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- Letters to the Editor (April 4, 2017) Drug store ad features 2017 cent without mintmark A few weeks ago Numismatic News asked its readers if they would be looking out for the new 2017-P cents, the first Philadelphia cent to have the “P” mintmark. I was thinking, yes, I would be looking out for them, but more so I’d be looking out for ...
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Is there any record of the first Morgan dollar struck in 1878? The coin was located in the Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum in Freemont, Ohio. Silver dollar experts Leroy Van Allen and Pete Bishal found the certificate in … Continue reading
Every collector knows that age is not the determining factor when a coin’s value is being assessed. It is rarity, condition and level of demand. Age is important in identity and historical context. It also is important from a personal … Continue reading
If you are watching 2017 America the Beautiful five-coin silver proof sets, you will notice something odd. This week’s total of 50,024 is 3,535 fewer than last week’s figure. In percentage terms, that’s quite a large adjustment. Could there have … Continue reading
There are a number of important U.S. gold quarter eagles. One that should be on anyone’s short list is the 1838-C. It was the first quarter eagle to be produced at a facility other than the main Mint in Philadelphia, … Continue reading
What U.S. coins have been issued on which there is a mistake in the design? If you count faulty dies causing the mistake then mistakes start in 1796 with the Liberty large cent. If not, then the many improperly depicted … Continue reading
If one compares a Mint State 1916-D Liberty Head dime with Full Split Bands (FSB) to a Mint State 1945-P with FSB, then, yes, the 1916-D, as one of your readers suggested, “is an overvalued coin.” Although the 1916-D has … Continue reading
Six years ago when silver was about to make its peak at just over $48 an ounce, coin shows became all about bullion. Some firms began to sell copper rounds and bars as if they were a precious metal. My … Continue reading
I finally had to move the 2016 commemoratives off the page as the Boys Town coins have arrived. They take up a lot of space. Fortunately, all sales numbers from last year’s commemoratives remained the same as last week with … Continue reading
When was the first paper money issued in what is now the United States? The Massachusetts General Court issued the first paper money in the colonies in 1690. The U.S. Government issued its first paper money (Treasury Notes) in 1861. … Continue reading