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26 Sep 2020

Because I Say It's Rare

Coins | Long Beard

Surly the title of this weeks blog caught your attention, with an impression that the subject derives from the authors arrogance, as if somehow claiming to be an expert numismatist. None of which are true, in fact about as far from it as one could get. As you read on the title fits the subject perfectly. Since becoming a new ANA member the first of this year I realized that my weekly blog posts have covered many topics on as many subjects without any on my own personal collection. Dimes. For an unknown and unexplainable reason the denomination has drawn my attention over many years. The "Hoard" as I call my collection contains every dime by date and mint mark (with exception to varieties and proofs) back to 1895, lacking the tough to find New Orleans exhibiting the "look" I'm after. While there are other denominations, several complete by series as well, from a collector's view point the dime happens to be where I specialize just as some do so in say, cents. Currently, I am about one third from completing the Seated Liberty series. An extremely difficult one considering the many, many low mintage key and semi-key dates. Since I am also a working class stiff, the cost of these becomes an added challenge and leaves a few prohibitive unless some how I hit the Powerball. Now back to the blog title. The dime pictured is the average condition in which my series run grades with the goal of an equal eye appeal across the run as possible. Another added challenge. I call you're attention to the date, this weeks subject. Enjoy!

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18 Sep 2020

The Fort Knox of Silver

Coins-United States | Long Beard

This weeks blog topic is the result of one written by Slybluenote, Charlie as those who follow know him. The United States Mint at West Point, New York. Enjoy!

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12 Sep 2020

A Growing Trend

Coins | Long Beard

In my forty-five plus years of collecting I have been witness to many trends in the coin market. The most common of these has been colorized and plated coinage, of which all but a few were created by non-government minting facilities. Many of these were, and still are, simply legal tender coinage colorized or plated over. As such, these trends have risen and fallen over those years. The greatest trend currently is ruthenium. Admittedly, I find some of these interesting and worthy of collecting. A high percentage of collectors, particularly us seasoned or those with deep pockets, shun them as being nothing short of a novelty. Rightfully so when discussing a patriotic themed Peace Dollar or a ruthenium and rose gold Walking Liberty half dollar. While these types of "coins" have existed for years, world mints have slowly introduced their own. Which is the subject of this week's blog. A topic which arose following an explosion of posts and comments on the forums with the release of the 2020 U.S. Mint Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative. Enjoy!

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04 Sep 2020

Three Timeless Classics That Nearly Weren't

Coins-United States | Long Beard

The subject of this week's blog, as happens with great frequency, occurred by accident while researching the next series I believe I'll embark on while attempting to complete the extremely tough Seated Liberty Dime series. The subject at hand ties in perfectly with that of last week's which dealt with how coinage is redesigned. Upon reflection, perhaps "by coincidence" may be a better term of words to "by accident", as you'll discover as I had of three true American coin classics that nearly never came to be. Whether by fate or error I'll leave that for you to decide. Enjoy!

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