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07 Jan 2021

Thanks to @BigNubNumismatics

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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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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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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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