether to purchase a coin or to purchase a reference book. With a coin you immediatly add to your collection and have the piece to always enjoy. On the other hand, the book will always hold it's value as a reference and will faithfully guide you down the road to future coin purchases. It's never an easy decision for me, but this time I went with the book. Either way, I never regret my decision. But I still wish i could just buy both!

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18 Jan 2018

Book Review: A Guide Book of the United States Mint

| Michael Marotta

A Guide Book of The United States Mint: Colonial, State, Private, Territorial, and Federal Coining Facilities by Q. David Bowers; Foreword by Ken Bressett; Whitman Publishing, 2016. 436 pages. $24.95. Reviewed by Michael E. Marotta (ANA 1162953)

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18 Jan 2018

**$20.00 for $20.00**

Coins-World | Kepi

I wanted to share this cool little coin with you! It's from the Royal Canadian Mint who has a great program called $20.00 for $20.00. The one I really liked is this 2013 Canadian Wolf. Struck in 99.99% fine silver with a worldwide mintage of 250,000. It has a serrated edge, weight of 7.96 g. and diameter of 27 mm. The obverse was designed by Susanna Blunt and features Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse shows a frontal view of a wolf running through the barren wilderness. The designer is Glen Loates. The face value is $20.00...and the cost of this coin is $20.00. Pretty cool huh!!! So next time you have an extra $20 bucks, think about these cool little coins! Thanks for looking at my blog. I look forward to your comments.

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18 Jan 2018

POP QUIZ!

Coins | Longstrider

Below I have one of my favorite coin varieties, a 1922 D Peace dollar. Pay attention as this will be a test, sort of, at the end. I bought this, very common date, from my coin dealer last week. All I wanted was a nice peace dollar to fill a hole in my Dansco album, more on that later. All I needed was a “D’ mint mark to complete that part of the album. While checking out his nice no slabbed coins, I spied this specimen in one of his many displays. Really, one needs a little time to check out all his coins. Then he has some hidden away for special customers and ones that he can’t bare to put in the melt box. My dealer loves coins and it shows! Anyway I saw this “D” Peace dollar and asked to check it out. It was very modestly priced to begin with. Honestly that’s what I was looking for in this case. He gave it to me and I checked it out with my naked eye. I always do that with these large silver dollars. It looked very good with some nice toned color. A very great plus for me! Next, I went to my loupe. It just got better and better. As is usual for 1922 Peace Dollars, there were a ton of die cracks and doubling. All this spelled, to me, VAM! With toning, that is my thing! Since we are talking about it, you can probably guess I bought it. I don’t know if it will show in the photos but it has quite a bit of toning. Lots of rainbow colors around the right side of the rim on the obverse. The blues are especially groovy! Be careful you don’t fall in one of those die cracks, “hint”. Now to the reverse. It also has color around the rim as well as elsewhere. Watches out you don’t trip on the doubling!! I’m not going to help you on any of this. There are VAM designations all over this coin.

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18 Jan 2018

World War One Commemorative

| Mike Burns

Hi everyone. I am writing this today to tell you of my displeasure with the new commens of the Mint. The one coin was enough. The sets if you ordered them all would cost over six hundred dollars. I wrote this yesterday and took it down. When coins of the different branches of service should of been sold separately. They are very plain with no real detail it looks like they made them in a day. You all know my respect for those who served and died and those who serve today. If you buy all the sets you get six of the same coin. This is not necessary in my opinion. Remember that this is my opinion. No limit was put on how many you could buy so of course there all on back order. What did you expect. We need a Director of the mint now. We can't wait for another year of so,so coins. But that's to late also. These coins have been minted already. So now you can pay double from the retailer's. I won't. I will buy the one commen. I will not buy the sets. I did want three for personal reasons but I don't need three of the same coin. Why were they not sold separately? Money. The sets are one hundred dollars. Look at them and tell me if the original commens were done much better. I wrote a series on them. I was ashamed when I saw these. This is the best we can do.? I don't believe that, we can do better. You ever see a Military Challenge Coin?. Some of them are beautiful. These I don't consider beautiful. So I know I will get alot of negative comments. That's ok. It generates discussions. There is nothing wrong with that. It's called a sharing of idea's. That's why we're here. I might sound upset but that's because I guess I have expected more from the mint. It really started with the Ellis Island coin. No Stars on the Flag? What was that all about. Now this. I'm sorry if I offended anyone it's not meant that way. I said it's my opinion. That's all. And please feel free to write what you think. One more thing. The prices are ridiculous. I would rather buy a beautiful proof eagle. Mike.

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18 Jan 2018

Started project 2.

Coins | user_88687

I started doing the research for my second dollar project. Now that I have picked out my 1979 Susan B. Anthony coin all I have left to do is the research. I found out while researching that the cold war was going on that year. Also it was the year that "C'mon Aussie C'mon" was released . That is an Australian Cricket anthem. And I learned that that year The Lord of Rings Radio Series was released. I think that it is amazing what you can learn by doing these projects. Did you know that "O Say Can You Say" was also released that year. " O Say Can You Say" is a collection of 24 silly tong twisters for children 4 to 8 years old." The solo album "Off the Wall" puts Michael Jackson at a superstar status. Also " Bye Bye Brasil" a French, Argentine, and Brazilian film was released. That is all I have for now. I will blog again when I have more information.

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