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09 Apr 2021

For a Friend

| Long Beard

Just a quick visual for a Kennedy admirer. Or anyone else interested to know of their existence. Very rare! 2013 Ireland coin set, issued by the Bank of Ireland (the Irish Mint).

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09 Apr 2021

A Nation Divided

Coins-United States | Long Beard

On this date, 156 years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The subject of this weeks blog looks at the 1995 U.S. Mint's Civil War Battlefield Proof Set, rather than the war it's self. Consideration of the state of our current union, it has been extremely difficult to write a blog in a way remaining neutral while refraining from an equally sensitive topic. Even though this is one in which someday we must face and discuss reasonably with open minds. However, this is not that time nor the place. So I ask in advance that should you chose to comment, please respect this and those who read or reply. As always, Enjoy!

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02 Apr 2021

Happy Birthday!

National Coin Week | Long Beard

As collectors, specifically those of United States coinage, the date April 2 should be highly remembered. As much so as July Fourth. Regrettably it is not, even to the author until research for a blog topic shined light on this all important day. As mentioned in the previous weekly blog, a theme had been contemplated in which the date of the topic's posting related to a historical event of the same. So in avoiding any further curiosity as to the title, today is the birthday of The United States Mint. Or at least the passage of legislation for it's creation. As such, this would be the author's submission for National Coin Week and the Money, Big and Bold theme. Enjoy!

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28 Mar 2021

On This Date

Coins | Long Beard

There are many reasons why we as collectors pursue the small and largely round in shape metallic objects with such passion. Of those the top two reasons, both equal, would be their design and history. This weeks blog touches on the latter, history, in what may be a weekly theme. One which uses a particular coin or coins relevant to the day in which a blog is posted. With that, enjoy!

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17 Mar 2021

Honoring the Ancestors

Coins-World | Long Beard

As collectors, namely those without unlimited funds, rare coins are often all but a dream. While the very word has and always will be debatable as to an exact meaning, the subject of the week deals with ways in which as average collectors may find a rare coin or two. Yet not any of those such as the 1909 S VDB Lincoln Cent or the 1916 D Mercury Dime. Rather coins with a mintage or known survivor figure of under 500. To be clear, extremely low availability for far less than one would expect. And surprisingly very affordable to the collector without deep pockets. Impossible you say? Then perhaps an expansion of the horizon is in order. Enjoy!

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20 Feb 2021

There's Gold In Them There Hills!

Coins | Long Beard

The subject of this week's blog struck like a hammer falling from a ladder on the head. Which, by the way, nearly happened while remodeling. Here's your sign. Anyway, that in question arose while watching the movie National Treasure with my best half and her son this past weekend. Whether one collects coins or not, who doesn't dream of finding treasure? Every few years or so stories emerge of someone finding as much, whether it be a few coins or notes discovered in an old home or a stash dug from the ground. In most cases by accident or pure luck as some might term it. And then there are those purposely hidden in secrecy for a variety of reasons still waiting to be brought to light. The subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

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16 Feb 2021

Research and Coincidence

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Often times there are strange occurrences which seem to reveal themselves in the pursuit of research. Mostly these lead to other topics, however this one just so happened to make an appearance on a television show. That show was the STARZ network series American Gods which airs on Sunday nights at 10 P.M EST. Now mind you, the subject research began a little more than a week ago and the episode in question was a new one so knowing before hand to get an idea for a topic is out of the question. After all, instances such as these are where the author finds inspiration to write. Anyhow, the opening of the show pertained to the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition held in Chicago where a half-dollar struck by the mint in commemoration was tossed into a tin cup outside of an exhibit. Looked to be a high grade example, along with a few other coins of the day. The episode will need to be watched again, since there may have been an Isabella Quarter in there. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

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05 Feb 2021

A Popular Forum Topic

Coins-United States | Long Beard

With time being a precious commodity as of late, the subject of this weeks discussion came about from two sources. The first arose while scrolling the pages of the Heritage website looking for potential new purchases. This lead to the second, thoughts of the numerous posts on the coin forums asking for information on a particular close/wide AM Lincoln Cent, of which there are several known dates. More often than not, these questions are posed by new collectors not quite familiar with this highly sought after variety. So for those unfamiliar with the correct diagnostics, this short blog should explain things. Enjoy!

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01 Feb 2021

The Only True American Coin

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Before getting to the discussion of this week's blog, allow me to apologize for the slight hiatus of the early start of a new year. In the busyness I've had little time to research, much less write about, an interesting subject. That said, and the fact behind the title. When one mentions the words Indian or Buffalo, in some shape or form America comes to mind. No other has ever embodied as much on both sides of the same coin as does the Indian Head Nickel. Or "Buffalo" as it's aptly referred. Enjoy!

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10 Jan 2021

New Year, New Direction

Coins-World | Long Beard

With every new year, we as collectors set goals as to how our collecting will advance and change. What we will add to the existing or something entirely new.In a year where I have read some fascinating blogs on many subjects, several of them have opened my eyes to those coins beyond the United States borders. It was the reason I began and completed the Australian Silver Wedge-tailed Silver Eagle in that year. With these things in mind, the Libertad of Mexico is that of this week's blog. Enjoy!

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