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19 Jan 2021

Congrats to All YNs!!

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The first monthly YN auction of the year came to an official close on saturday, and the winners have been contacted. Congratulations to all those who won, and good luck in the future to those who didn't quite bid enough. I was lucky, and was able to walk away with lot 1, a beautifully toned 1970-S cent graded PF64 by the PCGS in an older generation holder. I wasn't able to walk away with lot 2, a 1968-S Kennedy Half NGC graded at PF67*, but congratulations to the winner of that lot. I trust it will hold a special place in your collection. Lot 3 was a 1987 Singapore $5, a commemorative of the Centenary of the National Museum. It is Gem Brilliant Uncirculated, and the copper-nickel compositery. Congratulationsto our winners, and a collective thank you to all of the donors. Until next time, cheers, NM

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10 Jan 2021

Activity

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Hi everyone. I just wanted to inform you that I might be off here for a while. Yesterday, my girlfriend and I split, and it has been crippling in every aspect of the term. I need to take some time to find myself, and re-evaluate what it is im looking for. Thanks for your understanding, and I hope to return to you all soon. Cheers.

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07 Jan 2021

Thanks to @BigNubNumismatics

Young Numismatists Exchange | TheNumisMaster

Hello folks, and happy afternoon! I recently made a trade with a fellow YN, BigNubNumismatics! Due to covid and money issues, this year has been really hard for my numismatic growth. I haven't acquired any new pieces really at all this year, and decided to trade among some fellow YNs to change that. We arrived at a fair deal, and would love to share with you all what I received. First off, I got a Canadian cent with a chipped planchet. I have always been fascinated by errors, and need one of these for my collection. Among those errors I was missing was an partially unplated coin. I received a partially unplated penny, along with an off-center penny. I have a planchet/blank for every common US coin besides the penny, and BigNub provided one of these for me as well. He, as well as some of you, knew that I love to collect proof coinage, and cut me an AMAZING deal on nearly $24 face value of proofs. On top of that, $6 in SMS (Special Mint Sets) and souvenir sets. As the icing on top of the cake, he included 2 coins for my NGC registry. I received a 1948 D Franklin Half MS-63 FBL graded by NGC, and a 1957 D Franklin Half MS-64 FBL graded by PCGS. To wrap it all up, he gave me a silver nickel, as well as a G-4 Buffalo Nickel as a gift. I especially appreciated a 1974-S Ike proof he included. It was made of 40% silver, and 60% copper. I needed one of these silver Ikes for my type set. Once again, thanks to my fellow YN, BigNubNumismatics! Thank you all! Have a wonderful start to this new year. Until next time, cheers, NM

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03 Jan 2021

Time for Yet Another YN Auction!

| TheNumisMaster

Good morning, and happy Sunday, Folks! To start off, I would like to thank all of the older members of the ANA who help the YNs in many ways, not limited to donating to the auctions. This months lots include Lot 1: 1970-s Large Date PCGS PR64RD in an older generation holder. Lot 2: 1968-S Half Dollar NGC PF 67*. Lot 3:1987 Singapore $5, Centenary of the National Museum commemorative. Thanks to all the donors, and I wish all of my fellow YNs a fair auction! May the highest bidder win! Cheers!

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17 Dec 2020

Congrats to All YNs!!

| TheNumisMaster

As many of you know, the monthly auction has thus concluded, and the winners have been contacted. Congrats to all who have participated. I was able to walk away with lot 1 (A PCGS 1955-S Penny at MS66RD) for $300! I got beat by $2 by CoinHunter4 on lot 2 (Ungraded 1999 SBA Proof). I am very curious to see who got lot 3? Sorry to make this so short, I just wanted to give those involved congratulations, and for those who were unsuccessful, dont worry! Youll get the next one! Cheers, NM

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13 Dec 2020

Civil War Collection

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Hello all! Some of you may have seen the new collection I just put up on my profile earlier today. I wish to elaborate on that a little bit seeing as I have found it interesting. In my eyes, this directly correlates to numismatics due to the fact that this was given to me alongside my first coin, an 1880-O Morgan. from my grandfather who died not a month later. (He also gave me his pen-knife collection, but that's a story for another day). Everyone here loves history, seeing as how history is the cornerstone of numismatics. My numismatic story first stemmed from watching YouTube videos. I began watching metal detectors unearth relics in the south east, and this soon led me to discover coin collecting. I found them both interesting because of my natural curiosity, and gravitation to history. That being said, I would like to turn your attention to the set. At the top we see an example of the sacrifice of the men and boys who left their families to fight for the Union army. Around the time of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg, a certain battalion of soldiers took their collar buttons and twisted them into the shape of a heart. They did this as a way to attempt to remember their families they left behind. Also being a massive family history nerd, I would like to take an even deeper dive into the history of this button. Note, this has not been confirmed outside of family folklore, but I am earnestly seeking to uncover the truth, and have made significant headway in the recent months. The known facts are as follows: my great great great great grandfather was a man who grew up in Virginia in 1830, and as the US began to fall apart, he betrayed his hometown and decided to fight for the Union. During the war, my ancestor met and befriended a much younger man (I estimate about 19 years old at the time) only mentioned in my 5th grandfather's rough journal as "Huck". As legend in my family goes, Huck got annoyed because Huck and my Ancestors battalion was not "seeing enough action" to satisfy Huck's sense of patriotism. He requested a transfer, and somehow received it. He ended up right in the middle of Gettysburg, and was unfortunately killed in the war. According to my 3rd grandfather, this button belonged to Huck, whose friend took it off of his dead body and gave it to Huck's best friend, my fifth grandfather. I hope to one day have the concrete evidence to prove this fantastic tale, but only time will tell.

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12 Dec 2020

ATB Quarters

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Hey everyone! I trust you are having an amazing day in an amazing month!I wanted to share the new with you all, that I have finally acquired all of the ATB quarters from each state that has been released so far. (I am still working on every mintmark). I am very very excited to see what the mint has in store for the rest of the series, and hope to be able to complete the entire series very quickly. Maybe eventually I'll stop being lazy and I'll finish up my state quarters. I hope you all have good luck as you continue your pursuits in numismatics! Cheers, NM

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03 Dec 2020

Proofs Galore!

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Hey all! I trust your life is going well! Happy holidays, and happy December!Life has been fairly difficult lately between school, DJ gigs, music editing, family and girlfriend, all with a COVID on top. Today I wanted to share with you some of the purchases I made on ebay recently. I bought the two graded proofs individually on eBay for about $12 each. Now... Normally I refrain from disclosing prices, but this was interesting. As most of you know, eBay is FULL of these "amazing massive coin lots" which are worth fractions of the price. When I was younger and more naive, I would buy these quite often. About $300 of them in fact. I bought these proofs about a month after I learned that I was losing money through the lots. I checked NGC prices, and found that each one is worth about $25, and therefore doubled my money. I was so proud of myself that day, and it was a milestone in my numismatic maturity. I also traded with a friend of mine for the 2020 silver quarter proof set. Silver has always been a weakness of mine, especially silver proofs. I got a fairly good deal, and my friend sold for a profit. Gotta love those deals where both parties walk away happy. I bought the Ellis Island commem. for a price that was probably WAY to high, but I like the coin, so I don't feel too bad about that one. Now to the proof sets. These old things have a special place in my heart. My father gifted these too me for my 12th birthday. Before that year, my parents looked down on this new weird hobby I was committing two, and often restricted my involvement in it. As many of you know, I took 4 years of debate which sadly came to a halt last year. In december of 2016, I went to nationals in my speech event. I wrote an oratory on the value of numismatics in ones educational and moral life. While I didn't win, I DID cause my parents to shift their thinking. (And if you know my parents, you know that this is VERY hard to do). They gifted me with these sets the next month (as my birthday is in January) as a sort of peace offering. My parents have been supportive of me ever since. The Franklin isn't super special, just the first Franklin Half I ever had in my collection. However, this coin lit a spark inside of me that grew into a flame of passion for collecting these halfs. Thanks for sticking to the end! I hope you have a wonderful week. Cheers, NM

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29 Nov 2020

An Insight into the Life of a Dedicated Numismatist

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Cheers, greetings, and salutations, my numismatic friends! Today I wanted to take a moment and share with you all (including the younger collectors) what my life looks like in relation to this hobby we share. This idea was inspired by a dear friend of mine who saw my collection for the first time and promptly asked me "How on EARTH do you have time to do ANYTHING besides coin collecting with a collection this huge?!?". So, today I will go over how I manage things, and my life story in numismatics.First off, I need to start from the beginning. The VERY beginning. I was adopted at birth, and given to two AMAZING parents. How does this relate to my journey in numismatics? Well, it has everything to do with it! Once I learned that my grandfathers on both sides collected coins, a spark ignited inside of me. I wanted to be like my adoptive grandfathers (one of which died before I could meet him) and was willing to give numismatics a try. My love for history soon made this spark glow brighter, and pure passion fanned it into a flame that led to an all-consuming drive to acquire more coins and more knowledge. This drive for knowledge made me learn things quicker than ever before, and I grew at a rapid pace. It shaped me into who I am, and taught me lessons that I have applied in nearly all aspects of life. One time, a history teacher at school used some faulty numismatic knowledge to prove a point for his lesson, and me, being the troublemaker I am, promptly corrected him. Of course, this resulted in me being hit over the head with a ruler, but the ruler split in half, not my head, so the teacher still has a job haha. I slowly climbed the ladder of progress in growing my collection, and made many mistakes that proved to teach me valuable lessons along the way. I made more friends, became more active, and soon came to the knowledge that I could accomplish ANYTHING if I was willing to work for it.Then high school happened. I got depressed, and my grades imploded. My parents blamed my obsession with coins, and thought that I was dedicating too much time to that, and not enough to my schooling. While this may have been true, I needed something to help me cope with my depression. Coins seemed to be almost like therapy to me, and I eventually overcame those feelings. My grades where too far gone to be saved, but I came back the next year with a much happier ending. Fastforwarding to the present, I have nearly straight A's, loads of friends (plus all of you guys!), an amazing girlfriend I wouldn't trade for a 1903 saint-gaudens double eagle, and an amazing coin collecting. I owe a large percentage of who I am to this hobby, and would like to think that both of my late grandfathers would be proud of the progress I have made, both in numismatics, and in personal progress. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed! Cheers, and happy holidays, NM

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28 Nov 2020

An Update

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Hello everyone! I just wanted to inform you that due to the massive amounts of feedback on my 2003 quarter with the missing clad layer, I have decided to submit my coin to the NGC for attribution and grading! Thanks for helping me decide, and I anxiously await getting the results. My fingers are permanently crossed for that MS 66! It cost me a pretty penny (for a 16 y.o. lol) but I am sure that I will get quite the return on my investment! Wish me luck, and I will update you with results. Cheers, NM

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