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On January 13th the United States Mint asked their Facebook fans “What is your most favorite coin design?” At last check, over 100 people had commented on their coin of choice. The responses were varied but not that surprising. Coinage is naturally alluring and many great designers have participated in coin design throughout our country’s history. Despite the many great answers there were a few designs that are held in particular reverence: the Walking Liberty Half Dollar and the Morgan Dollar.

Walking Liberty Morgan
Issue dates 1916 to 1947 1878 to 1904, 1921
Composition 90% silver, 10% copper 90% silver, 10% copper
Designer Adolph A. Weinman George T. Morgan
Obverse Lady Liberty walking and holding an olive branch. Lady Liberty
Reverse A perched bald eagle. Eagle holding arrows and an olive branch.

 

Walking Liberty

Adolph Weinman was chosen to design the Walking Liberty coin after the Commission of Fine Arts held a competition. Due to the complexity of the design, the mint had a hard time striking the coin and it was considered not to have been struck very well. Ever since 1986, a modified design of Weinman’s Walking Liberty is featured on the continually popular American Silver Eagle.

What is it about the design of this coin that makes it so well liked? Could it be it’s beautiful intricacies; the outstretched hand, a message of hope; the sense of movement?

Morgan

We lost the Seated Liberty, but gained the Morgan. In 1876, George T. Morgan became the Assistant Engraver at the Mint at Philadelphia on a six-month trial basis. Morgan began studying the fine arts specifically in preparation of creating a new Liberty head.” He sat with Philadelphian teacher Anna Willess Williams five times with the intention of modeling the new Liberty head after an American woman, rather than the classical Greek models.

Are we attracted to the Western features of the depicted lady, it’s long seated history, do we love it’s weight in our hand?

Join the conversation!

 

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2014 is here along with some interesting and fun collectible coins from the mints of the world. Here is a small selection out of the many great coins available now! Sign up for each Mint’s email list to receive notifications of upcoming and new releases.

Royal Australian Mint

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Perth Mint

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Royal Canadian Mint

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British Royal Mint


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As we start a new year, it’s time to plan your vacations for the upcoming year. Hopefully that includes at least one coin-related trip! There are some major coin, collectible and stamps shows happening around the country in February, possibly some close to home. Let us know if we missed any shows!

 
January 30 – February 1, 2014
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
longbeachexpo.com

 
January 31 – February 1, 2014
Venice Coin & Currency Show
Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854
Nokomis, FL

 
February 1-2, 2014
Hidalgo Coin Show
Nomad Shrine Hall
McAllen/Pharr, TX
hidalgocoinclub.com

 
February 2, 2014
The Westminster Coin And Currency Show
The Westminster Fire Department Hall
Westminster, MD
coinshows.com

 
February 2, 2014
Birmingham-Bloomfield Coin Club 50th Show
Birmingham Masonic Temple
Bloomfield Hills, MI

 
February 7-8, 2014
Duncan – Annual Stephens County Coin Club Show
Stephens County Fairgrounds
Duncan, OK

 
February 7-8, 2014
Austin Coin & Currency Show
Wyndham Garden Hotel
Austin, TX
coinshows.com

 
February 7-9, 2014
Ocala Coin Show
Top of the World
Ocala, FL
coinzip.com

 
February 7-9, 2014
Charlotte Coin Club 44th Annual Show
Metrolina Expo Center
Charlotte, NC
charlottecoinclub.org

 
February 7-9, 2014
The St. Louis Numismatic Association 50th Greater America Coin Fair
St. Louis Airport Hilton
St. Louis, MO
stlouiscoinclub.com

 
February 7-9, 2014
Coin, Currency, Jewelry & Stamp Expo
Colorado Belle Hotel
Laughlin, Nevada
bickinternational.com

 
February 8, 2014
Northwest Valley Coin & Card Show
St. James Catholic Church
Glendale, AZ

 
February 8-9, 2014
Wyoming Valley Coin Club
St Josephs Oblates
Pittston, PA

 
February 9, 2014
Burlington U.S, World Coin & Paper Money Show
Lodge #32
Burlington Township, NJ

 
February 9, 2014
Nebraska City Coin Show
Eagles Club
Nebraska City, NE

 
February 14-15, 2014
Redwood Empire Annual Coin Show
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Santa Rosa, CA
sanjosecoinclub.org

 
February 14-15, 2014 (tentative)
New Hampshire Coin & Currency Expo
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH
nhcoinexpo.com

 
February 14-16, 2014
Collectorama Coin & Currency Show
Lakeland Center
Lakeland, FL
coinshows.wix.com/collectorama

 
February 14-16, 2014
Low County Coin Club Winter Show
Exchange Park Fairgrounds
Ladson, SC
lowcountrycoinclub.com

 
February 15-16, 2014
Virginia Beach Coin Show
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA
tidewatercoinclub.org

 
February 16, 2014
Cupertino Coin Club Show
Napredak Hall
San Jose, CA
sanjosecoinclub.org

 
February 16, 2014
Lafayette Numismatic Society Coin Show
Best Western Lafayette Executive Plaza and Conference Center
Lafayette, Indiana
lafayettecoinclub.tripod.com

 
February 21-24, 2014
Memphis Coin Club Show
Landers Civic Center
Southaven, MS
memphiscoinclub.com

 
February 23, 2014
Hartford Coin & Currency Show
Ramada East Hartford Hotel
Hartford, CT
coinshows.com

 
February 23, 2014
Wabash Valley Coin & Currency Show
Wabash Valley Fairgrounds
Terre Haute, IN

 
February 23, 2014
Will County Coin Club Show
Joliet Holiday Inn
Joliet, IL
wcccol.tripod.com

 
February 23, 2014
The Frederick Coin And Currency Show
The Elk Lodge
Frederick, MD
coinshows.com

 
February 23-24, 2014
Salem/Roanoke Valley Coin Show
American Legion Building
Salem, VA
salemcoinclub.org

 
February 27 – March 1, 2014
Greater Chicago Coin, Currency & Collectible Show
Convention Center
Tinley Park, IL
chicagocoinshow.com

 
February 27 – March 1, 2014
ANA National Money Show
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, GA
nationalmoneyshow.com

 
February 28 – March 1, 2014
Sarasota Coin Show
Municipal Auditorium
Sarasota, FL
frankcoxproductions.com

 
February 28 – March 2, 2014
Upstate South Carolina Coin Show
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Spartanburg, SC
upstatesccoinshow.com

 

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Gold Price Widgets

When it comes to gold price desktop widgets there are two great options. We’ve done the research and found Kitco and Lear Capital’s desktop tools to be all that you would need from a gold price desktop app.

Kitco’s Kcast is a robust desktop application that offers charts for Precious Metals, Base Metals, Oil & Indices, and Currencies.

Features we love:

  • Available on MAC, PC, and Linux.
  • Option to open on computer start up.
  • Settings allow you to update every 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
  • The gold price charts offer eight different timeline options, ranging from 24 hours to 10 years.

Details we didn’t care for:

  • Hard to view on some backgrounds.
  • Banner ads.
  • It’s large size is a potential negative.
Kitco's Kcast App

*1/3 of actual size

Lear Capital’s ExactPrice app is much simpler, which may be a plus or negative depending on what you are looking for. The app displays gold, silver, or platinum prices.

Features we love:

  • Small in size. There was also the option to switch to compact size, though we found it barely readable.
  • Changeable colors.
  • Charts can show 24 Hour, 30 Day or 1 Year time periods.
  • Option to open on computer start up.
  • No ads.

Details we didn’t care for:

  • Compact view is too small to read.
  • Many links returning you to Lear Capital’s website.


*Actual size

If you know of another gold price desktop app that we haven’t considered, please let us know in the comments below.

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Who doesn’t love to kick off a new year with a great set of coin shows and conventions? In addition to the major shows such as the F.U.N Convention or Long Beach Expo, there are many great coin, collectible and stamps shows happening around the country in January. Check out the listings and let us know if we missed your show!

 
January 3-4, 2014
East Bay / Concord Coin Show
Clarion Hotel
Concord, CA
norcalcoinshows.com

January 9-12, 2014
57th Annual FUN Show
Orlando Convention Center
Orlando, FL
funtopics.com

January 9-12, 2014
New York International
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York, NY
nyinc.info

January 11, 2014
Northwest Valley Coin & Card Show
St. James Catholic Church
Glendale, AZ 85308

January 12, 2014
Burlington U.S, World Coin & Paper Money Show
Lodge 32
Burlington Township, NJ

January 16-18, 2014
Wilmington Coin Clubs Annual Show
Nur Shrine Temple
New Castle, DE

January 17-19, 2014
Tri Lakes Coin Club Annual Coin Show
Convention Center
Hot Springs, AR
hotspringscoinshow.com

January 18-19, 2014
Boeing Employees 50th Annual Coin Show
Kent Commons
Kent, WA
seattlebecc.org

January 18-19, 2014
Treasure Coast Coin Club 50th Annual Coin Show
Vero Beach Community Center
Vero Beach, FL
treasurecoastcoinclub.org

January 18-19, 2014
Carolina Coin & Stamp Show
NC State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

January 19, 2014
Dupo Coin Show
American Legion Hall
Collinsville, IL

January 19, 2014
Muncie Coin & Stamp Show
Horizon Convention Center
Muncie, IN

January 19-20, 2014
Gold Coast Coin & Currency Show
Civic Center
Foley, AL

January 24-26, 2014
San Jose Coin & Collectibles Show
Double Tree Hotel – Bayshore Ballroom
San Jose, CA
sanjosecoinclub.org

January 24-26, 2014
Mesa Coin Club 45th Annual Show
Mesa Convention Center
Mesa, AZ
mcc.anaclubs.org

January 24-26, 2014
Middle Georgia Coin Club Coin & Currency Show
Georgia National Fairgrounds
Perry, GA
middlegeorgiacoinclub.com

January 25-26, 2014
Red River Valley Coin Club 54th Annual Coin Show
Best Western Doublewood Inn & Conference Center
Fargo, ND
redrivervalleycoinclub.org

January 26, 2014
Elgin Mid-Winter Classic Coin Show
Holiday Inn
Elgin, IL

January 26-27, 2014
Vienna Quarterly Coin & Stamp Show
Northern Virginia Coin Club
Vienna Community Center
Vienna, VA

January 30 – February 1, 2014
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA
longbeachexpo.com

January 31 – February 1, 2014
Venice Coin & Currency Show
Venice-Nokomis Elks Lodge #1854
Nokomis, FL

 

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Gift Ideas for the Coin Enthusiast

Have a coin enthusiast, collector, or investor in your midst? With the holidays fast approaching, we gathered a few of our favorite coin-related products to help you with your gift-giving. At a range of price points, there is something for everyone! Whether you’re shopping for a friend, a co-worker, or the man or woman in your life, these gifts will be pleasantly unexpected!

Coin Guitar Pick USA Quarter

Coin Guitar Pick USA Quarter
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Coin Guitar Pick USA Quarter

$10.00
GuitarPickCollection on Etsy

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Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

Canadian Maple Leaf


Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

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Gold is down 27% year to date! Now is the time to take advantage of our most in demand product, the Canadian Maple Leaf. Available at only $35 over the current gold price from Blue Moon Coins!

Buy five or more gold Maple Leafs and pay only $30.00 over the gold price!

There are no hidden fees, minimums, or added commissions. Plus, include “9999 GOLD” in the notes of your order for free shipping on any gold purchase through 2013.

Buy now!

*Prices are subject to change without notice. Please visit bluemooncoins.com for current prices and deals.

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Review of Gold Price Live App

Goldprice.org sees millions of visitors each year. They are the most trusted site for live, up to date prices and charts on gold and silver products. Their app Gold Price Live by Gold Price Pty Ltd offers a wealth of information and a few customization features.

Gold Price Live for iPhone is currently sporting 3 stars in iTunes. The app features five menus: Home, Charts, News, Coins, and Settings.

The home screen allows you to display your favorite gold and silver charts. Turning the phone horizontally allows you to enlarge the view, and also offers a better looking graphic. You can scroll through your favorites here after you’ve set them on the Charts menu.

Favorite charts are chosen and set on the Charts menu. Click the “Choose Favourite Charts” button to select Gold or Silver, currency, time frame, and weight. Click “Done” to view that chart. It will also be added to your Home screen.

Regularly updated commentary by Frank Sanders can be found in the News menu. A recent entry offered a few warnings, including “NEVER insert a 747 Jumbo Jet up your nose.” Good advice.

The Coins menu offers a list of popular gold and silver coin and bullion products. Click the item of your choice to see price charts as well as current dealer prices on that particular product. *The app info claims you can call the dealer directly by clicking on the listed phone number, however this does not appear to work as of posting. Regardless, dealer phone numbers and prices are provided to assist in your purchasing decisions.

The Settings menu allows you to change your charts color from white to black. It’s your choice.

The app is trustworthy, provides you with reliable up-to-date pricing, and is a handy tool to have in your pocket. We would have liked to see push notifications and alerts. Overall we’d give it a little better rating than it’s iPhone users. A solid four star app.

This app is also available from the Android Market. Let us know what you think by commenting below.

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