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07 Sep 2022

United States Type Coin Collection

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OK, let's try this again. Couldn't put all the pictures into "Collections", so we'll do it this way. Found these old Whitman folders in a lot of stuff I purchased when we had our own shop. Decided to gradually try to complete the set. It's gonna take awhile though, since there are 46 slots in the first book (not including the "Rare" coins), and 31 slots in the second book. (Not including 1 "Rare") Many I already have in my collection, but have decided to purchase additional specimens to fill them, many of which will be better date or better grade. Not all, and not necessarily HIGH grade. You know, it's really about what makes you feel good, not the actual value, and resources are a little limited. Anyway, here's what I have so far. Grades given are my best estimate, although I am NOT an expert. (But I do pretty well most of the time.)Book 1: Book 2:1858 Flying Eagle F12 1841 O Seated Liberty quarter VG81859 CN Indian Head F12 1854 w/ Arrows Seated Liberty quarter VG81864 Bronze Indian Head G4 1876 CC Seated Liberty quarter VG101909 VDB Lincoln cent VF30 1932 Washington quarter F151915 S Lincoln cent F12 1894 Barber half dollar G41943 S Steel Lincoln cent EF45 1938 D Walking Liberty half dollar VF201981 Lincoln Memorial cent AU58 1892 S Morgan silver dollar VG81858 Silver 3 cent piece F12 1877 S Trade dollar EF401853 w/ Arrows Seated Liberty Half dime VF201883 No cents Liberty Nickel VF201914 Buffalo Nickel F121875 Seated Liberty dime F15

03 Sep 2022

Series, Serial numbers, and Errors on US Currency

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Here's a little something that I found fascinating(Hopefully you will too.), and many may not be aware of. The photos provided are a small portion of the Star Notes in my collection.Let's start with the Series dates.The series date on a note does not represent the year the note was printed. Instead it signifies the year that a certain design was approved and adopted by the treasury department. The series year is printed twice on older printings of US currency, newer issues have it only once. Determining the actual printing date of a note most often can only be done be referencing the signatures of treasurer, and secretary, as well as the serial number. Very early notes prior to 1869 had no "Series" number. These were only identified by the act which authorized it, such as the act of 1863. The serial number itself uniquely identified each note, except for those issues that exceeded one million bills. At that point, the sequence of serial numbers started over, and the notes were overprinted with a series number. It would then read 1863 series 1, or 1863 series 2 and so on. The highest number used was "Series 187", which appeared on United States notes of 1863 in the $5denomination. Starting in 1869 the series date appeared on all notes of the same design, and was only changed when there was a major change is the design. The first notes printed by the Federal Reserve was the series of 1914, the second was the series of 1918. All of these were large size notes, also known as "horse blankets". The first series of small sized notes was the series of 1928. In 1950 the word "of" was dropped from the series date. Before 1974 major changes in design were fairly rare. Minor changes were marked by adding a suffix letter to the series date, such as "Series of 1935 A". Some issues of certain designs ran for many years. As an example, $2 United States notes bearing the series date of 1928, were printed into the early 1950's. After 1974 whenWilliam E. Simonbecame Secretary of the Treasury, the signature ofa new Secretary of the Treasury was considered a major change.Serial Numbers:All US notes are printed with an eight digit numerical number, as well as an alphabetical prefix and suffix. For security and accountability, no two notes of the same type, denomination, or series may have the same serial number. The numbering machines can ONLY print eight digits. Beginning with the serial number A00 000 001A. The suffix letter remains A remains until a total of 25 groups of 99,999,999 notes are numbered, with each group having a different prefix. A note should NEVER be released with eight zeros. Although at least one has been reported.Star Notes:Star Notes occur when during the inspection process a note is found to be imperfect, whether misprinted, or miscut. When an error is detected, it is removed and replaced with a Star Note. The star notes are exactly the same as regular notes except an independent series of serial numbers is assigned. These are not actually intended to be released with the regular issue counterparts, but only as a necessary. Imperfections in printing are not usually related to the plates themselves. Most often they are related to the misalignment of the plates or equipment, or a number of other various occurrences. Whether it be folds in the sheets, debris in the presses, or an error in overprinting, most are never released. This is why true errors are highly sought by collectors, and can carry a very high premium.I know that I have left out many details, as I didn’t intend to write a book, and there is a HUGE amount of information to be discovered pertaining to currency. Hopefully you have learned at least something new. Some of the information presented comes from Wikipedia (not the best source), most was taken from Whitman's 5th edition of United States Currency. A very handy book with a wealth of information on all types of US currency.

29 Aug 2022

eBay ….. A warning to new collectors

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I've noticed that a number of members have made reference to buying coins on eBay. This can be a good thing, and you CAN get some good deals there. I personally have bought & sold there for over 10 years. Hopefully, they know what they're doing, BUT for those who are new and/or inexperienced, and trying to buy raw coins, WATCH OUT!!

23 Aug 2022

Grading books

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Trying to find the latest version of “The official ANA grading standards for United States coins”. Any suggestions?

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