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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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Does coin collecting run in cycles?

Coin collecting seems to run in cycles with different specialties being active and then fading away. Has this always been the case? Nowadays gold and silver bullion seem to dominate. Continue reading

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Fineness not strictly matter of law

Is there a legal definition of the fineness of bullion? Continue reading

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