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30 Sep 2019

New Set?

Coins-United States | JudeA

I am thinking about starting a new collection. I really like filling up folders of coins, and I like the design on the walking liberty half dollar. Most walking liberty's aren't very expensive, and the rare ones I wouldn't put in the folder. I feel like I could make a pretty good folder of walking liberty's by picking through my dealers junk silver bin. If you have any thoughts on this please tell me. Happy hunting!

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11 Sep 2019

Book Review - Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins

Coins-United States | JudeA

Everyone says, if you are an error coin or variety collector, then you need the Cherrypickers' Guide. I went to the ANA money museum this year, and I saw this book in the gift shop, it reminded me that I wanted to go to the library to look at this book. I went in and found it. This book is amazing. The only downside is that it costs a lot (about $40 or $50 dollars.)If you collect varieties or errors of any kind, this book will probably list them. I use this book for identifying Lincoln Cent varieties when I search rolls of coins. It lists literally hundreds of errors that I never knew existed. It is PACKED with information, and all of the pictures are great. If I could have any Numismatic Book I would probably chose this. There are so many varieties out there, and I hope that this book will someday help me identify one of them.

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17 Aug 2019

2009 Doubled Dies

Coins-United States | JudeA

In 2009, the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln, the United States Mint decided it was time for change. A change of the reverse of the Lincoln cent, which for 50 years had borne the Lincoln Memorial Reverse, to celebrate this historic date. The Mint would select 4 designs for the new reverses, the designs chosen are as follows. Birth and Early Childhood, which shows Lincoln's log cabin as a child. Formative years, which shows Lincoln as a young adult taking a break from rail splitting to read a book. Professional Life, which shows Lincoln beginning his political journey in front of the Illinois State Capitol. And Presidency, which shows the unfinished US Capitol. The first design was released on Feb. 12, 2009, and the last one was released Nov. 12, 2009. The cents were popular, and many are in mint state. The US Mint released a Mint Set with only Proof versions of these, priced at $7.95 on Aug. 26, 2009. Lots of attentions were paid to these when doubled dies of these emerged. There are DDR's for every reverse, most for the formative years reverse. The DDR's are mostly between the thumb and index finger on Lincoln's left hand. Most are cheap, ranging to $5 to $20, depending on condition. NGC and PCGS will certify these, but NGC has stated that they, "Do not believe these are doubled dies at all, they must be something else." Despite this statement, most third party grading services will certify these. If you want to certify one of these, send it to a grading service under, "Varieties" Make sure to include the FS or CONECA number for your coin. Unfortunately, you can not find these at most coin shops. Of all the coin shops I have been to, not one has had one of these in their inventory. If you want to collect these, your best bet is eBay, there are many listings for DDR's on eBay, most ranging from $3 to $15 dollars. As always, be careful who you buy from. I recommend buying from a seller with most positive reviews, and more than 50 sales. Another option is roll searching, you can go to your local bank, buy say... $10 worth of pennys, cherry pick through them and keep the worthy ones. This is one of my favorite things to do, as you get the pennies for face value and, if you find something, you might end up with more money than you started with. I have cherry picked a 1955 poor man's doubled die and countless wheat cents this way. You can also buy rolls of just bicentennials and pick through them, although the rolls won't be sold at face value, as they will in a bank. I currently own two of these, a FS 804, and an FS 802. Both were bought off of eBay for less than $10. I love hunting for cent varieties, and, as i continue my search, I hope I will have the pleasure of finding one of these DDR's in circulation. Thank you for reading this, and happy hunting!

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