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28 Mar 2020

The Jefferson Nickel

Coins | Long Beard

With the release of a West Point (W) mintmark, in three finishes, a first ever in the 82 year series run, this weeks blog topic touches on the creationof the collectible Jefferson Nickel. No other currently struck series has had more design changes, seven in total. With four finishes and four mintmarks. Not to mention numerous varieties and errors,this series offers collectors many possibilities. A series which is fairly easy to complete in mint state grades on nearly any budget. If you haven't, why not start a collection today? Enjoy!

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25 Mar 2020

The Man Behind The U.S. Mint

Coins | Long Beard

When one thinks of how The United States Mint came to be visions of Thomas Jefferson are surely at the forefront of those thoughts. While indeed he had played a pivotalrole in the establishment, credit for it's true creator has become shadowed. An English born Philadelphian of wealth and integrity dedicated not only to the cause of American Independence but a financial stability which must coexist. Enjoy!

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20 Mar 2020

The Don't Worry Club

Exonumia | Long Beard

As a coin collector of many years, 46 or there about to be exact,on occasions something appears which you had no ideait existed. This weeks blog examines just that. To begin, the item at hand was found metal detecting by my nephew this weekend past while doing archeological work for the Greene County, PA Historical Society. At first glance it is a safe assumption that seeing a large swastika "coin" would be a reference towards the Nazi Party and Germany. This would be incorrect as the symbol has held many different meanings over as many centuries. As you read on I'm certain you will be as amazed at how common and relatively inexpensive these fascinating pieces of metal are. Enjoy!

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14 Mar 2020

By Which Others Are Judged

Coins-World | Long Beard

In a change from my normal topics and subjects of United States coinage, and there by showing my diverse love of all coinage from around the globe, this weeks deals with Australia. More specifically, the Wedge-tailed Silver Eagle struck between 2014 and 2020 at the Perth Mint. A series sobeautiful and exquisitein design it may quite become the new standardby which others arecompared. Enjoy!

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07 Mar 2020

Fascinating Abe.

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Beginning the 111th consecutive year of circulation, this weeks blog looks beyond the coin to an enduring phenomenon as the most popular of all United States coins to collect.A fascinationthat captivates collector and in ways, non-collector alike. As with most of us senior numismatists,a Lincoln Cent collectionbegan by pulling them from pocket change to put in the old blue Whitman with the excitement of nearing an end to completion as another holegot filled. Most of us, myself included, still have these time capsules of sorts to remind us ofour youth and how things have advanced in a hobby which we enjoy.For some, as is with most beginner collector today, a plentiful supply at very reasonable prices only adds to the popularity. Whatever the reasoning may be, and there are many, it would not be stretching to state that Old Abe will remain on the obverse of the cent for many more to come.

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02 Mar 2020

Are Toned Coins Worth More?

Coins-United States | Long Beard

This is one of the most frequently posed questions as of late within the collecting community. While mostly by beginners, this very question is by nature vague and confusing to most. In a nut shell the answer would be yes.A true answer would be difficult at best since many variables must be addressed which only addsto an already confusing subject.Not to mention that it isquite subjective and debatable. So this week I decided to use the example above asthe topic, which I found as I was scrolling through some auction sites looking to buy.

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