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Change to Small Date deliberate

Was the change made deliberately from a Large Date to a Small Date cent in 1982? Cents made early in 1982 are primarily composed of copper, while the later issue is comprised of copper-plated zinc. The obverse die was modified … Continue reading

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Hawaii cents ‘sacrificed’ to volcano

Do you know the legend that surrounds the disappearance of the 1847 Hawaii cents? The reverse design of the 1847 cent includes a wreath of ohelo leaves and berries. This is a plant that grows on the slopes of Kilauea … Continue reading

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‘Pennies’ for ID

What are Masonic pennies? Masonic “pennies” are actually medals identifying the individual as a member of the Masons. Most of these identify the Masonic lodge and the member. The concept of a medal as a membership card likely began at … Continue reading

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South liked hard money after Civil War

Were silver dollars popular only in the West in the latter part of the 1800s? A point often overlooked in the annals of this unloved and mostly unwanted coin was that it did enjoy a period of popularity after the … Continue reading

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Ikes at face value

Is there a premium value for common date copper-nickel Eisenhower dollars? I found several Internet websites where bulk lots of circulated common date Eisenhower dollars are selling for a modest premium. Individual circulated coins are basically worth face value when … Continue reading

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Coin’s appeal in eye of beholder

I hear a lot about eye appeal. There are standards for such things as the depth of a mirror surface and for frosted devices. Are there any standards for eye appeal? Although certification services usually consider eye appeal as a … Continue reading

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Proof coinage move not part of plan

Wasn’t the present Philadelphia Mint (the fourth, constructed in 1969) intended to continue proof coinage? Up until then, the Philadelphia Mint had struck almost all the proof coins issued. However, the coin shortage, capped with the failure of the roller-die … Continue reading

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Old slabs worth more

I understand coins housed in some of the older third-party certification service holders are worth more than are others of the same grade. Why? Earlier encapsulations by major third-party certification services are considered to have been graded using more conservative … Continue reading

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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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