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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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Ikes at face value

Is there a premium value for common date copper-nickel Eisenhower dollars? I found several Internet websites where bulk lots of circulated common date Eisenhower dollars are selling for a modest premium. Individual circulated coins are basically worth face value when … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Many say Mint prices are excessive

A year ago, the U.S. Mint held its first Numismatic Forum in Philadelphia, with perhaps 55 invited guests in attendance. Mint staff reached out to solicit ideas and suggestions from outside of their own sphere, and the attendees responded with … Continue reading

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When will China buy American coins?

I stumbled on some interesting information while I was in China. A speaker estimated that there are 750,000 to almost 1.4 million buyers of gold and silver coins in China. That number is very similar to what is the case … 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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Coin’s appeal in eye of beholder

I hear a lot about eye appeal. There are standards for such things as the depth of a mirror surface and for frosted devices. Are there any standards for eye appeal? Although certification services usually consider eye appeal as a … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Time to bring money up to speed

By Bill Tuttle In reply to “Vachon’s” Viewpoint/commentary in the Nov. 7 issue of Numismatic News, I can answer (or make a suggestion) to his question: “… so why not $10, $5 and $2 coins?” Why not, indeed! But instead … Continue reading

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Just what is the perfect coin gift?

Should the United States issue a Christmas coin in a manner similar to the post office issuing Christmas stamps? This question comes up each year about this time. I ask it again because it is time for us to prepare … Continue reading

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Proof coinage move not part of plan

Wasn’t the present Philadelphia Mint (the fourth, constructed in 1969) intended to continue proof coinage? Up until then, the Philadelphia Mint had struck almost all the proof coins issued. However, the coin shortage, capped with the failure of the roller-die … Continue reading

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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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