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Pittsburgh ANA - Friday posted by Electric Peak Collection

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My four cents?


Having won the 1888 nickel three cent piece and having entered a leading bid on an 1855 gold dollar Thursday evening, my options for Friday were limited. When I woke up, I checked the bids. I had been outbid on the dollar. So I decided to go to the convention center to pick up the 3CN and buy a Dino-Lite microscope, get a little more flavor of Pittsburgh, and go home.


At lot pick up, I was careful to ask first if sales tax would be charged. For the coin I got, sales tax would be much more than the cost of having Heritage ship it. Fortunately, sales tax is not charged on such things in Pennsylvania, and I now have the lovely little coin. (In Maryland, tax is charged on coins totaling under $1000 picked up there, so I have my Maryland auction winnings shipped.)


I didn't want to pay for my wife to enter the show again, especially since I didn't plan to be long and she has no real interest. So she waited while I went in to get the microscope. And she waited...


I had a couple questions about the microscope, which were answered. That and the paperwork took a surprising amount of time, though. And I wanted to check out those 1821 cents I missed the day before.


As usual, I chat with Chris McCawley when I check out his coins. We talk about work and family. Usually, the conversation goes in some other directions as well, and this time was no exception. As for the cents, I really liked one more than the other, and asked for his asking price. It seemed fair, but was more than I can handle, having gotten the three cent piece and microscope. But knowing me as he does, Chris was willing to let me make payments over a few months, and now I have that cent! With that, my Middle Dates set is now complete. (But I'm still open to some upgrading some, especially the VG 1823.)


As for the show itself, it seemed a bit smaller than the typical Baltimore show, and was not very busy on either day when I was there. And there was less of the stuff that most interests me than I expected. Chris McCawley commented that the ANA had done a pretty good job of lining up dealer participation, but didn't do as well at getting the public to show up. That said, I did see an ANA rep and John Kraljevich on KDKA's morning show Friday. They had some of the "cheaper" exhibits with them (leaving a 1913 Liberty nickel and an 1804 silver dollar for show-goers to see), and made what I thought was a good pitch to the public. (And for you football fans: They were followed by a young woman and her mother and grand-mother who came up with a cool idea - Terrible Towel Skirts.)


I'll be trying out the microscope in the days to come, and will post a shot of the 1821 cent from it. But for now, here's the reverse of the 1888 three cent piece.


Go Ravens!



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I came within a cat's wisker of buying the same microscope at the ANA show in Chicago. Interestingly I spent the most time at the convention at that table. I'll be very intersted to see your 1821 when you post it. I might try to get myself one for Christmas. I was really impressed with the demonstration I saw. The only thing though is that I will miss the show discount.


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Trime is a nickname that has been given to the 3 cent coins. three cent dime or something like that. Anyone who knows the full story on that moniker please fill us in.


The word "dime" is an anglicized version of the word "disme" (pronounced "deem"), meaning 'tenth'. The word is traced back to Simon Stevinus, who invented the decimal system as an alternative to the fractional system that was being used in mathematics. He published 'De Thiende' in 1585 under the name Stevin. It was then translated to French, and was eventually translated to English and entitled 'Disme: the art of tenths, or, Decimal arithmeticke.', so Disme is of french origin that was carried over to Old English. When the United States won its independence, the founding fathers, saw the decimal system, monetarily, as a way to make a dramatic change from the past. One of the first coins issued by the United States was the 1792 Half Disme (half tenth of dollar--rather a twentieth, such as a modern Nickel would be), and the 1792 Disme (tenth of a dollar), which was borrowed from the Old English and originated from the French. Within a couple of years, the word became "dime.", which was a more Americanized moniker--i.e. new independence, new country, so new name. Trime is simply a compound word with the use of the root word dime with the preffix 'tri' added, which means three or one third (of a dollar but it is really 3 tenths).



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