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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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Story trumps rarity for 1936 Cleveland commem

Things were not exactly perfect when it came to the 1936 Cleveland Centennial/Great Lakes Exposition commemorative half dollar. That should not be surprising for a number of reasons, but it does make for a good story. On the surface, this … Continue reading

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Average supply makes top 1880-O Morgans tough

The 1880-O Morgan dollar might just be a sleeper. It’s a better New Orleans date than most people realize, although it is still at least available in most grades. There is no good direct source of information on the first … Continue reading

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Top-grade 1918-D dime has become a key date

No one ever thought of the 1918-D Mercury dime as anything close to the key 1916-D in terms of availability, but that is beginning to change. Only in the past couple of decades has the 1918-D been sought in MS-65 … Continue reading

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Two types for 1917-S Standing Liberty quarter

There are two 1917-S Standing Liberty quarters, and it’s safe to say that both are interesting coins. They are also relatively available coins when you consider their mintages. That is probably because unlike later dates, some of each may have … Continue reading

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