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1797 Large Cents and the Nichols Find

Some coins are important not because they are tougher than expected but because they are more available than might be expected. When that happens there is usually a good reason, which then makes for a very good story. The 1797 … Continue reading

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Business Strike v. Commemorative Coins

How can I tell when a coin is collectible or if a coin is a commemorative? Coins can be both commemorative and collectible. You may be looking to differentiate between what may be a circulating commemorative versus a typical business … Continue reading

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‘Mayflower’ Products Sail into Market

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic voyage of the Mayflower. On Nov. 17 the United States Mint is releasing four new products to mark this momentous occasion: a silver proof coin and medal set, two-coin gold … Continue reading

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Silver to Gold Ratio

Silver to Gold Ratio Everyone must know we’re in tumultuous times with a looming election, COVID-19 uptick in infections, etc. Lots of people are inquiring about bullion. The 1-ounce gold eagle has a denomination of $50, the half-ounce of $25 … Continue reading

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‘S’ Proof Silver Eagles Come and Go

New this week is the 2020-S proof silver American Eagle coin. You will find the listing below in the Collector Eagle Sales chart. The one-ounce Eagle, released Oct. 13 at a price point of $73, is officially off the market, … Continue reading

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eletters Nov. 10, 2020

From the Oct. 16 Numismatic News e-Newsletter Should the U.S. Mint be doing more to facilitate support of the country’s charitable organizations? Here are some answers from our e-Newsletter readers.   No. The U.S. Mint shouldn’t be in the business … Continue reading

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1882 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Good deals are something everyone wants. Dealers and collectors, when they get a chance, will even pay extra to have the first chance to look at a nice collection that has not been seen for years. This is how strong … Continue reading

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How to Best Collect Proof Coins

Is it better to collect 1936 to 1942 proof coins by the set or by the individual coin? At one time, the proof set of 1936 to 1942 was the way to go, but today due to the hairsplitting grades … Continue reading

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Online-Only Mint Ordering

Online-Only Mint Ordering is Prohibitive I have purchased products from the Mint since 1998. First, I did everything by mail and then mail orders were stopped by the Mint. You could only order by telephone or the internet. I then … Continue reading

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Barber Half Dollar Bargains

By Mark Benvenuto  When it comes to United States half dollars, there are definitely fans for almost every series we can think of, bar none. The Walking Liberty half dollar, for example, continues to be a design that plenty of … Continue reading

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