SPECIAL AUCTION: My Father’s Coin Collection

I will take this moment to personal privilege to announce that my late father’s coin collection is now up for auction.

My Father’s Coin Collection Auction
NOW ONLINE THROUGH
AUGUST 29, 2021 at 6:00 PM
You can find the auctionhere!

After cleaning out his house and gathering the coins hidden in many places, the entire collection was cataloged, imaged, and is now online for anyone to bid. The collection includes both United States and Israeli collectibles.

My father liked modern commemorative coins and collected almost everything produced by the U.S. Mint, including Mint Sets, Proof Sets, Prestige Proof Sets, commemorative coins, and American Silver Eagles. The collection has many Olympic commemorative coins. It was his way of supporting the Olympics and getting a coin in the process.

When you look at the coins from Israel, you can see that he collected nearly everything. In the piles of coins were appreciation medals from the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation for being a top customer. The collection includes many different sets that I learned about by going through this collection.

There are 557 lots of coins in this auction that will close on Sunday, August 29, beginning at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. To prevent sniping, it is a “soft close” auction. Bids received in the last 30 seconds before the auction closes will extend the bidding for another 30 seconds. Bidding will continue until at least 30 seconds passes after the final bid.

SHIPPING IS AVAILABLE

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This year, National Coin Week celebrates the anniversary of the last of the large dollar coins. One hundred years ago, the U.S. Mint brought back the Morgan dollar while coming up with a new design that eventually became the Peace Dollar. Also, 50 years ago, the U.S. Mint began production of the Eisenhower dollar. These three coins were 38.1 mm in diameter and were the last of the large circulating coins.

As part of the Nation Coin Week Celebration, the American Numismatic Association is offering a discount on the GOLD (digital) membership. For $5, you can join the ANA for one year.

Let’s make joining the ANA more fun! The first 25 new members who join the ANA through this link will pay Zip, Zilch, Nada!
If you are not a member of the ANA, I will pay your 2021 Gold Membership dues for the first 25 readers of the Coin Collectors Blog who join during National Coin Week. All you have to do is click this link and use the Promotion Code NCW21SB when you check out.

In addition to being the world’s largest numismatic organization, the ANA offers collectors resources to learn more about your collection. Aside from the shows, my three favorite resources are:

  1. The Numismatist. There are a lot of great writers talking about numismatics. The Numismatist brings you the best of the writing that can inspire you to learn more or spend money on new collectibles. With the Gold Membership, The Numismatist is delivered electronically so you never have to worry about it being lost or damaged in transit. Since the ANA has digitized every issue dating back to 1888, it serves as a historical reference of numismatic knowledge. Members can access the digital archives from any computer and there is an app for tablets.
  2. The Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library. If it is not printed in The Numismatist, the Library has more than 128,000 items that members can check out. All you pay is shipping, and you can check out books, catalogs, and other resources. I have a box of books I am going through now!
  3. Directly submit coins to NGC. As an ANA member, you can apply for an account with NGC and send your coins directly for grading and encapsulation. Currency collectors can submit their collectibles to PMG. You will have to pay for the grading service but you can submit without becoming an NGC or PNG member.
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Offer expires on April 24, 2021 or when 25 new members join only at info.money.org/ncw-2021-barman.

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Last October, I announced that the Coin Collectors Blog and Coin Collectors News will change the subscription service to use WordPress to send email updates. Unfortunately, the family experienced a tragedy that caused postponement of a lot of plan.

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ANA MEMBERS: I NEED YOUR HELP!!

Dear ANA Member:

I NEED YOUR HELP!

I want to run for the ANA Board of Governors, but the pandemic and a project that took too long to complete prevented me from collecting the signatures for the petition I need to appear on the ballot.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME APPEAR ON THE BALLOT?

I do not have enough signatures on the petition to appear on the ballot. If you are an ANA member, can you please sign a petition and send it back to me so that I can appear on the ballot?

If you can help:

  1. Download a PDF of the petition from → this link.
  2. Sign the petition and please include your ANA Member Number.
  3. Use your smartphone and take a picture of the top part with your signature and email the image me at scott@coinsblog.ws.
  4. If you can scan the paper and send it as a PDF, that would also help. In either case, I need the image of your signature with your ANA member number.

Your signature is not an endorsement of my candidacy — although I would appreciate your support. This exercise will allow me to appear on the ballot.

THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2021!

The deadline to submit signed petitions is the close of business at the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs on Monday, March 1, 2021. I would like to submit the signatures by noon Eastern Time (where I live) on Monday.

THANK YOU!

NOTE: Once the signatures are submitted and verified by the ANA, I am not going to keep the files.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

With 2020 now behind us, let us hope for a better year. Until the COVID-19 vaccines reach at least 70-percent of the population, please wear a mask, maintain a social 6-foot distance, wash your hands regularly, and be considerate of your neighbors and fellow citizens. I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2021 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams!

Weekly World Numismatic News for November 8, 2020

2020 American Eagle Silver One Ounce Proof Coin Obverse Privy MarkSome of you may have noticed that the Coin Collectors Blog and Coin Collectors News sites have been down for a few days. I apologize. There have been technical issues that were resolved (obviously).

It shows that even for a retired expert, this computer stuff can be complicated. But for a government agency with a full-time professional staff and contractors with alleged expertise, the ordering experience of last week’s End of World War II 75th Anniversary American Eagle Proof Coins coins was not an acceptable situation.

My issue was coordinating a response with a hosting company to resolve my issues. The U.S. Mint should not have the same issues. They should have control over the systems and manage the contractor that is providing their service.

Unfortunately, I learned that government agencies do not manage contractors well. Contracts officers (CO) do not show the willingness to make contractors take responsibility for their work. Their technical representatives (Contract Officer Technical Representatives or COTR, pronounced CO-TAR) are ineffective since they tend to serve two bosses, the CO and the project leader.

When I worked for one of the bureaus in the Treasury Department, efforts to consolidate information technology functions did not end well. Each bureau had their reasons for the others not to play in their sandbox. However, the U.S. Mint’s network was a candidate for expanding Internet-related connectivity for applications. Their systems and network could handle more Internet traffic at the time than any other bureau. The U.S. Mint’s IT staff pushed back on the attempt to consolidate with them.

It appears that little has changed with the U.S. Mint. They seem to be circling their proverbial wagons to protect themselves while only tacitly recognizing a problem. After recognizing the problem, then they have to figure out how to fix it.

One of the most significant mistakes government agencies make is not producing proper requirements that contractors can answer. How do they know if the contractor can do the work if you have not told them exactly what to do? The biggest failure of government projects is the lack of appropriate requirements analysis. So far, it looks like attempts to update their web-based services were incomplete and may be a victim of this failure.

Let’s hope that the U.S. Mint will figure it out and make the necessary changes because it is frustrating for the numismatic industry.

And now the news…

 October 31, 2020
TEHRAN – A total of 5,000 historical coins being kept at Rasht Museum of Anthropology in northern Gilan province have been documented. “5,000 coins dating back to different historical epochs including Achaemenid, Parthian, Elamite, Sassanid, Umayyad, Al-Buwayh, Seljuks and Mongol ilkhans, and Elymais, have been documented,” the provincial tourism chief Masoud Hallajpour announced on Saturday.  → Read more at tehrantimes.com

 November 3, 2020
CHICAGO — Coins were in short supply last month at El Nopal Bakery in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood as the coronavirus pandemic and statewide shutdowns stymied the flow of coins through the economy.  → Read more at seattletimes.com

 November 3, 2020
 An incredibly rare 900-year-old coin unearthed by a metal detectorist has sold for almost £30,000 at auction. The silver penny issued by a Yorkshire landowner was found by Rob Brown in two inches of mud in a stubble field near Pickering.  → Read more at dailymail.co.uk

 November 5, 2020
 → Read more at news.bitcoin.com

 November 7, 2020
The coins date from between 1657 and 1667, pointing to their minting shortly after the Deluge, a series of wars with Sweden throughout the 17th century which wreaked havoc and destruction throughout the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  → Read more at thefirstnews.com
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Announcing the Coin Collectors Handbook and Guides

Coin Collector's HandbookToday I am announcing the Coin Collector’s Handbook release and the Coin Collectors Handbook Series of Guides.

Since writing the first article on the Coin Collectors Blog in October 2005, I shared my collecting experiences and collected knowledge with his worldwide audience. After 15 years, it was time to give back to the hobby by creating a guide book based on my experience.

The Coin Collector’s Handbook is by a collector from the perspective of a collector. The book takes the most popular posts and pages from the blog and republished them in book form for the average collector regardless of what you collect. I want to see people enjoy collecting coins or anything else they like without being told that they must create a specific set.

The Coin Collector’s Handbook can be ordered online at the introductory price of $17.95 with free shipping. That is $2.00 off the list price! Just click here to order your copy.

Coin Collector’s Handbook Guides

Coin Collectors Handbook - American Eagle CoinsDuring the recent quarantine, collectors have been using their available time to learn more about their collections. In the last several months, the most popular posts have been about the American Eagle Bullion Program.

Using my previous posts about the American Eagle Bullion Program, posts from the blog are now available in e-book form. The book opens with an essay about the American Eagle Program’s start, followed by chapters that expand on the original posts with coin specifications, design details, and mintage statistics. It includes a glossary of terms used in the book.

Coin Collectors Handbook: American Eagle Coins is available to download as a PDF from the blog’s new Buy Me A Coffee Shop for $9.00, just three cups of coffee!

Based on what the blog readers are clicking on, there will be more guides to come. Stay tuned!

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2020 NLG BEST BLOG!

The Numismatic Literary Guild announced their 2020 annual award winners earlier today. In the announcement, the NLG recognized the Coin Collectors Blog as the Best Numismatic Blog for 2020!

I have been writing the Coin Collectors Blog for almost 15 years. My first post was on October 29, 2005. I think the only person who read that first post was my (now late) mother. It was the only comment she made on the blog. Unfortunately, comments from before I moved from Google’s Blogger platform cannot be displayed, but I have the comments. I think she would be happy.

And so am I!

I thank everyone for reading.
I thank everyone who has commented.
I thank everyone who has written to me in private.

THANK YOU TO THE NUMISMATIC LITERARY GUILD FOR THE RECOGNITION!

Stay tuned. There’s more to come!


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Some have noticed the new buttons on the Coin Collectors Blog for Buy Me A Coffee. Buy Me A Coffee is a service for content creators to earn a little money on their content. It is like Patreon but more flexible.

Rather than sell advertising that gets in the way, this is a way to crowdsourcing the funding that will help offset the rising cost of hosting the Coin Collectors Blog and new projects.

I am using Buy Me A Coffee like a tip jar. If you like what you read, hit the button and buy me a coffee. Have you been reading a while and want me to keep going? Hit the button and buy me a coffee.

Right now, I have two extras available through Buy Me A Coffee. Both are a small charge to help identify and give more information about your coin. For $5, I will help identify your U.S. coin, provide some background, and estimate its value. For $10, I will help with all other coins.

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