Thursday, July 14, 2016

Twitter Basics for Coin Collectors, Sellers, and Numismatists

I think of it this way; if Facebook is the world's biggest online family reunion, then Twitter is the world's biggest online party.

There are precious few coin collectors, dealers, and numismatists who maintain a strong presence on Twitter. It's really too bad, because Twitter offers opportunities that can not be found on other social media platforms.

Things that are frowned upon on Facebook, like sending friend requests to strangers or posting and sharing a lot of unrelated content, are common practices on Twitter. For instance, it is not uncommon to Follow (the Twitter equivalent of a Facebook friend request) 20-40 people or organizations in a day, especially when you get are first getting started. So, let's dig in.

Getting Started

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Coin Security


I saw a tweet from PCGS the other day about the new security measures they put into their holders. They use microprinting  and a QR code to verify authenticity. I appreciate that they are trying. With all of the counterfeit coins turning up, better security is a necessity.

However, with the level of technology that currently exists, I feel like a tech-forward company like PCGS could do better. Here's why:

The U.S. Postal Service (always at the forefront of technology) began using microprinting in 1992. The U.S. Mint added it to the $20 bill in 2004. Now, in 2016, it has been incorporated into PCGS holders.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Can They Count?

I saw a tweet tonight from Coin World that the U.S. Mint has 9,000 gold Mercury dimes left over.

Quick question, what in the.... (ahem) heck goes on at the Mint that they can not get production and total allowable order numbers to coincide?