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Coin Show - Monthly Notes for November 2021

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, December 5, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

This will be the last monthly show of 2021 and the last show before the December holidays.

There will be many displays of coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items in the dealers' showcases.

Any of these items would be nice gifts for family or friends during the holidays, or maybe even a gift for yourself - something perhaps you've wanted for some time.

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, December 5, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar - Philadelphia

The November 2021 Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed a busy bourse filled with numismatic treasures on a colorful fall day.

The morning began cool in the 30s but the day warmed into a beautiful day with the reds, yellows and oranges of trees and shrubs contrasting with the clear blue sky.

As always, we appreciate the many people who help make the coin show a fun and busy place to spend a few hours on a monthly Sunday.

This month, we had many visitors fill the aisles in the early morning - thank you to one and all.
We also want to thank the dealers who bring the many treasures of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles to display among which guests can browse, buy, sell and trade.

Of course, we thank our security and the hotel's staff for their valued efforts supporting the show.

This month, we didn't notice much happening in the hotel during the show hours. Most likely our lack of observation was due to how busy the show became throughout the day.
Some visitors may have noticed the loud noise in the room during the busiest hours. The newly renovated space has more hard surfaces, especially the ceiling, that reflect sound back into the room.

For us and our regulars - both guests and dealers, the noise is much louder than it was pre-renovation.

That's okay. The space is nice, and we still have good shows.

Following the theme for previous shows, people still search for gold and silver bullion items.

This month, people looked for the 2021 Morgan dollars from the US Mint.

Dealers sold several runs, with all the mint marks represented, of the Morgan dollars to various guests at the show.

Some visitors brought old collections, some inherited, to learn their current value and decide to keep or sell the items.

The November show was a busy place.

Now, let's take a look at just a few of the as-seen-on-the-bourse items starting with the new Morgan dollars.
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Philadelphia
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Philadelphia obverse and reverse
The US Mint produced the original Morgan dollar during the years of 1878 through 1904 and during 1921.

Through those years, five different mint locations around the country struck the coins for circulation.

The first one of the newly minted collectible 2021 coins shown here is from the Philadelphia mint.

During the reign of the Morgan dollar, the Philadelphia mint produced the coins during every year, however, in 1895, they only produced proof coins.

After the coinage law of 1873 did not include provisions for the silver dollar coin, the US Mint did not produce silver dollars for domestic use until the Bland-Allison Act of 1878 re-instated the silver dollar.
This year, the US Mint released a series of collectible Morgan dollars.
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Denver
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Denver obverse and reverse

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar - Denver

The Denver mint produced the next Morgan dollar of 2021.

Of course through most of the production years of the Morgan dollar, the Denver mint did not exist.

The Denver mint opened in 1904, however they only struck the Morgan dollar during its last production year of 1921.

The largest US Mint production of the Morgan dollar occurred during its last year with the Denver location striking over 20 million of the silver dollars.
George T. Morgan developed the new silver dollar which features an obverse profile of Lady Liberty with the reverse showing a heraldic eagle.

Today, the US Mint notes that Morgan's design represents the country’s westward expansion and industrial development in the late 19th century.

Regardless of the symbolism, the Morgan dollar remains a favorite among collectors.
The Mint honored the 100th anniversary of the last year of the ‘Morgan Dollar’ by creating these beautiful uncirculated coins using modern technology and historical U.S. Mint assets.

As with the others of the series, the coin contains 0.858 troy oz. of .999 fine silver to make an attractive numismatic collectible of an old favorite.

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar - San Francisco

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar San Francisco
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar San Francisco obverse and reverse
The US Mint's San Francisco location produced our next 2021 Morgan Silver.

The San Francisco location also produced the original Morgan silver dollar during all the years of its production.

Some years the largest production numbers came from San Francisco, while in other years their numbers were small in comparison to other mint locations.

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar - Carson City

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Carson City
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Carson City obverse and reverse
The US Mint's Philadelphia location minted the next Morgan silver dollar coin with a "CC" privy mark to recognize all the coins minted at the Carson City location.

Congress established the Carson City mint in 1863 to address the ore from the Comstock Lode.

Groundbreaking for the location began in 1866, and the site produced its first coins in 1870.

The location struck coins until the spring of 1893 when the coinage operations stopped.

In 1899, officials withdrew the Carson City Mint's formal status, however the office continued to provide assay services until 1933.
During most of the years, the Mint produced several million of the Morgan silver dollars.

However, the years of 1893, 1894 and 1895 saw much smaller production numbers.

In particular, the San Francisco mint location produced only 100,000 of the coins in 1893.

This, of course, makes the 1893S Morgan dollar a valuable collectible.

For beauty, though, the 2021 San Francisco minted Morgan silver dollar is just as desirable to add to a collection.
In 1939, the state of Nevada purchased the location where it now operates as the Nevada State Museum.

Of course, the Morgan Silver Dollar coin became one of the most popular Carson City minted coins.

The Carson City Mint struck the Morgan dollars during thirteen of the twenty-eight years of production beginning in 1878 and ending when the coinage processes stopped in 1893.

This coin with its "CC" privy mark recognizes the history of the coin, the silver history of Nevada and the Mint's Carson City location.

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar - New Orleans

2021 Morgan Silver Dollar New Orleans
2021 Morgan Silver Dollar New Orleans obverse and reverse
The last of the five 2021 Morgan Silver Dollar coins also contains a privy mark, an "O", to recognize the production of the coins at the New Orleans mint location.

Legislation established the branch mint in New Orleans in March 1835, however the location did not become operational until 1839.

In 1861, the branch mint stopped work for the US Mint due to the Civil War.

It began operation again in 1879 and continued until 1909.
Thus, the New Orleans mint was not available for production during the Morgan dollar's first year, but it did produce the coins from 1879 through 1904.

During some of the years, the New Orleans Mint produced significantly more of the Morgan dollar coins than the other mints.

While in other years, their production still counted as the largest but not dramatically larger.

Struck in 2021 Philadelphia, the "O" privy mark recognizes the contribution of the historical branch mint location in New Orleans to the Morgan Silver Dollar coin production.

2021 Peace Silver Dollar - Philadelphia

2021 Peace Silver Dollar Philadelphia
2021 Peace Silver Dollar Philadelphia obverse and reverse
In December 1921, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon approved the new Peace Dollar which replaced the Morgan Dollar and marked peace between the U.S. and Germany after World War I.

Though the approval came late in the year, the Philadelphia Mint produced more than 1 million of the coins by the end of the year. Renowned Italian American Sculptor Anthony de Francisci designed the new version of Lady Liberty on the new silver dollar coin.

The new Peace Dollar symbolized the country’s coming of age as an international power, while recognizing the sacrifices made by its citizens in World War I and celebrating victory and peace.
In addition to the Morgan Silver dollar coins, the US Mint also recognized the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the silver Peace dollar by offering a 2021 version of the silver coin minted in Philadelphia.
The US Mint struck the original Peace Dollar coin during the years of 1921 through 1928 and in 1934 and 1935.

In the first year, the Philadelphia branch produced the coins while during the remaining years both Philadelphia and San Francisco struck the Peace Dollar.

For five of the ten years in production, the Denver Branch Mint also contributed to the quantities produced.

Some people attach more value to the 2021 Peace Dollar coins than the 2021 Morgan Dollar coins due to the quantity produced.

Regardless, this coin is a reminder of the history of the early 1920s.

Seated Liberty Half Dime Coin 1871

Seated Liberty Half Dime Coin 1871 Philadelphia
During the years, the Mint struck different varieties.

The weight of the coin generated one difference. The coin began at 1.34 grams but was reduced to 1.24 grams under the Act of February 21, 1853.

Otherwise, the dimensions remained the same at 15.5 mm in diameter with composition of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.
The next coin on our tour is a Seated Liberty Half Dime Coin, or as some prefer, the Liberty Seated Half Dime Coin.

Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the US Mint produced the Seated Liberty Half Dime Coin beginning in 1837 and ending in 1873.
From 1871, this coin represents Variety 4 with the legend on the obverse.

Even raw, meaning not certified by a grading company, this is a very nice 150-year old coin
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Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1849

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1849 Philadelphia
Like the half dime, the Seated Liberty dime has several different varieties.

From 1849, this coin is part of the Stars on Obverse Variety or Variety 2.

Not having been reduced yet, the Variety 2 coin weighed 2.67 grams, had 17.9 mm diameter and contained 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.

From circulation, this coin still shows the stripes in the shield and the full letters within Liberty.
The next coin also showcases Christian Gobrecht's Seated Liberty or Liberty Seated design which the US Mint produced from 1837 to 1891.
At 172 years old, this is another nice raw coin from the early days of the US Mint's processes.

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1856 Large Date

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1856 Large Date Philadelphia
In 1856, however, they brought back the Variety 2 design but kept the reduced weight.

The Philadelphia Mint produced two slightly different Seated Liberty dime coins in 1856, one with a large date and one with a small date.

Though the population numbers do not differentiate between large and small date quantities, the large date is estimated to be five times more rare than the small date.
The next coin is a Seated Liberty Dime coin from 1856 with the large date.

In 1853, the US Mint reduce the weight of the dime to 2.49 grams, which introduced a new variety, especially when they placed arrows at the date to signify the reduced weight.
This particular large date coin shows wear but still retains the stripes in the shield, the letters in Liberty and folds in the cap.

At 165 years, this coin is a nice example of the 1856 large date Seated Liberty Dime Coin.

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1856 Small Date

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1856 Small Date Philadelphia
In the small date, the "5" is clearly slanted slightly to the right.

But in the large date, the "5" is straight vertically.

There is also more space between the bottom of the date and the edge design, but it's easier to look at the "5" numbers and their orientation.

This particular specimen has more wear than the large date coin, but it still provides a good comparison for the dates.
This coin shows the alternative Seated Liberty Dime Coin from Philadelphia with the small date.

Without them to compare side-by-side, one way to determine the large versus small date coins is to look at the "5" in 1856.

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1858

Seated Liberty Dime Coin 1858 Philadelphia
Though, perhaps "high mintage" and "healthy survival rate" need more definition.

PCGS (Profession Coin Grading Service) estimates 1000 coins survive across all grades out of the initial production of 1,540,000 circulation strikes at the Philadelphia location.

Now, this particular coin is not graded, but it does have good definition of the shield, the word Liberty and the folds in the cap and drapery.
Our last example for the November show is another Seated Liberty Dime Coin produced by the Philadelphia Mint in 1858.

This coin is similar to the 1856 is its variety and its weight, but some claim it is a common coin with a high mintage rate and a healthy survival rate.
In other words, this is a nice raw coin that enjoyed circulation beginning 163 years ago.