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Mint Statistics: Returns ding World War I set numbers

How many weeks in a row can the Mint subtract sales from the World War I Silver Dollar and Service Medal sets? We don’t have the answer yet because they are still declining. Every single one of the five versions … Continue reading

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1896-S Barber quarter value tops 1913-S in MS-65

Recognition is perhaps late in coming, but the 1896-S Barber quarter has always been a good date. Why it has been overlooked for so long with its mintage at just 188,039 is a very good question. The answer begins with … Continue reading

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Mint charged face value for proofs

Early in the U.S. Mint’s history, collectors could visit to buy proof coins over the counter. What did the mint charge? Proof coins were sold directly to collectors by the Mint at face value through 1859. Coins were available individually … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Is Morgan’s eagle an error coin?

By Steve McGowan In the first quarter of 1878, a change was made on the design and depiction of the American Bald Eagle for the Morgan silver dollar. In Q. David Bowers 5th edition book on the Fabled Coin, various … Continue reading

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Central States mourns Lockwood

Numismatic Ambassador Ray Lockwood died March 29 at the age of 79. The Marion, Ind., numismatist was given the award jointly with his wife Fran on April 24, 1999, at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Milwaukee. Mr. Lockwood … Continue reading

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What I don’t know keeps me going

When I began to collect coins as a kid, there were two things that really appealed to me. The first was filling Whitman albums from change. Putting a collection together and perhaps finding a coin with a low mintage was … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Proof sales drop is suprisingly large

If you are interested in 2018 clad proof sets, this week’s sales numbers are a puzzler. Not only did they decline, they fell by 13,387. Who got cold feet? This is a fall of 6.4 percent. Can’t blame silver or … Continue reading

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Funny-looking coins not likely patterns

My information is that any unusual coin found in circulation is either a pattern or a trial strike. Care to comment? You would be surprised by the number of letters in my files, frequently from dealers, making that same assumption. … Continue reading

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Coins offer insurance in bad times

During the Great Depression, Joseph P. Kennedy said in 1936 that he would gladly give up half his fortune if he could be guaranteed he would keep the other half. That sounds peculiar until one remembers the context of the … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: No spring in U.S. Mint sales numbers

There were 10 inches of snow in Iola, Wis., April 3. Spring definitely has not sprung here. Mint sales numbers are not springing higher, either. There was another round of subtractions from the two-piece World War I Centennial Silver dollar … Continue reading

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