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Coin Show - Monthly Notes for May 2023

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, June 11, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

May kept the 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show's busy streak going strong with many visitors arriving to browse, buy and sell among the dealers. Join us in June to make the show a busy and fun place to visit. 

The June 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, June 11, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

1934 Five-Dollar Federal Reserve Note

2024 Red Book

1919 Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar Coin

Silver Bullion Round


Visitors arrived early to the May Greater Atlanta Coin Show to enjoy the dealers' showcases filled with coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles on the packed bourse.

The show enjoyed many visitors throughout the day.

We appreciate all of our visitors, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for making the show a busy and fun place to be one Sunday each month. Thank you to one and all.

The May show saw a nice day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s. Though some black clouds did roll in late in the day. 

We observed lots of new faces at the show. Welcome, and we hope you come back to visit future shows.
Some people noted they saw references to the show in the newspaper, and they decided to visit. That's great; we're glad you came.

For May, people had questions about gold versus silver, silver rounds versus old silver coins, silver American Eagles versus silver Chinese Pandas versus silver Canadian Maple Leafs versus silver Australian Kookaburras versus whatever. 

For many, the answer is the coin or bullion that you prefer. Some bullion items can have a premium over the silver content, but the value of many is based on the price of silver.
Each month our dealers provide different options including 90% silver coins, bullion coins - eagles, pandas, maple leafs, bars - Englehard and others in various weights, and other types of precious metal items.

As for the hotel, there were more vehicles in their parking lot on Sunday than were on Saturday night, however we were too busy to observe any meetings in the hotel's other conference rooms.

One thing we did observe was a Cobb County fire engine with flashing lights and fully equipped firemen approaching the hotel's entrance. We learned the event was a false alarm, thankfully.

Now, let's look at just a small sample of items found on the bourse.
2024 The Official Red Book A Guide Book of United States Coins
Our first example from the May bourse is the 2024 Red Book.

Of course, the full title is "The Official Red Book A Guide Book of United States Coins 2024."

This is the 77th edition of the book.

It has provided a wealth of information about the numismatic hobby, in general, and details about specific United States Coins from the pre-US Mint days to the current specimens, for many years.

Most people in the hobby know it as "the Red Book."

One caution, however, the book contains estimates of the current value of the many coins included in the book, but those values are also impacted by current market values and collector interest.

As such, the coins' values listed in the Red Book are generalizations. Actual values can be lower or higher.

Regardless, the book is well worth its expense as an excellent reference resource for United States coinage.
1919 Standing Liberty quarter dollar coin obverse
1919 Standing Liberty quarter dollar coin reverse
This example is just over 100 years old and is a beautifully toned 1919 Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar coin.

After the Seated Liberty quarter dollar, the US Mint produced the Standing Liberty quarter dollar coin from the earliest in 1916 and the last in 1930.

The designer, Hermon A. MacNeil, made changes to his initial 1916 Standing Liberty on the obverse and the eagle in flight on the reverse.

The first 1916 version of the coin had Liberty with a shield in her left hand for protection and an olive branch in her right for peace.

However, the first rendition caused consternation in the American public due to Liberty's right breast being bare.

The designer covered the breast in the 1917 and subsequent versions of the Standing Liberty quarter dollar coin.
He also changed reverse such that the eagle moved higher in the design and included three stars below.

Later, in 1925, the obverse design changed again to recess the date beneath Liberty's pedestal due to the dates rapidly wearing on the early coins.

In 1919, the US Mint struck the Standing Liberty Quarter coin in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco with the largest number produced in Philadelphia.

The US Mint made over 11.3 million in Philadelphia and less than two million in Denver and in San Francisco.

This specimen's significant toning helps showcase Mr. MacNeil's Standing Liberty quarter dollar design and is a nice example of an early 20th century coin.

Morgan silver round obverse
Morgan silver round reverse
Morgan silver round obverse heavily toned
This specimen at first glance looks like a Morgan silver dollar, but it's not.

Instead, it's a Morgan Silver round with no face value but with significant silver content value.

Widely accepted as one of the US Mint's best designs, several mints producing silver rounds use their renditions of the George T. Morgan obverse and reverse designs.

Mr. Morgan's designs included Lady Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap with the motto "Liberty" inscribed in the headband on the obverse.

His reverse design showed an eagle with wings outstretched.
In several cases, the mint producing the silver rounds will add information to specify their production of the round.

This particular Morgan silver round does not contain mint information.

You can readily identify differences to note this is a silver round as opposed to the Morgan dollar.

First, on the obverse, the date is missing and additional stars are in the date area.

On the reverse, the design specifies the silver round is .999 fine silver rather than showing "IN GOD WE TRUST," while "ONE TROY OZ." is in place of "ONE DOLLAR."
Generally, the silver rounds can be purchased singly or in larger quantities with the silver rounds provided in rolls of 20 each.

These particular examples were part of a 20-round roll.

The bright obverse and reverse silver round came from inside the roll.

The highly toned obverse was at the end of the roll and changed colors due to its exposure.

In any case, these Morgan silver rounds are beautiful and an excellent way to add silver bullion to a collection.
1934 $5 Federal Reserve Note Dallas serial number 1 obverse
1934 $5 Federal Reserve Note Dallas serial number 1 reverse
"A fantastic $5 Dallas FRN blessed with the highly desirable low serial number of K00000001A. It has been nicely preserved with ideal inks and white paper.

"It is listed in the Schwartz-Lindquist references as the low serial number observed. However, it took awhile for this serial number 1 Big D $5 to be documented in the hobby.
Our last specimen for the May 2023 show is an interesting five-dollar Federal Reserve Note.

Described by Heritage Auctions from their sale on January 13, 2023:

"Serial Number 1 Fr. 1955-K $5 1934 Light Green Seal Federal Reserve Note. PMG Choice Uncirculated 63.

"We were able to locate only one other serial number 1 for Series 1934 $5s and that example was on the Philadelphia district.

"Dallas is a popular Federal Reserve district with collectors and we expect that the extra special $5 in this lot will draw a considerable amount of attention.

"From the Douglas Gregory Collection"
"The lowest serial number recorded in the 1970s for this Friedberg number was K00016483A as listed by early small size devotee Chuck O'Donnell in his editions of The Standard Handbook of Modern United States Paper Money.

"We do not know of a previous auction appearance for this Dallas serial number 1 example.
This unique and well-preserved five-dollar Federal Reserve Note from the 1934 series would make an interesting conversation piece in any numismatic collection.