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New organization caters to dealers

How can I join the organization Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers? Georgia coin dealer Robert Oberth founded CDHCD in January 2017. You can contact the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. You must be able to demonstrate you are … Continue reading

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Any originals of gold coin restrike?

How can there be restrikes if there weren’t any original coins? The question referred specifically to the Austrian 1915 20 corona gold piece. Original dies were used, so there is no way to tell the originals from the restrikes. The … Continue reading

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Wheat reverse 1959 cent a puzzler

Is there such a thing as a 1959 Wheat Reverse Lincoln cent? A lot of people would like the answer to that question. One 1959-D example that might be real is known. It was first declared genuine by the Secret … Continue reading

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Numerous stars appear on coins

Are there more than 13 stars on any of our coins? Lots of them. There are 14- and 16-star dimes, and the 1796 quarter has 15 stars. The 1794 and 1796 halves have 16 stars, and the Gobrecht 1836 dollars … Continue reading

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FTC killed off popular coin survey

The Salomon Brothers Survey of Collectible Coins was used as a barometer for how the coin market was performing for years. Why was it discontinued? The Federal Trade Commission said the index was improperly utilized by unscrupulous individuals in the … Continue reading

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Coin designer initials treated differently

The letter “L” had appeared on Indian cents to identify Longacre as the designer. Why were three initials used on Brenner’s initial cent? At the time VDB was ordered removed from the Lincoln cent in 1909, it was proposed it … Continue reading

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Left and right confusing for coins

I’m never sure whether rules governing left and right on a coin refer to the coin’s left and right, or the viewer’s left and right. Can you help? Where possible, coin designs follow the rules of heraldry. Under those rules, … Continue reading

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Put unsold commems into circulation?

The silver commemorative half dollars issued through 1954 were occasionally put into circulation when the Mint couldn’t sell them. Is there a reason why the Mint doesn’t do the same thing with unsold copper-nickel commemorative coins today? If the Mint … Continue reading

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Bullion coins will survive cashless push

The cashless society concept appears to be catching on worldwide. What is your long-range view for the total demise of coins and bank notes? Coins and bank notes as we know them might but in my opinion are not likely … Continue reading

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Curls gave Lincoln portrait texture

Is the bust on the Lincoln cent an accurate reproduction? Victor David Brenner took liberties with Lincoln’s hair, giving it the 1909 version of a permanent wave, as all contemporary photos show Lincoln with straight hair. Look at the coin … Continue reading

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