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  1. There has been a tremendous amount of excitement associated with the West Point Mint in recent months due to the release of the FIRST EVER W Mint Lincoln Cents and the release, into the general economy, of 10 Million W ATB Quarters.  But there is a largely forgotten W mint product that has been slowly dwindling in mintage.
    Back in 2006, the 20th anniversary year of the silver eagle, the mint started producing, what they describe on their website as the American Silver Eagle One Ounce Uncirculated Coin.  This rather generic title implies the coin is no different than the silver eagles you can by in bulk at your local coin dealer.  Why would someone pay a premium for something they can get, in bulk, for spot plus a small %?  

    What makes these Silver Eagles so special is their Burnished finish.  Burnished coins have a soft matte finish that harkens back to the Matte Proofs of yesteryear but without the double strike. To produce a burnished finish, the silver blanks are cleaned then polished in a drum, similar to a rock tumbler.  By doing this, the planchets are smoothed and all surface scratches, blemishes, etc. are removed.  This process also gives each planchet the trademark soft matte finish, which remains true after the coins are struck.    The 2019 Burnished Eagles have been released.  I think this special issue deserves attention for both its beautiful appearance as well as its increasing rarity.   Consider buying one for your collection before the coin community catches on.

    In 2006 the mint sold 468,000 of these Uncirculated Eagles and mintage peaked the following year but has been in decline since:

    2007- 621,333

    2008- 533,757

    2009 - None Produced

    2010- None Produced

    2011- 409,776

    2012- 226,120

    2013- 222,091

    2014- 253,169

    2015- 223,879

    2016- 216,501

    2017-176,739

    2018- 131,935

    2019 -  Still Lower??

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  2. Daniel McMunn
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    I collect Washington quarters. Are PCGS slabs allowed in NGC sets now?..............Daniel

  3. Hi everyone. I have been out of commission for a while. But I'm back just allow me some time. Let's me ask you what do you think of this wonderful progarm? I will tell you what I think. It's simple it failed. The mint in West point has been making our coinage from the 1970 's till present day there were no mint marks.. How can they with all there knowledge pack a cent than didn't stay in the packaging. They made billions of cents and put them in the mintages of the other mints. Now they make a nice proof. A nice reverse. And a lot of junk in a regular cent. Some grades are MS 67 all the way to MS 69. I'm sorry a handful of 70's.

       This of course was to benefit our hobby and get maybe new members. Well the general population does not collect. It was of course to up sales in those three sets. What it did was make millions for those at ebay. If you look at that way it worked fine. My first cent was destroyed. None of mine was in the packaging. I called immediately and was told they would call Texas were the fulfilment center is located and ask them and tell them to change the packaging.. A piece of tape maybe? Nothing and not the  first call. So the last coin in MS 70 is selling for thousands of dollars ten thousand if it's P.L. Well I can't explain it. I'm on NGC side with this one. They had every right to grade that cent the way it was. Did you ever watch how they load a truck ? They throw it in our comes the cent and the damage starts. Now the prices have dropped out and will continue to.

        The wonderful Quarter program. I'm disabled and was not expecting any. My wife found two at different times. Guess which one. Lowell. Both of them. Take a walk through eBay and you will see a tiny few on the American Memorial Park, Maybe three of the War in The Pacific.. I know where they are. I found the secret. There in circulation. The public was not made aware of this. But both programs were to bring more people to the hobby which has lost five percent of collectors in the last year. Ask a friend what is a mint mark.? Good question for Jepordary. There getting beat up and with that there grades will drop. I think in the next few years as will see more. A friend of mine went to the bank and asked for a box of quarters and was told I'm sorry we can't give you a few rolls. No wonder there are no new boxes on ebay. It took time but they were over crowed for the first one. Not the second or third. So this has not worked except those on ebay who have more Lowell quarters they can sell. I'm sorry but I think this attempt failed. I understand the thought behind it but I don't think it's working. I wish it would have i really do. Collectors are out there at banks, Wells Fargo ,Credit Unions. There coming up empty. There is one blog at the ANA about someone finding one or two. It was written by me. There have thousands of people who have access to the site. One blog. I'm not saying anything about the program it was great they put ten million into circulation that was very generous of  them to do it. I honestly wish and still hope it works. The fun is in the hunt. So keep looking you will find them. Or they will find you in my case. This can still work but I had to tell both sides. Tell your friends and neighbors what to look for. Tell them it might be worth money!! Let's get something out of this . My motto is never give up and it should be yours. It does feel that way. But it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks for reading and please keep.looking. And tell people.what to look for them maybe they will give it to you. Take care and keep your eyes open. Thanks Mike.

     

     

  4. Still getting use to the way things are here. Could have posted the reverse here with the obverse before, but didn’t know how. I promise to continue to improve 🙃

    this is a simply gorgeous example of a nicely toned 1950’s era mint set coin.

    kerry

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  5. Some praises need to be sung for the people that hang out here.

    A few weeks (maybe months at this point) Sheik Sheck offered to send me something for Sam and I got this a short time later:

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    This is a ZImbabwean P-9, 100 ZWD note. It's one of the few first dollar notes I didn't have a PMG graded example of. It also happens to be the series 2 note that has an image of elephants in the lower corner that is mirrored on the front and back of the note (elephants being the theme we chose for Sam's nursery and Ben's original favorite animal at the zoo - now he's obsessed with lions and tigers). The other notes feature different animals, like giraffe's and rhinos. I'd been trying to figure out which one, if any, had elephants when I got this in the mail and saw it. That is sitting in a small currency album for now. I'm debating either leaving it in there or putting it in a small floating mount frame and letting them look at it on the wall as they get older.

    Another member had been sending me messages about and talking to me about the Zimbabwean notes - I won't name them because they don't post publicly so far as I can tell so I'm going to respect that. A friend of his gave him a pair of uncirculated Zimbabwean 100 Trillion notes along with some German hyperinflation notes from the early 1920s. I told him to buy that guy a drink if he sells the 100 trillion notes because he can get about $100-200 a piece for them. lolI also jokingly said that I was jealous of the German notes because I love hyperinflation notes in general and would be looking to get some of those one day. He didn't really want to keep them and didn't want to go through the effort to sell them so he offered to let me have them. USPS turned getting them into an adventure in the worst way possible but I'll avoid going off on that rant / tangent. I got them just recently. 

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    I think this may be one of the few times my wife has genuinely found something like this neat (she studied German in High School).

    He also sent these with the notes for Sam / the boys.

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    I'll call them "replicas" and not "fakes" - they're actually marked to indicate that they aren't real. According to the sender, they were a in friend's father's collection and he had a habit of buying things off infomercials while drunk - but the rest of his collection, which was real, went for $20,000+ when he helped the son sell it. Moral of the story: Don't watch infomercials while drunk? 

    I could see Ben more so than Sam having some fun with these at the moment. Sam will probably like them in 2-3 years - though, he is a baby and the are shiny. Since I have the real things too these may ultimately be used as fun teaching tools.

    I really appreciate those of you who read these things and like them, and I love that there are people out there in this community that just freely offer and share things like this. I think this kind of thing deserves props.

  6. Newly edited and re-posted Owner's Comments for an ancient bronze struck by Herod the Great, part of The Roman Empire, an NGC Ancients Custom Set.

     

    Whether viewed as ruthless tyrant or resourceful visionary, the man known to history as Herod the Great (73 BC– 4 BC) served as one of the early Roman Empire’s most influential client rulers.  Never referred to as “the Great” in his own lifetime, Herod was apparently more popular with Romans than Judaeans.  In particular, Herod infamously exploited resources at his disposal to carry out grandiose architectural projects that rivaled, or even exceeded, Rome.

    Herod’s mother was Cypros, a Nabatean.  His father, Antipater, and his grandfather, Antipas, served as advisors to the Hasmonean monarchs, who, in turn, served as Rome’s clients following Pompey’s Judaean conquest in 63 BC.  After Pompey’s demise, Antipater allied with Julius Caesar, coming to the latter’s rescue during the 47 BC siege of Alexandria.  Thusly was the way paved for Herod, through an intricate series of politico-military maneuvers, to eventually usurp Judaea’s throne.  Supported by Rome’s triumvirate, particularly Marc Antony, the Senate declared Herod as king in 40 BC.  After three years of civil conflict, Herod emerged victorious, and cemented his position by banishing his current wife and son (Doris and Antipater, respectively) in order to wed the Hasmonean princess Mariamne.  Such marital re-arrangement for political gain was not unusual.  Indeed, in this respect Herod borrowed from the practices of Rome's aristocracy.

    Also mimicking his Roman patrons, Herod apparently gave no quarter to those with perceived disloyalty.  Among his first decrees was the execution of dozens of Judaean councilmen who supported his Hasmonean predecessors.  Most notorious was the biblical account of Herod’s “slaughter of the innocents,” although that atrocity was likely apocryphal.  Herod’s paranoia did not exclude his own kin; reportedly, his suspicions prompted the execution of his wife and his two sons she bore him.  Augustus opined that “it was better to be Herod’s pig than his son,” referencing his client king’s refusal to consume pork in adherence with Judaean custom (although Herod reportedly disregarded many other religious laws and customs).

    Like Augustus, Herod earned fame for colossal building projects.  Most renown was a massive expansion of Jerusalem’s Temple.  Herod also created a new port, Caesarea Maritima, employing cutting-edge technologies.  He set multiple new records in ancient construction, including the world’s largest palace (Herodium) and the longest building (the stoa on the Temple Mount).  Herod even erected some pagan cities, such as Sebaste.  His pathological distrusts led him to erect several mountain fortresses connecting his realm to Nabataea, serving as palatial resort getaways.  His numerous building projects, both within his own territory and abroad, included gymnasia (e.g., Ptolemais), marketplaces (e.g., Tyre), theatres (e.g.,Damascus), aqueducts (e.g., Laodicea ad Mare) and baths (e.g, Ashqelon).

    Herod’s gargantuan construction projects required commensurate resources.  Not to mention that the Jewish king boasted a lavish court, and sponsored Olympic games throughout the Hellenistic world.  To support such expenditures, Herod taxed his subjects rather aggressively.  He also struck coins that conveniently generated a profit since their worth exceeded the value of their metal content.  

    This ancient bronze provides an example.  Its denomination is 2-prutot (Herod also issued 1-, 4-, and 8-prutot coins).  The obverse depicts a diadem, a gold band or ribbon worn symbolically by kings, signifying their status.  The diadem surrounds a symbol that is often referred to as a cross.  More precisely, the cross represents the Greek letter chi, associated with the anointment of Judaea’s high priest.  Interestingly, Herod was Judaea’s first king lacking the qualifications to serve as high priest. He was not born of a priestly family, but rather one that recently converted to Judaism.  In this case, the obverse imagery of chi within a diadem advertised King Herod’s control over the Temple via selection of its high priest.  

    The coin’s reverse is equally interesting, featuring a flat object on a tripod table flanked by palm leaves.  Such tables were part of the furnishings of Jerusalem’s Temple.  The table represented on this coin is consistent with the silver table holding the service vessels for religious ceremonies.  As such, this table was especially sacred.  Herod’s decision to depict this particular table, despite the Judaean decree forbidding such a depiction, was likely intended to commemorate, or otherwise draw attention to, the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.

    Herod struck coins as Judaea’s ruler up until his death in 4 BC, an impressively long tenure.  Even at the end, the monarch’s mania manifested.  Herod captured several innocent, distinguished men, and ordered their deaths after his own demise, thusly ensuring his subjects’ mourning. Although Herod’s heirs did not carry out that final decree, the king’s intent reflects his relationship with his subjects.  To this day, Herod’s legacy remains suspect, comprising equal elements of tyranny and grandeur, as befits the most famous of all the Roman Empire’s client kings.

    Additional Reading: Guide to Biblical Coins, D. Hendin, Amphora Press, 2010 (5th Edition).

    Coin Details: JUDAEA, Herodian Kingdom, Herod I, 40 BC - 4 BC, AE 2 prutot (18.08 mm, 3.37 g), Jerusalem mint, NGC Grade: F, Strike: 4/5, Surface: 3/5, Obverse: Cross within closed diadem, HPΩΔOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Reverse: tripod table, flat object (vessel) upon it, flanked by palm branches, References: Hendin 1178; Meshorer TJC 48; RPC 4905; ex. David Hendin.

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  7. I'm not going to make this journal overly wordy. It has been, amazingly, over a year since I last posted a journal entry. I have been busy collecting though. I won't go through all of my activities of the past 12+ months but I will say that I am building, piece by piece, a highly-discriminatory 70/70 type set.

    The type set building has been the most fun I've had in a while for collecting as I get to acquire examples of so many different coins, have lots of hunting opportunities and even have bought my first coins of certain series that I've ever owned!

    On to the point-- I mostly presumed that I had completed my Walking Liberty Short Set as high quality as I could achieve without spending above my pay grade for coins in MS67 for the 41-S, 42-S or 44-S. I have swapped out coins when I found equal grade coins but a newer example was of superior strike or eye-appeal.

    The one exception was that I have been looking for a 1947-D in MS67 to replace my MS66 - as an aside, I truly believe that my MS66 could/should be an MS67- especially after the 67's I've passed over the past 3 years. I guess I could get a "+" symbol on it and a CAC sticker and double its value but I rarely go to such effort for + marks or to validate my own discernment.

    So I'm perusing Seated Dollars on ebay and just as a whim I decide to check for the 47-D MS67. There are several there ranging from attractive $3,000+ coins mediocre MS67 white blah coins for near $2000 and a few uglier examples around $1500. BUT LO and BEHOLD! The most attractive of the 6 or 7 examples is also one of the cheaper! Under $2000 for the eye appeal and dazzling toner that I'd hoped to complete the set with.

    After 3 years, ( over 10 years total to finish this 20 coin set) I finally acquired the last piece....what a great feeling for a collector.....

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  8. Happy Mothers Day to all the Collectors Society Mothers. Some years ago I may have posted this coin but I don't remember. That said the message of this coin is always appropriate and I dedicate it to mothers everywhere. Therefore, I am posting this coin and its story now.

    The 2008 Latvian 20-Lats gold coin commemorates the 15th anniversary of the renewal of the Lats currency following Latvian independence from the old Soviet Union. Though this coin commemorates Latvian Independence, it also celebrates motherhood by utilizing a 1922 design conceived by sculptor Teodors Zalkalns, but never used. Additionally, this coin has the distinction of being named the Coin of the Year in 2010 by Krause Publications. Krause Publications is a leading publisher of several numismatic books and periodicals.

    This NGC MS-67, 2008 Latvian 20-Lats coin minted by the Austrian Mint has a mintage of only 5000. The diameter of the coin is 22mm and weighs 10 grams. This coin has a gold fineness 0.999 and has an actual gold weight of 0.352739 Oz.

    The gold "Coin of Latvia" shines with the promise of a good fortune and happiness in the future. It is also a special sign of recognition of an outstanding Latvian sculptor, since it carries out the project conceived by Teodors Zalkalns (Grinbergs until 1930; 1876-1972) in 1922 to create a 20-lats gold coin. The plaster model of the coin preserved in the archives of the Latvian National Museum of History contains symbols that are of great significance to Latvia.

    Zalkalns' images of mother belong to the classical treasures of Latvian sculpture. The sculptures created during World War I and modeled after a refugee from Courland are a potent symbol of the nation's suffering and transcending that suffering. The obverse of the coin also features a woman in a headscarf, which to any Latvian signifies motherhood: when a baby was born, the husband presented the wife with a headscarf. A woman used it to cover her head whenever she ventured out in the world. Folk tradition has it that a person who is lost can find the right way if she turns the headscarf inside out and ties it anew; that a knot in one of the loose ends can help one remember, and if such a knot is tied when a star is falling, one's wish will come true. All these good things are tied to the mother image. Mother is the symbol of never-ending cycle of life, linking the past, present and future generations.

    The feminine principle gives life to an individual and likewise is at the core of the family and state. The feminine principle unites the spiritual with the material; the symbols on the reverse of the coin, bread, apple, vessel with a curdled milk beverage and a jug of milk also signify fertility and plenitude. A knife, symbolizing masculine action, is placed next to the feminine images.

    Finally, I want to thank all the mothers out there for the selfless sacrifices they make on behalf of their children. I also want to thank my wife for her unconditional love for my children. I also want to thank my mother for putting up with me and instilling Christian values in my life that have allowed me to be successful and joyful in spite of the hardships. I love you Mom, I love you Linda.

    Gary

     

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  9. A quick question for the community.  Would you consider the Royal Dutch Mint’s restrikes of the silver daalders to be coins or medals.  They bear a date and are struck by the Nederlandse Munt, and are commemoratives of the original daalders/ducat/ducaton.  NGC appears to recognize it as a ‘daalder’ or ‘dollar’ coin, but it doesn’t have an assigned Euro denomination.  So is it a medal then?   Thanks in advance.

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  10. Hi, I started to collect franklin half for a couple of month. I have a type 1, 1956 in mint state, my question is being in mint state would this be class as a franklin variety or not. Thanks don

  11. OGH Rattlers

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    Here is my newly graded MS-62 Cha'Or Flanders (1346-1384) Fr-163 Louis II  De Male !!

  12. Can anyone explain all the different NGC awards? Or is there a page somewhere? What's the difference between the blue and the red awards?

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  13. John Cava

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    This new blog is on, probably, my greatest hero outside of my immediate family, Nikola Tesla. The coin is one ounce .999 fine silver minted in the Serbian Mint for 2018. It has a 39.0 mm diameter. It has a value of 100 Serbian dinara. The total mintage is only 50,000.

       Featured on the obverse is a portrait of the inventor at the approximate age of 40.His name is above him. It is inscribed in both English and Serbian Cyrillic. Under his portrait is the legend "ELECTRICAL VISIONARY", then a lightning bolt. Below that is inscribed "POWERING THE FUTURE".  

       Centered in the middle is a picture of Tesla's induction motor, with the Serbian Coat of Arms top center. Below that is inscribed "ALTERNATING CURRENT" above and "LIGHTING THE WORLD" and "2018" below. Also inscribed are the words "REPUBLIKKA SRBIJA", 1 OZ., .999 SILVER" and "DINARA 100".

       The man himself has a varied and remarkable history. From the moment of his birth in 1856 during a lightning storm, to his questionable death on January 7, 1943 he led a mysterious life and career. He is most notable for inventing the A.C. motor. He was caught up in a war between Edison and Westinghouse. He was taken advantage of by both men and died penniless instead of the rich man he should have been. He had hundreds of patents and scientific awards to his credit.

       It has been theorized that he received help from aliens, as he was such a prolific genius. On the day of his death many cases of his notes were taken by the FBI. To this day not all of them are accounted for. The reader should research him themselves as I will go off on a rant.  He also was working on limitless, wireless, free electricity and a so called death ray, at the time of his death. Remnants of these can be found in Colorado Springs and New York.

       I better stop now. Please look at the photos below and comment on this blog. Thanks for your time.

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  14. Greetings once again;

                 Was wondering (since I have no experience) selling coins thru an auction house and it sounds like they charge basically the same for the same service, which Auction house(s) would you recommend in consigning coins to ?  What has been you positive AND negative experiences with them.  Appreciate all the responses.

    moondoggy (Mike)

  15. I have a number of world coins from renowned collections and it is a privilege to be their current custodian however most of these are raw - so how do I prove it?

    I do have the original invoice which demonstrates when and where I bought the coin but do people really provide a copy of this should they sell the coin to keep the provenance intact? Apart from 'flagship' coins where each individual is well documented it is only recently that auction catalogues have included pictures of most of the coins in a sale but then these are not always of sufficient quality to confirm a match. Graded coins include a reference number which would be an obvious way to track a coins history however not all auction houses include this is in the description or include a picture of the holder in addition to that of just the coin.

    Provenance included on the label of graded coins is very useful in this regard and I have some coins that highlight their pedigree this way (D. Moore Collection, E.P. Newman etc) however there is limited space on the label so for coins such as a very rare English Charles I halfcrown* which appeared at auction a few weeks ago, this is not the solution either as it would not be possible to include all this information on the holder, it is also impractical that labels will be updated each time a coin changes hands anyway. However I think it would be useful for this information to be added to the TPG databases and be available when looking up a certificate number. The grading company could verify the invoice etc, thereby protecting the personal details of the owner and thus attach valuable provenance to an individual coin (already done as part of adding provenance to a label?). In addition it would also be possible to attribute other important information associated with a coin such as whether it was used as a plate coin in reference texts etc, the wonders of modern technology means that this information could easily be updated.

    With new legislation, such as the German Cultural Assets Protection Act, starting to appear across the globe restricting the sale/export and/or ownership of such things as coins I consider a documented, unbroken, provenance critically important for current and future collectors and as such my major goal for 2019 is to try and sort out all my invoices, photograph/scan of all my coins and generate an electronic record of everything in a format such that my family can easily find things should I not be able to!

    *ex Mrs Street Collection, ex Hon. Robert Marsham Collection, ex Hyman Montagu Collection, ex J. G. Murdoch Collection, ex Virgil M Brand Collection, ex Richard Cyril Lockett Collection, ex John G Brooker Collection - abbreviated list!, I expect I am not the only one who views coins like this at auctions even though their value means they are never going to form part of my collection but it is nice, just the once, to have held them in my hand.

  16. This coin caught my attention, when it came up for auction recently, and I checked on the type in CoinFacts wiki and read that the obverse legend for this daalder included Philip's title as King of England.  

    With a little more research, I can say that the July 25th, 1554 marriage of Queen Mary of England to King Philip of Spain brought about a short period where Philip gained the title of King of England and Ireland and was deemed co-ruler by an Act of Parliament.  The terms of the marriage agreement limited Philip's reign to the duration of the marriage -- it lasted until Mary's death in 1558 upon which the throne went to her half-sister, Elizabeth I.

    As far as I can tell, coins using Philip's title as King of England are limited to a few issues from the Spanish ruled provinces of the Netherlands.  This interesting history plus the fact that I did not have a Spanish Empire crown from the reign of Philip II sealed the deal so I've added it to my crowns of the world collection.

    Obverse: Armored bust of Philip II, legend PHS D G HISP ANG Z REX COMES FLAN 1558 (Philippus dei gratia Hispaniarum Angliae etc rex comes Flandriae -- Philip by the grace of God King of Spain and England, Count of Flanders)

    Reverse: Crowned coat of arms of Philip II over the Burgundian cross, golden fleece below between a pair fire irons* emitting sparks, legend  DOMINVS MICHI ADIVTOR (dominus michi adivtor -- Lord my helper)

    *Jean Elsen catalog listings consistently call these "vuurijzers" which translates to fire irons, the iron implement struck by flint to start a fire. 

    ~jack

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  17. The title of my Journal, and this specific entry, is a takeoff on a series of old Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercials from when I was a kid. In those commercials, someone who had tried the cereal before, and maybe not enjoyed it or appreciated it, tried it again and really did like it. The tagline for the commercials was: "Try them again, for the first time". 

     

    In late 2018, I was on another forum where I responded to a thread about 2019 numismatic resolutions. My response was that I was going to try coin collecting again, for the first time. I think most of us know what I meant when I said that. Most of us made beginner mistakes when first collecting. And, in fact, most of us continue making mistakes even after we are no longer true beginners.  Unfortunately, these mistakes can lead us to have collections which we are not happy or satisfied with. This can lead to even more rash purchases as we try to just get that one coin that will turn around our collections. This scenario can be extrapolated out in many different ways unique to each collector, but nonetheless it is commonplace and relatable.

     

    So I decided to take a step back and try collecting again,for the first time.

    An important early step in this process is writing here in the Journals. I plan to give voice to my goals, lessons, and experiences,  not only to help myself but hopefully to help others.

  18. Found this in a hidden bottom of a box a friends family had given me. Anybody have a idea what it is?

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  19. Just thought I would try to catch up with folks.  I have been away for awhile as many of you know.  Health reasons.  My tests are finally in the normal + range.  But in February I had my 4th back surgery which left me much worse off than what I went in as.  But in July we got my next hobby to keep me waking up for something to do each day, being disabled and retired, in no particular order, and waiting for Mrs. to retire in 1 1/2 yrs. It is a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with matching numbers and near original interior 84,000 miles.  We owned one when we got married in 1973 and miss it since then.  Looked for nearly 9 yrs to find one in good shape.  Being an ex auto mechanic, had to dig out the Motors and Chilton's to refresh on some things.  Was embarrassed to admit it but I have forgotten more than I can ever remember.  But none the less, I am pressing on.  I am hoping my Competitive Isle of Man cats gets some attention for this years awards as well as my custom cats of the world, or others, especially the Snow Leopards.  Hope my old followers will follow me again, as I will follow you as well.

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  20. I have a friend(fellow collector), who was seriously injured in a car fire and really needs some help! If you can do anything to help him and his family please follow this link:

    https://www.gofundme.com/6k3cba8

    If you can't that is understandable at this time of year, send a prayer his way! Please add William to your churches prayer list also. Thanks for your time, help and prayers and I hope you all have a Blessed Holiday Season! 

  21. Chapter 8 The Five Coins that never were and are worth a Fortune

    Anyone who has followed the trials and tribulations related to the 1933 Double Eagles in private hands knows simply possessing a coin does not mean you have the legal right to own it. I am no expert on what exactly the procedure is for coins and bank notes to become legal tender. From what I can gather from news articles the first step is that an order be placed for the coins or bank notes be produced. Once produced is this new currency now legal tender? Evidently not, the new currency must then be officially released which includes funds being transferred to the treasury equal to the face value of the new currency being introduced into circulation. In the case of the 1933 Double Eagle the coins were authorized to be struck but that is where it stopped. With the exception of one 1933 double eagle set aside to be presented to King Farouk of Egypt all other specimens were to be melted down. But even though King Farouk was officially presented his 1933 double eagle it was not officially removed from the mint in that the treasury never received payment from the State Department or any other government agency for release of that coin. The court ruling determined the coin was in fact a gift from the U.S. government to the King and was therefore allowed to exist in private hands but that it not come back into the U.S. until $20 in U.S. funds was paid to the U.S. treasury. The $20 was quickly paid and the coin is now in the U.S. in private hands.

    There are other strange situations related to U.S. coinage such as the 1870-S silver dollar. For example there are simply no mint records related to the production or release of these 12 coins. These 12 coins were all removed from circulation (1 is graded MS 62) and never known to have been in the hands of one family or individual thus implying they were released into general circulation as part of the normal operation of the San Francisco mint. This differs significantly from the 1933 double eagles being fought over in the courts that are all MS and in the hands of one family.

    But what upsets me the most are those #&*%!! 1913 Liberty Head Nickels. To me these five coins represent the darkest side of our hobby that is willing to reward individuals for thievery and allow their ill-gotten merchandise to be sold openly in the market place and to reap big bucks. What saddens me the most is that such practice is supported by the biggest and most prominent auction houses, dealers and collectors. Yes at least one 1913 Liberty Head die was made but that is as far as it went. When I started collecting coins in about 1950 (this was only 37 years after 1913) I heard stories of how these five coins were produced (either as a favor or for payment) for an individual who had an in at the mint. This position was reinforced three decades +/- later when I was living in Maryland and all five of these coins were placed on display at the Baltimore ANA show. I was a one man boycott of this show simply because these coins were being treated like royalty when in fact they were pretenders to the throne. While the ANA show was in town I heard and interview with the president of the ANA on the radio and when asked about the origin of these five coins he paused and the best he could do was imply they may have had a clandestine origin followed by a short laugh and that was all he would say. Please note that unlike the 1870-S dollars these five nickels are all MS, as with the 1933 double eagle, implying they were removed from the mint as group and kept way that until being split up.

    Also I would like to say thank you to those of you who have said they enjoy reading my journals.

    Best regards

    Ram

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         "Mrs. Thomas Leiper and Her Daughter, Helen Hamilton Leiper" as shown on Oil on Canvas, 1794 by Charles Willson Peale. Do you recognize the features in the little one's face or perhaps on her mom's face? She would have been roughly two years old in the picture, having been born on April 20th 1792.

         After having grown up in Philadelphia, in 1814 she married Robert Maskell Patterson M.D. and had seven children. Philadelphia in 1792 was home to our first Mint. Mr. Patterson's dad was Robert Patterson L.L.D. who was the Director of the Mint from 1806 to 1824, having been appointed by President Jefferson. Mr. Robert Maskell Patterson M.D.was appointed Director of the Mint by President Andrew Jackson from July 1, 1835 to July 1851, having succeeded his brother-in-law Samuel Moore in that position who was appointed by President Monroe. A family monopoly for over 45 years, 1806 to 1851.

         The War of 1812 ended February 18, 1815 between Britain and the United States. Copper planchets did not arrive in casks from Matthew R. Bolton's English company until late in 1815. 1815 was the only year in which the United States did not coin any cents. On August 22 through the 24th of 1814 the British had dealt a major blow when a force attacked Washington burning the White House and among other buildings the Treasury. These events compiled to allow a refocus on 1816. It is well documented that 1814 was the last year for the Classic Head Cent with the fillet banner in her hair, due to dislike from the public of Engraver Robert Scot's design. 1815 then was used to let Design Engraver John Reich shape a new portrait. The Matron Head Large Cent design became of age and ruled or reigned from 1816 to mid-year 1835.

         Now enters the little girl in the picture, Helen Hamilton Leiper of Irish descent. She is now 23 years of age,with a father-in-law as acting Director of the Mint and a new bride having married his Irish descent son in 1814. A daughter-in-law's portrait fit for the 1816 John Reich design!

         Some testimonials:  Alexandre Vattemare from France (1796-1864) was a founder of the Boston Public Library and an advocate for public libraries and international library exchange. He wrote in his 1861 book or catalog; "COLLECTION DE MONNAIES ET MEDAILLES DE L'AMERIQUE DU NORD DE 1652 A 1858";"1808 a 1815" bear "le portrait de madame Madison" later the "Effigie de Mme Patterson". 

    Legendary Numismatist and Author Q. David Bowers in his 2018 book titled;"ALEXANDRE VATTEMARE AND THE NUMISMATIC SCENE"; mentions on pages 73 and 74 a catalog by Edward Cogan from 1877 that tells of engravers using Mrs. Patterson from 1816 to 1838.

         So here is my story of the portrait of the lovely Matron Head Large Cent and I am glad after two hundred plus years she has fame!

     

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  23. It all depends on how you ask the question…

    1. What year did a P mint mark first appear on a U.S. coin struck for circulation? --- 1942
    2. What year did a P mint mark first appear on a coin struck for circulation? ---------- 1941
    3. What year was the Philadelphia mint first identified on a circulating coin? ---------- 1895

    I submitted 43 coins to NGC at the World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia this year.  The majority were raw coins for grading, but some were regrades, some for attribution, and one for conservation, regrading and attribution.  I finally got them all back in October and they allowed me to complete three sets that I have been working on for the past 15 years.  Two of these sets apply to the phrasing in question 2 above, and the third set to question number 3.  Taken together, they contain ALL of the15 coins struck before 1942 that explicitly identify the Philadelphia mint as their source.

    The sets listed below each have fairly extensive set descriptions as well as photos and descriptions for each coin in the set.

    • Competitive Set: Curaçao/Suriname - contains 14 coins struck by U.S. Mints, two of which are dated 1941 with a P mint mark. (The set isn’t technically complete, but it is for my purposes.)
    • Custom Set: Netherlands East Indies - Minted by the U.S. Mint - contains 20 coins struck by U.S. Mints, two of which are dated 1941 with a P mint mark.
    • Custom Set: Ecuadorian Coins Struck by Mints in the United States - contains 34 coins struck by mints in the United States, 11 of which were struck between 1895 and 1934 that identify the Philadelphia mint by name or abbreviation. PHILADELPHIA is fully spelled out on the reverse of the 1895, 1914, and 1916 Dos Decimos de Sucre.

    I will continue to upgrade these sets as time and money permit, but for now I have at least one good NGC graded example for each of these coins.

    Thanks for reading and good luck to all vying registry awards.

  24. Hi All

    The first set of 20 Roosevelt dimes has been entered for the Sunday 11-25 Auctions. Here is the link   Press the  shift key and the left side of the mouse.

    https://www.greatcollections.com/search.php?mode=product&series=34&page=3&pp=50

    There will be 20 coins per week for 6 weeks. Thanks for viewing and I hope you bid to get a few.

     

    Thanks

    Mark

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