Archive for October 2010
I’m happy to say GT’s Kombucha is back on the shelves. They reworked the formula as to not have it ferment to the old levels. I have been told and have seen chatter on their facebook page that the original will be re-released and be regulated to the over 21 crowd. I say welcome back GT’s Kombucha! Make sure to check out all Coinologist Heath and Wellness posts here.
Photo: GT’s Kombucha
I am a big fan of the U.S. Mint and I know first hand that receiving one of these e-gift certificates is great. They start at $25 and continue up to $200 in various increments. Whether you are buying for an avid collector or someone who is new to the hobby, they are sure to be excited. With the holidays coming up I hope to receive one or two myself.
I went to Cumberland Island with my Sister and her family the other day, and I was pretty impressed. I had no idea the historical value this barrier island had hiding behind its spanish moss-covered oaks. First of all you have to get there by ferry, and it is owned and run by the National Park Service. The island was 90% owned by the Carnegie family at one time and John Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette here in 1996. Take some time to read through the history and you too will be impressed.
Here is a great find on Craigslist, Jacksonville, FL. It appears to be an antique safe, and claims to have been from a bank in Kentucky. Just from the looks of it I can confirm this baby is pretty old. Having been from a bank in Kentucky, I’m sure it has seen many different stacks of bill and coins. I would hope the owner has some documentation to uphold the claims of the safes origins.
As you know the road trip is over and all though I loved the X5RV in conceptual sense, it’s no fun to sleep in. I’m happy to be back sleeping in a real bed. This leads me to the tally section, as you remember I was driving from coast to coast on 1000 John Adams Presidential Dollars. You should have seen the look on some of the attendants when I would count out seventy or eighty of these to pay for gas. Over all I had good reception, was offered by people in line to buy some of the dollars, I told them the cashier would be happy to sell you a few or maybe all. Only one attendant had to ask his manager if they were real. Like I said it was an overall success. Using the coins can be burdensome in these large numbers, but to have a few in you pocket is really nice. I ended up with 88 coins to spare and pile of receipts. So here it is:
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Quattro. Audi is cooking up something tasty in their concept department. I have been a fan of Audi since high school. Their Group B rally cars were a car enthusiast dream. The power to blast through mud and snow, charging up and down mountains like wind blowing through a meadow, was this teenagers dream. Since I could never expect to own an actual racing Quattro, my head was always in Road & Track, Car and Driver, and Motor Trend panting over the production version. An original is still on my want list, but just maybe I might be able to have both in my garage one day. I like to see that Audi is at it again.
I have been getting many questions about the new quarters showing up in pocket change. Welcome the America The Beautiful Quarter Program. This is the second release of new quarters since the Statehood Quarter Program started way back in 1999. This program was a smashing success and almost single-handedly rebooted the coin collecting market in my opinion. So here we are eleven years later and the mint is trying to keep things fresh. The new program will include a total of 56 quarter dollars and run from 2010 to 2021. The new quarters will have reverses depicting national parks and national sites from all over this beautiful country of ours. So check your change and see what memories you can stir up with the next quarter you come across.
Here is some good news for collectors. The United States Mint will be resuming production of the American Eagle Proof Silver Eagle. It was put on hold in 2009 due to the high demand for the American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin. This upset many collectors because of their dedication to the mints programs, and the fact they were shelling out hundreds of dollars per year to have complete collections of certain coins. Legislation mandates that American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin production take precedence over the numismatic version of the coin. I’m sure the mint heard these customers loud and clear, so with seigniorage declining, and the new proof carrying a $44.95 price tag, it is sure to be a good profit center for them. With all that said this is a beautiful coin and I am personally glad to see the mint resume production.
Photo: U.S. Mint
I had a chance to head down to Jacksonville and meet up with Doug at Edgewood Coin Company. This shop has been a staple here in the Jacksonville area since 1963. I have had a few opportunities to work with the folks here and I can highly recommend them if your ready to buy or sell.