Collecting Your Nickels' Worth!
During the teens of the twentieth century, the nickel was the passport to entertainment. Typically, one could pay the admission charge at the theater and stay all day if desired. Such places were called nickelodeon theaters, the "nickel" part of the term derived from the the admission charge and "odeon" being the Greek word for Theater. If you wanted refreshment, just go to a soda fountain and for a nickel you could have a serving of "Moxie." Even a glass of beer was just a nickel. If popular music lifted your spirits, just "Put Another Nickel In...for music. music, music."
Times change. No longer can we buy a gallon of gas for a nickel. A loaf of bread costs more than a nickel. Lunch plate specials are no longer fifteen cents, just "3 nickels." Shield, Liberty Head, and Buffalos have passed from circulation. Only Jefferson nickels remain. We can't even buy a pack of gum for a nickel anymore!
Nickels once opened the juke box so we could listen to Elvis or buddy Holly. Sheet music cost just a nickel. In the right places, a nickel can still make the old "player piano" pump out a lively tune. But with the changes in prices, they just don't make the cash registers ring as often as once did.
They are certainly collectible! Next to the Lincoln cent, the nickel is the most widely collected US coin. They are great for beginners and challenging for mature collectors alike. If you like history, you can begin with the "three-cent" nickel variety. If your preference is for Civil War era coinage, you can get a Shield Nickel or a type or even a whole date set. There are three pricey Liberty Head nickels in a full set, but it's also one that has both a "D" and an "S" mintmark before the series ends. The rarest of all nickels is the infamous "1913 Liberty Head Nickel" of which only 5 are known!
Now if you are an Americana collector, the Indian Head/Buffalo Nickel is highly collectible. If your pockets aren't deep enough for an uncirculated set, just secure a complete date/mint set for your blue book or Whitman folder. There is always the opportunity to just collect a type-nickel set. The Buffalo nickel is on both the mound and the plain. The Liberty Head comes with without "cents" on the reverse and with "cents" on the reverse. The Shield nickel comes without rays and with rays. Collecting these is always interesting, including the Jefferson nickels - both the standard composition and the "silver" war
nickels of World War II nickels. There are four special issues in the Westward Journey series. There are two profiles of Jefferson in the series. All these make for an interesting collection!
Would you consider the special man-made "Hobo Nickels?" What about the proofs of the Buffalo and Jefferson series? Have you considered collecting the satin-finish Jefferson series? And when you finish collecting the hard coinage, consider the least circulated currency - a $2.00 bill that also features Thomas Jefferson! When you finish all the searching, be sure and consider the most famous of all nickels: the WOODEN NICKEL!
Compiled by: Mark Trout, web master for the Ocala Coin Club
November 22 is Thanksgiving Day!
As a day of celebration we honor the Puritans of England and the Netherlands who came to a new land and began Plymouth Plantation as an opportunity for freedom of worship. Their ideals became the first written governmental document in North America, The Mayflower Compact. Their purpose became part of the Constitution of the United States 165 years later.
Following the presentation by John Miller on the A.N.A. at our August meeting, we need to remind those who were absent and those who have not inquired that membership in the A.N.A. has benefits for the person who joins this national organization. Besides free admission to the World's Fair of Money and the National Money Show that are held annually in different locations across the country, there is also access to use the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library. The lending library has more than 128,000 books, auction catalogs, videos, DVD's. and slide sets that can be mailed for just the cost of postage. Research in articles, photocopying/scanning is available through the library staff. What an asset to the writer, presenter, compiler or information seeker!
The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum offers free admission to the Money Museum in Colorado Springs, the largest museum of its kind dedicated to numismatics. There's even a gallery featuring the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel! There are also on display 2 of the 15 known 1804 silver dollars, the Bebee collection of U.S. paper money, and the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection of American gold coinage and pattern coins.
Not only are these available, but NGC, the world's largest third-party grading service is the official grading service of the A.N.A. The Numismatic Conservation Services can help members identify damaging conditions and professionally conserve the stabilize coins. The Paper Money Guaranty is the official paper money grading service. and A.N.A. members can submit their nots directly to PMG for evaluation and grading.
Kraus Publications offers discounts for subscriptions to A.N.A. members. Liberty Mutual Insurance offers quality coverage for auto, home, and multi-policy discounts for A.N.A. members. Dell offers a special membership purchase program! Hertz, Mayflower Transit, and the Gerlitz Group Insurance all have special discounts, offers, and services for A.N.A. members.
So here's a reminder why so many collectors participate in the national organization. There are many benefits and services. If you desire more information contact our OCC secretary, John Miller. You can reach him through email using our contact page. Thank you for reading about the A.N.A. and taking in information about this organization.
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The tribute to the Pilgrims
1920 & 1921 Commemorative Half Dollars
To commemorate the Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, Cyrus E. Dallin, a Boston sculptor executed the designs furnished him by the commission. His initial "D" is below the elbow of Governor William Bradford, on the obverse. The reverse shows the Mayflower. The first issue had no date on the obverse. The ones struck in 1921 show that date in addition to 1620-1920. the 1920 had a distribution of 152,112 and the 1921 distribution was 20,053. A total of 128,000 were returned to the mint and melted.