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Paquet $20s rare from Philadelphia

Can you explain what a Paquet coin is and how often such coins were struck? United States Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet used the font now bearing his name on some of his 1860 $20 double eagle gold coin patterns. … Continue reading

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Two types of collars on coin press

What is the difference between a close and an open collar? A close collar allows a lettered edge to be placed on a coin simultaneously with the obverse and reverse images since the collar is slightly larger than is the … Continue reading

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Good old 8894 most numerous fake

I have an old note, serial number 8894, but it is $10,000 rather than $1,000. You have an alteration of a copy. No. 8894 on a Bank of the United States $1,000 note is perhaps the most copied note in … Continue reading

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Coin prices vary for many reasons

I recently attempted to price coins in specific grades I planned to purchase. I found different prices depending on whether the coin was certified or not, and by whom it was certified. Can you explain these differences? Prices do indeed … Continue reading

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Small coins less sought than large

Maybe it’s my imagination, but Barber dimes appear to be modestly priced compared to other Barber and other U.S. coins. Any idea why this is so? Supply and demand determine coin prices. With the exception of our one-cent coin collectors … Continue reading

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Countermarks inspire theory

There is mention of 1815 quarters countermarked “E” or “L” in a Feb. 28 “Numismatic News” article by R.W. Julian. Can you give me more information about these countermarks? These countermarks are also found on 1825-dated quarters. Ted McAuley theorizes … Continue reading

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More than one issue price for coins

Why don’t you include the issue prices in the Coin Market listings for the commemoratives? It would be helpful at tax time. We do get an occasional call for issue prices, but most collectors are aware of the IRS regulations … Continue reading

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Two Franklin types puzzle reader

I have two 1956 Franklin half dollar. I have both Type 1 and 2, but my program doesn’t tell me which is which. All it says is that one is the reverse of 1950-1955 and the two is from 1957-1963, … Continue reading

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First Morgan struck for President

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

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Coin mistakes in eye of beholder

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

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