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22 Oct 2020

My 1955 Proof Set

| Kevin Leab

I started collecting in 1979 and as a 14 year old boy with a minimal allowance, except for what little I made working in the local orchards, I couldn't afford much.. It didn't help matters when the Hunt brothers came about and tried to corner the silver market..that made owning nice silver coins nearly impossible. I've always had my eyes on Franklin Half dollars and the very first coin that I purchased was a proof 1963 Franklin Half.. I still to this day don't know where its at.. anyway, The 1955 proof set caught my eye as a young Numismatist and being that I couldn't afford it myself, asked my parents to buy it for me as a Christmas present. Well, I got one that year with the original cardboard box and all... Years later I ended up selling it to help pay bills and I felt bad since that day. I decided about 6 months ago to put together my own 1955 Proof Set but certified and graded individually by PCGS. I know it cost me more to do it this way but at least they're protected..I just wanted to share them with you....

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10 Oct 2020

My rarest US coin

| Kevin Leab

My rarest coin is the 1882 Three Cent nickel with a mintage of 25,300. The survival rate I'd guess is probably about 60% 0f the total mintage. The coins were small and I'm sure very easy to lose. I would say that my example is an XF40... Do any of you collect these by date or just for your type album.. I am missing some of the later dates in my album...

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10 Oct 2020

Standing Liberty Quarters

| Kevin Leab

One of my favorite series to collect is the Standing Liberty Quarters. They're what I consider one of the best coin designs we ever had in this country. I started a date/mintmark set of these a little while back and I'm over halfway done with it. I know I'll never get it finished because of the ever expensive 1916.. I also only collect coins in circulated condition VF - XF because I love the history....where the coin has been and the time period that it was a part of....

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08 Oct 2020

Collecting in my world

| Kevin Leab

When I started collecting in 1977 I was 12 years old....My neighbor collected and turned me onto the hobby. I immediately went out and bought those little blue Whitman folders and a 1963 proof Franklin half dollar for about $8 bucks I believe. The further I got into collecting the more coins I had...the more I bought the better my collection looked.....then I learned that I wasn't supposed to clean coins....but, I bought this solution and two little wire brushes at the coin shop that made my coins bright and shiny! I quickly learned that this wasn't a good thing....Education is the key....The more I learned the more I spent....and I broke down and bought the Whitman Classic coin albums...the ones that had the plastic slides and you could see BOTH sides of the coin!! I thought this was the best thing ever, so I bought the albums one at a time...because even back in the 1980s they were expensive for a 15 year old. I was always excited to see how full I could get my albums until I eventually got to the point where there was always a few that were way out of reach and I thought I'd never afford those....Never say never. Never give up...tell yourself that you can afford those someday....don't lose interest like I did once and sell because you think you'll never get any further....I've had all of the key dates in all of the most popular US series....and I'll have them again!

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