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05 Nov 2016

Completed my 1913 Liberty Nickel Catalog set.

Coins-United States | LNCS

For years I have been working to get all of the auction catalogs that included a 1913 Liberty Nickel. I thought I was down to just the Farouk sale (The Palace Collections of Egypt), when I found out about a little mail bid sale from 1946 that included one. After years of looking for an affordable example of the Farouk catalog, I picked one of these up earlier this year. This only left the "Numismatic Fine Arts, Mail Bid Sale #2" catalog from 1946. The ANA has a copied so I borrowed it to check it out. It has a small listing and does have the coin imaged in the plates.

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05 Oct 2016

A new twist to my Liberty Nickel Collection

Exonumia | LNCS

As a Liberty Nickel collector, I am always looking for associated things to collect. My recent additions have been Liberty Nickels elongated at the 1893 Columbian Expo. My goal is to complete a date set (so 1883 - 1893) of these.My first 2 are an 1884 and 1887, but I have all but the 1885 currently at NGC.

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18 Jan 2016

Paying up for a plus grade

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I have been watching PCGS AU-58 Liberty Nickels for almost 2 years. There are only two "+" graded coins, and this has not changed for some time. One 1885 and the other is an 1894. I knew the 1894 was coming up in a Heritage auction for some time and wondered just what it would bring.Well, it just closed at $1,527.50. I know of two AU-58's for sale right now at $320, so that is an $1,200 premium for the plus. This is basically MS-65 money.Someone really wants to end up with the number one everyman set.

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28 Dec 2015

For Sale: 1913 Liberty Head Nickel

Coins-United States | LNCS

In looking through the full run of the Numismatist, I found this add in the April 1945 edition.I am curious of which coin this is. Since the ad speaks of the Olsen sale, I would think it is not that example.It may be the "Walton" coin as my pedigree shows Dr. Bolt acquired the coin in 1945.

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28 Nov 2015

Only 5 weeks to get home a coin won in Ebay action

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I found a coin on October 4th, waited the week to snipe on October 11th. and it finally got to my house on November 17th. Now in fairness to the seller, it did arrive at the Post Office by Saturday October 17th but.... When I saw the coin, I was sure it was a Cherry Pickers variety, unattributed, in a PCGS holder. When it arrived that Saturday, I needed to sign for it (and my PO is closed on Saturday's), so I had to wait for Monday. As soon as I picked it up, I went across the street to my coin shop to look closer. Sure enough, it was the variety I had hoped it was. My dealer asked if I wanted to submit it to PCGS and I said I would have to wait until I had more to go with it (it is expensive to submit a single coin). At least find something to perhaps re-holder and do some True Views. My dealer said he had a half dozen submissions ready to go in the next day, and one was a re-holder submission, so we could add it there. So, off it went to PCGS. Another week for it to show up on the submission page. Then it showed up as the correct variety within 4 more days, but took nearly another week before the True View showed up and it was finally shipped. So after more than 6 weeks from first spotting it on Ebay, it now finds it's place in my Variety set. Coin was a 1883 No Cent FS-1301 PCGS MS65, tied for highest graded. I was outbid on the one it is tied with in a Heritage auction a few years back. This one cost about half of what that one went for, so waiting did pay off.

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05 Sep 2015

The Eliasberg 1883 No Cents Liberty Nickel

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The Eliasberg 1883 No Cents Liberty Nickel

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21 Apr 2015

Coin drops for national coin week

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I am planning on dropping some older (Buffalo and Liberty) nickels into circulation for coin week. What other things are people doing for the week?

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16 Apr 2015

How far would you go to see a coin?

World's Fair of Money | LNCS

In 2003, I flew across the country to the World's Fair of Money since they were going to display the 4 known 1913 Liberty Head Nickels. When I got there, I was in for a surprise (the 4 were joined by the missing 5th coin)Have you ever travelled just to see a specific coin or display? If so, how far did you have to go?

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22 Mar 2015

Design of new nickels coined

Coins-United States | LNCS

I found this article about the new Buffalo nickel in the newspaper "The Wichita Daily Eagle (Wichita, Kansas) • Sun, Feb 2, 1913"The new nickel soon to take the place of the Goddess of Liberty nickel, which has been in use for many years. will have the American b!son on one side and on the other the American Indian. There will be no "V." Instead will be the bison, under which appears the words "five cents" and "e pluribus unum." In design it will be truly American. It was designed by James E. Fraser, of New York. The nickels will be put in circula-tion at once, and the mint at Phila-delphia yesterday began the stamping out of the coins at the rate of 120 a minute. I attached the image associated with it. Anyone wish the nickel looked like this? Never seen one struck this way.

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01 Feb 2015

1913 Liberty Nickel stars on TV again

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Jan. 30, 2015 - 0:30 - A man inherits a supposedly fake 1913 Liberty nickel. But is it actually the real thing? If so, it’s one of the world’s most valuable coins.

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