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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.

07 Apr 2020

Charlie Duke

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I hate to admit it, but I didn't learn until recently the importance of Charlie Duke and how he was related to thenumismatic world. So in case anyone else out there is like me, I'll touch briefly about the significance of this astronautand his contribution to numismatics. Charlie Duke was part of the Apollo 16 mission and was the 10th man to walk onthe moon back in 1972. He was also the youngest person to step foot on the moon and still holds that record today. WhenI learned that he had a connection to Kennedy Half dollars, which I collect, I knew then that I would eventually own one. When I was growing up, I had heard the name Neil Armstrong, and knew he was the first person to walk on the moon. Ialso knew of the quotes that he made famous. I think the reason I knew Armstrong but didn't remember Duke was the yearin which they performed their feats that they were known for. In 1969 I was still in school and actively learning. In 1972, I wasthinking about things that would soon impact my life. My whole vocabulary would be changing. In April while Charlie waswalking on the moon, I had just received a letter from my Uncle, Sam that is. I was preoccupied with what my draft numberwould be in April 1972. The only Charlie I was concerned with was North Vietnamese soldiers. Saigon, DaNang, tripwires,and booby-traps had become my new vocabulary. In closing, I have 2 observations. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? And two, pay closer attention to what'shappening in the world around you. In these days and times I often recollect the famous motto of the Non-CommissionedOfficers Corps. which was painted on the side of a building at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, "Mission First, People Always"! Sage wordsof wisdom. I want to thank LongStrider for pointing me toward the Modern Coin Mart where I purchased the piece of historythat I now own below! They do have some pretty good deals. Until next time my friends, stay SAFE and healthy! Charlie akaslybluenote

02 Apr 2020

Storage and Care

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When I was young and had just finished college in 2010, they called me an "Alternative Student". I personally looked at myself as "39 and holding" eventhough I was only 8 (in dog years)! :-) As far as numismatics was concerned, I had all my Junk money in a box and the coins that my granny and step-fatherhad left me were in plastic sandwich bags. I had my collection appraised one time back in the 90's and was told I had about $700 , but it was all in the silver coins that I had i.e. silver melt. Of course this was before I started collecting "seriously" and doing the proper research. In Dec. 2019 I decided to start a storage system. I had never cleaned my coins so after I found out that you were NOT supposed to clean them, I thought to myself, this is good news! One less task to preserving my collection. I like a shiny new coin as good as the next guy but old coins have their own particular beauty as well. Since I was looking at affordability as well as something that would accomplish the mission, I chose the cardboard flips for the majority of the silver coins and slabs for my Kennedy Half Collection. I purchased the silver box for my silver coins. I do have a few SusanBAnthony's and Sacagawea's in there as well. See the pictures with this blog. I was reading a blog in the forums and there were a couple of comments on "staples". I'm no scientist, but being in a 174MM Artillery Battalion, I do know RUST! For me, this was a case of "monkey see, monkey do". If I keep the cardboard flips dry and stored properly, they will still be silver long after I'm outta here ! Since I was going to be aggressive about my Kennedy Half Collection, I chose to slab them and house them in boxes inside a briefcase. See the pictures with this blog. I know this process is more expensive, but I'm going by what I learned in the military, and that is if you want to keep something nice, you have to pay the price! The red book that you see with this blog is what I call "Gracie's Coin Journal". Gracie is my daughter. Even though she's now 20, still a "babe in the woods", I want her to know the process of collecting and maintaining a collection. My sister gave me the idea when I was talking to her on the phone one day. So now when I purchase a coin/coins I make an entry into the journal so that one day when the collection is hers she will know about it and the history behind it. It will be my parting gift to her. Right now, she's not interested one bit about numismatics and that's ok with me. She will be older one day and have something nice to pass on to future generations! In closing, did I mention I also do windows, laundry, dusting as well as vacuuming, dishes and cleaning? Being retired has it advantages and disadvantages I guess ! Until next time my friends, stay SAFE, healthy and Coronavirus FREE ! Charlie aka slybluenote

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