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05 Sep 2016

Coin Connections in Our Nation's Capital: Day Two

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When I woke up the morning of the second day of my trip, I was revitalized and ready to go for another day of sightseeing. I was in Washington D.C. on a class tour, and I had just spent the previous day exploring the city and viewing some of their monuments and government buildings. At the time, I did not realized how many of the things we were seeing were related to numismatics.

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05 Jul 2016

Coin Connections in Our Nation's Capital: Day One

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In the next month, I will be putting out blogs that tell about my trip to Washington D.C. Since we did so much there, I have decided to break up the trip day by day to include the most detail. Hope you enjoy!

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26 Mar 2016

My First Carson City Coin

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Some things always seem unattainable. Along with coin collecting, I play baseball. In particular, I am a pitcher, and I work very hard in the off season to perfect my game. For the longest time, it seemed that it would be impossible to hit the magic speed of sixty miles per hour. Sixty was so special because it is the speed of a car on the highway. A train blazing across the tracks. One step closer to becoming a great pitcher. In coins, I also had an impossible goal of owning a coin from the Carson City mint. Well, I did end up hitting 60 mph, and likewise, I recently purchased my first Carson City coin.

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24 Jan 2016

1825 Half Cent: A Journey

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Every coin has a unique story to tell. As a part of the ANA Young Numismatists Early American Copper Project, I received a counterstamped half cent and was given the task of researching it and writing a report. In my research, I learned many things about this coin’s story, including the history of the denomination, information about the coin itself, and clues to what this coin’s travels might have been like.

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15 Nov 2015

My Trip to the Coin Show Part Two: The Auction

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In my previous blog about the Springfield coin show I described my experience on the bourse. However, the bourse was not the only the only thing offered at the show. There was a youth auction that I participated in. There was over 100 lots, but I did not make it all the way though.

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13 Nov 2015

My Trip to the Coin Show Part One: The Bourse

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Last weekend I went to the Springfield coin show, something that I have been looking forward to ever since summer. I have been saving up for the last couple months for the event and was not disappointed. In this first blog I will talk about the bourse and what I purchased.

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31 Oct 2015

"Crazy" U.S. Commemoratives

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If you look at modern world commemorative coins you find that any kind of coin you can think of has been produced. Take coins like the 7 Wonders of the World spherical "coin" from Poland or Somalian motorcycle shaped dollar coins. However, when you look at modern U.S. commemoratives, they tend to be more conservative, sticking to spherical planchets and designs that are typically not the most exciting. However, there are a couple outliers to the trend of United States commemoratives.

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12 Oct 2015

Symbolism in Coinage Today

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Symbolism is something that is well liked and deeply respected in numismatics. The coin designs of 1916 are arguably some of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing of U.S. coins. Other coins such as the Una and the Lion five pound coin are among the greatest representations of symbolism in coins, that one in particular showing the queen leading the British lion forward. However, lately the symbolism has declined in U.S. coins.

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01 Oct 2015

My Auction Experience

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This year’s large YN Auction was a huge success. There was an average of about fifteen to twenty bidders at any given time. I’m sure all of them had a blast. I missed the first 30 or so items, as I had a playoff baseball game. In those 30 items, I missed several of the lots that I had been looking forward to, but I was still in luck as there were still many interesting items to come.

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18 Sep 2015

The Coins of the 1893 Columbian Exposition

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Lately my history class has been learning about the voyages of Columbus and other explorers. This made me think about the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. This event celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the Americans. Numerous medals and tokens were made to commemorate the Exposition, but the kings of all of them were the two silver coins produced by the U.S. Mint.

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