Author Archives: Ginger Rapsus

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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Worn coins worthy of your attention

Bright, blazing coins, brimming with mint luster get all the publicity. Whether it’s a common coin in uncommonly high condition, or a classic numismatic coin that is especially well-preserved, coins in the MS-65 range and higher never fail to captivate … Continue reading

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Mint errors look appealing to some

Collectors often desire beautiful, flashy coins in Mint State, as close to perfection as possible. But one group of collectors wants imperfect coins. The more dramatic the imperfection, the better. These coins can be unattractive, even ugly, and may not … Continue reading

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Seated dollar an historical challenge

Morgan and Peace dollar collectors who want a new challenge can go back to the earlier silver dollar series – the Seated Liberty dollar. Continue reading

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