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Letters to the Editor (April 16, 2019)

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Boy Scout seeks advice

I just completed the coin collecting merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America and I wanted to learn more.

First, how do you find really old coins? How do you find the find really valuable coins?

I’m working on the state quarters, and I was wondering if you had any tips on how to find them.

Carter Sisam
Address withheld

First 2019 coins in Mich.

I just received my first 2019 coins in change. They came from a fast food restaurant in Ann Arbor, Mich. – two 2019-D Lincoln cents.

Dick Vail
Address withheld

Indian Head cent finds

Today I found my second Indian Head cent of the year. This one is an 1890. It is a very nice sample with just nice wear. My first was an 1881 and that one is very nice also. I feel great about having two Indians in two months.

Bob Atwater
Conway, S.C.

To slab or not to slab?

Remember what it was like to actually hold coins in your hand? To be able to look at them from every possible angle and not have your view obstructed by a thick chunk of plastic? Remember when coins were so beautiful they were a sight to behold?

Remember when you knew your coin was the best of the best, until CSI, NCIS, ATV, ACDC, DPS, DPl, DMPL, RSS, DMV, PFRVPF, SP,SPL, SDNY, FBI, CIA, NBC, CBS, TBS, IRS, and a gazillion other attributions made your once best-of-the-best coin relegated to 26th in line?

Ah, yes, to feel the weight of an old Morgan, or a brand new Silver Eagle, in the palm of your hand, those were the days when collectors were collectors and hobbyists, not “oldmismatists,” investors, enthusiasts, and flippers. And don’t get me started on graders!

How about getting a slabbed and perfect 70 coin, supposedly gone over by three humans to achieve that number, only to look at it from a foot away and see a clear flaw at 2 o’clock next to JFK’s head? This has happened to me more than I care to mention.

Yes, I have within my collection over 100 coins slabbed and graded perfect 70s, but I prefer my loose and ungraded coins to have and to hold, til inflation ruins everything.

Steve McGowan
Algonac, Mich.

‘Hot Lips’ dime in change

I checked my dimes that I got in change from the store today and got a 1976-D “Hot Lips” dime!

Edward Guzik
Address withheld

‘P’ cents in Mass.

Just a note to let you know I received my first 2019 Philadelphia cent coins during the weeks of Feb. 25 to Mar. 2 at Dunkins in Bellingham, Ma. A total of eight coins in three days.

Alan Caldwell
Brockton, Mass.

Ocala put on quite a show

The Ocala Coin Club ( held their 36th Annual Coin Show on Feb. 7-9 at the Motel 6 Conference Center in Ocala, Fla. A special thanks to Chairman Rich Selvar, Club President Mark Trout, and the officers and members for providing a table for the American Numismatic Association (

Our location was right next to one of the registration tables. This helped us sign up or renew 12 members for the Association. Thanks to Dealer Harry Eck, from Crystal River, Fla., for making a $25 501© (3) donation to ANA for the shipment of the coin show kit. For visitors who stopped by our table, we answered questions regarding numismatics and also gave out some free stock certificates and other items.

Through excellent advertising locally and nationally, the three-day event brought in 832 visitors. Besides the advertising, 500 or more post cards are also sent out to the previous year’s attendees.

The sold-out bourse featured 60 dealers at 50 tables. We talked to several dealers who had a table, and they said they were kept busy throughout the show and sales were very good. Security for the show was excellent, and no problems were reported.

Everyone who attends has free admission, and they also receive a special elongate and wooden money especially made for this event. Hourly silver door prizes were also given out (everyone received a ticket when they registered). Any young collector who entered received a free bag of coins. A literature table was also set up, and coin publications (along with other information) was passed out for free. An all-gold raffle was also held.

The food vendor had free coffee for the workers up until 10:00 a.m. The food they serve is always great and reasonably priced. The club had over 30 members assisting at registration and raffle sales. Many of them helped with set up and breakdown. The club is a 50+ year member of the ANA and is a member of the Florida United Numismatists (

We look forward to next year’s Ocala Coin Club show, which is already sold out, and will be held in this same location on Feb. 6-8, 2020.

John and Nancy Wilson
ANA National Volunteers

Holder obscures curved coin

Received 2019-P Apollo 11 50th Anniversary $1, NGC-PF-70, today. The NGC “FOOTPRINT” White Core Holder is quite disappointing.

The reverse of the coin is partially obscured. Turning the coin every which way, trying to read “E. Pluribus Unum” and “United States of America” is nearly impossible. Unlike the PF-70 half that has a gap around the coin, the dollar is flush to the edge of the core.

NGC should’ve kept the same holder as utilized on the 2014 curved Baseball coins. I expect better from NGC.

Steve McGowan
Algonac, Mich.

Delaware Innovation date

Is the Delaware Innovation coin supposed to be released this spring?

Address withheld

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Mint has not yet announced a release date for the 2019 American Innovation dollar for Delaware.

Innovation dollar unwanted

I have been a subscriber of Numismatic News for a number of years. May I put in my “two cents” worth of input on the very truthful letter of Mr. Bill Tuttle of Cleveland, Ohio? He hit the nail on the head!

The United States is the greatest country in this world with the largest mint, the best talented engravers and designers, yet we fail to realize that many, many people and a load of collectors do not want another small “junk dollar” coin that will again fill our vaults for many years to come, unused. The latest looks like an unfinished design, very poor!

Where is the Citizens Commission on Coinage with their input to the Treasury? If there was competition in the world, it would certainly win two awards: pure ugly in design and a useless coin of the realm that the majority of us will never circulate. Stop the Innovation dollar now, and save us taxpayers a ton of dollars!

Dominic J. Valentino
Philadelphia, Pa.

Letter offers humor

Thanks for printing [the letter of] Dan Bubalo from Brainerd, Minn. (Mar. 5 issue of Numismatic News). I hope everyone saw the humor in your letter.

Gary Wernersbach
Zimmerman, Minn.

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