[CLOSED] October 2nd, Name Your Car Day

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  1. Randy Abercrombie

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    Yes, we do have a national "Name Your Car Day" and it is October 2nd. This contest will combine the beauty of old automobiles with numismatic factoids. Here is how it works.

    Find a photo of your favorite old car. The shinier, the better... More on that in a second.... Post your photo of the car along with a numismatic fact that pertains to the year the car was produced. For example.... The car below is a 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger. Numismatic fact is that the Eisenhower dollar was created in 1971 and four varieties were minted that year.

    You have eight days to post your car photos/coin facts. Entries are accepted until midnight October 1st. Any car photo posted without a coin fact is disqualified. Simple, right? So how does the winner get selected you say? Even simpler.... My boy in the photo above is six years old and is quite the connoisseur of old cars. On October 2nd, I will present him with all the old car photos and he will select his favorite. Though he has no predetermined favorite automobiles, he does love very shiny old cars. So to better your chances, I wouldn't post rusty old clunkers.

    What is the pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow? To the victor goes one uncirculated 2019 Apollo 11 commemorative half dollar.

    You may be wondering, if October 2nd is national name your car day, then what is the old car displayed above named? The front license plate proudly reads "Homewrecker". A loving moniker bestowed by my wife. I think there may be a message, though I haven't figured it out quite yet..... Have fun.
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  3. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    1955 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliner
    1955 Lincoln Cent DDO 1955FordCrownVicSkyliner_01_700.jpg 1955 DDO AU53 PCGS 1-horz.jpg
  4. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd

    Here is my very much in process 1940 Mercury, I named her Christine:


    To keep it very relative coin wise, here is my 1940-D Mercury dime, of which there were 21,198,000 minted (a far cry more than the 15,506 Mercury 2 door sedans that came off the assembly line that same year):

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    Thanks for a fun contest Randy, can't wait to see all the posts on this one!
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    If I won a kazillion dollars in the lottery, would buy a nice stone house in the woods next to some scenic lake, pay for my daughter's education, set a chunk aside for my future grandchildren and charity, and complete the Roman Twelve Caesars collection again (but in gold aureii this time).

    Then I would buy two cars. One would be a small, basic SUV for daily driving. The other would be a late-'60s to early '70s vintage Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, with a 442 model being all the better.

    Red, of course. It would have to be red. Well, OK, dark green would be cool too.

    (BTW, that's a beautiful Dart you have there, as I've mentioned in previous conversation. I love old muscle cars.)

    Anyhoo, this is what my dream car looks like. Pictured is a '72 Olds Cutlass Supreme convertible.

    (I had a black '73 hardtop Cutlass S-model in the late '80s. It looked kind of like this. Still cool, but not as sexy a body style as the previous year.)


    You could give me a Ferrari and I'd sell it to buy that chunk of old Detroit steel, and pocket the difference.

    Thanks for the chance! :)

    Oh- and the coin. Well, 1972 in numismatics doesn't interest me terribly, as I'm not as excited about coins minted within my own lifetime, but I guess the 1972 DDO Lincoln cent would be the king of 1972 coins.

    I once bought a roll set of Memorial cents. This was back in '92 or '93, so it had one BU roll of everything from 1959 up to that date. The seller shipped the rolls in an empty paint can and included three rolls of BU 1972 DDO cents! These were a "Poor Man's" variety (die #3), but I did very well when I sold them in the early 2000s.

    The rest of the rolls were sweet, too. I put together some nice Whitman folder sets from them, sold them in the Numismatic News classifieds (this was the pre-Internet era for me), and got some nice letters from appreciative customers. I also gave away quite a few of the DDO cents as freebies, too, until I learned that even the "Poor Man's" varieties had some premium. (I have never been a die variety guy, but that was a nice score.)

    Pictured: 1972 DDO, PCGS MS67+


    General detail of 1972 DDO. Pictures from PCGS CoinFacts.


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    1993 is my birth year. Coincidentally, here's one of my favorites, a yellow 1993 Mazda RX-7. This is just one of those timeless cars, one of the most beautiful and sleek, and still to this day doesn't look dated. I mean it has some '90s design cues, but it still is just a stunner. This despite being designed during a decade in which, for the first half or so of the decade, most car companies' idea of a car design was literally just a box on wheels, and by the second half of the decade, this had shifted to an egg on wheels (Third-gen Ford Taurus anyone?). I think it's prettier and looks less dated than a '90s Corvette, performs and handles better, and is better built. The rotary engine was a hallmark of Mazda's brand and in the RX-7 it was smoother and peppier than just about anything, despite being high-maintenance and being known for having some issues. Combine this with the Miata which Mazda also made at the time, and Mazda was one of the most exciting sporty car companies of the '90s, offering some of the best-looking and best-performing sports cars on the road, and the best thing is that most were priced where anyone could afford them. (Especially the Miata, the RX-7 was a bit of a step up price-wise.)

    Nowadays Mazda still makes fun, sporty little cars that are well-built, pretty, and handle competently. They may no longer be in their heyday, but the new Miata and the Mazda 3 are absolutely some of the best cars you can get for the money and in their respective classes. My daily driver now is a 2016 Mazda 3 hatchback, best car I've ever owned. The past two Fords I owned both were total pieces of crap and experienced transmission failure in the 60-70k mile range, same as all my parents' Fords. A/C and other problems constantly. So far I've had zero problems with the Mazda.


    Now, on to 1993 coins. Probably doesn't stick out in most people's minds as a particularly noteworthy year for interesting or valuable coins. But if you're into bullion coins and particularly Silver Pandas, then you know how desirable a high-grade '93 Panda is, especially a proof. Though incredibly popular today, back in the '80s and early '90s, worldwide demand for these coins was much lower. Chinese incomes were lower back then so the domestic market was much smaller. The nation was just beginning to open up to more trade with the West and its economy was starting to really take off, so the coming years would start to see higher and higher mintage figures. Only 120,000 BU examples were minted in '93. I couldn't find mintage figures for the proof, but I know they are quite scarce and just aren't that easy to come by compared to more recent years. A PF68 will set you back a good couple hundred bucks, a 69 or 70 would cost even more. This is definitely a year you're gonna wanna pick up in BU and/or proof if you're looking to collect all the Pandas.
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  7. Joshg1928

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    Given more money than “cents,” I’d need to get me a ‘69 chevelle. Forrest green, maybe a 454. My father had one when he was a kid, just like this. His was a 396, but he went to the junkyard for the 454 emblems. I’d deal with the 396.

    1969 was a great year; Woodstock, Apolllo moon landing, but a sad year for US coinage. It was the last year for the silver clad Kennedy half’s. The last bits of silver coins for circulation, that still has us all hunting for.

    My father was a big nerd for the space race, and so was I. He’d be proud of the commemorative coin. It’d go in my box of memorabilia next to the autographs of Neil Armstrong, buzz Aldrin, and cris Collins. They all signed a copy of “We Came In Peace: the story of man in space.” It was a book chronicling mans exploration of space released in 1969 by the gulf oil company.
  8. Randy Abercrombie

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    I almost met my maker in a green Chevelle just like that. My high school running buddy owned it. We had us both a date late one night so he didn’t want to wear his glasses and we were driving the Oklahoma backroads much too fast. I came up for air just in time to see he was barreling 75mph into an unlit railroad crossing that happened to have a train on it. It took us half a farmers field to get stopped. I can still feel my heart in my throat when I think about that...... Ruined a perfectly nice date night too.
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That is a gorgeous car. Love the green.
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Not as badly as if y'all had all ended up embracing an oncoming train.
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  11. Randy Abercrombie

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    Midnight Monday is the deadline if you want a chance to win a 2019 Apollo commemorative. Five entries so far!
  12. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Active Member

    Pink 1959 Cadillac Eldorado

    1959 was the year they stopped making wheat pennies. I got a few beautiful uncirculated ones.
  13. Randy Abercrombie

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    Need a photo to make it a legit entry!
  14. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Active Member

    Pink 1959 Cadillac Eldorado

    1959 was the year they stopped making wheat pennies. I got a few beautiful uncirculated ones.
    (Sorry my last comment’s picture got deleted somehow.)
  15. Randy Abercrombie

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    Try one more time. Use the “upload a file” option just below the message box.
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  17. Randy Abercrombie

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    I’ll do it for ya. Now you are entered.
  18. EatYourWheatPennies

    EatYourWheatPennies Active Member

    This is my dream car a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe.

    Coin fact: 1940 2 1/2 Gulden Netherlands coin- This 2 1/2 Gulden was the last year it was produced. It was minted at the Utrecht Mint and there were 4,640,000 minted.

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    I got this coin from my grandma when I was little. She got the coin from her grandpa and handed it down to me It was my first coin that started off my coin craze! This is my favorite coin and is displayed in my room for people to see.
  19. EatYourWheatPennies

    EatYourWheatPennies Active Member

    Also I just wanted to post, please count me out of the prize. Thanks!:)
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  20. Randy Abercrombie

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    Are you sure? I happen to know the judge and he is a fan of flames on hot rods.
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  21. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    (Not a duplicate entry- I just thought of this thread, is all.)

    Just had dinner with Dad at Denny's.

    He was in the Z.

    Had the T-tops open.

    This was my dream car shortly after high school, when the 300-Z first came out.

    Dad's is a 1987. 102K original miles. Original paint. 5-speed stick. Beauty.

    He's had it a couple of years. Isn't the original owner. He had a blue one a few years back.

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    Edit: Dad also collects T-shirts from minor league baseball teams with unusual or amusing team names. He is seen here sporting an Everett AquaSox shirt. I got him a Savannah Bananas shirt once. Just found out he doesn't have a Macon Bacon shirt. ...Yet. ;)


    Oh. The coin to match the car. I had to look up 1987 commemorative coins- that's how little I do with moderns. Pix borrowed from PCGS again.

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