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Coin mistakes in eye of beholder

What U.S. coins have been issued on which there is a mistake in the design? If you count faulty dies causing the mistake then mistakes start in 1796 with the Liberty large cent. If not, then the many improperly depicted … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: 1945-P FSB Mercury dime undervalued

By Sam Lukes If one compares a Mint State 1916-D Liberty Head dime with Full Split Bands (FSB) to a Mint State 1945-P with FSB, then, yes, the 1916-D, as one of your readers suggested, “is an overvalued coin.” Although … Continue reading

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Copper future potentially exciting

Six years ago when silver was about to make its peak at just over $48 an ounce, coin shows became all about bullion. Some firms began to sell copper rounds and bars as if they were a precious metal. My … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Boys Town coins take places in stat box

I finally had to move the 2016 commemoratives off the page as the Boys Town coins have arrived. They take up a lot of space. Fortunately, all sales numbers from last year’s commemoratives remained the same as last week with … Continue reading

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Paper money’s start came in 1690

When was the first paper money issued in what is now the United States? The Massachusetts General Court issued the first paper money in the colonies in 1690. The U.S. Government issued its first paper money (Treasury Notes) in 1861. … Continue reading

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If avoiding loss is goal, choose gold

Many coin collectors are dismayed to discover that they have coins they purchased years ago that have lost value. That is not pleasant. But nobody promised that every coin would rise in value over time. That is the collector hope, … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: More proof gold sold than bullion versions

Bullion sales began slowly in March. In fact, the pace is so lackadaisical that no gold Buffalo coins have yet been sold this month. I have left February numbers in the space. For Eagles, figures for both gold and silver … Continue reading

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1967 Kennedy half price on the rise

The 1967 Kennedy half dollar marks the last in a series of three years when the coin was struck without mintmarks. Like the 1965 and 1966 examples, we are learning that perhaps the 1967 should be taken more seriously. Coming … Continue reading

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Congressman revived commems

What was the motivation to resurrect our commemorative coin issues in 1982? President Dwight D. Eisenhower ended the so-called classic commemorative coin series when he vetoed three commemorative coin bills on Feb. 3, 1954. Lobbying for further commemoratives never stopped, … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Exhibits serve as entrée into hobby

By Dr. Patrick Curran Most coin clubs, be they large or small, have received tax exempt status because of their educational purpose or efforts. This aim may be achieved in many ways, but one of the most popular is by … Continue reading

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