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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for November 2023
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, December 10, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
The dealers will fill the December show, the last monthly show of 2023, with 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, December 10, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
Gold Coins and Gold Bars
Silver Coins and Silver Bars
1812 over 1 Silver Half Dollar Coin
1874 Five Cent Coin
The November 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show, the next to the last of the year, held space in the Hotel's lower convention area. The show welcomed many visitors to the three-room bourse filled with displays of numismatic and related collectibles.
The November show coincided with a charitable event held at the hotel. Thus, we gave up our regular space for the various needs of the charity.
Our security recognized several TV personalities joining the events in the main ballroom. We hope the efforts throughout the day greatly benefited the charity.
In addition to being busy on our Sunday, the hotel enjoyed providing an NAACP gala on the Saturday evening before the show. From glimpses into the area, the hotel decorated for the gala beautifully and welcomed attendees in their elegant finery.
But, back to the show. As always, we appreciate the many visitors to the show, all the dealers and their displays, our security and the hotel's staff. Everyone contributes to the success of the show each month. Thank you one and all.
As for the weather, it was a beautiful fall day with early morning temperatures in the mid 40s and the afternoon in the low 70s under a blue sky with sunshine. Just perfect.
As has occurred over the last few shows, people continued to search for bullion, mainly gold and silver.
Plus, people brought items to the show for evaluation and appraisal with some choosing to sell while others chose to keep their treasures.
Now, let's take a look at just a few items from the bourse.
We mention each month about visitors to the show wanting bullion.
But, what is available on the bourse?
This image shows just a sample of the gold items that can be acquired each month.
This dealer offers gold coins and gold bars.
The coins range from American Eagles (various denominations), American Buffalo, Canadian Maple Leafs, Krugerands, and a variety of other gold coins from around the world.
The gold bars also come from different parts of the world and can be found in varying troy ounce weights.
In other words, visitors to the show can find a broad sampling of gold coins and bullion.
Of course, if we look at gold, we also need to look at the silver opportunities.
Here, again, visitors can find both silver coins and silver bars from American manufacturers and from around the world.
Popular items such as the American Silver Eagle can be found beside Australian Kookaburras, Canadian Maple Leafs and other world silver items.
In addition, there are many different varieties of silver bars, both in manufacturer and in troy weights.
Here, you can see 10 troy-ounce and 100 troy-ounce bars, some from the well-known manufacturers Engelhard and Johnson Matthey.
Not shown, but readily available, are the rolls of the various bullion silver coins. People can buy individual coins or bullion rolls.
Again, the show offers a wide selection of silver items for people to add to their accumulation.
Our next example is a Capped Bust Half Dollar from 1812.
Designed by John Reich, the Capped Bust Liberty graced several silver coin denominations for a range of 30 years.
As a German immigrant, Reich came to the country as an indentured servant, however a Mint official freed him from servitude.
Reich became an engraver for the Mint for the years 1807-1817.
This particular 1812 coin is one of several overdates in the Capped Bust Half Dollar Series.
Graded as XF45 by PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), they note on their website:
"Two 1812/1 overdates are known: one with a Large 8 and another with a Small 8.
"Both were created when leftover 1811 dies were overdated in 1812 instead of simply discarding the old dies.
"The 1812/1 Large 8 is considerably more rare than the Small 8, and the Small 8 commands a small premium over the regular 1812 type.
"Only one die pair (Overton 102) is known of the 1812/1 Small 8 variety.
"In Mint State, the 1812/1 Small 8 is quite scarce. A handful of MS63 and MS64 examples are known. Only one Gem example is known."
Per the ANA Grading Standards for United States Coins, the XF45 or EF-45 is Extremely Fine or Choice with very light wear on only the highest points.
This coin, over 200 years old, remembers significant history and includes the frugality of reusing old dies.
What tales this coin could tell from the War of 1812 through subsequent turbulent years before being hidden away from wear and tear of frequent usage.
Our next specimen is an 1874 Shield Nickel Five-Cent coin graded by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Company) as PF-65.
Per the ANA Grading Guide, the PF-65 coin "shows an attractive high quality of mirror (or other style Proof) surface and strike for the dates and mint.
"A few small scattered contact marks, or two larger marks, may be present, and hairlines may show under magnification.
"Noticeable light scuff marks may show on the high points of the design.
"Overall quality is above average and overall eye appeal is very pleasing."
Congress approved an Act of May 16, 1866 to develop the Shield nickel five-cent coin.
During its production years, 1866-1883, James B. Longacre provided two separate designs.
The first design included rays between the stars on the reverse for the 1866-1867 years.
The second design, shown on this coin and on coins dated from 1867-1883, did not have the rays on the reverse.
Per the Red Book, the Mint struck over 700 proof pieces in 1874, however NGC notes that the Mint did not maintain records for all their proof strikes until 1878.
Thus, this beautiful coin is one of an unknown number of original proof strikes, but it is also one of an unknown number of proof coins to survive through the almost 150 years.
1935 Peace Silver Dollar Coin
Our last coin highlighting the November show is a 1935 Peace Silver Dollar Coin.
Of course, 1935 is the last year of the Peace Dollar Coin and the last year of the circulation strike of silver dollars.
Though, legislation in 1964 authorized the Mint to produce 45 million of the coins. However, after striking over 316,000 of the coins in Denver, the effort was abandoned, and all of the 1964 dated coins melted.
The US Mint produced the 1935 Peace Dollar Coin at their Philadelphia and San Francisco locations.
The mint mark, if there is one, is on the reverse under the "ONE" to the left of the eagle.
For the San Francisco strikes with the "S" mint mark, the coin had two different reverse designs.
One design had three rays moving out from the eagle's tail feathers toward the "ONE," and the other had four rays.
Our 1935 coin has an "S" mint mark with four rays.
Currently, the population report does not differentiate between the three and four ray reverse designs. Most consider the two designs to have the same numismatic value.
In 1935, the Mint's Philadelphia location struck over 1.5 million of the dollar coins while the San Francisco Mint produced just over 1.9 million Peace Silver Dollar coins.
Our example is not professionally graded, but the glimmer and the highlights show a beautiful coin from the last year of the Peace Dollar production.