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27 Mar 2021

I was surprised with a gift from a fellow collector.

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I don't know how many collectors log on to Coin Talk. Several weeks ago, I logged in to just look around. I stick with mostly U.S. Coins, but I had been collecting coins from Canada as well. There was an entry from a Canadian, about Canadian coins. I had collected some of them over the years. I found that they produce very nice coins. One of my purchases was a commemorative coin about Apollo 11. I had collected all I could from the Mint everything that was offered about Apollo 11. Anyway, there were more recent entries about Canadian coins. I live in rural North Carolina and I don't see many Canadian coins, which I had mention in Coin Talk. Went I signed on a few days later, there was an entry about Canadian Coins from a Canadian citizen. I thanked them for the information and pictures that had been posted and I responded that I would like to find a source for Canadian coins. A few days later, one of the entries in Coin Talk told me that he had several Canadian coins he would like me to have. I thanked him for his offer with my thought that I would never hear from him again. As Gomer Pyle says, "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise."About 2 weeks later, I got a package from Him with over 50 coins in it. I found it difficult to catch my breath as I had been surprised more than ever before. Many of the coins had been in circulation, but well over half were still in the sealed plastic from their Mint. I am grateful for his present. However, now I have to find a source that will help me identify the coins and prepare them to be in my collection, let alone the books I need to read. His gift also encouraged me to be a better coin collector so that I can identify coins and find the best way to store my collection.My thanks go out to Andrew as well as my admiration of Canada and Canadians.

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10 Jan 2021

2020 Commemoratives at the Mint

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2020 has been a relatively good year for Commemoratives. Although the World War II coins caused quite a bit of commotion. There were only 1945 or 1946 gold coins minted and before they were even delivered, ebay was selling them for 3 to 4 times what the Mint sold them for. It was another of their fiaxcos by only minting a few of those coins. Although the silver coin had a bit more, they, too are selling them for a lot of money. I really wasn't that interested in it. The silver coin was base on the ASE with a little indention of 75 pressed on it as well as the gold coin did.I was interested in the Mayflower series. I was extremely lucky to get 3 out of the 4 sets offered. I got the gold set, the silver set and the Reverse Silver Coin. I like to look at ebay to see what they are offering them for and I was flabbergasted to see the gold set offered at twice what I paid for them. My silvers were also high up there. I was tempted, but with all of the information goin on about ebay, it wasn't worth it and I don't need the money that bad.Anyway, with all the craziness about the Covid virus, I've decided to tone down my coin purchases. I would like the last ASE in 2021 as well as one of the ASE's with the new reverse. Gold has gotten so high, it's not worth a fight with my bride to buy any.Another topic that I have been wondering about is the safety of the Safety Deposit Boxes. I've read horror stories about people going to their SDB and find some of the things missing. I like to go to mine about every other month, just to look at by deposits. So far, there have been nothing missing. I had to get 2 boxes because all of the large ones had been rented out. I have to pay $40 bucks each for a year.With all the craziness going on in our government, I'm not sure what is going to happen with our Social Security and Medicare either. People weren't to happy with Trump, so he got voted out. I'm not sure that Biden will be any better. I just hope he doesn't die in office.Oh well. Another year and another worry.

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09 Aug 2020

U.S. Mint

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I'm not sure what the Mint is doing now with selling their gold coins. I ordered a quarter ounce gold coin from them and I saw them charge my VISA. The price was $665. The next day, it wasn't there anymore. I thought that for some reason, they cancelled the purchase. When I looked at the Mint, it showed that it was PROCESSING. I noticed on the Schedule that they were available, but had gone up in price to $667.50. I waited another day, 5 days now. I went ahead and ordered another at the $677.50. I checked my VISA account at I was charged for the second coin at $677.50. Now both coins are being PROCESSING. I only wanted to get the quarter ounce so that I have one of each size. I bet that tomorrow, the second coin's charge will be removed. If they are going to change the price on gold coins after one has been purchased, they should at least tell me. These people think they are the President and can do whatever they want to. Don't get me wrong. I like Trump and I'm going to vote for him.

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30 Dec 2019

My favorite topic... "The Mint has sold out again in under and hour"

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The Mint had a great idea. The minted an ASE-S Enhanced Reverse Proof coin. The bad part of their idea is that they only made 30,000 and they were all sold out in under and hour. Our "friends" that are coin dealers have a system whereby they buy "special" limited quantity coins for a bonus of about $150-$250, depending on the demand. Evidently, the demand for the coins is high because some of them are selling on ebay and other television dealers from $500 to $3,000. They did something like that quite a while ago when the included an ASE-2 in the Congratulation Set. It was the one and only time that I bought one from "Rick" for about $100. As far as an Enhanced Reverse Proof Coin, one of them were included in the USA/Canada set, only it was minted at West Point.As far as the ASE-S ERP coin, it ain't worth it boys and girls. Down the road apiece, you'll get one for about $200.

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30 Nov 2019

Cut off after being a member since 2008...11 years

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I have had several hobbies over the past 20 years. One of my favorites has been my theater which I now have a library of over 300 movies. I have had a favorable relationship with a website of AVSFORUM.com from which I was able to get answers to many of the technical questions I had and have. About a week ago, I was cut completely off from their forum without any recourse that I could find. I am sure there are other forums that could assist me in the growing popularity of theaters, but to be cut off without recourse is ridiculous. Another hobby I had was building plastic model airplanes. As with my movies, I built a large inventory of models, but due to time constraints, I am unable to continue with that hobby and I am forced to sell my 300+ models.That leaves me to my current and only hobby... coin collection. I like to buy select annual coins from the U.S. Mint and in the past have been able to secure the purchase of their Proof coins. Recently, the Mint release a Two Coin collection of a 2019 W American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Coin and the Canadian Proof Maple Leave Silver Coin. That set is absolutely beautiful, and I am very happy that I was able to collect the set. However, later this year, a 2019 S American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver coin issued a total of 30,000 coins, limiting the purchase of one coin per customer. There are two questions I have about the West Point Mint versus the San Francisco Mint 2019 American Eagle Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Coins. Except for the minting of the two coins being from different mint facilities, are there any differences between the coins. Secondly, if the 2019S coins were limited to one coin per customer, how did GovMint and MCM, as well as several other facilities and individuals collect enough of the coins to offer several of the 2019S coins. I know how it was done and I am sure everyone else knows how it is done, including the Mint, yet nothing is being done about it. I know it is the case because it continues to happen with the mint as well as the vendors.

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06 Jun 2019

Dealing with the U.S. Mint for non-delivery of order

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I'm can't believe that I am the only person that has had difficulty dealing with the U.S. Mint for a refund for a purchase that was not delivered. On March 2nd, I ordered the 2019 Proof Set with the 2019 W penny. On March 20, I contacted the vendor the Proof Set was supposed to have been shipped by. I downloaded the order via the tracking system and found that the shipping information had been shipped, but never delivered to them. I got on the Mint's Chat Room and reported it to them. I was told to complete a form to report the non-delivery of my order. I completed it on the 22nd and was told it would take 4 to 6 weeks to process the loss. I waited another 70 days (or 10 weeks) to ask when would I get a refund or the order. I was told that the complaint was sent "up to higher management. No time element was given. I received a letter from the "Mint" and was told I would get a refund in the manner the order was made and that it would take another 3 to 5 days to process the refund. That was 10 days from the time I received the letter. I got online with my bank to check if a refund was made today and much to my surprise, I finally got a refund after waiting 98 days or 14 weeks from the date the order was made. It seems that they made something that was very obvious and simple, and made it very difficult. The evidence was clear that the shipper never received the order, which means that the "Mint" still had the order in their stock.

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15 Feb 2019

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coins from the U.S. Mint

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It seems that the U.S. Mint has done it again. The 5 ounce, 3 inch silver proof coin, the 1 ounce silver proof, and the $5 proof gold coin sold out in no time, especially, the 5 ounce coin. I don't know how I did it, but I got all three, plus the first print and the half dollar set. I've been watching Rare Coins, the Coin Vault and a few other stations selling coins and they are selling from double and sometimes almost triple what I paid for mine. I know that mine are not certified, but I really don't care much about that myself. Many of my friends send in almost everything they buy. The one thing that I'm not crazy about, is that almost all of my valuable coins are sitting in two boxes in the bank. I really like it when I could take them out of my vault and look at them, but I've been watching the news and have seen that many coin collectors are being beat up or killed for their coins so they can get their drugs. I would love for these crooks to crash into our home. We have a pit bull mix, a German shepherd, a doberman mix, a wire terrier, and a chahuahua dachshund mix and we just adopted an Australian Shepherd. Even if they got past one or two, the chahuahua mix would mite his ankles off and I bet our pit bull would get them too. If my dogs don't catch them, my 9mm Glock with 15 rounds would stop them. I've got the best security system available.

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27 Dec 2017

Search for coins that are significant to me.

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I thought that it would be a neat goal to have a coin the was in circulation and were dated 1947, the year of my 70th birthday. Believe it or not, I have been unable to find coins that I thought would be the easiest ,i.e. , a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, I found a 1947 & 1947D Walking Liberty Half-Dollar, and a silver dollar. I not only wanted the coins minted in 1947, but also one from each mint. I just started my "hunt about a month ago, so, I've not gotten to far. I would appreciate any and all suggestions made. I only started my collection of coins after my mother passed and she gave my father's coin collection to my brother for them to be divided between the two of us. He made a list of the coins my father had left us and he gave the list to me and he asked me to see if I couldn't make an equitable division of the coins. I made two lists which I labeled "A" and "B". I gave the list to him and told him to choose the list that he wanted and I would take the other list. He chose "A", leaving me with "B". I trust my brother with my life, so I know that his original list was accurate and the division was equitable. My father had about 60 Morgan Silver dollars, 10 Peace Silver Dollars, and quite an inventory of silver coins. It turns out that the inventory that I got switched on an unused desire. I found out that I loved to look at the coins as well as searching for coins that would increase my collection. My wife thinks I am crazy. I already have the hobby of building plastic model airplanes, another hobby of my home theater where I have a collection of over 350 Blu ray and DVD movies, many of which where found in thrift stores and yard sales. My wife thinks that I go overboard with everything I start. She wants me to sell my inventory of about 200 unbuilt model airplanes that could never be built in my life. I have many movies and TV series that I have never seen yet, and probably never will, such as, LOST, Quantum Leap, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Enterprise and many other TV Series.

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