It's Mokie's Blog

13 Jun 2020

Coin Display Options

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How do you like to display your coins? I have many coins on display in my ManCorner. Some of them are framed, like my set of 1967 Coins and Currency. Some are in Capital Holders like my set of Morgan Mintmark Types, some are placed raw on a stand like my Laura Gardin Fraser medal, and some are in special floating holders like my irradiated dimes and my first spouse medals. If you decide to display your coins in a similar manner, here are some tips:

23 Apr 2020

Another Show Bites the Dust

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Well, another of our great spring/summer coin shows has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed by the Corona Pandemic. The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) show scheduled for May 7 thru 9 will not occur. I feel badly for all the vendors, all the eager collectors, all the volunteers, all the Kids, and especially for our Show Runner, Patrick McBride. He puts his heart and soul into every one of our twice yearly shows and he is truly an inspiration to all of us who volunteer. PAN is the local sponsor club for the Worlds Fair of Money so many of us volunteers will be eagerly awaiting that event this August in Pittsburgh, PA. Richard Jewell will be the local coordinator and I, for one, will be volunteering my time to The Greatest Show in the Whole Numismatic World. The PAN show will return from October 29-31 and the PAN KidZone will be the best yet. So mark your calendars and make the WFM and the Fall PAN Show, your destinations.

20 Mar 2020

Newfoundland to Hawaii? I guess so.

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So, I was at my local coin shop about two months ago, waiting to make a purchase when I noticed the pictured book, Hawaiian Money: Standard Catalog, 2nd Edition, sitting on the book rack. I leafed through it briefly but put it back, made my purchase and left the shop. About a week later, after thinking about the book quite incessantly, I went back to the coin shop, plunked down 25 bucks and walked away with my treasure. It sat on the bookshelf for a few weeks until I took it out and started reading it about two weeks ago. Bottom line, this is a fascinating book about all manner of Hawaiian money from the actual minted Cent through Dollar, to the patterns, to the medals, transportation tokens, plantation tokens, store tokens, and lots of other stuff too numerous to mention. A fun addition to your library whether you have a real interest or not.

29 Feb 2020

ANA Registry PROS and CONS

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By now, all of you have heard that ANA is going to be hosting a coin registry sometime later this year. The Registry isbeing designed by NGC, the official grading service of the ANA, and will probably look very similar to the registry that NGC already maintains. So I guess the obvious question is WHY? I have given that some thought and here are my Pros and Cons to this idea.

04 Dec 2019

What Is It About This Hobby?

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I started collecting coins in 1968 at the age of ten. At that time, my interest was kindled by friends in my neighborhood, who were in Scouting and had started collecting to earn their merit badges. I have stayed in the hobby due to several factors that hold true to this day.

27 Nov 2019

Time Flies

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Well a little over a month ago, I blogged about a 1926-S Peace Dollar that I had picked up during the PAN show CoinZip auction. I had bought it simply to support the club and I had received it for the minimum bid of $20 plus 10% for the club. At that time, I had no idea it was a Top 50 Peace Dollar VAM. But since frequent blogger Longstrider had made me aware of this segment of the hobby, I visited the VAMWORLD 2.0 site, went to the listing under 1926-S and found a DOT. My find has been officially certified by the Variety Slabbing Service (they only do Peace and Morgan VAMS, and they do not provide a grade). I think turnaround from sending the Dollar to receiving her back was about 10 days. I am very pleased with my first wild VAM find. If you want to read about more VAMS, and find your own, please visit VAMWORLD 2.0 at:http://ec2-13-58-222-16.us-east-2.compute.amazonaws.com/wiki/HomeI hope you all have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!!

16 Nov 2019

The Fort McHenry Garrison Flag

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When we see our flag today, we see a blue field with 50 stars and 13 alternating red and white stripes representing the 13 original colonies. But as you're all aware, our flag has evolved over the decades and has added stars along the way as new States are added to the Union. But did you know that the Stripes also increased in number too? The flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 when the British attacked had 15 Stars and 15 Stripes representing the 13 original colonies and the two new states of Vermont and Kentucky. Of course the practicality of adding stars AND stripes to the flag was soon in question and all our subsequent flags have 13 stripes. Oddly enough, by 1814, when Fort McHenry was attacked by the British, we actually had 18 States so our flag was already outdated. A new flag with 20 Stars and 13 Stripes (the current stripe standard) did not appear until 1818. But this is a blog about a particular coin issued in 2012 to commemorate the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. According to legend, Francis Scott Key was observing the bombarding of Fort McHenry in September of 1814 when through a clearing of the smoke, he spied our flag flying proudly over the Fort and wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner, this became our National Anthem in 1931 and has bedeviled famous singers ever since. In my humble opinion, the design of this coin is one of the best in the modern era with its obverse portraying Liberty proudly holding the Flag with Fort McHenry in the background along with Liberty, In God We Trust, and 2012 P. The Reverse shows a view of the star filled field billowing in the breeze with One Dollar, E Pluribus Unum, and United States of America. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the reverse was designed by William C. Burgard III and sculpted by Don Everhart. Two oddities about this coin, the date 2012 does not correspond to the actual event pictured which occurred in 1814. Unlike the vast majority of U.S. coin, the design itself does not feature the date at the center bottom (even though it is slabbed incorrectly) the body of Liberty should be at the center bottom to make the design work properly.

13 Nov 2019

A Dream Come True???

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Coin World has just released news about our Mint's plan to issue all new one-year type coins for 2026 (our 250th Anniversary). According to Coin World, the mint has proposed redesigning both the obverse and reverse of all our minor coins, cent through half dollar for 2026. If the Mint is able to pull this off, it will be a huge boon to the collecting community, it will attract many new collectors, and it will make up for the rather half-hearted effort the mint put forth in 1976.The idea of a complete one-year redesign is such a bold decision, I can only think the Mint has finally found a Director and Management Team that really understand us collectors and what makes us tick. Even though it is a few years away, they should start tossing crumbs starting in 2021 with at least a Medal a year dedicated to the upcoming Nation's Birthday. Allow me to dream for a bit. Even though the Mint is considering all new designs, maybe do a separate set using dual dated designs of yesteryear. The Mint could do a dual dated Flying Eagle Cent, Shield Nickel, Bust Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and Seated Liberty Half in proof with W mint marks. Maybe do a silver one ounce medal using the 1794 Dollar Design. Maybe make my collecting life complete by just listening to Old Moke for once!!!!!You can read the Coin World article here: https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/mint-hopes-to-redesign-minor-circulating-coinage-for-one-year-types-in-2026

01 Sep 2019

An Essential Tool

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Along with the Coins in your Collection, it is vitally important that you have tools to augment and enhance your collecting experience. We all have Flips, 2X2s, Loupes, Rubber Gloves, Magnets, special tongs to pick up our coins, and folders or albums to store our coins. But many of us, and I include myself until very recently, forget a very essential tool in verifying the authenticity of our coins. This essential item is the electronic scale. Let me give you an example from my own collection of its vital importance to the novice or advanced collector. The Japanese Silver Yen was minted from 1870 to 1914 and had the same size and weight as the standard U.S. Dollar. The 1876 Silver Yen I tested was originally attached to a metal clip on a Bolo-Style tie, my Cousin picked it up for me in Singapore. I had it for several years but never wore it, I finally decided to remove it from the clip and found it was just glued on with some kind of cheap clear glue, easily removed with no apparent damage. Having liberated it, I immediately noticed it felt a little light and under magnification seemed to have mushy details, particularly in the beading around the dragon. So I weighed it and it came out to 25.81 Grams, which is short of the 26.96 Grams required of a genuine specimen. Of course, the weight on any coin, even uncirculated can vary a bit but a weight variance of over a Gram on a coin that seems dirty but detailed is too much. Given the mushy details, the low weight, and the country where it was obtained, I believe this coin to be a fake. If you don't have an electronic scale in your numismatic toolbox, you should get one as soon as possible, mine was under $20.00 and came with a 50 Gram weight to maintain its calibration.

04 Jun 2019

Success With CSA Crossover

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Some of you may recall a blog I did a few weeks ago about my determining that my NGC slabbed SS Republic, 1861-O Half Dollar had definite evidence of production under the CSA government. As most of you know, 1861-O Halves were minted under three governments, U.S.A., State of Louisana (once they seceded from the Union), and the Confederacy, once they took over control of the New Orleans Mint. I first contacted NGC but they were unwilling to update the slab to add the CSA attribution. Basically they said they had done the original SS Republic slab under contract and had not graded the coin or did anything beyond identifying it as a recovered SS Republic coin. Although I thought my Half met all the criteria for Confederate attribution, I had to submit the coin, along with my evidence to ANACS. I thought my coin clearly had the Speared Olive (WB-104) indicating CSA mintage I was also pretty sure it had the die crack at the date (WB-103). But you never know when someone has to back your research. Well, my coin came back from ANACS today and I am very pleased to announce they have agreed with my determination and have slabbed my CSA-Minted Half Dollar in the appropriate holder. NGC refused to even consider it, but ANACS came through. Thank You ANACS.


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