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Coin Show - Monthly Notes for October 2021

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, November 14, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

The dealers will fill the show's bourse with their displays of coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items in the dealers' showcases.

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, November 14, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

Silver 10-ounce Bars

On a beautiful fall day, many guests visited the busy October 2021 Greater Atlanta Coin Show with its bourse filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.

Mother Nature provided a sunny, dry day with temperatures in the low 80s. Though fall has begun, nature's colorful fall leaves have not shown their patchwork display yet.

Still, it was a gorgeous day to visit a coin show.

We appreciate all of the many guests who came to visit the show whether buying, selling or just viewing the many numismatic displays in the dealers' showcases.
We also thank the dealers who brought the displays and filled the bourse with a variety of interesting collectibles.

Of course, we always appreciate our security and the hotel's staff for their work helping the show each month.

In October, many of our regular dealers returned to the show, but we also had a few new dealers display their wares. We hope all of you had a good show.

Some of dealers traveled to the Greater Atlanta Coin Show from other shows in the area.

In the upcoming weeks, several shows will be held in nearby areas with many of our dealers attending. That means the dealers will have new-to-them-and-to-you items added to their showcases for the November show.

In the hotel, the show was sandwiched between two wedding events - one on Saturday night in the ballroom and one on Sunday evening at the Brumby House.

That's okay, dealers and guests enjoyed the show even with a small raised area in part of the ballroom.

Some people at the show looked for the 2021 Type 1 and Type 2 Silver Eagles. Those are not yet readily available at the shows.

Other visitors brought old collections, some inherited, to learn their value with the potential to sell to one or more of the dealers.

As usual, people looked for gold and silver bullion items. Silver 10-ounce bars were once again difficult to find later in the day.

The October show was a busy place.

Now, let's take a look at just a few of the as-seen-on-the-bourse items.
Silver 10-ounce bars
silver a-mark 10-ounce bar
silver freedom statue 10-ounce bar
silver republic metals corporation 10-ounce bar
silver sunshine minting 10-ounce bar
The 10 troy ounce bar weighs 10.97 avoirdupois ounces where a deck of playing cards weights 9.87 ounces.

The10-ounce silver bar can have different shapes, but the most prevalent is 2 inches by
3.5 inches with a thickness of 0.25 inches.

A standard deck of playing cards is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches with a thickness of 0.37 inches.

Yes, the10-ounce silver bar is similar to a standard poker card deck, but there are differences, too.
The front design of this first bar displays the A-Mark logo as a tribute to its company. Printed beneath the logo is the bar’s silver purity level of “.999 fine”, followed by its weight of “10 ounces troy.”

This information is repeated in a diagonal pattern across the reverse side of the bar.

The engraved pattern enables a better grip on the bar during handling and provides traction when the bars are stored or stacked on top of each other.

A-Mark 10 oz Silver bars are some of the most widely distributed 10 oz silver products available today and offer the value of owning silver without the premium of a sovereign minted coin.
The next silver 10-ounce bar depicts the Freedom on its front along with the .999 purity statement.

The reverse shows the symbol for silver, Ag, and its atomic number 47.

The Freedom figure depicts the Statue of Freedom found atop the US Capitol building in Washington, DC.

That figure can also be found on the 1989 US Congress Bicentennial commemorative coins with the full figure on the silver dollar and the bust on the half dollar coin.

The Freedom statue provides an interesting portrayal on this particular unbranded 10-ounce silver bar.
This next specimen comes from the Republic Metals Corporation (RMC).

Founded by Richard Rubin  in 1980, the Republic Metals Corporation now has a worldwide reputation as a reliable supplier of precious metals products.

The RMC logo is stamped on the obverse of this bar. Furthermore, this side bears the purity and weight of silver in the bar, in addition to an intricate border on the edges - adding a simple elegance to the product.

On the other hand, the bar’s reverse bears a repeating ‘RMC’ logo design - forming an almost-hypnotic pattern - capturing the attention of the beholder instantly.

This 10-ounce bar makes a nice addition to a silver bar collection or investment.
Our last example came from the Sunshine Mint based in Idaho.

First established in 1979, the Sunshine Mint has produced quality precious metals products. It is also a chief supplier of blanks to the United States Mint, which are used for minting official coins for the United States.

This silver bar contains ten troy ounces of pure 0.999 Silver and features the famed MintMark SI technology that helps prevent fakes. A decoder lens can verify the authenticity of the Sunshine Minting Silver bars.

On the front of this bar, an Eagle displays its outspread wings with the rising sun behind it. The words ‘Sunshine Minting’ encircle the eagle and below the purity and weight of the Silver bar are listed.
Since several of the show's visitors search for silver, our first illustration is 10-ounce silver bars.

This group includes several different examples.

The 10-ounce silver bar is sometimes compared to a deck of playing cards. They are similar yet different.
As for collecting silver bars, the main objective should be the purity of the silver but eye appeal is important for many people as well.

Plus, some buyers only want "name brand" silver bars. And, "name brand" can be different among collectors.

But, if buyers pay a significant premium for "name brand" silver bars, they may not be able to recover the additional cost if and when the bars are sold.
The bar's reverse features a repeating rising sun design, and at the center, the famed MintMark SI mark is imprinted.

This bar would be another nice addition to a stack of similar silver bars.

1971 Ireland Decimal Proof Set

Ireland 1971 proof set
The next item illustrates the first year of Ireland's decimal coinage.

From inside the set:

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This 1917 Ireland Specimen Proof Set contains the coinage created when Ireland converted to decimal currency (Decimal Day, February 15, 1971).

To facilitate its introductions, pre-decimal coinage designs were retained where possible.

Hence the new decimal coins bear the renowned harp design on the obverse, and the new cupro-nickel coins bear the reverse designs of three pre-decimal coins.

The woodcock design formerly used on the 1/4 d. coin was adopted for the reverse of the new 50 Pence.
The salmon and bull were chosen for the new 10 and 6Pence, respectively, which are identical in size and value to the pre-decimal florin and shilling that featured these designs.

Pre-decimal Irish coin designs were prepared between 1926 and 1928 by Mr. Percy Metcalfe, a noted British sculptor and medalist.

The bronze decimal coins do not correspond in size and value with any pre-decimal coin.

So, to avoid confusion of values, new designs were commissioned from a distinguished Irish artist, Miss Gabriel Hayes.

These are based on ornamental details from Irish art illumination contained in old manuscripts.

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1971 Ireland specimen proof decimal set
In comparison, the United States coinage began as decimal based with Thomas Jefferson recognized as the Father of America's Decimal Coinage System.

The US Mint produced a Jefferson Coin and Currency Set in the early 1990s to commemorate the role Jefferson played in developing our coins and mintage system.

It's interesting to view Ireland's initial move from a non-decimal to decimal based coin and currency system in 1971.

1971 Kennedy Half Dollar Chick-fil-A Bicentennial Gift

1971 kennedy half dollar coin chick-fil-a bicentennial gift
These next items show a marketing ploy by Chick-fil-A using coins and the nation's bicentennial event.

One source stated the fast food restaurant issued the coins in 1975.

These coins were a gift for customers who had a coupon that was then redeemed for this Bicentennial Half-dollar.

In addition, Chick-fil-A provided a similar gift of a quarter commemorating the Bicentennial year.

However, as can be seen with these half dollars, the coins were not necessarily the minted bicentennial coins.

In this case, the Kennedy half dollar coins were minted in 1971 and were stamped with the Chick-fil-A logo, "Bicentennial Gift" and "1776 1976."

Wouldn't it be interesting to see how successful Chick-fil-A found the bicentennial promotion to be.

1947 Series 5000 Lire Note

1947 series 5000 lire note obverse
1947 series 5000 lire note reverse
For the years 1947-1963, the Bank of Italy provided this 5000 Lire note.

The obverse shows two women seated at the center, Venezia and Genova, in brown and green colors with seals type A/F.

The back shows a woman at the center with watermarks "Dante" at left and "Italia" on the right.

On the obverse, a signature for the "Il Governatore" shows to the left of the women with one for the "Il Cassiere" to the right.
And lastly, in 1961 and 1963, the notes included Carli and Ripa signatures.

In order, the codes 85a, 85b, 85c and 85d describe these 5000 Lire notes in World Money Guides and in internet world paper money reference sources.

As seen in the images, these notes were large and either one needed an oversized wallet or the notes would need to be folded multiple times.

Now, of course, these notes have been replaced many times since their first issue, and more recently, the Euro replaced the Lire currency in 2002.

1947 Series 1000 Lire Note

1947 series 1000 lire note obverse
1947 series 1000 lire note reverse
Staying in mid-20th century Italy, this example is a 1000 Lire Note from 1947-1950.

The Bank of Italy produced several 1000 Lire notes. It appears this is one that is designated as number 81 in the World Money Guides.

Number 81 shows Italia at the left with a Seal Type B/F in colors of violet-brown and brown.

Number 81 has two sets of signatures during its production.

In 1947 and 1948, the signatures have Einaudi on the left and Urbini on the right.

However, this note appears to have Menichella on the left and Urbini on the right, which came from the 1950 production of the 1000 Lire note.

On the reverse the printing is blue on gray underprint with a watermark of the "head of Italia."

1947 Series 500 Lire Note


Our last example is another from the Bank of Italy 1947 notes, this one represented 500 Lire in its day.

This note's reign ran from 1947-1961.

In the World Money Guides, they designate this note at number 80.

Because there are two different sets of signatures, an 80a and 80b provide reference to each type.

In general, the obverse design shows "Italia" at left with purple on light brown underprint and a Seal Type B.

The reverse has purple on a gray underprint.

In 1947 and1948, the signatures of Einaudi and Urbini show on the note described as 80a.

Note 80b contains the signatures of Carli and Ripa from 1961.

In all, it's interesting to view currency from other countries even though it has been replaced by the Euro.
1947 series 500 lire note obverse
1947 series 500 lire note reverse
During the issue years of 1947-1963, four different combinations of signatures distinguished different years.

Signatures for Einaudi and Urbini represented 1947, and 1948.

Minichella and Urbini showed on notes during 1949, 1952 and 1953.

For late-1953,1959 and1960, Minichella and Boggione showed on the 5000 Lire notes.