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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from April 2018
Next Monthly Coin Show
Those are just a few of the collectible items found on the April coin show's bourse.
Mark your calendars for the next show on Sunday, May 6, 2018, in the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms down one level from the main conference area.
As usual, the bourse will include displays of coins, currency, bullion and other interesting collectibles.
Welcome and thank you to the many visitors to the April 2018 monthly Greater Atlanta Coin Show.
As usual, dealers filled the bourse with their showcases displaying numismatic and other collectibles from old coins and currency to modern US Mint collectibles to other fun items such as antique toys and machines.
The day started cloudy and cold, well, relatively speaking, cold, with the afternoon becoming partly sunny with temperatures in the 50s. Yes, a little unseasonable after the oddly warm temperatures in the low 80s.
Our dealers arrived early to set up their displays, do some business among themselves and get ready for the morning visitors.
Evidence remained in our room from the wedding party of the night before.
After taking care of the unwanted debris, the dealers began the business of a coin show.
The show enjoyed a good group of visitors throughout the morning and early afternoon.
Each month, we always appreciate our visitors, dealers, security and the assistance from the hotel's staff.
Thank you one and all.
This month, several of our visitors looked for silver, silver dollars, silver proof sets and basically any silver collectible.
Due to a busy bourse, there wasn't much time to get many images of this month's bourse, but let's take a look at just a few of them.
2019 The Official Red Book
The new 2019 Official Red Book, the 72nd Edition, was available on the bourse.
This book titled A Guide Book of United States Coins has been a go-to reference for collectors and dealers alike for many years.
It contains introductory information about the numismatic hobby along with details about the many coins from pre-colonial to colonial to modern-day.
In particular, the book shows the quantities minted and the die varieties for the various coins struck by the US Mint through the years.
The values they assign to each coin provide general information but actual market values may differ due to a variety of factors, such as current interest in the coins.
Interests in specific coins fluctuate and the market prices follow those fluctuations.
Here is one problem with the 2019 version of the book. The authors and publisher decided not to include specifics about the American Eagles and the bullion products.
They did include information about the silver, gold, platinum and palladium coins but chose not to maintain the mintage and other details in the book.
Now, people buy reference books to "reference." It's disconcerting to find details that you expect in the book to be missing.
Hopefully, future editions will return the "reference" details to the book.
Still, the Red Book, it's shortened name, continues to include good material for the numismatic hobby.
Soup Can Banks
These two soup can banks came from the 1994 125th Anniversary recognition of the Campbell Company.
The Campbell web site provides information about their history, an excerpt of the Campbell Story:
"At Campbell, we make many of your favorite products including cookies, crackers, sauces and drinks, as well as organic baby food and fresh carrots. But soup is how we started. In 1869, Joseph Campbell, a fruit merchant, and Abraham Anderson, an icebox manufacturer, formed the business that would one day become Campbell Soup Company, and opened their first plant in Camden, New Jersey.
"It wasn’t until after Joseph Campbell retired from the company that Campbell introduced its first can of ready-to-eat tomato soup. Later, in 1897, Campbell made an amazing leap forward when John T. Dorrance, a chemist at the company and nephew of the then-president with an interest in French cuisine, invented condensed soup. He created five varieties, including Tomato, which remains one of the top 10 shelf-stable foods sold in U.S. grocery stores today."
These two banks made from tin have the iconic red and white colors of the Tomato Soup colored in enamel.
The cans are four inches high and two and a half inches in diameter.
Now, if anyone uses the bank to store pocket change, it requires a can opener to remove the loot.
But, they make interesting and nostalgic collectibles.
Naval Cannon Pencil Sharpener
Isn't it interesting what you find on the internet?
In searching for information on "cannon pencil sharpener," this same little cannon was described as being modeled after the cannons used by the Tudor navy, used by pirates and used during the war of 1812.
Now, the Tudor era ended much earlier than 1812, but it's conceivable that all three descriptions are correct.
Also, some of the web sites described their version of this cannon pencil sharpener as "vintage" while others appeared to sell a modern, diecast version of the collectible.
And others, such as this description identified theirs as an antique:
"A charming collectible antique bronze die cast metal pencil sharpener modeled on the period naval cannons used in the war of 1812. It has moving wheels and measures 3 1/8" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/4". Perfect for history lovers of all ages."
This description appears the most applicable to this little cannon from the April bourse.
This next collectible is a beautiful mottled green malachite egg displayed on a black enameled base.
The Fossil Cartel website provides this description:
"Malachite is a green copper hydroxide, or copper ore, whose beautiful green color comes from copper. As early as 4000 BCE, Egyptians crushed malachite into powder to use as eye paint, pigment for wall paintings, and as a glaze and coloring for glass. Its name comes from the Greek word for 'mallow,' as its deep green resembles the leaves of the mallow plant. Today malachite is used mainly as an ornamental material and gemstone, and is found in Russia, U.S.A., and the Democratic Republic of Congo."
Perhaps of more interest is this information from the Crystal Vault website on how to use the mineral:
"Malachite is a Guardian Builder Crystal. The Guardian talismans do not reveal their inner strength. These stones rarely, if ever, form transparent crystals. Rather, they hide their strength behind an opaque mask, obscuring the power they possess.
"In the physical world they are fantastic amulets for protecting your loved ones, your possessions, and your physical security. When they have the Earth Power of a Builder from their chemical makeup, these crystals are perfect aids in building up wealth, or improving our lot in life both materially and spiritually.
"With their predominately green color Malachite brings us the power of respect and compassion teaching us humanity, discretion, and honor. They help us act more charitably, and focus our efforts on service to others."
On the other hand, this collectible egg would make a beautiful addition to a desk, bookcase or other display area.