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Next Monthly Coin Show

Coin Show - Monthly Notes for December 2022

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, January 15, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

Come one, come all, begin the new year with a coin show.

Dealers will fill their showcases with coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items for visitors to enjoy.

Guests visiting the show are welcome 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, January 15, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

Warner Robins Coin Club - 60 Years

Tobacco Pipe

Currency - One Dollar

1899 S Five Dollar Gold Coin

The December 2022 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed visitors to a holiday bourse  filled with dealers and their varied displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.

We appreciate all of you whether a visitor, a dealer, our security or the hotel's staff. Each of you provide a valuable contribution to the success of the show each month.   Here's a big THANK YOU to one and all.  

The December coin show was a busy place to be with a good mix of returning guests and new visitors as well. Welcome to all, hope you enjoyed your visit and hope you will return to visit future shows. 

We observed some people new to the hobby and just getting started on their search for treasures. Welcome and come again.
As a reminder, it's best to arrive at the show early in the day for the most opportunities. Several of our dealers have long drives or Sunday evening plans and leave by mid-afternoon.

Every month, the show welcomes guests who are interested in buying, selling, trading or just viewing the many numismatic and collectible items on display. Visitors are welcome to bring items for free verbal appraisals based on current market values. 

Our dealers provide an abundance of experience along with the wide variety of displays from ancient to modern, from historical to current, from loose good to slabbed mint state, from coins to currency to bullion to medals to stock certificates to jewelry to other types of interesting items.
For December, Mother Nature gave us a rainy day with temperatures in the 50s - 60s, not bad for this time of year.

At the hotel, some religious groups held services in the hotel's conference spaces. Though we didn't see any while there, the hotel may have hosted some holiday events in the evening after we left.

As for being busy, one dealer commented as he left the show, "I sold everything I brought this month." Kudos to him and to the visitors to his table.

With the current markets, people continue to be interested in gold and silver bullion, which several dealers always bring to the show.

Now, let's take a look at a sampling of numismatic items seen at the show.
Warner Robins Coin Club 60 Years Medal
Our first entry this month is in honor of the Warner Robins Coin Club, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023.

A gentleman at the show provided this medal illustrating their historical anniversary.

The medal is actually a flattened Lincoln cent with the reverse having faint outlines of the Lincoln Memorial.

The medal shows "Warner Robins Coin Club" across the top and notes "Est." on the left and "1963" on the right.

In the middle is an outline of Georgia with an airplane and a peach superimposed on the state.

A star within the state outline shows the location of Warner Robins.

Congratulations to the Warner Robins Coin Club on their 60th anniversary. May their future be strong.
Black and white resin tobacco pipe
Our next item is a fun non-numismatic item, just a simple tobacco pipe.

Made of resin, this black and white pipe could be an interesting and inexpensive conversation piece.

Or, it could be an addition to props for a play. It doesn't quite have the curvature and length of a Sherlock Holmes pipe, but it would work in a pinch.

Just a fun and interesting item found on the bourse this month.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta one dollar note with serial number 1
The "FW A 117" to the right of the green Treasury seal identifies the note was printed at the Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing with face plate A 117.

The signatures on this one dollar currency include Rosa Gumataotao Rios as Treasurer on the left and Timothy Franz Geithner as the Secretary of the Treasury on the right.

For the serial number, up through Series 1995, all Federal Reserve Notes had serial numbers consisting of one letter, eight digits, and one letter.
Next, let's look at a more modern piece, this time a currency note, series 2009.

However, this note has the unique and interesting characteristic of having serial number F 00000001 C.

From the information on the note, the black seal on the left shows "F" in the center and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Georgia in white printing.

In addition the four separate "6" numbers, two on the left and two on the right also denote the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank.
Today, only the $1 and $2 notes still use this form such is the case with this note.

The first letter, "F" on this note, identifies the Federal Reserve Bank which issued the note and corresponds to the "F" within the left seal.

The last letter, "C" on this note, has no particular meaning other than as an increment through the alphabet as each block of notes is printed.

PMG, Paper Money Guaranty, graded the note with its "1" serial number as an About Uncirculated 50.

For those interested in currency or in bragging rights about the serial number, this one dollar note would be a nice addition to a collection.

1899 S Gold Five Dollar Coin - Half Eagle obverse
1899 S Gold Five Dollar Coin - Half Eagle reverse
Our next example from the bourse is an 1899 S Five Dollar Gold Coin or as it was known in that period, a Half Eagle.

The US Mint produced the Half Eagle gold coins beginning in 1795. After several different designs through the years, Half Eagle production ended in 1929.

This particular Five Dollar Gold Coin shows the Liberty Head design on the obverse and the motto above the eagle on the reverse. Called variety 2, this coin's production ran from 1866 to 1908.

Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the obverse shows a bust of Liberty surrounded by 13 stars with the date below the bust.

The reverse includes an eagle with wings spread, a shield on its chest and arrows and a olive branch clutched in its talons. Above the eagle is the "In God We Trust" motto and around the outside is "United States of America Five D."

The reverse also contains the mint mark, "S" for this coin, just below the eagle's talons.

The US Mint struck the Liberty Head Variety 2 Half Eagle coins in Philadelphia, Denver, Carson City, New Orleans, and San Francisco.

In 1899, only Philadelphia and San Francisco produced the Half Eagle Gold Coins with just over 1.7 million in Philadelphia and over 1.5 million in San Francisco.

Though not graded, this coin retains significant details in the hairlines, the coronet, the "LIBERTY" on the coronet, and the eagle's wings.

At over 100 years old and made of gold, the details of the design add collectible value.

In other words, this would be a nice coin to own.

1000 Dollar Currency

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 1000 dollar note obverse
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 1000 dollar note reverse
The signature on the left shows William Alexander Julian as the Treasurer where he served from 6/1/1933 - 5/29/1949.

On the right, the signature for the Secretary of the Treasury shows Henry Morgenthau, who was in office from 1/1/1934 - 7/22/1945.

The series, 1934, denotes the design year, not necessarily when the note was printed. Considering the Secretary of the Treasury was in office the shortest time, this note was printed somewhere in the years from 1934 to 1945.
Our last specimen for this month is a 1000 Dollar Federal Reserve Note, series 1934.

Using what we learned from the One Dollar Note above, this note was also produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for distribution by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Georgia.

President Grover Cleveland graces the portrait area on the obverse of this green seal 1000 Dollar Note.
The next series design occurred in 1950, however the high-denomination notes-$500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000-were discontinued due to lack of circulating need and were last printed in 1945.

Of particular interest, since the gold standard was discontinued, the comment on the Federal Reserve Notes changed to "lawful money" instead of gold.

To the upper left of the portrait is the designation:  "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private, and is redeemable in lawful money at the United States Treasury, or at any Federal Reserve Bank."
Previous notes mentioned the currency was redeemable in gold.

Per the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, "These notes are legal tender and may be found in circulation today; however, most notes still in circulation are probably in the hands of private numismatic dealers and collectors."

Yes, this note is worth more to a collector than the $1000 face value, much like silver coins are worth much more than face value.
Oddly, though, these large denomination notes are becoming harder and harder to find.

People come to the show looking for large denomination notes, but it's rare for a dealer to have one on the bourse.

This is a spectacular example of a difficult-to-find numismatic item.