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Greater Atlanta Coin Show
2018, our 31st year of monthly coin shows
Coin Show - Monthly Notes from April 2018
Next Monthly Coin Show
Those are just a few of the collectible items found on the April coin show's bourse.
Mark your calendars for the next show on Sunday, May 6, 2018, in the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms down one level
from the main conference area.
As usual, the bourse will include displays of coins, currency, bullion and other interesting collectibles.
Welcome and thank you to the many visitors to the April 2018 monthly Greater Atlanta Coin Show.
As usual, dealers filled the bourse with their showcases displaying numismatic and other
collectibles from old coins and currency to modern US Mint collectibles to other fun items such as
antique toys and machines.
The day started cloudy and cold, well, relatively speaking, cold, with the afternoon becoming partly
sunny with temperatures in the 50s. Yes, a little unseasonable after the oddly warm temperatures
in the low 80s.
Our dealers arrived early to set up their displays, do some business among themselves and get
ready for the morning visitors.
Evidence remained in our room from the wedding party of the night before.
After taking care of the unwanted debris, the dealers began the business of a coin show.
The show enjoyed a good group of visitors throughout the
morning and early afternoon.
Each month, we always appreciate our visitors, dealers, security
and the assistance from the hotel's staff.
Thank you one and all.
This month, several of our visitors looked for silver, silver dollars,
silver proof sets and basically any silver collectible.
Due to a busy bourse, there wasn't much time to get many
images of this month's bourse, but let's take a look at just a few
2019 The Official Red Book
The new 2019 Official Red Book, the 72nd Edition, was
available on the bourse.
This book titled A Guide Book of United States Coins has
been a go-to reference for collectors and dealers alike for
It contains introductory information about the numismatic
hobby along with details about the many coins from pre-
colonial to colonial to modern-day.
In particular, the book shows the quantities minted and the
die varieties for the various coins struck by the US Mint
through the years.
The values they assign to each coin provide general
information but actual market values may differ due to a
variety of factors, such as current interest in the coins.
Interests in specific coins fluctuate and the market prices
follow those fluctuations.
Here is one problem with the 2019 version of the book. The
authors and publisher decided not to include specifics about
the American Eagles and the bullion products.
They did include information about the silver, gold, platinum and palladium coins but chose not to maintain the mintage
and other details in the book.
Now, people buy reference books to "reference." It's disconcerting to find details that you expect in the book to be
Hopefully, future editions will return the "reference" details to the book.
Still, the Red Book, it's shortened name, continues to include good material for the numismatic hobby.
Soup Can Banks
These two soup can banks came from the 1994 125th
Anniversary recognition of the Campbell Company.
The Campbell web site provides information about their
history, an excerpt of the Campbell Story:
"At Campbell, we make many of your favorite products
including cookies, crackers, sauces and drinks, as well as
organic baby food and fresh carrots. But soup is how we
started. In 1869, Joseph Campbell, a fruit merchant, and
Abraham Anderson, an icebox manufacturer, formed the
business that would one day become Campbell Soup
Company, and opened their first plant in Camden, New
"It wasn’t until after Joseph Campbell retired from the company that Campbell introduced its first can of ready-to-eat
tomato soup. Later, in 1897, Campbell made an amazing leap forward when John T. Dorrance, a chemist at the
company and nephew of the then-president with an interest in French cuisine, invented condensed soup. He created
five varieties, including Tomato, which remains one of the top 10 shelf-stable foods sold in U.S. grocery stores
These two banks made from tin have the iconic red and white colors of the Tomato Soup colored in enamel.
The cans are four inches high and two and a half inches in diameter.
Now, if anyone uses the bank to store pocket change, it requires a can opener to remove the loot.
But, they make interesting and nostalgic collectibles.
Naval Cannon Pencil Sharpener
Isn't it interesting what you find on the internet?
In searching for information on "cannon pencil sharpener,"
this same little cannon was described as being modeled
after the cannons used by the Tudor navy, used by pirates
and used during the war of 1812.
Now, the Tudor era ended much earlier than 1812, but it's
conceivable that all three descriptions are correct.
Also, some of the web sites described their version of this
cannon pencil sharpener as "vintage" while others
appeared to sell a modern, diecast version of the
And others, such as this description identified theirs as an
"A charming collectible antique bronze die cast metal
pencil sharpener modeled on the period naval cannons
used in the war of 1812. It has moving wheels and
measures 3 1/8" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/4". Perfect for history lovers
of all ages."
This description appears the most applicable to this little
cannon from the April bourse.
This next collectible is a beautiful mottled green
malachite egg displayed on a black enameled base.
The Fossil Cartel website provides this description:
"Malachite is a green copper hydroxide, or copper
ore, whose beautiful green color comes from
copper. As early as 4000 BCE, Egyptians crushed
malachite into powder to use as eye paint, pigment
for wall paintings, and as a glaze and coloring for
glass. Its name comes from the Greek word for
'mallow,' as its deep green resembles the leaves of
the mallow plant. Today malachite is used mainly as
an ornamental material and gemstone, and is found
in Russia, U.S.A., and the Democratic Republic of
Perhaps of more interest is this information from the
Crystal Vault website on how to use the mineral:
"Malachite is a Guardian Builder Crystal. The
Guardian talismans do not reveal their inner
strength. These stones rarely, if ever, form
transparent crystals. Rather, they hide their strength
behind an opaque mask, obscuring the power they
"In the physical world they are fantastic amulets for
protecting your loved ones, your possessions, and
your physical security. When they have the Earth
Power of a Builder from their chemical makeup,
these crystals are perfect aids in building up wealth,
or improving our lot in life both materially and
"With their predominately green color Malachite brings us the power of respect and compassion teaching us humanity,
discretion, and honor. They help us act more charitably, and focus our efforts on service to others."
On the other hand, this collectible egg would make a beautiful addition to a desk, bookcase or other display area.