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28 Jan 2023

Vatican Coins- a Brief Presentation

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VATICAN COINAGE, IS IT SMALL OR NOT? (sorry about the strange formatting, I don't want the entire blog to display on one page)

21 Jan 2023

Coins and You! Why do you collect?

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Some may say this article is beating a dead horse, a bad record, or whatever metaphor you use to describe repeating things. But every now and then, your job manager (or consultant) asks you to reconsider your purpose in a company. Do the same with your collecting habits too. Why do I collect coins? So I can......so I can......collect old pieces of our nations history!

16 Jan 2023

Coin Cleaning YouTube Channels: a Lesson in Cringe

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During my self imposed coin-break, I was browsing YouTube shorts while I was bored. The channel I found was called ICONICCoins. Seemed interesting, they had a cute-ish looking music theme, i'll watch it...

10 Sep 2022

The Fifty States of Coins: Part 29: New Hampshire

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God, I haven't uploaded in what seems like a lifetime. Well, here we go, I'll try to upload about once or twice a month around my busy schedule... Well good news, im watching the ANA auction with Emily and Andy the fighting numismatist...so I have time...

16 Jun 2022


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Provided you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 25 years, there is a chance that “Pokémon” has been screamed in your face at least once. Or check your phone. There are 150 million people that play Pokémon GO. Plop them in a nation together and you could have a little Indonesia. Pokémon makes a crud load of money. TV shows, video games, etc. However, a section (still pretty large) section of the franchise (which makes more money than Marvel or Star Wars) is the Trading Card Game. Surprisingly, these paper card games have an item of interest for coin collectors.

24 Feb 2021


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It’s time for (drumroll please), the battle of the Acronyms!!!

22 Jun 2020

Horrid Coinage Fails Part 4- The Twenty Cent Piece

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Back to the coinage fails before we continue along with our WWII series.The Twenty Cent Piece was conceived by the newly elected senator from Nevada, John P. Jones. He was a Republican with ties to the silver miners that dotted Nevada. He believed the Twenty center would help to alleviate the current change shortage in the west. Oh, and yes, he wanted to give the silver miners in Nevada someone and some coin to sell to, since the dollar (not trade) had not been made since 1873. He would be creating a win-win- A profit for the miners and more change for the West. It was anticipated to be a success.

05 Jun 2020

Something Cool...

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Here is some cool fodder to look at.Go to govtrack.org and type in "Coins" into the search bar.There, you can find House and Senate resolutions to create commemorative coins for a certain topic. FOR FREE.Right now I am looking a senate resolution by Tim Scott and Cory Booker to create a coin that will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the intergration of MLB if passed. You can also look at the likelyhood that the coin will pass Congress.

04 Jun 2020


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Today is the day.Finally, several months after the predicted day of the release of the 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame Coins, today the coins finally come out at noon today.Obviously, you can buy them straight from the US Mint, but certification offers are wide and complex.PCGS is offering a special label for any coins that reach their headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Also, you can recieve an special orange colored box with every ceritification.NGC, on the other hand, is offering an entire suite of coins label and certification options. You can opt for the traditional brown and early release labels, or special labels, including a brand new core.Overall, you have many options to choose from. Good luck.O', and you can also start sending in your basketball coins to certify now.

01 Jun 2020

Horrid Coinage Fails Part 2- Anything Made By Charles Barber

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NOTE: INDIAN HEAD PENNY IN PHOTO DESIGNED BY JAMES B LONGACRENow, today, these coins are considered greats (I think they are cool) and are collected widely. But 100 years ago, these coins were massive fails. America wanted a cool design. There was a lot of bad press at this coin. Again, please type other bad coins in your opinion and I'll cover them on a later post.In 1892, the Liberty Seated design had been a mainstay since, lets say, a kid from 1892 would know a grandparent who was still a kid when these came out. They were standing the test of time, showing the freedom that America had won in the classic liberty cap hanging on the post.Charles Barber and Benjamin Harrison, the president at the time, commissioned a small group to create new motifs for the dime, quarter, and the half. Barber rejected them all and began to create his own. Now, keep in mind, that the design for the Liberty Nickel he created that debuted in 1883 had garnered bad press. But, he trudged on with it, creating a worse design (In 1892's mindset) than the group they commissioned. But the coin went out into the public anyways.Instantly, the coin garnered horrible press. The ANS begged and petitioned to can the coins and Barber as chief engraver. America hated the coins as a whole, but used them anyway, unlike the SBA dollar I mentioned in the last issue.In 1915 and 1916, US Mint director Charles Woodley announced changes to the Barber suite, having replaced the nickel in 1913 with the buffalo nickel. Barber made a last ditch attempt to create new designs, but was struck down early. He died in 1917, as Adolph Weinman and Hermon Macneil's motifs took over and became some of the most loved coins of all time.So, that is why this coin was a fail. See you next time, comment suggestions down below, and in the meantime, enjoy horrid coinage fails part 2.PS- How to you change from my default name to a cool name like Mike B?


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