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My Life as a YN   Image Attached

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Today as a 58 year old coin collector I occasionally think back on my years as a YN (young numismatist). I have very fond memories of those days and the coins I collected, ...

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The NYU Hall of Fame for Great Americans Medals   Image Attached

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The New York University Hall of Fame for Great Americans is a 630 foot outdoor colonnade featuring the sculpted busts of 98 out of the 102 honorees elected into it. The Hall...

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The 1952 West Point USMA Sesquincentenial Medal   Image Attached

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Over her long and distinguished career Laura Gardin Fraser had a very cordial relationship with the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Both Frasers loved...

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The 1928 Lindbergh Medal   Image Attached

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On May 4, 1928, the Congress of the United States passed a joint resolution authorizing the striking of a gold medal to be presented to Charles A Lindbergh. This medal was to...

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The 1920 Army Navy Chaplains Medal   Image Attached

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I know I posted about acquiring this medal earlier, but since then I have had this medal graded. I am also including in this post more of the background information associated...

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The Centennial Medal of the American Numismatic Society   Image Attached

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This is the second of what I hope will be three finished descriptions this week. This set is coming along rather nicely and I added the Grant Dollar to the Laura Gardin Fraser...

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The George Washington Bicentennial Medal   Image Attached

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Writing descriptions for the coins and medals in my sets is time consuming for me. First comes the hours of trying to uncover even the most obscure of information about the...

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The 1957 Oklahoma Semicentennial Medal   Image Attached

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Thematic coins and medals based on western subjects were a favorite of both Frasers. James Earle Fraser was born in Winona, Minnesota on November 4, 1876. In 1880 his family...

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The Society of Medalists First Issue   Image Attached

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Before Laura Gardin Fraser married James Earle Fraser on Thanksgiving Day of 1913 she was an admiring student under his tutelage at the Art Students League in New York City. ...

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An Unexpected Sale and Purchase   Image Attached

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This past weeks Central States Numismatic Society show was full of unexpected surprises. For me, the unpredictability of this years show made it one of the most exciting CSNS...

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Finally! The Medal that Will be the Centerpiece of My New Collection   Image Attached

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Since I started my collection of Laura Gardin Fraser coins and medals, the 1920 American Army and Navy chaplains medal has been at the top of my list to purchase. These medals...

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Meanwhile Behind the Scenes...   Image Attached

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When it comes to collecting coins over the course of a year, I typically focus on only one segment of my collection at a time. For instance, three years ago it was Morgan and...

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The Coins and Medals of Laura Gardin Fraser   Image Attached

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My new custom set is coming more into focus with this set description.

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The First Coin Description of My New Custom Set   Image Attached

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This year I am starting a new custom set based on the coins and medals of Laura Gardin Fraser. The Alabama Centennial coin is the first description in this exciting new set. I...

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Worth the Wait   Image Attached

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Two and one half months after I made a commitment to buy an 1802 NGC XF-40 Large Cent, my wait has finally ended!

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I Finally Found What I was Looking For   Image Attached

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I am already finding the new ANA searchable database of The Numismatist quite useful in finding information I thought didnt exist or was lost.

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The Year in Review and a Sneak Peek at 2016   Image Attached

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This past year has been a phenomenal year for my collection and in particular my 7070 type set. In just this set alone, I have both added and upgraded a total of 21 coins! ...

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Exception Clauses in My Collection   Image Attached

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There are those collectors who will under no circumstances have details graded coins, medals, and tokens in their collections. Then there are collectors like me who will make...

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Its Time to Stop Dragging My Feet   Image Attached

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I was so impressed by Alan Lastufkas, Most Improved post that I thought it was high time I kick it in gear and improve upon a few images of my own. Thus, this post features an...

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The Best of All   Image Attached

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I have been to a total of five ANA Worlds Fair of Money shows and this year's show was far and away the best I have attended.

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If You Think Buying the Plastic is Bad...   Image Attached

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Then buying the grade sight-unseen regardless of the plastic or the coin is especially bad! That said, I am embarrassed to admit that in my zeal to upgrade an XF-40...

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A Couple of Freebies   Image Attached

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With all my recent coin purchases, I had racked up quite a few E-Bay Bucks. Thus, I was able to upgrade two coins in my 7070 type set based solely on E-Bay Bucks. With the...

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Buying and Selling Part 2   Image Attached

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In my last post, Buying and Selling Part 1, I described how I sold circulated gold coins to acquire mint-state gold coins. In this post I will talk more about the proceeds...

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Buying and Selling Part 1   Image Attached

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Not long ago I posted My Collector Profile and expressed my affinity towards type collecting. Subsequently, I reviewed my entire collection for coins I could sell, and with...

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An Opportunity I Couldn't Pass Up   Image Attached

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My new half-cent is perhaps the most gorgeous half-cent I have run across.

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My Collector Profile   Image Attached

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The definition of profile is to describe, write about, give an account of, portray, depict, sketch, and outline. That said, could someone easily write about, give an account...

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A Flurry of Collecting activity   Image Attached

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It has only been two short months since I returned from a short-term mission trip to Thailand. However, in that time I have been as busy as ever adding coins to my collection, ...

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A Worthy Addition to my 7070 Type Set   Image Attached

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A very attractive 1855 MS-63 BN half-cent has found a home in my collection.

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40+ Years in the Making   Image Attached

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...Finally after more than 40 years, a youthful fascination becomes reality.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Camera Lens   Image Attached

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...Or is it rather in the skill of the photographer.

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I Feel Your Pain   Image Attached

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Jackson I'm sorry about the loss of that very attractive 1947-D Walker, I know how you feel. I just recently fell prey to the "snooze ya loose" syndrome.

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A Coin-Related, Non-Coin Purchase   Image Attached

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For several months I had been toying with the idea of buying a Morgan Dollar coin clock offered by a seller named CoinClocks. Just recently, I finally broke down and pulled...

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It Took 9 Cents to Finally Rid My Type Set of No-Grades   Image Attached

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Yes, I was finally able to rid my 7070 Type set of no-grades with three coins totaling 9 cents in face value. Those coins are an Eric P Newman pedigreed 1859 AU-58 Indian Head...

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Worth the Wait   Image Attached

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My most recent acquisition is worth the wait. Especially sweet is that I could of bought a nice example of this same coin at any time during the last eight or nine months.

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An Unlikely Purchase   Image Attached

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My latest NEWP is an XF-45 1860-O Seated Liberty Dollar to upgrade a VF-35 1842 dollar from my collection.

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Garys August Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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The Coin of the Month for August 2014 (Volume 3, Number 12) is an NGC MS-62, 1846 Bavarian 2 Thaler commemorating the completion of Ludwigs Canal connecting the Main and...

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A Pre-ANA Show NEWP for my 7070 Type Set   Image Attached

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This coin is the one I didn't want to get away by waiting until I arrived at the ANA show on Friday.

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An Unusual Find   Image Attached

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Over the years, I have retrieved Indian Head Cents, Buffalo Nickels, and War Nickels from circulation. Adding to those finds are hundreds of wheaties and an occasional silver...

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Garys July Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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For most of my collecting life, I have collected nothing but US type coins. Then in 2008, I expanded my collecting objectives to include world coins. Later I began collecting...

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If At First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try, Again!   Image Attached

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The day I stop learning or wanting to learn is the day I need to do something else.

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My Latest NEWP and Shes a Dandy!   Image Attached

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I believe that this half-dime combines both eye appeal and value. As such it is a perfect candidate for my 7070 type set.

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Garys June Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Just a month ago, I had no clue I would be featuring a coin from the Saddle Ridge Hoard as the Coin of the Month. Nevertheless, here I sit today as an improbable owner of a...

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Garys May Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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This months Coin of the Month (Volume 3, Number 9) is my first column featuring a coin I do not own. Instead, it is an NGC MS-66+ 1951-S Washington Quarter from the personal...

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My Latest NEWP from the CSNS Show for my Type Set   Image Attached

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I will have more to say on this very different show experience later but I couldnt wait to display the newest addition to my 7070 basic type set.

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So Long IKE, its Been Fun   Image Attached

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After a long and cordial run collecting Eisenhower Dollars, it is time for me to part ways to pursue other interests.

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Garys April coin of the Month   Image Attached

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This month my Coin of the Month feature (Volume 3 Number 8) will touch on three events. The first event relates to the coins origin in the Ukraine and represents my hope for...

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Garys March Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Garys March Coin of the Month (Volume 3 Number 7) features a copper NGC AU-58 1790s 1/2 penny Conder Token (D and H-36D).

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Cold Hard Cash...   Image Attached

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My post today is more of a light humored stab at this ridiculous winter. I know this post doesnt feature a coin but bear with me, I think you will enjoy it nevertheless.

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Garys February Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Februarys Coin of the Month is not rare; it has a mintage of 664,833,000. It is not made of silver or gold; it has a bi-metallic composition of stainless steel with an outer...

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I Am Honored  

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Before I get started, I want to congratulate all the winners of this years awards. That said I also want to thank all those who have congratulated me for the Most Informative...

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Garys January 2014 Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Garys January Coin of the Month (Volume 3, Number 5) is a NGC MS-64 RB, 1795 Great Britain Halfpenny Conder Token (D&H-23).

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A Look Backwards and a Look Forward   Image Attached

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2013 has been a very good year for my collection. In 2014, I plan more of the same with the exception that I will have to scale back my new purchases significantly.

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Garys December Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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I know my December piece is a little early, but Ive been working feverishly on my owner comments for The Use of Seated Imagery in Numismatics custom set. I just finished the...

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Garys November Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Novembers Coin of the Month (Volume 3 Number 3) column features an NGC PFUC-69, 1994 Canadian $200 gold coin (KM# 250) commemorating the Literary Legacy of Canadian Lucy Maud...

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I Finally Found What I Was Looking For   Image Attached

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A long search finally yields for me the 1838 Hard-Times, Am I Not A Woman And A Sister Token.

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Garys October Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Garys Coin of the Month (Volume 3, Number 2) features a coin commemorating the 25th wedding anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and Elizabeth of Bavaria. The...

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ARRRRGH! Imaging Coins can be Really Frustrating   Image Attached

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Have you ever held a coin in your hand and just admired the intricate details and the spectacular kaleidoscope of colors? Then you try to image your coin just to find that the...

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An Olive Oil Bath Anyone?   Image Attached

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An article in this weeks Coin World, a coin I collected 35 years ago in New Caledonia, and my new custom set, The Use of Seated Imagery in Numismatics gave me an idea for a...

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Garys September Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Garys September Coin of the Month (Volume 3, Number 1) is a continuation of Augusts column and features an NGC AU-53 Spanish Provisional Government 1870(74) DEM, 2 Peseta (KM#...

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My Day at the ANA Show with Yankeejose   Image Attached

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A day at my third ANA show yields four treasures (five, if you include the complimentary PCGS luncheon Lincoln Cent) and the opportunity to meet and spend the day with fellow...

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Garys August Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Garys Coin of Month article for August 2013 (Volume 2 Number 12) features an NGC AU-53 Spanish provisional government 1870(74) DEM, 2 Peseta. Divided into two parts, this...

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Re:Working on my CLAD DIMES and MINT SETS  

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To fully grasp this post, please read the recent thread posted by Six Mile Rick

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Garys July Coin of the Month the Denmark Mermaid Coin   Image Attached

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This months column is a companion piece to last months, and features a Denmark NGC MS-64 1890-CS 20 Kroner gold coin.

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Why had I not seen this before?  

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For the most part, I am not an error coin collector except that I think coins displaying clashed dies are rather cool.

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Before and After   Image Attached

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Ive sent many coins to NCS for conservation over the years with mixed results. Sometimes conservation brings out different surface conditions that were hidden before, both the...

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Garys June Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Featured in this months edition (Volume 2 Number 10) of The Coin of the Month is an NGC MS-65, 1903 Danish 2 Kroner coin (KM-802) commemorating the 40th anniversary of the...

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Happy Mothers Day, A Numismatic Tribute to Motherhood   Image Attached

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Garys May coin of the month features a 2008 Latvian 20-Lats gold coin commemorating the 15th anniversary of the renewal of the Lats currency following Latvian independence...

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My day at the Central States Numismatic Society Show   Image Attached

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A wonderful day with my with my wife culminated with the addition of an 1834 Bust Dime to my 7070 type set.

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Liberty to return to US coinage?  

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As a lover of classic coins this news gives me something to cheer about!

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Garys April Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Aprils Coin of the Month (Volume 2 Number 8) is an NGC MS-63 1896/5 Guatemala Peso (KM #210)

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Garys March Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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This months featured coin (Volume 2 Number 7) is a silver proof-like 1970 Netherlands 10 Gulden coin commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Netherlands liberation...

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Unbelievable, or Rather Should I Say, BELIEVABLE!   Image Attached

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It is not often that I talk about my Christian faith on a coin forum, but in this instance, the two are intricately entwined and inseparable. So follow along with me as I...

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Garys February Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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My Coin of the Month for February (Volume 2 Number 6) is an NGC graded MS-64, 1930-B 20 Francs gold coin from Switzerland (KM #35.1). Due to an array of interesting events...

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Turning Disappointment into Satisfaction  

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The following is my response to the thread, Last Straw, by SPHanson.

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Garys January 2013 Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Garys Coin of the Month (Volume 2 Number 5) for January 2013 features an NGC PFUC-68 French 100 franc coin (KM#1096) commemorating the 100th anniversary of cinema and the...

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Guilty as Charged   Image Attached

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I was snared by my own desire to populate a registry set by buying the plastic rather than the coin.

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Why Garys Coin of the Month?  

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The Full Library of Garys Coin of the Month Journals represents much of what I enjoy about numismatics and coin collecting. Together with collecting coins, I also enjoy...

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Garys December Set of the Month   Image Attached

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Greetings all, Decembers Coin of the Month centers on my Netherlands 10 Gulden, Wilhelmina I, 1897-1933, Circulation Issue registry set. That set entitled, Garys Golden...

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A New Custom Set  

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A Custom Set for Garys Coins of the Month

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A Four-Coin Tribute to our Veterans   Image Attached

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For Novembers Coin of the Month column, I am using four coins to illustrate my heartfelt thanks to all the veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

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White Tuxes for my Foreigns   Image Attached

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Crossing over five PCGS world coins over to NGC confirms one of my long held suspicions, but does not effectively answer the question, does NGC under grade its world coins or...

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Garys October Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Two months after the Olympic Games and a month before our national elections, Octobers Coin of the Month (Volume 2, Number 2) is a 1995-P PCGS PR69DCAM Special Olympics...

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All Under One Roof   Image Attached

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My entire collection of Coin of the Month articles is all in one place.

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Garys September Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Septembers Coin of the Month (Volume 2, Number 1) is an NGC AU-55, 1897 close date, Cuba Souvenir Peso.

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Garys August Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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This Months Coin of the Month is an NGC MS-66, 1971, 200 Rupee gold coin (KM# 39) from the island nation of Mauritius and is dedicated to my wife Linda.

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There is Nothing Like Seeing it in the Hand   Image Attached

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I doubted a CAC NGC VF-25 1895-S Morgan Dollar I won at auction until I got it in the hand.

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Julys Coin of the Month and our first 100 years of Independence   Image Attached

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The Coin of the Month for July is an 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition Medal designed by William Barber.

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Junes Coin of the Month is Out of this World   Image Attached

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Junes Coin of the Month is a NGC PFUC-69 French 2009 10 Euro coin that commemorates the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of mans first steps on the...

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My First Great Collections Consignment   Image Attached

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My first consignment with Great Collections is a success despite the recent fall in the gold market that depressed my bottom line.

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The Results are In and So So   Image Attached

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The moment I have been waiting for has arrived and I received my 1876 Centennial Medal back from NCS fully graded in an oversize holder at MS-61.

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Garys May Coin of the Month (couldnt wait to post this)   Image Attached

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This months Coin of the Month is a PCGS MS-63, 1936-S, Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half-Dollar. I am dedicating this post to BeawChan because he...

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Hot off the press! New rules on E-Bay  

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What does the collecting community out there think of these changes? I think theyre a step in the right direction to truth in purchasing on E-Bay

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Three Point Wonders   Image Attached

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If there is anything that rubs me the wrong way, its paying $300 for a classic coin thats worth a paltry three registry points.

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Garys April Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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The coin featured this month comes from Peru and completes my three part series on the Seated National Personifications.

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1876 US Centennial Exposition Medal   Image Attached

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Just a short post this time, but I had to share my latest acquisition.

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The E-Bay Phenomenon   Image Attached

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E-Bay can be good resource for purchasing coins, but there is one caveat to be aware of, Buyer Beware!

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In the Mean Time...   Image Attached

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I must confess that of lately I have been focused on my web site and Coin of the Month posts. However, behind the scenes my collection has been quietly growing.

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Garys March Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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This month my attention turns from Britannia to Lady Liberty in this second of three journal posts on coins displaying feminine seated national personifications.

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coinsbygary.com is online  

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A web site where I make the rules is on line. Now I have the prerogative of putting raw coins in my sets if I so desire!

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Addendum to my Coin of the Month   Image Attached

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Britannia and the Falkland Islands

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