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Coin Show

Next Monthly Coin Show

Coin Show - Monthly Notes for September 2023

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, October 8, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

Dealers will fill the October 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, October 8, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.

As usual, the September 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show included a bourse filled with dealers and  their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.

After a slightly slow early morning start, the show became busy with guests roaming the floor to buy, sell, trade or just browse.

We certainly appreciate our guests, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for helping make the show an interesting and fun place to spend a few hours each month. Thank you one and all.

Our hotel was certainly busy the night before our show with a 50th school reunion and a 16th birthday party. We hope everyone had fun, at least as much fun as we did at our show.
Still summertime, but the weather is beginning to change. Our show day enjoyed slightly cooler temperatures and less humidity. We're also seeing the angle of the sun changing and the sky turning a brighter blue without the heat haze.

Visitors to the show had a variety of interests from looking for bullion items to searching for a specific treasure to fit into their collection.

People also brought items to the show - some they inherited, some they found - to have the dealers provide a free verbal appraisal. Several people choose to sell their items, while others choose to keep them. Our dealers are happy to provide appraisals regardless of the owner's decision to keep or sell.

This month, we have a few interesting items to view from the bourse.

Cherrypickers' Guide

Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, 6th Edition, Volume II
"Few books have excited the coin-collecting community like the Cherrypickers’ Guide. Since the first edition burst onto the scene in 1990, thousands of hobbyists have been searching for the rare die varieties described inside.

"This handy book tells you how to 'cherrypick'-that is, how to examine coins that look normal at first glance, but have unusual characteristics: doubled and tripled dies, overdates, repunched mintmarks, and other features that can reveal a common coin to be a rare and valuable variety.

"With the close-up photographs and descriptions inside, you’ll learn exactly what to look for. That kind of knowledge truly is power!

"The sixth edition, volume II, includes:

>    descriptions of die varieties for half dimes, dimes, twenty-cent pieces, and quarter dollars, 1800s to date
Our first example is the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, 6th Edition, Volume II.

Published by Whitman, a well-known source for numismatic items, they describe the latest version of the Guide:
>    fully updated and revised information on 442 varieties in many of the most popular U.S. coin series, including Roosevelt and Mercury dimes, Washington quarters, Barber silver coins, and Liberty Seated coinage

>    79 newly published varieties

>    market values in multiple grades

>    detailed photo enlargements to show you what to look for when cherrypicking

>    information on types of doubling, how to examine your coins, Proof set varieties, collector clubs, and other beginner and advanced topics

>    cross-references to specialized standard guides"

The Cherrypickers' Guide is a wonderful resource for the experienced and budding numismatist alike.

Weymann Banjolin

This entry is not numismatic, however it is an interesting vintage musical instrument.

Some call it a mandolin banjo. Others term it as a banjolin.

The mandolin-banjo is a hybrid instrument, combining a banjo body with the neck and tuning of a mandolin. Oddly, it has been independently invented in more than one country.

The instrument resulted from experimentation to create amplified instruments in the days before electric amplification. The first patent for a mandolin-banjo was taken out in 1882 by Benjamin Bradbury of Brooklyn.
banjo mandolin weymann and sons
banjolin weymann and sons
The name banjolin was first patented by John Farris in 1885. The instrument was popularized prior to the 1920s, when the tenor banjo became more popular.

Inventors produced a variety of instrument during the heyday of mandolin orchestras and banjo bands (late 19th-early 20th century). The mandolin-banjo is a resulting hybrid.

Weymann and Son produced their banjolin out of Philadelphia in the early 20th century.

Today, different companies still produce the instrument, however in small numbers as it is not easily found in music stores.

It's interesting to view this banjo hybrid instrument and think of its history.

Silver Bars

100 troy ounce silver bars
Similar to other larger weight silver bars, the 100 oz silver bars offer great value. 100 oz silver bars are designed primarily for investors and typically feature only important markers engraved on them, such as a mint/refinery logo, weight, purity, metal content, and a serial number.

Of particular note, larger silver bars such as these have a better silver per ounce price compared to the same amount of smaller bars.

For example, the price per ounce of silver in a 100 oz silver bar is lower than that associated with 100 individual 1 oz silver bars, making it a better choice for those wanting a greater number of ounces of silver.
The next display from the bourse shows three different 100 troy ounce silver bars.

The $100 currency provides insight into the physical size of the bars. The $100 is a small fraction of the value of the silver.

Johnson Mathey produced two of the bars with Engelhard pouring the third.

One of the simplest forms of silver bullion investment is the silver bar. Silver bars come in a variety of styles and shapes, as well as weights. For those looking to add silver to their collection in bulk, the larger a silver bar is the greater the value it delivers.
Johnson Mathey and Engelhard are both well known in the silver industry. Their bars make a great addition to a silver stash.

2023 American Silver Eagle

2023 American Silver Eagle box
2023 American Silver Eagle obverse
2023 American Silver Eagle reverse
First introduced in 1986, the US Mint continues the American Silver Eagle coin with the 2023 proof version minted in West Point.

The coin's obverse includes the classic Walking Liberty design by Adolph A. Weinman, which has long been a collector favorite.

The design depicts Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left.

Refreshed in 2021, the design now incorporates some of Weinman’s original details that were not previously possible. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “2023,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
This year's reverse design was newly introduced in 2021. It features an eagle as it approaches a landing, carrying an oak branch, as if to add it to a nest. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

The US Mint incorporated their security feature of a reeded edge variation for the 2023 coin.
The coin is encapsulated and placed in an elegant black presentation box adorned with the official United States Mint seal, with an outer sleeve incorporating an image of the new reverse coin design. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity bearing an image of the obverse.

Whether continuing an American Silver Eagle proof collection or buying silver for your collection, this coin would be a beautiful addition.

2023 Morgan Silver Dollar

2023 Morgan Silver Dollar box
2023 Morgan Silver Dollar obverse
2023 Morgan Silver Dollar reverse
In 2021, the US Mint re-introduced the Morgan and Peace silver dollar coins as collector items.

This year, they return with a 2023 date.

The Morgan Dollar was designed by Mint Chief Engraver George T. Morgan (1845- 1925) and minted from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921.

This iconic silver dollar represented the country’s westward expansion and industrial development in the late 19th century. Created through the use of modern technology and historical Mint assets, the new Morgan Dollar has a beautiful proof finish.

The obverse features Lady Liberty in profile with a cap, flora, and a crown incused with the word “LIBERTY” on her head. Around Lady Liberty the design has 13 stars, “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and the year of issuance.
The reverse depicts an iconic eagle with outstretched wings clasping arrows and an olive branch, accompanied by a wreath. Reverse inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

Each coin is packaged in an elegant black box, with a beautiful outer sleeve adorned with an image of the coin's obverse. With the coin is a certificate of authenticity.
This proof finish Morgan Dollar honors a favorite design and showcases its beauty using modern technology.

This is another example of a modern coin that would add beauty and value to a collection.

2023 Peace Silver Dollar

2023 Peace Silver Dollar box
2023 Peace Silver Dollar obverse
2023 Peace Silver Dollar reverse
As a companion piece, the Peace dollar became the next silver dollar after the Morgan.

As such, the US Mint re-introduced the Peace dollar in conjunction with the Morgan dollar in 2021 as a centennial anniversary.

This year's version includes the 2023 date on a beautiful proof finish.

In December 1921, the Peace Dollar design was approved by Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, replacing the Morgan Dollar and marking peace between the U.S. and Germany.

Designed by renowned Italian American Sculptor Anthony de Francisci (1887- 1964), the 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.
The obverse features Lady Liberty in profile, a radiant crown on her head. Obverse inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and the year of issuance.

The reverse depicts an eagle at rest holding an olive branch above the inscription “PEACE.” Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”
Whether collected individually or as a pair, the 2023 proof Peace dollar showcases modern methods using an historic design.

This coin would add value and history to a dollar or a silver collection.