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The 1914 Barber half dollar is certainly a better date. The issue today is just how much better it is than other Barber half dollars and how much better it might seem to be in the future. Continue reading
Hoard stories are fun. Of course, the problem is that hoard stories, like other types of stories, can get somewhat bigger each time they are told. The 1796 quarter is a good example. Continue reading
The 1876-CC 20-cent piece may not get the attention it deserves simply because it is a 20-cent piece and almost 135 years after it was discontinued, some are still trying desperately to forget the experience. Continue reading
Most of the time we discuss coins that are more expensive than we would expect based on their mintages. In the case of the 1915 Barber half dollar, we find that the opposite is true. Continue reading
Some coins stand out from other dates around them as especially tough and perhaps even unusually hard to explain. That could be said of the 1846 half dime. Continue reading
While you weren’t looking, the price of the 1997 $5 gold Franklin D. Rooosevelt has been growing. Few great American leaders have as many opponents as Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in fact most who study numismatic history are less than impressed with his Gold Recall Order in 1933 and some of the behind-the- scenes activities in his administration. Continue reading
Major rarities are not usually historic coins that were released into circulation. Because they are major rarities, you could argue that the 1894-S Barber dime or the 1913 Liberty Head nickel are historic but not in the usual sense. They basically create their own history by being so rare, but they are not the first coins of their design or the first coin from a new mint, making it a different sort of history. Continue reading
When it comes to interesting issues, it does not get much better than the 1900-O over CC Morgan dollar. Not only is the 1900-O/CC interesting but it’s also relatively available, so most can have an example of their own to enjoy. Continue reading
Sometimes things in the old commemorative program simply got a little strange. It is hard to explain why things happened the way they did with the Arkansas Centennial half dollar but it certainly makes for an interesting collection, or mini-collection. Continue reading
Don’t bother to check the mintage to find out why the 1861-D gold dollar costs $4,950 in F-12 or $41,500 in MS-60. The 1861-D doesn’t have a recorded mintage, which helps to make it one of the most interesting stories in the history of U.S. coins. Continue reading