Author Archives: Ginger Rapsus

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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Remember all the coins from 2009?

Numismatists know that a coin does not have to be old to be interesting. A good number of interesting and attractive coins were struck in 2009. Continue reading

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Barbers offer good opportunity

Barber coinage has never been the most popular series to collect. The design featuring the mannish-looking Liberty has never been considered to be among the most beautiful. The quarters feature three scarce coins, and the dimes, one major rarity. And hardly anyone even considers the half dollars. Continue reading

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Tap different ways to hunt for coins

Which coin is your dream coin? Is it a large silver dollar, a 200-year old type coin, an early copper, or a flashy gold piece? Every collector has one special coin in his heart that would complete a set or that would be fun to own. Continue reading

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Single year offers numerous rarities

The year 1921 is a great one for collectors. Beautiful coins abound, including one million-dollar coin. Classic designs and favorite coins were minted this year, including a popular first-year coin. Continue reading

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Some U.S. coins double the honor

Heads or tails, obverse or reverse? Collectors take note of the portrait appearing on the obverse and the legend or device used on the reverse. But a few United States coins feature the same person on both sides of the coin. Continue reading

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Are you attracted by price or history?

Every coin may be considered a piece of history. Hold a coin and it can remind you of some aspect of American history. But some coins have such a story to tell, it almost speaks to you. Continue reading

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