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Cents look like copper coating is missing

Last week while searching through penny rolls, I found six pennies that have a pure zinc look to them. No copper coating at all. I have found very little information on this. One page said they might have slipped through … Continue reading

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Horn measures wear on Buffalo

How do I tell whether my Buffalo nickel is a “full” or “quarter” horn? Is this some kind of grade like “full steps?” It is not a grade but a visual check of the condition of the coin, or a … Continue reading

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Why not a West Point cent to go with 2017-P?

Will there be any 2017-W Lincoln cents made for general circulation with an explicit “W,” or will such cents be misleadingly minted as 2017-P like the Philly ones? What act of Congress forced the “P” into 2017-P cents? The West … Continue reading

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Government was speedy in 1964

I’m told that the Kennedy half was one of the speediest pieces of government action in history. Can you review the time span? President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. President Johnson proposed the coin to Congress Dec. 10, … Continue reading

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Some coins had favorite locations

Is there any truth to the story that back when coins were real silver they tended to congregate in certain cities? They really did. Old records of the Federal Reserve shows that prior to the switch to clad coins, the … Continue reading

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Morgan dollar varieties have colorful names

Is there a Morgan dollar variety known as ‘scarface?’ The 1888-O VAM 1B variety is known as “scarface.” The coin has a deep Frankenstein-esque late stage die break that appears as an ugly gash across Liberty’s cheek, jowl and neck. … Continue reading

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Error nicknames date back years

I know that fanciful names were popular for minting varieties in the 1960s and that different type coin designs have been nicknamed, but were there similar slang terms for die breaks on older coins? There are numerous examples in the … Continue reading

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Identical marks on coins evidence of fakes

I have two About Uncirculated gold $20 double eagles, same date and mint mark, each with what appears to be identical contact marks on the obverse. What are the chances of this being legitimate, or do I more likely have … Continue reading

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Game counters look like old coins

What can you tell me about a coin that appears to be a mule of an Argentine coin and a U.S. gold quarter eagle? It’s been in the family for many years. Were it not for the disappointment, I would … Continue reading

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What’s Nixon got to do with silver dollars?

Can you explain the term “Nixon dollars?” An inscription and facsimile signature of President Richard M. Nixon appears inside the lid of the black and blue cardboard boxes in which Carson City minted Morgan silver dollars were sold by the … Continue reading

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