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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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Clinic: Know anything about stickered half?

Readers: What can you tell us about this stickered Kennedy half dollar featuring Chicago Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Greg Maddux? Continue reading

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Harding scratched for Stone Mtn. half

Our discussion has reached the bitter argument stage. Did the Act authorizing the Stone Mountain commemorative coins actually designate them as a memorial to Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson? Continue reading

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Gold $5s mistakenly used in pay phones

I’ve heard the telephone company used to have a lot of problems with the $5 gold pieces. Can you fill in the details? Continue reading

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S’ nickels came down to wire in 1912

I’ve been told that the 1912-S “V” nickels were a last-minute idea. When were they actually struck? Continue reading

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Dime design represents unity, peace

Did Adolph A. Weinman have any specific reason for picking the fasces for the reverse of the Mercury dime? Continue reading

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Ike $1 silver used for Washington commem

Was there a special source for the silver used for the Washington commemorative half dollar? Continue reading

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Symbols abound on Saint-Gaudens $20

Please explain the symbolism involved in the Saint-Gaudens design on the U.S. $20 gold? Continue reading

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Why are coins from new rolls greasy?

I’ve noticed some kind of grease on the coins I’ve taken from new rolls. Any idea of the source? Continue reading

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