Annual Club Coin Show

Our annual coin club show is fast approaching. It will be held Sunday March 4, 2018, at Advanced Business Properties (formerly I.U.E. Hall), 1675 Woodman Dr Dayton, OH 45432. It will be open from 10AM to 4PM and admission is FREE!



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Please plan to attend. We are expecting a great show, as every available booth is already reserved and there is a waiting list for any cancellations.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Annual Club Coin Show

Valentine’s Day Romance & Coins

aka. Love Tokens

In this case, a love token is a coin that has been defaced, engraved to a sweetheart, and then mounted on a piece of jewelry. Love tokens became popular in the U.S. about the time of our Civil War.

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Being the romantic entity that the Mint is, it blamed love tokens for a shortage of dimes in circulation. Seated Liberty dimes were the primary choice of lovers to use as love tokens, however anything from half dimes to $2.50 and $20 gold pieces were also used. The tokens were made into pins, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even cufflinks.

One factor in the desirability of the love token is the denomination selected for the love token. Another important factor is the ornateness of the artwork involved. The more detailed and fancy the engraving, the more desirable the love token.

Like anything else in the hobby, there is a club for people interested in collecting love tokens. It is The Love Token Society ( The club requires that the tokens be made from coins from circulation and must be hand engraved.

So, are you looking for a gift for your special loved one this Valentine’s Day? Consider giving him or her a love token. That way you can really be buying yourself another piece for your own coin collection… and be thanked for it!

Friday, February 9th, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Valentine’s Day Romance & Coins

February 2018 Meeting

Our next club meeting is tomorrow night, February 1st.Miami Valley Coin Collecting, coins, currency

Another club auction will be held. Buy some great deals or consign coins you want to sell.
No buyers or sellers premiums are charged!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on February 2018 Meeting

Mint Workers To Strike!

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U.S. Mint workers are threatening to go on strike…

They are demanding to make less money!


Think about it!

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Mint Workers To Strike!

The Red Book Quiz

By Q. David Bowers from his book Inside The Rare Coin Marketplace: Secrets To Being A Smart BuyerCoin Collecting Miami Valley, Oh

Are you up on numismatic trivia? Try this quiz. Answers will be posted at the February 1, 2018 club meeting and on this website after the meeting.

Answers Below

  1. What did Glenna Goodacre do?
  1. Why is February 28, 1878, numismatically important?
  1. When was a bison depicted on a Jefferson nickel?
  1. What early American coin is called the “Baby Head” variety?
  1. Why were there no Liberty Seated coins in circulation in New York City in 1851?
  1. Where did John Chalmers privately mint coins?
  1. Why is David Parsons, a University of Wisconsin student, mentioned in the Guide Book?
  1. What does S.M.V. on the reverse of certain private gold coins mean?
  1. What commemorative half dollar was struck at the San Francisco Mint, but had the S mintmark inadvertently omitted?
  1. From what date was an obverse die altered to read 1804 for a “restrike” cent?


1. She designed the obverse of the 2000 Sacagawea Dollar.

2. For the Bland-Allison Act that authorized the Morgan Dollar.

3. 2005

4. A certain 1786 Vermont copper.

5. At the time their melt value was more than their face value and speculators withdrew them from commerce.

6. Annapolis, Maryland.

7. He designed the obverse of the 1936 Wisconsin half dollar.

8. Standard Mint Value.

9. 1925 Fort Vancouver

10. 1803.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Red Book Quiz

Being Different Can Be Fun!

Collectors often focus on the traditional ways of “completing” a set of coins or currency. One of every date and mintmark; each year/denomination created at a particular mint; a birth-year set; a type set; etc. etc. etc. Below are some different ways to collect a “set” of coins or currency.

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The Three Set includes: Three-Cent Silver, Three-Cent Nickel, Three-Cent Fractional Note, Three-Cent Encased Postage Stamp, and a Three Dollar Gold Piece.

$1 (or $5 or $10) Silver Certificates by Signature or Series Set: for instance, the 1928 Series $1 Silver Certificates, according to “A Guidebook of United States Paper Money”, contains 12 different signature combinations (if star notes are included).

Designer Sets: collect one of each coin type by the person who designed the coins. A Christian Golbrecht Set would include a Braided Half Cent, Braided Large Cent, Liberty Seated Half Dime, Dime, Quarter, Half, and Dollar, $2.50 Gold Piece, $5 Gold Piece, and $10 Gold Piece.

1st Year Coined (at a particular mint) Set: a 1st year Denver mint set would include a $5 Gold Liberty (1906), $10 Gold Liberty (1906), $20 Gold Liberty (1906), Barber Dime, Quarter, & Half (1906), Lincoln Cent (1911), $2.50 Gold Indian (1911), Liberty (V) Nickel (1912), and Morgan Dollar (1921).

Ugly Sets: pick a denomination or type and instead of collecting the best coins you can afford, collect the worst/ugliest examples you can find.

Odd Denomination Coin Sets: Half-Cent, Two-Cent, Three-Cent Silver, Three-Cent Nickel, Twenty-Cent Piece, Three Dollar Gold, Four Dollar Gold, etc.

Same Year – Different Style Set: for example the year 1921 saw a Morgan Dollar and a Peace Dollar; in 1883 there was a Shield Nickel, a Liberty Nickel “no cents”, and a Liberty Nickel “with cents”; in 1938 the Buffalo Nickel and the Jefferson Nickel were both minted.

You don’t have to limit yourself with “standard” collections. Use your imagination and build a unique-to-you set. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to build a personal collection. Have fun and keep collecting!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on Being Different Can Be Fun!

More Weird Money Facts

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A penny costs 2.4 cents to manufacture.

More than 2 million Americans live on less than $2/day.

The Bureau of Engraving & Printing uses 9.7 tons of ink per day.

51% of lottery tickets are purchased by just 5% of the people who buy them.

Rats ate an estimated $10 billion of Pablo Escobar’s money that he stored in warehouses.

North Korea (aka “Rocket Man”) is the largest counterfeiter of US currency.

The average monthly allowance for American children is $65.

Americans spend $117 billion each year on fast food.

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 Uncategorized Comments Off on More Weird Money Facts

New Club Name – Miami Valley Coin Club

Our new club name beginning in 2018 is Miami Valley Coin Club. this was discussed, voted on, and agreed to at our November 2017 meeting. Our club goal is to regionally expand the interest in our club by growing our membership.

Our next meeting will be on January 4, 2018. The will be a club auction every month this year so plan on attending and picking up some great coins at very good prices.

We’ll see you there! Have a Merry Christmas!coin collecting Miami Valley

Friday, December 22nd, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on New Club Name – Miami Valley Coin Club

Weird Coins That Are Legal Tender

What is the world coming to?

3D Money – Somalia

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All money is three-dimensional but this is carrying it to the EXTREME. How about a pocketful of these coins?


Motorcycles – again, Somolia

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A two-sided coin for the biker in you!


This Money Is For The Birds – South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands

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The center penguin is made out of crystal and is surrounded by playful penguins on a silver ring.


Prism Sunbirds – Togo

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A prismatic sunbird that flickers and changes color when moved in light.


Pop Up Coin – Cook Islands

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The gold plated “Moai” can be moved into an upright position. Gives a whole new meaning to “heads or tails” doesn’t it?

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Weird Coins That Are Legal Tender

Christmas Party Tonight

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Join the fun tonight at the Dayton Kettering Coin Club Christmas

dinner at O’Charley’s near the Dayton Mall on State Route 725 @ 6:00PM

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2017 Christmas Party

Just a reminder, our club Christmas party will be held on December 7, at 6:00pm at O’Charleys on Miamisburg- Centerville Rd. Please plan on attending, a good time will be had by all.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on 2017 Christmas Party

U. S. Notes Worth More Than Face Value

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  1. Low Serial Numbers – any bill with a serial number under 100

Since bills are created at twelve different facilities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond VA, St. Louis and San Francisco), there are twelve different bills with each of these numbers on them. Bills with numbers under 100 are highly sought, but collectors are still interested in numbers in the hundreds, and even into the thousands. The lower the number, the more valuable it becomes.

  1. High Serial Numbers – beginning with at least 5 to 6 “9’s”

While this isn’t as popular as low number bills, it can actually be more difficult to find them. That’s because not every series of bills will reach the high numbers before they are changed meaning that there are less of them that ever make it into circulation. High number serial numbers such as 99999925 or 99999853 would be coveted by collectors. The higher the number, the more valuable it becomes.

  1. Star Notes – the serial number ends with a star

When there is some type of printing error and bills need to be printed again, the way that they show this is by printing a star at the end of the bill’s serial number. Since printing errors don’t happen too often, notes with a star at the end of the serial number aren’t common, and this makes them sought after by collectors. These bills are officially known as “replacement notes,” but most collectors refer to them as “star bills” or “star notes.”

  1. Ladders – the serial number ascends or descends in order

An example of an ascending ladder bill would be one with a serial number 01234567 and an example of a descending ladder note would be 98765432.

  1. Solids – he numbers are all the same for the serial number

An example of this would be a serial number of 22222222.

  1. Repeaters – repeats the numbers in the serial number

A repeater note would be something like 48648648 or 78937893. If you can find a repeating two number bill that is called a super repeater and is highly sought after. An example of a super repeater would be 63636363.

  1. Binary and Trinary – a serial number containing only 2 or 3 numbers

 An example of a binary note would be 66766676. The numbers can be in any order within the serial number, and as long as there are only two different numbers it is considered a binary note. Due to the difficulty of finding binary notes, there is also demand from collectors for bills which have three different numbers in any combination. These are referred to as trinary notes.

 True Binary – the serial number contains only ones and zeros

An example of a true binary go would be 00011011.

  1. Birthday Notes – notes which have a year written somewhere within the serial number

The year usually has some special significance to the person who wants the bill such as the year they were born, the year that they have an anniversary, or a year that takes some other type of personal event of significance to them. An example of a birthday note would be 65819770 where 1977 might be a significant year to someone. Another would be 00198500 where the year 1985 is significant. If the year comes at the very end of the serial number, or is preceded or surrounded by zeros on both sides, it is usually more desirable and therefore more valuable to collectors.

  1. Full Date – these have serial numbers that depict a full date rather than just a year

For example, if you were born on October 22, 1967, a full date note would read 10221967.

  1. Radar – the serial number will read the same backwards as it does forward

An example of a radar note would be 03688630 or 96255269. The serial number is the same both ways.

  1. Doubles – notes that have the same number pair next to each other within the serial number

The most valuable of the double notes are the ones that have four distinct pairs of numbers. These are called quad doubles. An example of a quad double serial number would be 44775511 or 99003366. While the quad doubles are the most sough after, tri doubles are also valued by collectors such as 27007711, but especially if they are framed by zeros such as 07744990.

  1. Double Quads – bills that have two sets of four of the same number

An example of this would be 44449999 or 66661111.

  1. Consecutive – two (or more) bills where the serial numbers are consecutive in order

An example of consecutive bills would be two bills in your hand with one having the serial number 97350342 and the other having 97350343. It’s actually quite easy to attain consecutive notes, as many banks have them if you get any bill denomination in a bundle of 100. They become more of interest to collectors when they are consecutive and also possess one or more of the other traits mentioned. For example, consecutive bills that are also binary bills: 45554454 and 45554455.

  1. Bookends – the same two or three numbers on each end

An example of this would be 20873420 or 34598345

  1. Unusual Numbers – Any string of numbers that have a special meanin

Bank notes whose serial number matches well known numbers. A classic example would be a “pi” bill that had a serial number that corresponds to the first 8 digits of the numerical value of pi: 31415927.

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on U. S. Notes Worth More Than Face Value

The Very First U.S. Coin?


In 2013, David McCarthy spotted a rare coin in an auction catalog and immediately had a hunch it was the first coin minted by the United States in 1783. Not the first run of coins, but the very first one.


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McCarthy, an experienced coin collector, bought the silver coin for $1.18 million.

He spent the next four years digging up evidence to prove that he had indeed purchased the fabled first “500” quint.

What first caught McCarthy’s eye was the fact that the coin, which was unmistakably one of two rare quints, had no inscription on the front. A similar coin, with a Latin inscription that translates “New Constellation,” was found in 1860. The one McCarthy bought was found about 15 years later and was therefore designated “quint Type 2.”

If McCarthy’s evidence is solid, the coin he has was mentioned in the diary of Robert Morris, a Philadelphia merchant who financed the American Revolution and signed the Declaration of Independence. From 1781 to 1784, when the young nation was still governed by the Articles of Confederation, Morris served as the superintendent of finance for the United States.

In an April 2, 1783, entry in his diary, Morris writes of “a Piece of Silver Coin being the first that has been struck as an American Coin.”

Morris’ coin was meant to demonstrate a prototype numerical currency system that would be based on the Spanish Eight Reale system. It was never adopted.

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Very First U.S. Coin?

Next Club Meeting Thursday November 2


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Our next meeting is fast approaching. At this meeting we will welcome our new club leadership team as well as conduct another coin & currency auction.

Remember, there are no sellers’ or buyers’ fees collected by the club. For buyers, what you bid is what you pay! For sellers, whatever is bid is what you receive! It’s a great deal for all concerned.

Also, there will be the club’s usual Silver American Eagle raffle. So come on out, learn something new about coins, and enjoy another great club auction and raffle.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Next Club Meeting Thursday November 2

The Origins of the Credit Card

In an era when currency was often unavailable (and few people were literate), the tally stick, a forerunner of today’s high-tech credit cards, became increasingly popular in Europe.

Tally Sticks

In this early version of financial record keeping, notches were made on a wooden stick to indicate the amount lent—and owed. The sticks were then split down the middle; the creditor kept one half and the debtor the other. When a payment was made, the sticks were paired up, and the payment was marked on the stick. The tally stick system also had another built-in benefit: It was nearly impossible to counterfeit, as the shape, size and grain of the wooden halves had to match up perfectly.

Tally sticks were used in much of Europe, but probably nowhere as extensively as in England. For more than 700 years, tally sticks were used to collect taxes from local citizens, until the system was finally abandoned in 1826. Eight years later, when the British parliament finally decided to get rid of the thousands of leftover tally sticks being kept in storage, they decided to burn them in an underground furnace that heated the House of Lords, resulting in a massive fire that destroyed most of the complex—the worst fire to hit London since the Great Fire of 1666.

Friday, October 20th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Origins of the Credit Card

2017 $25 Palladium Eagles

On September 25th the United States Mint launched the sale of the first issue in a new annual series of American Eagle bullion coins, the $25 American Palladium Eagles.

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Coin obverses offer a high-relief rendition of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s Winged Liberty Head design for the dime struck in 1916. It shows a left-profile portrait of Lady Liberty wearing a winged Phrygian cap. Surrounding the portrait are inscriptions of LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2017 and Weinman’s overlapping ‘AW’ initials.

The reverse bears a high-relief version of Weinman’s 1907 American Institute of Architects (AIA) medal design with inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 OZ. Pd .9995 FINE, E PLURIBUS UNUM and $25 for the coin’s legal tender face value. The bullion piece is produced at the Philadelphia Mint but, as with other U.S. Mint bullion coins, it has no mint mark.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on 2017 $25 Palladium Eagles

September Meeting Fast Approaching

The next club meeting will be September 7 at 7:00PM. Please plan on attending and as always all visitors are welcome to join us.

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on September Meeting Fast Approaching

The “Orphan Annie” Dime

Why are 1844 Liberty Seated Dimes so rare, especially in higher grades? They are called “Orphan Annies” because they are said to have “lost their mates”. There are several theories about them and their rarity:

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  1. They were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire.
  1. Seventy thousand of them were shipped west to the ‘49ers and were seized by bandits who hid the loot and then were killed before revealing their hiding place.
  1. Fifty thousand were lost at sea.
  1. They were used as love tokens by soldiers in the Mexican War.

(I like explanation #4 best. Here’s the story.)

During a Mexican War campaign, the Army paymaster requisitioned a large supply of dimes for soldiers to use as small change, which happened to be all 1844 dimes.

Upon arriving in Mexico City, some of the lovesick soldiers fashioned the dimes into bracelets to attract female companionship. Not a single 1844 dime escaped the love-starved rush.

When the soldiers went home, the senoritas kept the dime bracelets, which were eventually melted down to become Mexican coins.

Today, a Fine-12 graded 1844 dime is worth around $475. One graded Good-4 is valued at $275. Or maybe you could save a few dollars by buying a few late date 1840’s or 1850’s Mexican coins and have an 1844 Liberty Seated dime minted inside them.

Monday, August 14th, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on The “Orphan Annie” Dime

Meeting Tonight 7:00PM

Our club meeting is tonight and there will be a club auction


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Carson City Mint

The Carson City Mint was established by Congress on March 3, 1863, to serve the coinage needs brought about by the Comstock Lode, the largest silver strike in the Nation’s history. The mint was based in Nevada and was build during the height of the silver boom. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on July 18, 1866. The cornerstone for the new facility was laid on September 18, 1866, but the building was not completed until December 13, 1869. There were 57 issues of gold coins (3 denominations) and 50 issues of silver coins (8 denominations) from the Comstock Lode were minted between the years of 1870 and 1893. No coins were minted from the middle of 1885 to 1889, during President Grover Cleveland’s presidency.

Alfred B. Mullett was the architect who designed this mint after becoming the Supervising Architect for the Department of the Treasury. He also happens to be the same designer of the San Francisco Mint as well. The supervisor who overlooked the construction of Carson City Mint was Abraham Curry, who was well known as “The Father of Carson City”. The style of the building was of the Renaissance Revival and is made out of stone.

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Between 1895 and 1933, Carson City mint became an official US Assay Office to help miners convert their ore into coins, ingots and bars. Eventually in 1939, the building was sold to the state of Nevada for $10,000 and has now become the Nevada State Museum.

Interesting Facts and Coin Statistics of the Carson City Mint

Total Number of Dimes: 20,912,588 ($2,091,259 face value)

Total Number of Twenty Cent Pieces: 143,290 ($28,658 face value)

Total Number of Quarters: 10,330,542 ($2,582,636 face value)

Total Number of Half Dollars: 105,307,627($2,653,814 face value worth)

Total Number of Dollars: 17,996,729 ($17,996,729 face value)

Total Number of $5 Gold Half Eagles: 709,617 ($3,548,085 face value)

Total Number of $10 Gold Eagles: 299,778 ($2,997,780 face value)

Total Number of $20 Gold Double Eagles: 864,128 ($17,282,560 face value)

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Carson City Mint