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29 Jan 2021

American Legacy Sets Part 1

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When I first started collecting mint/proof sets I discovered the American Legacy Sets. They were only made from 2005 to 2008, there are only 4 of them which makes them easy to collect. I currently have all of them except for the 2008 which I will be ordering in a few days. Today, I would like to talk about the 2007 set. It consists of the Jamestown commemorative and the Little Rock commemorative. I really like these sets because they employ the "KISS" theory (keep it simple stupid)! This set has 16 beautifully designed coins, which were all minted at the San Francisco mint, except for the commemorative coins which were minted at Philadelphia.

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01 Jul 2020

Sisters Du Jour

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As I mentioned in earlier blogs, I obtained a 1961 P/D/Silver proof set and a 1962 P/D/Silver proof set for my coin collection. The 1961 is for my best friend, who I married and the 1962 set is for her sister who is also my friend and family. As LongBeard pointed out in my last blog, and as you see in the pictures, the silver set came from Philadelphia vice San Francisco and this is true for both years. I bought these sets without first looking at the coins, because I think Daniel Malone is an honest dealer. His website can be found athttps://portsmouthcoinshop.com/, which is where I picked these coins up from.

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27 Apr 2020

A Bitter/Sweet April

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Is it just me or does everyone think like I do? Sitting here in the dark, rainy early morning, I was reflecting on how this month has impacted my life and how it intersected with my Kennedy Half dollar collection. I've decided to honor my brother-in-law's memory by associating him with my 1979 Type 1 & 2 Kennedys. I met him just a few hours before I met my best friend, whom I later married. Yesterday, he passed away at his home in San Leandro, Ca. His name is Rodney Loucks but he just went by Rod. He helped my mother and father-in-law to pay for our wedding. Rod bought the "booze" which everyone knows is no cheap deal. Rod retired a few years ago from the City of San Francisco. He was the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for the city by the bay. He graduated from the University of Pittsburg with a BA in finance and accounting which served him well. Rod liked to travel and came back to the East coast every few years to visit friends and family. One year he financed a family trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. We stayed there for 3 days to tour the city. Rod was 72 and I had known him for 42 years. He was smart and a stand up kind of guy. Speaking of bitter sweet, a couple of weeks ago, I lost a 3rd cousin to gun violence. She was just 21 years old. The newspapers and local news channels described it as a "domestic" altercation. Her father, my 2nd cousin was also injured with a gunshot to his arm. Her boyfriend also died of a gunshot wound. My cousin was beside herself that her grandchild had died a violent death. My step Dad also passed away on 21 April back in 2010 from cancer, on our anniversary. Little would I realize that this month of my marriage would also hold so much tragedy but at the same time was one of the happier times in my life. It's ironic to me that in 1979 the city where my Kennedy Half dollars were minted (Types 1 & 2) in the same year I was married to my best friend would soon acquire a new Chief Financial Officer, my brother-in-law Rod. These were the thoughts that were running through my head while I sipped my coffee this dreary, rainy morning. I cherish all the good memories we shared and I'm thankful to have known such a good-hearted, kind person. In closing, I urge everyone to support responsible ownership of weapons. Being a veteran, I've witnessed the destruction that weapons of war can inflict, so I think these weapons belong on the battlefield, not America's streets. I'm a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but at the same time, weapons, when used irresponsibly can claim the lives of of those we love. I'm thinking a lot of people just don't realize that "fact". My Kennedy half dollars also remind me of the union that was committed to in the year of their manufacture. Until my next blog, tell those you love that you really love them and stay SAFE, healthy and Coronavirus free! P.S. Did I mention what a beautiful bride my best friend is? :-))Charlie aka slybluenote

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