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- Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016) Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of ...
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The two-cent piece is an interesting denomination that does not seem to attract interest today. Obsolete denominations tend to have less demand and the two-cent piece has been out of prime production since 1872 when the last business strike was … Continue reading
The 1857-S Coronet Head double eagle began with a mintage of 970,500 pieces in San Francisco in 1857. This is a solid mintage that reflects the fact that the tiny and unpleasant place they called a Mint at the time … Continue reading
The Mercury dime is a set that is studied heavily and that should mean pricing that accurately reflects availability and demand. For those who live by the mintage totals alone, the 1931-D could be troublesome as it had a mintage … Continue reading
There are a number of surprises in the prices of the Standing Liberty quarters. It’s a case where the Standing Liberty quarter is still a set we are learning about. That might sound strange since the last Standing Liberty quarter … Continue reading
One of the main reasons that the 1921-D does not get the attention it deserves is that while low mintage at 208,000 pieces, it was joined that year by the Philadelphia 1921 Walking Liberty half dollar which had a mintage … Continue reading
The 1873 two-cent piece was to be the final year for the coin series with a mintage of just proofs, the number estimated at 1,100 pieces although we cannot be absolutely certain. It was an unusual end for a denomination … Continue reading
Some coins are better than their mintages suggest and that is almost certainly the case with the 1853-O half dime. In fact, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and … Continue reading
The 1909-O Indian Head half eagle is a very underrated coin. In fact, the 1909-O, at least in MS-65, is a significant rarity ranking among the most difficult gold coins in top grade of the past century. It is not … Continue reading
The 1973-S Eisenhower dollar was the result of a pattern from the first couple of years of Eisenhower dollars. It had been decided that there would be 40 percent silver Eisenhower dollars that were offered in proof and brilliant uncirculated … Continue reading