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Author Archives: Ken Potter
With the discovery of a 1968-S proof Kennedy half dollar with a standard “Serif S” punched over a “Knob-tailed S” (last used in 1948) announced and certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in the April 18 issue, it is a good … Continue reading
Numismatic News reader Howard Sawicki has reported finding a 1983 cent that weighs 3.0 grams. The presumption in a case like this is that it must be copper, something it shouldn’t be because all cents were supposed to have been … Continue reading
For the first time in history the United States Mint has put a “P” mintmark on Lincoln cents. While searching change for the new cents from Philadelphia, remember the denomination also has many error coins that can still be found … Continue reading
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of Sarasota, Fla., authenticated and graded a 1983-D Lincoln cent as being struck on a brass planchet of a composition of 98 percent copper and 2 percent zinc that weighs 3.0 grams. Regular production 1983-D cents should … Continue reading
After 34 years, a 1982-D Small Date cent struck on a 95-percent copper-alloy planchet has finally been found and confirmed by me. A Minnesota collector who wishes to remain anonymous discovered it while sorting through 1982 cents by weight to … Continue reading
Numismatic News reader Jon Bender of Dallas, Texas, came up with an 1851-D gold dollar with approximately 90-degree Rotated Dies. He said, “Never have [I] seen one like this on an 1851[D].” It represents one of few gold coins with … Continue reading
Readers be warned! If you are offered a 2004 (or any date) silver American Eagle that appears at first glance to be a reverse proof, it might be a post-mint alteration of a genuine coin. At the Michigan State Numismatic … Continue reading
Variety hunter Alfonso Lopez has garnered credit for finding the first reported Doubled Die Reverse on a 2016-P Kentucky Cumberland Gap America The Beautiful quarter. The doubling is easily seen with the naked eye (for some of us) or under … Continue reading
Robert Lawson of Ohio has come up with a fairly major Repunched Mintmark (RPM) variety on a 1948-D Lincoln cent that to the best of my knowledge is unlisted by all the entities that list modern die varieties. The variety … Continue reading