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27 Apr 2019

S.M.S. 1965,1966,1967 Underated

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Hi everyone. Now back in 1965 collecting coins was at its peak. Allot was going on. And decisions had to be made. The first was to remove the silver in circulation. The second was to not make mint state sets the next three years. The third no Mint marks would be placed on these coins. Now they went on sale the mintages were not great. The 1967 they made1,863,344. That was the total in a collection frenzy. Now they were very cheep and came in something like a capitol holder. I was not collecting then. But later on they were still for sale even today. I wrote on the 1967 set there was something about them. The industry thought so also. Now there were no Mint marks. Could they have been made at West point? Why do I say that. Well it seems that set has taken off. There is not even a price in the RedBook for the half dollar or the cent. They have gone up considerably. I have seen the half for five hundred dollars. Now you can pick up these three sets today for about forty bucks. Now they also all three have been made one of the top one hundred modern sets made.. That makes you think and you can still buy them. So why in the last few years have they gone up. One mintage. Two the quaility. Three they never made them again like that. I think anyone looking for a good buy three sets around forty dollars. Now I sent in the last set. Couldn't afford fifteen coins at that time. The others went in evently. Another set was a 67 and the last 66. Now the Red Book tells me I did great especially in the 1967 set. I could by many many more. But the quality stood out in the 67 set. More than the other two. That's why I say they were made at the Point. We will never know. Now the pictures below do not give this set justice. You have to hold them. They look proof.. But no grading company was going to grade these sets much higher. There are MS 68 out there but not many. I also wrote a blog on you never know what your buying. There have been many sleepers out there and sometimes don't show up for a while. Buy what you like. I did. And I look smart but I'm not. I liked the fact the quality was good. They never made anymore. Why not. Luck. Yes it plays a big part in our hobby. I hope you all do. If you were to tell me these sets would move I would say I don't think so. Many said that. So they were a novelty now there one of the top one hundred modern sets. I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks PatKindly enlarge pictures.Bibliography mintage red bookThe rest my knowledge and words.

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25 Apr 2019

What A Difference A Set Makes!!!!

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Well my friends this won't take long. I ordered the second set from the mint the one that came with the reverse proof. Now.I included the picture of the cent from the first set. I called and complained . It fell on deaf ears. We have time to make an adjustment on the second set. Yes they had time but did nothing. It arrived the same way opened envelope same bag and the bag and cent all over the box. However this one besides them trying so hard to destroy them it came out perfect. Despite them trying very hard to ruin these I was lucky. Now about a week ago NGC said they had graded 866,000 cents. Did not break down the grades. Now most of these came from eBay sellers. The MS 70 were far and few between so most decided to go with auctions. Some regular prices. Now they have dropped and that's because the reverse is already up on some sites.I'm willing to bet out of that number the private owners there were not allot. You can see my first cent below. So The first coin is cheaper and the reverse I do not think will go as high. Remember if you want the third cent you must order the uncirculated set. We know this is not a big seller. It's basically for people like me who still collect some coins in books. We will investigative and see. Well I told you this would be a small blog. But people are buying these sets for that cent. Do you think they will change the packaging. Don't bet on it. So another simple set we all have to wait for and see what we get. It shouldn't be that way. Do it the right way from the start or don't bother. To those of you sending them in I wish you all the luck. I mean that. What will the future value be well I can't say. It depends on the mintage and the grade and that's all I can say. So it's nice to know once in a while we can get lucky but there will be no 70 set in this house. I can't send that first cent in. It will come back in a body bag. Have a good day I wish you all luck. Pat

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22 Apr 2019

APOLLO 11 50 th Anniversary Set

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Hi everyone. I am surprised there has not been a blog on this set yet. But here it goes. I'm not going into the history of this great adventure. The great adventure was getting it at a very reasonable price. But we will discuss the coins. Again the mint did not due there best on all the coins. There was exceptions. This set also . Even then somethings doesn't make sense. For example the Apollo 50th Anniversary Half Dollar. They made 750,000 thousand coins. The Kennedy Half Dollar 100,000 thousand. Yet they were sold as a set.? How can that be. If your making a set the numbers should be the same. Don't you agree. That's why I took a picture of the packaging. Both coins came in the same set. So what did they do. The mintage was actually 100,000 thousand. The extra were made to sell separately. Very nice to see that. They make extra money. The Kennedy is the one everyone wanted. This set, and the 80,000 five ounce sold out. Now the uncirculated and proof were not made of a full ounce. This must of been done to save money. That's all I can come up with. Please someone tell me why? Why were these coins less than an ounce? I give up. Now I do write allot about the mint but questions have to be answered. Could they have done a better job ? Or course then why don't they? I complain but my complaints are legitimate. I get the same answer all the time. Now these two coins sold out fast. For a good reason it was a great achievement no question no doubt. Putting a man on the moon. Think about it. This time there mind set was right but when it came to making them questions again. Eight other mission's followed. We forget about those. We should remember. Now I bought these coins because I liked them the design was great. The main reason is I have a very good friend. He called me.And knew I wanted a set. He's a professional seller.And dealer. He made me an offer that I couldn't refuse. I mean I would have made a huge mistake turning this down. Even sent the original packaging to me when they came back from the mint. If you find this set I strongly suggest it if you can pick one up. Reading the packaging is like a small history book on the whole Apollo Space Program. Very well written. Do you remember were you were that day?Now the coins. You have the mintage.They are both clad.The half dollar anniversary coin 8.33% nickel, 1.205 inches, 11.340 grams and the edge is reeded finish is Proof. Now the Kennedy. The finish is Enhanced.. The designer of the Kennedy obverse and reverse was Gilroy Roberts.The other half was designed by two on the obverse Gary Cooper and the engraver was Joseph Menna. The reverse designer and engraver was Phebe Hemphill. The numbers are the same for both coins. We learned so much from this mission there is just to much to write about. But if you did not see it was one of our great moments in history. We should never forget all the people involved. This broadcast went all over the world. That's fantastic. I will never forget it and I doubt those who watched it ever will. The words as he put his feet on the surface was won in a contest. Think about them. " One Small Step For Man One Giant Leap For ManKind" so perfect so simple.And it says it all. I hope.you enjoyed this. KINDLY ENLARGE THE PICTURES. Thanks PatP.S. 9073 has informed me that the packaging is wrong. The designer of the coin Kennedy was F..Gasparro another huge mistake. We owe 9073 a congratulations for bringing this to our attention. Don't expect anything from the mint. Thank you again. I still don't believe it. Pat.

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16 Apr 2019

Reading Blogs Are Important And The Comments

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Hi everyone! This blog is for the newcomers and the yn's and for everyone basically. A blog. You see them every were about different aspects of our society. We have them on this site. When I first joined a few years ago someone took me under his wing and explained me what it was and how important they were. I asked why?. He said every member of the ANA who writes them writes them for you. Again why me? So you will learn all you can about coins and others collections. Now it made sense. That's why I joined to learn about coins and see the different ones from ours and everyone elses. So I started reading and a whole new world about collecting was open to me. After a while I was going back and learning from the comments. Not only the history of them but I found out how to take better care of my coins. The research. I knew about the books from my mentor. I was told try to get as much information for the collectors as you can. I did that and the responses were very nice. Pictures were important. I could not take one. Then I teamed up with a collector who taught me. He never complained with all the questions I asked.. Now I write blogs on coins I own that was also important. Why I bought it what I liked about it and that everyone tells a.story. I would watch the web for pictures of different places still standing today. I learned about auctions. But the most important thing I learned was the Red Book. And the Library here. It has 29,000 books. You tell them what you're looking for and they send it to you. Just remember to send it back or you bought it. If you think you know everything about coins I strongly suggest you try stamps. Why bother here. You know all there is to know. Wrong. I pick up new information every day about coins. I try to learn something new every day. I also enjoy the other collectors. Be very careful who You follow. Those who follow thousands will not help you. I have complained and either they refuse to listen to me or don't care it's that simple. Follow over six thousand. Your not helping this site or anyone one it. There pointers. I hate them . Tell me logically how you can follow thousands and help one?. Especially when you haven't written a blog in five years. That is not what this site is about. But they let it continue. They wait for someone new and immediately start following them. Why. Points. Points are to show your activity. What you contribute to the site. But I found them to be held a and to them just a game that's all. The serious collectors know their contributions. So enjoy the blogs we will share with you. Now some of you have school and jobs. We understand that. And when they write them we appreciate them. It's the Quality of the blog And what it's about so write and leave comments. You will learn something from each one. So enjoy the ANA. And what they have to offer to you. It's the best hobby in the world and your in the right place place.thanks Pat

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15 Apr 2019

Two Cent Coin. 1864-1873

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Hi everyone. Well when was the last time you read about a two cent coin. I don't remember but I could of missed one. So I decided to write one about mine. This is one of those coins which was lost and now is back. I didn't have a box to hold two by two's. So I put them between slabs. That's a good by. Well I received a new box from Amos and was putting some slabs in and there it was. I had forgot about it. So I decided to write about it. There really is not allot when you consider it ran for nine years. That is a short run as far as coins go. It was started as something people would use with the Indian cent. The government was not letting any gold or silver around.because of the war.that's why we had Civil War Tokens. Now this was purchased a while ago ten years or so. It went in to a two by two and slipped in in between slabs. Now this one the picture tells some of the story.. If you look at the shield it looks like every line is together. No they are all separate. Thats my picture taking. Now some of the letters a few look worn. I say that's a late die strike. Simply because the high marks are all sharp. It has wonderful luster and a large motto. Small little were around 1864- 1865.. Most of the MS are from the same dates. It weighs 6.22 grams .950 copper and is 23 mm. wide. It was made in one mint Philadelphia. It was designed by The Chief Engraver of the mint. James P. Longacre. . The Mint act of April 22, 1864 introduced the coin. Now it was the first circulating coin to carry the motto In God We Trust.. The We wore off very quickley. It was a high point in the coin. They did have a proof one year they made 650 plus. If only I bought that. If you could find one. Most you can pick up but in very low grades. They go down to the good if I remember. This one is is in very good shape except for the late die. If it was not in circulation for any time I believe the motto would be gone most of the wreath and the arrows. It's very hard to judge. . Well I like the coin it's the reason I bought it. So the value is back. I define value by the joy a coin can give you. The history it brings you. If I get a bad grade it's o.k. We buy what we like. I hope you enjoyed this little reminder of this coin. It's part of our coinage history. I believe it's underrated because of the short run and the two coins to follow. I bought it this years ago and it's still in the same condition as the day I bought it. This shows the importance of taking care of your coins from a cent to a Morgan Dollar. So take care of them. By me putting it in that clear two by two and keeping it out of the elements it wouldn't look this well. I guess it's a good thing I forgot about it. Take care and take care of those coins. They will take care of you. Pat. P.S. There are no scratches or dings on this do in so it will be interesting how the grade it.

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11 Apr 2019

West Point Coins

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West Point cents. How did they get them so wrong. I don't understand. Did you know the first coin made at West Point was a cent. That's right but you won't read that in the red book. The first was made in 1973 and continued till 1986. But you won't know that. No mint markets because they were not declared a mint tip 1988. They were thrown in with the Philadelphia mintage. The same with the quarter 1977 to 1979. What gets me is why is this such a secret? I was going through some cents the other day and I always weigh them stranger things have happened. I put a 1979 cent in and it weighed 2.5 grams I believe this was a test . Time to do homework. Yes the weight was right. It was made of zink at the West Point mint?. Honestly how many of you knew this. I didnt. But I knew this wasn't a fluke I waited more the same weight. I serched every were in the read book and thought I read it there. Not a word. . So why the problem with this years. The other ones had no mint mark either did the quarters. Now I said some were grading MS 63. What would you grade the uncirculated cent below. XF 45? I would it's scratched has marks because the envelope was open and the packaging destroyed it. I think I used the term my cent was murdered. Why they made them before with Quarters. So I called. good old.pat will call. I was told it was to late to put them in a lens how about an air tite this is the day I got mine. But they would call Texas and see if they could do something. Tape. I'm betting on it. That doesn't mean the lens will move and scratch your cent . Value. Value is based on mintage and we don't have them yet. The higher the mintage the lower the price. Now add in time. I believe in about thirty years or so they will be worth something if you have the first second and third one a MS 70. I wonder how many other secrets they have. They found green monster boxes of the Silver Eagle made in Philadelphia when they werent. This bothers me. If you would like to check for yourself out this in your search browser. Did the West Point mint make cents before? I think you will be surprised. You can't tell the differance. Well I think the ones made in West Point have a higher rim. Just my thought no one elses.. I thought this was interesting discourage your thoughts. One article has the West Point mint made the first Zinc cent January 7 1982. Others have it before that. It has to get you going. By they say the information in this blog is different than the other.. Pat

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08 Apr 2019

I Think We Have a Few Cents Like This!!

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Well i was looking through cents the other day and i found this gem. Yes it is and I believe allot of have picked some during our travels. Please enlarge so you can see it better. No I didn't go to go Italy I would love to go. I believe I got this at Coney Island. That's in N.Y. were they had the old steeple races. And the Parachute drop. I use to fish of that massive pier. Then the go carts. After a long day it was time for the side shows and the best not dog in the world. I remember seeing three machines. Two said Temporally Out of Order. So I tried the first one. Dug deep into my pockets and came out with a cent. I put it in and pulled the handle. I just tell you I didn't know what I was getting. Out came this beautiful elongated cent. It was 1992 and said 500 years in America. Bellow that it has a nice ship and under that it said Nina. The top had a big 92 on it. Now I knew what I had and found i did not get the Pinta and Santa Maria . Those two were out of order. So I asked When will it be fixed he said there not they have been discontinued. With good reason . I was there in 1993!!! But I hated missing out on the set. I always wondered if I had the set. It would of been nice. I have seen these up here many times. But I just admit this was designed very well. Some collectors collect only these were ever they go. Me I was to busy at work to go any were. I hope you enjoyed this the reverse you can barely make out LIncolns faces over the years and the amount of pressure in really hit a home run with the detail. It's quite large but when you do this to a cent that's what you get. I still like it. Great memories of that day I have this to bring them back. I hope you enjoyed this moment in history. And those of you who collect them now I know why when I think of it this is the first coin I ever collected!!!. You collector's are very lucky. Pat

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02 Apr 2019

Pidcocks Angry Bird And Lion Middlesex D&H 414

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Hello everyone first I want to apologize because the flash went off on the reverse. That have it a light color. The raw ones and the obverse of the slabed one is the color. Can't get them right all the time. Now I'm not going to rights big blog on this. Because when I won the auction I decided not to wait and wrote the blog back then. What does this show. It shows the only place to buy these are in England. That's were they were made.this is one of Pidcocks menagerie. He had ever animal you could think of. Now this will have more information than the last but not much more. First it was made in Birmingham. Done by a great die sinker William Lutwyche. Pidcock did well of these. He had three rooms. You saw one room for a shillings two for two shillings and of course three for three shillings. And they came from all over to see these exotic animals. They have never seen these before. It was a Farthing or half penny. And Me Lutwyche did a fantastic job on the detail. As you can see. This was the time of the industrial revolution allot was go in on in Britain. Especially this exibit. . This token is one of the most desirable. There in the Brutish Museum that says allot. They were out there because it's part of there history. That's were they belong. Now that's it's slabed more Conder collectors will be mad. But they have to be protected. I want other collectors to enjoy these . They took care of them for us. They weren't made to be thrown away. Like I say it's art on Copper. And it is. It's just like a canvas. The designer was C. James. Now I hope you enjoyed this the other one has more but unwanted you to know Guttenberg places to buy these are were there made. England. To think this is grading higher than the West Point cents that's the was part and this is only a half penny. That's sad . Take care and enjoy. Pat

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01 Apr 2019

The United States Mint

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Hi everyone. We are lucky to have the mints we have to make our coinage. They have made some of the worlds most beautiful coins and made our hobby fun. Except the last few years. I am appalled that we have been making cents for over a hundred years. And we still can't get it right. Example. Coin world reported that 91 of the West Point cents were posted on there site wrong. Posting they got wrong and these people got them for one cent. The packaging was a disgrace. Mine destroyed because it was at the bottom of the box scratched with brown marks in the same place as hundreds. They got that wrong. So what happens there will be few sets with a MS 70 . I watched a show. I have no interest in them. I collect the sets for my books. The gentleman had only MS 69 he said we have MS 63 to 65. That's a disgrace. I'm sorry. I don't know who to blame the Treasury Department of the mint. These would of made a nice little set for the kids who when they get to my age they might be worth something. Not at these grades. The gentleman said leave them in a safe place in the plastic bags. The reason he was not selling the 70 is because they had a handful. Out of can I say a thousand sets maybe more. I'm not going to list all there mistakes there just is not enough room to explain them. The innovative dollar . Except for 2018 everyone is grading 67. Another discrace. And it's our money we pay for these. Would you buy a substandard set.? I wouldnt. These are not complicated. I called the mint when I got mine. Did anyone else.? I bet maybe a few. So they think there doing great and there taking sets and individual coins out of our hobby. Most of us old timers won't be around when the good coins reach there price. But it seems I don't have to be. Call them Complain. They don't bite. After I called my complaint was forward to Texas were the fulfilment center is. They said they hope they have time to fix the packaging on the last two. I said why bother we want a set a three coin set with the same grade. So we will have a 67 and maybe two 70 if they have time. I bet they put tape over the envelope. That will be the big change. The kids I talked to like the sets and were looking forward to this three coin set. Now's who going to buy them. Well I need them for my books. I'm not paying 299.00 for a MS 70 in the first coin. Please please complane. If you don't this quality will continue. We're probably the laughing stock of every mint in the world. They can't even make cents hajaha. How does that feel as a American. We should be putting out the best designs mintages and coins made correctly. That's not asking allot is it. With our mints it is. I'm sorry I had to write this but if you just let it go we will get the same quaility. Let them know. To think my 240 year old bronze and copper tokens grade higher think of that. Call them. Please.

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