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01 Sep 2020

About a Half

Coins-United States | Mokie

One of my favorite first generation commemorative halves is my 1936-D San Diego Commemorative Half which I picked up at a small coin show in Suburban Pittsburgh in February, 2019. San Diego is near and dear to my heart because I lived near there for almost 40 years. For those of you not in the know, San Diego County holds the highest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps assets in the world. San Diego also has a truly world class Zoo and Safari Park along with the honor of hosting the largest comic and pop culture convention in the world, an event I attended for 15 straight years. The reverse of the San Diego Half shows the beautiful California Tower and St. Francis Chapel, still standing today in Balboa Park, the site of the California Pacific Exposition. It truly is a remarkable area of the country but one I really don't miss since I am back where I always wanted to be.

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16 Aug 2020

Opinions Please

Coins-United States | Mokie

I have been spending the bulk of my time online numismatic time on the private American Numismatic Association Members site these past few weeks. This site is for members only and differs from the public ANA site in many significant ways. The most obvious is restricting access to current ANA members only. This tends to keep the discourse on a higher level and increases participation. We could have the same thing on money.org if the webmaster would simply place the Member Blog tab and Member Forum tab next to each other under the ANA Blog tab. However that is not going to happen so I will continue to fill my numismatic conversation cup at the ANA Member FB page.

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08 Aug 2020

On Settling

Coins-United States | Mokie

One of the great joys of numismatics is seeking out a coin or coins, a set perhaps, and finally acquiring that prize, that last piece that fills that final hole. Some sets are relatively easy. Franklin Half Dollars, Jefferson Nickels, Roosevelt Dimes,come to mind. These basic sets are all relatively inexpensive to complete and yet still bring one a sense of accomplishment when done. Most sets have keys though, keys are those certain coins that are going to either stretch your budget to uncomfortable levels or are simply going to remain unattainable.

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22 Jul 2020

The Future of Our Hobby

Coins-United States | Mokie

Here is an interesting memento of the now cancelled 2020 WFM. It is being offered by PAN to support their wonderful PAN KidZone. The KidZone is a special day set aside for YNs during each of PAN's twice a year shows. You can read about the KidZone here:

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08 Feb 2019

It Seems So Trivial Now

Coins-United States | Mokie

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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09 Jan 2019

Reeded Edge Bust Half Dollars Book Review

Coins-United States | Mokie

Greetings fellow collectors, today I am going to highlight an area of collecting that can be both very interesting and potentially profitable. The book I am currently reading is titled Reeded Edge Half Dollars 1836-1839 by Mr. Jim Koenings. Mr. Koenings is an expert on Bust coins but has chosen to focus on those issues at the tail end of the Bust Half run that have reeded edges. As most of you are aware, prior issues of Bust Halves had lettered edges.

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07 Oct 2018

Not a Fan

Coins-United States | Mokie

Reverse Proof coins seem all the fashion these days. Seems like the trend started a few years ago with the Walking Liberty bullion coins and has now spread to the silver proof set (50th anniversary of the SF mint). I have to say, that I find reverse proofs unattractive. Coins are meant to highlight their design elements and not their empty fields and the reverse proof just creates design elements that are too shiny to be appreciated. Give me matte proof design elements and brilliant fields any time. Even full matte proof coins are more attractive in my humble and often misguided opinion.

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