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25 Feb 2019

The Need to Organize

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One of our members recently wrote a blog about the importance of having an inventory of your numismatic holdings. I remember commenting that I did not have such an inventory and agreed that it was a necessity. Of course, I did nothing after that until I saw an editorial in Coin World magazine on the same subject and was informed that Heritage Auctions provided free inventory software for anyone registering on their site. Of course, their motivation for this largess is the hope you will be involved with their auctions. Nothing wrong with that, in fact it is a pretty good idea.Well, having been so informed, I decided to give it a try, I registered with Heritage, found the software in question (it wasn't easy) and began to enter coins. 1st problem, you can only type in the registration number for PCGS coins, any other slabbed coins require a barcode scanner. So I actually went and bought an inexpensive barcode scanner on Amazon and started anew. 2nd Problem, for whatever reason, it will only accept the scanned barcodes of NGC coins in plain generic labels. If the label is fancy, then for some reason, even though the barcode scans properly, the software will not recognize it. 3rd problem, it also will not accept any foreign coins, regardless of the label style. So having found insurmountable obstacles, I have pivoted and have now started putting all my slabbed coins in the NGC Collectors Society database. I put together two competitive sets and 6 custom sets to house ALL my slabbed coins. Now I can obtainr a listing of all those coins with a couple of clicks and a printer. My new problem? I need to find a good software for all the unslabbed coins, medals, and sets in my collection. There really are not that many, maybe a couple of hundred. If you have a suggestion, please comment below.

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17 Feb 2019

Bicentennial PNCs

Medals | Mokester

Starting in 1972, and annually thereafter, until 1976, the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission marketed PNCs through the US mint that included a bronze mint medal and a set of four different stamps postmarked in the city where they were first issued.

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17 Feb 2019

Two Hobbies in One

Medals | Mokester

One of the best ways to combine a love of Numismatics and Philately is to collect PNCs. Philatelic Numismatic Covers are often produced for special events where the stamp and the coin or medal have some relation to each other. The envelope that houses the two items is also has some artwork related to the overall subject. They are extremely attractive, easily displayed, and are often quite inexpensive. In fact, they can often be found in the case at your local coin dealer or at shows of every level. Ms. Doris Walker has written a very comprehensive guide covering many of the more popular issues. It is a fun read for folks into PNCs or just curious about them.

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08 Feb 2019

It Seems So Trivial Now

Coins-United States | Mokester

I joined the ANA back in 1977, shortly after I turned 19. I quit the ANA in 1993 for what now seems like the most trivial of reasons. I think I have mentioned before that I quit ANA in the early 90's due to something I no longer could recall. I knew it had something to do with some marketing idea that I objected too, but the details were limited to that general thought. Well today, while reading the Red Book Guide to United States Commemorative Coins, By Mr. David Bowers, I found a passage that revealed the exact reason for my ANA exit. According to the Press Release:"The American Numismatic Association & The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. This is a limited edition, serially numbered 1993 Bill of Rights Uncirculated Silver Half Dollar. Each coin features special edge-lettering by an authorized independent mint. A portion of the reeding on the coin's edge has been delicately shaved away and incused with the coin's unique number and the initials JMMFF and ANA."At the time this idea was hatched, even Mr. Bowers was quoted as saying "saints as well as scoundrels" have been part of the history of US commemorative coins, and opined that the Freedom Pack issue "goes into the 'scoundrel' category." I agreed with Mr. Bowers and decided I would no longer want to be associated with such a dubious organization. So I left and did not return until 2017. Time heals all wounds and now, I would actually want to obtain one. Adding it to my Want List. Thank you ANA. and Thank You Red Book Guide for jarring my memory. I still have my Silver and Bronze 15 year membership medals, I only have 14 more years to get new 15 year medals. (:

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