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31 Jul 2020

Attention YNs!

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YN's check out the YN auction page because the annual auction catalog is here! For the past week or so, I have been checking the ANA's YN section many times a day hoping for the release of the annual YN auction catalog. Needless to say when it finally got on the website today, I was ecstatic. This year's auction is Filledwith great items worthy of any collector be it World, US, or paper money. This year's gold piece is a 1945 2 1/2 Peso gold piece from Mexico, much like the one featured two years ago.Other Notables Include:BU 1909 VDB (unfortunately lacking an "S", but a lovely coin with a lower mintage)A poor man's 1936 DDO (type two, but still a true double die obverse coin)Two About Uncirculated Buffalo nickels, one with a strike through errorA 1938-S GEM BU Jefferson nickel much like the one I won in last year's auctionAn incredibly struck 1939 Mercury Dime1882-H Canadian 50c piece(Nearly the entire auction!)While writing this I had to stop myself from putting too many notable lots, I realized I had written almost every lot down. This year we had some very generous givers, and a great Cataloger. Sam Gelberd pulled out all the stops this year with whimsical an apt descriptions of the coins. This year's auction will be extra special. This is my last YN auction, and for the past few months, we have all been locked inside, most of starved from our coin show appetite, but as the YN auction has always been online, nothing has changed leaving at least one great thing untouched. It'll be a great way to add to our collections safely from home, while being in a fun environment around other YNs and, of course, Sam. Thank you so much for all who donated this year, you really gifted some awesome coins! Sam, thank you of putting together the auction catalog and the auction itself, I know it takes weeks to get everything ready to go, and many more to make things go smoothly in September.YNs, make sure to collect your YN dollars and start planning now, you can never be too ready. Here's the link to the wonderful Cataloghttps://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/6180285/2020%20YN%20Auction%20Catalog.pdf?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.money.org%2Fyoung-numismatists%2Fyn-auction

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29 Jul 2020

Barber Through and Through Part Two

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Today's blog will be featuring one of Charles Barber's first works; The flowing hair Stella.Background

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24 Jul 2020

Barber Through and Through Part One

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For the next few weeks, I plan to go in depth to provide the history of Charles E. Barber, each of his designs, and what he left behind. I have put a lot of time and research into this, so I hope you enjoy and learn something.Controversy

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20 Jul 2020

Third Times the Charm

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Numismatics is the wonderful study of coinage, medals, and currency. With thousands of Numismatists studying, researching, and writing on US coins alone, it often seems as though any further research will bear no results, especially from a 130 year old series. The barber coins of 1892-1916 were the last works of the pre-Roosevelt era of US coinage. Although not as stunning in design as the Augustus St. Gaudens' gold pieces, or the iconic walking Liberty Half, Mercury dime, and buffalo nickel, the design by Chief engraver of the mint, Charles E. Barber, pushed the American economy forward. On many examples of the half dollar, dime, and quarter, the coins are severely worn, owing to the many hands that it passed through and the longevity of such coins, but the design is clearly seen no matter the grade. Barber's attention to detail, and his knowledge and experience of the coining process learned from his father, engraver William Barber, led him to create a coin that could be well struck, and well circulated many dozens of times. For the average collector, a great strike and full luster is all you can ask for, but for variety and error collectors, the near-perfect job done by Barber and the mint leaves something to be desired.The BCCS's quarter variety survey, which I assume to be an excellent source of all varieties of the barber quarter, lists around only a hundred varieties, the largest being doubled dies, and some varieties so minute most collectors would not be able to tell. The most interesting of these varieties, I think, is the obverse and reverse types spanning all three denominations. Barber, through direction by the mint, or by his own accord, chose to revamp the obverse dies with a few "small" detail changes creating a slightly different type two near the turn of the 20th century. Such changes include a sharper leaves on Liberty's headdress, increased spacing between Lady liberty and secondary design elements like lettering, and an additional piece of cartilage in the ear of Liberty.The quarter's major reverse type varieties rely on the left eagle wing relative to the "E". The first type leaving the "E" completely visible, a second type covering the "E", but remains flush to the top of the "E", and a final wing-type covering the "E", but extending far past it.The purpose of this post is to draw attention to some recent work on reverse dime varieties by Kevin Bailey.It has been known for sometime that two reverse types exist for the Barber dime. The first type produced for coins minted in 1892-1899 is the so-called "thin ribbon" variety. I believe the to be a slight misnomer as the bottom right ribbon is thin with no extra fold, a thicker lace is found "connecting" the bow of the ribbon to the the rest of the wreath.Reverse Type Two barber coins minted thereafter, of the "thick ribbon" variety exhibit a large extra fold along the bottom right ribbon, but the large lacing along the bow is reduced.Other indicators between these two types include positions of leaves, leaf veins, and corn alignment.In 2019, numismatist Kevin Bailey hit the jackpot when he discovered a third type present for the year 1900. This type is transitional and exhibits features of both, most notably along the right bottom ribbon where there is no extra fold, and the lace is of reduced size. I want him to get all the credit for this, so instead of me going in-depth with this, please visithttps://www.ngccoin.com/boards/topic/417974-third-barber-dime-reverse-hub-type-hiding-in-plain-sight/#comments where he explains his resultsand findings.Unfortunately for both him and collectors alike, this find has been brushed aside. Why such a discovery has been pushed aside is beyond me, but probably due in fact that this is largely unknown, there is no demand, and thus no extra money involved. But for variety collector keen on the barber designs, the dime has 21 combinations of different obverse, reverse die pairings and such including some quite scarce anomalous combinations such as the 1903-S with reverse 3.Pictures from left to right: Type one"thin ribbon", Type two (discovery), type three "thick ribbon"I know Moke is a great silver dollar VAM collector, so maybe she can shed some light onto this as Barber and Morgan worked closely together during this time.http://www.barbercoins.org/Barber-Quarters-Varieties.shtml

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