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27 Jun 2020

Large Cents From the North

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Throughout the week I reflect on the hobby, my collection and the reasons why contemplating the next blog topic.My primary focus, while not limited to, is the less common dime denomination of the United States which began many years ago. Thus far I have two complete series by date and mint-mark, the Winged Liberty and Roosevelt while the right 1895o has beeneluding me from the Barber. Having been on the Seated for quite some time, down to 31 of those most difficultlocate,I look to other coins as a means to keep active and not lose interest. So this is how I arrived at the topic for the week, which I think you'll enjoy Moke, the Canadian Large Cent. Enjoy!

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19 Jun 2020

Old, Affordable Gold

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Gold. Thesymbol of kings and self-made men of wealth, power and social status. That whichlures and captivates, conjuring up visionsanddreams. This weeks blog covers my personal favorite of all United States gold issues. The Quarter and Half Eagle Indian Head. While many consider gold coinage to be out of reach,the 2 1/2 and Five Dollarbecomes an exceptionfor any collector onthetightest of budgets.Following a quick search, common date specimens in the low to mid-grade mint state range may be had for under five-hundred dollars.Along with affordability this thirteen year series has one of, if not the highest, profit potentials of all gold coinage. Enjoy!

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13 Jun 2020

Toned Coinage Explained

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The subject of toning has long been a highly debated and hot button topic. This weeks blog will explain the process, both natural and artificial, through a week worth of research. Before proceeding any further, on the subject of artificial toning, as a serious numismatist I strongly discourage any use of the methods which are used as explained herein. It is my sole intent to educate and how to distinguish the difference, not to teach one how to do so. The harsh reality, while beautiful in their natural state, toning is the death of coinage. Enjoy!

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05 Jun 2020

Change and Elimination

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Generally, I don't split blog topics into multiple parts over a period of time. While this weeks blog may very well be considered as such, the subject at hand deals more with change rather than elimination altogether and the lasting effect both have on commerce and numismatics. Change occurs for a variety of reasons, aside from the design aspect, in that it usually involves the intended purpose of a coin. As a means of payment for goods and services, backed by a value and faith in a government which issues said coinage. Without both, coins become nothing but round metal discs. From the very beginning, coinage has seen multiple changes primarily in composition and size as the value dictated. Elimination, however, stirs at the very soul of who we are as a nation. Nothing could be more comparative than to bring up the cent and nickel due to cost of production or low buying power. The United States is one, if not only, country still striking both for commerce. I myself have heard non-collectors compare such a move by the Treasury Department as being like the Euro or Canada. And rightfully so. We are a unique bunch, are we not? So this weeks subject involves both change and elimination in the mid-seventeenth century and the resulting impact. Specifically on numismatics. Enjoy!

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