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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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1856-S double eagle offers chance at treasure

In September of 1857, the S.S. Central America went below the waves during a hurricane. In the late 1980s, a team led by Tommy Thompson and Bob Evans found the remains of the ship and the largest American treasure ever … Continue reading

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1821 large cent tough to find in top grades

Just as some coins can be sleepers, and others sleepers with very little chance of waking up any time soon, coins can also be overrated. The contention has been made that the 1821 Coronet Head large cent is not as … Continue reading

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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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