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Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:48 am

So we did the family Christmas thing this morning, pretty standard. When my nephew came running over with a small box with my name on it. Looking at the tag I was shocked to say the least. It was marked as being from my Grandpa Tom, who passed over 13 years ago. I opened the box and found an 1890 Silver Dollar. I knew he collected these, but they've been lost among Grandma's things for years. I can only guess that they recently resurfaced as my brother, sister and I each received one.

The question is, I don't know a thing about coins. I don't know how they're evaluated, the history, etc. I'm not interested in this for monetary value, because it is a deeply sentimental gift to me. I just want to know a little more about the coin's history, etc. I did a quick Google and found that there appears to be 4 different versions. the 1890 (Philadelphia), 1890-S (San Francisco), 1890-O (New Orleans) and 1890-CC (Carson City). I'm pretty sure that this is the Philadelphia version.

I've included a couple of pictures I just took of the coin. Appears to be in very good shape except for having a dent/smudge on the top (can be seen from the picture of the back of the coin.)

So, calling all coin geeks. What can you tell me about this coin? What makes the different versions unique?

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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:58 am

Antiques roadshow!!

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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:35 am

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
What makes the different versions unique?

Not much really. The different mints supplied the different parts of the country. Some offered lower production runs.
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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:57 am

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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:56 pm

Was this coin mounted in something like a pendant? The front appears more worn than the back. It also looks like it's polished; maybe it's just the camera flash or lighting. Whatever you do, DON'T CLEAN IT. Try to show me some clearer and more detailed photos.

Using the above photos as a rough guide to its condition (wear), the Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans versions are worth about $27 each. The Carson City version is worth $185.

Look at the mintmark area with a good magnifier. Some "CC" mintmarks on 1890 dollars are hard to see with the naked eye. Like this one:



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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:31 pm

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
The question is, I don't know a thing about coins.

That's OK, I collect coins, and I'm still learning.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
I'm not interested in this for monetary value, because it is a deeply sentimental gift to me.

That's cool, although, coin collecting can be a profitable hobby  Wink . There's a few ways to check, actually, like, for one, using the link given by Fr8Mech. Here's a few others . . .

http://chipmancoins.com/
http://www.coastcoin.com/
http://www.usmint.gov/

. . . but these are mainly for buying. Still, one might help.

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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:44 pm

As Mark posted, it looks a bit strange. The reverse picture shows much colored lustre, but the obverse (front) looks very plain. From what you've posted, it looks like an extrafine 1890-P. Fairly common, perhaps cleaned. Don't Quit yer day job. $20 tops.
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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:01 pm

As for the difference between the front and back, that's purely a result of the flash and photoshopping. Did the best I could.

The front and back are in very similiar condition. Searched it top to bottom and didn't find any mint marks, so I'm pretty sure it's an 1890 Philly.

The damn dent on the top doesn't help it any.

I figure it's only $20ish so nothing to get excited about. Besides, like I said; it's more sentimental then anything.

Thanks for all your help gents.  Smile

(And why did I know Mark would be all over this thread like Lee on a Vegas skank? Somehow I knew you'd be into this kind of thing. *wink* )
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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 7:18 pm

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 7):
I figure it's only $20ish so nothing to get excited about

If the front looks like the back, it's worth about $35 ... give or take a couple of bucks.

I cherish the coins given to me by my grandmother more than anything else in my collection. I vividly remember the day she handed them to me one-by-one. Every coin symbolized an important event in her life... The dollar she received from her grandfather on her wedding day. The half dollar she received in change from her doctor while paying his bill for delivering her first child. And so on. I understand what you mean by "cherish."

Go to a coin shop and ask for an "Air-Tite slab" to store your dollar in. It'll help prevent it from getting lost or damaged. Here's what one looks like:



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RE: Most Beautiful Gift - Callling Coin Collectors

Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:05 pm

I got this coin from my aunt when I was born.
A coin in real silver from when our Crown Prince Frederik turned 18. There has only been made 23.000 examples of this coin. I have no idea how much it is worth today.
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