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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from May 2018

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Those modern pieces provide just a small, very small, glimpse into the many collectibles found on the May bourse.

With its many dealers, the coin show offers a wide variety of collectibles from the ancient to the colonial era to the old to the modern as seen here.

Numismatic treasures from coins to currency to bullion, both domestic and foreign, can be found among the dealers' displays on the bourse.

Adding other interests, some dealers offer jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, vintage toys, artistic stock certificates and more varieties of treasures as well.

Mark your calendars for the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in the Joe Mack Wilson ballroom on the main conference area.
Visitors to the May 2018 Greater Atlanta Coin Show enjoyed a beautiful spring day outside and three different bourse rooms filled with numismatics and other collectibles inside.

The weather provided temperatures in the upper 70s with sunshine and wind. The blue sky, spring greenery and blooming flowers made for a great day to be out and about visiting a coin show.

This month the hotel filled several of their conference spaces with other organizations and moved us to the Lyon, Sanford and Cole rooms in their lower level meeting area.
Continental breakfast May 2018
In the ballroom, our normal space, Amway's Team USA met throughout the weekend including late into the evening on Saturday night and on Sunday.

On show day, our dealers arrived early to fill the three-room bourse with their displays of coins, currency, bullion and related collectibles.
Not long after they arrived, the hotel provided them with a nice continental breakfast in the pre-function area outside the rooms.

The breakfast, not a normal occurrence, was a nice thank you from the hotel to the dealers.

And, as always, we thank all of you - the visitors, the dealers, the security and the hotel's staff - for making the coin show an interesting and fun place to visit each month.

Now, let's take a quick look at some of the treasures seen on the bourse.

2017 Gem Proof Set First Day Issue

2017 Silver Proof Set First Day of Issue NGC certified
2017 Silver Proof Set
2017 Silver Proof Set lenses with First Day of Issue certification
These images show a regular and a "First Day of Issue" 2017 silver proof set.

On the outside, the boxes appear the same as does the certificate of authenticity.

The differences are the holographic labels on the long edges of each of the two lenses.

Also, NGC placed decals on the lenses to specify the "First Day of Issue" designation.

On the dollar, half dollar, dime, nickel and one cent panel, the label reads:

"2017 S 10-Coin Silver Proof Set Minors First Day of Issue Gem Proof."

On the five America the Beautiful quarters panel, the label states:

"2017 S 10-Coin Silver Proof Set ATB Quarters First Day of Issue Gem Proof."
Over the past few years, the US Mint scheduled some of their product releases with major coin shows to stimulate interest in the collector market.

This also led to the certification companies such as PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) and NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) to offer "First Day of Issue" designation to those items.

But, did you know that NGC also offers "First Day of Issue" to other US Mint products?

They explain on their website:

"NGC offers the First Day of Issue designation for select coins that are received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one day of the first release of a new coin issue. In most cases, NGC will make the First Day of Issue designation available only to submitters of bulk quantities or at select trade shows.

"In cases where the First Day of Issue designation will be available instead to all submitters, an article with submission instructions and grading fees will be posted to the NGC website prior to a coin’s release.

"In all cases, the First Day of Issue designation is available only by special request and will require a higher grading fee.

"To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository by the release date or on the business day immediately following the release date.

"For coins that are shipped to NGC by a submitter, the coins must arrive at NGC in the sealed mint shipping box bearing a postmark date that is identical to the release date and arrive at NGC by overnight mail on the business day following the submitter’s receipt of the package from the mint.
Now, the question: Is the additional cost to certify the set as "First Day of Issue" worth it? Does the designation make the set more valuable?

Well, that is really up to the individual collector. Some collectors like the prestige of owning one of the first, while others just want nice coins.

2018 Proof Set

2018 Clad Proof Set
In keeping with the proof set theme, the next collectible is one of the new 2018 clad proof sets.

Since the Presidential $1 Coin Series ended in 2016, the annual proof set became a ten-coin set.

For 2018, one panel includes the dollar, half dollar, dime, nickel and one cent coins.

The one cent coin still features Lincoln on the obverse and the shield on the reverse.

The five-cent coin shows the angled portrait of Jefferson on the front and Monticello on the back.

The ten-cent coin continues with Roosevelt on the obverse and the torch with the olive and oak branches on the reverse.

The half dollar coin has Kennedy on the front with the presidential seal on the back.

The Native American dollar coin still features Sacagawea on the obverse, but the reverse for 2018 highlights Jim Thorpe, the football player who kept his Indian heritage private for many years fearing discrimination.

The second lens contains 2018's America the Beautiful quarter coins.

The 2018 set includes Pictured Rocks National Seashore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia), and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island).

Whether as proof, minted in San Francisco, or circulation strike, minted in Denver or Philadelphia, these coins highlight beautiful water scenes from each of the national sites.

Fort McHenry America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Bullion

2013 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Bullion Fort McHenry
2013 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Bullion Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Our next coin is an America the Beautiful from  2013, however this one is much larger.

The five-ounce silver bullion showcases the America the Beautiful design for Maryland's contribution in the series.

The US Mint describes this design on their website:

"The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter is the fourth of 2013 and the 19th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

"Fort McHenry-the birthplace of our country’s national anthem-was named for James McHenry, our Nation’s second Secretary of War.

"Following the burning of the Nation’s capitol and other federal buildings in August 1814, British forces attacked Baltimore.

"Francis Scott Key, a poet-lawyer, witnessed the September 13-14 bombardment of Fort McHenry while under British guard on an American truce ship in the Patapsco River.

"Seeing his country’s flag still flying over the fort the next morning, he was moved to pen 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'

"Fort McHenry was first established as a national site on March 3, 1925 (43 Stat. 1109).

"The reverse design represents the site during the "Defenders Day" celebration, considered the centerpiece annual event held at Fort McHenry.

"The fireworks symbolize the "rocket's red glare," linking the fort to its historic past.

"Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine."

With the larger size, the details of the fort, the flag and the fireworks become easier to see.

Breast Cancer Awareness

2018 Breast Cancer Awareness clad half dollar
2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Silver Dollar
2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative coin
Next on our list for May are more 2018 coins, this time commemoratives from the US Mint highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness.

The US Mint provides more information about the coins:

"Each year thousands of women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer.  Thanks to earlier detection, increased awareness, and improved treatment, death rates from this disease have been decreasing since about 1989. 

"Clinical advances resulting from research have led to increased survival rates, with death rates dropping over 34 percent since 1990.

"The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 114-148), signed into law April 29, 2016, recognizes the many Americans who are impacted by the disease and the effort to prevent it through research. 

"Authorized by the law, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program includes a gold, silver, and clad coin, with the gold version being the first gold coin in the U.S. with a pink hue.
"The law also required a competition to select common obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs emblematic of the fight against breast cancer."

They also describe the recipient of the surcharges placed on each coin:

"Coin prices include surcharges of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin and $5 for each half dollar coin, which the law authorizes to be paid to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, based in New York City, for the purpose of furthering breast cancer research funded by the Foundation."

The artists describe the designs as:

"The obverse (heads) design features two women. The older woman has her hands on her chest and a relieved expression on her face.


"The younger woman, with a scarf on her head, holds one hand over her chest and the other raised in a fist as if she is ready to fight. A butterfly flies above the two women.

"The reverse (tails) design depicts a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in flight, a symbol of hope."

The clad half dollar coin, whether uncirculated or proof, is packaged in a small velvet lined box and placed in a black sleeve decorated with an iconic pink ribbon design.

The front of the certificate of authenticity also uses the black background with the colorful pink ribbon.

For the silver dollar, the US Mint packaged the coin in a black velvet clamshell inside a box with the black and pink sleeve around the set.

Each of the coins showcases the artistry of the designers whether in clad, silver or gold and helps fund worthwhile research.
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