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27 Sep 2017

1886 VAM 21-TOP 100 GOUGE IN "M"

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Below are photos of another Morgan dollar from my VAM collection. It is a 1986 VAM-21. It has some nice dark toning and is a Top-100 in the VAM community. This particular VAM can be seen with the naked eye, on nicer grades. This one needs the help of a loupe due to the toning. One of the things that make it a VAM is on the obverse, what used to be thought to be a gouge in the"M" in Morgan's signature. It was latter determined that the gouge is in fact a MPD, misplaced digit, the bottom of an "8". Additionally there is quite a bit of doubling on the reverse. This includesdoubled "TED OF AMERICA", "AR" and "IN GOD WE TRUST". Then is, at least, tripling of the "ST" in TRUST, as well asright star and right upper wreath leaves are doubled toward rim. As a side note, this VAM was originally designated a VAM-1. This was when the MPD was thought to be simply a die gouge in the "M" in Morgan.When it was later determined to be a misplaced "8" it wasreassignedas a VAM-21. Just a little VAM history and loar. Things are always being checked and rechecked. This probably isn't the most beautiful Morgan,to most people, but I love it as it speaks to me. So much history and so much research. I hope you find it pleasingand learned a little more about VAM's. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking.SOURCED: www.vamworld.com

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09 Jun 2017

WOW! Am I That Far Behind??... YES!

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As I look in amazement at the stack of coins I need to record in my inventory list, I tremble. Is anyone as far behind as me? I've been pretty sick but" Sir, no excuses. Sir!". Short blog but, I think, poignant! Thanks for looking. What do you have to say? Those aren't all the coins I need to inventory, sadly!

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01 Jun 2017

NORSE AMERICAN MEDAL

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Here for you to enjoy, I hope, is a 1925 Norse American Medal-Thick. I have been lusting after this medal for quite a few years. I was never able to find an example that I liked and could afford at the same time. Well my luck held and I found this at my regular coin dealer this last weekend. Now I love my guy but he isn't cheap. That's O.K. 'cause I know it and he gives me tons of knowledge and advise and some other perks.. For some reason this medal was in my price range and grade a MS 64. Well above a grade I hoped to obtain. The medals were struck to commemorate the anniversary of the Restuaration, which brought Norwegian immigrants to the United States a century earlier. The medals came in different sized planchets, thick and thin. There were also some made in gold but most gold ones were melted down. The thick ones have a mintage of 33,750. The medal was designed by James Earle Fraser in .900 silver. My example also has a bit of toning that didn't come through on the photos. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks for looking.

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12 May 2017

1896 TONED MORGAN DOLLAR

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I was lucky enough to win this coin from my favorite auction house and wanted to share it with you. As you can see in the photos, it's a 1896. It's graded MS 64 by NGC. This Morgan year issue is probably the most plentiful of the 1890's. In spite of that I fell in love with the toning. My photographic skills do not show it but this Morgan has great iridescent blues, greens and mint luster. Although being a bit baggy, I feel it is a tremendous example of the Morgan Dollar series. I am a firm believer of collecting what one likes. That I got a great deal on it doesn't hurt either. Thanks for looking and your comments.

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17 Apr 2017

1913 MEXICAN PESO-BELLEZA MEXICANA-UN PESO CABALLITO

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Here is my new example of a 1913 UN PESO CABALLITO! Also known as "The Little Horse Peso" or "Liberty on Horseback". If you enjoy Mexican coins you have probably heard of this one. A little on it's history. The coin was struck from 1910-1914. It commemorates Mexico's 100th Anniversary in its War for Independence from Spain! The coin weighs 27.07 g and has a diameter of 39 mm of .903 silver. The Caballito was designed by the world famous French medalist, sculptor and coin designer Charles Pillet. The Lady Liberty is riding her horse, side saddle, while holding up the torch of Freedom in front of a rising sun on the reverse. The obverse features the Mexican Eagle perched on a cactus with the snake in its' beak. The edge of the coin is incused with lettering that reads INDEPENDENCEIA Y LIBERTAD.

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30 Aug 2016

ANA Money Show Toned Libertad

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Here is one of the coins I acquired at the Anaheim Show. It is a 1987 Libertad. Slabbed and rated MS 65 by NGC. As you can see, I hope, it is very colorfully toned. That is a big weakness of mine. The Libertad is a bullion coin, much like our silver American Eagle and Canada's silver Maple Leaf. I started collecting them just because I like them. I usually just buy the BU coins. I saw this one and didn't even stop to ask how much. I just figured it would be out of my budget. My wife however wasn't so sure and inquired as to the price. Well I was very mistaken and snatched it up. This coin was bought on the last hour of our stay there. Never give up on that special coin. Thanks for looking!

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09 May 2015

ERROR SILVER AMERICAN EAGLE

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Here I have a coin that I originally bought as an investment coin. I have since fallen in love with it and hope to keep it. As you can see, it's 2008 W Silver Eagle with a Reverse of 2007. It also happens to be a MS 70 Early Release. It has a very limited run. It's estimated that only 47,000 made their way out of the mint before the mistake was discovered. The difference being the reverse dies of 2007 and earlier have a plain U in UNITED. Modified dies of 2008 and later have a small serif at the bottom right of the U. It stands out if you know what you are looking for but you have to be looking for it.

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03 Feb 2015

A Little Rant By Me

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Everyone brace yourself as I go on a little rant here. Is it just me or have the third party coin graders like NGC and PCGS gone TOO far on their labels? It seems all it takes is money to get your own private label. Now I'm all for making a buck but I feel this is cheapening our hobby. It just looks bad. I'm not talking about labels that link the coin to giants in our hobby like Eric P. Newman or Col. Green. I'm talking about "private" labels.I admit, I have bought coins with a label I like but I bought it for the coin. The label was just a nice extra. The list of different labels just for the Silver American Eagle is crazy. I'm going to stop here. Just a small rant. and I'm not picking on that Pawn Shop Show. It's just a good example. Maybe I'm just getting old.

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