We Celebrate Elaine's Birthday on Christmas Eve

Just when we thought the holiday season couldn’t get any better, Elaine’s birthday miraculously fell on Christmas Eve, December 24th! So on top of all the other celebrations Southgate Coins has taken part in over the last few weeks, we also got to celebrate Elaine’s birthday, and focus all our attention on her for the day (trying not to think too much about the fact that it was finally Christmas Eve)! Read on to hear more about Elaine’s 23rd birthday!

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Colder Weather Welcomes New Christmas Decorations

Since the Halloween and fall decorations have come down, the Southgate Coins crew began to embrace the winter season. Although some of us are in denial of the much colder weather that has suddenly come over Reno—including myself (Nicole), who loathes being wet and cold—we are never against filling the season with cheer by putting up new, colorful decorations. Read on to find out more about this season’s Christmas decorating tradition.

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Akimi Celebrates her First Southgate Birthday!

Here at Southgate Coins, everyone knows there is a celebration in store for you when it’s your birthday, but the fine details are always a surprise! Today we celebrated Akimi’s 26th birthday, and the best part about it was seeing the excitement on her face when she admired all the decorations and heard all of us wish her a “Happy Birthday!” Thanks to a little help from the birthday girl, all of us can now even wish someone a “Happy Birthday” in Japanese as well as English (and French, too, if you’re Elaine).

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Rare 1874-CC Seated Liberty Dime Thrills Collectors

Southgate Coins bought an 1874-CC Liberty Seated dime graded PCGS AU-50 CAC.

Rarely do we get examples of this date in any grade close to this AU-50 rating. In the past, we have sold an MS-63, an MS-62, an AU-55, and several XFs. The piece we just bought ranks in the top five for condition consensus for all known survivors.

The surfaces are light gray in appearance, with a generous amount of luster remaining. A gentle beige-gray haze veils part of the obverse and peripheral sections on the reverse. Details on all the raised devices are sharp, with slight weakness visible at the center of Ms. Liberty’s head. Several faint scratches are visible in the obverse fields when the coin is tilted. Minimal contact marks and a few wispy hairlines are seen on both sides.

The distinguishable diagnostic die cracks, one through the mintmark and one extending up the right cereal wreath, stand out.

Only 10,817 1874-CC dimes were struck at the Carson City Mint. Specimens like this AU-50 piece make collecting "CC" coins so rewarding. They are extremely rare and seldom offered.

We Surprise our Bosses and Ourselves on 2010 Boss Day

From asking about how our weekends went, to birthday celebrations, to Halloween dress-up days, Rusty and Marie are always making us girls feel like we are not just part of their business, but also part of their family. Boss’s day is always a prime opportunity for us girls to show Rusty and Marie how much we appreciate all that they do for us. We get to celebrate them for a change. 

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Rules for Coin Shop Etiquette – As Seen through a Dealer’s Eyes

In three years of working at Southgate Coins in Reno, NV, I have witnessed many instances where customers in the store, through email, or on the phone have not exercised proper “coin shop etiquette.” These offenses can be minor or grievous, and they can show that even if the person considers himself a “seasoned” collector, there are times when he just doesn’t follow the unspoken rules.

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