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Author Archives: Paul M. Green
Sometimes things in the old commemorative program simply got a little strange. It is hard to explain why things happened the way they did with the Arkansas Centennial half dollar but it certainly makes for an interesting collection, or mini-collection. Continue reading
If you are like most collectors, chances are you have never seen a half dime unless you happened to see them in an exhibit at a coin show or on display at the museum. Actually holding one? Forget it. They were long gone before the circulation finds era heyday and that was how many collectors got up close and personal with their coins. Continue reading
Don’t bother to check the mintage to find out why the 1861-D gold dollar costs $4,950 in F-12 or $41,500 in MS-60. The 1861-D doesn’t have a recorded mintage, which helps to make it one of the most interesting stories in the history of U.S. coins. Continue reading
When the Founding Fathers established the federal system of coinage in 1792, the largest gold coin was given a $10 face value and it was called an eagle. The coin contained over one-half troy ounce of the precious metal and was more that double the weight of Great Britain’s one pound coin called the sovereign. Continue reading
Sometimes it is the coins themselves and their numbers in certain grades that clear up any confusion. That is the case with the 1825 large cent as the numbers known today pretty well settle the matter of whether the 1825 was once found in some numbers in the famous Randall Hoard. Continue reading
Every so often you come across a coin that is not costly or rare but is fascinating, historic and fun. The 1861-O half dollar has to be considered as a classic example of those fascinating, historic and fun coins. There is no dispute, the 1861-O half dollar is not rare. It is priced at just $35 in G-4, which is an available date price for its type of Seated Liberty half dollar. Continue reading
Instead of ending up as the solution to just about every ill a government could have, the Anthony dollar introduced in 1979 ended up being compared to the 20-cent piece. When it comes to U.S. coins, that is not a good thing. With a very short period of production, it makes the Anthony dollar a short but interesting set, but a coin with a large number of lessons to be learned from its short but stormy time in use. Continue reading
It could be argued that the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle, the world’s most valuable coin and one of the most mysterious coins, continues to raise questions as we wait to see what its next move will be. Continue reading
If you are like most collectors, you are attracted to Morgan dollars. What’s not to like about a coin that has a diameter of 1.5 inches and contains over three-quarters of an ounce of silver, or 0.7734 ounce to be precise? Continue reading
The 1872 Indian Head cent is no longer a secret. It might be surprising to some, but for decades the 1872 Indian Head cent received very little attention as being an especially tough date. That was largely because Indian Head cents were like most other denominations not graded MS-65. Continue reading