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20 Nov 2022

Popularity Versus Rarity and Reality

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Coin collecting can be broken down into two main types of collectors. Those who do so out of enjoyment, history or artistry and the challenge of completing a task. Others who focus on highest quality, often the rare and unique with intentions of both bragging rights and investment potential. A third group of collectors, those of us who chose both paths although budgeted far lower than those with seeming unlimited funds. So the subject for the week focuses on the third, using a specimen which has now been entrusted to myself for future collectors to show the reality versus the perception of rare coinage. Proving that anyone, on practically any budget, may obtain rare coins. Enjoy!

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13 Nov 2022

Things Gained

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This week's blog is somewhat out of the ordinary from the usual about numismatics, in that it is about why this member found himself here, what I've learned and the things noticed. Enjoy!

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05 Jun 2022

Enhancing the Enjoyment

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The subject of the week focuses on getting the most out of coin collecting. Particularly the beginner, who more often than not collects coins at random which pique their interest for a variety of reasons. More than likely none of us seasoned collectors began with higher graded coin specific series or denominations, rather we pulled from loose change, roll hunted or were simply left a few coins by a relative. As a result, this at times becomes overwhelming filling boards, albums or ring binders full of 2x2 flips containing no specific denomination or series, rather quite simply coins which appeal to us. So making sense of things and bringing order to chaos is the weekly topic. Enjoy!

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01 Apr 2022

What I Learned Today

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On any given week I do research for the forth coming blog. In doing so, a thought occurred to begin a series of weekly blog posts with a very unique twist. First and foremost, I would add that the inspiration arose from Longstider's weekly toner forum. Enjoy!

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26 Feb 2022

Changing and Evolution

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The subject of the week is far from the usual posted over my years as an ANA member. One which has literally been years in the making. So as always, Enjoy!

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20 Feb 2022

Collecting Strategy

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We collect coins for a wide variety of reasons. A safe assumption would be that, despite our varied reasoning, losing money on a purchase either in the short term or long is unthinkable. Yet we do so at times. This weeks blog examines the past to better protect ourselves from repeating history and at best limiting our inevitable losses. Enjoy!

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29 Jan 2022

The Purpose of the ANA

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The ANA was founded to promote and protect the hobby of Numismatics. It is an organisation whereby all are welcome who share in the passion and joys of collecting. Whether coins, tokens, medals, currency or script, originating in the United States or from around the globe. On the ANA website there are two places where topics, subjects, questions or comments may be posted for others to read and reply. One, the member blog page and the other a member forum.However, due to an ease of adding images the former seems to be the more used of the two, despite a lack of understanding in the purpose and intent of each. Recently, there have been many repeated postings from membership who clearly acknowledged their intent to collect points. This is not, nor has it ever been, the purpose as to why we are here. They mean absolutely nothing. Posting is not a competition of prizes or status as being better than another. This in no way means that you are limited to a number of postings to share. In fact it's the opposite, they are strongly encouraged, no matter how many or how often. The point is, reflect for a moment as to what you are a part of and why you are here. If you are merely here for points which win you nothing, then you misunderstand why the ANA exists. I know that this topic has been discussed, and commented on, private emails exchanged to the fact and so forth. I strongly suggest that you read the terms and conditions found at the link on top of the page or at the very bottom. The very first being, spam which this behavior borders on. Again, in no way am I or anyone discouraging participation in the blog or forum postings. I read each and every post, and although I do not always comment on them, this in no way means I am not interested or dislike what has be posted. Yet to be told it was posted for points is insulting, not only of myself but the membership as a whole. -Longbeard.

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14 Jan 2022

Grading Interpretations

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Last weeks blog received both the expected and surprising responses. Expected in that most of us, or so those who participate on the ANA website, are true collectors. Meaning, collecting a coin or coins without being graded is generally the manner conducted as opposed to the investor type with deep pockets looking for a maximized profit first and passion for the design or reasoning they exist second. Surprising in that none seemed intent on making a case for graded coins. In either event, the subject of the week is the flip side to the previous. Grading. Enjoy!

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08 Jan 2022

In the Nude

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The title of this week's blog was sure to draw your attention, the term I personally have used to describe any coin not yet reaching the third party graders. Many within the hobby call them raw, the subject of the week. Enjoy!

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03 Jan 2022

The Forgotten Mint

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Mention the name Franklin Mint and visions of plates depicting cats dressed in Victorian attire that you're grandmother collected are likely to appear. To us seasoned and aged collectors we are surely to remember the multitude of coins, medals and other numismatic products available. Many of us are also likely to have a piece or two, the U.S. Bicentennial issues of 1971 to 1976 being the most common and popular, found inour collections. But what do we really know about this long all but forgotten and shuttered mint? Enjoy!

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