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How long have we had mintmarks on coins?

I found a 1965 two-cent coin from the British Caribbean Territories-Eastern Group. Where is this group?

The BCT-EG was formed in 1950 and uses a common currency. The group includes Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, The Leeward and Windward Islands, British Guiana and The British Virgin Islands.

How long have we had mintmarks on coins?

We have had mintmarks since they began making coins. Greek cities used city symbols on their first coins as one of the first uses of mintmarks.

While studying the German two-mark coins of 1970-1975, I noticed that some have different arabesques and lettering. Is this a mistake?

Beginning in 1970, new edge and coin dies were introduced, but there were still a lot of the old dies on hand at the various mints. Those dies were used until the supply was exhausted.

Where was the 1940-B German 10-pfennig struck?

The “B” mintmark was that of the Vienna Mint. Of the some 50 mintmarks used by the Austrian Mint, this is the only instance where a “B” was used.

In a dealer’s junk box I found an early European coin with the date as “J620.” Is this a minting variety?

In this case the “J” is the style of digit that was frequently used in the 16th and 17th centuries. You will also see the “1” with a split base, or “legs.”

My coin has a “10” and some Oriental characters on one side and a long, low building on the other. Where is it from?

You have a coin from Japan, a 10-yen minted beginning in 1951 with a reeded edge, switching to a plain edge in 1959. It’s one of the few Japanese coins that doesn’t bear the chrysanthemum. Joe Boling reminded me that the design remained the same but the dating era changed from Showa to Heisei, triggering a change in both the Y and KM numbers.

To save a lot of time, do you happen to have the total value for all of the coins struck at Carson City?

Just happened to have these at my fingertips. Actually, it took a little searching.

Double eagles – $16,689,680

Eagles – $2,822,780

Half eagles – $3,279,085

Silver dollars – $12,660,288

Trade dollars – $4,211,400

Half dollars – $2,654,313.50

Quarters – $2,579,198

20 cents – $28,658

Dimes – $2,090,110.80

That adds up to be $22,791,545 in gold, $24,223,968.30 in silver, and a grand total of $47,015,513.30 in face value for more than 56 million coins.