Author Archives: Ginger Rapsus

Discovering prizes in junk boxes

You never know what you will find in a junk box. Coins, tokens, stuff that can’t be organized. Items that no one has time to identify. Even now, treasures can be found in a junk box. Back in the day, … Continue reading

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Some coins might have gotten away

Every collector has a story about the choice coin that got away. Maybe the collector couldn’t afford the coin at the time, or he didn’t recognize its value and rarity, or she figured she could buy the coin at a … Continue reading

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1870 offers rarities, odd denominations

The year 1870 has so much to offer a collector. True rarities, some unique, bear the date 1870. An historic mint began operations this year. There were three-cent coins in two metals, along with two cent pieces, nickels, half dimes, … Continue reading

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Don’t take Washingtons for granted

The best coin I ever found in change was a well-worn 1932-D Washington quarter. This was in the late 1960s, when the old silver and new clad circulated side by side. Rims were slightly worn into the reverse lettering, but … Continue reading

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Key year for coin collectors is 1893

The closing of an historical minting facility, two commemorative issues, and the mintage of two popular Morgan dollars make 1893 a unique and special year for numismatists. Silver and gold coins were struck at the Carson City Mint from 1870-1893. … Continue reading

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Dateless quarter inspired collector

That poor old coin was barely recognizable as a quarter. A scratch adorned the obverse, and the reverse lettering was partially worn away. Dateless, of course, with a Liberty figure and flying eagle visible. The first Standing Liberty quarter I … Continue reading

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Several ways to collect Walkers

Walking Liberty half dollars could still be found in change as late as 1966. The oldest half dollar I received in change was a 1943-D, still in nice condition. Once the Kennedy half dollar was introduced in 1964, half dollars … Continue reading

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Buffalo nickels bring back memories

Assembling a collection of Buffalo nickels years ago was not hard. Many were still found in change. But if you wanted coins with dates, well, that was a bit more difficult. Buffalo nickels showed up quite regularly in the 1960s. … Continue reading

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50 years of memories in Kennedy

The approach to collecting Kennedy half dollars is different from other series. Searching through change will not produce any results; half dollars disappeared from circulation decades ago. Since these are modern coins and actually quite common, bidding at auctions and … Continue reading

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Mercury series popular with many

Mercury dimes were seen in change quite often in the mid-1960s when clad coinage debuted. Silver and clad coins circulated side by side for a few years, and it was possible to find some older coins. The oldest dime I … Continue reading

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