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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for October 2023
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, November 5, 2023, in the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms.
Due to a space conflict with a charitable golf tournament, our November show will be downstairs in three separate rooms.
The three rooms are not a problem. You can take the elevators from the lobby down one level to access the show.
The dealers will fill the November show 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 view the historical items 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, November 5, 2023 in the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
Abraham Lincoln Gold Medal
Spirit of St. Louis Gold Medal
1869 One Dollar US Note
1864 Confederate $500 Currency Note
The October 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many visitors to a bourse once again filled with dealers and their many different displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
The early morning parking lot, before the show started, was sparsely populated with vehicles. But, the show quickly became busy with visitors enjoying the displays as they traveled the floor to buy, sell, trade or just browse.
We always appreciate all the people that make the show a success each month from our guests to our dealers to our security and to the hotel's staff. Thank you everyone for the fun and interesting time each month.
Maybe our hotel wasn't that busy the night before our show, but as the show ended, we observed a couple with their photographer taking wedding photos. Did they have their wedding at Brumby house and their reception in the hotel? We don't know, but we wish them all the best.
Wasn't the day gorgeous? The early morning saw temperatures in the low 40s with the afternoon warming into the 60s. Early fall brings a change in the angle of the sunlight and brighter blue skies along with the slightly cooler temperatures and less humidity. A beautiful time of year.
Several visitors to the show speculated about the upcoming Morgan and Peace reverse proof coins from the US Mint. Most thought the coins would be a good value and planned to buy. Time will tell how they fare.
Lots of people brought items to the show for evaluation and appraisal. Unfortunately, several of the items were counterfeit.
They mentioned that they had purchased the items on the internet. In today's world, unscrupulous people take advantage of buyers on the internet. The lesson, as always, is buyer beware and be even more wary when purchasing from unfamiliar sellers on the world wide web.
As has been common over the past few months, people came to the show looking for gold and silver bullion. Dealers brought lots of options and visitors bought a variety of the bullion.
Now, let's take a look at just a few items from the bourse.
Produced by the American Mint, the medal contains 0.585 gold and weighs 0.5 gram.
They limited their production to 9999 collections.
Struck in proof quality, the medal measures 11 millimeters in diameter and was issued in 2011.
From the American Mint web site:
"Meticulously designed by American Mint - in conjunction with The National Civil War Museum - for the 150th Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, this solid 14k gold coin features Abraham Lincoln on the obverse and an American bald eagle seal on the reverse. The coin is part of the 'Northern Leaders of the Civil War' collection, a fitting designation for 'Honest Abe.'"
The Certificate of Authenticity reads:
"The Civil War came with such a headlong rush, triggered by Lincoln's election, that no one was prepared for it: not the North and its small military; not the South, with a Confederate government just forming; and certainly not the new President, unschooled in war and lacking any Executive experience.
Our first specimen is a gold medal. It looks like a coin, and people call it a coin, however it has no monetary value.
Instead, its value lies in its metal content, in this case gold, and its commemorative significance.
"Lincoln managed to hold a divided North together, find the generals to win the war and begin the process of emancipation, just before an assassin's bullet killed him in his moment of victory."
Smaller in size, weight and only 0.585 gold, this medal is not as valuable as a 1/10 ounce $5 gold American Eagle.
However, the medal is still beautiful and remembers an historical man and a difficult time in our nation's history.
Like the previous medal, this one also contains 0.585 gold weighing 0.5 gram.
The coin issued in 2010 has a diameter of 11 millimeters and is proof quality.
The American Mint produced the medals with a limitation of 5555 complete collections.
The Certificate of Authenticity reads:
"The American, Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), was one of the most significant flight pioneers.
"The earlier post pilot flew alone in the special discoverer 'Spirit of St. Louis' over the Atlantic in May 1927.
"His flight from New York to Paris was a great achievement, as well as being an adventure at the same time.
"In order to make the aircraft lighter, Lindbergh had done without a parachute and radio set."
Just imagine, he flew over 3600 miles taking over 33 hours with nothing but his airplane and his skill.
Though small, this medal remembers the daring achievement made by Mr. Lindbergh.
Next, we have another American Mint produced medal.
This time, the medal commemorates the History of Aviation and showcases the Spirit of St. Louis.
On the obverse or face, a portrait of George Washington, the first President of the United States, graces the center of the note.
To the left, a vignette shows the Landing of Columbus, and to the right a large red Treasury seal displays behind the denomination of One Dollar.
The reverse or back of the note showcases intricate engraving along with the denomination and the obligation of payment.
The obligation reads:
"This Note is a Legal Tender at its face value for all debts public and private except duties on imports and interest on the public debt.
"Counterfeiting or altering this note or passing any counterfeit or alteration of it, or having in possession any false or counterfeit plate or impression of it, or any paper made in imitation of the paper on which it is printed is felony, and it punishable by $5000 fine or 15 years imprisonment at hard labor or both."
PCGS Banknote graded this particular note as a Very Fine 30 with only a small edge tear noted on the back of the archival sleeve's insert.
Just imagine the tales this note could tell.
Our next example is one of the first One Dollar Legal Tender notes to be issued by the United States after the Civil War.
It is popularly known as one of the "Rainbow Series" and was issued beginning in 1869.
Identified as a Freidberg #18, Allison as Register of the Treasury and Spinner as Treasurer of the United States signed this Rainbow Note.
A portrait of Stonewall Jackson shows in the lower right on the obverse of the 1864 $500 Confederate States of America Note.
The design field also includes the seal of the Confederate States of America on the left, along with the Confederate battle flag.
Perhaps a lack of time, effort and funds contributed to the reverse face of the notes remaining blank, though see-through images of the obverse print can be seen.
Without the equipment and presses that the United States used to produce its currency, the CSA Notes were cut by hand, resulting in uneven lines from one note to the next.
Our last example for October is another currency note, this time a Confederate States $500 Note.
The Confederacy issued dollars just two months after the southern states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.
A variety of sources produced and issued the coins and notes of the Confederate states. Banks or private citizens often backed the paper currency.
Over 150 years later, a low number still exist of the Civil War specimens representing a different and varied era of American paper money.
Additionally, signatures for a representative Register and Treasurer were handwritten, and clerks often handwrote the serial numbers or hand-stamped the numbers.
As a result, the Confederate States of America notes are distinctive for their inconsistencies in the crooked lines and the uniqueness of serial numbers and signatures.
One wonders after the war, did this note have any value left.
Regardless, PMG, Paper Money Guaranty, graded this note as Choice Uncirculated 63.
In other words, it is a nice example and provides insight into the history of currency.