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- Letters to the Editor (4/7/2015) Coins cleaned, but carefullyI have cleaned coins, but generally avoid doing so. I once put together a 20th century type set and birth year set for my daughter, and I cleaned some of the coins just for presentation purposes. They were all common date c...
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If you go back to 1929, you find that the 1929 Indian Head half eagle had a fairly large 662,000 mintage. Under normal conditions, that would make its VF-20 prices today about $390. After all, since 1908, there were 17 … Continue reading
By Richard Giedroyc Five years later it is unusual to find any 2009 Lincoln cent coins. On the lower right shoulder of the 2009 Formative Years standard front [obverse] Lincoln cent is VDB. Is this common? I cannot find the … Continue reading
By Mark Johnson Patrick Montrose makes some good points in his “Viewpoint” column regarding the graying of our hobby. I too see more gray hairs at our coin club meetings and wonder how to get kids interested. I believe there … Continue reading
On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module touched down on the moon, putting mankind on its surface. A short time later, astronaut Neil Armstrong took those first steps onto its surface, saying, “That’s one small step for [a] … Continue reading
The Everglades National Park quarter, the final America the Beautiful quarter for 2014, released Nov. 3. As of Nov. 9, collectors purchased 988 Philadelphia (P), 950 Denver (D) and 2,646 San Francisco (S) 100-coin bags. They also bought 7,349 two-roll … Continue reading
The first weekly sales report of the 2014 Everglades 5-ounce silver bullion coin indicates that 22,000 have been purchased. This places the coin well over sales of the previous release, the Great Sand Dunes, currently at 16,400. Sales of the … Continue reading
Eight years ago a coin shortage became a serious possibility as the prices of copper, nickel and zinc were soaring. The public would have found it profitable to melt nickels. Zinc cents looked like they wouldn’t be far behind. The … Continue reading
Sales of the Roosevelt Presidential Dollar and First Spouse Medal Set began Oct. 21, with buyers purchasing 1,464 sets as of Oct. 26. That figure is already 330 more than the Hoover set, which came out the week before. Also … Continue reading
The U.S. Mint reports that as of Oct. 19, the Arches 5-ounce silver collector coin has outsold the previous release, the Shenandoah 5-ounce coin. Buyers have purchased 26,923 Arches coins compared to Shenandoah’s sales of 26,916. Both are still available. … Continue reading
By John Esposito It has recently occurred to me that by being a coin collector, I am a member of a schizophrenic community. For every voice ranting about fiat money there is another voice saying we should stop minting the … Continue reading