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Gold coin denominations strange

Please settle an argument. Is the “eagle” a real denomination for U.S. coins? The Act of April 2, 1792, established standards for the gold eagle, half eagle and quarter eagle denominations. The Act of March 3, 1849, authorized the double … Continue reading

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Compare yourself to reader profile

I wrote a blog the other day on a topic that I think is important enough to repeat. I have put the complete blog text here: Trying to figure out what is important to readers is based in part on … Continue reading

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1913-S Barber dime a low-grade sleeper

Everyone loves sleepers. It does not matter what you normally collect; if you think you have spotted a coin that should be much more expensive, you are likely to buy it. We collectors just cannot seem to resist a good … Continue reading

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Public kept out of West Point Mint

Can I tour the mint at West Point? The West Point Mint is not open to the public due to the gold bullion there. Its high security means the address is not in the National Register listings of the National … Continue reading

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History reason for early copper popularity

By Bill Eckberg Not sure how I feel about perpetuating the discussion with Blaine Buckman, but if you want to do so … Mr. Buckman’s letter about early coppers has some misleading and incorrect information. First, The Red Book, Deluxe … Continue reading

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Nickels were last hurrah for finds

Even when I was a kid, Jefferson nickels did not rate very highly among collectors. I might not have been able to explain it, but I got the message. As a result, the series was the last one I began … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Platinum Eagle sales already equal 2016

If there was any excitement in bullion Eagle sales this week it was probably due to the platinum version. The Mint has sold 20,000, which equals the sales figure for all of 2016. What’s more, last year the platinum coin … Continue reading

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1918-D half tough to find in top grades

Ever since we changed to a grading system with a number of different Mint State grades, we have been learning a lot about Walking Liberty half dollars. Prior to grading them MS-65 and better, few would have thought that a … Continue reading

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Keep corroded coppers separately

As I was going through a container of pre-1983 Lincoln cents, several had green corrosion (verdigris?). Does this contaminate the other cents in the container? Should they be quarantined? In my experience green corrosion on Lincoln cents and other denominations … Continue reading

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Amass relationships along with coins

By Bernie Malis I was somewhat saddened by Mr. Thom’s recent article. Although I somewhat agree with where he is coming from, I get a lot more out of collecting than just getting Mint products that sell out too soon … Continue reading

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