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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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1916-S half appeals for numerous reasons

Even though the 1916-S Walking Liberty half dollar is not as expensive as its low mintage might suggest, it certainly is historic. While you may not get a bargain price, you do get a coin with a lot to offer. … Continue reading

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1937-D three-legged Buffalo stays popular

Some coins just seem to catch everyone by surprise and create a special demand because they are different. That is certainly the case with the 1937-D Buffalo nickel, since the animal on the reverse has only three legs. There are … Continue reading

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High-grade 1922-S Peace dollars tough

Almost no one considers the 1922-S Peace dollar as one of the better dates in the series. While it certainly is not a key date, it has become (at least in grade MS-65 and above) a better date than many … Continue reading

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1949-S Roosevelt dime an affordable key

There is a pretty strong case to be made that there are no especially tough Roosevelt dimes, which were first produced in 1946. They have been saved, and they have also always had mintages that, while not necessarily high, were … Continue reading

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1864 boasts trio of Indian Head cents

Three types of Indian Head cents exist for 1864, and one of them may well be a sleeper. There is an interesting story behind this situation, involving some of the most expensive coins of this type and one that seems … Continue reading

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1855-S half was first from San Francisco

There are a lot of interesting Seated Liberty half dollars. High on that list has to be the 1855-S, which is both historically important and a much more difficult coin than might be expected. It was the first half dollar … Continue reading

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1913-S Barber has no place to go but up

Just call it an unrecognized rarity. While expensive and desirable, the 1913-S Barber quarter does not get the attention it deserves, especially as the lowest-mintage, regular-date silver coin of the 20th century. With just 40,000 pieces struck, there are not … Continue reading

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