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1898-S Barber quarter tough in top grades

Finding a coin everyone has overlooked is fun. It does not happen often, because coin prices tend to be a very accurate reflection of the availability of most issues. When you factor in demand to explain the few cases where … Continue reading

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1880 gold dollar has interesting history

It should be elusive, if not rare. But it is not. That makes the 1880 gold Indian Head dollar an interesting coin, even if we are not quite sure of the story behind the hoard that makes it available. By … Continue reading

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Design change led to 1867 Shield nickel pair

For whatever reason, we do not seem to pay a lot of attention to Shield nickels. In fact, if asked, many would have a tough time even suggesting which are the key dates for this series. While not one of … Continue reading

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Prices suggest 1893 Morgan is obtainable

There is no such thing as a readily available 1893 Morgan dollar. By that time, vaults at the Treasury were already bulging with silver dollars. The repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act meant that there would be virtually no … Continue reading

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Mintage can mislead for 1896-S Barber half

If you want to find the better Barber half dollars, your first rule should be to not get hung up on mintages. Yes, mintage can be a good indication on some coins of how tough they will be, but it … Continue reading

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1932-S Washington quarter a twin key date

The 1932-S Washington quarter can easily be considered half of a pair of twin key dates. For decades, the 1932-D and 1932-S were priced at the same levels in most grades. It’s still that way today, at least in G-4 … Continue reading

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Mintage misleading for 1923-S Peace dollar

It hardly seems possible that sleepers can still be found for any type of silver dollar. Along with its popularity have come articles, books and all the information we could seemingly absorb, including which dates are tougher in certain grades. … Continue reading

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Recent appreciation for 1965 Kennedy half

If the 1965 Kennedy half dollar was a person, it would definitely be the poor stepchild of the family. Unlike the wildly popular 1964 Kennedy half, this younger sibling was not well liked by anyone. Little could have been done … Continue reading

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Maine Centennial half missed celebration

One would think that something like a statehood centennial half dollar would be a relatively straightforward commemorative. But considering what happened with the Maine Centennial half, one can see the potential for problems with later issues. It’s important to understand … Continue reading

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1875 a key date for Trade dollar short set

Finding better-than-average Trade dollars is not an easy thing, especially ones in top grades. The situation is compounded for Philadelphia coins, since the toughest Trade dollars have been from Carson City. While mintages play a part, this situation appears to … Continue reading

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