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- e-letters (January 31, 2017) We asked: Do you feel threatened by counterfeit coins? I cannot know how it would feel to find out that I purchased a counterfeit coin. Other than the expense, I imagine that the disappointment would be a great concern. The hobby is aware of the counterfeit problem. Since my major interest is collecting modern U.S. coins, ...
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The Presidential dollar coin series has ended. Only the Native American series will remain active in 2017 for base metal dollar coins. Next year, the creator of the written Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah, will be honored on the reverse of the … Continue reading
Only a tiny percentage of American adults own physical gold or silver for investment. The estimates I have seen range from one to three percent. From my more than 50 years of personally owning such items or trading them as … Continue reading
by Peter Huntoon Jess Lipka sent in this eyebrow-raising, self-explanatory note. Written in the top selvage is: “The first bill signed by my father as v. pres. of Cayuga Bank. April 20th, 1874. W. P. Beardsley.” Does any more need … Continue reading
Uncirculated or About Uncirculated? Next to authenticity, that may be one of the most important things to consider when buying a coin. As prices rise and collectors seek perfection it will become even more important. This topic is discussed in … Continue reading
During World War II, rationing of metal in the United States for the war effort impacted everyday life. For the nation’s coinage, two well known changes were put into place—the 1942-1945 war nickels and the 1943 steel cent. The new … Continue reading
by Dr. R.S. “Bart” Bartanowicz “I’m really happy that you told me to collect coins from circulation before I started a serious collection. It’s cool finding coins like Jefferson nickels from the 1940s or 1950s that are still in circulation. … Continue reading
“Close but no cigar” describes how the 1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar ranks among the key dates of the Walking Liberty half dollar set. While near the top of virtually every grade, it is almost never the key date. That … Continue reading
I was looking through some old newspaper articles on the Internet and came across an interesting full-page feature in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer from Oct. 15, 1922 about the plans for replacing the old Bank of England with new, taller … Continue reading
The 1956-1964 Washington quarters from Philadelphia, not Denver, display a small percentage of the population as the Type [Variety] B or proof reverse on the circulation coins. Your publication on Nov. 16 in the “Coin Clinic” column said they came … Continue reading