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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for April 2023
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, May 7, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
April continued our streak of busy, busy 2023 coin shows. Join us in May to help make it a busy show too.
The May bourse will be filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items for visitors to enjoy.
The show welcomes guests to buy, sell, trade or just view the history found in the many displays. People can also bring coins and currency to the show for a free verbal appraisal based on the current market.
The show is open from 9am - 4pm, however arrive early for the most opportunities.
Should circumstances impact the show, check with this web site, the recorded show message (770-772-4359), or join our mailing list to receive up-to-date information about the next show.
Make a reminder note and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, May 7, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
2022 Silver Proof Set
Knives and Swords
Fifty States Bicentennial Sterling Silver Medals
1976 Canadian Olympic Coins Set
The April Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed guests throughout the day with many arriving early to visit the bourse filled with dealers and their showcases of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
As always, a huge thank you goes to our visitors, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for making the show an interesting and fun place to spend a few hours each month. We appreciate each and every one of you.
The April show occurred on a beautiful day with temperatures beginning in the 50s but rising to the 70s under sunny skies.
Of course, it's springtime in the south with pollen everywhere. The florescent green pine pollen could be readily seen everywhere. That's okay. The pollen is just part of spring, and the worst will be over soon. Meanwhile, the dormant trees are turning springtime green along with the flowers and shrubs in bloom.
This month, many people came to the show looking for bullion items such as silver or gold.
Some people even commented that they didn't trust the banking processes and were taking money out of their bank buy bullion, in many cases, silver.
These people believe that the metals will hold their value better than our currency.
Now, considering our currency is fiat money, there can be valid concerns.
"Fiat money" is a government-issued currency that is not backed by a commodity such as gold.
Will our dollar have less worth than gold and silver in the near future? No one knows with certainty, however people are buying bullion to have another option in addition to having money in the bank.
Our dealers provided different options including 90% silver coins, bullion coins - eagles, pandas, maple leafs, bars - Englehard and others in various weights, and other types of precious metal items.
In addition to the bullion buyers, some visitors searched for specific coins, others wanted an appraisal, while others just wanted to view the beautiful history found in the displays.
Now, let's look at a few interesting items found on the bourse.
Our first set of items is a collection of knives and swords.
Now, these certainly seem to be an old and odd collection of potentially sharp and pointy objects.
Were they once in use as a defensive measure?
Were some used to inflict bodily harm?
Or, were these knives and swords only for display purposes?
Depending on their ages, they could have been all of the above.
Regardless, they each could tell interesting stories of their travels and their activities through the years.
Our next item is an interesting set of 50 Sterling Silver medals produced by the Franklin Mint to highlight our nation's bicentennial in 1976.
Each medal corresponds to one of the 50 states.
The large book contains five pages with each holding ten of the states' medals.
The smaller book includes a page for each state explaining the significance of that state's medal. On the back of the page is a small biography of the medal artist.
From the Franklin Mint's description of the medals:
"Every medal in this collection is an award-winning work of art, bearing a design selected by distinguished citizens of the State whose heritage it symbolizes. The fifty separate judging panels spent thousands of hours studying the entries of more than 13,000 artists. By any measure, this was the largest and most exciting art competition in history.
"Since the winning artist in each State is or has been a citizen of that State, The Fifty-State Bicentennial Medal Collection is unique in yet another sense. These medals capture the spirit of America through American eyes. They are truly medals '...of the people, by the people, and for the people...' "
The Franklin Mint produced 32,760 of these sets proof medal sets.
Each medal, protected in acrylic, weighs 1.0416 Troy Ounces of Solid Sterling Silver for a total of 52.08 Troy Ounces.
Sterling Silver contains 92.5% fine silver which equates to 48.174 Troy ounces of fine silver in the 50-medal set.
It's a beautiful set, but perhaps not as desired for its bicentennial value today as it is for its silver content.
Each of the seven containers includes two $5 and two $10 coins of proof quality struck in Sterling Silver, which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper alloy.
The $5 coins are 38 mm in diameter with a fine silver content of 0.723 Troy ounce. The $10 coins are 45 mm in diameter and contain 1.44 Troy ounce of fine silver.
One side of each coin depicts a different commemoration image of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. The opposite side of all the coins show a bust of Elizabeth II.
In all, the seven holders with 28 coins contain over 30 Troy ounces of fine silver.
At a minimum, the coins have silver value, however the right Montreal Olympics collector may have an interest above and beyond the coins' silver content.
This set is beautifully shown in its original leather and wood display.
This is another set of Sterling Silver items, however these are legal tender coins minted at the Royal Canadian Mint.
This is a set of 28 coins with four each in seven wooden holders. Each of the wooden holders rests in a rare, original wooden stand.
The Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-196 in July 1973 authorizing the production and distribution of special commemorative Olympic Coins as legal tender of Canada.
"The 2022 Silver Proof Set features five 99.9% fine silver proof quarters from the American Women Quarters Program honoring:
>Maya Angelou - celebrated writer, performer, and social activist
>Dr. Sally Ride - physicist and first American woman in space
>Wilma Mankiller - first woman to be principal chief of the Cherokee Nation
>Nina Otero-Warren - a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement
>Anna May Wong - first Chinese American woman to be a Hollywood film star, director, and producer
Our last specimen for this month's show is a 2022 Silver Proof Set.
Through 4/16/2023, the US Mint has produced and sold 240,292 of the 2022 Silver Proof Sets.
From the US Mint's product description:
"The 2022 United States Mint Silver Proof Set contains 10 brilliant proof coins, each bearing the 'S' mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.
"Each set contains 1.473 troy ounces of fine silver and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity."
In other words, this is a handsome set to add to a silver proof collection.