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The 1815 Bust half dollar is actually an 1815/2, but either way you look at it, the 1815 is the key date of its type. That is no small order as the type was made from 1807 through 1835. Continue reading
The 1840-O Seated Liberty quarter is not just the first quarter produced at the recently opened New Orleans facility. It was also the first quarter of the United States ever to be produced outside of the main facility in Philadelphia. Continue reading
Make no mistake about it, Lincoln Memorial cents thanks to errors, composition changes and an assortment of interesting coins have a lot more to offer than many might expect. Continue reading
The 1921 Mercury dime is an interesting story as a semi-key Mercury dime, but it is also part of a larger story that makes it even more interesting as a sign of the times. This combination makes it a nice addition to any collection. Continue reading
If a commemorative involves the Declaration of Independence, then it requires something special. At least, that appears to have been the thinking back in 1926 as the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was approaching. Continue reading
The 1914 Barber half dollar is certainly a better date. The issue today is just how much better it is than other Barber half dollars and how much better it might seem to be in the future. Continue reading
For many years, the Washington quarter series was a dull backwater. It woke up in 1980 because of the silver content of the pre-1965 quarters. Then 1999 and the state quarter series arrived to inspire a new generation of collectors. Continue reading
It is actually surprising that someone has not been on the television marketing an historic bullion coin set featuring one silver American Eagle and one Trade dollar. Issued over a century apart, the two share the common traits of being large silver coins of the United States that traded at bullion levels. Moreover, such a promotion might well make more aware of the Trade dollar and its fascinating story. Continue reading
Hoard stories are fun. Of course, the problem is that hoard stories, like other types of stories, can get somewhat bigger each time they are told. The 1796 quarter is a good example. Continue reading
Just because a coin is a fiasco does not mean the full series is not a great collection. The Sacagawea dollar is well on its way to proving that and to providing people like me something to write about indefinitely. In fact, it’s not the first as you can find no more interesting story than the Trade dollar and certainly in the minds of virtually everyone the Trade dollar was also a fiasco. Continue reading