For the November Greater Atlanta Coin Show, here's a huge thank you to everyone who attended.
First, thank you to all of the visitors that made the bourse a happening place.
Second, and just as importantly, thank you to all of the dealers - especially those road warriors that packed up from the Tennessee State Numismatic Society's show in Chattanooga to come to the monthly show.
No, we did not schedule the Greater Atlanta Coin Show on the TSNS show's date. Unfortunately, their show had a conflict that made them move their dates to overlap the Greater Atlanta Coin Show's Sunday.
But, no worries, it all worked out, and we had a great November show.
For those who visited, wasn't it great to have the sports memorabilia show right next door?
The show's promoter, Bob Pressley of B.P. Sports on the Marietta Square, let us know that he will be next door for the December 14 coin show, too.
Plus, he's working with the hotel to have the sports memorabilia show coincide with some of the Greater Atlanta Coin Show dates in 2015.
On the coin show's bourse this month, the dealers had lots of treasures in their showcases.
The bourse included the recently released 50th anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar coin in a four-piece 90% silver set.
In this one set, the US Mint showcases their techniques across the four coins. The coins include a reverse proof from West Point, a proof from Philadelphia, an uncirculated coin from Denver and an enhanced uncirculated coin from San Francisco.
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Though similar, John Reich designed the 1831 Capped Bust, Lettered Edge half dollar whereas Christian Gobrecht designed the 1837 Capped Bust, Reeded Edge half dollar coin.
Looking at another denomination, a key date one cent coin showed on the bourse in an XF40BN holder. The coin was an 1877 Indian Head cent. With low mintages, this coin's value runs in the over $2000 range even for an XF grade.
Next on the highlight tour, an MS64 1907 quarter dollar was available. Designed by Charles E. Barber, the US Mint produced the Liberty Head, better known as the Barber, quarter from 1892-1916. Not a key date, the coin in a high grade still commands good value.
Per the US Mint, the enhanced uncirculated coin uses a special wire brushing technique.
Specifically, "the obverse in the areas of the effigy (portrait), lettering, and border will all receive a heavy laser frosting treatment. On the reverse, the lettering and border will each receive a heavy laser frosting treatment. Other elements of the eagle will receive a standard (moderate) laser frosting treatment to enhance certain artistic detail. The stars will receive a laser polish technique to accentuate them against the field."
Another treasure found on the bourse was a DMPL 1878 CC dollar. DMPL is Deep Mirror Prooflike and defined by the ANA Grading Standards book as an uncirculated coin with the fields struck from highly polished or mirrored dies, and closely resembling a Proof.
At 136 years old, this beautiful coin ranges from the low to high four-digits depending on the grade, MS63, MS64 or MS65.
Another set viewed on the bourse included the 1937 PDS Arkansas Commemorative Silver Half Dollars. Initially, the set sold by the distributors for $8.75 for the three coins and commemorated the 100th anniversary of Arkansas joining the Union on June 15, 1836.
Today, depending on the coins' grade, the 1936 Arkansas PDS set ranges from the low $200s to the mid $2000s.
Another collectible on the bourse, actually two of them, included both the thick and the thin versions of James Earle Fraser's Norse Centennial Medal.
Authorized by Congress and produced by the US Mint in Philadelphia, the medal commemorated the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Norwegian immigrant ship Restauration.
The medals coincided with the Norse-American Centennial celebration held at the Minnesota State Fair in June 1925.
On the obverse of the eight sided medal, a Viking warrior strides ashore wearing a horned helmet, carrying a sword with its point downward and holding up a shield. The inscription above the Viking reads "NORSE AMERICAN CENTENNIAL 1825-1925."
On the reverse, a Viking ship sails the ocean with the inscription "AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
For fun, if you search the web for the Norse Medal, you can even find PCGS two-coin slabbed sets, one of the thick and one of the thin varieties side-by-side in the same holder.
Though, the ones on the coin show's bourse were separately slabbed. They were fine examples of James Earle Fraser's work outside of his well-known buffalo nickel design.
Continuing on the highlight tour, the next two coins, an 1831 and an 1837 half dollar, retained their beautiful original lustre. These coins were in NGC slabs and graded MS62.
The last coin in this month's tour is another by Charles E. Barber. The US Mint produced this coin, a 20-cent piece, for only a short time, 1875-78.
The coin on the bourse was an 1875 S-over-S mint mark in an MS63 grade. In that grade, the coin commands a low four-digit value.
Those highlights were just a small sampling of the many treasures found on the November bourse.
Next month, the bourse will be filled with many more collectibles from the wide range of coins, currency and bullion including domestic and foreign, ancient to modern, historic and legal tender.
It's time to mark your calendars for the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show on Sunday, December 14, 2014 - the last show of 2014!