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23 Oct 2022

Over the rainbow

| Long Beard

As a collector of many, many years and amassing as many complete series of United States coinage, the seemingly inevitable crossroads of where to proceed within this area of coin collecting. Meaning, that after forty-five plus years I'm left only with one or two major key dates going back into the mid to late 1800's.Not wishing to stop the hoard from continued expansion world coinage became the growing focus. However, a passion for coins of my country continually lingers. So to satisfy such a strong desire I decided to pursue toned Jefferson nickels. Why the Jefferson and not say something silver such as the Washington quarter or Franklin Half, or perhaps the copper Lincoln cent? There is just something about the Jefferson and the manner in which nickel as a metal tones natural over time and the environment from which it has witnessed. And this is the topic of the week's blog. Enjoy!

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18 Oct 2022

Impossibility?

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Proof coins. Any collector at the hobby has at one point added a proof coin to their holding. A newer Washington quarter or modern commemorative. Perhaps it's a silver Roosevelt dime graded PF64 CAM. Yet how often, if at all, do we think of proof coins beyond those bearing the image of a President?As you must surely be thinking of them now, going a step further, does deep or ultra cameo enter the mind? This is the discussion of the week, pre-1900 deep cameo coinage. Enjoy!

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09 Oct 2022

The Irreversible Tragedy

Coins-United States | Long Beard

Any one who collects Morgan Silver Dollars has at some point heard of The Pitman Act. To those, and any collector who does not know, this highly important Act has been loosely understood beyond it's purpose of melting silver dollars into bullion ingots as enacted by Congress and signed into law by then President, Woodrow Wilson. The Pitman Act of 1918 is the subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

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