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Bullion coins will survive cashless push

The cashless society concept appears to be catching on worldwide. What is your long-range view for the total demise of coins and bank notes? Coins and bank notes as we know them might but in my opinion are not likely … Continue reading

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Curls gave Lincoln portrait texture

Is the bust on the Lincoln cent an accurate reproduction? Victor David Brenner took liberties with Lincoln’s hair, giving it the 1909 version of a permanent wave, as all contemporary photos show Lincoln with straight hair. Look at the coin … Continue reading

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Hard alloy created minting varieties

Why is it that there are so many date varieties within the Shield nickel series? The metal hardness of the copper-nickel and the inexperience of the U.S. Mint with such a challenging coin of such a composition were the likely … Continue reading

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Old notes weigh more than new ones

Would a stack of 490 new U.S. currency notes weigh more than a stack of 490 worn notes? The Bureau of Engraving and Printing says that there are 490 notes to a pound. Figures from Bob Cochran, published several years … Continue reading

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Nearly 3 million coins in CC hoard

Can you tell me what was in the General Services Administration inventory of Carson City dollars when the auction sales began? The inventory was without question the largest single accumulation of Carson City silver dollars. By date, followed by number … Continue reading

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Change to Small Date deliberate

Was the change made deliberately from a Large Date to a Small Date cent in 1982? Cents made early in 1982 are primarily composed of copper, while the later issue is comprised of copper-plated zinc. The obverse die was modified … Continue reading

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Hawaii cents ‘sacrificed’ to volcano

Do you know the legend that surrounds the disappearance of the 1847 Hawaii cents? The reverse design of the 1847 cent includes a wreath of ohelo leaves and berries. This is a plant that grows on the slopes of Kilauea … Continue reading

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‘Pennies’ for ID

What are Masonic pennies? Masonic “pennies” are actually medals identifying the individual as a member of the Masons. Most of these identify the Masonic lodge and the member. The concept of a medal as a membership card likely began at … Continue reading

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South liked hard money after Civil War

Were silver dollars popular only in the West in the latter part of the 1800s? A point often overlooked in the annals of this unloved and mostly unwanted coin was that it did enjoy a period of popularity after the … Continue reading

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Ikes at face value

Is there a premium value for common date copper-nickel Eisenhower dollars? I found several Internet websites where bulk lots of circulated common date Eisenhower dollars are selling for a modest premium. Individual circulated coins are basically worth face value when … Continue reading

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