writes "Today, I attended the Milton, WV show to promote the National
Battlefield Coin Show™ in Gettysburg. The show is a small venue
with 29 tables, but it was a throwback to the coin shows of the 1970s
and early 1980s with mostly raw coins. I was amazed at the
diversity, quality and quantity of coins. The first coin I saw was
an 1800 bust dollar in VF, which a buyer was negotiating with the dealer
over. Other mentionable coins I saw were: Colonials, Hawaiian, Feucht Grewanger cent,
WEST VIRGINIA SALOON TOKENS
By Donald Clifford
WV ANA Representative
You didn’t have to travel to Dodge City,
Tombstone, or another western town to visit a saloon around 1900. A
1900 West Virginia business directory lists over 500 saloons, with
about 125 in Wheeling. Parkersburg had almost 50 saloons, Charleston
another 20 and Huntington over 15. Saloons were located along the
routes that people traveled, by rail and boat, and where men worked
in the coal and lumber business. Many of these saloon owners used
tokens in their day to day operations. Gambling machines were found
in many saloons and only tokens were to be used in them to keep them
legal. Some 2½¢ tokens were used to rent cue sticks for use at the
Tokens with just the owner’s name are the most common. While other
tokens may have the name of the saloon like “Bridge Café”, “Grand
Opera Café” or “Mecca Café”. The word Café was a nicer way to say
saloon and this was an era of the temperance movement and Mrs.
Carrie Nation, who was pushing for prohibition. It is said that
Carrie Nation came to West Virginia in the early 1900’s and used her
axe to mash doors of saloons in Fayette County.
West Virginia passed its own version of prohibition in 1913 and it
went into effect on July 1, 1914, five and one half years before
national prohibition. All these saloon owners had to find a new
business. Some became pool rooms, others sold cigars and tobacco,
and others became restaurants. Probably some near Ohio or Kentucky
moved their operation out of West Virginia which gave them a few
more years of operation.
About 100 different tokens are known with the saloon name and the
word “saloon” on them, like the “Big Chief Saloon” from Charleston,
“White Front Saloon” from Wheeling, “Klondike Saloon” from
Bluefield, “Maine Saloon” and “Palace Saloon” from Huntington, “Star
Saloon” from Central City (now Huntington), and “Red Rabbit Saloon”
from Naugatuck. These tokens command a premium in the token
collecting hobby because they have the word “saloon” on them.
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This 1960-D Lincoln
cent from Ron Hardin shows both a Small Date and a Large Date
and a repunched Mint mark.
Dates of two sizes, a doubled die, and more
What coin struck in the second half of the 20th century has a
doubled die obverse, dates of two different sizes, and a
repunched Mint mark? As John Wexler explains in his “Varieties
Notebook” column, exclusive to the Feb. 12 issue of Coin
World, it’s the 1960-D/D Lincoln, Small Date Over Large Date
cent — a coin that has a lot going for it from the viewpoint of
a collector of die varieties.
Wexler explains how the coin was created and notes that an
example of the coin was recently submitted to him by a Coin
World reader. To learn more, read the column in the digital
and print issues of Coin
Seated Liberty half dollar not what it seems
“The 1840 Seated Liberty, Medium Letters half dollar is an
imposter,” writes Gerald Tebben in his “Coin Lore” column. “For
more than a century it posed as a Philadelphia Mint coin when,
in fact, Miss Liberty on the obverse was a Southern belle,” he
Tebben explores the research that upset what we thought we knew
about the coin, and proved which Mint facility actually struck
the coin. So where was the coin struck and why did it differ
from most other 1840 Seated Liberty half dollars? Find out in
the Feb. 19 issue of Coin
State Numismatic Society has formed to serve collectors in West
Inaugural coin show was held July 18, 1915 in Milton, W. Va.
By Paul Gilkes , Coin World
Published : 06/01/15
The Mountain State
Numismatic Society has been founded to serve collectors in the state of
The society will host its inaugural coin show July 18 at the VFW Post
9796 in Milton, W.Va., Details can be found on the society's website.
The society was organized by founding members Jake Miller and Cecil
Starcher who are serving, respectively, as the society's treasurer and
Gregory Mencotti is the inaugural president, with Bill Wilcox as first
vice president and Howard Rogers as second vice president.
HERE to learn about our
Golden Star Program.
Mint: News Release
United States Mint Resumes Mutilated Coin Redemption Program
WASHINGTON - The United States Mint (Mint) is resuming its Mutilated
Coin Redemption Program.
In 2015, the Mint suspended the program to assess the security of
the program and develop additional safeguards to enhance the
integrity of the acceptance and processing of mutilated coinage. The
Mint engaged in the rulemaking process to revise the Treasury
regulations appearing at 31 C.F.R. part 100, subpart C.
Additionally, the Mint published on its website detailed information
relevant to the revised procedures for the exchange of mutilated
The United States Mint
currently has 12 vendors authorized to purchase U.S. gold, silver and
platinum bullion coins.
None of the Mint's bullion issues are sold directly to the public, but
are instead sold to authorized purchasers. One of the primary
requirements to become an authorized purchaser is the ability to offer
the public a two-way market, both selling and buying back the bullion
The U.S. Mint only sells the
coins. Criteria to become an authorized purchaser for American Eagle
gold, silver and platinum bullion coins, American Buffalo gold bullion
coins, and America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars
is found on the U.S. Mint website.
Nine of the 12 APs are located in the geographic United States, two are
located in Europe and one is headquartered in Japan.
The vendors, their location, and the bullion coinage the Mint has
authorized each to purchase are:
➤ A-Mark Precious Metals; Santa
Monica, California; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Jack Hunt Coin Broker; Buffalo, New York ; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Coins 'N Things; Bridgewater, Massachusetts; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Fidelitrade; Wilmington, Delaware; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Dillon Gage Inc.; Dallas, Texas; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, Inc., MTB; New York City; silver, gold,
➤ American Precious Metals Exchange, APMEX; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
silver, gold, platinum.
➤ The Gold Center; Springfield, Illinois; silver only.
➤ ScotiaMocatta; New York City; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Deutsche Bank AG; Frankfurt, Germany; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Bayerische Landesbank; Munich, Germany; silver, gold, platinum.
➤ Tanaka Kinkkinzoku Kogyo K.K.; Tokyo, Japan; gold and platinum
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Appraising You Coin
Collection By Kevin Flynn
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THE WHAT & WHYS OF COIN INVESTING:
By Greg Mencotti
Part One ~
first maxim of a good coin investment is that you sell it for more than your
purchase price. Think about it – virtually every investment category or specific
entity shares this maxim, and yet how can we know if we’re going to make a
profit when we buy it?
Usually we don’t know. But
we definitely can analyze potential purchases to skew our chances toward true
Attempting to quantify my chances of future profitability objectively
(often difficult for a collector), the beast I’ve built considers these factors
(in approximate order of importance): (Con't)
announces pricing for two Breast Cancer Awareness commemoratives
U.S. Mint has released pricing for two of the three Breast Cancer Awareness
commemorative coins set to go on sale March 15.
The Jan. 30 Federal Register published prices for the Proof and Uncirculated
versions of the silver dollar and copper-nickel clad half dollar.
Pricing for the pink gold $5 coins is not expected to be released until the week
the coins go on sale.
For a 30-day
introductory period from the initiation of sales, the silver dollar in the Proof
version will be offered at $51.95 and in Uncirculated at $48.95. The regular
issue prices add $5 to the price of each version.
Introductory pricing for the copper-nickel clad half dollar is set at $27.95 for
the Proof coin and $25.95 for the Uncirculated version, with regular issue
prices $5 higher for each version.
While gold $5 commemoratives are traditionally composed of 90 percent gold and
10 percent copper, the pink gold coins with be made of 85 percent gold, 14.8
percent copper and 0.2 percent zinc. The pink gold coins are to retain the same
diameter of .900 fine gold coins at 0.85 inch, or 21.59 millimeters, and the
same thickness at 1.75 millimeters, but will be 5.6 percent lighter at 6.741
Uncut sheets of
Series 2017 $1 Federal Reserve notes are now on sale
EDITORIAL: I was
invited to give a short program for OH-KAN Coin Club. What
follows are the highlights.
A} "It is my
considered opinion that most collectors keep too many of the
some coins. EX: A half dozen 1863 silver three cent pieces. When
more than one is added to holdings it takes away much needed
resources to acquire the coins needed to complete a
collection for the most of us."
B} "There is only
three good reasons to have a coin 'slabbed.' 1- To guarantee
that the coin is genuine. 2- To establish a grade that will
accepted by others. 3} To preserve the condition of coin of a
uncirculated and proof coins is a waist of money. Rarely will
one recover the cost when selling. Most dealers will only give
melt value when offered slabbed silver or gold bullion pieces
such as ASE's. Most will turn down the common material."
C} "Be aware when
buying modern Canadian issues. There is rarely a secondary
market since the Royal Canadian Mint in flooding the market with
pseudo collectibles. They are producing half and three quarter
silver coins selling way more than the silver value."