23 Jul 2017

Essai Coins - Does anyone collect them?

| Well worn Copper

I have been studying foreign Essai coins lately, and am seeking thoughts or comments from other collectors. For those not familiar with Essai pieces, they are specimen or pattern pieces from foreign mints. (The French translation for essay is "try") Sometimes they are produced with collectors in mind, and with mintages much more common than U.S. patterns. I've seen some modern (post 1970) Essai pieces with mintages around 1,000, which is still low when you consider it. Many are priced from $30 to $100 which isn't bad. Might be a cheap way to get into patterns. Essai coinage should also always be marked with the word "essay." There are lots of slabbed examples out there. Not looking to get rich, just collecting something different. Has anyone dipped their toe into this pond?

23 Jul 2017

Spread the word

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Many coins are unfamiliar to the average person. No one has received a half dollar in change for decades. $2 bills are rarely seen, and never mind dollar coins. Sometimes people like to see unusual money.

21 Jul 2017

Summer Project - FDR Dime Collecting from Circulation

| user_9073

I knew that I would be traveling in Georgiathis summer. Part of the trip would be a visitingFDR's "Little White House" in Warm Springs. So I decided to collect FDR dimes from circulation. I got a good deal on Littleton folders for the years 1965 to 2003. This folder has 75 holes for business strike coins. Only Philadelphia and Denver, no San Francisco or West Mint strikes. I thought it would be fun to fill the folder with coins only from circulation, NO dealer purchases. I decided to start in May. About this time I was asked to do a program for the YN's in my local coin club on Sept 2. So I turned this in to a summer project that the YN and adult members of the club could do too.

21 Jul 2017

Finding something new

Tokens | CoinLady

While roaming the convention floor at a major coin show, I always pick up the many premiums available, such as pens, candy, price lists, and a catalog or two.

20 Jul 2017

This Coin is Out of this World!

Coins-World | coinsbygary

I had first posted this as my Coin of the Month in 2012. In celebration of the 48th anniversary of Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon and that same moon casting it’s shadow on the Earth in about a month I am re-posting it now. I grew up as a space nut, having been all of 11 years old when the moon landing first occurred. I remember where I was when I first heard the news that the Eagle had landed. I was enjoying myself at picnic sponsored by my father’s employer when the announcement came over the loud speaker followed by everyone cheering! Next month I’ll be in Southern Illinois cheering the total eclipse of the sun!

20 Jul 2017

Remembering Apollo 11

Medals | CoinLady

Forty-eight years ago tonight, a Sunday evening, I was glued to the TV watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I was inspired. I was moved. I was a teen but I still got tears. I was an avid fan of the space program and an amateur astronomer.

19 Jul 2017


Tokens | coinsbygary

There are coins in this set that are difficult to describe, and this 1863 store card is one of them. That said I intend to convey the little I known about Christoph Karl in my owner comments. Then taking into account the historical context of this token, I will give a plausible explanation of the allegories present on this beautiful token from New York City featuring Germania, the national personification of Germany.

19 Jul 2017

Thank you FUN for the ANA table at your 11th Annual Summer FUN Convention, held on July 6-8, 2017

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By John and Nancy Wilson, ANA National Volunteers


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