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1838-C quarter eagle special in any grade

There are a number of important U.S. gold quarter eagles. One that should be on anyone’s short list is the 1838-C. It was the first quarter eagle to be produced at a facility other than the main Mint in Philadelphia, … Continue reading

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1967 Kennedy half price on the rise

The 1967 Kennedy half dollar marks the last in a series of three years when the coin was struck without mintmarks. Like the 1965 and 1966 examples, we are learning that perhaps the 1967 should be taken more seriously. Coming … Continue reading

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Flood of commemoratives hurt Roanoke half sales

Perhaps plans should not have been made for commemorative coins in 1937. Poor sales were likely regardless of subject matter, because there had been far too many issues the previous year. Back then, however, the relationship between too many issues … Continue reading

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1869-S dimes possess interesting past

It’s amazing to consider how many stories there are regarding lost or missing coins. There are also numerous stories about coins that suddenly appear in places where they should not be. One of these stories involves the 1869-S Seated Liberty … Continue reading

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1913-S Barber dime a low-grade sleeper

Everyone loves sleepers. It does not matter what you normally collect; if you think you have spotted a coin that should be much more expensive, you are likely to buy it. We collectors just cannot seem to resist a good … Continue reading

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1918-D half tough to find in top grades

Ever since we changed to a grading system with a number of different Mint State grades, we have been learning a lot about Walking Liberty half dollars. Prior to grading them MS-65 and better, few would have thought that a … Continue reading

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1924-S becoming Peace dollar sleeper

The 1924-S Peace dollar does not get a great deal of attention. Perhaps many collectors assume that better dates in the series come from its later years. However, the Peace dollar run is definitely front loaded when it comes to … Continue reading

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Few Fort Vancouver coins to be found

“What on earth were they thinking?” is a question sometimes asked about historic commemoratives, as it can be hard to imagine the reason certain issues ever received approval. The Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar is one of the very first … Continue reading

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Don’t overlook 1921-S Walking Liberty

“Close but no cigar” describes how the 1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar ranks among the key dates of the Walking Liberty half dollar set. While near the top of virtually every grade, it is almost never the key date. That … Continue reading

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Mintage doesn’t tell full 1878-S story

Just when you think you have rare coin pricing all figured out, along comes the 1878-S Seated Liberty half dollar to throw you a curve. Actually, it is not certain whether the 1878-S is the half dollar with the unusual … Continue reading

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