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1955 Jefferson nickel deserves attention

All Jefferson nickels should have received additional attention given the design changes that began with the series in 2004, but that attention was brief and did not translate into suddenly higher prices. If Jeffersons do post gains going forward, one … Continue reading

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1861-D half eagle history shrouded in mystery

Some coins have great stories, and the 1861-D gold half eagle is certainly such a coin. Unfortunately, it is also somewhat shrouded in mystery. Parts of its history have been lost to the fog of the Civil War, and there … Continue reading

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Full-Bell-Line 1952-S avoids dud -65 price

Slowly but surely, Franklin half dollars are gaining respect. It certainly helps when a date like the 1952-S in MS66 condition with full bell lines sets auction records, but the truth is that Franklin halves are much better as a … Continue reading

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1878 Morgan with 8 tailfeathers remains popular

When it comes to popularity, there are few U.S. coins that can provide serious competition for the Morgan dollar. The Lincoln cent might be one, and there are many 50 states quarter collectors, but Morgan dollars have a special appeal. … Continue reading

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Lower mintage, price make 1978 Ike a good buy

The 1978 Eisenhower dollar is one of the more interesting modern-date dollars. It is a tough coin to figure out. Available supplies have never really been tested, and until there is a real test, it is hard to know just … Continue reading

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1854-O gold $3 tougher than expected

Relatively little is known about the 1854-O gold $3. People spend a lot of time with the best dates in a set, and that may have left the 1854-O out. Suspicions point to it being a better date, but no … Continue reading

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1805 the first quarter many can afford

Early quarters are just plain tough. In fact, if you are living on an average income, you could have a real problem trying to afford any early quarter. It appears to have been a matter of priorities. Apparently, the quarter … Continue reading

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Beauty, history behind Saint-Gaudens design appeal

Most of us cannot afford a 1907 Ultra High Relief example of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle. With fewer than 20 known and enormous demand, it can easily top $1 million when offered. The 1907 High Relief double eagle is much … Continue reading

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Lower-grade 1810 half cents show price jump

Half cents are a lot tougher than you might think. Just try to buy one in G-4 condition – even an example that all the specialists would scoff at will cost you a very good premium over a similarly average … Continue reading

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1944-S Walking Liberty half was long overlooked

Slowly but surely, the 1944-S Walking Liberty half dollar is starting to receive some attention. That may be surprising, given that the general feeling is that half dollars from the 1940s are about as ordinary as can be. They are, … Continue reading

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