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18 Nov 2020

New Summer Seminar Location

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A few days ago, the ANA started to release some limited information on the 2021 Summer Seminar. With a vaccine close and almost on its way, it seems that this year's summer seminar will go on as scheduled. This year, there has been a big change though. June 19-July 1st, the annual event will not be taking place at the Colorado College campus but instead will be taking place in either The Antler's hotel or the University of Denver. Both locations look nice at first glance but for numismatists who have been going to Summer Seminars for years, it will be an odd change to the site which was used for a very long time. Nothing else has been released as of yet and I'm excited to see how everything pans out this year. Hopefully, nothing prevents them from hosting it this year. What do you guys think? Will it be a good change of pace or will the Summer Seminar lose some of its charms?

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15 Nov 2020

Missing the "S"

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Pictured is my 1909 VDB I won from the YN auction two months ago. It is a solid red uncirculated cent, and other than a small carbon spot on the reverse, it is seemingly perfect.At the 2019 Summer Seminar, I took the Type set course taught by Frank Van Valen and David Lange (although David Lange was unable to actually make it that year because of health reasons). One topic that was brought up was if the VDB should actually be considered a type or a variety. The JS was added onto the Roosevelt dime in later years and the FS was placed on the Jefferson nickel in the following years too, but neither are considered different types. When coins are missing initials, we always consider them to be varieties, such as missing FG examples on modern half dollars and lincoln memorial cents. My personal opinion is that VDB cents are varieties, not types. I don't think the addition of initials or lack thereof should constitute an entire type. If so, that would mean 1918 cents going forward would also be a different type, and that is not the case. Let me know Your opinions, thank you in advance!

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