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25 Feb 2018

Coins stories and bad deals

Coins-United States | Prospector

Ronald Reagan, RIP once stated the most dangerous words he ever heard were, "We're from the Government and we are here to help you." Given that statement whether or not these following writings are factual are unknown except for the one labeled bad deal,since it happened to me. A guy I know told me that he was allegedly carrying 100 authentic Morgan Silver Dollars on him and had gotten arrested by the Police (he was always getting in trouble). Upon returning this guys accouterments they allegedly handed him a $100 Federal Reserve Note.

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21 Feb 2018

Tools helpful to a coin collector

Coins-United States | Prospector

The following tools are used for coin counterfeit detection, Jeweler's loupe, micrometer, digital scale, magnet, a Red Book of U.S. coins and a 2"x2" coin holder. These tools can be acquired for less than $50 on Ebay. I am not an expert at detecting counterfeit coins but I do know how to utilize these tools and I know what they help determine. In order to learn a more in depth knowledge about these topics I would recommend either buying a good numismatic book on the topic or rent one from the ANA library.

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20 Feb 2018

Pride surrounds Sacagawea dollar's majesty

Coins-United States | Prospector

The Sacagawea dollar coins represent one of the most beautiful modern coins. Glenna Goodacre's artists depiction of Sacagawea, a young Native American Shoshone with infant child Jean Baptiste has excellent eye appeal. The reverse an eagle soars majestically into the field of the coin. These original issue coins are beautiful unlike the Presidential and subsequent Native American coins which have a $1 on the reverse, Sacagawea (2000-2008) have One Dollar on them. Unfortunately, the mint was forced to do this most likely, since many people confused the original Sacagawea dollar coin for a different denomination. I like the denomination written on the coin as opposed to a number. I probably will start a collection of the original issues (2000-2008) but not the subsequent ones.

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