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Greater Atlanta Coin Show
2020, our 33rd year of monthly coin shows
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from February 2020
Well, visitors to the February 2020 Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed a nice day after a snowfall on Saturday and heavy fog early Sunday morning.
Thank you to all the people who came to the show - visitors, dealers, security - and the hotel's staff for their set up of the room.
Even with a few challenges, the bourse was still filled with a variety of collectibles: coins, currency, bullion, money related items and many other interesting tidbits from historical items to the just plain odd.
A few of our dealers from the North Georgia mountains were unable to come, simply because they had more snow that had not melted off their curvy and hilly roads.
For March, the Greater Atlanta Coin Show's dealers will display their collectibles including coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other intriguing items.
Our dealers have many years of experience and have a broad range of interests.
Regardless of your particular numismatic study, there will be one or more dealers at the show with knowledge and expertise to help you.
All visitors to the show are welcome whether buying, selling, trading or just looking at the many different items.
Visitors may also bring items to the show for a free verbal appraisal, and if desired, offer to sell those collectibles to one or more dealers at the show.
Mark your calendar and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to buy, sell, trade or just browse among the many items on display.
Some of our dealers were at the Charlotte show, and while some stayed, others chose to return to the Greater Atlanta Coin Show.
Of course, each month we appreciate the many dealers who pack their vehicles and travel the miles such that our visitors get to see the many intriguing treasures on the bourse.
We also appreciate the visiting dealers who "fill in" when our regular dealers have schedule conflicts.
Dealers, both regular and visiting, saw quite a number of visitors to the bourse. Some faces we recognized along with greeting some new faces, too. Welcome to one and all, we're glad you came and hope you can visit more shows in the future.
As we've seen in the past, the hotel hosted some other venues as well, such as the Barbazon School of Modeling and a group of Mary Kay salespeople.
It's always interesting each month to see what other groups are meeting at the hotel. And, sometimes, we enjoy visits from the other groups' guests as well.
As usual the bourse was a busy place to spend a few hours among interesting collectibles.
Let's take a look at a couple of items seen on the bourse - only a couple as the show was busy with very little time for taking images - but these two are fun items.
First, let's see an odd and interesting collectible.
Sea Serpent - Carved Bone
Many artisans, who used to work with ivory, now choose to carve in bone.
One site showcasing bone carving states:
"These bone carvings are real natural Water buffalo bone. Absolutely not bone powder, plastic , resin, or fish bones.
"We DO NOT kill animals to get their bones. We adopt them only after they die in nature.
"We used to carve in Ivory, however, since Elephants were protected from being killed illegally, we now only use natural bones instead.
"These large animal bones have similar features and are as hard as Ivory.
Is it a sea serpent or a dragon?
The dealer believes this to be a sea serpent, but I see a dragon instead.
This could easily be a vintage hand-carved piece of bone.
"As you can appreciate, some of these art works take our carving specialists many months to complete.
"Some of these works are pieces of many bones fit carefully together so well you cannot see the joints."
Whether truly a vintage item or a more recently carved beast, this beautiful bone carving could be an intriguing conversation display piece.
Liberty Seated Dollar 1859-O
This next collectible is an excellent specimen of the Liberty Seated Dollar Coin, with "no motto," graded by PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) as MS-65.
On their web site, the CoinFacts population for this specific 1859-O coin shows this coin to be one of three in this grade.
Over all their grades, PCGS has certified 1185 of these Liberty Seated Silver Dollar Coins with 500 of those in MS-60 or better grades.
Again, though, this is just one of three graded at MS-65.
PCGS comments on their web site:
"Following the production of an illustrious series of Liberty Seated pattern dollars in 1836, 1838 and 1839, the Liberty Seated style was first produced for large-scale circulating coinage in 1840. From then through 1865, coinage of the “No Motto” reverse type was continuous.
"The design parallels that of other Liberty Seated issues, with Miss Liberty seated on a rock, holding in her left hand a liberty cap on a pole and with her right hand holding a shield inscribed LIBERTY. Thirteen stars are above, and the date is below. The reverse shows an eagle perched on an olive branch and holding three arrows, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above and ONE DOL. below.
"Within the 1840-1865 span there are a number of scarce and rare issues, with 1851, 1852 and 1858 designated as major rarities. Commoner issues are readily available in grades from Very Good through Extremely Fine, with most survivors being in Fine to Very fine grade.
"As silver dollars were not circulated as extensively as other denominations, few are seen in grades below Very Good. AU coins are available as are Uncirculated pieces, particularly 1859-O and 1860-O in the latter category (survivors from a small group of coins which came to light during the Treasury release of 1962).
"Superb Uncirculated pieces are rarities."
Whether just one of the top three or the "finest known" of the 1859-O silver dollars, this particular slabbed coin is a very fine example indeed.