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10 Nov 2018

**76 Years Old And Still In Curculation**

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Amazing! Can you imagine a 76 year old coin and still out there for collectors to find! What a great hobby we have. This Wheat Cent dropped out of a cashiers coin machine and landed right into my pocket. While it's not in perfect shape and has definitely been around awhile, I think it's a wonderful example of a "Wheatie". ; ) The designer of this cent is Victor D. Brenner. The series ran from 1909 to 1958 and included the Philly, Denver and San Francisco Mints. With a mintage of 657,796,000 this 1942 P is not rare by any means...in fact it has one of the highest mintage's of all the Wheaties made. Makes me think that there are alot more out there just waiting to be found... Who knows what you might be handed back for change in your next purchase! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are always welcomed.

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07 Oct 2018

**An Eye Catcher**...

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Sometimes when you visit your favorite coin shop you have nothing particular in mind that your looking for. No list, no hole filler, no "just released" special coin or set. I thought today will be that day when I will not spend "Money on Money"... Although one of my husbands favorite things to say when it comes to buying coins "Nothing wrong with that" ; ) A relaxed day of chatting with your coin dealer, just shooting the breeze. Browsing around and then something catches your eye... For me it wasn't shiny silver or gleaming with luster like the other beautiful coins around it. Nope for me it shone dark with years of age and tone. But what was it? Truthfully I couldn't tell from where I was. To my surprise it was a 1952 Franklin Half Dollar. A Franklin??? Now I haven't had much interest in Franklin's before, no particular reason why. After a moment of pondering... Hmmm... A Franklin... I loved this coin! It would look great in my collection! This must have been meant to be, as I was not looking to pick up anything this trip... I think my new Franklin picked me! So much for making plans, especially at the Coin Shop! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcomed ; )

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23 Sep 2018

**Love That Old Silver**

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As we go about our day how many times do we receive change back from a purchase or even find a coin or two on the street or parking lot. By the end of the day, hopefully you're a few pounds heavier with a purse or pocket full of change... Either that or you had a nice big lunch! haha The other day going through a handful of assorted coins I received back from a pharmacy purchase I was lucky enough to find a 1954 D quarter! Although it looks it's age with assorted nicks and spots... It's Beautiful and it's great to know that old silver is still out there waiting to be found! That's one more coin added to the 90% coin silver tube! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcomed. ; )

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02 Sep 2018

**When Great Minds Think Alike...**

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As a lot of my fellow collectors already know one of my passions are beautifully toned Mercury Dimes. Lately as I have been searching through favorite auction sites, I have been seeing more and more pre-1965 Roosevelt Dimes that also show some wonderful colors and tones. I have been lucky in my biddingto have won a couple of these examples and have been really happy upon receiving them. My photo's are of a 1953-S Roosevelt Dime graded MS65 by PCGS and a 1958-D Roosevelt Dime graded MS66FB also by PCGS. Both now reside in my collection next to my Mercury Dimes who are probably wondering who the heck is this guy and what kinda dime are you! ; ) haha Now these will never replace my Mercury's but I have been noticing toned Roosevelts can go for as much as some toned Mercury's. I have to wonder as time goes by if the next generation of collectors will think of Roosevelts as being "old" and collectable in the same sense that I have thought that about my Mercury's. It's something for the YN's to think about... will you collect Classic older coinage or move forward to newer more modern designs? Now a few words about my blog... After reading it some of you might think, hmmm, this seems familiar. Well, I had pre-written this blog awhile ago and had put aside for a later date. Now in the meantime my "Better-Half andFellow-Collector" was deciding on what his next blog would be... Can you guess what he choose? Yep, the Roosevelts... So this one's for youBabe ; ) Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are always welcome.

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29 May 2018

**Unusual Toning Pattern** Mercury Dime**

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I have a short blog for you guys today. A Mercury Dime that I won at auction. ( Now that's a surprise, right!) I thought it had some really cool, unusual and angular toning patterns on it. It's a 1945-D, the last year of the Mercury Dimes. Graded by PCGS as a MS66. Unfortunately no full bands this time. For some reason the percentage of full band specimens for this year is lower than usual for a "D" Mint mark dime of the 1940's. This year also had a mintage of 40,245,000. It ranks 55 out of the 77 Non-Proof Mercury Dimes from lowest to highest. The Reverse is a blast white finish, while the Obverse is what caught my eye. It seems to me that perhaps this dime was on an "end" of a roll, causing such angular looking tone patterns and lines. I've seen these type of toning patterns usually on Morgans and Peace Dollars...not too much on Mercury Dimes, so feel quite happy to have this one in my collection. Thanks for looking at my blog. All comments are welcome.

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21 May 2018

**Not Just Another Pretty Face**

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I thought I would show off my new addition to my Mercury Dime collection. Now I told myself, cut back on the auctions...take a break. But no...I just had to take a peek at the Dimes on one of my favorites auction houses. There it was, a 1916 Mercury Dime with some amazing and I think unusual toning. Graded by PCGS as a MS64 Full Bands. Oh yeah, this one had my name all over it! There was a bidding war though. About 9 people were interested but not serious... ; ) haha I especially wanted this one as it has Full Bands. I have found that there are alot of pretty Mercury Dimes out there, but not too many that have split bands as well. Toning and Full Bands, can't get better than that... Well, I guess it could have been a 1916 "D"...... ; ) haha Hope you enjoyed my blog! All comments are welcome.

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16 May 2018

**Golden Girl's**

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After several trips to my coin dealer and after admiring this coin and her sister, yes, there were two identical. I'm like what the heck are you waiting for Kepi? For someone else to buy them? So next time I go to the coin store and look in the case and they are gone... I can be sad and mad for not buying them earlier...? Well...not this time! These ladies are coming home with me... ; ) I loved the golden tone of these 1881-S Morgan Dollar's! Beautifully unique with a sharp strike and a mintage of 12,760,000. Although thought to be one of the most common of the Morgan Dollars... These look anything but common to me ; ) Thanks for reading my blog! Comments are always welcome.

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03 May 2018

**Quarter Roll Searching**

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The other day I had some banking to do and as I was finishing up a thought came to me outta the blue... Lets get some rolled coins to look through! My teller said she had $100 in rolled quarters that a little old lady brought in yesterday. Needless to say I brought them home with me. After all, the previous owner surely didn't take the time to go through them looking for silver. I just knew I was about to hit the mother-lode! Well after stretching this roll searching into two days... I found nothing except $100 in everyday, ordinary quarters. Hmmm... I'll have to re-think this. That little old lady must have pulled out all the silver! ; ) haha I guess better luck next time Kepi. Hope you enjoyed my silly blog, one we can all relate to I'm sure. Comments are welcomed!

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17 Apr 2018

**The Perfect Gift!**.........

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As many of you already know, Mercury Dimes are by far my favorite U.S. Coin to collect. Especially with any toning or color on them. I also happen to think that I'm the luckiest girl in the world because I have a great husband who knows what I like! ; ) This came in handy one auction evening a couple of weeks ago before our 32nd Wedding Anniversary... As my husband discreetly viewed the Mercury Dimes on one of our favorite auction sites, he must have thought, "This dime is the perfect gift! No driving to stores, no shopping, no returning gifts...no Oh...you shouldn't have..." haha Now all he had to do was place a winning bid. With that detail out of the way, it now resides at home in my collection. Needless to say I love this beautiful gift and I love my husband! So....This is a 1945-S Mercury Dime. Graded by PCGS as a MS65. Gorgeous rainbow toning on the obverse and blast white on the reverse...How in the world does that happen? Now for a fun fact... Even in its final years, this coin had real buying power. With a Mercury Dime in their pocket, kids in the1940s had their choice of a 52-page comic book, a double-dip ice cream cone, two Hershey bars or two bottles of Coca-Cola. Myself, I'd take the ice cream cone hands down! Hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are always welcome. ; )

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