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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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Doubled large cent not listed anywhere

I want to know if there is any precedent for an 1818 Coronet Head cent with a doubled die at the reverse on AMERICA. I found one on a coin I bought a couple of months ago. I can’t find … Continue reading

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Shipwreck carried money for slaves

I recently read that a large number of manilas were recovered from the wreck of the English schooner “Douro” during the 1970s. What was the function of a manila as money? The “Douro” sank after hitting the Great Crebawethan rock … Continue reading

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Few differences in grading proofs

If proof coins are legal tender and can be spent, how do you grade a proof coin that has been circulated? Proof isn’t a grade. Instead it is a designation for a specific form of coin intended for collectors and … Continue reading

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Why aren’t all varieties in price guide?

There are several varieties of the 2009 Formative Years cent, these being the number of fingers showing on Lincoln’s hand on the reverse. Why is it that these varieties aren’t listed in price guides? There are varieties of many coins … Continue reading

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