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Why is the 1921 Canadian silver five-cent rare?

How many coins are needed for a complete Barber coin collection?

Assuming you mean the dime, quarter and half, respectively, 75, 74 and 73 coins to complete the three series, without varieties.

 

Listings refer to the lettered edges on the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold, but what does the lettering say?

The motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is on the edge.

 

Are there two different designers for the two years of issue of the Canadian George V dollars?

The 1935 issue was the Jubilee design of Percy Metcalf, technically a commemorative. For 1936, the mint reverted to the 1911 master die designed by Sir E.B. MacKennal.

 

Why is the 1921 Canadian silver 5-cent rare?

The Currency Act of 1921 changed the metal to pure nickel. Silver examples were struck but were melted, except for a few sold to visitors. There are an estimated 10 survivors.

 

This argument is getting hotter by the minute. A thaler from the 1600s started it because it has no date. Is the piece a coin or a medal?

The definition of a coin does not specifically require a date. The typical dictionary definition of a coin is: “A piece of metal with a distinctive stamp (design) and of a fixed value and weight, issued by a government and used as money.” Any similar piece, such as a token or medal may also have a date without being classed as a coin. There are hundreds of thalers that were struck from the 1400s to the 1700s with no date, but they are still coins.

 

Russia struck some of the Netherlands trade coins. Was this done legally?

The best face we can put on this is that they are “copies.” The Russian strikes of gold ducats began in the 1700s. The Dutch had been using the coins for Java, but Russia minted them for nearly 10 years. The late issues circulated as trade coins in Europe.

 

Can you explain what is meant by the “mumps” variety of the Canadian large cent?

Beginning in 1890 the bust of Queen Victoria was “aged” to show her advancing years. One of the changes was an accentuation of the chin and cheek line, giving her a heavier jowl – and the appearance of having a severe case of mumps.

 

I found a 1965 2-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.

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