Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by fiddlehead, Jul 12, 2020.
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When I got old enough to work a couple of them hired me part time. 2 nights a week I would walk out to the amusement parks and help them close. My favorite job was counting and rolling all that change. They hated to do it.
On Saturday mornings I would go to the bank and sit on the floor of the vault and roll change for the tellers.
My dad was a railroad engineer. When he came home he would leave all his change on the kitchen table for me to look through.
These were days when you had to do something to prove that you were untrustworthy. You've seen a lot of the stuff I came across.
I am at the point now that I am trying to figure out how to display. It is not easy when you have more than 70 years of your life accumulated. I will watch the comments on this thread.
By the length of your experience, I would think a gymnasium floor or two would suffice and you can hang from the rafters and shoot your pics. Although, it might take a couple years to set them up.
The image will enlarge so that each coin is actually life size, but in the web version presented here, the quality deteriorates.
As you can see, displaying my collection here would be an impossible undertaking.
Of late I have collected British coins by monarch and Roman imperial coins by emperor.
Putting together a set of all of the 1840 dated U.S. coins would be quite a task. The half cent is a bear, and pieces from the Charlotte and Dahlonega mints are never easy.
It is very difficult to the point of impossible to get all the glue off. Yes, I have tried several solutions.
Now I am taking an EXACTO knife and trimming very close to the body of the CAPS holder. Then trimming any flashing. This leaves the original backing intact and does not blur the coin details at all.
I feel the same way. I have a safe full of the same stuff and there is no way to put it out for display. I am trying to come up with some plans. I have all the modern commemoratives in their boxes. Most other sets are complete. But, what do you do with them? Just remember to lock the safe at night.
What a very nice set & idea! A good friend of mine whom I've known for many years does the same thing but with slightly later sets. He also links the coins of the year with events in the US that were happening at the same time. He just wrote up a story for his local coin club on his high grade 1850-P set, 1c - 1$, sans gold. Now some of his latter 19th century sets also include the gold. Also he may go back to the year 1800; I'll have to check.
1840 is a very nice year to do this with. Note that you may want to go back and edit some of the mints you listed, e.g. "1840 CC half eagle" to "1840 C". Also when did you start forming the set? You don't have to mention prices or sources but I'd be interested in knowing how long the 1840 set took you?
Incidentally I recently had an 1840 episode this week. I had consigned my 1840 Argentine Rebel Peso to be sold at the NYICS in Jan 2021. I was hoping to upgrade to a nicer one. However given the rarity of the piece: 20 or 12? known in all grades, I've decided that perhaps it would be best to get the nicer one before selling mine. Also I display my coins thru a webpage which I program myself.
Here's the 1840 rebel peso: https://coinsandhistory.com/countries/Latam_Argentina/Argentina.html#Argentina_8R_1836
I'm going to see if I can get permission repost his article here. This year set seems like a nice way to collect US. Also what is nice about this set, aside from being historical, is that many of the items seem to be unquestionably rare or at least uncommon and it avoids the unwinnable battle of having one's type coin topped by some ultra-rich guy who simply goes out and buys an ms-66 early eagle to top your ms-65.
Here is my first finished page. It is 2010 and 2011.
Thank you your kind remarks and interest. Yes, it's an interesting year being the first full year of the liberty series, and hey the year we elected Tippecanoe and Tyler too (Tippecanoe - William Henry Harrison - only served 31 days and died in office). And it's the first year of the Seated Silver Dollar (among others).
And thanks for catching that typo - weren't no CC in 1840. I was nervous about creating the thread and I just noticed there are some other typos in there as well - but too late to edit - none that I think the reader can't get around.
I've been gathering these for about 8 years. I kind of stumbled into the four half eagles (the philly half eagle is "wide mill", a somewhat rare variety - but it isn't stated as such on the holder) . I've purchased some from well known dealers and here and there I've gotten lucky in few a auctions. I looked for a New Orleans $2.50 for some time and eventually got lucky, buying it for a really good price from a dealer. It's an AU55 with a good strike - which is very unusual for the year and the issue - and much to my surprise it passed CAC scrutiny too.
Unfortunately I've never been to a live coin show - partly because I work weekends a lot.
One of the more interesting coins of that year is the 1840 (O) half dollar - NGC calls it "medium letters" and PCGS calls it "reverse of 38" - but it is really a New Orleans half dollar that doesn't have a mint mark because it was the first year that the mint mark was on the reverse and they didn't have a new reverse die. So they used the new 1840 obverse and the reverse from 38' (which had no mint mark). Oddly, in the NGC registry there is only one slot for an 1840 half dollar without a mint mark so that's the slot it takes. The Philly 1840 half is pretty common so it's much more interesting to have this coin there. I love the look of the 38' reverse and the esoteric nature of it's history. There is an old, wonderful extended article in the Gobrecht Journal by Bill Bugert tracing the history of the dies that were used to stamp the 1840(O) half.
Thanks so much for your interest and appreciation. I will check out the related link you provided.
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