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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from March 2020

The March 2020 monthly Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed many visitors to the bourse on a nice pre-spring day.

First, thank you to all the people - visitors, dealers, security and hotel staff - for making the show a successful and fun event.

This month, we also need to thank several of our dealers for packing up their displays at the Tennessee State Numismatic Show (TSNS) in Chattanooga on Saturday to come to our show on Sunday.

Some of our dealers chose not to return, but that's okay, it gave us an opportunity to have visiting dealers fill their spots at our show. Thank you to those visiting dealers who were able to set up their displays at our show.
Unfortunately, the April 5th Greater Atlanta Coin Show had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

We are reviewing the situation a couple of weeks before each show.

The status of our future monthly coin shows will be available on the web site, in our newsletter and via the recorded phone message for the show.

US Mint 2020 Proof Set

Fragment - Basilica of Monte Cassino


In summary, a big thank you to one and all for coming to the show.

Perhaps a few people were dragging a bit as we lost an hour in the wee hours of the morning when the time changed. Wish they (our illustrious politicians) would select one time and stick with it year round.

Outside, the day's weather was nice with times of overcast skies but mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s.
The florescent yellow pine pollen hasn't arrived yet, but other pollens begin the spring allergy season.

Early spring is still beautiful, though, even with the sneezing and watery eyes. It signifies warmer weather is just around the corner.

The hotel's parking lot had many vehicles, and at least some of them belonged to the chiropractors in some of the adjacent conference space.

The hotel was busy this weekend with CW Matthews in on Friday and Saturday.

Also, the hotel did several large meals on Saturday for conference attendees.

As for our Sunday space, it hosted a band, don't know who, on the night before.

The hotel was a happening place this early March weekend including our show.

Let's take a small tour of some show items.
US Mint 2020 Proof Set with W Jefferson Nickel
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The 2020 United States Mint Proof Set features 10 proof coins encased in two clear plastic lenses in a beautifully designed package. With sharp relief and mirror-like backgrounds, U.S. Mint proof coins have frosted, sculpted foregrounds, giving them a special cameo effect.

The 2020 edition of the United States Mint Proof Set includes the following coins:

The 11th annual release of five quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program:
In February, the ANA held their winter convention in Atlanta. The US Mint had displays for the visitors and sold a variety of 2020 mint products.

This US Mint 2020 Proof Set came from that show.

They describe the set:
National Park of American Samoa (AS)
Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT)
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (VI)
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (VT)
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (KS)

One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design (tails) featuring a portrait of Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law in the Alaskan territorial legislature. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste.

One Kennedy half dollar
One Roosevelt dime
One Jefferson nickel
One Lincoln penny

New this year! Premium Coin: The 2020 United States Mint Proof Set is accompanied by a special 2020 Jefferson nickel in a proof finish struck at the West Point Mint with a “W” mint mark. This special complimentary coin is packaged separately in clear United States Mint plastic wrap and inserted into an envelope.

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Of course, the coins are beautiful and showcase the skill of the US Mint's artists and production processes.
Fragment  from the bombed basilica of Monte Cassino
The most recent destruction from which this artifact was salvaged occurred during World War II.

From Wikipedia:

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From the dissolution of the Italian monasteries in 1866, Monte Cassino became a national monument.
This is an interesting artifact from Italy.

It appears it may be a part of a fluted support column.

Established in 529 on a hillside just southeast of Rome, it was first sacked in 570 and abandoned.

However, it came back only to be destroyed several times throughout the centuries. The people kept re-building.

The bombing was conducted because many reports from the British commanders of the Indian troops on the ground suggested that Germans were occupying the monastery, and it was considered a key observational post by all those who were fighting in the field.

However, during the bombing no Germans were present in the abbey.

Subsequent investigations found that the only people killed in the monastery by the bombing were 230 Italian civilians seeking refuge there.

Following the bombing the ruins of the monastery were occupied by German paratroopers of the 1st Parachute Division, because the ruins provided excellent defensive cover.
On 15 February 1944 the abbey was almost completely destroyed in a series of heavy American-led air raids.

The Commander-in-Chief Allied Armies in Italy, General Sir Harold Alexander of the British army, ordered the bombing.
The Abbey was rebuilt after the war. In the early 1950s, President of the Italian Republic Luigi Einaudi gave considerable support to the rebuilding. Pope Paul VI consecrated the rebuilt Basilica on 24 October 1964.

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If only this fragment could tell the stories of the many dramas it witnessed throughout its residency on the Italian hillside.

1984 Olympic Transit Fare Tokens

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This commemorative set of transit fare tokens was created for the Southern California Rapid Transit District in cooperation with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, for use during the 1984 Olympic Year.

Each Token is distinctively designed and crafted to illustrate the 23 sports represented at the 1984 Olympic Games. The 24th token represents the universal spirit of the 1984 Olympic Games held in the City of Los Angeles.

The reverse side of each coin bears the official symbols of the XXIIIrd Olympiad.

The set was designed by the noted numismatic artist, N. Neil Harris.

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Set of transit fare tokens from the summer Olympics in Los Angeles
The next collectible comes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Inside the display case is this description:
The 23 tokens represented the games, which included these sports: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Judo, Pentathlon, Rowing, Shooting, Soccer, Swimming, Team Handball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Weight Lifting, Wrestling, and Yachting.

The 24th token showed the Los Angeles entrance gate representing the overall Olympic experience.

The reverse of all 24 tokens have the Stars in Motion symbol of the 1984 Olympics above the five Olympic rings, along with the inscriptions "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984" and "SCRTD FARE."

The 24 tokens are bronze with a golden-colored coating and are protected by a removable sheet of foam.

The cover of the blue presentation box has stamped in gold five circles, three up and two down, showing the Gymnastics, reverse, Cycling, Track & Field, and Boxing designs.

The blue presentation box is held in a white cardboard sleeve.

All in all, this is an interesting collection depicting the 1984 summer Olympic games.
During the Battle of Monte Cassino in the Italian Campaign of World War II (January-May 1944) the Abbey was heavily damaged. The German military forces had established the 161-kilometre (100-mile) Gustav Line, in order to prevent Allied troops from advancing northwards.

The abbey itself however, was not initially utilized by the German troops as part of their fortifications, owing to General Kesselring's regard for the historical monument.

The Gustav Line stretched from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coast in the east, with Monte Cassino itself overlooking Highway 6 and blocking the path to Rome.

150th Anniversary Lumpkin County Courthouse

150th Anniversary Lumpkin County Courthouse envelope and Price Memorial Hall card
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Lumpkin County Georgia

Site of 1st Major Gold Rush in U.S.

Est. 1832 from the Cherokee Nation
The next collectible commemorates the 150th anniversary in 1982 of the Lumpkin County Courthouse in Dahlonega, Georgia.

This is an envelope with an image of the courthouse.

The following is printed around the picture:

1832 - 1982

150th. Anniversary

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Inside the envelope a card showed nearby Price Memorial Hall, which contains administrative offices for the college.

Of course, this building was built on the site of the Dahlonega Mint.
Old Lumpkin County Courthouse
Built in 1836, this historic building is
now the Dahlonega Courthouse Gold Museum
The Dahlonega Mint produced coins from 1838 to 1861. Afterwards the building was unused until it became the main building of the North Georgia Agricultural College in 1873.

In 1878, the mint building burned but parts of its history can still be seen in Price Memorial Hall's basement.

After Georgia's capitol building was gold leafed by local gold, citizens of Dahlonega began a campaign to gold leaf Price Memorial Hall to commemorate the gold rush and the mint location.

In 1972, a process flattened 13 ounces of Dahlonega gold to cover the steeple of Price Memorial Hall at a project cost of $100,000. .

The Gold Museum in the old courthouse and Price Memorial Hall with its bright steeple both remain an important part of the area's gold history.