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Letters to the Editor: April 14, 2020

1982 Small ‘D’ Cent

I’m pretty sure I found a 1982-D small-print penny. How do I go about finding its worth and selling it?

Mondo Sosa
Address Withheld


In Response to Mueller Error Coin

In regards to Christian Mueller’s error coin in the March 17 Letters section, I have been an error/die variety collector for three decades. I am also amember of CONECA. This quarter cannot be a mint error. It would be impossible. It is probably made with hole punches and pieces pressed together.

David Bisacca
Address Withheld

Error in March 17 Letter

In the March 17 issue of Numismatic News, the 1895-S was transposed to read 1859-S in my 2/21/20 letter to your Morgan dollar question. I hope readers realized the error.

Horst Seeley
Address Withheld

Editor’s Note: We regret the error and apologize for any confusion it may have caused. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

1849-O Dime with Split

I was wondering if there have been any 1849-O dimes that have a split in the vertical line of the “4” in the date, that have been written about.

Address Withheld

Mint Needs to Reevaluate Coin Release Schedule

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of collecting dollar coins, and the newest Innovation dollar series is no exception. However, I can’t understand why the reverse proof Innovation dollars are being released individually, and very late!

The Mint should release the reverse proof dollars in a set of four just like they do with every other coin series (State quarters, National Park quarters and Presidential dollars), and release them on time so that they are actually available for sale during the year of issue. There’s no reason why two of the 2019 coins were released in 2020!

Between this and the regular proof Innovation dollars not being in the proof sets, the Mint needs to get their act together!

Ryan Kordziel
Schenectady, N.Y.

Estate Sale Brings Treasures

A few months ago, my daughter-in-law, who is not a coin collector but IS a smart young lady, found a small bag of coins at an estate sale. The bag was price-marked $2.

My daughter-in-law had gotten to the estate sale early and believes she may have been the first person to see the small bag laying on a table in the basement. She did not find anything else she wanted at the sale, so she paid the estate seller the $2 for the bag and left the sale.

When she got home, she found the bag contained the following coins/items:

1948, 1950, 1951-D, 1917, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1929D Wheat pennies, all in good circulated condition

Two 1964 U.S. silver dimes

One 1983 U.S. penny, 73 percent off-center

1943 U.S. nickel

1948 Italian 20-centesimi

1976, 1983 and 1982 10-pfenning

1985 3-kopeks

1973 1-krone

1978 1-zloty

One 2-inch-long, solid gold pin

1976 Philadelphia Mint souvenir coin

A French 2-franc bill from the 1940s

A Belgian 5-franc bill from the 1940s

Not a bad haul for a young lady “running through an estate sale real quick!”Keep on looking, and remind your loved ones to be on the lookout, too.

Earl Phillips
Collinsville, Ill.