A few people visiting the November Greater Atlanta Coin Show visited three coins shows in three days and four coin shows in a week's time.
Yes, it's true. The previous weekend was the Tennessee State Numismatic Society's fall coin show held at Camp Jordan Arena in Chattanooga. Several of our dealers participated in that coin show.
Next, the Baltimore coin show began on the Friday (Thursday for participating dealers) just before the November Greater Atlanta Coin Show.
Closer to home, the Augusta coin show was Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
So, it's possible, and a few did it - Baltimore on Friday, Augusta on Saturday and the Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday.
And that's after TSNS last weekend, how's that for Road Warrior fatigue? Whew...
People visiting Sunday's coin show enjoyed relatively warm weather - at least for November - with temperatures in the upper 60s under a thinly overcast day with periods of sunshine.
The buzz on the bourse included talk of the more than 130-year old proof set presented at the auction in Baltimore.
The proof set included 14 coins of gold, silver and minor coinage from 1881. The auction company described the coins as a "Phenomenal Fourteen-Piece 1881 Proof Set Complete from Cent through Double Eagle" including "Splendid Choice to Superb Gem Quality - The #1 Ranked PCGS Registry Set."
Just checked the auction lots listed online, and for now, the bidders did not meet the reserve price of $900,000.
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from November 2013
Each month, the coin show offers something for everyone whether an experienced collector, new to the hobby or just curious.
Take a look at a sample of the additions to the Greater Atlanta Coin Show's facebook page for the Coins Tell Stories... entries between the October and November shows such as:
Funeral dirges for a tree?
Over ten years they restored the last survivor of a bygone era...
Just imagine, a state called Crescentia...
"The damage wrought by the World's Fair will last for half a century..."
Born in 1858, he was three years old when the Civil War began.
"A bateau, elegantly painted and decorated ..."
Why did the constable have to deal with putrid wolf flesh?
"Why I told the scoffers they could project pictures on Mars..."
...and other Coins Tell Stories entries as well...
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Make plans to visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, December 8, 2013 to see what the coin dealers have on display and to buy, sell and browse their many examples of coins and currency, jewelry and other collectibles.
The buzz on the floor also included talk of another, upcoming auction in New York. Several dealers across the country eagerly plan to attend that auction. Keep an eye out in the numismatic magazines to see the results of that auction.
As for Sunday's bourse, one dealer commented that many of the visitors looked for "high-end collector coins."
Well, there were several high-end coins on the bourse - not quite the $900,000 variety, but nice just the same.
One such coin was a PCGS MS-63 graded example of the 1907 Ultra High Relief $20 Gold coin. The US Mint resurrected the design for this coin, designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, for the MMIX (2009) Ultra High Relief Gold Coin.
Thus, the 1907 Ultra High Relief does not include "IN GOD WE TRUST."
However, shortly afterwards, Congress passed legislation to overrule the President's wishes and include the motto.
Versions of the coin with the same design, just not high relief, were made from 1908 to 1933 with the motto positioned the same as seen in the MMIX Ultra High Relief.
One of those early coins, a 1911S, was on the bourse too The coin was presented in a PCGS MS-65 holder.
Interestingly, the Red Book stops at MS-63 for that coin. And, if you observe the values of rare coins, they generally do not follow a linear progression as the condition moves into the higher numbers. Instead, they jump by some unknown exponential function that varies from coin to coin.
The bourse also included another gold coin of some rarity - an 1853D AU50 half eagle ($5). That "D," of course, does not mean Denver. The coin was minted just a few miles north of here in Dahlonega.
Now, moving into more modern times, have you seen the articles about the 2014 baseball commemorative coins?
The reverse will have a convex (rounded up) design of a baseball similar to those used in major league play.
The obverse, designed by Cassie McFarland of California, will be a concave (sunken) rendition of a baseball glove.
From the Coin World article by Paul Gilkes titled "Baseball coins prove technical challenge for U.S. Mint staff:"
"The efforts we’ve undertaken to produce these coins reflect the passion, pride and professionalism that the men and women of the Mint have for their work,” said Tom Jurkowsky, director of corporate communications for the U.S. Mint. “What we’ve done to prepare to mint the baseball coins may be viewed as being extraordinary. But it’s really demonstrative of how we approach all of our products with only the strongest possible commitment to quality and excellence."
They even made test coins to determine any stress points and weakened areas that would be prone to errors.
Not only will the coins be interesting, but with their convex/concave dimensionality, the packaging for the new coins will need to be different as well.
Projected to be available in early 2014, the US Mint provides a glimpse into the coins' design with an interactive visualization tool on their web page.
The new commemoratives will certainly be different. Wonder how they modified their equipment to strike the convex/concave design.
Like every month, the dealers on the November Greater Atlanta Coin Show's bourse offered a wide variety of numismatic and investment items along with related collectibles.
And,though beautiful, the MMIX's value cannot match that of the original 1907, especially in the MS-63 condition.
There's also a slight difference in the modern high relief versus the 1907 version.
During his terms as president, Teddy Roosevelt worked to change the look of our coinage. He shared his views with Saint-Gaudens.
In addition to not liking our coinage of the time, President Roosevelt did not want God's name on our coinage.