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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for August 2023
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, September 10, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
The September show will be filled with displays that provide a variety of collectibles such as coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items for guests to enjoy.
The show welcomes people to buy, sell, trade or just view the historical items in the dealers' 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, September 10, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
Dealers filled the August 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show with their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles for guests to buy, sell, trade or just browse.
As always, we thank our guests, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for supporting the show and making it a busy and fun place to spend a few hours each month. We appreciate you all.
Our hotel in August was not as busy during the day as it has been in recent past. Well, we were busy and may not have recognized other groups at the hotel.
Mother Nature provided rain in the early morning but that turned into sunny and partly cloudy for the rest of the day. Temperatures rose into the low 90s, and because of the rain, it was, of course, humid.
The bourse, though, was a nice place to escape the humidity.
The August show welcomed several people who wanted appraisals for their inherited items. In some cases, they wanted to keep their collectibles, whereas others wanted to sell. Our dealers are happy to provide appraisals regardless of the owner's decision to keep or sell. It's fun for them to view the items and think about their history.
This month, we had several people looking for smaller sizes of gold, such as 1/10th and 1/4th ounce pieces. They may be dipping their toe into the gold bullion pool, or they may think the smaller pieces can be easier to liquidate when needed.
Either way, gold is an interesting addition to a collection.
Of particular interest, a gentleman brought in a Mobile So Called Dollar for evaluation and discussion.
There's a whole study of So Called Dollars. From so-calleddollar.com:
"So-Called Dollars are medals approximately the size of a silver dollar that were struck to commemorate a U.S. historical event. Struck since the early 1800’s they fall into two categories, those associated with a major fair or exposition such as the 1892-1893 Columbia Exposition and those associated with an event in U.S. history such as the completion of the Erie Canal in 1826.
"In addition dollar-sized medals that are associated with the silver controversies, our national coinage or were actually designed as circulating media are also known as so-called dollars. Pieces were struck by the U.S. Mint as well as by private diesinkers.
"The doubling on the 1955 Doubled Die cent is very dramatic and can easily seen with the naked eye. The doubling is most prominent on the date, the word 'LIBERTY' and in the motto 'IN GOD WE TRUST.'"
They add that in 1970 and XF40 1955 Doubled Die cent was valued at $172, and today they show its value as $1800.
Sadly, we cannot all have one as they estimate the survived population across all grades at 15,000.
On a more rare note, people discussed the 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent coin.
Remember, 1943 is the year of the steel cent, but a few bronze planchets found their way into the striking process. One mint estimate was Philadelphia produced no more than 36, of which PCGS guesses only seven remain.
However, even more rare is the 1943-D bronze cent. Denver struck only one of the bronze cents. Of course at auction, the unique coin brought the highest price for a Lincoln Cent.
These topics, the So-Called Dollar, the 1955 Doubled Die Cent, and the 1943 Bronze Cent, represent the types of interesting numismatic discussions that can be found on the bourse each month.
Now, let's take a look at a small sample of items found at the show.
2013 Coin and Chronicles Set - Theodore Roosevelt
They included in this special collectible set:
- One proof quality Theodore Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin
- One Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Medal struck in .999 fine silver - for the first time in United States Mint history
- One 1.5″ National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Bronze Medal (Bald Eagle)
- A print honoring President Roosevelt’s military service
Our first example showcases the US Mint's recognition of President Theodore Roosevelt in a coin and chronicles set.
On December 17, 2013, the US Mint began the order process for the 2013 Coin and Chronicles Set - Theodore Roosevelt at noon Eastern Time.
Similar to earlier Coin and Chronicles sets, the Mint provided a booklet with information about President Theodore Roosevelt where they highlighted his legacy as a soldier, statesman, and conservationist.
This interesting set highlights a president and provides examples of three different US Mint collectibles.
2015 Coin and Chronicles Set - Lyndon B. Johnson
- One 2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Reverse Proof Coin - available only in this set
- One Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential .999 silver medal
- One U.S. postage stamp issued in 1973 to pay tribute to President Johnson
- One 2015 Coin & Chronicles Set-Lyndon B. Johnson booklet including images from his life and presidency.
The Johnson Presidential $1 Reverse Proof Coin has the “P” mint mark indicating its production at the Philadelphia mint location.
The silver medal - a replica of the small presidential bronze medal - will also be produced at the Philadelphia facility but will have no mint mark.
For a contrast, the next example is another presidential coin and chronicles set highlighting a more recent president.
At noon Eastern time on October 27, 2015, the US Mint began accepting orders for the Coin and Chronicles Set honoring President Lyndon B. Johnson.
This set contains:
The US Mint listed a mintage for this set at 25,000 units with orders limited to two units per household. The bureau will re-evaluate the order limit over the period this set is available for sale.
Per the Mint's Cumulative Sales Report for the end of 2015, they adjusted the net demand to be 23,905.
This Coin and Chronicles collectible provides history and interest from an interesting and challenging era of politics and world strife.
2015 Britannia Silver Coin
The reverse of each coin showcases Britannia, the feminine embodiment of Great Britain. She wears a classical toga and a war helmet as she stands vigilantly poised for battle upon the shores of her country.
In one hand, she wields a trident in honor of Britain’s naval prowess. In the other hand, she holds an olive branch and a round shield bearing the union jack. These items represent the navy’s duty to protect the peace of their nation by any means necessary.
Next, let's look at a silver coin from across the pond, the 2015 Britannia silver coin.
The coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 pure silver and has a legal tender face value of £2 in the UK. Produced by the Royal Mint, this coin continued the Silver Britannia coin series which began in 1997.
The obverse side of the Britannia shows Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch is portrayed in profile, attired in her trademark diadem.
Around the likeness are the queen’s name; the coin’s denomination and the Latin abbreviation for “Dei Gratia Regina,” which translates into “Queen by the Grace of God.”
Encircling her image is text including the coin’s weight, purity, country of origin and mintage year.
The field area of both the obverse and reverse appears to be stippled rather than smooth.
This is another beautiful way to add silver to your collection.
2017 Canada Maple Leaf Silver Five-Dollar Coin
The reverse highlights the sugar maple leaf design created by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. The official emblem of Canada, the maple leaf is used by sporting teams across the nation and appears at the center of the national flag.
The 2017 became the 29th consecutive year of release for the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf.
Each silver Maple Leaf contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and has a face value of $5 (CAD), fully backed by Canada’s government.
Last for this month's examples is the Canada Maple Leaf Silver Five-Dollar Coin from 2017.
The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a coveted silver bullion coin. The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the silver Maple Leaf nearly a decade after its gold counterpart. Each year the gold and silver Maple Leaf coin feature the same designs.
The obverse of the 2017 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin features the 2003 depiction of Queen Elizabeth II created by Susanna Blunt.
Through the years, the Silver Maple Leaf has undergone fewer changes in its history than the gold version. For example, it has always featured .9999 pure silver while the gold debuted in just .999 purity.
But, the Silver Maple Leaf has less variety, being offered only in a one ounce weight while the gold has a 1 ounce and four fractional-weights.
The silver Maple Leaf coin is beautiful option for adding silver to your collection.
"The following types of medals are not so-called dollars: military medals, religious medals, award medals, fraternal medals or advertising store card medals."
The gentleman's So Called Dollar, or medal, recognized Mobile's 250th anniversary in 1961. One of our dealers recognized the medal as a So-Called Dollar, however he was unable to provide much information about it just using his phone for a search engine.
The so-calleddollar.com website provides a resource for more research into the many So-Called Dollars.
Another interesting discussion focused on the 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent. PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) comments about the cent:
"The 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln cent is unquestionably the most famous doubled die coin in the entire Lincoln cent series and possibly the most famous doubled die coin in numismatics.