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19 May 2020

Coins in your Pocket - Cent Errors and Varieties

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Hello! It has been awhile! With all this "fun stuff" going around, school and other stuff has kept me away from the ANA for some time. I hope I can keep blogging regularly now. Also, I was one of the first of 3 people to send the correct answers from a CONECA contest, so I will be receiving my prize in the mail in a couple of weeks! Look for a blog on that soon. Anyways, I was thinking what I could blog on, since nothing really Numismatic has happened lately. I remembered my old, "Coins in your Pocket" blogs, and decided to write another of those! This edition doesn't focus on just normal coins, but focuses on the errors that I search for. I will be covering cents in this blog. Hope you enjoy!

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30 Oct 2019

Coins in your Pocket - Part 3, Quarters

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First of, I really do enjoy writing these blogs. I continue to search my pocket change, pulling aside examples of coins that I mention in my Coins in your Pocket, blog posts. I do not post the errors that I search for in these, however. These examples are examples of non-error coins that I save. I might do a separate series of error/variety coins I search for. Also, there are two things, error, and variety. Basically an error is something that doesn't repeat exactly, and an error is something that repeats exactly, or close to exactly. Both are unintentionally made by the mint. Tell me in the comments if you are enjoying these blogs, and if you would like me to do an variety version in the future. Now lets get to the blog, this is #3, and it is about quarters!#1 - Silver Quarters: Yes, they are still out there. They have been picked relentlessly for their silver value, but you can still find them occasionally. They will sell for about $3.00 for their junk silver value, unless they are in good grades, then they might sell for more.#2 - W mint marked quarters: In 2019, the US Mint decided to include a W mint mark on 10 million of the quarters struck there. That would be 2 million W quarters per design. They were added to try to increase interest in coin collecting, the mint director said. The quarters with the W mint mark are, Lowell National Historic Park (Massachusetts), American Memorial Park (Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands), War in the Pacific National Historic Park (Guam), San Antonio Mission National Historical Park (Texas), and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho). The quarters are only available in circulation, you can't buy them from the mint. A report says that only about 2% of the total quarters with the W mint mark have been found. They sell for about $10 to $20 on eBay, depending on the grade.#3 - State Quarters: The mint issued this coin program in 1999. It continued until 2008, and celebrated all of the 50 states in the USA. The coins were issued 5 per year, and were issued in order that they were admitted into the US. They are still widely available in pocket change. You can buy a folder and fill up it with coins from change relatively easy. The coins are available in just about any grade desirable, and will sell for face value, or more in better grades.#4 - America The Beautiful (ATB) Quarters: The state quarters program was so successful that the mint decided to do another program. This one featured all of the Monument Parks in America. The series started in 2010, featuring Hot Springs National Park, in Arkansas, to start off the series. The series, as of 2019, is still going. Plans are to stop the series in 2021, with only one quarter being released that year, which is the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, located in Alabama. The coins can be found in circulation, and you can put together a set easily from coins in circulation. Coins will sell for a little above face value in better grades.

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24 Oct 2019

Coins in your pocket - Part 2, Nickels and Dimes

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As I am going to the bank today, this time with my siblings, I felt like I should make another coins in your pocket blog post. I will pick up another penny box today, as well as my siblings, they will probably get nickel or quarter rolls, none of us have it in their budgets yet to get a box besides pennies. I hope that we all will have some good finds in our rolls. I will always continue to search for errors, hoping one day to find an error worth sending in to be graded. Before I write this blog, I would like to say thank you to everyone on this website. You all have influenced me more than you know. I truly feel that this website has increased my ability on so many things. To name a few, writing skills. My grade in writing class has moved from an B+/A- to a solid A, once I find a notable coin in a hunt, I am going to write to CONECA, and see if they will publish it. So, without further ado, Coins in Your Pocket - Part 2! This time featuring nickels and dimes!#1 - Silver War Nickels: Yes, they have silver in them. Not the traditional 90% silver, but 30%, which is still about the silver value of a 90% dime. Made from 1942-1945, these were made during the war to conserve metals like copper that were being used in the nickels. I didn't know about these until about a two years ago. My brother had a 1943 nickel, he asked if it was worth anything, and being the very knowledgeable collector that I was, said, "No, its just a Jefferson nickel, you should just spend it." Later, when he was accumulating a sizeable hoard of these coins, he said, "Hey, remember that one 1943 nickel I had, that had silver in it." Moral of the story is to always research your coins before you spend them! I have only found one of these in my searching efforts, but they still can be found. They will sell for about $1 each, for their silver value. If a piece is in better condition then it might command more.#2 - Westward Journey Nickels: I feel that, in comparison to the Lincoln Bicentennial pennies, these are widely overlooked. I can almost always find one in roll hunts of over 2 or 3 rolls. They were made to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark journeying to the Pacific Ocean, which happened from 1804 and 1806. Like Lincoln Bicentennials, they have 4 different reveres designs. The first is of the Peace Medal, which is 2 people shaking hands. The second is a keelboat, which Lewis and Clark might have used when crossing rivers and in the Pacific. The third is a bison, which is often confused with Buffalo Nickels. The fourth is a view of the Pacific Ocean with the words, Ocean in View, Oh the Joy! Which were words that they wrote in their journals when they saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Prices are 20 cents in a coin shop, and more in better grades. There is technically a 5th reverse, which is the newly designed Monticello on the reverse in 2006, but is not widely recognized, because that design was used after 2006.#3 - 1982 No Mint Mark Dimes: In 1982, dimes had switched from using dies that contained no mint mark for Philadelphia, to a P mint mark for Philadelphia. They accidentally used a die that had no mint mark on it. This is a variety that is cherry picked from change, but can still be found. Like the 1922 D, there are 2 reveres, a strong reverse, and a weak reverse. The strong reverse commands more money than the weak reverse. Raw, or ungreased examples will be less, while graded examples will usually sell for more. They will cost anywhere from $50 to $300 dollars, depending on what grade they are and what type of reverse they have. Examples of how prices vary from the strong and weak reverse are shown in the Red Book. They list it as $65 for the weak reverse, and $200 for the strong reverse. Both coins are in grades of MS(65) A really neat variety, and a cheaper example of a no mint marked coin!Thanks for reading this. More blogs like this coming soon!

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17 Oct 2019

Coins in your Pocket - Part 1, Pennies

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The possibilities are literally endless. You could find a foreign coin, or complete your coin album. You could find nothing one day, and find a priceless error coin the next. This is pocket change, or just loose change in your wallet, in a coin jar, or from the bank. The mint has been circulating more and more special designs on coins to create an interest in coin collecting. The Great American Coin Hunt has helped tremendously in this. In 2019, during National Coin Week, dealers released hundreds of collectible coins into circulation. The mint also issued W mint mark quarters, which will be discussed later. Another thing to keep in mind is that, in the 40's and 50's, when you could find silver and indian cents in circulation, many people did not think that these would become valuable. Now, silver is pretty much gone, and you might find an indian head cent once a year. Who knows, maybe your bicentennial quarter will be worth $5 someday. Now to the coins to look for. I will be posting more of these blogs, so be watching!

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