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Medal maker not easily determined

I recently received the Korean Peace Talks Summit Coin [not really a coin of course] being sold by the official White House Gift Shop. Do you have any information about who manufactured this piece? I was surprised how little information … Continue reading

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No reeding on off-center Anthony $1

I’m concerned that my Anthony dollar might be a counterfeit. It looks like it’s off center, but it has no reeding. Your 1979-P SBA dollar is a normal off-center strike, about 3 percent off. Since it would have to be … Continue reading

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On edge about confusing coin terms

Listening to other collectors and dealers at a coin club meeting, I came away confused. They were talking about rims, edges, and collars as if they all meant the same thing. Do they? The three terms each have differing meanings. … Continue reading

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What four words are on all U.S. coins?

Trick question: What four words appear on all U.S. coins? Easy. “United States of America.” If you said “In God We Trust,” gotcha! That didn’t make our coins until the 1864 two-cent piece – a long time after we started … Continue reading

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Could VDB appear on later cents?

Is it possible for there to be a VDB cent between 1910 and 1917? There is controversy whether working die 1909-VDB cents were reused following the initials VDB having been ground off the dies. If this is true, there could … Continue reading

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Silver Queen located in Virginia City

What is the history of the portrait known as the “Silver Queen?” In a tavern in Virginia City, Nev., there’s a painting of a woman whose dress is decorated with 3,261 silver dollars. Her belt is made of 28 $20 … Continue reading

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Damaged cent found in proof set

One of the San Francisco Reverse Proof sets I ordered has a blatantly discolored and scratched cent to the point where you can see the gray zinc color in the groove. Do you know if a gloved or plain ol’ … Continue reading

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Magnet inside coin puzzles reader

I read a report of a British coin that had been altered by hollowing it out and then inserting a thin magnet. What would be the purpose of this? The most likely cause is that the coin was deliberately manufactured … Continue reading

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Error coins not seized

What happened to the eight illegally obtained 2000-P double denomination coins you mentioned last week? It does not appear the government has taken any legal action to seize these coins, and they remain in private hands. A single collector allegedly … Continue reading

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Sacagawea dollars struck in gold

Were gold composition Sacagawea dollar coins ever struck by the Mint? Gold $5 Sacagawea coins were struck in 1999 with the intention of selling them to the public. The Mint’s authority to produce these was questioned, with the coins subsequently … Continue reading

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