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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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Buildings vary widely on U.S. coins

Topical collectors may enjoy saving coins depicting birds, animals, ships, or other designs. One not so popular topic is buildings on coins. The United States series has many interesting coins depicting buildings, besides Lincoln’s log cabin and the Capitol. Collectors who focus on United States coins featuring buildings have Presidential homes, museums, schools, a mint and even a church. Continue reading

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Everybody still loves Miss Liberty

What makes a particular coin beautiful? Is it the classic design, the lovely rendering of Liberty, the majestic eagle? Perhaps it is the composition of the coin, precious metals of gold and silver. Maybe the coin is just appealing to you, the individual collector. Continue reading

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Designs can differ in the same year

Many United States coins bear the same date, but have different designs. When a coin design was changed, the older design was often used early that year and the new design struck later the same year. A collection of same year – different type coins can make an attractive and interesting displa Continue reading

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Mystery outweighs facts for 1792

Many numismatists begin their collections or type sets with the 1793 coins, the copper half cents and large cents. The coinage of 1792 includes a number of rare and historical pieces, of quaint designs, that fascinate the collector to this day, even if every detail of their manufacture and design is not known. Continue reading

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Can’t afford it but can admire $20

Mintage figures can be deceiving.Collectors of Saint-Gaudens double eagles learn this quickly. Many of the later date coins in this series show healthy mintage figures in the hundreds of thousands or more, but check out the prices for these coins and see how so many are out of reach for the average collector. Continue reading

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Cents of 1793 evolved at U.S. Mint

Anyone interested in United States coins knows the significance of the 1793 cents. The first year of cent coinage saw three distinct varieties, all enjoyed by specialists, type set collectors and historians. Each design is lovely in its own way, if not classically beautiful. Continue reading

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Animals populate U.S. coin designs

Everyone who has ever handled a United States coin knows that eagles and buffaloes appear on many coins. Big birds and bison aside, a good number of coins feature animals, birds and fish. Quite a few state quarters feature animals, but creatures can be seen on coins dating back to 1616 in the English New World colonies. Continue reading

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Not all coins loved by collectors

Most numismatists enjoy their coins, and even have special favorites. But there are a few United States coins that were quite unpopular during their time. These coins were so disliked, mintage was often stopped after a short while. What made these coins so disliked? Their similarity to other issues is a big factor. Continue reading

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