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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes from August 2019
Join us at the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show to see what treasures abound among the dealers' showcases.
Each month, the dealers bring a variety of collectibles including coins, currency, bullion and related numismatic items.
Several dealers also display other interests such as stock certificates, civil war artifacts, jewelry, semi-precious stones, and other articles.
The show also invites people to bring items for free verbal appraisals for which dealers can make offers to buy within the current market.
Mark your calendar and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to buy, sell, trade or just browse among the many items on display.
The August 2019 Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed many visitors on a bourse filled with dealers and their showcases packed with coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
Outside, the weather provided lots of heat with temperatures in the mid-90s under alternating sunshine and overcast skies.
Inside, though, the bourse was comfortable this month. The portable HVAC units were gone with the hotel's regular HVAC working again.
We thank each and every one of the many people who visited the August show. We appreciate the faces we see frequently and the many new faces this month as well.
We also want to thank all the dealers for helping make the show a busy and interesting place to spend a few hours each month.
As happens near the end of summer, several of our regular dealers had conflicts and their spaces were filled with visiting dealers, some of whom were new to the show. Welcome, thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed the show.
Of course, we always appreciate our security and the hotel's staff for their support of the coin show each month.
Probably due to the heat and end of summer vacations, the hotel was not very busy with other events. But the churches that frequent the hotel on Sundays held their meetings in a few of the smaller venues in the hotel.
During the August show, several of our visitors brought items to be appraised and to sell from silver to coin books and albums to certified silver Eagles, just to name a few.
On the other hand, many visitors came to search for that perfect treasure to fill in or to improve one or more of their collections. They looked through the dealers' boxes and binders of 2x2s to see what could be had within their objectives - coin, grade and value.
Now for just a few of the items seen on the bourse.
USN Ship's Bell
Our first item is an antique U. S. Navy bell.
This one appears to be a World War II era bell made by the Harvard Lock Company.
The bell is roughly 9.5 inches wide by 10 inches tall and weighs probably between 15 and 20 pounds.
Originally, the bell hung from an arm with the shaft at the top of the bell fitting through a hole and the circular metal at the top holding the bell in place.
The clapper probably had a pull rope attached to the end so someone could quickly and easily ring the bell.
This bell appears to be iron, whereas officers' bells could be brass. However, with the scarcity of various metals during WWII, this bell may have been very important.
Regardless, this would be a nice collectible for a navy veteran.
Or its future duties could be a "come-and-get-it" dinner bell or a call to family action.
1924 High School Track Medal
Next on our tour is a collectible track medal from 1924.
The front of the medal shows a man running with "Wesleyan H. S. Invitation Track Meet" around the perimeter and a shield with "1924" below the runner.
On the back, the medal shows it was for the "Discus Throw" and awarded to A. E. Durisch. Below, the Josten Mfg. Co. struck their information at the base of the medal.
With some research, one learns that A. E. Durisch was Everett Durisch. He followed his high school sports with the Discus Throw for the Nebraska Cornhuskers under Coach Henry F. Schulte.
The Daily Nebraskan newspaper of March 27, 1927 printed the results of Cornhusker team tryouts for a California trip.
For the Discus Throw, "Durisch, who had thrown the platter 134 feet 5.5 inches in practice, also fell down, but won the discus trials at 132 feet 11.5 inches."
He joined the team for their events in California in early April.
Later in the month, Durisch did not qualify for a trip to a meet in Kansas, however he paid his own way and won fourth in the Discus Throw.
In early May 1927, Durisch won first in another meet with Kansas. Later in the month, he served as a judge for the Discus Throw at a high school track meet.
In May 1928, Durisch won first again against Kansas.
In recent information, the document for the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame for 2018 included a list of previous inductees in which Everett Durisch is listed, but without a specific date.
This little medal had a lot of pride in its achievement and just touched a small part of one man's history.
Eisenhower Dollar - 25th Anniversary Moon Landing
In this year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this next collectible recognized the 25th anniversary in 1994.
These three sequentially numbered first day covers include a moon landing stamp along with an Eisenhower dollar which honors the event on its reverse with the Apollo 11 insignia.
These first day covers were cancelled on the 25th anniversary date.
For the 25th anniversary, Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins met for a ceremony in the White House East Room.
As part of his four-minute speech, he directed specific comments to the science students in attendance:
"To you, we say we have only completed a beginning. We leave you much that is undone. There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth's protective layers.
"There are places to go beyond belief. Those challenges are yours - in many fields, not the least of which is space, because there lies human destiny."
Aldrin also spoke during events on the 25th anniversary. His comments echoed the frustration of the lack of focus and interest in the space program.
"For one crowning moment we were creatures of the cosmic ocean, a moment that 1,000 years hence may be seen as the signature of our century.
"Yet an eerie apathy now seems to inflict the very generation who witnessed and were inspired by those events.
"The past quarter-century has seen a withered capacity for wonder and a growing retreat to delusions of risk-free society."
He went on to comment that the 25th anniversary should mark a renewed commitment to exploration of the solar system including sending astronauts to Mars.
Today, these 25th anniversary first day covers remember the spectacular achievements in this, the 50th anniversary, year.
Historical One Dollar Coins
George T. Morgan designed the first silver dollar coin under the new act.
The US Mint struck the new dollar coin known as the Morgan Dollar at Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, Denver and San Francisco during the years of 1878 to 1904 and 1921.
Next, Anthony Francisci designed the Peace dollar, which was produced from 1921 to 1938 at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco mint locations.
After a delay of many years, the Eisenhower dollar designed by Frank Gasparro honored the late president on the obverse and the Apollo 11 moon landing on the reverse.
This collectible showcases a type set of one dollar coins including the Morgan, Peace, Eisenhower, Bicentennial and Anthony dollar coins.
After the Bland-Allison Act of February 28, 1878, the US Mint began producing dollar coins for circulation.
The US Mint produced the eagle reverse from 1971-1974 and 1977-1978 at Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
To recognize the bicentennial of the country, the US Mint changed the reverse to show the Liberty Bell in front of the moon based on the submission of Dennis R. Williams to the design contest.
The obverse of the Bicentennial Eisenhower dollar coin stayed the same except for the date, which was shown as 1776-1976. This version was produced in 1975 and 1976.
The fifth dollar coin in this set is the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.
People did not accept this coin, the first to honor a female, easily.
Many people did not like the design, but more importantly, the coin was too close in size to the quarter, which frustrated its use.
Designed by Frank Gasparro, the US Mint locations of Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco produced the coins in 1979-1981 and 1999.
Not high grade specimens, this type set still serves as an example of the dollar coins serving more than a century of time.