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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for February 2023
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, March 12, 2023, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
January and February were busy coin shows. Let's make March a busy and fun-filled show as well.
The dealers will bring coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items to fill their showcases for visitors to enjoy.
The show welcomes guests to buy, sell, trade or just view the history found in the many displays. People can also bring coins and currency to the show for a free verbal appraisal based on the current market.
The show is open from 9am - 4pm, however arrive early for the most opportunities.
Should circumstances impact the show, check with this web site, the recorded show message (770-772-4359), or join our mailing list to receive up-to-date information about the next show.
Make a reminder note and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, March 12, 2023 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
1904 Panama Twenty-Five Centésimos Coin
1878 Gold Quarter Eagle Coin
1880 Trade Dollar Coin
1894 Haiti Two-Centimes Coin
Busy, just busy. The February 2023 Greater Atlanta Coin Show became very busy with visitors packing the aisles while the dealers provided their displays filled with coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
As we always do, we appreciate everyone that helped make the show a fun and interesting place to spend a few hours including our visitors, our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff. You contribute to the success of the show each month, and for that, THANK YOU.
Prior to the show, we were somewhat concerned that local weather forecasters advised the area might have some "novelty" snow during the weekend.
Luckily, the snow missed us. The weather was cool in comparison to earlier temperatures, and it was wet, but the atmosphere was not cold enough to generate even the "novelty" snow.
The weather made it a nice day to spend indoors walking the aisles, viewing the displays and talking with the dealers about their collectible items.
Both Saturday evening and Sunday, the hotel's space was rather quiet. We didn't observe other convention space being used, but then again, we were busy and didn't have time to see what else was happening at the hotel.
Of course, the hotel has a large golf course in back, but the weather may have prevented the normal players from enjoying their 18 holes.
We welcome and appreciate the new people visiting the show with an interest in beginning the numismatic hobby.
By definition in Merriam-Webster, numismatics is the study or collection of coins, tokens, and paper money and sometimes related objects (such as medals). A numismatist is an individual that enjoys numismatics.
We welcome the potential numismatists that visited the show and hope that you join us again.
A coin show provides a wealth of numismatic expertise in one place and offers a learning experience for beginning collectors.
Our dealers have many years of experience across a wide variety of interests from ancient to modern, from historical to current, from loose good to slabbed mint state, from coins to currency to bullion to medals to stock certificates and related items.
As usual, people visiting the coin show had a variety of interests as well. Some came to look for specific coins, some wanted bullion, others wanted to know the value of their items, while others browsed hoping to find something that piqued their interest.
For a small peek, let's take a look at a sampling of interesting numismatic items found on the bourse.
Our first example is one of the 1878 Gold Quarter Eagle Coins, only one of twenty proof $2.50 coins the US Mint produced that year.
In total, the Philadelphia and San Francisco mint locations produced just over 464,000 of the circulation strikes, while the Philadelphia mint struck the twenty proof coins.
This gold quarter eagle coin displays the Liberty Head design begun in 1840.
The coin weighs 4.18 grams containing 90% gold and 10% copper with a net gold weight of 0.12094 ounces.
The coin has a reeded edge and is 18mm in diameter.
In 1859, the Mint slightly modified the reverse design making the letters smaller for the Philadelphia issues of 1859-1907.
Oddly, though, there were some of the larger lettered reverse coins produced in Philadelphia in 1859, 1860 and 1861.
Also, the San Francisco Mint did not receive the new plates for the smaller letters at the same time as the Philadelphia Mint.
In our example, however, the smaller letters show on the reverse of this proof Liberty Head gold quarter eagle coin.
PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Services) graded this specimen as a Proof 55, and the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has verified this coin has met the standard for strict quality within its grade.
The PCGS CoinFacts estimates only 12 of the twenty proof 1878 gold quarter eagle coins have survived.
They also comment: "Proofs are extremely rare and the 1878 is, in fact, the rarest post-1859 quarter eagle in proof. I would estimate that only half a dozen or so remain in unimpaired condition, most of which are impounded in museums or prominent collections."
At 145 years old in 2023, this coin is a beautiful example of a rare proof gold quarter eagle coin.
Our next example showcases an NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) graded Proof 63 Ultra Cameo Trade Dollar from 1880.
William Barber designed this coin whose purpose was to circulate in Asia and compete with dollar-sized coins of other countries.
Though not intended for domestic distribution, the trade dollars were legal tender in the United States. People collected proof specimens as well.
The US Mint produced the Trade Dollars from 1873 to 1885. In 1887, Congress repealed the law authorizing the production of the Trade Dollar.
During the years, the Mint struck the Trade Dollar coins at the Philadelphia, Carson City and San Francisco locations.
In the years 1879-1885, the Mint only produced proof Trade Dollar coins at their Philadelphia location.
Our example from 1880, is one of only 1987 proof Trade Dollars produced in Philadelphia that year.
"The speculative frenzy in proof-only trade dollars peaked this year, as nearly 2,000 proofs were sold. The usual press runs of 50-100 coins at a time were replaced with much larger numbers, particularly during the early months of 1880.
"This high mintage is reflected in the availability of proofs today. While common within the context of the series, 1000+ survivors is still a relatively small figure as compared to more popular coins of later vintage.
"Gems are sufficiently available to be attractive to type collectors, and Cameo examples are also fairly plentiful.
"As with all dates in this series, however, Ultra Cameo coins are rare. Two obverse dies were utilized for this large mintage, but there presently exists no interest in collecting proofs by varieties."
As noted, this Proof 63 Ultra Cameo 1880 Trade Dollar coin is a rare find and would be an excellent addition to a collection.
This next example coin comes from a country in the Caribbean just southeast of Cuba.
Minted in Paris, France for Haiti, the Two-Centimes can be dated either 1886 or 1894 as is our specimen.
The obverse shows the denomination inside a beaded circle. Outside the circle is "REPUBLIQUE D'HAITI AN 91," which translates to "Republic of Haiti Year 91."
The reverse shows their coat of arms in the center with "LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ" around the outside, which means " Liberty Equality Brotherhood."
Their coat of arms, though some consider it a national emblem, provides several representations for the country.
The design has six draped flags of the country, three on each side, which are located behind a palm tree and cannons on a lawn. Near the palm tree are various items, including a drum, bugles, cannonballs and ship anchors. Above the palm tree, there is a liberty cap placed as a symbol of freedom.
The ribbon bears the motto L'Union fait la force ('Unity makes strength'), which is also the motto of several other countries. This motto is different from the national motto (Liberté, égalité, fraternité), which is around the coat of arms.
It's interesting to observe the coins of other countries and look at their designs.
This bronze coin from Haiti would be a fun conversation piece to add to a collection.
The obverse shows a bust of Vasco Núñez de Balboa facing left surrounded by legend.
The legend shows "REPUBLICA DE PANAMA DIOS LEY LIBERTAD" with "BALBOA" and "1904" below the bust.
Translated, this means "Republic of Panama God and Freedom."
Similar to the Haitian coin, the reverse includes the Panama Coat of Arms with seven stars above and the coin's value in letters and silver content around.
The Latin lettering shows "VEINTICINCO CENTESIMOS DE BALBOA" and "G.12.500 LEY 0.900."
This translates to "Twenty-Five Centesimos of Balboa" and "12.5 grams 0.900 fine."
Looking at another world coin, this one comes to us from Panama.
Our US Mint produced the 1904 Twenty-Five Centésimos Coin for Panama.
The coat of arms in the middle of the coin was adopted on June 4, 1904.
At the top, an eagle rises with wings displayed and holds in its beak scroll bearing the motto "Pro Mundi Beneficio," which is Latin meaning "For the benefit of the World."
Within the shield, the design shows a crossed sabre and rifle; a crossed spade and hoe; the isthmus of Panama with a setting sun and rising moon; a cornucopia with mouth downwards discharging coins; and a winged wheel.
At the time this coin was minted, seven stars are above the eagle. Today, Panama's coat of arms includes ten stars above the eagle representing the provinces of the country.
This silver coin provides insights into the small country to our south that helps with trade routes between the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific. The stories it could tell when added to a collection.
1988 Gold American Eagle Four-Piece Set
Our last example for this show is a four-piece set of Gold American Eagle coins from 1988.
Under Public Law 99-185, the US Mint began the American Eagle program in 1986.
In 1988, the US Mint used Roman Numerals to present the date on the gold American Eagle coins. Each coin shows MCMLXXXVIII as the date.
From the US Mint's description:
"The U.S. Mint produces American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins in four weights: one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce, and tenth ounce. The coins are 22-karat gold, plus small amounts of alloy. This creates harder coins that resist scratching and marring, which can diminish resale value.
"The obverse design of the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins is inspired by Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ celebrated $20 gold piece, the “Double Eagle.” It was minted from 1907-1933 and is often considered one of America’s most beautiful coins.
"In 2021, the U.S. Mint marked the 35th anniversary of the American Eagle Coin Program with a refreshed design. The Mint used historical assets such as the original bronze cast to closer reflect Saint-Gaudens’ original vision. The refresh includes modifications to the Capitol Building, stars, torch, sun rays, and other design elements.
"Since 2021, the reverse shows a portrait of an eagle. To give the new coins an added level of security, they have also been updated with enhanced security features, including a reeded edge variation.
Breaking the Roman Numeral down, the first M is 1000, the CM is 900, the L is 50, the Xs are 10 each, the V is five and the Is are one each.
1000+900+50+10+10+10+5+1+1+1 = 1988.
In reviewing the US Mint's production numbers for the proof gold American Eagle coins in 1988, they do not display how many of the four-piece sets they produced.
Their statistics show they struck 87,133 of the one-ounce, 76,528 of the half-ounce, 98,028 of the quarter-ounce and 143,881 of the tenth-ounce gold American Eagle coins.
"From 1986 to 2021, the reverse, by sculptor Miley Busiek, depicted an eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a second eagle and hatchlings."
This four-coin set gold American Eagle Set from 1988 includes beautiful proof coins showcasing the original obverse and reverse designs.
This set would make a nice addition to an American Eagle coin collection, a gold collection or a new collection.