Mike B's Blog

13 Nov 2019

2019 Enhanced Reverse Proof. On Sale November 14th.

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. Tomorrow the United States Mint will play a game. See if you can buy this coin. Why wouldn't we. Well the mint has done this many times before. I suggest most of us get frustrated now. Now this is a special coin. They all are. But this has a mintage of only 30,000 and limited to one per household. Don't get be wrong but I do like the coin. What I can't figure out is that 156 are on pre-sale on Ebay. There all in o.g.p. The set below is a picture taken from that site. The asking price. 1999.00. The lowest is 262.00. Actually the lowest is 65.00 from the mint. My first question. How did these people on eBay get this coin before release date. Some state they have sold thirty already some say last one. Why can't we do this. Another question. How will these grade? Most pre- sales are slabed already. One is shown. Sellout but if course. I say ten to twelve minutes.. Company's have employees calling for them. The race is on. Everything will be in the timing. Will you try to purchase this?. From were I'm sitting there gone already except maybe a 100 or more. We know retailers are catered to. The regular collector will be shut out once more I believe. I will try. Stop watch set. Set up. Under four seconds to go I will place an order. By the time I get it in my bag time should be up and it should go through.. Then again I'm seriously doubting it. I do hope the collectors win out. I would be happy to know someone who gets one. It should be called a contest. That's what it is. And who knows the future of this coin. The Congratulations Set of 2016 has the lowest mintage of 5600. But that's only a plain Eagle. If you don't get through tomorrow will you spend all your Christmas money from a retailer. I wont. Is it a gimmick? . It's the mint make up your own mind on that one. With the number of collectors and the mintage of this coin you can see the odds are against us. But try . Have a family member ready on the phone and you ready on the site. You never know. You just might be the winner. Don't bother asking the mint how sellers have already sold some in their pre-sale you will get in sorry I don't have the answer to that!!. The frustration is enormous. You feel that the mint was against you. Your wrong. It's against most of all with this one. I believe the last one to sell out of twelve minutes was the Truman Coin and Chronicles set. It has the first reverse proof of the series. So good luck tomorrow I hope we all get one. Some things I said about the mint week harsh. That's right but it's all true. That's the sad part. If they made it two per household we would have a better chance. So give it the old college try. Be the only one on your block to own the 2019 American Silver Eagle one ounce Enhanced Reverse Proof. Only 65.95. Thanks for reading and good luck. Mike

25 Oct 2019

My Favorite Underrated Coin The Nickel

Coins | Mike B

Hi everyone. Well I decided to write about my favorite underrated coin the nickel. Now I believe it's underrated some dont. Why I like this series. It has everything you want in a series of coins . Rarity for one. The 1994 P they made it I remember 166,000 of them . The 1997 Botanical Gardens they made 25,000 of those. Now if that's not good enough there both Matti coins. Another rarity. That finish gives the coins a nice blue and gold hue. A beautiful tint. The design was changed. In 2006 James Franki designed the obverse and Felix Schlag the reverse. The coin is so durable some old ones look good. And less not forget the silver nickel.. It has many varieties it has everything you could want. Don't forget the westward set. Beautiful. And all that history. These are just some of the reasons I like the series. You can still put a nice set together. They started in 1938. That's when one of my favorite coin ended in 1938. The Jefferson nickel was born. Not that the nickel before it was not bad. These are still searched out for till this day. Now I put a few examples of them with the pictures. I think this is a typical American coin. Again some don't think so. They were designed by James Earl Frasier.. Not widely know there were a few problems getting this coin made. One I remember they wanted the date relocated. It was high on the coin and they new there would be dates missing. For those of you who missed my blog on the two P&D commens here is the information. The Buffalo name was Black Diamond. Before I researched this coin I thought it came from our west. Why not. Then I found out Frazier found him in the New York Central Park Zoo. All 1550 pounds of him. Now there is one American Indian on the coin. But take the talent of Mr. Frasier he used three. Now the names I use seem to be the one although some will give an argument on this. They were Chief Iron Tail, Chief Big Tree , and Chief Two Moons.. Now if your a designer it's hard enough to get the portrait of one person on the coin. Mr. Frasier combined three people into one. I bet there is something of each one in the final design. Now this series also has many varieties. They are also sort out. Again this series still can be put together. It would take time but also a beautiful set. I guess I'm like Kepi another blogger I guess I like Buffalos like Kepi does hope you enjoyed this small blog. I would of written more but the pain says no!. Take care Mike.

22 Oct 2019

What Is Maundy Money?

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Hi everyone. How many of you have heard of Maundy Money. I bet not allot. The four coins given by the Monarchy had its sort of begging back in 1210. I love The British and there records. On April 15,1210John Monarch of England donated garments,forks,food and other gifts to the poor. This was done at Knaresborough Yorkshire. He also gave gifts of small silver coins. He gave 13 pence to 13 poor men. As times changed the meaning and what was given changed. It is a religious ceremony that has to do with Holy Thursday in the Anglican Church. The church of England. It's called Maundy Thursday because Maundy is derived from the Latin word and Maundatum. I pulled that out of four years of Latin. Now this means commandent. The day is called Maundy Thursday because Jesus commands his disciples that they love and serve one another. Now the religious aspect of all of this goes to the washing of the feet.. It's called the Queens Maundy Money and are legal tender. Every year once the set of four had their design the Monarch would give these four coins to the poor. Once in a while the children helped. The denominations are one penny,two pence,three pence,and four pence. . They were given in a small pouch. Now some kept them as a set and some spent them if they had to. Now the remarkable thing of this is that is was started in 1210. And this practice continues today. Now The set below please enlarge the pictures the pence is the size of the nail on your pinky. So for each year since 1210 the Monarchy has given this small but meaningful gift to the poor. Now they come in casses. If course the older they are the more value to them if you have The set. That's hard. Not today.I have a MS set going back to King George the III. The problem two have different dates. The set below is a proof set. Now you will see the grades and some black marks. I searched to find out what the were some type of Patina. It's not dirt and The grades show that. Now I could of written pages on the religious meaning and the Last Supper but I wanted to get to the coins. To find these in proof a set today is not that hard. Going back in the years is very hard. The coins has the Monarch on the obverse and the reverse show the amount of the coin and a Crown. This was my first proof set. Now I would suggest you research these. There very interesting and collectable. That and the whole.story is very interesting. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history concerning these coins.. It took allot for me to right but I managed to post it. Enjoy . The Monarch on these is George the VI. Thanks MikeP. S The mintages of these coins are very low..

11 Oct 2019

What To Do When You Finish A Set!!

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Hi everyone. Well I was going through some change and noticed a great quarter. No not a W. I went to my set in a Dansco album and looked up the date. Sure enough the one I found was better. So I switched them. Once you finish a set doesn't mean your done. Not even if there slabed.. I always look to improve my completed sets. Think of what you will have it you do that. A better set and one were the value will go up. I do it with my nickels especially the older coins. There are better ones out there. Now I put a set together called the Tokens of Coventry England. This set was done by Peter Kempson 222 years ago. It took five years. But I finished it. There all slabed and all MS. I was looking at some raw tokens and saw one. The price was right so I bought it. Now the first token is in the pictures of the set. So I sent it in sure enough it was one grade higher. You say what does one grade higher do. Well we know that one grade can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars to thousands depending on the set you have or any coin.. That's what i did. I increased the quality of the set and the value simply by buying a higher grade coin. So if you have a set of cents and change them based on quality your set could sell for more than someone elses. The way a raw coin looks in a set is very important. One bad coin can take the look of a whole page away. And when someone looks at it to buy might offer you a cheaper price based on the quality of your coins. Below is an example.if just one I have improved on. Now these come raw so you have to be sure the one your choosing is better. These are hard to find. So when I saw it I bought it and it turned out ok. Now what.? Simple you can sell the coin you replaced. So you have improved your set quality wise and value and it won't cost you anything. I have seen many complete sets on this site. Don't just close the book and put them away if you find a better quality coin switch it. One might be brown and then you come across a nice red cent. Switch it out. The same with nickels dimes what ever your collecting. . You will wind up with some of the best sets by making a few changes. Raw or slabed. So take those sets out and look over some change. It's all for the better. Try it your the one who will benefit. I hope you enjoyed this small blog and picked up some pointers. The detail in the MS 66 is much better. Mike

07 Oct 2019

2001 Commemorative Buffalo Nickel P & D

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Hi everyone. I'm writing about these two popular commens because they are simply beautiful. Now some don't know how this project was started. It was started by Senator Ben Nighthorse Cambell back in 1992. He wanted to bring back the nickel that was made by James Earl Frasier designed back in 1913 and ran till 1938. The bill failed but it was still in there minds. What could they do ? A commemorative!!. So it was decided they would proceed that way. With funds from it going to The Museum of The American Indian in Washingtonian D.C. So on October 27, 2000 it was passed.I The mint released it on June 7, 2001. Now Mr. Frasier used three Indian Chiefs to the obverse .Chief Iron Tail, Chief Big Tree and Chief Two Moons. This has been discussed back and forth over the years. But these three week to be the ones most settled on. They put In God We Trust in the two coins. This was not in the original nickle. . Mr. Frasier found the buffalo he was looking for in New York's Central Park Zoo. His name was Black Diamond and weighed 1550 pounds. Now when the mint struck these coins they increased the tonnage. They did this on the Proof and Uncirirculaded. They were rewarded with the beautiful strike you see today. It didn't take long for a well out. On June 21,2001 the month has made The announcement. The mintage for The Uncirirculaded was 227,869 and the Proof was 272,869. Now when released they sold for 54.95. Check that price today and I think you will be in for a big surprise. The weight was 26.730 they were made of silver .900. The diameter is 38mm. The two coins were made in Philadelphia and Denver. Of course I did not get through for an order but a few years ago while looking in the Red Book I saw them and said I have to have these. Well it didn't take long till I was able to buy the uncirirculaded. In was lucky the seller had know idea what he had. It took only a few weeks later till I found the proof.. It was one Of then most popular commens the mint ever put out. That's my opinion . To see the regular nickle and it's beauty and compare it to these two coins is amazing. I was lucky unlocked them up. You can get them today but you will pay a price. It depends on your budget and how bad you want them. It's a wonderful set and in have to say I enjoy them immensely. I hope you enjoyed this little blog on these two giants of our commens. Thanks for reading Mike. P.S. By the way I call them the twins!!

28 Sep 2019

2019 W Quarters

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Hi . I'm . not putting up five coins that we all know by now. I have always said there are no dumb questions in this hobby. I know I asked them all. What is a steel cent made of. Those type.of questions. The other day I came up with another or is it? Now all these quarters are grading M S. Now we have the Sheldon Scale which keeps all coins on even scale. I don't think you will get one better. This question of making it to a hundred would cause chaos in this hobby. That's not the question. Now it hit me long after this program was started. First the mint makes ten thousand of each of the 2019 America The Beautiful.. Then over a period of time released to the general public. Remember that. Released to the general public . Now some of you know I broke my hip. Wow that hurt. Surgery that night of to rehab. A little girl came buy and asked if I wanted a danish. I paid her she put the change in the bed table. I looked over there it was a 2019 W quarter of San Antino. I sent it home . Now I'm in the hospital no wh-Fi. So I loose out on early releases. It doesn't bother me. Now here is the dumb question. Remember I said released to the general public. How then are they graded all MS.? I mean not all came from bank rolls.. Some have been passed along and they look it. So who broke the scale that has worked for so long?. Has anyone seen an Almost Uncirirculaded. No one I know.. The Lowell was.Released in April. Still getting MS. Let's change the rules so they will want to look for them. Who set this up? My good friend said is willing to wait to find them. What if it takes two years in circukation. Don't get me wrong but who said make them all MS. I would like to know. It's bad for the hobby making rules as we go along. Let's see how long it takes for an A/U. I think it will take along time. Remember not in sets but from circulation. I guess any thing goes. Hopes you enjoyed my dumb question. Mike B.

26 Sep 2019

My Avatar

Collecting Tips | Mike B

This will be very short. On Sept,29 I was planning on changing my avatar. Nothing to do with the other collector. I was born in Ireland. The custom being if you were born on a Saints day. That's the name you were given. So far I have used that name and my middle name Pat. And the 29th of September is my birthday The feast day of Saint Michael the archangel. What does this have to do with coins. We get to know others collectors by there avatar. All of them have special meaning. Now I'm writing this to let you know in advance so you don't think I'm new. We know the avatar we know the collector. I realized that I should of left it. Well when I change it maybe today it you will know Pat is Gone Mike is back. will stay. I have one other name Matthew. Yes Ireland believes strongly in the Saints. So now you won't have to say who's Mike.. I will sign my name in messages Mike was Pat. I think it's important otherwise you say who is this guy Mike. Well you will know. That's why it's important to let collectors know your the same person. I was thinking about it and Pat doesn't fit. So today i will to introduce Mike who was Pat. We have to know our collectors. I don't want anyone to get mixed up. So now you have Mike back and it will stay that way. Thanks Mike who was Pat. I hope you understood all that. Even I'm confused. Mike After all that it would not let change to Mike. I guess there's to many. So I chose the second initial to a B. Why? It's a good letter Why not b. I will keep that letter Why not. Mike B

18 Sep 2019

I'm Back Because of You and Coins

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My friends and all collector's. I just got home from a terrible experience. I fell and broke my hip. They did emergency surgery that night. And shipped me to a rehab. I am still in pain and now need a walker to help me. The rehab was hard and I have a long way to go. If you want to know what gave me the strength to go on when it was painful and hard when I was alone in a dark room.. It was the ANA my friends you and my coins. Yes coins was a big part in me working hard to get out of there. I had my phone and I have pictures of my coins,tokens, and medals. I would look at them and remember the history of each one. Yes this hobby can help you when your hurt. The friends the people I could not of got home without all that. Your good wishes and prayers were welcome. So now starts the hard part. Home and rehab. I will get through this because I'm a member of the ANA. I have to keep this short but if you ever get hurt. Remember this family prayers and coins will help you. Let's not forget friends. It will take time to get back in full swing. I hope you understand. But you didn't let me down and I won't let you down. These things happen in life. It's nice to know you have a whole.organization behind you. I will continue to help yn's they are the future and the stranded bearers of the hobby. I will blog again. I'm still learning. And with friends like you a simple message really helps. So I guess what I'm trying to say is there is so much that coins bring to us. They helped me in my darkest hour. They will help you. How does a.coin help. History the beauty of it. The fact that you own a piece of our history and world.history. The deal you made with a seller. I can go on and on. Now I hope your sitting down for this. While I was in the hospital a little girl was selling some small danish. Here it comes. I gave her the money she gave me change and put it on the table. One coin stood out shinny great luster. I picked it up and low.and behold a W mint San Antonio quarter. I'm still in shock. In a hospital in pain a quarter brought me new life. A reason to go on. I always check my change we don't know if we will find one or not. This will grade high. Fresh out of her bank roll. So I will sum up . Stay healthy. Put your coins on your phone. And always buy a small Danish from a young girl serving the sick. Bless you all thank you. It will take time but I will be bloging again. By the way I heard the auction was great and many received the coins the wanted It a a learning experience a fun one and thank Sam for putting it together for you. Thanks it's good to be home.

24 Aug 2019

1856 Westminster Abbey Medal

Medals | Mike B

Well medals seems to be in season and they should be. Even though they are not legal tender they are a big part of our hobby. I like them from overseas to right here at home. Now this medal I did a blog about a year and a half ago. But it's not the same. . The medal is the same but the words are mine. This I saw at Heritage House. I was the high price and said there's no way this is coming home. I read about it checked on it this was a sleeper. One bidder. I put in one bid woke up it said you won!! Now it was made in 1856 and if I remember 50.9 mm. It was the beauty and the detail that sold me. The designer did not miss a trick. Who was he? It was designed by The famous Jacques Weiner. He had two brothers who also made medals but Jacques was the man behind the great ones. His brothers were Charles and Leopold. He Manley did Cathedrals but also Temples and Mosques. He started with them at fifty mm. He decided to do a series of Fifty at fifty nine mm. Well he got to forty one because he started to lose his eyesight. What a loss to this great hobby. This Abby has held many weddings of the famous Monarchs not to mention Richard the Third. Whose body was just discovered in a parking lot where a church used to stand. That's a great story. If you get the chance watch it on t.v. This was started in the 600 A.D. And continued it just was kept being added to. It also needed to be rebuilt in a few places in the 12 century. And again in the 1800's. The front says Westminster Abbey but it's the reverse you want to see. On the bottom left panel it has history. On the bottom panel it has history and the right side the same. Such small writing and he captured the inside with every detail he could . The inside beauty is breath taking. It gets millions of visitors a year like most of them do. Yes a great medal made by a great man who was taken from us to soon. You always wonder what great men would of done it they lived longer. George T Morgan , President Kennedy I believe was at the right point in history. Martin Luther King. The list goes on. Enlarge the Medal so you can appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed this. It's short there is so much more. But look it up yourself get the exact dates the Kings and Queens. Don't forget enlarge the medal.

14 Aug 2019

A.N.A. Medals

Medals | Mike B

Hi everyone. This is a blog on our favorite organization. The ANA. You see they celebrate the founding of this great order as they should with mementos and medals. Some of course are milestones and the medals reflect it. There are many different types. Down below the one with the diamond of course was the diamond jublee. It's beautiful. I remember looking at these a few years ago. Please enlarge the pictures. Many of the particular one was held in Chicago were it was founded .and believe it or not is complete intact with the diamond. The few others removed it and bought a car. The name plate space is there and the ribbon spotless it just of been a wonderful affair. The price was very low. There are some the price is very high. I believe a gold panda. So there are many. So I decided to look again when a friend of mine decided that I should spend some money. So I entered ANA medals and started going through them. Class is all I can say. I saw the one with Francis Scott Key from the war of 1812. This one like the other is spotless. This was celebrating 1993. It was the 102 anniversary convention. I believe Francis Scott Key was put on it because it was held in Baltimore. The war of 1812. What a great pick. The history of the Fort Mac Henry speaks volumes of our history. I remember some so in will share it with you. The Americans knew The British had not learned that lesson so back they came for another beating. They had sunk old war ships in the channel so the British couldn't get there war ships that close to Baltimore. They used there rockets and a few cannon balls did reach the walls and a few over. Francis Scott a Key noticed the rockets and the battle from not far away. Now we Americans flew what they called there Storm Flag which was 17×25 feet. This was big and ment trouble. Mr Key watched the destruction and the glory of the battle. In the morning he saw the battle was over and we prevailed. That's when he was the Garrison Flag was flying. This was bigger. 30×42 feet. It was then he wrote the poem The Defence of Fort Mac Henry set to the tune of Creon in Heaver later became The Star Spangled Banner. So the ANA did a wonderful job in creating this medal for this convention. There is history in all. Medals ,token,and coins. There is a scratch that is on the round plastic both sides but the medal came in the original price. He had make an offer I checked he had a great record. He accepted my offer and that was it. There is another one I passed right away when i saw his name and read his complaints. Plus way more money. I hope you enjoyed this blog and the history and this great organization. Enjoy your day .Pat. Don't forget enlarge the first pictures.


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