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Coin Show - Monthly Notes for April 2022

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

The bourse will be filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items in the dealers' showcases.

Doors open at 9am for guests to visit the bourse for buying, selling, trading or just looking at the different collectible and historical items in the dealers' displays.

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 15, 2022 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

Ten 10-ounce Silver Bars

The April 2022 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed visitors to the bourse filled with coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.

We send a big thank all of the participants in the monthly show including our visitors, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff. Each individual makes the show a fun place to spend a few hours each month. Thank you everyone.

Of course, everyone is welcome at the show whether buying, selling or just browsing among the many displays.

The show's dealers provide displays filled with treasures where guests can buy items to add to their collection, sell numismatic collectibles to the dealers, obtain free verbal appraisals for numismatic items brought to the show, or just have fun viewing the many items in the showcases.
The early April show saw a nice day outside with temperatures in the low to mid-70s and lots of yellow pollen proving springtime had definitely arrived.

The hotel had a few visitors in their parking lot on Sunday morning, however there were many visitors to the golf amenities associated with the Conference Center.
As in recent months, guests continued their searches for gold and other precious metals to buy in addition to rare coins.

Dealers provided gold and silver items, however those items are difficult for dealers to obtain.

Of course, discussions on the bourse included the rising inflation, the war in Ukraine, along with comments about coins, currency, bullion and other items on display.

Now, let's take a look at just a few items on the bourse.

2023 Red Book

Official Red Book, A Guide Book of United States Coins 2023
The book is valuable to people looking to gain general knowledge about coins along with experienced numismatists who want to know specific details about certain United States mintages and grades.

The content provides information about prices for the various coins, however the values presented are generic and do not reflect current market prices.

In other words, this book is an excellent resource with general, but not current, price information.
The new Official Red Book, A Guide Book of United States Coins 2023 is now available.

The 2023 version is the 76th edition of the popular numismatic guide.
Asahi Metals Ten 10-ounce silver bars
The obverse of the 10 oz Silver Asahi Refining Bar contains the Asahi Metals logo at the top of the bar, followed by an engraving of “Asahi Refining.” Below this are “Fine Silver 999” in a rectangular box and the weight of the bar as “10 Troy Ounces.”

The reverse of each Asahi Refining Silver Bar shows the refiner's logo.   Appearing to be the letters “A” and “M” to represent Asahi Metals, the logo is set at a 45-degree angle and repeats across the face of the reverse.
Since the metal continues to be popular, our next example shows ten 10-ounce bars of silver.

These bars  by Asahi Refining produced these bars which arrive from the refiner sealed in a protective sleeve.
Asahi Refining opened its doors as a refiner of recycled precious metals from the manufacturing and industrial sectors in Tokyo, Japan in 1952.

Asahi Refining completed a $186 million purchase of Johnson Matthey’s silver and gold production facilities in March 2015. The purchase gave it control of refineries in Salt Lake City, Utah and Brampton, Ontario, Canada, plus an additional investment casting facility in St. Catharines, Canada.

Though new, these bars come from an historically sound refining and production process. They would be a beautiful addition to any silver collection.

ANA 85th Anniversary US Mint 1976 Bicentennial Set

ANA 85th Anniversary US Mint 1976 Bicentennial Set
This set contains the Eisenhower Dollar, Kennedy Half Dollar and Washington Quarter bicentennial coins all struck in 40% Silver and in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. 

Additionally, there is a US Mint Bicentennial medal included, and all are sealed in the US Mint cardboard holder, in the original US Mint envelope. 

In addition, this envelope exhibits a 13-cent stamp denoting the bicentennial era 1776-1976.

The cancellation on the envelope shows 8/25/1976 at ANA Station in New York.  The cancellation also contains the ANA's seal and "American Numismatic Association 85th Anniversary."

In the lower right of the envelope is printed the "U. S. Mint Bicentennial Souvenir Set, 1976" along with "William E. Simon, Secretary of the Treasury" and "Mary Brooks, Director of the Mint."

Overall, this set provides an interesting historical perspective.

Our next specimen represents history of our nation, of the ANA (American Numismatic Association), and the US Mint.

This is a bicentennial souvenir set produced in conjunction with the ANA's 85th anniversary in 1976.

Five-Dollar Gold American Eagle

Five-Dollar Gold American Eagle
Inside the US Mint's holder, the text reads:

"This is to certify that this American Eagle $5 Gold Bullion coin is genuine United States Mint coinage. Bearing the historic date 2001. The Brilliant uncirculated $5 Gold Eagle weighs 1/10 ounce and is minted of over 91% Pure Gold and 3% Fine Silver. The obverse is inspired by Augustus Saint Gaudens' legendary $20 Gold Piece, minted from 1907 to 1933. The reverse features a nest of American Eagles, symbolizing family tradition and unity. American Eagle coins are the only bullion coins whose weight and purity is guaranteed by the United States Government."

The small coin is mighty in that it, like its larger counterparts, contains pure gold but its smaller size and smaller price allows more people to add pieces of gold to their collections.
In the interest of gold collecting, this example is small but mighty.

The five-dollar gold American Eagle coin is the smallest of the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins with a weight of 3.393 grams and contains 1/10 ounce of pure gold.

Real versus Counterfeit Silver American Eagle

Real versus Counterfeit Silver American Eagle
Some fakes are really good and require various tests to determine their authenticity.

However, other fakes are easily seen by experienced numismatists.

Some easy tests include:

- dates earlier than 1986 are definitely fake

- lack of reeded edge is fake (The newest US Mint versions have a single reed missing from the edge to help determine real versus fake.)

- wrong size and weight (A real silver American Eagle weighs 1 Troy ounce  or 31.103 grams has a diameter of 40.6 mm, or 1.598 inches and thickness of 2.98 mm, or 0.1193 inches.)

- wrong content (A real silver eagle contains .999 silver and .001 copper.)
Our last example for April includes view of a real Silver American Eagle (top)  versus a fake (bottom).

A gentleman brought the fake eagle to the April show wanting to know its value.

As a counterfeit, the item does not have any numismatic value.

This example is just to raise awareness of the increase in fake coins arriving from China.
There are several internet resources that describe a variety of tests to identify fake silver eagle coins. Be careful, though, some of the tests are destructive and will reduce the value of a real silver eagle.

The best offense against buying fakes is gaining knowledge about the coins and buying from reputable, known dealers.