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28 Nov 2019

Amazing Birthday Present :)

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I just recently turned sixteen, and I was surprised to open a card from someone, and discover... a beautiful, beautiful, red, mint state, 1909 S VDB 1 cent!!! And not only is that a hard coin to find, especially in that condition, but also, my dad and I are working to fill his grandfather's old penny books, and that is one of the last ones that we need! So now we get to add a real 1909 S VDB cent to our collection! It was a totally surprise, and super, super nice! What an awesome birthday present! :)Short blog post, I know, but I wanted to take a few minutes and check back with y'all before I turn to helping bake our Thanksgiving dinner. :) Have a happy Thanksgiving!!! :)

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05 Nov 2019

"What I have been doing numismatically during my sabbatical" :)

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Well JustMokie, here is what has happened to me numismatically during my "sabbatical" (excellent word there by the way):We began to pack for the move towards the end of September, and I packed my coins, and moved them, myself, when we moved at the beginning of October.But with this computer unplugged and packed up earlier than when we moved, that was stage one of my absence: no computer.Then we stayed with some of my parents friends for the first week of October. Both of them collect coins, although for fun, so they always turn to me when they have coin questions. During our stay, the husband brought out something he had just found among his grandfather's things: his grandfather's "young saver's bank book". He wanted me to look through the book to see what there was in it of interest. His grandfather, who was obviously a budding collector, instead of a kid just saving up their pennies and nickels and et cetera, filled the book with coins from Mexico, Canada, and the United States. By far the gems of the whole book was a gorgeous shield cent from 1965 (civil war coin!), which was in absolutely stunning condition (especially since he didn't know about conserving coins apparently and TAPED the coins into the book...), and an 1852 three cent piece, which was not in anywhere near as good condition as the shield cent was, but had historical value, and also clear details.Then we moved into our house, during the second week of October, which we are building ourselves. We built the garage and were building a studio apartment to live in while the rest of the house is being built, but the studio apartment isn't quite done yet, so we are living in the little downstairs area next to the garage (we were staying with friends while the tiny downstairs area was being finished). My coins are one of the few things I left out, and whenever I feel stressed or pressured because of our tiny living space or the chaos of our life currently, I take them out and sit somewhere quiet (if I can find somewhere quiet that is) and look at them. Coins are amazing at helping you relax let me tell you. :)Halfway through October, we put the computer back up. However, we still did not have wifi. So I had the computer, but no internet. (Which left me wondering, what is the point of having a computer if you have no internet to get on the sites you really want to get onto, like the ANA, for example.) I did get some good writing done while we had no internet, so that was nice. :) Also we have been preparing for my sweet sixteen, which is coming up, and which I am really, really excited for.! :)Then, finally, finally, finally,we got wifi, on October 30th!!! And now I am back!!So that is what I have been doing during the month of October. Now I am hoping that the studio apartment gets finished...Hope y'all are well! :) I've missed this site so much!

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05 Nov 2019

I'm back! :)

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Hi everybody! Man have I missed being on here!! We moved, and our wifi went out, and it was out for all of October! And without wifi I had no way to get on here to do anything (sigh). But now we have wifi, and I'm back, and very sorry I missed so much! The move went well, and now that we're slowly getting more settled in, I should be able to be on here more often. :) Sorry for the long absence y'all!! :)

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02 Sep 2019

Book Reviews: Coins and Collectors, and A Kid's Guide to Collecting Coins

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Hey y'all, here are a few more book reviews. :) The first one is by none other than Q. David Bowers, and the second (although it is a book for kids, so younger YNs, not for everyone on here) :) is by Arlyn G. Sieber. Let's get started! :)

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29 Aug 2019

Coin Book Review: Coin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices, & Value Trends, & 1 more

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Hey y'all! Here are two more book reviews. :) The first one is called theCoin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices, & Value Trends. It is by William T. Gibbs, Steve Roach, and the Coin World Valuing Team. It may not be about one single coin, although it does fulfill part of the "buy the book before the coin" saying. As the title says, it is a value guide, although it is not really just a long boring list of prices for coins. (boring depends on your point of view though, really) :) There are illustrations throughout the book, and there are short, well, not exactly stories, although some could possible count for that, information about the majority of the coins that it talks about. It is a very helpful book for anyone looking to purchase a coin. It gives you the ability to see what the coin you are thinking about buying is really worth, and whether the price for that coin might possibly rise in a few years. You can also see whether or not there might be a market for your coin in a few years, through the tracking of "trends" in the coin market. It may not be focusing on one coin, or just a few coins, or one series, or anything like that, but it is a helpful book for anyone going to a coin show or an auction.

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28 Aug 2019

The Eisenhower Dollar Part Four

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And here is the final post in my Eisenhower dollar coin series! This last post will cover the coin’s last years of production, and then its replacement with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. Enjoy!

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28 Aug 2019

The Eisenhower Dollar Part Three

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All right! I'm back again, and this time with part three of the blog series. The second to last post in my series on the Eisenhower dollar coin. This post will cover the bicentennial issue. I know that I said that part three would cover both the bicentennial issue and the last years of the coins' production, and then its replacement, but I had to change that. :) I wrote the whole thing out, and then realized that it was way too long for one single blog, so I split it in half. :) The two parts will be put up one directly after another though, since I wrote the whole thing out as one, and then split it up. I hope you guys enjoy it! :) Let's begin!

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17 Aug 2019

The Eisenhower Dollar Part Two

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All right, here's part two! Last blog post, I covered the events that led up to the release (and creation, for that matter) of the Eisenhower dollar coin. This blog post, I shall cover the first four years of the coin's production. Part three shall cover the last four years, and the coin's replacement with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. (so sad, but that does make the set an easier one to collect, it only running for eight years.) So here we go! :)

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17 Aug 2019

Coin Book Review: 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, 2nd Edition

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Hey guys! Here's another coin book review for y'all. This one is one of my favorite coin books. If you are a cherry picker, than this book is without a doubt for you. It fulfills the "buy the book before the coin" and it covers many coins at once. The book is huge, about 13"x11", and it is 116 pages long.It starts out with, well, the contents of course. :) I'm kidding. ;D It starts out with two extensive forewords full of full-color photos. The first one is by none other than Kenneth Bressett and the second is by none other than Q. David Bowers. With two well-known, well-published, well-thought-of and knowledgable numismatists praise this book in their forewords you know that this book is a good one. The introduction follows the two forewords, and in the introduction, the two authors, Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett (who the about the author section says has been an ANA member for more than 30 years now!), explain what modern coins are (those struck from 1964 to date, although they go more into detail than that, of course), what the methods of manufacture are, varieties vs. errors, grading modern coins, and, finally, how the 100 greatest U.S. modern coins were chosen and ranked. Then, the book starts.

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13 Aug 2019

New Series: The Eisenhower Dollar, Part One

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In 1935, the Peace Dollar series was ended. Numismatists, collectors, throughout the United States looked forwards to the next dollar coin to come out. And none did. For 35, numismatists waited and hoped, and still not a single new dollar coin was released. But then, in 1971, 36 years after the Peace Dollar series was ended, the Mint released the Eisenhower Dollar to the general public. It was sold as a collector's item, and it was also released into circulation. The collector's items did well, but the coins in circulation did not fare too well. They were not popular with anyone anywhere. That is, they weren't popular, with the exception of in all the many casinos in Nevada. They were being used to replace privately issued tokens in the casinos. So they were popular there, but nowhere else.

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