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CollecTons Keepers Starter Set - Numbers 26 through 30

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We are pleased to offer for sale this CollecTons Keepers Set #26 through #30.

What makes the Collectons Keepers program special?

Here at CollecTons, we work hard researching coins that should be part of every collection. Our goal is to utilize our knowledge in the numismatic industry to select coins worthy of being in everyone's collection! Therefore, the CollecTons Keepers program will only feature those Coins Worth Keeping.

Each coin is hand selected and given to ANACS (America's Oldest Grading Service) for grading and authentication. The coins are then sealed in an ANACS certified proprietary slab holder for long-term storage, with our limited edition label marking it a CollecTons Keeper.

The five CollecTons Keepers included in this starter set are:

  • 1999-P Proof Susan B. Anthony Dollar
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    In the early 1970's the Eisenhower dollar failed to gain popularity with the public due to it's large size. As a result, treasury officials proposed replacing the Eisenhower dollar with a smaller coin. The Mint began designing the small dollar in 1976. They experimented with eight, ten, eleven and thirteen sided coins but eventually went with a round dollar to save the cost of minting as well as the cost of modifying vending machines to accept coins that were not round. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was the result of this research.

    The U.S. Mint had anticipated a large public demand and struck a large quantity of the coins prior to the 1979 release. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was only slightly larger than a quarter, was struck in the same copper-nickel clad composition, and had the same reeded edge as the quarter. This resulted in the dollar being confused with the quarter and as such the Susan B. Anthony coin never gained popularity. In fact, it was disliked so much that many businesses refused to accept them. By 1981, the mint had such a large stockpile of these dollar coins that production was ceased.

    Despite it's poor reception from the public, the coin became popular with vending machines and mass transit systems in the following decades. By 1997, the mint began experiencing a shortage of the coins and a decision was made to reinstate the production of small dollars. The Treasury Department proposed legislation authorizing a new design with the same size and weight so that vending machines would not need to be modified, but with a gold color and a plain edge to make it easily distinguishable from the quarter. Preparations for the new golden Sacagawea dollar proceeded slowly and the shortage grew drastic. In response, the Mint proceeded with a final run of the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1999.

    The Susan B. Anthony Dollar:

    The obverse of the coin was designed by then Chief Mint Engraver Frank Gasparro. With the help of a friend, Gasparro launched an exhaustive research project on Anthony. The design is largely based on two images of her but he references six. Gasparro created many designs prior to gaining acceptance. One depicting Anthony at age 28 was classified as unnecessarily too pretty by Anthony's great-niece. She regarded another, depicting Anthony at age 84, as too old. In the end, Gasparro attempted to depict her at age 50, right in the middle of her time as a social reformer. Unfortunately there were no photographs of her from that time so Gasparro had to guess. After some more modifications, the design was approved and has been generally accepted as an accurate depiction.

    Gasparro also designed a reverse for the coin, featuring an eagle flying above a mountain against the rising sun, but the Senate amended the bill to maintain the Apollo 11 design used on the Eisenhower dollar.

  • CollecTons Keeper #27- #30: 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Complete Proof Cent Collection
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    The Lincoln cent is one of the most prolific and historically significant coins in the history of the United States. The coin was first released in 1909 to honor the 100th birthday of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Over the next 100 years no significant changes were made to the obverse of the coin and the reverse was changed only once (from the wheat cent reverse to the Lincoln Memorial reverse in 1959). The U.S. Mint wanted to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent, so in 2009 they released four new designs for the reverse of the Lincoln cent. Each of these scenes depict a significant period in Lincoln's life. In addition to the new reverses, the proof version of the coin was minted in the same 95% copper alloy that was used in the original 1909 Lincoln cent.

    Birth and Early Childhood in Kentucky

    Also known as the Log Cabin Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's early life when he lived in a cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The coin was released on February 12, 2009, Lincoln's 200th birthday. The coin depicts a small cabin and the year of Lincoln's birth, 1809.

    Formative Years in Indiana

    Also known as the Indiana Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's formative years in Indiana. Lincoln's family was very poor and Lincoln couldn't afford a proper education so he was forced to educate himself. The coin depicts Lincoln taking a break from rail splitting to read while sitting on a log.

    Professional Life in Illinois

    Also known as the Illinois Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's years as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois. The coin depicts a young Lincoln, speaking in front of the Illinois State Capitol Building.

    Presidency in Washington

    Also known as the Presidency Penny, the coin commemorates Lincoln's years as the President of the United States of America. The coin depicts the Capital Building Dome as it was being constructed in Washington DC during Lincoln's Presidency.

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