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The Tarnished Truth
*** Vol II *** WinsNews *** Issue V ***

Welcome to the Tarnished Truth. YOUR newsletter. Here in the Midwest we are getting into the time of year that can only be described as just plain hot. It used to be that in this hobby of ours that I would put away the coins and concentrate on more out of doors type activities. Now however, retired and with an abundance of like minded internet friends to share coins and coin stories with, the hobby has become more of a year around diversion. I for one am glad. My neighbors still frown however if I do not get my lawn mowed once in awhile. I guess they all need hobbies.

Best
Ray D Larson



Feature Article

Bi-metallic Coins



By JD White WINS#7 READ it here




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Mark Watson


My mother brought me into this world in 1962 in Midland, Texas. After a couple of years there, my family moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, and then to Littleton, Colorado, which I consider home. After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Colorado - Boulder, and earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I then went to the United State Air Force's Officer Training School (OTS) and became a 2Lt (a.k.a. 90-day wonder). My orders took me to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, where I spent seven years testing modified aircraft as a flight test engineer. During that time, I finished up my military duty and went to work as a civilian, got married, and started a family with my daughter's birth. Due to the Base Realignment and Closure Act, we moved out to Edwards AFB, California in 1993. Completing the family, my wife gave birth to our son a year later.

Numismatically, I collected coins as a kid until becoming a teenager. I do remember shining up quite a few using silver polish and a toothbrush (ouch…) because I mistakenly thought shinier was better. However, once I became a teenager, I switched to collecting comic books, reading about Iron Man, Thor, Kamandi, Tarzan, Sable, X-Men, etc. etc. I still have my collection, but am seriously considering selling it. Only problem, it is still at my mom's house in Littleton. Then, in 1987, my aunt - my mom's identical twin sister - died, and I inherited her coin collection, a couple of Whitman books. However, it was enough to re-ignite the flame again.

Initially, I pretty much bought anything and everything with absolutely no idea how to grade - big mistake. I then found a Photograde at a local coin store in Dayton, and that helped out a lot. Unfortunately, Photograde doesn't cover the uncirculated grades well, and I made mistakes in that area. I also fell into the grading service trap of believing the number on the slab. Finally, in 1991, my wife and I took the ANA's three-day grading seminar, which helped immensely. I have since taken the ANA's week long grading and advance grading class at their annual Summer Seminar, along with a class in counterfeit detection.

I believe education is a definite must to get the most out of coin collecting. I continue to attend going to the ANA's Summer Seminar, this year taking a class on WWII numismatics. I also buy and complete their various correspondence courses, as well as subscribe to their Counterfeit Detection Bulletin, jointly produced with the IPBN. Likewise, I'm a subscriber to Coin World and avidly read each issue. Knowledge is power, and it is always good to know more about the coin you are buying (or selling) than the person on the other side of the table.

Mark Watson



The Feature Coin

LoveTokens


This issue's featured coin is not really a coin at all but a creation of something else from a coin. Usually called Love Tokens, the tradition of proclaiming your affection for someone on a coin probably goes back to antiquity, but on U.S. coins it became popular in the mid eighteen hundreds when enterprising people started making them for folks at carnivals and state fairs. The above three coins are all seated quarter dollars, but these pieces of art have been known to be made on everything from half cents to twenty dollar gold pieces. As a collectable that used to be considered nothing more than a damaged coin they have grown in popularity to the point that collectors specializing in them will often bid them up past what like coins without the extra engraving would have commanded at auction or sale.


? ? ? Trivia Question ? ? ?

Why was the star added to the 1922 Grant Memorial half dollar?

Answer at the bottom of this page.





o O o MINT WATCH o O o



The U. S. Mint

Want to know more about the U.S. mint? Try his page.


The Royal British Mint

Want to know more about British Royal Mint try this page

The Royal Canadian Mint

Want to know more about the Canadian Royal Mint? Try this page.

The Franklin Mint
A minter of coins for many foriegn countries.



Hobby History

Motos on our coins

The Moto "E Pluribus Unum" was first used on the 1795 half eagle, it appears on the scroll above the eagle, and comes from the Great Seal of the United States. The moto "In God We Trust" appeared on our coinage in 1864 because the Civil War was causing a great religious sentiment in the country.




? ? ? Trivia Answer ? ? ?

The answer is: Commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant a civil war general and two term president, the 1922 Grant Memorial half dollar had the star added to enhance sales to collectors, giving more money to varied Grant memorial projects.




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