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Two dollar designs in 1921 seem strange

It seems rather strange the Peace dollar was introduced very late in 1921, rather than waiting until 1922. How was this coin authorized? The Peace dollar came in through the back door under an 1890 act of Congress. Within that … Continue reading

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Die gouge on dollar looks like spitting eagle

How did the 1891-CC Spitting Eagle silver dollar come to have a spitting eagle? The die variety is the result of a die gouge. The extra piece of metal at the beak of the eagle is the result of a … Continue reading

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Icebreaker appears on Finnish coin

Is there a coin with an icebreaker on it? Beginning in 1972, on the old Finnish 5 markka appears just such a vessel. It is the icebreaker “Varma.”   Supposedly there is a Canada dollar that was boycotted by the … Continue reading

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Morgan $1 once known as ‘Bland’

I understand at one time the Morgan silver dollar was referred to as a Bland dollar. Where did this come from? The name is derived from the Bland-Allison Act, through which the U.S. Treasury was required to purchase and strike … Continue reading

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Paquet $20s rare from Philadelphia

Can you explain what a Paquet coin is and how often such coins were struck? United States Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet used the font now bearing his name on some of his 1860 $20 double eagle gold coin patterns. … Continue reading

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Two types of collars on coin press

What is the difference between a close and an open collar? A close collar allows a lettered edge to be placed on a coin simultaneously with the obverse and reverse images since the collar is slightly larger than is the … Continue reading

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Good old 8894 most numerous fake

I have an old note, serial number 8894, but it is $10,000 rather than $1,000. You have an alteration of a copy. No. 8894 on a Bank of the United States $1,000 note is perhaps the most copied note in … Continue reading

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Coin prices vary for many reasons

I recently attempted to price coins in specific grades I planned to purchase. I found different prices depending on whether the coin was certified or not, and by whom it was certified. Can you explain these differences? Prices do indeed … Continue reading

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Small coins less sought than large

Maybe it’s my imagination, but Barber dimes appear to be modestly priced compared to other Barber and other U.S. coins. Any idea why this is so? Supply and demand determine coin prices. With the exception of our one-cent coin collectors … Continue reading

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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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