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Go with higher grade 1870 3-cent

The silver three-cent piece was on its way out by 1870. The idea of a silver three-cent piece had been an interesting one based not on need but rather finding some coin which could circulate. This was due to some … Continue reading

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Don’t overlook potential in 1871 cent

We already know the 1871 Indian Head cent may well be one of the best Indian Head cents in MS-65, but the possibility exists that it is even better than we already suspect. The situation back in 1871 was a … Continue reading

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Good supply for 1873 two-cent piece

The two-cent piece is an interesting denomination that does not seem to attract interest today. Obsolete denominations tend to have less demand and the two-cent piece has been out of prime production since 1872 when the last business strike was … Continue reading

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Shipwreck had 1857-S double eagles

The 1857-S Coronet Head double eagle began with a mintage of 970,500 pieces in San Francisco in 1857. This is a solid mintage that reflects the fact that the tiny and unpleasant place they called a Mint at the time … Continue reading

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Depression collectors saved 1931-D

The Mercury dime is a set that is studied heavily and that should mean pricing that accurately reflects availability and demand. For those who live by the mintage totals alone, the 1931-D could be troublesome as it had a mintage … Continue reading

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MS-65 1920-S quarter a good deal

There are a number of surprises in the prices of the Standing Liberty quarters. It’s a case where the Standing Liberty quarter is still a set we are learning about. That might sound strange since the last Standing Liberty quarter … Continue reading

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1921-D half pricey coin in high grades

One of the main reasons that the 1921-D does not get the attention it deserves is that while low mintage at 208,000 pieces, it was joined that year by the Philadelphia 1921 Walking Liberty half dollar which had a mintage … Continue reading

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1873 two-cent ended denomination

The 1873 two-cent piece was to be the final year for the coin series with a mintage of just proofs, the number estimated at 1,100 pieces although we cannot be absolutely certain. It was an unusual end for a denomination … Continue reading

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1853-O half dime rarer than thought

Some coins are better than their mintages suggest and that is almost certainly the case with the 1853-O half dime. In fact, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and … Continue reading

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Rare 1909-O half eagle isn’t cheap

The 1909-O Indian Head half eagle is a very underrated coin. In fact, the 1909-O, at least in MS-65, is a significant rarity ranking among the most difficult gold coins in top grade of the past century. It is not … Continue reading

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