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27 Jun 2019

What Type??? Part 3

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We conclude our Lincoln Type Set Collection with the Lincoln w/Union Shield and the various other Lincoln Coins produced by the US Mint.

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24 Jun 2019

A Nice New Vam Except......................

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My Friends, I received a very nice 1923 Peace Dollar, VAM-1, in the mail today. I bought it with the proceeds of an EBaY sale of Diecast Ford Mustangs. I had hoped to get over $100.00 for the set of 4 NPD Greenlight 50th Anniversary Mustangs, but sadly the set only sold for a little over $50.00. But, with the proceeds, I was able to purchase the Lovely VAM you see pictured on this blog. The only problem? There is a small scratch on the slab that runs from the base of Liberty's neck to the last T in Trust. I am pretty sure it is just a surface scratch, and not a crack, but I still think I need to get it reslabbed in october when I attend the next PAN show. I will be bringing 3 other coins so I will probably just pay the 10.00 for reslabbing and have a nice brand new pristine slab. I guess my other option would be to return the coin the seller, but I am just going to hang on to it. Hope you are all enjoying your Summer Time. I can't wait until we are whole again and can communicate freely.

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23 Jun 2019

What Type?? Part 2

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The next portion of our Lincoln Type Set encompasses the years 1959-2008, the Lincoln Memorial era. This series, although not as revered as the Wheaties, still has some interesting additions to our growing Lincoln Cent Type Set. I will not include the various DDs as they are very expensive and are not traditionally included in any commercially produced coin folder or album. 1. 1959-2008 The Lincoln Memorial in Bronze.

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21 Jun 2019

What Type?? Part 1

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Most of us have put together a type set or two, a 20th Century Type set is very popular and their are numerous other type sets that can also be completed. But sometimes collectors forget about the type sets that can be created within a single coin series. Take the Lincoln Cent from 1909-1958, the Wheaties era. A type set for the first fifty years of the Lincoln Cent can be both fun and challenging, here are some of the Types within the Lincoln Wheatback Series:1. the 1909 VDB Cent, a partial year type that was quickly replaced with the non VDB 1909 Cent.

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20 Jun 2019

Our Little Community

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I just want to express my gratitude to our wonderful community of collectors who quickly rallied when it appeared our ability to communicate with each other was going to be severely hampered. The ANA is spinning the whole incident their own way, we may never know what was going on behind the scenes, but it is telling that we were told nothing until parts of 5 days had passed. To me, that lack of transparency, indicates that what one of our members was told, there was a possibility the forums and blogs would be severely restricted, was a real possibility. But our group of dedicated collectors made calls, sent emails, and generally put up a huge clamor. Suddenly, out of the blue, we were told it was just a temporary restriction until they can rework the site a bit to give them more behind-the-scenes capability. I can get behind that, I think it is needed, but come mid-July, I will be ready to hit this site with renewed vigor. So everyone, give yourself a pat on the back and save your comments and blogs until July. The first day of Summer is tomorrow. Happy Beginning of Summer to all my Friends on the ANA Boards.

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18 Jun 2019

Why I enjoy the ANA

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As many of you know, I was a member of ANA for about 17 years starting in 1976, I left ANA in the early 90's because I no longer saw any clear benefit to my dues. This was long before blogs and forums were available and really the only way to interact with ANA (an all the wonderful numismatists who are the ANA) was to attend a national show or attend the summer seminar. I did attend the San Diego show in the early 80's but I never attended summer seminar and I never really felt like I had agency with ANA.Fast forward 25 years and I rejoined, I had just retired from the Navy Civil Service and I knew I wanted to become more active in the hobby I have loved since age 10. Not only did I rejoin ANA, I also joined the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, and more recently the South Hills Coin Club. Every one of these organizations have given me friendships that I cherish. The more local connections have yielded friends of a tangible sort but even ANA has given me two very dear friends that, although we may never physically meet, are just as important, maybe more important, than my local coin friends.That's why when it was rumored the ANA might cut off some of the capability to communicate with my fellow collectors, I saw red. Telling me I can no longer comment on my Friends blogs or have them comment on mine, takes away one of the most important aspects of this site, the ability to communicate, to educate, to enlighten, and to enjoy the hobby we all love. Reading the latest ANA Blog Post gives me great comfort, I Love the ANA, because I Love the collectors at the heart of ANA. Thank You ANA and Thank You Friends who fought for our hobby. The ANA is nothing without US, and I hope that is never forgotten.

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14 Jun 2019

Medallic Art: Bellona, Roman Goddess of War

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During its heyday, the Franklin Mint produced beautiful coins and medals of a quality far exceeding the U.S. Mint. One series of medals, the Masterpieces of Rodin, produced both in Silver and Bronze included a portrait of Auguste Rodin's, Bellona. Bellona was Rodin's entry for a contest sponsored by the French Government to create a figurine representing the French Republic. Rodin's entry did not follow the guidelines provided by the French Government and did not win the competition. But regardless of its "failure", Bellona, with her Roman's armor and fierce expression is the perfect representation of a warrior. I recently added this medal to my growing collection of medals through a fortuitous search on Ebay. This medal was produced in Bronze and Silver, with Antiqued and Brilliant Proof surfaces. I will now have to search for the Silver version, wish me luck.

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04 Jun 2019

Success With CSA Crossover

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Some of you may recall a blog I did a few weeks ago about my determining that my NGC slabbed SS Republic, 1861-O Half Dollar had definite evidence of production under the CSA government. As most of you know, 1861-O Halves were minted under three governments, U.S.A., State of Louisana (once they seceded from the Union), and the Confederacy, once they took over control of the New Orleans Mint. I first contacted NGC but they were unwilling to update the slab to add the CSA attribution. Basically they said they had done the original SS Republic slab under contract and had not graded the coin or did anything beyond identifying it as a recovered SS Republic coin. Although I thought my Half met all the criteria for Confederate attribution, I had to submit the coin, along with my evidence to ANACS. I thought my coin clearly had the Speared Olive (WB-104) indicating CSA mintage I was also pretty sure it had the die crack at the date (WB-103). But you never know when someone has to back your research. Well, my coin came back from ANACS today and I am very pleased to announce they have agreed with my determination and have slabbed my CSA-Minted Half Dollar in the appropriate holder. NGC refused to even consider it, but ANACS came through. Thank You ANACS.

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