The fourth monthly Greater Atlanta Coin Show of 2016 has come and gone. That means one
third of the year is almost over.
Though time passes more quickly as we age, we can certainly still enjoy what the days offer as
many people did that visited the April coin show.
Outside, the day offered early springtime enjoyment. Cloudy skies allowed some sunshine to
peek through, and the morning temperatures began in the low 40s rising to low 60s by mid
Not quite shirt-sleeve weather, but the day still highlighted the blooms and spring green colors
of the flowers, shrubs and trees.
Both dealers and the visiting public enjoyed a busy bourse with the dealers' tables filled with a
wide variety of numismatic and other collectibles while the aisles filled with people buying,
selling and browsing the many treasures.
As always, we certainly appreciated the many people who helped make the monthly coin show
a success from the visitors to the dealers to the security to the hotel's staff. Thank you one and
Based on the number of cars in the parking lot, the hotel hosted
other busy events as well - not sure what they were other than a
wedding related event adjacent to the show.
This wasn't an actual wedding, though the hotel hosts those
frequently as well. The bourse was so busy, we didn't have time to
satisfy our curiosity about the wedding event's displays.
As for coins, several people brought collections for verbal
appraisals with several deciding to sell.
Why would someone want to sell?
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Well, there are a variety of reasons. Sometimes, people inherit or are given numismatic collectibles but didn't catch the
collecting fever to become a true numismatist.
Instead, they prefer to sell the collection to support their interests be it a different hobby, a special purchase, a personal
goal or maybe just to pay some bills.
Then, there are the true numismatists that want to change their interests from one type of collectible to another or maybe
to improve their collection from lower grade to higher grade coins.
Of course, there could be many other contributing factors as well.
As for another collectible, let's take a look at the Making
American History Coin and Currency Set from 2012.
This set celebrated the United States Mint 220 Years
and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing 150 Years.
The set included an American Eagle Silver Proof Coin
minted at San Francisco and a Series 2009 $5 Note
from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
In addition, the $5 note commemorated the Bureau of
Engraving and Printing's 150 years of service with a
serial number beginning with "150."
At the Sunday show, we saw people selling gold,
silver, walking liberty coins, Indian head cents,
mercury dimes to name just a few.
And, speaking of Mercury dimes, did you know the
US Mint will sell a Mercury Dime Centennial Coin this
The centennial version will be a 1/10th ounce gold
coin honoring the 100th anniversary of the obverse
and reverse designs of A. A. Weinman. (Image
courtesy of US Mint.)
As usual, the coin show's bourse included a variety of items from ancient to colonial to modern day numismatics, from
copper to silver to gold to platinum, from coins to currency to artistic stock certificates along with many other collectibles
and supplies as well.
Mark your calendar and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, May 15, 2016 to see what new treasures
the dealers have found to add to their displays.
In his communication with R.W. Woolley, Director of the Mint,
in May 1916, Mr. Weinman described his designs for the
Winged Liberty known as the Mercury dime:
"The design of the dime, owing to the smallness of the coin,
has been held quite simple.
"The obverse shows a head of liberty with winged cap. The
head is firm and simple in form, the profile forceful.
"The reverse shows a design of the bundle of rods with
battleaxe, known as "fasces" and symbolical of unity, wherein
lies the nation's strength. Surrounding the fasces is a full
foliaged branch of olive, symbol of peace."
The US Mint's new gold coin, minted in West Point, keeps
true to Mr. Weinman's design with the addition of "AU 24K
1/10 OZ." on the reverse.
The US Mint released the new coin on 4/21/2016 with a
maximum limit of 125,000.
Who knows, there just might be one, two or more on display at
the next monthly coin show in May.
But, for the April bourse, let's highlight a couple of the US
Mint's collectibles from recent years.
First, let's take a look at two Five-Ounce America the
Beautiful Bullion Coins, otherwise affectionately known as
This version on the left includes the 2010 Hot Springs coin
representing the Arkansas contribution for the America the
The right example shows the Yellowstone design, also
from 2010, corresponding to Wyoming's America the