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Coin show conversations veer toward grading ‘chatter’
Coin dealer Bradley Karoleff writes in his “Designs of the Times”
column, “I find conversations at coin shows and conventions becoming
more and more boring,” adding “I remember the ‘good old days’ when one
could find interesting conversations concerning minting methods, die
states, striking characteristics and stories about the people that
minted the coins we collect.”
Today, though, conversations often focus on “incessant chatter of
will it upgrade, cross, or get a CAC sticker, and where it fits into
the registry set,” Brad writes. While he acknowledges that such topics
can be important, he laments what has been lost. Read his column
exclusively in the print and digital editions of the April 30, 2018,
issue of Coin World.
Bargains possible in bulk lots of U.S. Mint sets
“Collectors often bypass a hoard of modern U.S. Mint Uncirculated
coin sets or Proof sets offered in online auctions because so few
precious dates are in the series, but bargains can be found,” writes
Michael Bugeja in his “Home Hobbyist” column. He adds, “Before
bidding, you should cautiously investigate shipping and other terms of service.”
Michael then details his experiences with a recent bulk lot of
Uncirculated Coin sets he purchased, adding, “Typically, you can win a
run of sets like these, dating from 1968 to 1999, for a bid of about
$150. Considering the face value of the coins as well as the silver
value of some of them, this is a great deal.” His column appears
exclusively in the April 30 issue.
Variations in appearance of reeding have many causes
When a collector reached out to Mike Diamond to explain the
different reeding counts on several Egyptian coins, Mike examined the
coins carefully and concluded that the counts were the same on the
coins. “However, their reeding did have an abnormal quality that gave
the appearance of greater reeding density.”
He added, “Many factors can make a coin seem to have a higher or
lower number of reeds,” concluding, “The appearance of unusually
narrow reeding in Paquette’s two anomalous examples turns out to have
been caused by various combinations of collar wear, sloppy machining,
and shallow (weak) reeding.” The column is found exclusively in the
April 30 issue of Coin World.
Collectors need to avoid environments conducive to mold
When the humidity of a localized environment is too high, mold can
form, and that can be harmful to collections of coins and paper money.
Conservation expert Susan L. Maltby writes in her “Preserving
Collectibles” column in the April 30 that the best approach is to
avoid environments with relative humidity that is too high.
She offers advice on what to avoid, and also what to do if mold
forms despite your precautions. To learn more, read her column in the
digital and print editions of the April 30 issue.