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30 Jul 2020

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Top o' the morning folks!

I'm back from my mini vacation. The weekend of the 24th thru the 27th we went to southwestern N.Y. and rented a cabin at a campground. It was a welcome respite from the normal everyday life that we have here at home. Plenty of fresh air and reconnecting with nature are always a good thing in life with time to take short walks or long hikes on the trails. A couple of weeks ago, I went to my local coin dealer, Mark Caiello, and bought a few more Kennedy halfs to add to my collection and also purchased the 1957 proof set and the 1997 Prestige proof set.

These are nice sets. The 1997 Prestige set has a mintage of 80,000 and contains the Botanic silver dollar. The original issue price was $44.00 and I think I got a good deal at $50.00 since it was the last year of the Prestige sets. I know that I could have got a cheaper price on ebay or other sites, but I really like being able to look at the coins before buying them. It also provides me the opportunity to expand my knowledge base by talking with Mark who is much more in tune with collecting than me. The 1957 proof set was also a bit pricey, but I wanted it, so I bought it. These coins, like me, are beginning to show their age! The nickel is starting to tone just a bit and the Franklin is starting to lose it's luster just a tad. Over all though, as I said, it's a nice set. The mintage for the 1957 proof set is1,247,952. This is the first time in history that a proof set exceeded the 1 million mark. The face value is $0.91 and originally sold for $2.10.

I've already started thinking ahead to my next blog, but it's hard to decide! Yesterday I ordered some more Kennedy Half dollars for my collection which is up to 85% complete. I'm really excited about getting these coins. I also want to blog about the key date proof sets that I previously received, so you see my choices here. When I informed my live-in secretary/supervisor that I had spent $80 on Kennedy Halfs, she just shook her head and rolled her eyes at me. Is this a good sign or a bad sign?

Until next time, stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free! Remember to wear your mask and wash those hands regularly!

Charlie aka slybluenote


Rock Hound

Level 4

the cabin is beautiful.


Level 5

Thanks Rock Hound !

Rock Hound

Level 4

and so are the coins.


Level 4

My family pulled a camper to a campsite along the Ohio River last weekend! We had a blast, and it wasn't too far from home. So glad you enjoyed your trip. I love older proof sets; I'm not sure why, but they just have a more genuine feel. Beautiful prestige set as well. I look forward to your next post, Charlie!


Level 6

1957 Proof set was the first proof set in my collection

I. R. Bama

Level 5

And the balance of the day to you! 1957 the year I was born. I should get that one... What can be better than being out in the woods with your family and best buddy? Sounds like a grand time to me!

I'm sure spending all that time with nature was a great way to get away from everything. I love that '57 proof set, those are pretty hard to find where I'm at. Can't wait to see those new Kennedy Halves!


Level 5

Yes, now that we're getting "wiser" vice "older" :-) we get a cabin. The "ol dog" by the fire was just operated on due to his cancer, so he's recovering. It was nice not worrying about the coronavirus for a few days for sure! The campground we stayed at is called Evergreen Trails near Letchworth State Park in the southern tier. Small, but very nice for sure! Thanks everyone for the response! Charlie aka slybluenote


Level 5

Nice sets! For a time I soured on camping because tents became uncomfortable and a trailer is too expensive for the limited use it would get. I might have to try a place with a cabin like you did.


Level 6

Hey Charlie, nice sets. I think you got a great deal. She didn't throw anything at you so you are OK. Nice cabin. Reminds me of our little house in the desert. I don't mind paying a bit more to buy from my coin dealer. Nothing like having the coin in hand. I figure his knowledge is worth the extra money. Hope your doggie is OK. Thanks.


Level 5

Did you talk have a good time? Look's like your dog was relaxing by the fire place. Look's like a great time. I grew up in Western New York. 1997 Prestige set had a mintage of 80,000 and you bought one for 50 dollars. That sounds like a deal to me. The mintage seems fairly low. Nice 1957 set. Good luck completely the Kennedy Half dollar set. Keep us up to date on the progress. I want to see the final complete set. take care

It's Mokie

Level 6

Charlie, Is that a KOA campground? I think you have yourself a a pair of really nice sets there and $50 (if you think about inflation) is way less than the issue price. Keep em coming!!!


Level 7

It's always great to get away. I could live in that little cabin. Peace and quiet the birds chirping. I'm sure you had a great time. I also am a fan of proof sets. The ones that come in the capitol holder.. I have to get those in date order. The 1957 set is nice in good condition.I have to send mine in. One thing for sure this hobby will keep us busy. Thanks Charlie. I'm waiting for the Uncirirculaded set to come out so I can close out my books for the year. Enjoy.

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