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21 Jul 2021

Two Masters, One Masterpiece

Exonumia | Long Beard

As a collector, or hoarder as I'm referred to after forty-seven years at this thing, there have always been those coins which are only but a dream to one day hold in my hands. The 1804 dollar, the 1870 s quarter and so forth. Then there are those with low mintage totals, the 1916 d Mercury dime or the 1909 s VDB Lincoln, largely out of reach to most. Even in grades of good or very-good 8 they are quite pricey, unappealing against the others within the series. Over the past few months I've shifted to similar coins, low mintage or low survival figures, that are by definition true rarities. Coins with mintages one-tenth that of the mentioned 1916 d dime for an astoundingly low price compared to that in a grade of about-good. One coin in particular recently acquired in a perfect proof 70 ultra cameo for $264.00. The 2016 Winged Liberty. Enjoy!

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16 Jul 2021

A Go to Book

Coins-United States | Long Beard

With a busy weekend starring at at your's truly, a short yet extremely recommended book is in order. While at it, a shot of the mug to match the user name.Enjoy!

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06 Jul 2021

Men Who Built America

Exonumia | Long Beard

When people think of the men who built America, as depicted and portrayed in the History Channel program of the same name, likely thoughts instantly turn to Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John Rockefeller or any on a long list of inventive pioneers. While this may be true, and quite deserving, the real credit belongs to those forgotten many who did the labor. Those who, by no stretch wealthy, built things with their hands. True craftsman who's pride echoes long since they passing if those of us look close enough. The token referenced along with the title is this week's subject. Enjoy!

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03 Jul 2021

Blog Writing 101

Coins | Long Beard

Today's blog is a discussion about, well, blogs. More specifically, what they are and how they differ from a traditional post. First and foremost, in no way does this imply that one blog from another is better or worse. Nor is it "targeting" anyone in specific. It is aimed at education only, which I am by no means an expert at. Only that I'm writing about what I've learned and sharing. And that's what coin collecting is. Educating others as we ourselves gain experience.In the end, I hope that you learn something so I am able to read and enjoy what motivates and captivates you. Enjoy!

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01 Jul 2021

Failing History

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Recalling the subject of last week's blog, things which the mint got right, somehow the discussion felt incomplete. Like coins themselves having two sides. Rather than harp on all the frustrations brought on lately by the resulting actions of both Mint and Treasury officials, the topic of the week will focus on two major failures of several since it's creation. Both eerily familiar under near exact circumstances, giving meaning to the blog title. The simple failure to learn from history. Enjoy!

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