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31 Mar 2020

The 35th President

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Hi folks ! Before I get much further into updating my collection, I thought now might be the appropriate time to reveal a little about myself andthe reasons for collecting Kennedy Half Dollars. As some of you are aware, I'm no "spring chick" :-) I remember where I was at and whatI was doing on November 23, 1963. I was a young boy in elementary school, Highland Park, in Roanoke, Va. School let out early that dayas it was announced over the PA system that the President had been shot. I wouldn't really comprehend what that meant for me untilseveral years later. I went running across the park to get home and speak to my mother about what had happened and why school let outearly. My mother, only having a third grade education explained to me the best that she could. We had an old black & white second handtelevision and watched with awe the burial ceremonies taking place in Washington, D.C. When 1964 rolled around, I didn't have a chanceto personally collect any of the new Kennedy Half Dollars due to the fact that we (my family) grew up poor. When 1972 came around, I like millions of other young men, I received a letter from the Government saying "C'mon Down" ! My step-fatherwas a WWII vet and was in the Army. I figured if it was good enough for him that it was good enough for me. To avoid being drafted intoa branch of the service I didn't want to be a part of i.e. Navy, Air Force, Marines, I went and enlisted RA. This was another important yearin my life and the reason for my purchase yesterday. I had watched the moon landing on television just like millions across the U.S. I didn'trecall Charlie Dukes though. The name that stuck out in my mind was John Glenn. My mother, making me attend school and get an educationsaved my A$$ in 1973. My First Sergeant (we called him "TOP") told me that I was going to further my military education instead of beingput on a plane to Da Nang ! It was a bitter/sweet day to say the least. I went on to serve in the U.S. Army until May, 1986. After that, I keptworking for the Dept. of the Army as a civilian until Dec. 2000. A lot of that time was spent in what is sometimes referred to as the "DeepState" :-) Today, I think of it as water under the bridge. The main reason I decided to collect Kennedy Half Dollars is because in my eyes, JFK was a leader, not a follower. Another underlyingreason is that I didn't get a chance to collect any while growing up. I remember his iconic speeches, his family, and his death. He was theyoungest President to sit in the Oval Office. I would never had known the names of Eva Adams, Mint director, Gilroy Roberts and FrankGasparro, the designers of the coin and a multitude of other facts about this series. Now I have become aware of Charlie Dukes and willsoon be the owner of his signature on a label that includes a 1972 Kennedy Half Dollar that has been graded by NGC. There you have it in a nutshell ! Until next time, STAY SAFE, Healthy, and Happy, because the country is experiencing another NationalCrisis. As they told me in the military, "What don't kill you will make you stronger"! HooAh ! CharlieB aka slybluenote

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30 Mar 2020

TPGS

Collecting Tips | slybluenote

When I first started collecting coins/money I had never heard of "Third Party Grading Services". Back in Dec. 2019when I started collecting again, I had retired and decided to "get smarter" about collecting. Below is a picture of theONLY TPGS coin that I own. I promised my buddy MikeB that I would post the picture. As I told MikeB, the reasons thatI bought the coin were I thought it was a nice looking coin, I had heard that this is the last year that the mint was going touse this design, and I could afford it. My research so far indicates that you can grade your own coins. My favorite book that I've purchased so far is TheOfficial ANA Grading Standards book, 7th Edition. I've read it TWICE and still consult it regularly even though I've onlygraded a couple of my coins. Soon I will post the first coin that I graded in my collection. I've also read about grading onthis site. My MAIN takeaway in grading is look at a LOT of coins, especially the ones that you are collecting. Now, everytime I visit my local dealer, when he sees me come into the shop, he automatically gets out all of his Kennedy Half Dollars! I've also upgraded my library to include The Kennedy World in Medallic Art, by William R. Rice and A Guide Book of Franklin& Kennedy Half Dollars, Third Edition by Rick Tomaska, which I've only read once. The pictures in these books is GREATand shows fine details in the coins. I will continue to research this topic. My final assessment though is "grading" is a lot likelife, with age comes wisdom. Until my next post, enjoy the beauty of the silver dollar I purchased from Gov.mint !

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26 Mar 2020

New Money !

Collecting Tips | slybluenote

26 Mar. 2020 Good morning folks ! First I want to thank all the folks that have helped me navigate this site so far!I've only been a "ANA" member for 2 days and I'm already getting smarter :-) ! I really appreciated thearticle that Mr. Doug Winter wrote in reference to the Ten Rules of Coin Collecting. I did read ALL tenrules, but as any good writer would do, the paragraph that preceded the rules really hit home for me. Thereality check the paragraph alluded to spurred me to proceed to the rules. Sometimes, the truth hurts !The rules make sense and as Mr. Winter indicated, some will be harder for me than others. The realitycheck Mr. Winter opened with was for me, like looking in a mirror. When I first started collecting, I wasguilty of buying what I would later learn was "Junk Money" vice "New Money" ! My collection early onwas "summarily dismissed" by more than one dealer/collector. Rule number 3 is going to be especiallyhard for me since I don't have an abundance of "Patience" to start with, but I'm a work in progress! Seebelow for an example of one of my "impulsive" buys :-) ! I'm going to have to find out where Mr. Wintergained his knowledge and to peruse some of his work, when I get an opportunity!

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25 Mar 2020

Newbie

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Hi Everyone ! 25 March 2020 My name is Charlie and I'm new here and relatively new to coin collecting. As you can see from the picture below I'mconcentrating on Kennedy Half Dollars. I had quite a few that my step-Dad and granny left me so I incorporated themand added quite a few more to get to where I'm at today. I try to learn something new every day. I'm retired so I haveplenty of free time for this new hobby. As a matter of fact, I have more time than I do money :-) ! I also collect other coinsalso, but I have mostly U.S. coins. I do have a few Canadian coins but I have mostly U.S. Stop by sometime and let's talkabout "numismatics" ! Hopefully, I'll try and post a new picture every time I add a post. Talk to you soon !

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