thatcoinguy's Blog

08 Oct 2022

A Short Set Of Capped Bust Halves

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I firmly believe that in our hobby, we should set both short term, and long term goals. I have set myself both of these, and I encourage my fellow hobbyists to do so as well. Setting goals makes you focus on a specific area that you would like to focus on to help you complete that set you've always wanted to. For example, my main short term goal includes building and completing a set of mint state, eye appealing Franklin Half Dollars. I expect to be done within the next three or four years. Some of my long term goals are to specialize in half dollars (up to Drapped Bust, although it might extend a little bit further once I obtain some more of income. I would also like to be an expert in GSA Morgan Dollars, which I have already began extensive studying on. But on to the subject of my blog!

13 Aug 2022

1915-S Panama Pacific Octagonal $50 Gold Piece

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The Panama Pacific Octagonal $50 Gold Piece is one of my most favorite coins of all time. It ranks 17th in the third edition of "100 Greatest United States Coins." I have loved ever since first sight, and one day I hope to own one, even if it takes me 50 years to save up enough, which it probably will!

06 Aug 2022

Two And Three Cent Pieces: Building A 19th And 20th Century Type Set

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We're back with building your type set. I don't really know if anyone is enjoying these, but I haven't gotten any comments saying otherwise, so I'm going to keep writing them. Two cent pieces, and three cent pieces, or "trimes" are next up in the album, and are both obsolete denominations (and designs, I guess...). Let's learn some more!

16 Jul 2022

$2.50 Indian Head Gold Pieces

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The Indian Head $2.50 Gold Piece is a very interesting and unique coin. The designer was Bela Lyon Pratt, who was trained under Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Her design was used for the half eagle, or $5, as well. It is said to be the first US coin with an actual Native American as the model (earlier coins did not have real Native Americans on them, but rather Americans portrayed with Native American headdresses *cough, Indian Head Cent, cough*.

01 Jul 2022

The Unique 1870-S $3 Gold Piece

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In our numismatic hobby, I have found that collectors are mainly knowledgeable on things they collect, or could collect later on. For instance, if I asked a YN to tell me three things about $20 gold pieces, most would stare at me blankly like I was insane. We naturally learn the history of coins that we collect, because it helps us better understand and appreciate the series. I believe that this is a huge loss, because the more you know about numismatics as a whole, the better numismatist you are. So here’s some history about a coin in a series I (and probably some of you) don’t collect: the 1870-S $3 gold piece.

11 Jun 2022

Collecting Franklin Half Dollars: What Every Collector Needs To Know

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Most of you know that my favorite coin series of all time is the Franklin Half Dollar. While I do still very much enjoy collecting silver Washington Quarters and 21st Century varieties, the Franklin Halves are cemented at the top of my list. Even if you didn’t know this about me, you probably could have guessed it by my profile picture and my many references to Franklin Half Dollars through many of my blogs. I put our a blog when I was just starting to blog on Franklin Half Dollars called, and I quote, “Franklin Half Dollars.” Now even though I am a glass half full kind of guy, the blog was just as bad as the title. I made many mistakes that I made as a beginner. Now, as a serious collector of this series, I figured I had better do my favorite coins justice, and write a more updated and thorough blog. So here we are!

01 May 2022

1936 Bridgeport Connecticut Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

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For the 100th anniversary of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the town decided that they wanted a commemorative coin to celebrate the occasion. The result was a commemorative half dollar that was minted and sold to to the public in 1936. The coin was authorized by the US Congress on May 15th, 1936 (Public Law 74-596). All 25,015 of the coins were minted at the Philadelphia mint, even though none feature a mintmark. They were sold at $2 each, with a limit of 5 coins per order. They have a reeded edge, and weigh (for a genuine one) 12.5 grams. They have a metallic composition of 90% silver, 10% copper. The obverse features a bust of P. T. Barnum (the only recognizable Bridgeport citizen), and the reverse features an Art Deco eagle. The designer was Henry Kries.

28 Apr 2022

How To Make $275+ for 50 Cents

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Errors and varieties are a big part of numismatics. Varieties have slowly been increasing in value and popularity over the years, and some can be worth thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. Everybody talks about finding that $100,000 cent in pocket change (usually a 1909-S VDB). But let's be honest. Your chance of finding a 1909-S VDB is slim to none. Yet these kinds of videos on YouTube have hundreds of thousands, or even sometimes million, of views. Wishful people hoping to strike it rich, only to find their hands empty. I'm here to give you a coin that is realistically found, and I even know a few people who have found this variety!

21 Apr 2022

Top Three Reasons You Should Start Saving Copper Cents

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From the all Lincoln Cents from 1909-1981 (and some from 1982) are 95% copper. It has been heavily debated over the years wether or not it is worth the cost to save copper cents. Here are the three reasons that got me saving my copper coinage.


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