Wednesday, April 19, 2017


On 3/13/17 I announced that I was going to be spending a bulk of my time working on a numismatic book. Since then a couple of interesting things have happened. I've had conversations with two coin dealers interested in purchasing ad space on the site. One of those dealers is a friend who took a not-so-friendly tone when I asked a question about moving their ad below the other dealer's. I didn't do it, I simply asked if they would be okay with it. My friend had dibs on the spot in question, but I had to test the waters out of respect for the 2nd advertiser. I informed the 2nd advertiser of this and they were fine with it. After all, dibs is dibs. However, they wanted the chance to "buy up" to a higher ad placement later. That means a fight in the future.

Money can bring out the worst in people.

So, in true Talleyrand fashion, I am, "Setting the house ablaze in order to save it from the plague."

I'm done with thecoinblog. It's not worth the hassle. Hobbies should be fun and this one is beginning to suck.

I'll convert the Facebook page and Twitter account to align with the book. It will be called, "Not Your Granddad's Coin Book." (Yeah, the book is still happening! I forgot to mention that above.)

If I am struck with a particularly good idea for an article, I will submit it to another site to publish, most likely Coin Update. If I have an article that no one wants to publish (for instance, about dealers who scam people or anything remotely negative about TPGs - sue-happy bastards that they are) I will distribute it through the e-mail list. domain expires on 5/1/17.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Chief Engravers of the U.S. Mint

This was originally a page I set up on the site. Thought I would share as a post, too.

The Chief Engraver is the person who is in charge of coin design and engraving of dies at all four United States Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point. The position was created by Congress with the Coinage Act of 1792, and placed within the Department of Treasury that produces circulating coinage for the United States. As of 2015, the position is vacant.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Are Third Party Graders something to fear?

Did you know that coin professionals are afraid of Third Party Graders? Strange, right?

I came to this realization while in the process of outlining the coin book I am writing. I wanted to include a bit about the theory that TPGs exercise some degree of control over coin values through their certified dealers. I asked nine coin pros (I think they all sell coins to some degree, but all make money from numismatics) for their input on the TPG controlling the coin market theory. What better way to arrive at my own conclusion than by consulting those whose opinions I trust? Of the nine people asked, one was willing to talk about it.

Monday, March 13, 2017


Steve Carell on leaving The Office "This is going to hurt like a m*ther f*cker."

I've been in a numismatic funk lately. You may have noticed the blog posts aren't coming quite so frequent as they used to, and when they do, they are lackluster (pun intended). I have considered trying to sell to someone, most likely a coin store that wanted to get some original content on their site. I've also considered simply walking away and leaving the site to dwindle and die. It is difficult and draining to constantly create new articles all on your own. (Special thanks to past contributors: Tim Stroud, Daniel Malone, and Chris Ireland.) I'm just one man with a wife, kid, mortgage, bills, and a demanding full time job. I'm tired guys. I'm just tired.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


See the title of this post? Sounds strange coming from me, doesn't it? I'm the guy incessantly talking about how to blend numismatics, the internet, and technology. So, what gives with writing a post called "Unplug"?

At the end of the day, coin collecting is a tactile hobby. The greatest joy doesn't come from looking at hi-res images online, it comes from feeling the weight of a coin against the pads of your fingers. Picking up a coin and watching the light dance on its surface as you rotate it is the numismatic equivalent of fireworks. Examining a coin in detail, learning its history, reading the lore behind it, and coming to understand the coin in a way not many others have; well, that's romance.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The hobby needs more writers

I will keep this short.

Do any of you want to write about coins, collecting, or anything related thereto? If so, do you? If yes, awesome! Please share because I'm always eager to read new ideas. If not, why not?

The reason I'm asking is because it occurred to me that posting some pages of writing tips and tricks might benefit collectors who also want to write and write well. Or, at least, write as well as me. Whatever that's worth!

If there is a reasonable amount of interest I'm happy to do it. If there is a lot of interest, I'm also happy to speak with some of my writer friends from my past life (as a fiction writer) to see if they want to contribute advice.

Please let me know. You can comment below, get at me on Facebook or Twitter, or email me with the form to the right.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A different kind of coin club

I recently blogged about ways to promote collecting. One of the ideas was to start a coin club that had no membership fees and a flat power structure (no hierarchy). Since then I have heard how I was wrong. I've heard how fees and the typical structure are essential to a coin club's existence; they are inseparable. While I appreciate those who try to correct my misguided ways (and thank you for reading), I'm not going to roll over and call it a bad idea without exploring the how it might work.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sorted the wheats

Top row from left to right are teens, twenties and thirties. P,D,& S mints of all decades. There were 1909 and 1909 VDB, they are with the teens.

Bottom row from left to right are steels, forties, fifties, and AU/BU. There were a good amount of BU steel. Most of the copper BU are from the fifties.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Real world numismatic promotion ideas

There is a lot of talk floating around about how to get people my age (34) and younger interested in numismatics. When I say "talk" what I mean is questions. There are not a lot of ideas being offered up to answer those questions. It's like everyone sees the problem but no one wants to, or is capable of, thinking beyond the boundaries of how things were done in the 1980's. It's maddening! But, I refuse to believe we are a hobby completely populated by shruggers. In the interest of doing my part, here are some ideas to promote numismatics in the real world (not online).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wheat pennies have arrived!

I will keep this short because I don't want to get in trouble with the boss (my wife) for blogging on Valentines Day.

The wheat pennies I mentioned last week arrived today!!!