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Mint conducts a ‘Liberty’ experiment

I often rank Mint offerings by dollar amount earned as a proxy for popularity. My supposition is that if collectors spend $20 million instead of $10 million, they are twice as happy. It is in this vein that I have … 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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Viewpoint: More grades needed for copper

By Scott Casey We are all aware of the significant differences in the amount of red coloring remaining on vintage copper coins. Unfortunately, we are limited to describing this wide color variety using only the standard designations of BN, RB … Continue reading

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Precious metal coins the way to go

When you place your order for the 2018-W proof silver American Eagle come Jan. 4, 2018, don’t think you are done. The Mint will not let you off so easily. Why? In the summertime, date not yet set, the Mint … Continue reading

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Three-coin cent set nothing to sneeze at

Many collectors have loved cents since they started in numismatics. Something new about them has come up this morning. I received a short handwritten letter from a reader who asks a very coin collector type of question. I really enjoy … 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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Old slabs worth more

I understand coins housed in some of the older third-party certification service holders are worth more than are others of the same grade. Why? Earlier encapsulations by major third-party certification services are considered to have been graded using more conservative … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Change never came to U.S. money

I would like to know why people tolerate the production of coins with no purchasing power. Talk from old-time collectors shows how coins were once useful in the economy, but (and especially) since the 1970s, their purchasing power has eroded … Continue reading

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We should all salute Baltimore show

Whatever the future might bring for coin shows, there are a few that are so important that I cannot imagine the commercial hobby without them. One of these is the Baltimore show. Actually, there are three Baltimore Whitman Expos each … Continue reading

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Surviving supply of 1960 halves is limited

The 1960 Franklin half dollar should be getting more serious attention. It may eventually prove to be one of those coins that surprises everyone with its high price. With a current value of $340 for an MS-65 example with full … Continue reading

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