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Coin Show - Monthly Notes for February 2021

Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on March 14, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.

Our dealers will fill their showcases with coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items.

All visitors to the show are welcome whether buying, selling, trading or just looking at the many different items.

Also, the dealers provide free verbal appraisals for coins, currency and bullion items people bring to the show.

The March show will occur unless we are forced to close by state, county, local, hotel or COVID-19 officials. Check with this web site, the recorded show message (770-772-4359) or join our mailing list to receive information about the shows.

IMPORTANT:  Masks WILL BE REQUIRED to enter the show due to the continued concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Remember to visit the next
Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, March 14, 2021 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to buy, sell, trade or just browse among the many items on display. 
The bourse at the February 2021 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed visitors to a temporary, alternate location.  The dealers filled the hotel's Hamilton's restaurant with their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectible items.

The show enjoyed many visitors, some of which found the show via the AJC's Things to Do page. We thank the AJC for listing our event, and we thank the many people who visited the show.

Of course, we always appreciate the visitors, the dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for providing an interesting venue to spend a few hours and have fun browsing, buying, selling and trading among the treasures in the showcases.
Outside, Mother Nature gave us a rainy day with temperatures in the mid-40s. That's ok, the inside was dry on the bourse. But, people could look out the restaurant's windows to view the wet golf course and to see Kennesaw mountain in the distance.

This month, the hotel continued its renovation project, and the restaurant had been mostly updated with some changes such as the buffet islands had been removed.

Now, those of you that received our Coins and Coin Show newsletter on the Saturday before the show saw a mention about bowls hanging from the ceiling in the restaurant.

Upside down bowls hanging from restaurant's ceiling
Oddly, those bowls were no longer there for the show. They really did exist - 284 bowls hanging from the ceiling. However, the structure decided it didn't want 284 heavy bowls hanging down.

The ceiling began to buckle, and the renovation crew removed the bowls just prior to the show. It will be interesting to see if the decision makers choose to reinforce the ceiling and re-hang the bowls.

In the meantime, here's a photo that shows a portion of the installed bowls just to prove we weren't pulling a fast one in the newsletter.
Visitors to the show saw the groom parading around the hotel in a Ferrari before the family and guests proceeded with a musical march into the hotel for the couple's afternoon ceremony.

Previous shows have also coincided with Indian weddings. One included a groom parading on an elephant. At another the groom rode a horse.

Well, the Ferrari symbol is a horse, so this gentleman's parade was suitable for the celebration.

As for the show, with the interesting up and down metals' markets, people came to buy and to sell silver, gold and other precious metals - some as coinage and some as bullion.

These markets certainly provide interesting times with the metals. Many dealers have difficulty finding and keeping in their inventory the physical items made of the precious metals.

With the hustle and bustle, the February show was busy, but we do have a couple of images as highlights from show.

American Gold Eagle $50 Bullion Coin

Our first example is an American Gold Eagle bullion coin that contains one ounce of gold and has a face value of $50.

Historically, Congress authorized the United States Mint to provide investors with a convenient way to add physical gold, silver, platinum, or palladium to their investment portfolios with bullion coins.

The oldest of these products began in 1986 with the launch of the American Eagle Bullion Coin Program, which included the sale of American Eagle Gold and Silver Bullion Coins.

Bullion coins differ from proof coins. They are investment-grade coins that are valued by their weight and fineness of a specific precious metal, in this example, gold.
Amerian Gold Eagle $50 2021 Obverse
Amerian Gold Eagle $50 2021 Reverse
Unlike commemorative or numismatic coins valued by limited mintage, rarity, condition, and age, the US Mint's bullion coins are purchased by people wanting to own and invest in tangible products made of gold, silver, platinum, or palladium.

American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins are available in four sizes: one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce. American Eagle Silver, Platinum, Palladium, and American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins are available in the one-ounce size.
Bullion coins, regardless of the metal content, cannot be purchased directly from the US Mint by the general public. The Mint distributes the bullion coins through a network of approved “authorized purchasers” who, in turn, create a two-way market buying and selling to precious metals wholesalers, private investors, and local bullion coin dealers.

The US Mint sells the bullion coins based on the prevailing market price of the particular metal content and adds a small premium to cover minting, distribution, and marketing costs.

This particular gold bullion coin is one of the early 2021 mintages and showcases the designs of Liberty by Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the obverse and Miley Busiek's family of eagles on the reverse.
Of course, numismatists recognize the Liberty by Saint-Gaudens as the same as the obverse of the Double Eagle ($20) gold coins originally minted from 1907-1933.

The American Gold Eagle coin, regardless of bullion, proof or denomination, continues to add timeless beauty to collections and investments.

Die Copy 1896 One-Dollar Silver Certificate

The text reads:

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This engraving, printed from a plate prepared from the original master die, is a replica of the face of the 1896 $1 Silver Certificate. It is the first of a set of three souvenir cards that will relate to notes of that Series.

The design of this primary denomination was conceived and executed for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by the well-known illustrator and muralist of the day, Will H. Low. That artist chose for his theme the glory of our national heritage, which he depicted in allegorical form under the title of "History Instructing Youth".
Die Copy 1896 One-Dollar Silver Certificate
The next example provides insights into the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's (BEP's) One-Dollar Silver Certificate from 1896.
Even though highly acclaimed as works of art, the Series was short-lived. The myriad forms, shields, and lettering made it relatively easy for counterfeiters to duplicate and alter the notes; consequently, their issuance was discontinued and they were supplanted by the Series 1899 notes.

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The US Treasury Department first issued Silver Certificates in 1878 and discontinued them in 1965.

Known as the famous Educational Note, Mr. Low included the Constitution to the right, the Washington Monument and the Capitol in the background, and around the border, he included the names of great Americans in the wreaths.

Charles Schlecht engraved the design for printing the notes.

For a time, and it may still, the original "History Instructing Youth" painting by W. H. Low hung on display at the BEP.

An interesting note and beautiful artistry - too bad, it was short-lived.

BEP Souvenir Card - National Bank Note


Our next and last item is a BEP souvenir card from the August 1998 American Numismatic Association event in Portland, Oregon.

The souvenir card was titled From Sea to Shining Sea and showcased the printing of the $50 National Currency Note from the Lumbermens National Bank of Portland.

This note's design came from the Third Charter Period of national bank notes and was a Series 1902 note.

The design featured a portrait of John Sherman who held positions as a U.S. Senator, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of the Treasury.
BEP Souvenir Card - National Bank Note $50 Lumbermens Bank Portland OR
Their charter number, 9180, can be seen in the print of the note's border.

In total, the bank issued $1,663,700 of currency in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. At their close, $250,000 of their currency had not been redeemed.

In addition to the artwork shown on this souvenir print, the circulating national bank notes would also include signatures, a seal, a serial number, a position number and other pertinent currency items printed in the available white space.

With this card, the BEP provided an interesting historical view into the printing and design of National Bank Notes.
Behind the displayed note, the souvenir card's background showed a panoramic view of Portland, Oregon created by Clohessy and Strengele in 1890.

The Lumbermens National Bank of Portland was chartered in 1908 and was liquidated in November of 1917.
For the February show, a schedule conflict caused our event to be moved to the restaurant. For some reason, a two-day wedding, that was scheduled before our contract, was not entered into the hotel's calendar.

Generally, the show moves to the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms downstairs, however the crews were remodeling those rooms.

As for the wedding, the bride and groom had a Catholic ceremony for the bride on Saturday and an Indian service on Sunday for the groom.