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Grades multiplied over years

How did we go from Morgan silver dollars simply being graded uncirculated to our convoluted Mint State-60 to MS-70 plus additional stickers system? The numerical system began with grades MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65. By the mid-1980s, it became obvious this … Continue reading

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Numerous overdates in GSA sale

How many of the 80/79 and 8/7 overdates were included in the GSA sales of the 1880-CC dollars? Out of the 131,000+ 1880-CC dollars, about 50,000 were overdate varieties. Slightly more than 15,000 of those were the VAM-4 variety of … Continue reading

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Where does the ‘Clinic’ column appear?

Currently the Coin Clinic column is being published only in Numismatic News (and perhaps World Coin News?), but not in Coins magazine. When was the last time such a column was present in Coins? Also, does Bank Note Reporter have … Continue reading

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Only one owner for 1794 dollars

Is it true that all 1794 dollars passed through the hands of a single owner? It’s true. David Rittenhouse, the Mint director, made the only deposit of silver in that year and – as was the practice at the time … Continue reading

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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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