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Coin Clinic: Bicentennial Lincolns missing ‘VDB’ initials

By Richard Giedroyc Five years later it is unusual to find any 2009 Lincoln cent coins. On the lower right shoulder of the 2009 Formative Years standard front [obverse] Lincoln cent is VDB. Is this common? I cannot find the … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: First Washington quarters rationed

By Richard Giedroyc Was there any public interest in the 1932 Washington quarters when they were released? The public announcement of the coins as commemoratives set off a buying boom. When they were issued on Aug 1, 1932, the banks … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Plastic coin issue might be first – or not

By Richard Giedroyc Transdniester recently issued coins made of plastic. Are they really the first government to issue coins of this material as they claim to be? When you say “first government,” that becomes questionable. Keeling Cocos was established by … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Coins wear in owners’ pockets

By Richard Giedroyc One recent question asked in your column is how long it takes for coins to wear. In 1982, when the new George Washington commemorative half dollar came out in silver I decided to carry one of these … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Emotion sells coins

By Richard Giedroyc In the Sept. 9 issue someone inquired about 9-11 memorial coins. What I have falls into the bullion type coin. The front is the Twin Towers, the Statue of Liberty and smaller buildings silhouetted on clear background, … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: State map on cent puzzles reader

I recently came across this penny in change and wondered what the imprinted image was. I am guessing that it was some type of promotion for the State of New York, as the outline appears to be that of the … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Kennedy half collected most at release

By Richard Giedroyc The statement was made some time ago that the Kennedy half is the “most collected coin in the world.” Is this still true? This was probably around the time the Kennedy half dollar was first released and … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Lettered edges can face up or down

By Richard Giedroyc The lettered edge, when present, on our current golden dollar coins can face either towards the obverse or the reverse. Is this true of all lettered edge coins, or are there coins where the lettered edge consistently … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Open roll if you want to know the date

How can I determine the date of the coins in my Brilliant Uncirculated bank roll if the reverse is what is showing on the end coins? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Ancient practice sees many variations

Explain the practice of placing a coin in the mouth of a deceased person. Continue reading

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