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When will class of 1999 take over?

Back in the days of the national coin shortage when the Coinage Act of 1965 was new, collectors said there was nothing in change worth keeping.

The charge basically was true.

From my experience, I can tell you that silver dimes and quarters virtually disappeared from circulation during the year 1968.

At the beginning of the year, there were still reasonable numbers of these silver coins in change.

No question they were a minority of what you encountered, but they were still around.

But 12 months later, they were entirely gone.

It was during 1968 that I began collecting Jefferson nickels.

There was no other option if I wanted to keep up my coin searching as the circulation finds era closed.

There were still war nickels in change in 1968.

These are the 35 percent silver pieces made 1942-1945 to save nickel and copper for use in World War II.

There still was the occasional Buffalo nickel.

These were almost always dateless.

The variety of pieces in change and in bank rolls was still wide enough to be interesting.

By 1969, even that was pretty well gone.

When I saw enough 1964 and 1964-D pieces, it made my eyes glaze over.

I went on to other things.

Recent finds of rare cents made of copper when they should have been mostly zinc prove that the circulation finds way of collecting has never completely gone away.

But for most collectors, it did.

Yet we hope it can continue to exist and grow.

We had hope when state quarters arrived.

Even my father bought an album and completed a set, unbeknownst to me until after he died.

But that wave is gone, and America the Beautiful coins have only a shadow of the interest that state quarters had.

Does this disprove the theory that a variety of dates in change encourages circulation finds?

We have had 52 years of issues since 1965.

I still get quarters dated 1965 in change, admittedly not often.

There are 95 design types made since the state program began in 1999.

If you add mintmarks, you can double the number of coins.

If you add proofs, you triple it.

That is a far larger variety of coins than I ever saw in the 1960s.

And this is just quarters.

We will probably never know the full impact of the new quarter designs until the classes of 1999-2008 take over the hobby completely.

They will eventually.

But we won’t know how many there are until they do.

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Palladium Eagle ready for landing Sept. 25

I don’t think I would recognize palladium if it hit me on the head.

Would you?

We’ll all get to find out starting Sept. 25.

The United States Mint on that date will begin selling palladium American Eagle bullion coins to its Authorized Purchasers.

No mintage figure has been revealed.

But the Mint insists that once the supply it will have on hand is gone, it’s gone.

This implies some scarcity.

The implication is reinforced because the Mint is invoking its right to ration the supply.

It calls this making the coins available on an allocation basis.

Will this excite potential buyers as much as it does when allocation is applied to silver and gold Eagles?

We’ll see.

The price Authorized Purchasers will pay will include a 6.25 percent premium over the metallic value.

That is higher than it is for one ounce of gold, but lower than one ounce of silver.

You will, of course, pay more.

Checking the Kitco website, the price of palladium is $ 909 an ounce, which is historically on the high side.

That kind of price means there will not be any casual purchases.

What I mean by casual purchase is the kind I make when I see something I like and open my wallet to see if I have a few extra bucks in it to cover the cost.

I can do that with silver Eagles.

I definitely cannot do that with palladium.

But I am curious about the new coin made of a metal I am not familiar with.

Its design is that of an old friend.

If you know the Mercury dime, you will instantly recognize the palladium Eagle obverse.

The reverse strongly resembles the Walking Liberty half dollar.

It should.

It comes from the same artist, too.

Adolph A. Weinman made it.

It was used on his 1907 American Institute of Architects gold medal.

Face value is $ 25.

This is what makes this new bullion coin legal tender and not a medal.

A collector version of this new American Eagle will come next year.

If you want the first year of issue, this bullion coin is it.

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What can these possibly mean?

If it were April Fools’ Day, my email this morning would make sense.

Because it is not, I wondered about a full moon.

That passed Sept. 5.

Well-known public relations professional Donn Pearlman sent me a link this morning.

He said the claim in the story did not pass the smell test.

I have to agree.

Here is the link.

See what you think.

Well, you can’t. In the time it took me to write this, the story has been taken down.

Had it been  true, it would have been front page news.

This story concerned the purported find of another example of the rare and valuable 1894-S dime.

Now it is gone, so you will have to take my word for it.

Another email came from a source that I would have presumed to be reliable, but it claims to have information about a 1934 Plain cent.

I was told to call, and two phone numbers were given.

I did not call.

I responded to the email with one of my own.

I wrote:

“Perhaps it is Monday morning and my brain is not yet switched on, but I do not understand the significance of a 1934 cent.

“There were 219 million made.”

I got a quick reply that the coin was attracted to a magnet.

I am still in the dark.

I would take that as evidence of a counterfeit.

I might not have mentioned either one of these emails if they had arrived separately during the week.

Since they both came together, and it is a Monday morning, I am trying to draw a larger conclusion.

Perhaps the conclusion is that the public is growing interested in coins again.

Perhaps anything and everything about coins is drawing the attention of people who would not ordinarily think about such things.

That would be good news for the organized hobby because the hardest thing to do is to get the attention of a non-collector.

Once this occurs, we have a chance to make some converts.

Perhaps there will be stories of a sixth 1913 Liberty Head nickel found in an old desk.

You can fill in the blank as to whether an old rarity or a new error coin can attract the most notoriety.

Either way, public attention is all to the good.

This is a year Numismatic News has reported the find of the first-known 1983-D cent, as well as the first 1982-D small date copper cent.

They would not have been found had collectors not gone to the bother of searching through huge numbers of the denomination that most of us tend to treat as hopelessly common.

It is nice to see our indifference proved wrong.

If one more person begins searching cents today, then this blog has been worth it.

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