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Archive for March 2011

2011 Kennedy Uncirculated Half-Dollar

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The Kennedy Half-Dollar was created to honor President Kennedy.   It was authorized by Congress just a month after his death, the U.S. Mint used designs on hand by sculptors Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, which allowed striking of the coin to begin in January 1964.  This coin has been in production for 47 years, though it is currently only minted for collectors.  The coin nearly vanished from circulation after its release due to collectors, hoarders, and people still wanting to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  Even though ample supplies of half dollars are now available, their circulation is extremely limited.  You can order bags or rolls of 2011 Kennedy Half-Dollars from the U.S. Mint.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

2011 Kennedy Proof Half-Dollar

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The Kennedy Half-Dollar was created to honor President Kennedy.   It was authorized by Congress just a month after his death, the U.S. Mint used designs on hand by sculptors Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, which allowed striking of the coin to begin in January 1964.  This coin has been in production for 47 years, though it is currently only minted for collectors.  The coin nearly vanished from circulation after its release due to collectors, hoarders, and people still wanting to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  Even though ample supplies of half dollars are now available, their circulation is extremely limited.  Order your 2011 Proof Set today at the U.S. Mint.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 31, 2011 at 8:08 am

Colorado Vault & Safe Deposit Box Company

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The Colorado Vault & Safe Deposit Box Company is located south of Denver in Centennial, Colorado.  I love when I come across depositories, which are few and far between, because they provide a great service for collectors and the general public alike.  This facility was built from the ground up and the vault looks to be state of the art.  Founded by three retired bankers, their experience showed them there is a demand for this type of business.  Check out their facebook page and you can actually see pictures of the vault being built.  Being conceived by bankers, I’m sure you can feel rest assured your valuables and important documents will be quite safe.  Next time I am in Denver I plan to stop by and check out this great facility.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

2011 Native American $1 Coin Rolls

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Having just posted on the 2011 Native American $1 Coin.  I just wanted to follow-up for all the roll collectors, both the “P” and “D” mint rolls are now available in special mint packaging.  Each roll contains 25 circulating-quality coins minted at the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia or Denver.  Stop by the U.S. Mint Store today to complete your roll collection.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Safe Find | 1891 Cary Safe

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My very first “Safe Find” was the Cary Safe, California Car Wash post.  So when I came across this one, I had to post these photos.  Look at the size of this thing.  Not only does it have double doors, but two sets of them.  The front has  Cary Safe Co. in traditional script.   Here was the company slogan “Growing Great Since Seventy Eight” CARY SAFES “The Safe Investment” “Uniform Strength Throughout”  Keep in mind that is 1878, and unfortunately the growing stopped in 1929.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

Whitman Baltimore Expo

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The Whitman Coin & Collectible Baltimore Expo is this week, starting today March 28 for auction lot viewing and ending April 3.  It’s going to be an action packed week.  Admission is free, but early bird passes are available for a fee, so if you want to get a jump on things pick one up.  The official auction company for the show will be Stacks Bowers Galleries.  Be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss out on anything!

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Gold Facts

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

eBay Find | Vintage Cartier Saint Gaudens Money Clip

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This Classic Vintage Cartier Money Clip is listed on eBay.  A 1927 Saint Gaudens twenty-dollar gold coin is interned in this 18 karat gold money clip.  Most coins, even though they are artistic pieces in their own right, once put into jewelry lose their numismatic value.  I guess this depends on the jeweler.  Cartier made this piece in the fifties, and this money clip is listed well over its precious metal value.  The owner claims the retail value to be $6,300, but you can pick this up today at a bargain price of $4,490.  I am no expert on vintage jewelry, so I don’t really know how what kind of deal this is.  It is guaranteed to be Cartier and from the fifties, so in my book, it gets a “Cool Stuff” stamp.  Check out other Coinologist All Things Gold archive posts here.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

2011 Native American $1 Coin

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The launch of the 2011 Native American $1 Coin will be on March 25, 2011 at the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass.  This reverse was designed by Richard Masters and the engraver was Joseph Menna.

The theme of the Coin is:  Supreme Sachem Ousamequin, Massasoit of the Great Wampanoag Nation Creates Alliance with Settlers at Plymouth Bay (1621)

The U.S. Mint description is as follows :

The design features hands of the Supreme Sachem Ousamequin Massasoit and Governor John Carver, symbolically offering the ceremonial peace pipe after the initiation of the first formal written peace alliance between the Wampanoag tribe and the European settlers. The design includes the required inscriptions, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1, along with the additional inscription WAMPANOAG TREATY 1621.”

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

The One Hundred Trillion Dollar Note

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I know the United States is in its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, but in no way does it feel like it.  Then we have a country like Zimbabwe, which is suffering from hyperinflation, thus the 100,000,000,000,000. note.  Now in no way are we comparing apples to apples here, but it can make you think a little about our future.  I am no expert in the field of economics, but when one hundred trillion dollars can barely buy a bushel of oranges, I can’t believe this would be good for any citizens confidence.   A new Zimbabwe Dollar has since been introduced removing many zeros from the notes.  These bills remained legal tender until June 30, 2009.  What a great addition to any collection, now readily available on the internet, become a trillion-air today!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

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