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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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Eagle’s fate depends on popularity shifts

What is your take on the special silver American Eagle coins now being increasingly offered by the US Mint? Continue reading

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Look for boxy mintmark on 1912-S nickel

How can I tell if my 1912-S Liberty Head nickel is genuine? Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Grading Morgan dollars

I am told Morgan dollars are hard to grade since quality varied from year to year and from mint to mint. What should I look for in a coin that is supposed to be uncirculated? Continue reading

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Slider: good enough to pass as uncirculated

What is the difference between a commercial uncirculated coin and a slider? Continue reading

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Congress didn’t call for Liberty’s wardrobe change

Did Congress authorize the changes in the design of the Standing Liberty quarter in 1917? Continue reading

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Wooden box origins described by reader

I have a wooden box dated 1913 that says “Property U.S. Government Mint” and artwork of the Buffalo nickel on its side. Do you know who made it? Continue reading

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Smithsonian owns two 1822 gold $5s

Can you locate the three known specimens of the 1822 half eagle? Continue reading

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