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16 Feb 2021

Numismatic Book Review, "Coin Hunting Made Easy"

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Hi guys! Today my blog is going to be a review of a great book I found on amazon for $9.99. This book is "Coin Hunting Made Easy" by Mark D Smith. It a fairly short read with 123 pages, but it more than makes up for its length with all of the information inside. This book is very informative, and it is fun to read because has some humor. It even has a "Learning the Lingo" section that goes over a bunch of words that us Numismatists use every day, but other people have never heard before. It goes over and defines words like Bag Marks, Bullion, Clad, and Denomination and for the word "Die" the beginning of his definition of the word is "this is what happens to me when I play video games and why I have decided to stop" but of course he is just kidding like he does once and a while throughout his book. This book also teaches its readers about important things like errors, mintmarks, the coin grading scale, things you may need, understanding coin roll values, how to plan your route to get coins, dealing with bank tellers, best times to go hunting, supply vs demand, ordering coins from your bank, how to take care of your finds, and what to look for. Additionally, it goes over all the different denominations and the different designs of coins you might find. And it explains his first coin roll hunting experience (he basically hit the jackpot). Over all I think it is a great read for beginners and experts (like me ;) ) alike, with its short amount of pages and low price even young kids could probably get there hands on this awesome book. Thanks for reading this review and have a great day!

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02 Feb 2021

The Silver Jefferson Nickel

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Hi guys! Today my blog is going to be about silver Jefferson Nickels, or as I am going to refer to them in this blog "War Nickels". The first thing to know about war nickels is that they were made to preserve nickel for the war effort. The two things that make war nickels different is their composition and the location of the mintmark. The Mint decided to place the mintmark above the Monticello Building on the reverse of the coin, and they also decided to make the mintmark a lot larger than normal, making it easy to tell them apart from other nickels even they are not very silvery looking. They were made of 35% silver, 56% Copper, and 6% manganese. As a result of their different, unusual composition, they typically have a weird look to them that also makes them stand out. One thing I have noticed noticed that is that errors/varieties seem easy to find on war nickels, the reason I say this is because one time I hunted a $100 dollar box of nickels and found 2 war nickels in the box, but the interesting thing is that they both had a type of error. One of them had cool die cracks on the reverse, while the other had some cool lamination errors on the obverse, please see the pics below. Thanks for reading my blog! And have a great day!

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25 Jan 2021

The REAL gold dollar

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Hi guys! Today my blog is going to be about gold dollars, so let's begin. The gold dollar, the smallest denomination regular issue US gold coin, first appeared in 1849, when the government introduced two new denominations, the dollar and double eagle, to exploit wast quantities of yellow metal coming to the East from the California Gold Rush. Gold dollars were minted continuously from 1849 through 1889, although mintages were largely restricted after the Civil War. Today most of the demand for gold dollars comes from type coin collectors, who desire one each of the three different design variations. Type I gold dollars, with Miss Liberty's portrait identical to that used on the $20 double eagle, were made from 1849 through 1854, while Type II dollars, with an Indian princess motif, were struck in 1854 and 1855, plus in 1856 at the San Francisco Mint only. Type III dollars, featuring a modified portrait of an Indian princess, were made from 1856 through 1889. In the early years, from 1849 through the Civil War, the gold dollar was a workhouse denomination. Those of the Type I design, 13 mm in diameter, were used often in everyday change, and most examples seen today show wear. In 1854 the diameter was enlarged slightly to 15 mm, to make the coin more convenient to handle. The Indian princess design, introduced that year, created problems, as it was not possible for the metal in the dies to flow into the deep recesses of Miss Liberty's portrait on the obverse and at the same time into the central date digits on the reverse, with the result that the majority of pieces seen today are weakly struck on the central two digits (85 in the date 1854, for example). To correct this, the Type II portrait, with Miss Liberty in shallower relief, was created in 1856. Among the three design types of gold dollars, by far the scarcest is the Type II. The total mintage of type II gold dollars amounted to fewer than 2 million pieces. Contrast that to the Type I gold dollar, for which over 4 million coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1853 alone! Similarly, the Type III gold dollar was minted in quantities far larger than the Type IIThanks for reading my blog, I hope you learned something, and have a great day! Source PCGS CoinFacts

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18 Jan 2021

Penny boxes #3 and #4 and overall wrap-up

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Hi guys! Today I am going to tell you what I found in boxes #3 and #4 and give you an overall wrap-up of the hunt. So, the finds for box #3 are as follows: 8 wheat pennies, 5 2009s, 4 S mints, and lastly 5 Canadians. For box #4 the finds are as follows: 7 wheats including one 1920, 6 2009s, 6 S Mints, and lastly 6 Canadians including one 1961 YoungHead. So now, time for the final results of the entire hunt for the four penny boxes: 34 wheats including a 1919, 1920, two 1936s, and a 1939-S (which I need for my folder!), 24 2009s, 18 S Mints, 18 Canadians including 2 YoungHeads, Bermudan 1 cent foreign coin (with the Wild boar on the reverse), one dime, and the best find of the hunt, a 1979-D with what appears to be a large rim cud. Thanks for reading, enjoy the pics, and have a great day!Your fellow collector, CoinHunter

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15 Jan 2021

Penny Box #1 and #2 Finds

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HI! I just wanted to let you guys know that I hunted the first of the four boxes of pennies on Wednesday earlier this week and I didn't make a blog about what I found because I didn't find anything very cool but nevertheless here are the finds: 13 wheats (including one 1936, but it is bent up and dug up), 10 2009s, 8 S mints, 4 Canadians (including 1 1964 Young Head), a 1964 that I am pretty sure is a proof, and lastly, 6 1969-D Floating Roof Errors (This was the first hunt that I looked for them) I also am going to list the the finds of the #2 box which I hunted yesterday: 6 wheats (including a 1919 in the very first roll, and a 1939-S which I need for my folder!), 3 2009s, 3 Canadians, 2 S Mints, 1 dime, two 1969-D Floating Roof Errors, and the best of Both boxes, a 1979-D Rim Cud Error, these two boxes are a good example of "Quality over quantity". Thanks for reading and I will let you know what I find in the last two boxes.

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12 Jan 2021

Box of Nickels

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I just finished hunting the box of nickels a little while ago, and here are the finds: 2 1943-P war nickels, a gold plated 2004, and the best find, a proof 1972-S. The first and second pics are the war nickels and the last pic is the proof, I will be hunting a penny box tomorrow, the next day, and the next day, and the next day lol, and I will make a blog what I find in each box. Thanks for reading, and see ya!

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12 Jan 2021

My First Half Dollar Box

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Hi guys! Yesterday I hunted my first half dollar box and got some great finds! First and for-most I found a 1952-D Benjamin Franklin! I also found a 1967 40%er, a gold-plated bicentennial, holed 1974, a 2018-D NIFC (The first year they renewed the cameo and it looks great!), a 2019-P (also with renewed cameo, but it has "The Ring of Death"), and some other NIFCs including: two 2002-Ds a 2003 2004 2009 2012. Now all I have to do is hunt the nickel box and FOUR penny boxes I ordered along with it, I am planning to hunt one every day this week and keeping you guys updated on any more awesome finds! I already have found almost as much silver as I did the entire year 2020! (mainly because of "Covid") Well, that wraps it up for now (pun intended), thanks for reading my blog and happy hunting!

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06 Jan 2021

The Bust Half Dime

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Today my blog is going to be about half dimes, so here we go! The 1792 half disme was the first official coin produced by the United States, but it was not the first coin produced at the U.S. Mint (that distinction belongs to 1793 half cents and cents). Legend has it that George Washington provided the silver for the coinage of 1792 half dimes by donating his personal silver set, but this has been debunked in resent years. Another legend is that the portrait on the obverse is of Martha Washington, a belief that has never been approved or disclaimed. True or not, these legends add to the lore of this classic, early American coin.Some experts consider the 1792 half disme a pattern issue; others believe it to be a regular issue. In favor of regular issue status is the fact so many were made (1500+) and virtually all were placed into circulation. All other 1792 coins are true patterns, struck in extremely limited quantities. PCGS considers them regular issue coins. George Washington mentioned the 1792 half dimes in an address to Congress in November 1792, where he noted that some had already been made. "Disme" is a French word derived from the Latin word "decimal" (or tenth). "Disme" appeared only on the 1792 half disme and the 1792 disme patterns (copper and silver) but never on another U.S. coin, and the word "Dime" did not appear until 1837 on the Half Dimes and Dimes.Thanks for reading my blog and have a wonderful day! Source- PCGS CoinFacts

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01 Jan 2021

The First Nickel, the Shield Nickel

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Todays blog is about the Shield Nickel.The act of May 16, 1866 authorized a new five cent coin made of 25% nickel and 75% copper. This created the unusual situation where two coins of the same value circulated at the same time (the other coin being the Half Dime). A massive quantity of nearly 15 million "Nickels" was produced in the first year, partly to promote the new coin and partly because of the availability of nickel and copper compared to the higher cost of silver for Half Dimes.the first versions of the new Nickel had rays on the reverse, between the stars surrounding the large 5 in the center of the coin. These extra elements caused the coinage dies to fail early because of the extra pressure needed to strike the nickel alloy and to force the metal into the recesses of the dies. To correct this problem, mint officials ordered the removal of the rays in mid-1867, creating two varieties: With Rays and No Rays, both of which you will need for a type set. Striking problems persisted, resulting in a series of coins noted for inconsistent strikes and lots of die cracks.Thanks for reading my blog and have a happy new year!-Source: PCGS CoinFactsPhoto courtesy of PCGS

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21 Dec 2020

Two-Cent Pieces

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Hi! Today my blog is going to be about two-cent pieces. So let's begin. During the 19th century several denominations that didn't fit our decimal system were tried. These were the 2-cent, 3-cent, 20-cent, and $4 Stella denominations. None of these experiments survived. The concept of a 2-cent coin actually dates from 1806. In that year Congress failed to pass legislation introducing the denomination after Mint Director Robert Patterson sent a brass button with two of the billion composition blanks for the proposed coins too Rep. Uri Tracy (Dem., NY), the primary sponsor for the bill, to demonstrate how easy it was to substitute a button for the proposed coin. Tracy got the message.A provision to the Mint bill which would have introduced the denomination was dropped from the bill in 1836. Since it took some time before it was decided the proposed 2-cent coin clause would be dropped, Mint employees Christian Gobrecht and Franklin Peale produced patterns during this time. Gobrecht and Peale concluded from their experiments they could not produce a coin which would not necessarily be confused with a button.In a Dec. 8, 1863 letter from Mint Director James Pollock to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase the Mint director recommended a 2-cent coin be introduced in what was called "French bronze," the metal composition in which the new small cent was initially struck.Congress had failed to pass a provision twice through which a 2-cent coin could be produced. Chase liked the idea and ensured it would be included in new legislation before Congress. The proposal was included in the Mint Bill passed April 22, 1864 by Congress. A new coin denomination was born. The new 2-cent coin was the first to bear the familiar US coin motto "In God We Trust." The original Pollock proposal included a coin with the motto "God Our Trust." This was altered by Chase, likely because Brown University, from which Chase graduated, uses the motto "In Deo Speramus" or "In God we Hope."The denomination was not a success and was only struck between 1963 (patterns in 1863, circulating coins beginning in 1864) and 1873. Prototype patterns dated 1863 and early 1864 Proofs were struck with a small letter legend. The first business strikes of 1864 were produced from dies made from the same Small Letter variety hub. A new hub with the well known Large Letter variety obverse legend was used to make the dies for the majority of the coins of 1864 and for all coins of this denomination struck through 1873. It was Mint Engraver James Barton Longacre who designed the 2-cent coin.Initially it looked like the 2-cent denomination had been accepted by the public and was about to successfully circulate. It was later determined the only reason the public accepted the coin was the chronic shortage of coins experienced during the Civil War. Once the war ended and regular coinage began to appear again in circulation demand for the 2-cent coin dropped off the end of the earth. Thanks for reading my blog and happy holidays!Source-PCGS CoinFacts

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