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Ocala Coin Club

And a collector of type coins, Jefferson nickels, small dollars, Souvenir cards, interesting currencies, F.U.N. tokens, wooden nickels, and a hodgepodge of most other numismatic collectibles!

​Everyone is welcome to attend the FL Token Society meeting this Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Freedom Public Library in Ocala, FL.  The meeting will start at 11:00 A.M.   Here are the directions to the Library.  If you are coming via I - 75 take exit 350 (old 68).  Then go Southwest on Highway 200 (also called College Rd) to SW 60th Avenue.  Go East on SW 60th (CVS should be on your right as you start to go down SW 60th).  Go about 2.2 miles to SW 95th Street.  Go North about one block and the library should be on your right.  The library has plenty of parking.  When you enter the library, we meet in the room on the right.

     At about 12:15 P.M. we will go to Sammy's Italian Restaurant (pay for your own meal) for lunch.  Sammy's is located in the vicinity of SW 60th and Highway 200.  It is not required that you go to Sammy's for lunch – but everyone who comes enjoys the meal and comradery.   The meeting room door will be locked when we leave.  When everyone returns from Sammy’s the meeting will reconvene.

     If you have never been to a Florida Token Society meeting, this is an opportunity to meet fellow (and lady) collectors, talk about the token or medal that got away, and maybe acquire that token (or sell some duplicates) that you have been searching for.    A show and tell period is conducted after the business meeting concludes.  Bring an item for the show and tell period.  After show and tell an auction of donated items is held to help defray the cost of the meeting room. The FL Tokens Society gives a check to the Freedom Library for the use of the meeting room (though payment for the use of the room is not required).  If you have some duplicate tokens, medals or - that you want to donate for the auction it would be appreciated.  If you bring some items for the auction you will be recognized as a donor in the minutes.

     All roads lead to Ocala for the Florida Token Society meeting on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.   We hope to see you at the meeting where important information will be discussed regarding our FL Token Society.

 Thank you, John and Nancy Wilson, Ocala FL – Florida Token Society meeting coordinators, johnancyw@aol.com




​​Collecting United States Coin Dollars for Your Type Set

Many people like and like to collect U.S. Silver dollars.  There are so very collectable.  Considering the individual piece, they can be the most expensive coin to purchase or one of the least!  Whether you need slabbed and CAC sticker samples or prefer to pick up pieces from circulation, you can compile a nice type set.  But the question that quickly arises is very personal: “What do you consider makes a complete type-dollar set?”

If your bank book is healthy enough, you can begin your type set with a Flowing Hair silver dollar (1794-1795).  There’s the historic Draped Bust dollar (1795-1804) which will be valuable in nearly any condition and four-figures if you want to examine the design.  The most expensive coin is the 1804 dollar!  (if you weren’t thinking in terms of Millions of dollars, then forgo these earliest expensive pieces!

The Gobrecht Dollar (1836-1839, the Liberty Seated Dollar (1840-1873), and the Trade Dollars (1873-1885) are all U.S. silver dollars of the 19th century.  They are each appreciated for their design, their beauty, their history, and their story of America’s development both here in North America and the all the way to the Orient.

The favorite dollar is the Morgan Dollar of 1879-1921.  It was not only minted at the Philadelphia mint but also at branch mints of Carson City, San Francisco, and finally in Denver, after a hiatus of 16 years!  This design is most desired and extremely popular among those who think of the Morgan as THE SILVER DOLLAR.  You may choose the condition, preservation, the amount of toning or blast white, proof-like, or proof appearance.  So many possibilities from which to choose the piece or pieces for your type set.

Our nation minted the Peace Dollar (1921-1935) commemorating the conclusion of the Great European War (also known as WW-I).  Skipping a five-year period from 1929-1933 inclusively, the Peace Dollar has many collectors of the “shorter set” of cartwheels, with fewer high dollar coins than a complete set of Morgan dollars.  But type collectors usually just need a single coin to mark their issuance, and so either a  P, D, or S minted coin can hold that place in the type dollar collection. 

The last of the large dollars series is the Eisenhower dollar of 1971-1978.  These clad pieces or 40% silver early years carry the World War II General “Ike” and are also available from all three mints.  Included in this coin’s run is the reverse of the Apollo 11 insignia, and the bicentennial dollars with the Earth above the Liberty Bell reverse.  While there were millions minted, there was none carrying the 1975 date, but only the 1776-1976 date.  The eagle reverse was resumed for 1977-1978, and no 40-percent silvers issued,

One of America’s most unloved coins, the small dollar of Susan B. Anthony was a clad dollar of the 1979-1999.  Not only was it 11-sided, it was barely larger than a quarter and smaller than a half-dollar!  While portraying a real female and not a feminine image, it was not popular with most of the general public.  The coin carried a P, or a D, or an S mint mark for general circulation and an S mintmark on the proof coin.  The varieties of the “Glob-S” or the “Clear-S” fine distinction creates a variety on both the 1979-S and 1981-S proof coins.  And then there is the 17-year gap until it was minted again in 1999, with only a P or D for circulation and a 1999-P date and mintmark for the proof version.  While not always coveted because the set was so short, a complete set is not expensive.  But a type collector may be vey discriminating and choose a 1979-P “wide rim” variety and possess the more difficult piece of the run.

Another “real woman” graces the Sacagawea dollar of 2000-2008.  This small dollar honors the scout who helped Lewis and Clark survey the northwestern U.S.  The unique change is this coinage is that the “silver dollar” became the “golden dollar.”  With a copper core and an exterior of manganese brass, the coin has a different hue than “silver.”  Available in circulation and proof, the coin also has all three mints contributing the t=population. 

The Presidential Dollar series (2007-2016) contain obverse images of the U.S. Presidents from Washington to Reagan.  No living Presidents were included in this series.  When the inscription “In God We Trust” was moved to the rim edge of the coin, the public objected.  From 2009 to the conclusion in 2016, the motto was placed on the obverse of the coin.  Available with P or D on the uncirculated pieces, the S mintmark is reserved for the proof issued.

Once again, the Native American design (2009-to date), came to the obverse of the golden dollar, but the reverse contains a different design for each year of issue.  The collector of type-dollars must decide if each annual coin should be added to their collection as The Three Sisters (2009), The Great Law of Peace (2010), Wampanoag Treaty (2011), Trade Routes in the 17th Century (2012), Treaty with the Delaware (2013), Native Hospitality (2015), Code Talkers (2016) Sequoyah (2017), Jim Thorpe (2018), and American Indian in Space (2019) are each a different design and pieces of American history. 

Overlapping the last two years of the Native American design, a new creating The American Innovation (2018-to date) began.  This new golden 15-year series will produce a different reverse every year for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. Each of the dollars, produced 4 different ones per year, with a design that symbolized quintessentially American traits – the willingness to explore, to discover, and to create one’s own destiny.

While compiling a type set of U. S. dollars, a collector must also decide about adding the modern Commemorative Dollars.  These 71, each with their own design, silver dollars would truly expand a collection when one discovers that beginning in 1983 a commemorative silver dollar was also available from the U. S. mint.  These pieces were not circulating issues, but then a collector can consider them as U.S. coins and add them to their type dollar collection.  These include:

1983-1984 Los Angeles Olympiad (2 pieces)        1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial Dollar
1987 U. S. Constitution Bicentennial Dollar         1988 Seoul Olympiad Dollar
1989 Congress Bicentennial                                    1990 Eisenhower Centennial
1991 Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary       1991 Korean War Memorial
1991 United Service Organization (USO)              1992 XXV Olympiad
1992 White House 200th Anniversary                  1993 Bill of Rights
1991-1995 50th Anniversary of World War II     1994 World Cup Tournament
1993-[1994] Thomas Jefferson                              1994 Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1994 U.S. Prisoner of War Museum                     1994 Women in Military Service Memorial
1994 U. S. Capitol Bicentennial                             1995 Civil War Battlefield Preservation
1995 XXVI Olympiad                                                 1995 Special Olympics’ World Games
1996 National Community Service                       1996 Smithsonian Institute 150th Aniversary
1997 U. S. Botanic Garden                                     1997 Jackie Robinson
1997 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
1998 Robert F. Kennedy                                         1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots
1999 Dolly Madison                                                1999 Yellowstone National Park
2000 Library of Congress Bicentennial              2000 Leif Ericson Millennium
2001 American Buffalo                                          2001 U. S. Capitol Visitor Center
2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games                    2002 West Point Bicentennial
2003 First Flight Centennial                                  2004 Thomas Alva Edison
2004 Lewis and Clark Bicentennial                      2005 Chief Justice John Marshall
2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary               2006 Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary (2 pieces)
2006 San Francisco Old Mint Centennial           2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary
2007 Little Rock Central High School Desegregation
2008 Bald Eagle Recovery & National Emblem     2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial
2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial                   2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life
2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial            2011 Medal of Honor
2011 U. S. Army                                                       2012 Infantry Soldier
2012 Star-Spangled Banner                                 2013 Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Centennial
2013 5-Star Generals                                             2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame
2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964                               2015 U.S. Marshalls Service 25th Anniversary
2015 March of Dimes 75th Anniversary           2016 Mark Twain
2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary     2017 Lions Club Intern’l Century of Service
2017 Boys Town Centennial                                2018 World I Centennial
2018 Breast Cancer Awareness                         2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
2019 American Legion 100th Anniversary 

If you choose to include the clad and golden dollars in your type collection, don’t forget that there are also GOLD dollars.  These tiny gold pieces were minted in different designs from 1849 to 1889.  Liberty Head gold dollars (1849-1854) vary in price and mintages from 200 to 5 and even 6 figures depending on the mintage and rarity.  The Indian Princess, small head gold (1854-1856) and the Indian Princess, Large Head (1856-1889) are often pricier than the older ones in lesser grades.  What makes these additions to a dollar type set is that pieces were minted not only in Philadelphia, but in Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans and San Francisco!  Another way to diversify your type set if you choose! 

Whether your Dollar Type Set is compiled as raw coins in holders or slabbed coins in sealed holders from third-party grading services, only you can determine when you have completed your type set.  You can include all of the above mentioned pieces, or only the silver ones.  You can include or omit the gold and “golden” ones, you can maintain that a silver dollar is a cartwheel, or you can specialize in “small dollar” coins.  You can include every design, or just one of a particular series to form your own type set.  Do not let books and articles demand ou collect something for which you have little desire.  Neither let a published folder or book require you to have a “complete” set – whatever that is!

Your type dollar set is yours as a collector.  Enjoy our hobby; enjoy collecting.  If Ben Franklin were still publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac” he just might include: “A dollar collected and saved may amount to much more than a dollar earned!”