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Next Monthly Coin Show
Coin Show - Monthly Notes for July 2022
Mark your calendar and join us at the next show on Sunday, August 14, 2022 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom.
As always, the show will be filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion, exonumia, scripophily, semi-precious stones, jewelry and other interesting items in their showcases.
The show is open from 9am - 5pm for guests to visit the bourse for buying, selling, trading or just enjoying the history of the different items in the dealers' displays. The most dealers and opportunities are available between 10am and 2pm.
Should circumstances impact the show, check with this web site, the recorded show message (770-772-4359) or join our mailing list to receive information about the shows.
Make a reminder note and visit the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, August 14, 2022 in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom to join the fun and view the items on the bourse.
1917 Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar Coin
1898 Barber or Liberty Head Quarter Dollar Coin
1919 Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar Coin
1924 Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar Coin
2022 American Women Quarter Dollar Silver Proof Set
The July 2022 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many visitors, both returning and new faces, to the bourse filled with dealers and their displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
Of course, we appreciate each and every one of you that contributed positively to the show, whether a guest, a dealer, security or hotel staff. Thank you one and all.
Several of our new visitors exclaimed they would return to visit future monthly shows. Welcome, we're glad you came and look forward to seeing you again.
Guests to the show each month enjoy the opportunity to buy, sell, trade or just view the history in the many displays of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
Our dealers enjoy a wide range of interests and provide showcases filled with a variety of items from ancient coins to 18th and 19th century to modern day gold and silver, from historical currency to recent collectible notes, from coins to fill a book to slabs of high-end graded specimens, and the list goes on to medals, stock certificates, jewelry, semi-precious stones, and other objects to pique your interest.
For those wanting to know an item's worth, the dealers provide free verbal appraisals based on current market values for coins and currency brought to the show for evaluation.
Some of our new visitors this month noted they would return and bring some inherited items for evaluation.
Of particular note, for those not familiar with the collection of money, especially old coins and currency, please do NOT clean the items before an experienced dealer can provide an evaluation of their worth. Inexperienced cleaning destroys their numismatic value. Many times the "ugly dirt" represents significant value.
On the July bourse, people looked for type coins, coins to fill in books and specific types of currency in addition to the continued search for gold and silver bullion items.
And, as it frequently happens in groups, people discussed current events while visiting the bourse from high gas and food prices to the political climate to world events and how each of these might impact numismatic values in the coming months.
Now, let's take a look at just a few quarter dollar coins from the old to the modern.
Our first specimen is a Barber or Liberty Head quarter dollar coin struck in Philadelphia in 1898.
Charles E. Barber designed this coin along with the Barber Dime and Barber Half coins with similar Liberty Head designs.
Mr. Barber worked for the US Mint for many years, first under the tutelage of his father, William Barber, and later replacing his father as the chief engraver.
Though the Barber Liberty Head coins seem somewhat boring in design, they survived heavy circulation with many still circulating as late as the 1950s.
Perhaps the Liberty Head design is simplistic, but one gentleman suggested Mr. Barber "was capable of superb work when given a free hand."
The US Mint produced the Barber quarter dollar coin from 1892 to 1916, a year before Charles E. Barber died.
This 1898 coin is one of 11.1 million Barber quarters minted in Philadelphia that year while New Orleans produced another 1.868 million coins and San Francisco 1.02 million.
Of those struck in Philadelphia that year, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) estimates 13,500 still exist today across all grades.
This ungraded coin definitely circulated in its history, however "LIBERTY" and the ribbon are still clearly visible.
It could be a Very Fine or an Extremely Fine coin.
Whatever its official grade, this coin is very nice at 120+ years old. It would make a great addition to a Barber or Liberty Head quarter dollar set.
The US Mint in Philadelphia began producing the Standing Liberty quarter dollar coin in 1916 at the end of the reign of the Barber or Liberty Head quarter coin.
However, it wasn't until 1917 that real production levels began at Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
But, there was a problem with the design. It seems some people were scandalized by Liberty's bare right breast.
This yielded two varieties in 1917.
The first variety had the bare breast and did not have three stars under the eagle on the reverse.
The second variety changed Liberty's clothing to cover her breast with chain mail and added three stars under the eagle.
With the most production in Philadelphia, the three mints produced over 12 million of the bare breast variety in 1917. The three mints also produced over 25 million of the second variety in 1917.
This specimen is a Variety 1, however its features with all the toning are difficult to see in this image.
Out of the 8.74 million Variety 1 Standing Liberty quarter coins minted in Philadelphia, PCGS estimates 9000 survive today across all grades.
Not officially graded, this coin is somewhere between the Very Fine and Extremely Fine characteristics.
Of course, this 1917 quarter would be a nice addition to a Standing Liberty collection.
Our next coin is a slightly later date, though still an early example, of the Standing Liberty quarter coin.
The 1919 Standing Liberty quarters had the same characteristics as the 1917 Variety 2 coins with Liberty's breast covered and three stars under the eagle on the reverse.
In 1919, the US Mint struck roughly 16 million Standing Liberty quarter coins at their Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco locations.
Struck in Philadelphia, this coin was one of over 11.3 million specimens.
Today, PCGS estimates 10,000 of the Philadelphia minted 1919 Standing Liberty quarters survive across all grades.
In the grades from F30 to MS65+, these coins range from the low $100s to the $750+ in value.
The highest grades such as MS68 and MS68+ can be valued as high as $35,000 to $45,000.
This coin with its defined drapery probably falls around the EF40 grading scale.
With its heavy toning, the features are difficult to see without magnification, however the drapery line across the right leg is defined rather than heavily worn..
At just over 100 years old, this coin would add value to a Standing Liberty quarter coin collection.
After several years in circulation, the Standing Liberty design changed slightly from 1924 to 1925.
This 1924 coin struck in Philadelphia was the last year of the raised date on the obverse.
The prominent date tended to wear quickly. After 1924, the date became recessed under Lady Liberty.
During this last year of the raised date, the US Mint produced over 16 million of the coins at their three locations with Philadelphia striking the most at just under 11 million coins.
Of the almost 11 million Philadelphia mint 1924 Standing Liberty quarters, PCGS estimates roughly 10,000 survive today across all grades.
For this particular coin, the values range from the low $100s for an AU50 to over $15,000 for the highest grades.
This coin still has a strong date and has most of the rivets in the shield, but it does have wear on the legs and drapery within the design.
All of the Standing Liberty quarter coins contain a small "M" to the right of the date on the obverse to honor the designer, Hermon A. MacNeil.
Perhaps not quite as detailed as the 1917 and 1919 coins above, this 1924 Standing Liberty quarter would nicely add to a collection.
"The obverse of each coin will maintain a likeness of George Washington, but is different from the design used during the previous quarter program.
"The American Women Quarters may feature contributions from a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts.
"The women honored will be from ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse backgrounds."
The US Mint further describes the obverse design:
"The obverse of each American Women Quarters coin will feature a portrait of George Washington facing right, originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser.
"It was the recommended design for the 1932 quarter to mark Washington’s 200th birthday, but then-Treasury Secretary Mellon ultimately selected the left-facing John Flanagan design."
Our last example for this month is another quarter, this time from the US Mint's new American Women Quarters Program.
From the US Mint:
"The American Women Quarters Program is a four-year program that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country. Beginning in 2022, and continuing through 2025, the U.S. Mint will issue up to five new reverse designs each year.
This silver proof set contains the first five American Women Quarter coins:
Maya Angelou - celebrated writer, performer, and social activist
Dr. Sally Ride - physicist, astronaut, educator, and first American woman in space
Wilma Mankiller - first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation
Nina Otero-Warren - a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first woman superintendent of Santa Fe public schools
Anna May Wong - first Chinese American film star in Hollywood
The beautiful silver coins in this set contain an interesting group of women and honors their contributions to our history.