Author Archives: Ginger Rapsus

50 years of memories in Kennedy

The approach to collecting Kennedy half dollars is different from other series. Searching through change will not produce any results; half dollars disappeared from circulation decades ago. Since these are modern coins and actually quite common, bidding at auctions and … Continue reading

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Mercury series popular with many

Mercury dimes were seen in change quite often in the mid-1960s when clad coinage debuted. Silver and clad coins circulated side by side for a few years, and it was possible to find some older coins. The oldest dime I … Continue reading

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Morgans, I have known; have you?

Collectors of Morgan dollars have a lifetime of pursuit awaiting them. The face value of a date and mintmark set is over one hundred dollars. This does not include varieties. Specialists in the series may also be interested in proofs. … Continue reading

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Many can own a coin made in 1861

1861 was one of the most turbulent years in American history. The Civil War began in April of that year. All facets of American life were affected, including coinage, Mint history and numismatics. Louisiana seceded from the Union in late … Continue reading

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Meaningful coins worth collecting

Many coins are meaningful to collectors. The great circulation find, a top-grade silver dollar, the Buffalo nickel that completed a set. Maybe you treasure the coins that Grandma gave you when you started collecting or a coin Dad left you. … Continue reading

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Sport coins depict athletes in motion

America loves its athletes. Sporting events are in the news all year, every season. When the Olympic Games happen, they dominate the news for weeks. A number of athletes and sporting events have been commemorated on United States coins. This … Continue reading

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More than Lincolns struck in 1909

The year 1909 is an important year for many collectors. Perhaps the most popular coin ever, the Lincoln cent, was designed by Victor D. Brenner, based on an engraved plaque he made in 1907. The bust of Lincoln is virtually … Continue reading

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Was passed-up set a real rarity?

My first coin purchase took place over 50 years ago at a neighborhood coin shop. The 1907 Indian cent and 1906 Liberty nickel cost all of 25 cents apiece. They were carefully picked from the dealer’s “junk box,” which held … Continue reading

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Odd coins make desirable collection

If you want to collect something really different, try an odd denomination such as two or three-cent pieces, or even the short-lived 20-cent piece. The two-cent piece was the first coin to bear the motto “In God We Trust.” The … Continue reading

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Old or new, books worth buying

A collector’s library is worth its weight in gold coins. A basic library may include the latest edition of a general guide book, a grading reference, and specialized volumes for whatever series the collector likes. Coin books may be found … Continue reading

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