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Public kept out of West Point Mint

Can I tour the mint at West Point? The West Point Mint is not open to the public due to the gold bullion there. Its high security means the address is not in the National Register listings of the National … Continue reading

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Keep corroded coppers separately

As I was going through a container of pre-1983 Lincoln cents, several had green corrosion (verdigris?). Does this contaminate the other cents in the container? Should they be quarantined? In my experience green corrosion on Lincoln cents and other denominations … Continue reading

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Ike dollar $10 issue price too high

Wasn’t there a scandal years ago in connection with the U.S. Mint profiteering on Eisenhower proofs and special uncirculated strikes? It wasn’t so much a scandal as it was a black eye for the Mint. In testimony before Congress, the … Continue reading

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Composition changes to win war

What was the motivation to choose a copper-silver-manganese alloy for the so-called war nickels of 1942 to 1945? Since nickel was a critical war materiel, Congress didn’t want it being used to strike coins. The choice of the three-metal alloy … Continue reading

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Mint struck $4.5 billion in gold coins

What was the grand total of gold coinage struck by the U.S. Mint prior to 1934? Between 1795 and 1933 the Mint struck $4,526,218,477.50 in U.S. gold coins. It also struck gold coins for other countries, and has struck more … Continue reading

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Congress not required for Peace $1

Could you please give me the name and date of the legislation that authorized the production of the Peace dollar? This might be a surprise, but there never was a specific law passed to authorize the Peace dollar. A bill … Continue reading

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Key date list would prove useful

Is there a book that lists all the U.S coin key dates? There are a number of websites that list key date coins exclusively. Coin Market at a Glance in Numismatic News lists key date coins once a month. Coin … Continue reading

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Face value gives legal-tender status

Are the gold and silver American Eagles legal-tender coins? Yes, although one would be foolish to redeem them for face value. As might be expected, however, the public sometimes can be foolish. There are a number of instances of the … Continue reading

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Proof dies employed for circulation strikes

The 1956-1964 Washington quarters from Philadelphia, not Denver, display a small percentage of the population as the Type [Variety] B or proof reverse on the circulation coins. Your publication on Nov. 16 in the “Coin Clinic” column said they came … Continue reading

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More than one Trumbull painting

Is the design on the 1976 $2 note the same as the Trumbull painting in the Capitol? Trumbull’s 1817 painting hangs in the Capitol Rotunda. In that painting some of the signers were left out. As a result, the design … Continue reading

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