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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for June 2023
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, July 16, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
The June show continued the 2023 busy streak for the Greater Atlanta Coin Show with many visitors arriving to browse, buy and sell among the dealers. Visit us in July to make the next show another busy one and a fun place to spend time.
The July 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, July 16, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
America the Beautiful 5-Ounce Silver Quarter Dollar Coins
2015 US Marshals Service Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin
2013 American Eagle West Point Silver Two-Coin Set
2015 Silver Libertad Coin
On a late spring day, the June 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many visitors to a bourse filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
The local weather provided a nice day with the morning rain changing into a sunny afternoon.
We appreciate all of you who contributed to the success of the show from our visitors, to our dealers to our security and to the hotel's staff. Thank you to each and every one.
The June show welcomed returning guests and also lots of new faces as well. We also saw families with children. We are always glad to see everyone, and we especially appreciate the families sharing with their children the different treasures and their histories found in the displays.
As has been a common theme this year, people continued to look for silver and gold. Some prefer coins while others prefer bullion. Either way, the show's dealers provide both types as options.
One bullion dealer commented that he was currently able to find the metal options his customers want. Sometimes, though, both silver and gold become difficult to obtain in a tight market.
Another dealer noted that he sells out of his gold and silver bullion items at each show.
In contrast, some of our visitors searched for key date and secondary key date coins to add to their numismatic collections.
The show's dealers bring both certified and raw numismatic items of all denominations. It's just a matter of finding the right treasure to add to a collection.
Now, here is just a small sample of items that can be found on the bourse.
- Conducting the federal census from 1790 to 1870
- Keeping law and order in the 'Old West';
- Confiscating property used to subvert the federal government
- Safeguarding federal property and commerce
- Protecting the home front against enemy spies in World War I
- Enforcing Prohibition laws
- Enforcing federal laws related to civil rights
- Establishing and operating the Witness Security Program (aka 'witness protection')
You can find more information about the US Marshals Service in the US Marshals' Official History Timeline.
The US Marshals commemorative coins included a $5 gold coin, the silver dollar and a clad half dollar coin.
Our first item is a commemorative silver dollar coin honoring the 225th anniversary of the US Marshals Service.
From the US Mint's description:
Created by the Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789, the U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency and was established at the same time as the federal judicial system. President George Washington appointed the first 13 U.S. Marshals two days later.
The long, distinguished history of the U.S. Marshals Service has included a wide range of responsibilities, including but not limited to:
The legislation allowed for 100,000 gold, 500,000 silver and 750,000 clad US Marshals commemorative coins.
By the end of 2015, sales of the US Marshals coins included 9,932 proof gold, 6,674 uncirculated gold, 109,013 proof silver, 38,037 uncirculated silver, 61,353 proof clad, 29,819 uncirculated clad and 14,984 three-coin sets.
The silver obverse design features an image of the United States Marshals Service Star with silhouettes of Old West U.S. Marshals on horseback.
The silver reverse design features a U.S. Marshal who embodies the grit and determination needed to bring law and order to the American Western frontier. The Marshal holds a poster that reads “Wanted in Ft. Smith.”
In summary, this is a beautiful coin that would highlight a long history and add interest to a collection.
On the reverse proof coin, the mirror-like background finish of a traditional proof coin is applied to the design elements, achieving a magnificent contrast.
On the obverse (heads side) of the enhanced uncirculated coin, the mountains, red stripes, and blue parts of the American flag; the year; and Liberty’s sandals have an uncirculated finish. The remaining elements and lettering on the obverse have a heavy frosted finish.
On its reverse (tails side), the ribbon in the eagle’s beak, arrows, olive branch, alternating stripes in the shield, and the border around the shield have an uncirculated finish. The lettering and other design elements on the reverse have a heavy frosted finish.
On May 9, 2013, the US Mint opened a four-week ordering window for their American Eagle West Point Silver Two-Coin Set.
This set commemorated the 75th anniversary of the structure that houses the United States Mint facility at West Point.
From the US Mint's description:
The 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set contains one silver “reverse” proof quality coin and one silver “enhanced” uncirculated quality coin.
The fields on both sides of the coin have a new light frosted finish. All these enhancements - unique to this coin - add sharp definition to the designs.
These two coins will only be available in this special set.
Both coins are struck in 99.9 percent silver and bear the “W” mint mark of the bureau’s West Point facility.
The coins’ obverse design features Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left.
The coins’ reverse design features former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti’s heraldic eagle with shield, an olive branch in the right talon, and arrows in the left.
The coins are displayed in a custom blue lacquer presentation case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Ten years later, these coins are still beautiful and would make a great addition to a silver American Eagle collection, or any collection for that matter.
As an aside, the Mexican Mint, also known as La Casa de Moneda de Mexico, is the oldest mint in the Americas and began their production of coins in 1535, quite a few years before the US Mint.
The Mexican Mint strikes the Silver Libertad coins in seven different weights each year, with three full weights and four fractional weights.
The one-ounce Mexican Silver Libertad is the most popular coin in the series, and tends to have the highest mintage numbers each year.
On the obverse side of the coin is the statue of the winged angel. She is featured front and center on the coin, with the twin volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. Engravings include the weight, purity, and metal content.
This next example comes from south of the border.
The Mexican Mint began producing the Libertad coins in 1982, just a few years before the US Mint began the Silver American Eagle series.
The reverse design focuses on the current Mexican coat of arms, a bald eagle perched atop a cactus with a serpent in its beak. Surrounding that design is the image of various coat of arms used by Mexico in the past.
In 2015, the Mexican Mint produced 903,000 of the silver Libertad one-ounce coins made of 99.9% pure silver.
In the bullion arena, the Mexican Libertad is comparable to the silver American Eagle, the Canadian Maple Leaf, and other one-ounce silver bullion items.
This uncirculated version could easily be added to a silver bullion collection and even to a silver bullion IRA.
The bullion coins are three inches in diameter and have a nominal face value of 25 cents. These are the first five ounce, three inch, .999 fine silver bullion coins ever produced by the United States Mint. The fineness and weight are edge-incused on the coins.
United States Mint America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins are investment-grade silver bullion coins. Their weight, content and purity are guaranteed by the U.S. government.
Though these bullion coins are legal tender, their value is much higher due to their silver content, much like many other bullion coins.
Our last examples for this month showcase the America the Beautiful quarter dollar coins. However, these coins are much larger than their regular-sized pocket change.
The America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 -Public Law 110-456- authorized the production of five ounce, .999 fine silver bullion coins replicating each of the designs featured on the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters.
As the image shows, these five-ounce bullion coins dwarf their pocket change counterpart.
Their three-inch size, however, does provide a larger canvas to showcase the America the Beautiful designs.