Kepi's Blog

02 Sep 2018

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

Coins-United States | Kepi

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.

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.

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.

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. ; )

03 Apr 2018

**Collecting Buffalos again!**

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I wanted to share this beautiful example of a Buffalo Nickel or as some people call them Indian Head Nickel. My husband surprised me with this today for no particular reason at all other than he thought it would boost back my interest into my Buffalo Nickel collection. I must admit that I have neglected them as I've been pursuing my other favorite coin, the Mercury Dime. When I saw my new Buffalo, I was so excited and remembered all over again why I loved this design so much! This one is a 1937-D. Graded by PCGS as a MS65...full of original luster and details. The reverse shows a beautiful strike of a buffalo with golden toning. There is a mintage of 17,826,000. The metal composition is .750 copper and .250 nickel. The diameter is 21.2 mm and the coin has a plain edge. I hope this has inspired you to think about a coin you've collected in the past that maybe you should take a second look at. Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are always welcome.

20 Mar 2018

** Where Is My Collection Going? **

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While on my coin collecting journey I've had to put some thought into what the heck am I doing... Where is my collection going? I think after awhile maybe we all have to ask ourselves a similar question. My collections venture into a lot of different areas. My favorites Mercury Dimes and Buffalo Nickels. From there collecting crazy bullion designs that caught my eye for one reason or another. Old stuff, new stuff... Now I've been into Civil War Tokens and Currencies. What next??? I know we have all said "collect what you like" and I believe that to be very true. So with that I have decided to add one very special piece to my collection each year...Something that I have always wanted, admiring from a distance and has a real numismatic value, history and desirability. Something serious for some serious $$$. An investment coin perhaps??? Yes! This is a great idea! So for 2018, I choose a 1955 Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Obverse, Graded AU58 by PCGS. To top it off my little beauty has a CAC sticker too! Now at this point I could list all the specs and history about this coin, but that's not what this blog is about. I guess I just want to say "buy what you like". But also think about the future of your coin collection, the pleasure it can bring to you now and the rewards later. Coin collecting *IS* an investment. Especially to our YN's. Try to collect the very best you can and you'd be surprised the outcome! I really enjoyed writing this blog and hoped you enjoyed reading it as well. Comments are always welcome. : )

09 Mar 2018

**That's One Knarley Note, But It's My Note**

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Tonight I want to share with you from my collection the "Perfect" example of a 1901 Legal Tender $10 "Bison Note". Friedberg No. F-122, with the signatures of Speelman/White. There might not be a more popular large size United States note than this series of 1901. This note has historical appeal as well as numismatic appeal. It was circulating during the 100 year anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The face of the note is symbolic of the American West, with portraits of Lewis and Clark to the right and left, and a Magnificent Bison in the center. This vignette was engraved by M.S. Baldwin. The back of the note was the work of G.F.C. Smillie and was titled "Progress". It shows Columbia standing as a representative of agriculture. Now, this note had been on my want list for awhile but I had been unable to find that "perfect" one for me. In higher grade these can get really pricey, although very beautiful...no folds, tears, no fading, no character. None really "spoke" to me. And that brings us to my "Knarley Note". I saw this one at auction with lots of bidders already, but I knew this is the one I had been looking for! Graded by PCGS as a Good 4 Apparent with Edge Damage; Tape Repairs. Old, used, torn, faded, stained and yes, taped up...This Bison had so much character and spoke of so many past adventures that it was indeed "Perfect" for me. Hope you enjoyed my blog! Comment's are welcomed.

31 Jan 2018

**1943 Winged Liberty Toned**

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I've been browsing some of my favorite auction sites and found this 1943 Mercury Dime, also called "Winged Liberty Head" with some really great toning! ( Which is one of my weaknesses...love those tones!) It's graded by PCGS and is an MS65. The designer is Adolph A. Weinman. It has a weight of 2.50 grams, a composition of .900 silver and .100 copper, a diameter of 17.9 mm, a reeded edge and mints out of Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco. The wings on Liberty's cap are meant to symbolize "Liberty of Thought"....Something all Americans should embrace. I hope you enjoyed my blog! Any comments are always welcome.

30 Jan 2018

** Now That's One Big Eye!**

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I love these big 5 oz. Silver coins! Otherwise known as "Hockey Pucks" because of their similar sizes. This one is "American The Beautiful" 2013-P Mount Rushmore design. The series was made in conjunction with the "America The Beautiful" Quarters. The Mint produced these companion pieces in bullion in five different designs of either historic or natural significance each year from 2010 through 2021. These bullion coins are nearly identical to their smaller counterparts except for the 5 oz. weight, a 3 inch diameter, and the edge is stamped with .999 Fine Silver/5.0 ounce. The U.S. Mint produces all these coins in bullion and numismatic versions. The bullion version has a brilliant Uncirculated finish and does not have the "P" mintmark. It is only sold through dealers. The numismatic version, with the mintmark has a "Burnished" or matte finish. These coins are designated Specimens (SP) by grading companies and are sold directly to the public. This series has become very popular with collectors! I really like mine as it is graded PCGS SP70 First Strike and because John M. Mercanti, one of our past U.S. Mint Chief Engraver signed it. I hope you enjoyed my blog! I appreciate your comments! : )


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