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Tests don’t destroy

According to Judd’s reference book on U.S. pattern coins, many similar metallic compositions can only be distinguished from each other through elemental analysis, which the text describes as “a complicated procedure” (9th edition, Page 7). Is such procedure one that … Continue reading

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Mint charged face value for proofs

Early in the U.S. Mint’s history, collectors could visit to buy proof coins over the counter. What did the mint charge? Proof coins were sold directly to collectors by the Mint at face value through 1859. Coins were available individually … Continue reading

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Funny-looking coins not likely patterns

My information is that any unusual coin found in circulation is either a pattern or a trial strike. Care to comment? You would be surprised by the number of letters in my files, frequently from dealers, making that same assumption. … Continue reading

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Shield nickel has unimaginative design

The Shield nickel design is unimaginative, and other than the 2- and 3-cent coins of the time is the only coin lacking a depiction of Liberty. Why the shield? The reasoning for yet another shield only two years after the … Continue reading

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Cross appears on commemoratives

Is there any U.S. coin that carries a cross as part of the design? Despite the fact that the word “God” appears on all our relatively recent coins, the only two U.S. coins that clearly show a cross in the … Continue reading

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New organization caters to dealers

How can I join the organization Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers? Georgia coin dealer Robert Oberth founded CDHCD in January 2017. You can contact the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. You must be able to demonstrate you are … Continue reading

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Any originals of gold coin restrike?

How can there be restrikes if there weren’t any original coins? The question referred specifically to the Austrian 1915 20 corona gold piece. Original dies were used, so there is no way to tell the originals from the restrikes. The … Continue reading

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Wheat reverse 1959 cent a puzzler

Is there such a thing as a 1959 Wheat Reverse Lincoln cent? A lot of people would like the answer to that question. One 1959-D example that might be real is known. It was first declared genuine by the Secret … Continue reading

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Numerous stars appear on coins

Are there more than 13 stars on any of our coins? Lots of them. There are 14- and 16-star dimes, and the 1796 quarter has 15 stars. The 1794 and 1796 halves have 16 stars, and the Gobrecht 1836 dollars … Continue reading

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FTC killed off popular coin survey

The Salomon Brothers Survey of Collectible Coins was used as a barometer for how the coin market was performing for years. Why was it discontinued? The Federal Trade Commission said the index was improperly utilized by unscrupulous individuals in the … Continue reading

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