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Time near for 1884 Trade dollar to shine

A little mystery tends to help a great rarity. So far, that has not really been the case for the 1884 Trade dollar. It has usually been in the shadow, and about half the price, of the even rarer 1885 … Continue reading

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1918-S one of best Buffalo branch-mint nickels

The 1918-S Buffalo nickel is one of the best of a very good group that is many times overlooked. At a price of $13,250 today in MS-65 condition, it certainly is one of the best of the branch-mint nickels from … Continue reading

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Key 1877 three cents had low, proof-only mintage

There is little doubt that the 1877 Coronet Head three-cent piece is the key to the copper-nickel three-cent set. Interestingly enough, the date, which was issued only as a proof, is neither well known nor that expensive. This makes it … Continue reading

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1873 Trade dollar is often overlooked

Trade dollars tend to be overlooked, and the 1873 tends to be more overlooked than most. It was the very first Trade dollar, a fact that should get it some attention. The story of the Trade dollar goes back further … Continue reading

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Price does not always reflect importance

As time passes, the Los Angeles Olympics silver dollar commemorative of 1983 receives less and less attention. That may be a natural consequence, but this is one coin that should not be forgotten. Its success helped to pave the way … Continue reading

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Interesting story behind 1864 Indian Head cent trio

The Indian Head cents of 1864 are a very interesting and historic group. As you may have guessed from the word “group,” there is more than one. In fact, there are three, and they join together to tell a very … Continue reading

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1799 Bust dollar surprisingly available in Mint State

In almost every set of U.S. coins, there are going to be interesting dates and even a few surprises. You might call the 1799 Bust dollar one of those interesting and surprising dates. During the year prior, the Bust dollar’s … Continue reading

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1898-S Barber quarter tough in top grades

Finding a coin everyone has overlooked is fun. It does not happen often, because coin prices tend to be a very accurate reflection of the availability of most issues. When you factor in demand to explain the few cases where … Continue reading

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1880 gold dollar has interesting history

It should be elusive, if not rare. But it is not. That makes the 1880 gold Indian Head dollar an interesting coin, even if we are not quite sure of the story behind the hoard that makes it available. By … Continue reading

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Design change led to 1867 Shield nickel pair

For whatever reason, we do not seem to pay a lot of attention to Shield nickels. In fact, if asked, many would have a tough time even suggesting which are the key dates for this series. While not one of … Continue reading

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