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29 Oct 2020

American Indians and U.S. Coins #2 Pratt's Gold Indians: The Man on the Coin (part 2)

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Of all our coins that depict American Indians and imagery associated with them, only one coin featured the likeness of one individual. That man was Chief Hollow Horn Bear and he is a notable figure in history in his own right, which is why his image was used on a coin, a1922 stamp and a1970 $10.00 military payment certificate (often referred to as MPC). Be sure to check out Longstrider's recent blog featuring his MPC with the Chief's image on it.

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17 Oct 2020

The Capped Bust Quarter

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

The inspiration for my decision to buy the four Capped Bust Half Dollars that I wrote about last week was due to my acquisition of a capped bust quarter last year. I really liked the design of the coin and it was affordable for me at the time. It was obtained by a private sale from a listing on Craigslist. I had a little trepidation about meeting someone in a town 50 miles away, so I made arrangements to see the coin and make the transaction in a local restaurant in a shopping center to reduce the risk. I was not worried about the coin being a counterfeit because it was slabbed and graded by NGC. This particular coin is a variety 2 1835 quarter in XF 40.

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09 Oct 2020

Auction Action: Four Capped Bust Half Dollars

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

I just got these four Capped Bust Half dollars in the mail from my auction win on Sunday night. Designed by John Reich the coin is composed of .8924 silver and .1076 copper, weighs 13.48 grams and its diameter is approximately 32.5 mm due to these coins being struck in an open collar. The edge of these four coins are smooth and reads Fifty Cents or Half A Dollar with a star between Dollar and Fifty 1814-1831. From 1832- 1836 there were vertical lines between these words. The lettered edge varieties were struck from 1807 to 1836. The remainder of designs minted featured a reeded edge. There is a reeded edge variety of the 1836 of the half dollar which commands premium prices.

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04 Oct 2020

American Indians and U.S. Coins #2 Pratt's Gold Indians (part 1)

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This seems like the blog that doesn't want to get written. This is my fifth attempt. I've been thwarted by the rise of the machines against me. Saved one draft that couldn't be opened and several got dumped be hitting the wrong button. It wasn't the delete button cause the whole thing disappeared three times and then yesterday the ANA blog wouldn't save it and I was getting error messages. Hopefully the sixth time is the charm.

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