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30 Jun 2020

Using ANA to the Fullest: What Website Resources Do You Use?

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There is so much to gain from on this website. I have only scratched the surface by reading blogs and commenting on other's blogs as well as writing a couple of my own.I was looking at the ANA Official Blog yesterday and spent a little time getting familiar with the library but I got the idea they aren't loaning books right now because of the virus. Maybe I got the wrong impression on that. There is a book they have I would like to see on varieties of Flying Eagle Cents.What other features do you all use and which do you all not care for much? And, of course, why do you like them or don't like them? What strategies do you use to get the most out of your membership?

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26 Jun 2020

ANA Course: Grading Coins

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Some of you are aware that I am taking the second course of the ANA diploma program, I've read through the course several times and am confident I know most of the answers, so I am in the review process with this.The best advice I've gotten is practice practice practice and grade a lot of coins. I'm not totally inexperienced with this. On my own, I've gotten confident at keeping it within 10 points. That's pretty easy to come by without learning the finer details. This course is taking it up a notch and I'll be better at this for it.The only thing this course lacks is some structured exercises in grading in the curriculum, Recognizing that I need to do this, I've come up with this to help me learn more. I'm going to take all my slabbed coins and cover up the grade. Then I'll grade them independently and see how I do against coins with established grading. After I get to a point with those where I feel I have mastered it, then I will take a variety of my unprofessionally graded coins and practice on those.After I feel like I have mastered that, I'm going to take some of those coins to my favorite dealer and see where they evaluate my progress.I hope this self designed set of exercises will be helpful to you all who are also taking this course.If anybody has some thoughts on additional exercises that would be helpful, please feel free to share with me!

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24 Jun 2020

Grading Coins, Next Question

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So I've learned that Au 58 is a much better quality coin than MS 60- 62. How do AU55 and AU 50 compare to MS 60- 62?

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23 Jun 2020

So I Learn Something New Every Day

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Some of you know that I am taking the ANA Diploma program. I finished the first course and now am into the grading class. I'm learning about technical grading vs. market grading. Technical grading considers luster, contact marks and to a lesser extent eye appeal. It is used for grades About Good to Extremely Fine. Market grading considers Luster, contact marks, strike and eye appeal, used for grades AU to Mint State. This is the type of grading the services employ when they grade your submitted coins. So it seems counter intuitive that technical grading does not employ stricter criteria to me due to the use of the term "technical".The other surprise for me was that an AU 58 coin is considered a much better coin than an MS 60 coin, and probably a better buy up until you hit MS 63. That also puzzles me, as it seems arbitrary, so I would I would enjoy hearing some discussion about that from the collective wisdom here.

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20 Jun 2020

Dipping: The Third Rail of Numismatics

Coins | I. R. Bama

Do you want to dip? Just a pinch between the cheek and gums? No not that kind of dipping, this of course is about numismatics. Dipping is probably the third rail of coin collecting. We know its done and we see examples of dipped coins, though the prevailing opinion appears to be this is a huge DON'T.Nevertheless, I've seen items used to dip discussed and listed for sale, even in the Introduction to Numismatics diploma course there is a mention of the product Brightlustre sold at coins shops. In the course the student is warned of the effects of dipping a coin multiple times and devaluing the grade and, subsequently dropping the value of the coin in question.I bought an 1853 Type I gold dollar recently from my favorite coin dealer and was somewhat horrified when the owner asked me if I wanted him to dip it. I have to say I was slightly horrified at the idea because of what I have previously read!So in full disclosure of where I stand, the question is going to be asked, "So Mike, have you ever dipped a coin?" Well, I have. I've used acetone and isopropyl alcohol to clean some really dirty coins and I'm really not sure that I will use acetone again. It seemed to turn some pennies white. I left it in way too long due to the heavy deposits of dirt on the coin. I wasn't trying this on any valuable coin, it was more to see if this was going to be helpful. The alcohol didn't seem to help much one way or another.The other thing is to dry them I gently dabbed them with a cotton ball with out rubbing. That probably wasn't any good either.In any event, I'm probably giving up any attempts to remove heavy dirt deposits for the time being until I can learn more from the collective wisdom available to me on this great forum.

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17 Jun 2020

Peter Jefferson Eagle- part 2

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Funny thing happened this morning.....before I wrote the blog on Peter the Eagle, my wife happened to send me this without any knowledge that i was going to be inspired to write about Peter. She knows about my interest in him..... She sent me a video on Youtube about him. The video originated from CBS channel 3 from Philly. It appears to have been done just before the NFL Eagles started a season. I don't know the date of broadcast. Some of the history reported conflicts with all I have ever read about Peter, but that's fake news for ya.... In any event, it was an enjoyable video and what a surprise for me that she sent it. What a coincidence!https://youtu.be/HrQvT5XvblM

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17 Jun 2020

Peter Jefferson the Eagle; Interesting Historical Story

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Peter Jefferson was an eagle that actually lived IN the Philadelphia mint during the early to mid 1830's. Back then Eagles actually lived in Philadelphia as hard as that is to believe in today's world. Peter would be let out at night and he would return to the mint every day. He became sort of a pet and mascot. His likeness was used on a number of coins in a design by James Longacre, including one of my favorites to collect, the Flying Eagle Cent.Unfortunately, Peter had a sad fate. One day he he got his wing caught up in a press when it started up and he was badly injured. Despite the heroic efforts to try to help Peter heal by the mint workers, he did not recover from his injuries and died. It is apparent how beloved he was by the workers at the mint because in addition to being used as a model for the coins, his body was preserved as if he were flying is on display at the mint in Philadelphia today.

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15 Jun 2020

I think I need a microscope

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I'm just finishing up the first course of the Diploma program and one thing I picked up is that I'm going to need to buy a stereo microscope if I'm going to be any good at grading coins and down the road identifying counterfeits and altered coins. I did a little browsing on line and saw one that seemed suitable, but one of my better strengths in all of this is knowing what I don't know, so I'd like to hear from you all on your experience with these microscope s along with pros and cons of ones you have had or use... Please school me!

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15 Jun 2020

Introducing Myself

Coins | I. R. Bama

Hi! My name is Michael Tancyus (Mike). I am new to ANA and wanted to introduce myself. I am a Clinical Social Worker and have been collecting coins since I was about 8 years old. I got my start when I visited the Welland Canal locks to see the ships going through the locks. A woman on a ship was tossing foreign coins to the kids who were watching and fortunately, she had quite a few to throw and this got my collection started. I was also interested in Indian Head pennies and bought one at a flea market. I still have all those coins. In my younger years coin collecting was not a serious hobby and I would save random coins here and there. I always have been drawn to Buffalo nickels, Jefferson nickels, Mercury dimes, and Ben Franklin half dollars. Over the last 10 years or so I have become a much more serious collector and have completed collections of Flying Eagle Cents, Mercury dimes, Peace Dollars and many of the more modern coin series since the 1970's.. I was fortunate to inherit a fine collection of European coins dating from the 1800's forward andI continue to add to my collection of foreign coins as well.Recently I have begun the ANA diploma program and am looking forward to gaining knowledge and improving my grading skills through this program, as well as become better prepared to specialize in several series of coins, especiallythe Flying Eagle cent.As I get closer to retirement, my hope is to continue to grow my own personal collection as well as to see coins at coin shows at some future date. I look forward to becoming acquainted with some of you as I become more active in ANA and am glad to join a body of experienced numismatists who can assist me with improving my skills and the quality of my collection!

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