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Confederate $20 tells interesting tale

To be a great coin, it does not have to be rare and worth millions of dollars. A high price certainly helps, but there are other great coins that while not common are at least possible for many collectors to … Continue reading

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Pay up for quality or ignore 1911-D $5

The Indian Head half eagle is a much tougher set than many realize, especially if the goal is assembling it in MS-65. In fact, such a high grade set might be impossible unless you have an unlimited budget. One of … Continue reading

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1876-CC prices, grades range wide

If you had been handed a Trade dollar back in 1877, you might have been unsure how to handle it as it just had had its legal-tender status revoked. Some were saying they were silver dollars and worth as much … Continue reading

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Low quantities for 1871-CC quarter

Carson City has a well-deserved reputation for very tough coins. The origin of the Carson City reputation is silver dollars. Thanks to Carson City Morgan dollars discovered in Treasury vaults and sold to the public, the coins that created the … Continue reading

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Go with higher grade 1870 3-cent

The silver three-cent piece was on its way out by 1870. The idea of a silver three-cent piece had been an interesting one based not on need but rather finding some coin which could circulate. This was due to some … Continue reading

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Don’t overlook potential in 1871 cent

We already know the 1871 Indian Head cent may well be one of the best Indian Head cents in MS-65, but the possibility exists that it is even better than we already suspect. The situation back in 1871 was a … Continue reading

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Good supply for 1873 two-cent piece

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

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Shipwreck had 1857-S double eagles

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

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Depression collectors saved 1931-D

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

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MS-65 1920-S quarter a good deal

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

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