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05 Nov 2022

The Nickel That Wasn't

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It’s always fun to research an unusual coin. I had been preparing the auction lots for the May 2023 PAN show when I came across a ?nickel? in a 2X2 flip labeled “1938 Jefferson Prototype”. Hmm, I checked both sides, did not see the word COPY, I checked my pattern book and did not find it pictured so I started hitting the internet and found an example selling on EBAY for an incredible $999.99. Could it be? Had the KidZone found a coin that could finance our operations for the next few years? I could not believe it so I looked for SOLD examples of this 1938 Jefferson prototype and found none.

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27 Oct 2022

The Camp David Peace Dollar

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TheCamp David Accordswere two political agreements signed byEgyptian PresidentAnwar SadatandIsraeli Prime MinisterMenachem Beginon 17 September 1978, following secret negotiations atCamp David under the watchful eye of President Jimmy Carter. The two agreements were signed at theWhite Houseand were witnessed byPresident Carter. The first agreement covered the middle east in general and included provisions for the creation of a Palestinian State, it was not accepted by the Palestinians and was condemned by the United Nations, undoubtedly because the Palestinians were not included in the negotians. The second agreement included only Israel and Egypt and led to a1979 treaty between the two countries. This included an exchange of Embassies, trade agreements, cultural exchanges, and ultimately peace. Despite many political changes since 1978, the agreement still holds true. Mr. Begin and Mr. Sadat ultimately shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts on behalf of their counties.

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24 Oct 2022

Wrapping it all Up!!

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I did a talk at the PAN show called "Numismatics for Beginners" and one benefit I emphasized was the wonderful friendships that can arise just by being in this hobby. I would like to thank my friends Rob Lasich, Rob Throckmorton, Dick Gaetano (all from PAN), and Dave Burdis (South Hills Coin Club) for volunteering their time at the KidZone table or during the auction. They really stepped up for our YNs. I would especially like to thank our own blog buddy GOLFER (Pat B.) for going all out with his wonderful Halloween themed goodie bags, giant treasure chest of "PAN" labeled coins, thousands of wheat cents, and just being there as my right hand on Thursday and all-day Saturday. Golfer is a Rock Star!!! The great thing is that he enjoyed the experience so much that Golfer looks to be a fixture at our future shows.

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07 Oct 2022

October PAN Show Is Nigh

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I am so thrilled October has come, Autumn is my favorite season and this October has proven to be perfect here in the Pittsburgh PA area. One of the things I am looking forward to is the upcoming Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) Fall show in Lovely Monroeville PA. I have decided to help facilitate the KidZone again so will be scrambling all day Saturday (20 October) making sure all goes smoothly for the YNs that visit our table. The Auction Lots are set, the T-Shirts and Coin Folders are on the way and it is going to be a glorious day. I will also be providing a presentation for newbies at 1 PM, kind of a Numismatics for Dummies without the stigma. I have presented it already to two groups of experienced collectors so I can get their feedback and make it truly useful. So without further ado, here are 10 reasons you NEED to visit the PAN Fall Show (18-20 October) this year.

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25 May 2022

PANtastic Saturday

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Twice a year, collectors from across Pennsylvania and neighboring states gather in the booming metropolis of Monroeville to attend the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) Coin Show. The shows are always held in Late May and Late October and run for 3 days. I had the great pleasure of attending on 21 May and I would like to tell you all about my experience. You have already heard about my meeting Clifford Mishler of clock-signing fame but there is more, much more.

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22 May 2022

A Very Meaningful Clock

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So, who do you put on your personal Mt. Rushmore of modern numismatics? Some names are kind of obvious like David Bowers, Dick Yeo, and Kim Kiick but the most important tname on my Rushmore is Mr. Clifford Mishler. As a young collector, I used to wait in anticipation of the next issue of Numismatic News so I could read about his latest adventure into the world of coin shows big and small. Mr. Mishler has a folksy style of writing that drew you into his adventure and made you feel like you were sitting right next to him as he drove from Iola to Omaha or wherever coin collectors gathered.

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03 May 2022

The U.S. Trade Dollars 4 Ways

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When we think of the U.S. Trade Dollar thoughts immediately go to the Far East China trade and the important roll the Trade Dollar had in advancing American economic and political interests in the region. The first Trade Dollar was produced in 1873 and after a short run, she disappeared from regular production in1878. Of course, proof production continued until 1885 but you will not be seeing a proof as one of the 4 ways today.

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28 Jan 2022

An interesting turn of events

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Well I recently became a life member of ANA and the final switchover from regular member to life member (for some reason it was delayed for several weeks after they were paid) occurred today. I now find myself with a shiny new number LM 7133 but I also find myself with no blogs, and no history to my name. I suppose someone at ANA could link my old account to my new account and make me whole again but I am quite frankly filled with ennui and could not care even a little bit about my lost account. I suppose it is out there in the ether? Maybe I can look myself up and marvel at my past musings but I just feel free now and I am going to push ahead like the newbie I am. Pictured is my 15 year ANA membership medal from 1992. I quit ANA for over 25 years in 1993 and now in 2022 I start anew. Yay for me.

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11 Dec 2021

Rambling through the Lincoln Cent

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President Lincoln is the President I most admire of all the Presidents; I am never a fan of old men on coins, but Lincoln is my exception and I have never found his presence on our coinage to be the least bit bothersome. For this reason, several years ago, I decided to put together a personal NGC registry set of all the Lincoln appearances and varieties in U.S. coinage. I have not included any Civil War tokens or other non-government issued item as that would break any budget. I finally completed, what I consider to be a definitive set very recently so I thought I would share it with you.

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