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01 Dec 2021

Storage and this and that!

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Well, it’s that time of year folks. Unlike last year, this years inventory is being accomplished digitally, which to me is a massive undertaking due to my seniority and the learning curve involved. I’m using Numbers for my spreadsheet/inventory and Pages Note Taker for my journal. I’m making great strides on my inventory. I’ve got my purchases from last year entered along with a couple of entries from 2020 that I had neglected to enter. Each sheet is named for a denomination with multiple tables including one for supplies. It’s not 100 % done, but it’s relatively close. I still have to convert my 2020 and 2019 entries. My coin closet is in disarray as can be expected during a inventory, but I have last year’s pen and paper inventory to assist me, so needless to say, keeping accurate account of your inventory is of the utmost tasks you can achieve. I’m also considering replacing the dehumidifier at this time also. Storage is also one of the things that should be of particular concern.

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07 May 2020

Spring Beauty

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Being born and raised in Virginia, I'm partial to 3 seasons; spring, summer, and early fall. I think it's due to being a Scorpio born in November 1954. After the winter comes spring though. Looking at my latest addition to my quarter collection makes me reflect upon years past and think about the beauty of the spring season. Although it's going to be more difficult this year due to situations beyond my control, I will still enjoy watching the bushes and trees start their greening for sure. You know, it's always been the same with me. My first 6 and a half years of life, I was a country boy. Mama would never let me pick the tomatoes, but I could sit in between the rows of potatoes and dig them out of the ground. I could pick the cucumbers, carrots, beans and strawberries when they came in season. The picture in this blog is of me standing by the edge of the garden circa 1959.

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19 Apr 2020

Time Lines

Coins-United States | slybluenote

It was a GREAT week for grading Kennedy half dollars! I decided to grade a bicentennial and a 1978-D. The bicentennial was from my step Dad's collection and the 1978-D is a recent purchase from GoldenEagle Coins. Upon reflecting on this weeks choices for grading, it was ironic that I chose these coins. They are all linked in time with the pictures I took. Let me explain before I discuss the grades I assigned these coins. In Sept. 1976 I had just finished a 39 month tour of duty in Bamberg, Germany and was headed to Ft. Stewart, Ga. for a short tour with the 24th Infantry, B Btry. 1/13 FA. A couple of years later in 1978 I proposed to my best friend, my wife. On April 21, 1979 we were married. 10 years ago today my step Dad passed away. On this coming Tue. I will have been married to my best friend for 41 years. Did I mention that time flies when you're having fun?

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16 Apr 2020

Differences

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Hello again folks! I've just completed grading my granny's last 1964 Kennedy half dollar, along with a 1979-S, type 2, Clear, Kennedy halfthat was graded Choice Proof, MS-63 by Profile Coins and Collectibles. I added these 2 coins to my collection yesterday but have been takingmy time during the grading process. I graded the 1964 VF-30 for several different reasons. It's a circulated raw coin and as such it has it's problems. There are a few scratches and it has some carbon spots. It's also starting to tone a little. It has retained at least 3/4 of it's luster though which is the reason for the grade that I gave it. I wrestled with this decision for over a week. One of the main hurdles is that I'm emotionally attached to it. It's not the same as a coin that I would purchase from a store, like the 1979-S that I will address next. I'm considering upgrading my library soon. I used the Internet, the ANA Grading Standards 7th Edition, and Franklin & Kennedy Half Dollars 3rd Edition by Rick Tomaska as references for this project. Looking at these 2 coins side-by-side, the difference is quite obvious. Now, speaking to the 1979-S, is why I concurred with the grade that Profile Coins & Collectibles assigned to it. This is where I learned A LOT! Rick Tomaska is knowledgeable when it comes to Franklins & Kennedys. He appears to be biased in his coverage to Franklins though. He also doesn't cover raw/circulated Kennedys in depth the way that he does proofs, SMS, minting and cameos. My thinking is that it all boils down to a "West coast" thing :-) ! Now when I hear 1979-S, the first thing I think about is it a Type 1 or Type 2? I've learned that the type 2 is more scarce, costs more, and has a low mintage. According to Mr. Tomaska, striations are common around the nose area in proof Kennedy halfs. I found this to be true during my examination of the 1979-S. This was only noticeable under a magnifying glass and good lighting which are important during grading. This is another reason I went with the MS-63 grade. I found myself visiting and re-visiting Mr. Tomaska's book when looking at this coin. This is clearly a case of "buy the book before you buy the coin"! It also didn't hurt that I had a few other 1979-S Kennedys to look at also. One thing is for sure; the 1979 portion of my collection expanded due to my research of the San Francisco mint! So far, the only error I've found in Mr. Tomaska's book is on page 138. The book says "On the obverse, the value HALF DOLLAR, Gasparro's initials, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are the only elements besides the seal". I know I'm still a "rookie", but I think I read somewhere that the obverse was the "HEADS" part of the coin! The part he's describing is the REVERSE of the Kennedy Half Dollar. Just sayin' ! :-) Until next time folks, mind your social distancing, wear your mask, stay SAFE and coronavirus free! Charlie 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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