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Coin Show - Monthly Notes for February 2022

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, March 6, 2022 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

There will be 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, March 6, 2022 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

The February 2022 Greater Atlanta Coin Show had a nice but cool day outside while inside guests visited a bourse filled with numismatic treasures including coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.

We always appreciate our visitors, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for helping make the show a success each month.

People can view the many displays, buy treasures to add to their collection, sell items to the dealers or obtain a free verbal appraisal for numismatic items brought to the show.

All are welcome whether buying, selling or just looking at the many displays.
Though the day before Valentine's Day, the hotel was not busy with many events. They did have a party in the hotel the night before, however.

Perhaps since Valentine's Day is more one-on-one, people preferred to have private parties.

This month, guests searched for gold and other precious metals to buy in addition to rare coins. Very few guests came to sell items.

The dealers provide a wide variety of displayed items from centuries ago to modern times, from other countries to our own money along with other types of numismatic items as well.

Now, let's take a look at just a few coin displays.
1864 Indian Head Cent Coin with L in the Ribbon

1864 Indian Head Cent Coin with "L" in Ribbon

Our first specimen is a well-circulated 1864 Indian Head Cent coin.

Not the prettiest with its worn design, however it is special in that it has the Longacre "L" on the headdress ribbon.

In 1864, the US Mint changed the composition from copper-nickel to bronze.

Previously, the coin weighed 4.67 grams and contained 88% copper and 12% nickel.

In the middle of 1864, the coin changed to weigh 3.11 grams and made of 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc.

Per David Hall:
"The 1864 Indian cent with the L on the ribbon is one of the most famous U.S. cent varieties. The 1859 to 1864 copper-nickel Indian cents did not have the designer's initials. And most of the ~39 million 1864 bronze Indian cents also lack the initials.

"Towards the end of the year, the designer's initials were added to the ribbon on the obverse, creating a variety that has been very popular with collectors ever since. The designer's initials remain on the ribbon through the end of the series in 1909.

"The 1864-L is scarce in circulated grades and very scarce in mint state. However, its price has as much to do with its popularity and importance to collectors as it does with its scarcity.

"All 1864-L Indian cents have a pointed bust on Ms. Liberty, while the no Ls have a rounded bust. So sometimes low grades are designated (correctly) as Ls even if you can't really see the L."

Per the PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) CoinFacts, it is estimated that 3000 of the 1864 "L" cents have survived across all grades.

Though worn, the "L" makes this coin an interesting find.
1912-D Barber Half Dollar Coin PCGS MS63

1912-D Barber Half Dollar Coin

The US Mint's Denver location struck over 2.3 million of the 1912 Barber Half Dollar Coins.

Today, PCGS estimates 6000 of the coins survive across all the grades. They further estimate 1000 of those survive in Mint State 60 and above grades.

Per Ron Guth:

"The 1912-D is one of the most common Barber Half Dollars in Mint State, making it a perfect choice (and an excellent value) for type purposes.

"Literally hundreds of 1912-D Half Dollars have been certified by PCGS in Mint State, mostly in MS63 and MS64. Scores of MS65 examples round out the high end, after which the population drops off dramatically in MS66 until it hits the wall at MS67.

"This date comes nice, looks nice, and is worth a look."

Not one of the highest grades, but at MS-63, this is a very nice coin and would make a great addition to a set of Barber half dollars.
Going in year order, the next coin is a 1912 Barber Half Dollar Coin struck by the Denver mint.

PCGS graded this coin as Mint State 63.

1915 Barber Twenty-Five Cent Coin

1915 Barber Twenty-Five Cent Coin PCGS MS65
Per their population report, they estimate 10,000 of these coins survive across all grades with 300 of those being MS-65 or better.

The Mint originally struck 3.48 million of the 1915 quarter coins at their Philadelphia branch.

Currently, PCGS shows they have graded 102 at MS-65, three at MS-65+, 29 at MS-66, 13 at MS-66+, one at MS-67 and one at MS-67+.

Q. David Bowers commented on the Barber quarter, in general:

"For type set purposes, the numismatist will have no trouble finding coins from Good to Fine. Very Fine coins are scarce, and Extremely Fine pieces are quite scarce, at least in the context of more recent issues.
Another Barber, the US Mint's Philadelphia location struck this 1915 Twenty-five Cent Coin.

PCGS graded this specimen as Mint State 65.

"AU and Uncirculated pieces are scarcer yet and superb Uncirculated coins are rare."

As a Mint State 65, this coin showcases the Charles E. Barber Liberty design and would add beauty and value to a collection.

1916 Barber Ten Cent Coin

1916 Barber Ten Cent Coin PCGS MS63
During this last year, only the San Francisco and Philadelphia mint locations struck the Barber dime.

This one from the Philadelphia mint is just one of 18.49 million ten cent Barber coins struck at that location.

Per PCGS, they predict 50,000 of these coins survive across all grades with 4,000 in Mint State 60 or higher grades.

Per Ron Guth:

"Not surprisingly, the 1916 Barber Dime is a very common coin, and it is an excellent value for the collector of type coins.

"Mint State examples are very plentiful; in fact, the 1916 Dime enjoys the second largest population of certified Barber Dimes (only the 1892 has a larger population).

"PCGS has certified hundreds of 1916 Dimes in Mint State, mostly in MS63 to MS65. Collectors can choose from more than four dozen certified MS66 examples. Only in MS67 does the 1916 Dime become truly rare.
Continuing with Barber coins, the next example is from the last year of the design on the ten cent coin.

PCGS graded this coin as Mint State 63.
"Look for 1916 dimes that are well-struck and original in appearance. High-grade examples should be fully lustrous and either blast white or attractively toned."

This particular 1916 Barber Ten Cent Coin is a beautiful reminder of the last year of the coin's production over 100 years ago.

1988 Commemorative Olympic Gold Five Dollar Coin

1988 Commemorative Olympic Gold Five Dollar Coin NGC Proof 69 Ultra Cameo
From the NGC commentary:

"The summer games of the 24th Olympiad were held in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Though the USA did not host any of the events, the issuance of commemorative coins was justified as a means of raising money for training our athletes.

"For the obverse of the gold five dollar coin U. S. Mint Chief Engraver Elizabeth Jones created a facing bust of Nike, the goddess of victory, adorned in a laurel wreath. The simplicity of this imagery, with just the date at left and LIBERTY superimposed across Nike's neck, proves once and for all that United States coins are usually ruined through the placement of too much statutory text (the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is tastefully concealed on the ribbon that secures Nike's laurel wreath).
Our last coin for this month is a 1988 Gold Commemorative Five Dollar Coin remembering the Seoul, Korea Olympics.

NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) graded this coin as Proof 69 Ultra Cameo.

The US Mint's West Point branch produced just under 282,000 of the proof gold coins.
"Marcel Jovine's reverse is more routine, with a stylized Olympic flame beneath the USA Olympic logo, yet it is handled with such care that it transcends the typical treatment of these stock elements."

The coin's ultra cameo can be easily seen even though the protective holder is badly scratched.

This coin would add value to the Olympic collector, the commemorative collector, the gold collector or to someone who just sees the beauty of the gold and the design.