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12 Aug 2021

MY OPINION. I COULD BE WRONG

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After I read the excellent blog by I.R. Bama about the artist of the reverse on the new Type 2 gold eagle I kind of fell in love with the design. That being said I went ahead and bought a one ounce coin. I chose the one ounce option to get the largest visual of the eagle. I considered sending it into NGC for grading and protection. Really in this case it was mostly for protection and authentication of it being gold and not a counterfeit. I considered getting a signed label by Jennie Norris as the designer. I checked out NGC's site to see how much extra that is. To my surprise I found out it is impossible for me to get that option???

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06 Feb 2020

LEIF ERICSON 2000 COMMEMORATIVE

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Today I would like to share with everyone a very nice Commemorative set I acquired recently. The coin, in this intense, coins, are the Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Coins issued in 2000 by the US Mint and the Icelandic Mint. The coin set was available from the US Mint from June, 2000 through February 28, 2001.The coins were to mark the millennium since the discovery of the New World by Lief Ericson.

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22 Jan 2019

2018 AMERICAN INNOVATIONS FIRST COIN IN SERIES

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Last month, December, I was able to order a coin from the mint that I don't want to collect, had no household limit and no mintage limit. My luck was great. I'm talking about the mints new Innovations coin. I don't want to collect the set but I did want the first one issued. As I understand it, the set will go on for a lot of years. Well it came and I feel it is a very nice coin.

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08 Jul 2017

2015 United States Marshals Service 225 Anniversary

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Well I was going through some of our coins the other day, something we all need to do from time to time, and I ran into my Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Silver Dollar. I hadn't put it up yet. It's from 2015. That's why I need to go through them more often. Anyway I purchased this one direct from the mint. I don't usually buy a lot of modern commemorative but I really liked the design on this one. Besides being a very nice design the coin celebrates the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. The first federal law enforcement agency in the United States. I won't go into everything that is engraved on the coins as I believe one can read them from the photos. The obverse was designed by Richard masters and engraved by Charles Vickers. The reverse was designed by Frank Morris and designed by Joseph Menna. It's made with 90% silver in a proof finish. With a diameter of 38.10 mm and a weight of 26.73 grams it's a nice coin to remember the old west. It has a nice heft and feel good in the hand. It was minted in Philadelphia. There were only 500,000 minted across all options available. Thanks for looking and I look forward to your comments.

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14 Dec 2016

Mercury Dime 2016 Centennial Gold Coin

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So, I was lucky enough to be be successful in ordering the Mercury Dime 2016 Centennial Gold Coin at the original time of offering. I was charged $205.00 plus tax for a total of $209.95. I believe it was yesterday the Mint announced they were putting back up the unsold dimes. As of this writing, they are going to charge $200.00 plus tax. I wouldn't usually get all bent out of shape over this amount of money but this is different. I grow weary of the US Mint sticking it to us collectors. What kind of shape are these dimes in? Were they sent out and returned? What about third party grading? Technically wouldn't they be within the first 30 days of release. After all they sold out within minutes and are now being put back up on the second day of sale?? No one knows!! I called the mint up and politely explained my situation and asked when I could expect receiving my refund on the pricing difference. I swear that the woman actually snickered at my request. She LAUGHED at me. How do you feel about this treatment and the entire Gold Centennial Coin Program! This is just my opinion. I could be wrong. Thanks for reading this blob/rant!!

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22 Sep 2016

1916 Gold Standing Liberty Coin

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So it seems to me that the US Mint has misjudged the public and us, their customers, again. I received an email from the mint yesterday, 21 September, notifying me that they have removed the household limit on the new 2016 Gold Liberty Commemorative Standing Liberty Quarter. I guess us regular folks didn't care to purchase this item at the inflated price. Today it is listed for $ 485.00..Anyone that wanted one has bought it by now. All this loosening of the rules now allows their REAL customer base, the third party people, the tele-marketers, to buy as many coins as they want. As Usual. How does this help me. Just an average collector that was out priced on this item that should be in silver!! Don't forget there are over 9000 gold dimes still lying around no one knows what to do with. What do you think?? Thanks for looking. Just my opinion. I could be wrong!!

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24 Mar 2016

100th Anniversary of the National Park Service 2016 $5 Gold Uncirculated Coin

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I just placed my online order for the National Parks gold Commemorative coin from the US Mint. After all the problems and complaints the mint has received in its recent releases I am happy to say this was a "no problem experience". I was in and out in two minutes. I know! Hard to believe but the entire order from sign in to completion, took 2 minutes! I hope they can keep this up. I don't purchase a lot from our mint, but I do some ordering and this was a pleasant surprise. It looks like now is the time to order. Or you can go to eBay and pay about $100 more!!! I should have said I wrote this blog 20 minutes after the Mint made this coin available.

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