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1864 boasts trio of Indian Head cents

Three types of Indian Head cents exist for 1864, and one of them may well be a sleeper. There is an interesting story behind this situation, involving some of the most expensive coins of this type and one that seems … Continue reading

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1855-S half was first from San Francisco

There are a lot of interesting Seated Liberty half dollars. High on that list has to be the 1855-S, which is both historically important and a much more difficult coin than might be expected. It was the first half dollar … Continue reading

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1913-S Barber has no place to go but up

Just call it an unrecognized rarity. While expensive and desirable, the 1913-S Barber quarter does not get the attention it deserves, especially as the lowest-mintage, regular-date silver coin of the 20th century. With just 40,000 pieces struck, there are not … Continue reading

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Surviving supply of 1960 halves is limited

The 1960 Franklin half dollar should be getting more serious attention. It may eventually prove to be one of those coins that surprises everyone with its high price. With a current value of $340 for an MS-65 example with full … Continue reading

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1885 Seated Liberty half tough but available

When is a rarity not a rarity? The answer might well be a coin like the 1885 Seated Liberty half dollar. While certainly a tough and valuable coin, it is actually more available than its very low mintage would suggest. … Continue reading

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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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