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Greater Atlanta Coin Show
2017, our 30th year of monthly coin shows
Coin Show - Monthly Notes from October 2017
Next Monthly Coin Show
That's the tour for this month.
Of course, next month is the next to last show of the year and an excellent opportunity for finding that special gift for people
on your list or even for yourself.
Visit the show to buy, sell, trade or browse among the many different numismatic and other collectibles on display.
Once again the dealers will fill their showcases with a wide variety of coins, currency, bullion and other collectibles.
Join us on Sunday, November 12, 2017, for the next Greater Atlanta Coin Show.
The October 2017 Greater Atlanta Coin Show welcomed visitors to a busy bourse in a busy
Last month, hurricane Irma impacted the area. This month the threat of Tropical Storm Nate was
prevalent in the news.
But, a rainy, low 70s day did not keep our visitors away. Yes, the morning started out a little
slow, but then the bourse became busy by mid-morning.
To our many visitors - whether you are new or returning, local or visiting the area, avid
numismatist or someone just curious- we appreciate all of you, and we hope you enjoyed the
dealers' many displays.
To our many dealers - whether you are a recurring or new dealer -we also appreciate you along
with our security and the hotel's staff for keeping the show fun and busy each month.
This month, due to the busy hotel, the coin show was down one level in the Lyon, Sanford and
Cole rooms. Visitors easily moved among the displays in each of the rooms.
So, why was the hotel so busy? Well, they had at least five
different weddings and a bar mitzvah. One of the
weddings was a Muslim affair and another was an Indian
event. Not sure about the other three, and they could have
had more as busy as the hotel seemed.
Outside, parking near the entrance was a challenge due
to several mobile buildings, and these were buildings, not
small by any means.
Let's take a tour of some coins and exonumia for this
American Gold Eagle Five-Dollar Coin
With the current gold and silver markets, people
visiting the coin show frequently look for the different
bullion coins from American eagles to Canadian
maples to Chinese pandas to other countries and
Many people think of one ounce coins, but other sizes
are available as well.
In 1986, the US Mint began producing American Eagle
bullion coins. In gold, they struck .10, .25, .50 and 1.00
ounce coins for face value of $5, $10, $25 and $50
Depending on the year, the US Mint produced
uncirculated, proof, reverse proof and burnished
versions of the coins.
The uncirculated gold bullion coins are distributed
through the authorized dealer network.
The other types of coins can be obtained directly from
the US Mint.
These two small coins are both uncirculated American Gold Eagles one-tenth ounce or $5 coins.
Normally, these coins can be found in protective holders, however these two, for whatever reason, were placed
in 2x2 flips, still protective, but not as much so.
People may prefer them in the OGP (original government packaging), however their value is in their gold
content not in the packaging.
The design of the gold eagle, regardless of size and denomination, remains the same with Liberty by Augustus
Saint-Gaudens on the front and a family of eagles by Miley Busiek on the back.
Beautiful coins even though they seem almost weightless.
2017 American Eagle Palladium Coin
In keeping with the eagle theme and the interest in
palladium in the bullion metals market, the US Mint
released the 2017 American Eagle Palladium Coin on
No, we looked, but the coin didn't make it to the
October bourse, hopefully someone will have the coins
available at the November coin show.
Somewhat oddly, this coin was approved by Congress
in December 2010 in Public Law 111-103, but the Mint
is just now delivering the coins.
As is usual, Congress specified where the bullion
would be sourced by stating:
The Secretary shall acquire bullion for the palladium
coins issued under this subsection by purchase of
palladium mined from natural deposits in the United
States, or in a territory or possession of the United
States, within 1 year after the month in which the ore
from which it is derived was mined. If no such palladium
is available or if it is not economically feasible to obtain
such palladium, the Secretary may obtain palladium for
the palladium coins from other available sources.
Similarly, Congress also chose the designs for the
obverse and reverse of the coins:
Coins minted and issued under this sub-section shall
bear designs on the obverse and reverse that are close
likenesses of the work of famed American coin
designer and medallic artist Adolph Alexander
‘‘(A) the obverse shall bear a high-relief likeness of the
‘Winged Liberty’ design used on the obverse of the so-
called ‘Mercury dime’;
‘‘(B) the reverse shall bear a high-relief version of the
reverse design of the 1907 American Institute of
Architects medal; and
‘‘(C) the coin shall bear such other inscriptions,
including ‘Liberty’, ‘In God We Trust’, ‘United States of
America’, the denomination and weight of the coin and
the fineness of the metal, as the Secretary determines
to be appropriate and in keeping with the original
The US Mint's production of the 100th anniversary of
the Mercury dime in gold last year followed by the same
obverse design in palladium this year seems curious.
Of course the reverse designs differ, and the weight
and metals make the size different as well.
The gold Mercury dime contained .10 ounce of .9999 fine 24-karat gold.
Congress specified one troy ounce of .9995 of fine palladium to be in the American Eagle Palladium bullion coin
for a face value of $25.
These images compare the designs of the two coins - gold versus palladium.
The Mint specified the gold Mercury dime as 16.50 mm (0.65 inch). Another web site lists the specifications for the
palladium coin at 34 mm (1.34 inches).
Both coins provide beautiful examples of Adolph A. Weinman's designs.
2016 National Park Commemorative Three-Coin Set
Next on our tour is a three-coin set, the 2016 National
Park Commemorative silver dollar, cupro-nickel half dollar
and gold five-dollar proof coins.
In March 2017, the US Mint announced: "Public Law 113-
291 authorizes the United States Mint to mint and issue
100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver dollar coins, and
750,000 half dollar clad coins to commemorate the
centennial of the National Park Service (NPS). The coins
will be available in both proof and uncirculated qualities."
To date, the US Mint's production numbers show they sold
14,950 of the three coin sets; 4,916 of the proof and
5,150 of the uncirculated gold coins; 62,719 proof and
20,994 uncirculated silver coins; and 40,254 proof and
21,019 uncirculated clad coins.
From the Certificate of Authenticity, the US Mint
described the designs as:
Half Dollar obverse: Features a hiker discovering the
majesty of the wilderness and a small child discovering a
frog hiding in ferns, celebrating the diversity and breadth
of the National Park Service.
Half Dollar reverse: Features the National Park Service
Silver Dollar obverse: Features Yellowstone National
Park's Old Faithful geyser and a bison.
Silver Dollar reverse: Depicts a Latina Folklórico dancer
and the National Park Service logo, representing the
multi-faceted cultural experience found in America's
Gold Five-Dollar obverse: Features John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt with Yosemite National Park's Half Dome in
Gold Five-Dollar reverse: Features the National Park Service logo.
Congress approved these coins in Public Law 113-291 on December 19, 2014.
They stated, "all surcharges which are received by the Secretary from the sale of coins issued under this section
shall be promptly paid by the Secretary to the National Park Foundation for projects and programs that help
preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service and promote public enjoyment
and appreciation of those resources."
These three coins provide beautiful examples in remembrance of the National Park Service.
2011 September 11 National Medal
The tour continues, but this time it is a medal rather
than a coin produced by the US Mint.
From the US Mint web site, they describe the medal:
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Commemorative Medal Act of 2010 authorizes the
striking of silver medals in commemoration of the
10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks on the U.S. and the establishment of
the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at
the World Trade Center.
Signed by President Obama on August 6, 2010, the
act requires the Secretary of the Treasury to strike
and offer for sale up to 2 million one-ounce silver
2011 September 11 National Medals.
The medal’s designs are emblematic of the
courage, sacrifice and strength of those individuals
who perished in the terrorist attacks; the bravery of
those who risked their lives to save others that day;
and the endurance, resilience and hope of those
The Certificate of Authenticity provided additional
The United States Mint certifies that this medal is a
genuine 2011 September 11 National Medal, struck
and made available for sale in accordance with
legislation passed by Congress and signed by the
President on August 6, 2010, as Public Law 111-
This medal was struck by the Department of the
Treasury, United States Mint in commemoration of
the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks on the United States and the
establishment of the National September 11
Memorial and Museum in the World Trade Center.
Obverse: Features Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of Remembrance. Behind her are beacons of light stretching
skyward. Liberty, the lamp and the light symbolize not just the immeasurable loss on that fateful day, but also the
resiliency and triumph of those who persevered. Inscriptions are ALWAYS REMEMBER and 2001-2011.
Reverse: Depicts an eagle, symbolizing the strength of the survivors, families and Nation, against a backdrop of
cascading water. The flowing water is emblematic of peace, serenity, healing and the continuity of life. Inscriptions
are HONOR and Hope.
The medal contains one troy ounce of silver and provides a beautiful reminder to never forget 9/11/2001.
1986 Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Medal
Last on our tour for this month is what is known
as a silver art round.
Produced by a medallic arts facility rather than
the US Mint, the silver round still provides a
beautiful example of an anniversary.
This medal commemorated the centennial
anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of
Liberty in 1986 and also recognized the
contributions of Ellis Island as the famous
immigration point for millions of people.
Ellis Island closed its immigration facilities in
1954 and became part of the Statue of Liberty
Monument in 1965.
The obverse shows the Statue of Liberty, flanked
by the dual dates 1886 and 1986. the word
LIBERTY arcs across the top of the round, and
ELLIS ISLAND along the bottom.
The reverse has a scene of sailing ships in front
of the shore of Manhattan, the twin towers of the
World Trade Center show in the background.
Also, as shown on the reverse, this art round is one ounce of .999 fine silver.
Not only does this art round remember the Statue of Liberty's centennial, it also provides a remembrance of the
twin towers before they fell in 2001.