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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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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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