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Coin Clinic: Gold terminology might be confusing

What does it mean when a medal is described on its certificate of authenticity as being layered in gold? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Amero a private issue

Has anyone ever produced prototype coins for a possible currency union between Canada, Mexico, and the United States? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: British nickname trumps formal ‘cent’ term

Why do we commonly refer to the U.S. one-cent coin as a “penny?” Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Gold medals in guide

David Quante of the Myrtle Beach Coin Exchange has offered some additional information on the American Arts gold medallion program. Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Registry sets a craze?

“Gradeflation” and the grading craze in general appear to have formed a numismatic bubble for modern and perhaps all coin investing. Where did all this originate? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Books list Mint medals

In a previous edition of “Coin Clinic” you discussed the American Arts gold medallion series. Is there a good reference for these medals? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: What’s a super grade?

I have been buying rolls of the Presidential dollars and cherry picking them for examples with no flaws or flaws that are small and inconspicuous. I expect the majority of these coins are at least MS-67 and some should be higher. You said sellers are getting good prices for super grade common modern coins. Is this true for Presidential dollars? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Be careful how you use mintage statistics

How reliable are the U.S. Mint reports as a source for mintage figures? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Canvas bags now part of Mint history

Does anyone collect the bags in which coins are transported from the U.S. Mint for distribution? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: What’s SMS half like?

I do a lot of roll searching, primarily 50-cent pieces, looking for silver and errors. I’ve been very successful over the years, but I don’t know how to differentiate between regular circulation issues and Special Mint Sets of 1965 to 1967. Continue reading

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