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Greater Atlanta Coin Show
2022, our 35th year of monthly coin shows
Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for April 2021
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
The upcoming May 2021 show returns to the pre-COVID-19 floor and table configuration. Also, masks will be OPTIONAL, not required.
Meanwhile, dealers and their showcases will fill the bourse with coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items.
We welcome all visitors to the show to buy, sell, trade or just look at the many different treasures found at the show.
Visitors can also bring items such as coins, currency and bullion to the show for the dealers to provide free verbal appraisals.
In the event circumstances impact the show, check with this web site, the recorded show message (770-772-4359) or join our mailing list to receive information about the shows.
Make a reminder note and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to buy, sell, trade or just browse among the many items on display.
After a rain-washed Saturday, the April 2021 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many guests to a room filled with dealers and their showcases containing coins, currency, bullion and other collectible items.
We certainly appreciate all the many visitors who came to the show to join the fun and to browse, buy, sell and trade with the dealers.
Of course, we also thank our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for helping to provide an active and interesting show each month.
This month, we add thanks to the AJC for including the Greater Atlanta Coin Show on their Things To Do in the metro Atlanta area web page. We appreciate the AJC's mention and hope everyone who found us via that avenue enjoyed their visit.
It's spring on the calendar and pollen season in the south. Saturday's rain helped to wash the heavy pine pollen from the air, but the raindrops weren't enough to clear the florescent green pollen from everything that was covered in the small but glue-like substance.
The rain did help brighten the blooms on the azaleas, the dogwoods and other early flowering plants and shrubs.
Springtime in the south is beautiful regardless of the sneezing and watery eyes.
As for the show, people continued to look for gold and silver. Some want eagles while others search among the variety of silver and gold bullion from other countries.
Of course, rare and collectible coins and currency are on display and available for those looking to add to or upgrade their rare collections.
Before we take a look at a few items found on the bourse, let's take a moment and remember two individuals who recently passed.
In Memoriam - Virgil E. King.
Mr. King was a dealer at the show for many years. He was a gracious and genuinely nice gentleman - he will be greatly missed.
In Memoriam - Paul Andre Michels.
Though not a dealer, he could frequently be seen at almost every show trading among the dealers. He is remembered and will be missed.
Now, let's take a look at just a few items located on the bourse.
2021 Gold American Eagle Proof Four-Coin Set
Our first example this month is the newly released Gold American Eagle Proof Four-Coin Set.
The set contains the one-ounce, half-ounce, one quarter-ounce and one tenth-ounce gold American Eagle coins.
The summary from the US Mint's web site states:
"The 2021 American Eagle Gold Proof Four-Coin Set, which includes fractional versions of these iconic coins, is a collector favorite. After more than three decades of the American Eagle Coin Program, the reverses of these classic coins are getting a makeover-don’t miss your chance to purchase the final edition of the American Eagle Gold Proof Four-Coin Set (W) with the original reverse design on each! Serious collectors, this is an opportunity to complete your collection with the last of this original design minted at the West Point Mint in each denomination.
"Each coin in the 2021 American Eagle Gold Proof Four-Coin Set features a breathtaking obverse (heads) design of Lady Liberty. Struck in 22-karat gold and exquisitely crafted, these coins are cherished by collectors around the world.
"Packaged in a burgundy velvet, satin-lined presentation case, this set is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
"Coins in the American Eagle Gold Proof Four-Coin Set are collector versions of the official United States Mint American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins."
The US Mint limited the product to just 8200 sets.
Due to the upcoming change in the reverse design and the limited production, this could be an important set for serious collectors.
2021 US Mint Proof Coin Set
Our next coin set is another recently released item from the US Mint, the 2021 Proof Set.
The Mint describes the set:
"The 2021 United States Mint Proof Set features 7 proof coins encased in two clear plastic lenses in a beautifully designed package you’ll be proud to display. The 2021 Proof Set is a great addition to any collection.
"The 2021 United States Mint Proof Set includes the following coins:
"The final quarter in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program series honoring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama. The reverse design depicts a Tuskegee Airman pilot suiting up to join the fight during World War II with the Moton Field control tower in the background. The pilot looks upward with pride and confidence as two P- 51 Mustangs pass overhead. The inscription “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS” is arced across the top as a reference to the dual battles the Tuskegee Airmen fought - fascism abroad and racial discrimination at home. Inscriptions are 'TUSKEGEE AIRMEN,' 'ALABAMA,' '2021,' and 'E PLURIBUS UNUM.'
"One General George Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter featuring an obverse (heads) design that marks a return to the familiar depiction of George Washington by John Flanagan as it appeared on the quarter from 1932 to 1998. The image was modified for the 50 State Quarters, the DC and U.S. Territories Quarter, and the America the Beautiful Quarters Programs. In this revived depiction, Washington’s portrait is larger, and with higher relief. Inscriptions are 'LIBERTY,' 'IN GOD WE TRUST,' and '2021.' The reverse (tails) design features General George Washington commanding his troops through the overnight crossing of the ice-choked Delaware River prior to the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War. Inscriptions are 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,' 'E PLURIBUS UNUM,' 'CROSSING THE DELAWARE,' and 'QUARTER DOLLAR.'
"One Native American $1 Coin with the latest reverse (tails) design in the series honoring Native American military service. This reverse design features two eagle feathers, which were traditionally earned in battle or by performing a brave deed. Eagle feathers are revered, receiving the utmost care and handling, and are to be displayed proudly in homes. Stars representing five branches of the U.S. Military are in the foreground. A circle, a symbol with deep meaning to Native Americans, connects all the elements. Inscriptions include 'NATIVE AMERICANS - DISTINGUISHED MILITARY SERVICE SINCE 1775,' '$1,' and 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.'
"One Kennedy half dollar, One Roosevelt dime, One Jefferson nickel, and One Lincoln penny"
The set seems a little strange without the five- or six-quarter panel that we've seen since the special quarters began in 1999.
But, at just two, these quarters and this set represent a beautiful addition to the proof set series.
1864 Copper Nickel One Cent Coin
In the early years of the Indian Head cent, the coin's composition included 88% copper and 12% nickel, thus the copper-nickel designation.
In 1864, the Mint produced the copper-nickel version at the beginning of the year and transitioned to the bronze (95% copper and 5% tin and zinc) formula that continued until the change during World War II.
This particular coin, especially in this grade, is more rare than other of the early copper-nickel cents.
From the PCGS description by Jaime Hernandez:
"The 1864 Copper Nickel Indian Cent is the second lowest mintage coin in the Copper Nickel Indian cent series from 1860 - 1864.
"In circulated grades it is harder to find than the 1860, 1862 and 1863 or the common dates. Therefore, the 1864 Copper Nickel Cent commands a slight premium over the more common dates in most circulated grades. Only the 1861 with a lower mintage is more difficult to find in circulated grades. This is also why the 1861 commands a slightly higher premium than the 1864 Copper Nickel in circulated grades.
"MS65: In grades of MS65 and higher the 1864 Copper Nickel Cent is the scarcest of all Copper Nickel Indian Cents struck from 1860 - 1864.
"MS66: In MS66 grade the 1864 Copper Nickel Indian Cent it is very difficult to find. There are probably 10 - 15 examples that have survived in this grade.
"MS67: This is the highest grade possible and as of 2010, PCGS has only graded one lone example in MS67 grade."
In looking at the PCGS statistics as of 2021, they still have only graded one of these coins as MS-67.
Currently, PCGS shows their population for the MS-65 grade as 181 while there are 64 certified higher in the MS-66, MS-66+ and MS-67 grades.
In other words, this is a very nice copper-nickel Indian Cent from the Civil War era coinage.
Our third example is an early Indian Head Cent graded by PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) as MS-65.
The Indian Head cent design began in 1859 and continued into 1909 when the Lincoln cent began production.
1999 Series $10 Collector Note Solid Serial Number
The next numismatic example is a currency $10 note from the 1999 series.
This particular note contains a solid serial number of all 9's.
Though we don't have an image of its partners, this note is one of twelve 99999999 solid serial number notes.
Since there are twelve Federal Reserve Banks, there is one 99999999 note for each of the banks.
On the note, two letters are printed before the serial number.
The first letter, "B", corresponds to the 1999 series notes.
The second letter, in this case another "B", represents the Federal Reserve Bank. "B" happens to be the New York City bank.
For the 1999 series, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) reserved the serial numbers ranging from 99996000 through 99999999 for collector printings or premium set notes.
Regardless of the series or denomination, rarely do the twelve 99999999 notes remain together as a set.
For currency enthusiasts or numismatists in general, this twelve-note solid 9's serial number set is an exceptional find and a valuable addition to any collection.
A black leather case holds the various silver ingots and the gems in a beautiful display.
The Certificate of Authenticity describes the set:
"The Official Gem-Ingots
This is to certify that each of the 30 gem-ingots accompanied by this certificate was minted in solid sterling silver set with a different precious gemstone. Each is an official presentation gem-ingot of one of the world's leading gem house. It is further certified that these gem-ingots were issued in limited edition by The Franklin Mint under the authorization of the gem houses they represent."
Each ingot weighs .77 troy ounce and measures 1.75 by 1-inch.
The total weight for the set is 23.1 troy ounces.
The 30 different ingots from 30 different countries contain 30 different gemstones including diamond, sapphire, emerald, ruby, topaz, turquoise and 24 other gems.
The shiny gem-ingots in the set provide an interesting tour to 30 countries around the world.
Our last example for the April show is a full set of sterling silver ingots with a gemstone embedded into each ingot.
The Franklin Mint produced the shiny proof ingots representing 30 different countries with genuine gemstones representing the country.