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Greater Atlanta Coin Show
2020, our 33rd year of monthly coin shows
Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes from July 2019
Join us at the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show to browse, buy, sell and trade among similar items on the August bourse.
Each month, the dealers bring coins, currency, bullion and related numismatic items to display for people to view and to buy.
Of course, they also bring odd and interesting items as well. Some are related to coins, such as coin banks, and others like the lace bobbins just piqued a dealer's interest and were added for people to see.
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, August 11, 2019 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to buy, sell, trade or just browse among the many items on display.
The July 2019 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many visitors to a bourse filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
The bourse was also filled with six different portable HVAC units as well. The hotel used the units to compensate for the lack of regular air conditioning in the conference spaces.
It's a good thing the weather wasn't extremely hot outside, instead just in the mid 80s.
Those portable HVAC units had a tough time cooling the room due to the number of people, plus the units' motors generated heat that added to the cooling challenge.
The hotel has since let us know the building's HVAC has been fixed, so the next show will be a pleasant temperature.
The weather outside was relatively cool in the morning increasing to the mid 80s with some sunshine but mostly cloudy throughout the day.
We appreciate the many people who visited the show and hope you weren't too uncomfortable.
As always, we also thank all of our dealers, our security and the hotel's staff for supporting the coin show each month.
Similar to a couple of months ago, we shared the hotel's conference space with a real estate investment seminar teaching people the ins and outs of flipping houses.
But, on the bourse, people enjoyed looking at the many numismatic displays with some buying, some selling and some continuing to browse.
Let's take a virtual look at a small sample of the July bourse.
Young Miss L.'s First Coin
We appreciate all of our visitors, but we are especially pleased to see young people coming to the show.
Not only as dealers but as people enamored with the hobby, we like to see young people learning about coins and numismatics from both a collectible and an investment perspective.
We're not sure if this was her first visit to a coin show, but it was her first coin purchase, and it was a nice one, too.
Side note: The internet is a fun place to find all kinds of information, however not all people using the internet are nice. Therefore, we blur, or in this case, add stars over people's faces to protect them. We also are not providing Young Miss L.'s name for the same reason.
We were happy to welcome Young Miss L. to the coin show and hope she comes back again to learn more about the hobby and find more treasures for her collection.
Chinese Silver Panda Coin 2015
Young Miss L.'s first purchase was a 2015 Chinese Silver Panda Coin.
This 2015 coin features an updated panda design, which the Chinese mint changes annually to intrigue collectors.
The coin contains 1 oz of .999 fine silver and is protected in a plastic capsule that still showcases the beautiful design.
The coin's obverse presents the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvests in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing encircled by the phrase "People's Republic of China" in Chinese and the year, 2015.
Carved Bone Shuttles
In today's automated-almost-everything era, most people won't realize these three items are shuttles or bobbins used for making lace by hand. They can also be used for tatting, a type of lace.
These three are vintage shuttles carved from bone.
Some hand-made lace uses just a small number of bobbins, while more intricate patterns can use many bobbins that would be easy to confuse.
Though these are vintage, one can find newly carved bone or wooden shuttles on various craft web sites..
That's good news - the art of hand-made lace will not be lost if people continue to want to learn and use the old-style tools.
Next on the virtual tour are odd but attractive items that take some searching to determine what they are.
As seen in this example, the coin show offers interesting collectibles other than numismatics.
Franklin Half Dollar - Full Bell Lines (Part II)
Remember in the June 2019 Show Notes, there was a 1963 Franklin Half Dollar graded MS-66+ FBL (meaning Full Bell Lines) by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation).
The discussion noted NGC only had one of these coins in this high grade with Full Bell Lines.
Similarly, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) also had a 1963 Franklin Half in MS-66+ FBL.
Not realizing it at the time, the NGC and the PCGS graded coins were not two but only one coin.
The person owning the NGC MS-66+ FBL coin decided they preferred having their coin in PCGS certified holder.
Lincoln Cent Set - 1909 - 1974
Our next collectible includes a complete set of Lincoln one cent coins from the earliest in 1909 through 1974.
This set is framed in two holders containing 90 coins each.
Starting at 1909, the set must include the controversial VDB initialed coins. The 1909-S VDB is one of the most highly prized early Lincoln cents at a mintage of just 484,000.
In addition to the 1909-S VDB, other early key-date Lincoln cents are the 1909-S at 1,825,000 mintage, the 1914-D at 1,193,000 and the 1931-S at 866,000.
Of course, there are other Lincoln cents in this timeframe with mintages under 10 million such as the 1910-S, 1911-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-S, 1915-S, 1922-D, 1923-S, 1924-D, 1926-S, 1931-D, 1932, and 1933-D.
There set also contains a spot for the 1922 No D coin. That year only the Denver Mint produced Lincoln Cents. Both Mints were too busy making Silver dollar coins to produce any nickels, dimes, quarters, or half dollars.
However, the Denver Mint did have a quota for one cent coins and generated the "No D" coins due to issues with four different die pairs.
Though not in high grades, this two panel set provides a nice example of 180 dates and mint marks of the circulating Lincoln cents from the beginning in 1909 through 1974.
Bullion - Silver
In addition to coins, currency and other numismatic items, the coin show frequently offers bullion in various forms.
Of course, both gold and silver are popular, but perhaps silver is attractive to more buyers.
The larger bar in this example contains 10 troy ounces of .999 fine silver and is produced by Trident Silver.
The smaller bars are each one troy ounce of .999 fine silver and were made by the Great American Mint and Refining Company.
Of course, there are many other producers of silver bullion, these are just two examples.
When buying bullion both the weight and the purity are important components of the items.
Of particular note, precious metals are measured in troy ounces rather than avoirdupois ounces.
In comparison, a troy ounce equals 31.1035 grams where an avoirdupois ounce is just 28.3495 grams.
But, on the other hand, a troy pound is 12 troy ounces.
As one described it, a troy ounce of silver is heavier than an ounce of tea, but yet a troy pound of silver is lighter than a pound of butter.
For the purity, many bullion bars are .999 meaning 999 parts of 1000 are silver with just 1 in 1000 being another "impure" substance.
Comparatively, sterling silver has a purity of .925 with 75 of 1000 parts impurity.
There are ultra-fine examples at .9999 or 1 in 10,000 parts impurity, but the additional cost can be a deterrent.
These shiny .999 bars of silver are pretty to view and to add to a collection.
On the reverse, and the reason for the coin's name, a playful panda dines on bamboo while leaning against a wall of bamboo trees.
Unlike earlier years, the 2015 Silver Panda coin does not show the weight and purity listed on the reverse. But, each coin will still contain one oz of .999 fine Silver.
This Silver Panda Coin's face value shows 10 Yuan, however it is sold based on its silver content and its collectible value.
Young Miss L. chose a beautiful coin as her first purchase.
Thus, the coin from the June 2019 Show Notes is now in the PCGS holder.
The conclusion: there is only one 1963 Franklin Silver Half Dollar Coin graded at MS-66+ FBL, making this the premium example in the population.
Remembering from last month, this coin is one out of over 22 million struck at the Philadelphia mint.
That's a large population, but because it was the last year of the Franklin half dollar coin with worn dies, high grades with full lines are difficult to find.
In this case, these images are the same coin in two different certified holders.
The latest, the PCGS example, is the finest known, and the only one in the MS-66+ grade, of the 1963 Full Bell Lines Franklin Half Dollar Coin.