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Coin Show

Next Monthly Coin Show

Coin Show - Monthly Notes for March 2024

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

Dealers will fill the April Greater Atlanta Coin Show with their displays of coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items for guests to enjoy.

The show welcomes visitors to buy, sell, trade or just enjoy viewing the variety of numismatic and other collectibles 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, April 14, 2024 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
The March 2024 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many visitors to a busy bourse showcasing coins, currency, bullion and collectibles.

People enjoyed a beautiful day outside, though a little cooler than recent temperatures but higher than was predicted; 65 versus 55.

Thank you to one and all of you for helping make the show a fun place to visit each month. We appreciate our visitors, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for contributing to the success of the show.

Among our visitors we saw many new faces. Welcome to the show, we're glad you came and hope you return in the future. Welcome back to our many guests who have visited in the past.

In March, some visitors brought items for valuation and to sell, such as proof sets and CC dollar coins.
Some brought items for just an appraisal, such as a set of silver dollar coins.

Another set consisting of precious metals arrived for valuation. Unfortunately, it had been cleaned. The coins still had value but were worth much less than had they not been cleaned. (Lesson: do NOT clean coins.)

We also observed people buying and selling gold while others were buying and selling American silver eagle coins.

Still others had questions about specific coins, such as the Stone Mountain Commemorative Half Dollar Coin.
As usual, some visitors came looking for specific historical coins to fill or upgrade spots in their existing collections.

Of course, people discussed the market value of the precious metals, especially gold and silver. Some worried they may be priced out of the market if the rates continue to rise.

In the meantime, let's take a look at just a few items seen on the bourse. These all happen to be silver, which is currently enjoying an upswing in its market value.

1961 Franklin Half Dollar Coin

Our first example is a 1961 Franklin Half Dollar Coin with spectacular toning on its reverse.

Designed by John R. Sinnock, the Franklin Half Dollar Coin began in 1948 and continued through 1963.

The design contains a left-facing portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the obverse with a cracked Liberty Bell on the reverse.

A small eagle can be found to the right of the Liberty Bell in order to satisfy the Coinage Act of 1873.

Among other requirements, this Act specified an eagle to be on the reverse of all larger diameter coins.
1961 franklin silver half dollar coin obverse
1961 franklin silver half dollar coin reverse
When first released, some people considered the Franklin Half Dollar Coin's design to be boring after enjoying the Walking Liberty Half Dollar Coin for many years.

Today, though, collectors desire the Franklin Half Dollar Coin; some for its numismatic value, others for its silver value.

In 1961, the Philadelphia Mint produced 8.29 million of the coins for circulation.

PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) CoinFacts estimates a 10% survival rate across all grades.

As one of 829,000, this specimen provides a colorfully toned example of the 1961 Franklin Half Dollar Coin.

2015 Austrian Philharmonic One Ounce Silver Coin

2015 austrian philharmonic one ounce silver coin obverse
2015 austrian philharmonic one ounce silver coin reverse
Our next example showcases the Austrian Philharmonic silver one ounce coin.

The Austrian Mint produces the Vienna Philharmonic coins in Gold, Silver and Platinum.

They began the Gold Philharmonic on October 10, 1989. Initially, the one ounce Gold coin was made from .9999 fine Gold with a face value of 2,000 Austrian schillings.

With the advent of the Euro, the nominal face value changed to €100 in 2002. 

On February 1, 2008, the Austrian Mint began offering the one ounce silver Philharmonic made of .999 fine silver.
In 2016, they expanded the Philharmonic coins with a version made of .9995 platinum.

The silver, gold, and platinum Philharmonic coins present the same beautiful designs.

As from the beginning of the Philharmonic, the obverse depicts the great pipe organ in the Vienna Musikverein’s Golden Hall.

Its reverse contains an array of instruments, including the cello, violin, harp, Vienna horn and bassoon.

This coin from the Austrian Mint provides a beautiful alternative for adding silver bullion to a collection.

2015 Canadian Bird of Prey One Ounce Silver Coin

2015 canada bird of prey one ounce silver coin great horned owl obverse
2015 canada bird of prey one ounce silver coin great horned owl reverse
The next coin comes from the Royal Canadian Mint and is part of their four-coin Canadian Birds of Prey series.

The series began in 2014 with the Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle.

In 2015, they added the Red-Tailed Hawk and the Great Horned Owl.

The series consists of one-ounce .9999 fine silver coins featuring Susanna Blunt’s design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II showing a $5 face value (CAD) on the obverse.

On the reverse, a menacing great horned owl with its wings spread descends upon its unseen prey. Alongside the owl, the weight and purity of the coin is listed. 

For each of the four coins, the Royal Canadian Mint restricted production to one million coins.
On their website for the Great Horned Owl coin, Royal Canadian Mint comments:

"From coast to coast, Canada’s vast territory is home to countless animal species that are as diverse as the landscape itself."

"Each of these species play a role in maintaining the ecosystem they inhabit, with a careful, natural balance struck between prey and predator."

"As Canada’s most common bird of prey, the great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is a symbol of power and agility, with unique features that lend themselves beautifully to this engraved portrait."

This coin adds beauty to a collection for its silver content and the intricate design of a quiet and majestic hunter.

2016 Harper's Ferry West Virginia 5-Ounce Silver Quarter Coin

2016 Harper's Ferry West Virginia America the Beautiful five-ounce silver quarter coin
In December 2010, the US Mint announced they were releasing three-inch, five-ounce .999 fine silver bullion versions of the 2010 America the Beautiful quarter coins to be available from their authorized dealers.

In April 2011, the US Mint began offering their uncirculated version of the large five-ounce silver quarter coins.

For both the bullion and the uncirculated coins, the face value continued to be 25 cents, however their silver content alone made the coins worth much more.

Just for grins, one source shows the standard size for a hockey puck in an NHL game is one inch thick, three inches in diameter, and will weigh somewhere between 5.5 and 6 ounces.
Keeping with the silver theme, our next coin is a five-ounce silver quarter coin, also affectionately called a "hockey puck."

The US Mint began the America the Beautiful quarter coin in 2010.

The numismatic "hockey puck" with its many America the Beautiful designs offers  beautiful collectible options, in silver no less, to the NHL version.

10 Troy Ounce SilverTowne Silver Bar

10 ounce SilverTowne Trademark Silver Bar obverse
10 ounce SilverTowne Trademark Silver Bar reverse
This one is a different design than the one shown in the January 2024 Show Notes.

This obverse features the SilverTowne Trademark prospector and his trusty burro inside a perfect circle with the SilverTowne logo at the bottom along with "TEN OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER" in the middle.

The reverse displays a crisscross waffle pattern with the SilverTowne Logo beside a loaded donkey and prospector holding a pickaxe in the center.

SilverTowne offers other ten-ounce silver bars as well, but this one with the donkey and prospector adds a special note to any collection.
Our last example is another SilverTowne ten-ounce silver bar, which they call their Trademark silver bar.