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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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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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