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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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26 Nov 2020

I'll Make This Short and Sweet...

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Hello once again everyone! I have to make this short and concise so I can help my family get this turkey in the oven and spend some much needed time with family. But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to wish my numismatic family a happy Thanksgiving! I wish you all the best as you bask in gratitude and an abundance of food. I hope the corona hasn't forced some of you to hold a celebration all alone, but if that is you, I hope you know that I am celebrating along with you in spirit! I'm grateful for you all, and hope you stay well and stay safe! Cheers, NM

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19 Nov 2020

Fond Memories

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Hello again! I bet you are all about tired of hearing from me, but I'm going to post anyway haha.Today's story begins in Christmas of 2017 when I was one month shy of 13. By this time in my life, I had been dabbling in numismatics, however I was very far from an experienced collector. I made sure that every wheat penny I owned sat in vinegar for at least 24 hours, and that I had no coin with an ounce of grim on its face. Needless to say, I have numismatically matured very much since those years, however I don't think I have matured mentally very much haha. I had a dream during that time to visit the biggest (and possibly only) local coin shop in a 100 mile radius from where I live. For those know-it-all old timers, it was Rust Rare Coins in Salt Lake City, UT owned by Galen Rust, a former member of the ANA Board of Governors. Last year, his involvement in a 60+ million dollar ponzi scheme came to light, and his business (along with my fathers) was brought down along with him. But I digress. I wanted nothing more then the ability to go to his shop and purchase some coins. On Christmas morning, I ran to the tree, and saw a classy envelope with the Rust logo on it. I knew this could only mean one thing, and I ripped it open. Sure enough, it contained a $100 gift certificate for his store. It wasn't even a week before I convinced my dad to drive me down there and wait for a few hours while I browsed. One of the coins I instantly fell in love with was the coin I have inserted below. Obviously, it is a commemorative celebrating the upcoming Chinese Year of the Dog (2018). I loved the frosted style of the proofing process, and knew I had to have it. My dad (always the budget skeptic) thought that $25 was far to much for a 13 year old to be spending on an obsolete metal disk, even if it wassilver. The staff member (who happened to also be my dad's business partner at the time, and a good friend of mine) had my back and convinced him that it was indeed worth it. I was able to snag this beauty for a killer price, and I still hold on to it along with another coin I bought: the 2001-s silver proof kennedy half. Both of these coins quickly rose to the pinnacle of my meager collection, and were the catalysts of my passion. However these coins mean a lot to me for another reason as well. Bear with me, as I must take a quick detour. I heard that all of my family pitched in a little for the gift certificate, including my older brother. Less that a week after I bought these coins, my brother turned 18, and decided that he no longer wanted to be part of my family, and cut us all off without any good explanation. It was a very hard next few years for the remainder of my family. I recently had the opportunity three weeks ago to finally see him again for the first time in 3 years. Our relationship is very far from healed, but we have taken a big step. To me, these coins represent the better times when I was young and naive. A time when there were no stresses in my life--a time when my brother and I would play together, and love each other. The main reason I can't sell these pieces because they represent my brother, and his gift to me. Especially in a time where I doubt I will ever receive another gift from him, these coins are utterly irreplaceable. As the holidays draw near, I look back fondly at the good times he and I shared, and these coins will help me cherish that.Thank you for taking the time to read this, and sticking to the end! Cheers, NM

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18 Nov 2020

German WWII Items

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Hello all! I have finally found the time and energy to write another informative blog! Life has not been friends with me lately, seeing as how I was exposed to this dreadful virus (Thankfully I am healthy, and all is well) and my school has shut down due to it. I have not been able to see my girlfriend for the past few weeks, and I have recently experienced a death in the family. But, life goes on I suppose. Numismatics has been a much needed release in my life, and I am very thankful for it.Today I would like to discuss a recent purchase I made. This eBay lot included some German WWII currency, and a few stamps from German Nazi controlled Poland. WWII has always fascinated me. As most of you know, I am a major history buff alongside many of you. Moreover, both of my late grandfathers served in that awful war, and I was raised up on their stories. They lost many of their friends and comrades. We recently celebrated Veterans Day, and these coins provided me with concrete proof of their service. I am among those who believes that the value of all coins resides in the story they have to tell.Stories. Every coin has one, even the lone penny resting on the sun heated pavement. Some coins have more interesting stories than others, and some have stories that reside close to your heart. In this lot I bought, it included a number of coins like the one pictured below. But this coin I have selected for the picture was brought back from Poland from my Grandfather. I found it in his jewelry box along with a note explaining how it came into his possession, and his desire that it remain in the family. I never got too meet him, as he passed away from lung cancer that was deemed related to his experiences fighting for our country in Poland. But his story lives on through the coins I inherited with him including this coin. As I saw Veterans Day approach, I knew I couldn't pass up this lot for its low price, and bought it with all of our veterans in mind. I am aware that a few of you have been in the service, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My tears go out to those who sacrificed themselves for us, and my thoughts and prayers are with those they left behind. It is times like these where I realize that there is so much more to numismatics than collection coins. I am sure most of you will agree with me that physical collections are not even half the payoff of this "hobby of kings". Each of us collects our own unique way, and has a very personal attachment to those things we collect.For me, I like to collect things I can relate to. And these seem to do the trick. In 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland to gain a tactical advantage, and was held by them until the dissolve of the Nazi party in 1945. During this time, Germany set up a coin mint in Poland, where they not only minted German currency, but destroyed Polish currency to force the Poland citizens to rely on Germany for their economy. This cruel power play designed by Hitler himself was enough to keep Poland under control for the remainder of the Nazi's time of existance.I hope you all enjoyed my little dive into the history surrounding these coins, and wish you all well. Stay healthy and stay safe. Wear your masks, and do your part.Cheers, NM

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15 Nov 2020

NGC Submission? Yes, or No?

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Hello everyone! I hate to post this as a blog, but I feel as though most people do not read the forums. Plus I would like to include additional information. I recently bought an Illinois State Quarter from our very own CentSearcher which was missing the clad layer on both sides. In a professionally graded MS state, my research places this coins value at $200-250 USD. I am debating sending this coin the NGC for grading, but I don't have enough knowledge to know if it would be worth it or not. Please enlarge these pics and give me your thoughts. I would also like to know any other general information about the coin. I started out my journey in numismatics as an error collector, and have always wanted a specimen like this. I want to thank CentSearcheronce again, because he let me negotiate with him on the price, and gave me a good deal. I buy stuff from him all the time, and it is safe to say that he is my favorite seller on ebay. Shoot him a dm and ask him for a link to his store. Thank you all for your help, and please let me know your thoughts.Stay healthy, and stay safe. Cheers, NM

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11 Nov 2020

A Day of Discovery

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Hi all! I felt that it would be appropriate to dedicate one of my many blogs to our vets as we celebrate this amazing holiday. My family has a massive military history that unfortunately ended with my grandfathers. I am thinking about volunteering once I become eligible, but nothing is set in stone. If any of you are vets yourselves, know that we all appreciate you, and the service you have given our great country.There is another think that I wanted to share with you all. I feel as though family history and numismatics go hand in hand, and wanted to share my story of discovery and success. I am a huge family history geek, and my ancestors legacy means a great deal to me. For the past 3 years, I have been searching for evidence that one of my ancestors came across the ocean to escape religious persecution on the Mayflower. I have had a long held suspicion that this was the case, but had no way to prove it. I finally decided to print up the list of confirmed Mayflower passengers, and cross checked the last names with all of the last names in my family. I then took that list, and tried to find known immigrants that fit the time period. I came up with one hit, a Richard Warren. Sure enough, he shared the same full name as the man on the Mayflower list. I knew I lacked the necessary information to prove it, so I took all the information, and sent it to the Mayflower Society, and asked them to prove it. Sure enough, I finally got a response today. They informed me that Richard Warren has the most erroneous family history records of all of the people on the Mayflower. However, since my claim was a direct line, (my 10th Great-Grandfather) it was a pretty much air-tight relationship. So Richard Warren was officially recognized as a Mayflower immigrant!Thanks everyone for letting me go off on a bit of a tangent. As you can tell, this means a great deal to me, and I can't think of anyone else better to share it with than you guys.Cheers and a happy veterans day, your fellow numismatist, NM

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03 Nov 2020

My "Pretty Lady"

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Hi all! I hope you are all doing well! I'm sorry about my inactivity recently. I have been busy with the "end of term grinds" and family vacation. I am getting back into the groove of things now, and whether you like it or not, you'll be hearing more from me ;).

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