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24 Apr 2020

The Unsung First Day Issues

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I defined a new type of historic numismatic specimens as the Unsung First Day Issues and are not readily known by the numismatic nor collector communities. My quick research (less than a week) was instigated by NGC's recent grading of a bag of 1964-D Kennedy half dollars. I agree with their assignment of a "First Day Issue" (FDI) designation. But now it leaves the door open for the Unsung First Day Issues.

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19 Jul 2018

Found Two 1933 Double Eagles

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Last week I found two separate exhibits with each having a 1933 Double Eagle. I was visiting the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

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14 Jul 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower the Numismatist

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I'm sharing a write-up that I just drafted that should provide insight that Dwight D. Eisenhower was a numismatist at heart and that he donated his coin collection to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958 (while still actively serving his second term as the 34th President of the United States).

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24 Mar 2018

A Bronze Trial Strike Gift

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A few years back I made a purchase of archive numismatic material from a manufacturer of medals. I purchased their entire medal holding of "working copies" relating to the Maui Coin Club (I made sure I obtained a letter of provenance of each medal, seller, and buyer). Working copies are medals pulled from the original striking run for either a first strike, quality check of the medal striking run, or pulled example of their work for their archive as a show piece for enticing future business.I believe the manufacturer was thinning out his archive and sent me a gift package of medals (I earlier sent the owner a free copy of my book relating to the "Eisenhower Appreciation medals"). In return, the owner sent me a package of Canadian (hint of the manufacturer's location) medals. I'm not a Canadian medal collector, so I looked at my newly gifted set and put it aside.Months later, I remember seeing a Nikola Telsa medal in the group and revisited the package of Canadian medals. I took a few pictures of the Tesla medal. I then saw the intricate design of one particular medal. I then started to search the internet with keywords on the medal's design. I got a hit. The obverse visibly matched exactly, while the reverse was described exactly in text.The crown size medal was originally struck in 0.999 gold and with a total mintage of 7. That is right, only 7. A copy of the ad is part of this blog entry. It can be said that the manufacturer designed and struck the medal. The medal in my collection is a "working copy" struck in bronze.

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15 Mar 2018

One of the First Eisenhower Silver Dollars

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Another recent purchase added to my "presidential" collection. This time it's a White House letter from President Nixon gifting a 1971-S uncirculated Eisenhower silver dollar (in Blue Pack) to the Honorable Robert G. Stephens on August 6, 1971.The uniqueness about this acquisition is the establishment of the provenance (unbroken chain of ownership) of this Eisenhower dollar. I was ecstatic to learn that this specimen was actually being sold from the estate of the Honorable Robert G. Stephens. The chain of legal ownership is President Nixon-to-Congressman Stephens-to-yours truly. The number of "'-to-" in the previous sentence is two. Which means as the current owner, the specimen is two degrees of separated from President Nixon.

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06 Mar 2018

One of the First Kennedy Half Dollars Struck

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An interesting historical specimen from years past that I recently added to my collection. A first-day-of-issue (March 24, 1964 on letter) 1964 Kennedy half dollar. Issued to Congressman Stephens from President Johnson.

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09 Jun 2017

Nice to See the Smithsonian Institution Numismatic Gallery

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It has been some time for me in visiting the Smithsonian Institution American History Museum. I still remember the old display area they had. However, the their Numismatic Gallery is really nice. The pull-out drawers is interesting. I was surprised to pull out their 1804 silver dollar collection. I also found a few gold coins in other display areas. One of my previous numismatic interest were gold slugs of which I had 2 in my collection.

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01 Jan 2017

For All Posterity

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Several years ago I attended the 2012 Star Spangled Commemorative Release Day Ceremony at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and did my part to help the National Park Services. I documented the donation in a video. --> YouTube Video https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=9738

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31 Dec 2016

A Snapshot in My Numismatic Timeline: Drapped Bust Half Dollar

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The beauty of the Heraldic Eagle reverse design on the Drapped Bust half dollar (and affordability at the time) made me expand my collector interest. Back then I only specialized in Morgan dollars. I purchased this coin from Steve Ivy (now called Heritage Auctions) then sent it out to ANACS for certification. I eventually sold this coin to further support my college education (for my first degree). One of the things I did to protect my family was to document my coin collection. The ANACS certificate was easy to copy and I annotated my purchase information/comments on the copy. Recently, I located an old copy of my collection. Note the date of the ANACS cerificate. Four degrees later (AAS, BS, MS and PhD) and then some, I reminisce the beauty of this coin. I wonder who currently owns it. I paid a fraction of its current valuation ($2400) back in 1982.

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07 Sep 2016

President Eisenhower's Personal Coin Collection

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As I was performing additional research relating to the President of the United States Appreciation Medals (formerly known as Presidential Medal of Appreciation) for an in-progress book, I located documents from the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) which clearly show the inventory of President Eisenhower's personal coin collection. Also, the donation of President Eisenhower's entire coin collection to the Smithsonian Institution. This would be an interesting future article for the monthly ANA magazine that I may write.

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