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15 Feb 2015

Australian Opal Coins

Coins | Mr. Wheatie

How many folks collect the Australian Opal Coins or any other special series from the Perth Mint? I personally enjoy the opal coins very much. They are beautifully crafted and seeing the opal inlays in the coin is rather intriguing.

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03 Feb 2015

coin slabb collectors

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I have to ask a question to those who collect coins which are slabbed. I understand the role of the third party coin graders and authenticators. But what I don't understand is why it matters if it is a first day issue or if it has any special label at all! For example, the 50th anniversary Gold JFK's. The first day issue slabbed coins wether they be from Chicago or D.C. or Denver or wherever, sell for a premium over all the other slabbed coins or even the ones left in the original government packaging. WHY? I understand that a slabbed coin will bring a premium over a raw coin. But why should a label make a coin any more valuable than the same coin with the same grade with different label? Are they not the essentially the same coin? I guess what it all boils down to in the end for me is this: Is one purchasing the coin inside the slab or is one simply purchasing the slab? Give me some feedback. I am curious about this

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01 Feb 2015

Awesom!

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its worth about $1.00 maybe $1.50 but I think finding a 124 year old indian penny is the coolest thing. 1891. found it in a bank roll.

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27 Jan 2015

War Nickels

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I know its not really anything special but I found a War Nickel in the rolls I was searching last evening. A 1943-S to be precise it looks to be in G-4 condition. I found one of these as a youngster and noticed the mint mark on the reverse and knew it was different from the others, but as many youngsters would do I spent it a few days later. Once I realized what it was 5-6 years later I kicked myself for not saving it. About a year after that I was searching nickel rolls from the bank trying to fill the holes inmy Whitman tri-folder when lo and behold there it was a 1943-P war nickel! i bet it was the same one that i had spent several years earlier (I vividly remember the date and mintmark). The only reason I say that I think it was the same one is because in a town of 1,500 people out in the middle of no mans land, there are only so many coins. Why, one time during a town celebration a dateless buffalo nickel got mixed into coins that were being handed out as prizes to children who participated in games. I didn't get it that day........ but i sure as heck found one that matched that description about 8-9 months later!

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18 Jan 2015

1922 no d

Coins | Mr. Wheatie

hey just wanted to telleveryone that a gentleman gave me a cigar box of pennies that belong to him to look at over the weekend and inside I found two 1922 no d pennies from die #2 and one 1922 no d pennie from die #3! how cool is that? now I have to give the box back. sniff sniff whine and cry. but those are not even close to the only exciting thing in the box, there are many others. but that is a story for another day.

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03 Jan 2015

silver searchers

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the other night I found 1 1964 kennedy and 2 40% kennedys in a bag of half dollars. does anyone else ever find much silver?

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