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1855 Seated Liberty dollar ‘dramatically underrated’

Sleepers come in all forms. Sometimes coins are not heavily collected, and as a result, are not priced at the same levels as others with a greater collector base. In other instances, a truly scarce coin in upper grades is … Continue reading

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Bargain price attracts 1882 Shield nickel buyers

The Shield nickel is not presently a hot area of the U.S. market. Has it ever been? Every coin has its time. If you had been around in 1882, you might have felt that Shield nickels were actually very interesting … Continue reading

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Demand high for 1795 Flowing Hair dollar

Total mintage for the 1795 silver dollar of 203,033 may not impress you much. It suggests that, while certainly a better coin, it is probably available. However, it must be remembered that this mintage total includes both the Flowing Hair … Continue reading

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What happened to 1934-D Peace dollars?

Collectors normally do not have a lot of questions about coins of the 1930s, since most of them are pretty well documented. There are, however, some unsettling questions about the 1934-D Peace dollar. In 1934 and 1935, thanks to a … Continue reading

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Relatively high mintage helped 1820 half eagle survive

Let’s be honest – the average collector has little chance of acquiring a Capped Head left half eagle from the 1820s. It is just not likely to happen since the mintages are so small. The odds are especially dire when … Continue reading

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Pan-Pac gold dollar may be within reach

The Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915 brought what can be considered the first U.S. commemorative coin program. In a sense, the Columbian Exposition (with two years’ of half dollars, as well as the Isabella quarter) might come close. But as we … Continue reading

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1896-S Barber quarter value tops 1913-S in MS-65

Recognition is perhaps late in coming, but the 1896-S Barber quarter has always been a good date. Why it has been overlooked for so long with its mintage at just 188,039 is a very good question. The answer begins with … Continue reading

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1905 Barber half dollar tough in top grades

Normally people don’t get very excited about issues from Philadelphia, especially those from the past century. Their mintages were routinely higher than either Denver or San Francisco, so they tend to be more available. However, Barber half dollars tend to … Continue reading

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Dual purpose, dates for Columbian Expo half dollar

There is no doubt that the 1892 and 1893 Columbian Exposition commemorative half dollar has a unique place in numismatic history. Room exists for discussion on its title as the first United States commemorative coin. Certainly the 1848 “CAL” quarter … Continue reading

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1908-S Saint-Gaudens supply held in European vaults

While the 1908-S Saint-Gaudens double eagle is not a great rarity, it is tough. It also has an interesting story, which makes it fun for collectors to study and to own. In 1908, this coin was relatively new on the … Continue reading

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