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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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08 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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27 Jul 2019

Book Review: Ancient Coins Were Shaped Like Hams and Other Freaky Facts About Coins, Bills, and Counterfeiting & 1 more

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This is a coin book review for (as it says in the title :) ) Ancient Coins Were Shaped Like Hams and Other Freaky Facts About Coins, Bills, and Counterfeiting. This book was written by Barbara Seuling, and illustrated by Matthew Skeens. It is forty pages long, with illustrations, although, just to be clear, they are illustrations, not actual pictures. :) The book is both amusing and informative, with interesting and little known facts all throughout. Besides the ancient coins were shaped like hams one, there is also the interesting, and slightly odd fact that United States paper currency used to be sent to a launderer to be washed, ironed, and dried, so that the bills would have a longer life span, and look better too. Isn't that an interesting one?! This book, even though my library keeps it in the juvenile section, and some of the illustrations lean towards the cartoony side, is an interesting, amusing, and informative read, for any collector of any age. You might laugh at some of the illustrations, but I am sure that you will learn something. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn little known facts or interesting trivia bits.The other book featured in this book review is called The Instant Coin Collector: Everything you Need to Know to Get Started Now. It is written by Arlyn G. Sieber, and is a fantastic book. Although there is no way to become an "instant" collector (everything takes practice and a bit of learning), it is still a good book. It literally teaches you everything you could need to know to get started in the amazing and fabulous world of coin collecting/numismatics. It is 255 pages long, and is crammed full of information and tips of the trade for everything from picking your coin, to grading your coin, to storing your coin, to protecting your coin, and more. The entire starting journey is laid out for you in the pages of this book, and there are helpful photos in the book. I recommend this book mainly for beginning collectors, although, maybe more experienced collectors could learn something from it too. I can't really be the judge of that, that is all up to you guys. :)I hope these book reviews are helpful to anyone reading, and that, if you read the books, you enjoy them. :)

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27 Jul 2019

The Wild West and Its Inspired Coinage, Part 9 (Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bonnie and Clyde, and more!)

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Well, this is the last post in the wild west coinsetinspired series. Who knows what serieswillcome after this. This last post is on Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bonnie and Clyde, and theSundanceKid. These are all famous characters from our nation's history, and all five names are rather well known. Practically everyone has heard about them, and knows who they are. (I will try to keep the bios as short as I can.) :) WildBillHickok is up first...

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