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09 Apr 2021

A Nation Divided

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On this date, 156 years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. The subject of this weeks blog looks at the 1995 U.S. Mint's Civil War Battlefield Proof Set, rather than the war it's self. Consideration of the state of our current union, it has been extremely difficult to write a blog in a way remaining neutral while refraining from an equally sensitive topic. Even though this is one in which someday we must face and discuss reasonably with open minds. However, this is not that time nor the place. So I ask in advance that should you chose to comment, please respect this and those who read or reply. As always, Enjoy!

16 Feb 2021

Research and Coincidence

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Often times there are strange occurrences which seem to reveal themselves in the pursuit of research. Mostly these lead to other topics, however this one just so happened to make an appearance on a television show. That show was the STARZ network series American Gods which airs on Sunday nights at 10 P.M EST. Now mind you, the subject research began a little more than a week ago and the episode in question was a new one so knowing before hand to get an idea for a topic is out of the question. After all, instances such as these are where the author finds inspiration to write. Anyhow, the opening of the show pertained to the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition held in Chicago where a half-dollar struck by the mint in commemoration was tossed into a tin cup outside of an exhibit. Looked to be a high grade example, along with a few other coins of the day. The episode will need to be watched again, since there may have been an Isabella Quarter in there. The topic of this week's blog. Enjoy!

05 Feb 2021

A Popular Forum Topic

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With time being a precious commodity as of late, the subject of this weeks discussion came about from two sources. The first arose while scrolling the pages of the Heritage website looking for potential new purchases. This lead to the second, thoughts of the numerous posts on the coin forums asking for information on a particular close/wide AM Lincoln Cent, of which there are several known dates. More often than not, these questions are posed by new collectors not quite familiar with this highly sought after variety. So for those unfamiliar with the correct diagnostics, this short blog should explain things. Enjoy!

01 Feb 2021

The Only True American Coin

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Before getting to the discussion of this week's blog, allow me to apologize for the slight hiatus of the early start of a new year. In the busyness I've had little time to research, much less write about, an interesting subject. That said, and the fact behind the title. When one mentions the words Indian or Buffalo, in some shape or form America comes to mind. No other has ever embodied as much on both sides of the same coin as does the Indian Head Nickel. Or "Buffalo" as it's aptly referred. Enjoy!

26 Dec 2020

The True Power Behind Coinage

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In an earlier blog this year a discussion on the elimination of denominations that near or exceed their cost to manufacture versus that of face value, this week's blog looks beyond the alternatives at a coin which proved it a reality. Yet failed for reasons few know of. Enjoy!

10 Dec 2020

The Collector's Collector.

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Lorin Gilbert Parmelee. When we as collectors think of those before us, the early collectors, his name becomes overlooked at times, replaced by the more prominent such as Brand, Eliasberg and EHR Green to name a few. However, when discussing important collections it becomes essential to learn of "The king of American coins" and the impact on collectors then as now. Moreso, his influence, not only to the wealthy astute collector, but common collector. Although the vast majority, myself included, may not possess a single specimen from his collection, to simply view one is mesmerizing to say the least. Enjoy!

04 Dec 2020

The Erial Mint

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The mint in Erial, New Jersey (1939-54) is one of the least known and most mysterious for the striking of U.S. coins. The simple yet small nondescript structure located a short fifteen miles southeast of Camden housed a single large press. On nearby shelves were multiple sets of die pairs engraved to strike the nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar denominations. With difficulties arising in the striking of dimes, quarters and half dollars, perhaps a few dozen or so of each as trial pieces, this small mint still managed to churn out nearly half a million Jefferson nickels in it's short fifteen years of operation. Enjoy!

27 Nov 2020

Opportunity Galore

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Benjamin Franklin. Inventor, scientist, author and statesman. One of the most influential founding fathers pivotal in securing freedom and independence. So what do we really know about the coin which bears his likeness? With 35 coins, 49 including proof versions, few other series composed of silver are obtainable on practically any budget for a complete mint state set while offering long term value. From origin to current trends, as well as undervalued specimens, the Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963) is the subject of the week. Enjoy!

20 Nov 2020

America Turns 200!

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To me, these coins--like all our coins--are symbols of our nation's 200 years of freedom. They are small pieces of our historical and cultural heritage--passing from hand-to-hand and linking us to the cherished ideals of our forefathers. LIBERTY was the cry of the American Revolution--and LIBERTY has been so proclaimed and inscribed on each and every coin since the creation of the U.S. Mint in 1792. -Mary Brooks, Director of the U.S. Mint, June 9, 1975. (From the Gerald R. Ford Library Collection) Enjoy!

17 Nov 2020

Modern Commemoratives

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If you have been following me, I post a weekly blog on Friday or Saturday. However, this week's blog has been delayed due to a complete bathroom remodel over the past weekend. Such is life when owning a home and your better half needing a change. So I thought of doing a short one saving the original for the next post. Enjoy!


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