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One of the great rarities in the U.S. coinage series is the 1870-S gold $3. Only one specimen is known to exist. What isn’t known about this coin (and a unique 1870-S half dime) is if it is the specimen … Continue reading
If you’re hooked on collecting coins, it’s understandable. You’re infected, as it’s apparently a disease that started spreading, without a cure, well back in U.S. history. Read the following from the Oct. 5, 1859 issue of The Daily Ohio Statesman … Continue reading
I picked up this image of John Big Tree in an eBay auction years ago. John Big Tree claimed he was a model for James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo nickel (1913-1938). The many holes in his story are told in my … Continue reading
Admittedly the Anthony mini dollar, which portrays famed suffragette Susan B. Anthony, never took off as a circulating coin. Some thought it was too close in size to the quarter to be easily identifiable. Coinage was from 1979-1981 and again … Continue reading
Having an interest in gold and silver mining (and, of course, coins), I was happy to get a chance to view the 100-troy ounce Washington Nugget that was on display at the Florida United Numismatists Coin Show in Tampa this … Continue reading
When the new Lincoln cents came out in 1909 everyone wanted one. Of course, today it is known that the 1909-S with Victor D. Brenner’s initials on it was one that would prove valuable. However, even by the 1920s, when … Continue reading
Watching the recent rescue of miners in Chile was a stark reminder of how dangerous deep mining for metals can be.For my book, Crime of 1873: The Comstock Connection, I did a lot of research into the miners and mining … Continue reading
During the Civil War hoarding of all forms of hard money was prevalent. Even the lowly cent was hoarded–so much so that substitutes, including privately issued tokens that resembled cents and government paper versions, filled the void. In 1862, several … Continue reading
OK. So George Morgan’s initial “M” appears on the Morgan dollar (1878-1921) in the curls of Liberty’s hair. Some, not knowing the English engraver who designed the new dollar, took the “M” to stand for “Mint.” But how anyone, as … Continue reading