Saturday, September 25, 2010

2011 Red Book

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So I am a bit late in getting this book. Since this book came out in April of this year I just been waiting for either a price drop or an extra $20 to justify the purchase. I did not expect a major improvement from any other red book but as a collector I could not skip a year, it's a bad habit I am breaking with the 2011 World Coins Book.

A Guide Book of United States Coins 2011: The Official Redbook the 64th edition is spiral bound is what I bought. While hunting online I saw they have leather bound editions that are $70, journal editions with tabs I assume for recording your own notes, and a professional edition with expanded prices and varieties. Unfortunately I want to see these in person but no local stores have these. Once I saw the Professional edition but I saw no real difference with the regular edition.

What's new?
  • 434 pages of less-pastel goodness each section is color coded but they changed it from the last year to a darker motif
  • Changed the term "whizzed" to "buffed", this one made me laugh
  • Many early coins lost values
  • Draped bust images was moved or resized
  • Most post-1800 coins have gained value
  • Better 2009 Lincoln cents images were added
  • Added  the 2010 to date Cent
  • Added 1824 & 1827 Flat and Pointed Top 1 images for dimes
  • Changed 2009 quarters images
  • Added a list for the Parks quarters and changed the end date from 2020 to 2021
  • Added 1887/6 image for silver dollars
  • Sacagawea dollars end in 2008 and a new Native American dollars section was added
  • Updated the latest presidential dollars
  • More realistic and updated commemorative images
  • Better Misstruck and Error chart with the change of number to word references
  • Complete elimination of the Significant U.S. Mint Error section
  • Free gift final page is back
  • Still no explanation of the edge lettering position for dollars although the pictures has them head-side up.
Rare coins went up, most pre-1800 coins went down, and most newer coins gained in value.  Format has not changed and they use there limited space wisely.

If you have any of the Red Books from the last few years no need to upgrade just adjust for metal prices.
If you do not own one wait until the 2012 because rumor is it will be out by February.

Do you have a U.S. coin and want to know its book value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.El

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 U.S. Nickel

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So this is a common coin barely worth the time to write this post. That said at least I got a 2010 nickel seeing how I yet to find a 2009 U.S. nickel.

I know last year was a slow production year but come on hoarders these 2009 nickels are not that rare. Let them flow into circulation. 2010 coins are flowing fast although I have not found any National Park quarters which seems odd.

Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States of America
Year: 2010 P
Mintage: 147,840,000 as of this August
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: $0.05

I had an interesting conversation with one commenter who said in Russia his buckets of Rubles gets nothing over face value like my nickels in the U.S. This is true but even in average grade I think most coin collector would pay a little extra for coins from other countries. It would be great to search through common Russian coins as I think someone in Russia would love to get dozens of state quarters that we find common.

In short trading coins sounds better everyday.

Do you have a nickel and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Before, During, After

Before people barely talked about the twin towers, unofficially they were an eyesore. No talked about a field in Pennsylvania. A few people talked about the Pentagon but with little sadness.

During that day 19 Muslim extremists with hate in their hearts decide to kill and hurt and tried to forever change the American way of life.

After the people, mostly non-New Yorkers or non-Pentagon employees, decided that anger was good but being petty was better. First you had the greedy wives, then the deniers who swarmed the internet with foolish conspiracies. After a while you got the phony sick who spent 30 years smoking and then spent 2 weeks many blocks away from the site and whined their way to millions. Now you have the exploiters who seek to use the day to win elections or plug their church/mosque.

Still they tested the tribute in lights on Sept 10 while having no building to walk into on the 11th.

Rebuild and never forget.