People visiting the March Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed a nice day outside and a busy
bourse filled with a variety of numismatics and other treasures inside.

Here's a big THANK YOU to all of the dealers and all of the visitors for coming to the coin
show.

Dealers filled the bourse's tables with collections of coins, currency and bullion from the
ancient era to the modern day, and people filled the aisles browsing, buying, selling or trading.

Outside, weather.com predicted 100% rain, which, I suppose they were right in that it rained in
the early morning, however for the majority of the day we appreciated nice, warm pre-spring
weather with a mix of sunshine and clouds.

This month, the hotel was busy too. Next door to the coin show, a church held their services.

During the day, people caught glimpses of young people in formal attire. People speculated
they were learning how to dress, behave and attend a formal function.

Oh, and the hotel hurried us out of our room such that they could prepare for a fancy birthday
party in the evening. No, we don't know who was celebrating.
Visitors to the show also saw the yellow cordoned area around a big
hardwood cut into pieces near the Brumby house. Not sure if the
tree fell or if they took it down due to disease.

As for visitors to the bourse, several searched for bullion coins and
collectibles. As just one example, a person was selling one type of
numismatic collectible such that he could buy gold.

And, speaking of bullion, one of the dealers offered several of the
"hockey pucks" in his showcases.

"What is a hockey puck?" you ask.

Well, a real, regulation hockey puck is three inches in diameter, one-
inch thick and weighs between 5.5 and six ounces.
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Do people want to collect a three-inch coin?

Perhaps more time is needed to determine any collectible value
above their precious metal value.

Another oddity on this month's bourse was a collection of Third
Reich medals, badges, pins and ribbons.

A quick search on Google shows quite a number and variety of
Third Reich Militaria - original, reproduction, and in all likelihood,
counterfeit as well.

It's wise to see the actual medals, badges, pins and ribbons, and
discuss them with a reputable dealer.
The numismatic "hockey puck" is an America the Beautiful five-ounce silver coin that is three inches in diameter. It's not
one-inch thick like a regulation hockey puck, but its diameter and weight is close enough to be affectionately called a
"hockey puck."

The dealer had the 2013 Great Basin, 2014 Arches, 2014 Everglades, 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway, 2015 Bombay Hook,
2015 Saratoga and 2016 Shawnee versions of the large coins. (Coin images courtesy of the US Mint.)
From the US Mint's Annual Reports, the total number of America the
Beautiful silver bullion coins sold  by fiscal year:

2011 -547,800
2012 -89,000
2013 -217,000
2014 -136,600
2015 -171,400

Yes, the first year of the large bullion coins was 2010, but the first fiscal
year for the coins was 2011.

Now, some of these "hockey pucks" have become difficult to find
because of their low mintages.

In particular, some of the ones the dealer had on display have become
difficult to find.

The mintages can be found on the US Mint's website, however those
items still for sale, such as some of the 2015 and the 2016 coins, do
not have quantities finalized yet.

Their mintages were:
 
Looking at the overall totals above, the 2012 should be more rare, but be careful. The comparison is apples and
oranges. The US Mint's mintage numbers are fiscal year whereas the individual coin mintages are for the coin's mint
year.

Though, looking at the individual coins, the 2012 "hockey pucks" do have low total mintages - low 20,000s for the
bullion and mid to upper 10,000s for the numismatic coins.

But, do the "hockey pucks" have collectible value impacted by their rarity or do they follow silver bullion prices?
In addition to those collectibles, Luftwaffe Reconnaissance Awards were also on the bourse.

The Luftwaffe presented a variety of awards with different designs indicate the different achievements.

An arrow pointing upward inside the central wreath indicates an award for Short Range Day Fighters.

The downward pointing winged bomb inside the wreath denotes the award for the crews of Heavy, Medium and Dive
Bombers.

An eagle's head facing to the right inside the central wreath identifies the award to Reconnaissance, Air-Sea Rescue
and Meteorological flyers.

As the war progressed and operational flights quickly exceeded the 110 represented by a Gold award, the Luftwaffe
enhanced their badges to recognize greater achievements.
A "star pendant" attached to the basic bar award indicated:

Transport and Glider Squadrons - 500 Dive Bomber
Long Range Day Fighters, Air to Ground Support Squadrons - 400
Bomber, Air-Sea Rescue, Meteorological Squadrons - 300 Reconnaissance
Night fighter Squadrons - 250

Other badge changes became necessary as time passed.

The Third Reich Militaria and US Militaria from this period help us remember a terrible
period of our history and honor those who fought.

That's it for this month.  The bourse, of course, included many numismatic items in
addition to these "oddities."
Buy Silver - Golden Eagle Coins
Buy Gold - Golden Eagle Coins
Seven America the Beautiful Coins
Per the Note in the Red Book:

"The US Mint produces the America the Beautiful 5-
ounce silver coins in bullion and numismatic versions.
The bullion version, which lacks the 'P' mintmark, has
a brilliant Uncirculated finish and is sold only through
dealers. The numismatic version, with the mintmark,
has a matte or burnished finish (although it is not
marketed by the Mint as 'Burnished'). These coins,
designated Specimens (SP) by grading services, are
sold directly to the public."

Of course, the designs for the "hockey pucks" look
just like the America the Beautiful quarters
Year
Design
Bullion
Numismatic
Total
2013
Great Basin
30,000
17,792
47,792
2014
Arches
22,000
28,434
50,434
2014
Everglades
34,000
22,732
56,732
2015
Blue Ridge
45,000
17,461
62,461
2015
Bombay Hook
45,000
17,309
62,309
2015
Saratoga
45,000
17,563
62,563
2016
Shawnee
tbd
tbd
tbd
Next time, the bourse will showcase a wide variety of coins, currency and bullion items, along with collectibles such as
medals, gemstones, stock certificates and other treasures.

Mark your calendars and join us for the next monthly coin show on Sunday, April 10, 2016.