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30 Oct 2021

Model For the Morgan: Anna W. Williams

Young Numismatists Exchange | thatcoinguy

Little is known about he mysterious figure who stares at collectors and dealers across the country. She remains quite a shadowed fog in terms if her life history, and although we all know that the Morgan Dollar is the most loved coin in all of numismatics, we all barely (if any) know if the woman gracing the Lin's design with her face. Ladies and gentleman, collectors everywhere... everything we know about Anna Williams.

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24 Oct 2021

Bust Half Dollars

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Bust Half Dollars were minted from 1794 to 1839. Today I will be talking about two basic designs, the Capped Bust and the Flowing Hair. Gilbert Stuart and John Reich are credited with designing the halves. Collectors will have their hands full with this series, and no complete set has ever been assembled as far as I know. Flowing Hair Bust Half Dollars were the first half dollars ever minted by the US government. Issues are scarce (especially in high grades) and many differences in design (varieties) are plentiful, especially with the 1795 date. The 1794 is the hardest to find, with 120 to 130 examples. The highest graded 1794 half dollar went for $10,016,875 the most (to my knowledge) a US coin had ever gone for to date.Capped Bust Half Dollars are readily found in circulated conditions. The main problem for collectors of the Capped Bust type is that there a dozens of varieties, so a COMPLETE collection is VERY rare. The hardest Capped Bust var. is the 1817 7 over 4, with 8 known examples.

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23 Oct 2021

Doubled Dies: An Overview

Young Numismatists Exchange | thatcoinguy

When I first started learning about coin collecting in late 2019, I saw my first doubled die in the red book (the famous '55). At the time, having no idea what a "die" was, I thought it was simply struck twice, the second time slightly off center. That seems to be a common misconception about doubled dies (DD), and I now know better. Hopefully, buy the end of this blog, you will truly understand what a doubled die is, and how it comes into existence.

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10 Oct 2021

New Orleans Bank Find

Coins | thatcoinguy

The destruction of the main New Orleans Bank was not a marvel. It wasn’t highly publicized, and nobody really thought anything of it. Until a few minutes after 12:00 on October 29th, 1982. That’s when a bulldozer went over a patch of dirt, to reveal a crate busted open by the weight of the machine. And surrounding it, was coins. Lots of coins. A scrabble begins; everyone from the operator of the bulldozer to the random bystanders brave the muck to find over 1,000 silver, and some gold, coins from the site. People where digging, “…like groundhogs.” One construction worker recalls. “I was watching for about 45 minutes and people were running in from all directions.” The coins were from the early 1840s, and although most were Spanish-American issue, there were a couple hundred US issued coins, including the 1840-O and 1841-O Liberty Seated Quarters. The people that finally retreated from the frenzy were covered in mud from head to toe, but they had pockets full of coins us numismatists will treasure for the rest of our lives.

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08 Oct 2021

Treasure In The Cellar: A Notorious Coin Hoard

Coins | thatcoinguy

So, I first found out about the Baltimore Find after getting the Red Book for Christmas in 2019. As any collector would do after receiving such a gift, I literally read every single word from page one to the last page. I'm not kidding. I even read the copyright stuff. Anyways, the hoards section was always very intriguing to me, and I just remembered that a couple of days ago. I went back to that copy I got in 2019, and reread the hoards section. Hence, my hoard related blogs. Just wanted to give a little background.

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