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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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Paper money’s start came in 1690

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

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Congressman revived commems

What was the motivation to resurrect our commemorative coin issues in 1982? President Dwight D. Eisenhower ended the so-called classic commemorative coin series when he vetoed three commemorative coin bills on Feb. 3, 1954. Lobbying for further commemoratives never stopped, … Continue reading

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Any tampering was counterfeiting

Did our early laws make a distinction between counterfeit coins and altered coins? The attitude of early lawmakers seemed to be that any spurious pieces of whatever ilk were bad. Accordingly, the law as laid down in Massachusetts in 1786 … Continue reading

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Metal prices affect common dates

What is the true impact of the spot price of precious metals on the value of our previously circulating silver and gold coins? A majority of the circulation strike gold and silver coins are common, due either to their date … Continue reading

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West Point called Fort Knox of silver

The U.S. Mint facility at West Point is recognized today as an official U.S. mint. Are gold and silver still stored there as well? The West Point Bullion Depository was known as “The Fort Knox of Silver” when it first … Continue reading

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