Joke of the Day: When you grow up

A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Little Johnny says “I wanna be a billionaire, going to the most expensive clubs, take the best bitch with me, give her a Ferrari worth over a million bucks, an apartment in Hawaii, a mansion in Paris, a jet to travel through Europe, an Infinite Visa Card and to make love to her three times a day”.

The teacher, shocked, and not knowing what to do with the bad behavior of the child, decides not to give importance to what he said and then continues the lesson. “And you, Susie? ” the teacher asks. Susie says “I wanna be Johnny’s bitch.”


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California Gold Rush Coin

The California Gold Rush began on Jan. 24, 1848, when gold was discovered by James W. Marshall at Sutter´s Mill, in Coloma, California. News of the discovery soon spread, resulting in some 300,000 people coming to California. These early gold-seekers, called “forty-niners,” traveled by boat & in covered wagons. The effects of the Gold Rush were substantial. San Francisco grew from a small settlement to a boomtown. A system of laws were created, leading to admission as a free state. You can buy it at this online store

Coin Collecting And The State Quarters by faye bautista

Way back in 1997, an act was approved and it was called Fifty State Quarter Program. The program started in that same year and it is still running up to present. The Act is quite popular and in fact, it is the most well-known minted series of coins in the US Mint history.

In 1998, five latest state quarters were released and it continued for a period of ten years, so it would end this year. Every 10 weeks, a quarter is again released. These quarters are never released for public use because it is minted. The program also devised a new and unique method of issuing coins, the state quarters were issued based on the year they became part of the US. The state quarters are minted and you can see George Washington’s image at the obverse or front side while on the reverse or back side, you will find a noteworthy design about the specific state.

The program ends in the year 2008 and after that, the coins will again be designed normally, with the reverse side having an eagle design. Since the program will end this year, you still have a chance to collect such coins. You will find it hard to obtain the coins once the program is over because the coins will be considered collectors items already and it will be a bit costly on your part.

Each state gets a chance to choose a unique design which is of great importance to it and the current governor of the state will determine the process of selection. Some of the states designate a certain design committee while other states held contests among the residents who can come up with a significant and unique design. Some states post various designs of the coin in their official site and the residents simply place online votes and the coin that gets the highest votes win.

The coins are greatly in demand and besides, these coins will not be minted ever again. The price of these state quarters will naturally increase as years pass and currently, some of the older state coins amounts to $1 each or even more depending on its condition. Some coin collectors are also into “error coins” collection and these flawed coins can cost more or less $500 each.

The program of State Quarters has definitely gained extreme popularity in the US and some people are already into some sort of business revolving on the said minted coins. Coin holders are popular and coin collectors can purchase them so that they can keep their collections in an attractive holder. Youngsters and old alike can now start collecting coins through the State Quarters.

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John F Kennedy Berlin Wall Stone Inlay


In June of 1963, at the height of the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy delivered a famous speech to the people of West Germany, the democratic half of a country torn in two after World War II. JFKdelivered his memorable speech to a cheering crowd at the site of the Berlin Wall, a 12 ft. high wall which prevented anyone from leaving Communist East Berlin to go to the West in search of freedom.The oration would become known as the “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, German for “I am a Berliner.”

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Coin Collecting Myths – Part 1 by Larry E. Smith

There are many teachings, conventional wisdom, in the coin collecting arena that are merely myths and fallacies that have been handed down over many years. Recognizing these fallacies and myths are not always easy. Here are some key ones with a collector perspective backed by many years of questioning strong leaders in the hobby.
Myth #1: Coins are great long-term investments.

For years it was accepted that if you purchased desireable coins at a fair market price, properly stored them, and held them long enough, you would be rewarded with big profits. That may have been true forty or fifty years ago, but not today. The coin market today is volatile and at times very speculative and this makes it far more unpredictable.

The coin market is no longer a growth industry, in fact, it peaked as a hobby in the mid 60’s. This has caused the buying and selling of coins to be a case of simple supply and demand. Couple this with the sophistication of the dealers and the buyers today, investment has moved to a much shorter time frame. Short-term strategies in buying and selling are par for our day. Most investors buy them right and move them quickly as the price rises. I promise you that in this space-age world that if you buy your coins and forget about them, you will not make much or any profit.

Myth #2: Price / Performance data make buying rare coins a sure bet.

In the late 70’s a major Wall Street brokerage house began including rare coins in its annual reports of popular investment groups. This move made coin dealers very happy. That group’s reports showed that rare coins were outperforming real estate, stocks and bonds. Legitimate coin dealers blew the trumpet loudly, but so did many unscrupulous and less reputable sellers who were after the quick buck. This set the stage for a major downfall in the coin market. The Salomon Brothers reports were widely disseminated and for years it was commonly believed by the general public that rare coins were indeed a tremendous investment.

The fact is, many coins were good investments at the time of these studies. The dilemma was that a small number of coins does not accurately reflect the conditions of the greater coin market. By the early 1990’s the abuse caused by these reports, led “Big Brothers” agent, the Federal Trade Commission, to pressure the Salomon Brothers to remove rare coins from its portfolio of good investments. The lesson from this is that price/performance data can be manipulated to achieve whatever purpose that a person or company may desire.

Myth #3: Coins that have the same grade are equal in value.

This is one of the biggest fallacies impacting the less sophiscated buyers. Coins having the same grade are not equal in quality nor in price for both slabbed and raw coins. Coin grading is a continuum. Graders of coins do not throw a coin into a grading computer program and out pops a scientifically graded specimen. Grading services and professional evaluators are human and with the best of photographic and magnification equipment there are nuances in the human process that are discernable most of the time by serious collectors and buyers. There are even levels in high graded coins that will make a MS 65 coin assigned an A level to be worth far more than an MS 65 without that designation. If you are truly after very rare high graded coins, purchase coins that are slabbed by the more prominent grading services like PCGS or NGC. The highest grade assigned to any coin is MS-70 which means perfect uncirculated specimen. However, different grading services might assign the same perfect coin a grade of MS 68 or 69. The value on a rare coin with just one number higher in the near perfect MS arena could be thousands of dollars.

Myth #4: It is impossible to complete coin collections today without spending mega bucks.

I am living proof that this is not true. As a collector I have completed the following collections without buying a single coin: Wheat cents 1909 – 1958, Jefferson Nickels 1938 – 1964, Roosevelt Dimes 1946 -1964, Washington Quarters 1932 – 1964 and Ben Franklin Halves 1948 – 1963. I have also nearly completed all Barber sets, need only one coin for my Walker Half & Mercury Dime sets, and only two coins for my Standing Liberty Quarters. These collections were put together from finds made with metal detectors and by bartering and trading my coin, jewelry and relic finds for some of the missing coins. More than 15,000 coins of my 151,000 dug coins are silver, and over 3,000 predate 1900. Metal detecting is the only hobby that pays to participate. Some of my best key date coin finds include 1877 Indian Cent, 1909 S & SVDB Cents, 1885 & 6 V Nickels, 1892 S, 1901-4 S Barber Dimes, 1892 S, 1897 O & S, 1901 O, 1913, 1914 S Barber Quarters, 1892 P-S-O, 1897 O, 1913-1915 Barber Halves and hundreds of semi-key coins with many being very fine and better condition. Metal Detecting makes this a major fallacy. I have also had fun finding almost all of the 50 States Quarter collection too. Newbies with a low cost starter metal detector can easily build and yes complete many coin sets or collections.

Myth #5: The coin market is predictable.

Many believe that the coin market moves in regular, predictable cycles. That the market moves up for awhile and then it routinely falls. This might historically been true as the 60’s and 70’s were very cyclical. There were routine booms followed by busts as fad buying was very big and buyers and investors were not as savvy as today.

The early 80’s saw a major boom as January 22nd, 1980 witnessed an unbelievable rise in gold price as it closed at about $950. The boom that followed lasted about two years and the market went into a deep slide that went on through much of 1988. A small artificial boom took place for about a year and then another hugh market slump hit that lasted until the 50 States Quarter Program brought new life. What does the future hold for the marketplace? It likely will move in short-term trends with short-term gains as the market has many money-making tools and a sharp clientele that will not likely follow fads and blind promotions.

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Larry Smith is an avid coin collector and metal detector enthusiast. He’s been collecting coins for over 45 years.Larry is giving away his ebook, “Coin Collecting With The Home Town Advantage” FREE for a limited time. You can get your copy and start building (or expanding)your own collection right now.

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The World’s First Pyramid Coin

pyramid To celebrate the return of Tutankhamun’s glorious treasures to the London “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibition, this legal tender coin was specially struck.

There is no more powerful symbol of Ancient Egypt and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs than the Pyramid. These massive and mysterious monuments were built as the final resting places for a number of the most wealthy and influential Pharaohs of the ancient world – including the most famous of them all, King Tut. This the world’s first coin struck in a pyramid shape, and its beautiful 24 karat fine gold surface perfectly captures the allure and power of Tutankhamun’s Golden Treasure.

The Tutankhamun 24K Golden Pyramid coin is a strictly limited mintage. Govmint has the exclusive U.S. edition and is sure to sell out fast. Get your’s at this store.

Searching For That Right Coin by Victor Epand

Individuals have been collecting coins for over two thousand years and it is believed that coin collecting is oldest hobby known. Some individuals feel as if coin collecting is a hobby while others view it as their driving force in life. For all of them it is a challenging pastime, especially when looking for that special prize piece for your collection.
It is rather easy to begin a coin collection. In fact, you can begin with coins you have in your own home by looking in your wallet, under cushions, and under furniture. You would be totally surprised with what you will discover hiding right inside your own home. It is even a good ideal to let your family and close friends know that you starting a coin collection and ask if they have any coins they would like to contribute to your collection.

When trying to determine what coins to add to your collection you need to figure out what appeals to you. The appeal of a coin is different for each collector, but the main thing is that if it does not appeal to you, then do not buy it. Next, you need to figure out how lustrous the coin is, but remember that there is no way to restore the luster to coin and once a coin has lost its shininess, then it is gone for good.

The next thing you need to be sure of is if the coin is damaged in any way or not, because scratches, abrasions, corrosion, and other types of damage will definitely decrease the value of any coin. Look to see exactly how worn the coin is for wear tends to be the biggest factor in determining which grade a coin is to be given.

If your collection is based upon a certain year, but you seem to be having trouble locating them, then you may want to focus those that are hard to find. There are some really great sources you will want to look into, which include other collectors, coin dealers, or even banks when you buy rolls of coins from them. Also, consider the United States Mint where you can purchase directly from their catalog or through their official web site.

Specialized coin shows offer a multiple of dealers with a huge selection at competitive prices for you to choose from. Plus, coin shows offer you the ability to become introduced with other collectors, which will can turn out to be valuable contacts in the future for you. Coin collecting publications run ads for dealers, but be sure to check out their return policy before placing an order with them. Also, find out what you can about the dealer to help ensure your satisfaction of the coin or coins your purchase once your receive them.

The Internet has hundreds of coin dealers that offer a variety of coins, but here again their return policy needs to be checked out before ordering to ensure that it is reasonable and valid. The rarest and most expensive coins can often be located through auction houses or at on line auctions. Either way, be sure to check prices to ensure that you do not over pay for the coin you are searching for.

Other valid sources of locating that one coin you having trouble finding is at flea markets, antique shows, craft fairs, and even at estate sales. These types of sources will have less competition and can even mean the prices may be a bit inflated, and the coin may not be the grade you are actually looking for. Be sure what you are looking for and the type of quality in which you desire, not to mention the amount you are wanting to spend on that special coin.

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