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Old 01-17-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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I got into coin collecting as a kid. I still have a good portion of what I bought when I was a kid from Indian head pennies to liberty V nickels to barber dimes, etc., etc. We are not talking a whole lot of ms-65 top grade investment stuff here. They were for the most part G to VG to fine, but do have some AU items scattered here and there. The only portion of a good run of MS-60 to 65 stuff would be Lincoln pennies from 1936 to the early 70's. I steadily collected till the mid 70's and then scaled back, and I regret doing that. I was juggling one too many hobbies and a couple were dropped. I joined the ANA in 1971 I believe.

By 1980 I was out of it altogether and there is an interesting story to that I'll tell later. But I really enjoyed collecting, I probably picked the wrong hobby to get away from! I would encourage Dads to get their kids involved in it if possible. Like any hobby, if you collect for fun first and investment second, you'll focus on it a lot better. If you stay after it and really develop a passion for it, that investment part will take care of itself!

Speaking of the ANA (American Numismatic Association) if anyone reading here goes to Colorado Springs on a business trip or vacation, take a quick trip into the ANA money museum. It is really impressive! Rooms and rooms of rare coins, great illustrations, just a beautiful layout all the way around. It's about 8 or 9 blocks north of downtown Colorado Springs, on Cascade Ave.

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Old 01-17-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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Speaking of the ANA (American Numismatic Association) if anyone reading here goes to Colorado Springs on a business trip or vacation, take a quick trip into the ANA money museum. It is really impressive! Rooms and rooms of rare coins, great illustrations, just a beautiful layout all the way around. It's about 8 or 9 blocks north of downtown Colorado Springs, on Cascade Ave.
Thanks for the tip. I've been to CS several times, but still have not visited all the "tourist" things there, like Pike's Peak, the Air Force Academy, Focus on the Family, or Garden of the Gods. Now I've got another thing to add to the list.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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A person can stay there for a couple weeks and still not see it all! I lived in the Springs, grew up there as a kid. Loved it, and still do- I visit friends there every other month or so.

Yea, the ANA museum is a must see!
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Besides the 1909 S vdb pennies the most unusual penny I have is a 1943 copper penny.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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The prizes in my coin collection are...

1823 half dollar
1851 silver three-cent piece
1867 large cent
1893 Columbian Exposition commemorative
1921 "Peace" dollar
several Buffalo nickels with nice, clear dates
several "wartime" silver nickels (one in uncirculated condition)
several "Morgan" dollars
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I still have just about every coin I ever collected, although I don't do it much any more. I always liked silver dollars and have a complete Peace Dollar set. I also tried collecting 'type coins' back in the 70s, but even then some of them were way too expensive (1796 quarter, 1794-5 dollar...give me a break!). My favorites are my 1842 Liberty Seated dollar in XF (what a beautiful design) and my 1928 Peace Dollar in XF-AU (the keystone of the set).
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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Besides the 1909 S vdb pennies the most unusual penny I have is a 1943 copper penny.
Have you had it checked out yet?

"If the 1943 penny is made out copper, it is worth quite a bit of money, generally $10,000 or more!"

"Unfortunately, there are plenty of fake 1943 copper cents floating around."

How Rare is a 1943 Penny?
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Catman is zeroing in the right stuff-dem dollars! I agree with him on the Liberty seated dollars-those are SO cool!

One of my favorite coins has always been the Walking Liberty half dollar. Standing Liberty quarters too!
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
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To me, there were two really cool periods in coin design.

The first was 1793-1798. Yes, many designs were not terribly attractive, but gosh darn if those coins and their history do not bring out the kid in me. The heraldic eagle on the back? Are you kidding? Just wonderful.

The second was 1907-1921, the gold age of US coin design

St. Gaudens $20 Gold (1907)
Indian Head Gold $10 (1907)
Indian Head Gold $2.50, $5 (1908)
Peace Dollar (1921)
Walking Liberty 50c (1916)
Standing Liberty 25c (1916)
Mercury Dime (1916)
Buffalo Nickel (1913)
Lincoln Penny Wheatie (1909)

Just amazing.

S.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:03 PM
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My late father had about all thats been posted but my favorite ones are the 1836 penny,50 cent United States Fractional Currency paper money 1863,$1-$5 dollar silver certificates and a 1878 10 marks gold coin the size of a dime that has the Kaiser i guess on it. A coin collector said it looked like a certain coin but was different and couldn't find any like it in any books.He tried really hard to buy it off my dad back in 1977 or 78.I went to the library,bought books and found something close but not the same on the back side.I need to dig it out of the safe and look at it again its been a while.Wonder if someone at Ohio State could help me out with it cause my dad made sure i got it
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