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05 Mar 2023

Quite Misleading

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In the previous month the 2009 Coin and Chronicle Set featuring Abraham Lincoln had been discussed. Continuing the examination of a wonderful annual series which the United States Mint had released honoring our former Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is this week's subject. Enjoy!

24 Dec 2022

Getting it Right

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Contrary to what we commonly think about the packaging of United States Mint products, specifically their quality, presentation and longevity, the very thoughts of which go back to the earliest years. A subject which finds it's way to every outlet available to collectors. To be certain there are, and will continue to be, those which fall short of their expectations for a number of reasons. However, on occasion quite a few excel when looking at the many offerings over as many years. The 2009 Lincoln Coin and Chronicles set being one such issuance. Enjoy!

27 Nov 2022

More Unrealized Value

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Last week's blog topic pertained to finding rarity and value far exceeding that of what we as collectors first think of on that subject. Low mintage, low survival high grades of world coinage comparative to similar coins of the United States. The subject of this week is a continuation, finding value which all too often is right before our eyes. The Prestige Proof Sets from 1983 to 1997. Enjoy!

18 Oct 2022


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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!

09 Oct 2022

The Irreversible Tragedy

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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!

29 Sep 2022

Hidden Gems

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The Commemorative market has been getting warmer over the past few years, rising predominantly in the classics the moderns are riding only. Certain themes and/or designs will always be sought after and their market values set upon this popularity no matter the market trend. Staying with the modern commemoratives (1982 to date), that very question was posed on another coin forum. Due to the growing market, this individual was looking to capitalize on the lowest mintage of the series and surprisingly themes based on popularity seemed to be the replies, only one being of low mintage. So this week's topic looks at one such overlooked candidate while at the same time comparing similarities between the classic and modern series. Enjoy!

10 Sep 2022

The Unknown United States Mint

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Should the phrase "unknown", or "forgotten" arise in conversation many collectors would most likely reply Dahlonega or Charlotte. Perhaps even the long silent New Orleans or Carson City mints. Yet there is one which escapes nearly every ones mind despite knowing and seeing coins struck from a mint of the United States. Even your's truly as I began a new U.S. coin series with my current Irish coinage slowing and fact that I've not bought much in the way of U.S. lately. Intrigued yet? An unknown, forgotten and historical mint is the subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

24 Aug 2022

A Different Direction

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As I read through the member blogs, one in particular got me to thinking. While this one in particular pertains to the American Women Program, my mind wondered of the other programs as of late as well. Call it a revelation or what you may, but one sure to exited not only the collector but those who know little or nothing about coinage and their design. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

18 Aug 2022

New Discoveries

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For sometime now, it has no longer been customary to call myself a coin collector, rather a hoarder of shiny round metal discs. On occasion even us seasoned hobbyists find something new when we thought otherwise. Case in point, the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial coinage. The subject of this week's blog. Enjoy!

04 Jul 2022

Why We Celebrate

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We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Enjoy!


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