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17 Dec 2020

Congrats to All YNs!!

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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!

| TheNumisMaster

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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