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Clinic: Proof coins show sharp, knife-like rims

If I encounter what appears to be a proof in circulation, how can I tell if it is a proof or a prooflike coin? Continue reading

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Why do portraits face to left or right?

Is there a reason why Lincoln faces right on the cent, Jefferson faces left on the nickel, Roosevelt faces left on the dime, and so on? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Use auction catalog, but also view coin

Can I rely on the descriptions in an auction catalog when I plan to bid in that sale? Continue reading

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Blake replicas predate Hobby Protection Act

Reader Scott Barman of scott@coinsblog.ws and the blogcoinsblog.ws has some updated information that changes what is known about the Blake and Company $20 replicas issued by Chrysler Corporation. Continue reading

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Even original Blake proved to be false

I have encountered several of the 1855 Blake & Company $20 gold coin replicas. Where did these originate, and is it known how many of these replicas were made? Continue reading

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What’s happened to Buffalo grades?

There is no consistency in coin grading when it comes to raw coins. Continue reading

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Can the prooflike grade be split?

How should I treat a coin that has prooflike qualities on only one side? Continue reading

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Do some companies still pay scrip to employees?

Is company store scrip still in use anywhere? Continue reading

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Silver Certificates once backed by silver

I still occasionally encounter a Silver Certificate in circulation. How were these redeemed? Continue reading

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Designer initials on dime spurred rumor

Am I correct in saying at one time John Sinnock’s initials appearing at the truncation of Roosevelt’s bust on the dime was interpreted as a secret Communist symbol? Continue reading

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