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Author Archives: Paul M. Green
Most of the time we discuss coins that are more expensive than we would expect based on their mintages. In the case of the 1915 Barber half dollar, we find that the opposite is true. Continue reading
Some coins stand out from other dates around them as especially tough and perhaps even unusually hard to explain. That could be said of the 1846 half dime. Continue reading
It was the greatest single silver dollar hoard in history. Collectors never seem to tire of its story. Many might even have personal memories of participating in its dispersal. For the most part prices were the best as over a period of decades the United States Treasury provided collectors and primarily dealers with bag after bag of silver dollars. Continue reading
While you weren’t looking, the price of the 1997 $5 gold Franklin D. Rooosevelt has been growing. Few great American leaders have as many opponents as Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in fact most who study numismatic history are less than impressed with his Gold Recall Order in 1933 and some of the behind-the- scenes activities in his administration. Continue reading
It was the product of the inflationary time of the silver war. It is not made of silver. In 1865, that was the charm of the copper-nickel 3-cent piece. Silver and gold coins were not circulating. Continue reading
Many times collectors over the years have looked back at chances they had and wished they had acted differently. Had you hand-selected a 1953-S Franklin half dollar with full bell lines back in 1953 and had that coin been preserved well since then you just might be looking at a coin worth $16,000 today, or with a little bit of luck even more. Continue reading
Major rarities are not usually historic coins that were released into circulation. Because they are major rarities, you could argue that the 1894-S Barber dime or the 1913 Liberty Head nickel are historic but not in the usual sense. They basically create their own history by being so rare, but they are not the first coins of their design or the first coin from a new mint, making it a different sort of history. Continue reading
It seemed to be three cheers for steel use in future American coinage at an April 17 hearing held in Washington, D.C., by the House Financial Services Committee’s Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee chaired by Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul. Continue reading
When it comes to interesting issues, it does not get much better than the 1900-O over CC Morgan dollar. Not only is the 1900-O/CC interesting but it’s also relatively available, so most can have an example of their own to enjoy. Continue reading