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04 Jul 2022

Why We Celebrate

Coins-United States | Long Beard

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Enjoy!

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30 Jun 2022

Don't Give Up

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Since I've been extremely busy with another project and shirking my duties of regularly posting a blog, this is a quick one. Enjoy!

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12 Jun 2022

Why We Collect

Coins-World | Long Beard

As collectors, we have a variety of reasons as to why we collect coinage. By breaking from the golden rule that any good writing should not be on a personal level, per say, in that if so the manner must be as to not distract from the story it's self., the subject of the week will be just that. Myself and why I collect a certain coinage. Which I feel sticks to the rule somewhat as most will relate. Enjoy!

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05 Jun 2022

Enhancing the Enjoyment

Coins | Long Beard

The subject of the week focuses on getting the most out of coin collecting. Particularly the beginner, who more often than not collects coins at random which pique their interest for a variety of reasons. More than likely none of us seasoned collectors began with higher graded coin specific series or denominations, rather we pulled from loose change, roll hunted or were simply left a few coins by a relative. As a result, this at times becomes overwhelming filling boards, albums or ring binders full of 2x2 flips containing no specific denomination or series, rather quite simply coins which appeal to us. So making sense of things and bringing order to chaos is the weekly topic. Enjoy!

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28 May 2022

Overlooked Beauty

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Where has the time gone? While time has been found to log in, read and reply to the many blogs it's been nearly a full month since the last post and that very question weighs on the mind. I offer no valid excuses. With that, on to the week's subject. As you've most likely read from another member, last weekend was the annual Pennsylvania Numismatics Association's (PAN) spring show. At which time begins the latest series, the Susan B Anthony dollar. Enjoy!

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01 May 2022

Purpose vs Collectability

Coins-United States | Long Beard

With the ever growing rumors and uncertainty of the U.S. one cent's continuation as a denomination struck for commerce, a viable look into an alternative seems appropriate to discuss. Rather than focus exclusively on the seigniorage, the cost to manufacture versus the face value, or the backlash millions of collectors and Lincoln admirers are surely to unleash upon the United States Mint, there in lies the topic of this week's block. Enjoy!

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15 Apr 2022

Broadening of the Horizon

Tokens | Long Beard

In my quest to complete the circulating coinage of my ancestors, those from Ireland, the fascinating sub-type of coin collecting Condor Tokens drew me in when finding and buying the beauty in the images. The Cronebane-Wicklow, the subject of the week. Enjoy!

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10 Apr 2022

When Presentation Mattered

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Well, it's that time of year-spring. The chores of owning a home and property, along with weekly grime of 9-5, require more time than hours in the day for writing weekly blogs. So not wishing to shirk my passion for such I thought I'd squeeze in a short one on a recent purchase and some thoughts of the subject. Enjoy!

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01 Apr 2022

What I Learned Today

Coins | Long Beard

On any given week I do research for the forth coming blog. In doing so, a thought occurred to begin a series of weekly blog posts with a very unique twist. First and foremost, I would add that the inspiration arose from Longstider's weekly toner forum. Enjoy!

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27 Mar 2022

The New Eagle Has Landed!

Coins-World | Long Beard

The weekly blog was posted not a few hours earlier, however this absolute stunner could not wait to be shared so I'll keep it short. Those who have been following me know that the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series (2014- ) from the Perth Mint are the crowning jewel of my ever expanding hoard. This is the 2022 release in a true ultra high relief not seen in years, if at all, and truly life-like. I found one, graded in an NGC PF70 (the only grade I'm buying of the entire series) but way over priced. So now I'm back up to 8 for completion of every issue, including 2022, in uncirculated, proof and high relief proof finishes which may be viewed on my collections page. To be clear, this is a completely new way of doing a high relief by the master himself, John Mercanti.

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