Long Beard's Blog

05 Mar 2023

Quite Misleading

Coins-United States | Long Beard

In the previous month the 2009 Coin and Chronicle Set featuring Abraham Lincoln had been discussed. Continuing the examination of a wonderful annual series which the United States Mint had released honoring our former Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is this week's subject. Enjoy!

26 Feb 2023

The Quest For Knowledge

Coins | Long Beard

While many coinage designs stand the test of time in the general sense, few hold up when serving the purpose of their creation. More so, one man's designs across multiple denominations and several countries is unmatched. The coins of Charles E. Barber, 6th Chief Engraver of The United States Mint. The subject of this week's blog looks at not only the reason but myths surrounding the man. Enjoy!

04 Feb 2023

America's First Settlement

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It has been a few week's since my last blog, largely for a loss of what topic to cover, and as I sat pondering on a cold bleak mid-winter day, with thoughts of somewhere warm one appeared out of thin air. The images of the medal being that very topic, America's first and oldest settlement. Short of knowing what and where this is located, most likely Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, Williamsburg Virginia or even Roanoke come to mind. In which case you'd be wrong. So the subject of this week's blog is sunny (and warm) Saint Augustine, Florida. Enjoy!

22 Jan 2023

Year of the Rabbit

Coins | Long Beard

With today being the Chinese Luna New Year, there are numerous world-wide mint offerings in commemoration of the event. The subject of this week's blog is the only coin truly befitting, and one struck for commerce. The Ireland threepence from 1928 to 1968. Enjoy!

07 Jan 2023

Things Which Boggle the Mind

Coins-World | Long Beard

Something had occurred to me as I pondered on a subject for the weekly blog. The topic of rarity and famous collectors for some reason sticking on my mind, the very same things which I've written of in the past. Thinking of these, one simple yet overlooked aspect escaped me, and likely most of those who collect coinage. When we think of any on the long list of famous collectors and the coins they've had in their possession we instantly think of those such as the 1804 dollar, 1894s Barber dime, 1913 Liberty nickel or any number of rarities struck by the United States Mint. However, if we look further into these individuals it becomes no stretch of imagination that they collected coinage from various countries other than just the United States. So the subject of this weeks blog is rare world coinage. Examples which are on par with the famous U.S. issues, struck under similar circumstances and holding equal history. Enjoy!

02 Jan 2023

Filling The Void

Medals-So-Called Dollars | Long Beard

It could be a fair statement that every collector has at least one commemorative coin in their collection. A further safe assumption would be the vast majority of which are the modern era dating from 1982, and a smaller base of the early from 1892 to 1954. And then there are those who collect both. The subject of this week's blog looks at commemoratives struck in between. Enjoy!

24 Dec 2022

Getting it Right

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Contrary to what we commonly think about the packaging of United States Mint products, specifically their quality, presentation and longevity, the very thoughts of which go back to the earliest years. A subject which finds it's way to every outlet available to collectors. To be certain there are, and will continue to be, those which fall short of their expectations for a number of reasons. However, on occasion quite a few excel when looking at the many offerings over as many years. The 2009 Lincoln Coin and Chronicles set being one such issuance. Enjoy!

04 Dec 2022

Always Forward

Collecting Tips | Long Beard

Of all the creatures on the planet, humans are the only species of hunter- gatherer which does so more out of desire than necessity, often complicating the fact by placing quality over quantity in the process. As this strange trait of our dna pertains to coin collecting, what most commonly begins as a fascination leading to enjoyment and passion will at some point find us at a crossroads brought about by a myriad of frustrations, dilemmas and setbacks. A point at which we question not only why we collect but why and if we should proceed. This may occur due to the lacking of a single coin or two of a particular series preventing completion or the greater probability of life it's self side tracking us. The subject of this week's blog is a five step guide outlining how to go from an ordinary collector to an extraordinary collector by overcoming the inevitable hurdles placed before us. Enjoy!

27 Nov 2022

More Unrealized Value

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Last week's blog topic pertained to finding rarity and value far exceeding that of what we as collectors first think of on that subject. Low mintage, low survival high grades of world coinage comparative to similar coins of the United States. The subject of this week is a continuation, finding value which all too often is right before our eyes. The Prestige Proof Sets from 1983 to 1997. Enjoy!

20 Nov 2022

Popularity Versus Rarity and Reality

Coins | Long Beard

Coin collecting can be broken down into two main types of collectors. Those who do so out of enjoyment, history or artistry and the challenge of completing a task. Others who focus on highest quality, often the rare and unique with intentions of both bragging rights and investment potential. A third group of collectors, those of us who chose both paths although budgeted far lower than those with seeming unlimited funds. So the subject for the week focuses on the third, using a specimen which has now been entrusted to myself for future collectors to show the reality versus the perception of rare coinage. Proving that anyone, on practically any budget, may obtain rare coins. Enjoy!


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