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Prince of Wales service with a smile?

Would you please translate “Ich Dien,” the German phrase on the English twopence? It means “I Serve,” from the badge of the Prince of Wales. It dates to Edward, the Black Prince (1330-1376).   Are there any coins that show … Continue reading

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Eagle box tape shows mint of origin

Between 2011 and 2014, the San Francisco Mint facility supplemented production of silver American Eagles otherwise struck at West Point; yet despite lacking a telltale mintmark, the certification services have been able to encapsulate these coins identifying which mint made … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Different overdates on 1825 $5 gold

By Richard Giedroyc Q Are there two different overdates for the 1825 $5 gold? A All but two of the known specimens show the “5” in the date over a “1.” The other two have the “5” over a “4.” One … Continue reading

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Eagle’s wings gave Ben buck teeth

Can you explain the Bugs Bunny variety of the 1955 Franklin half dollar? The appearance of buck teeth on this variety is due to a die clash between the obverse and reverse dies. The markings known as buck teeth were … Continue reading

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General put name on auto dollar

I’m told that the Chinese general who had the automobile dollar minted secretly put his name on the coin. Is this correct? Several authorities agree that Gen. Chow, who was governor of Kweichow Province from 1926-1929, did order that the … Continue reading

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Damaged coins get put into jewelry

Can you explain what is meant by a “jewelry lot” of coins? This is a group of coins that due to their low quality or damaged state are more suitable to be converted into jewelry or to be scrapped for … Continue reading

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Reopened ‘O’ Mint made proof dollars

Branch mint proofs are unusual. Why did the New Orleans Mint strike proof silver dollars in 1879? It has been suggested the proofs were struck to mark the reopening of the New Orleans facility, which had closed during the Civil … Continue reading

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Mint packaging can be a problem

Is it safe to leave my proof coins and mint sets in the packaging they were in when I received them from the Mint? As a general rule, the proof set hard plastic packaging is airtight, but the plastic envelopes … Continue reading

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First commem definitely Columbian

Reader Frank Crowe wrote: This is in response to the Coin Clinic comment in the June 5 “Numismatic News” concerning the debate whether or not the Columbian Exposition half dollar should be considered the first commemorative coin or not. There … Continue reading

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Veterans opposed design

I would like to know what symbol was originally on the Peace dollar, but not distributed. Was it a broken sword? Do any exist? According to Q. David Bowers in Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, “Representatives … Continue reading

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