• seperator

Coin Clinic: Who is Farran Zerbe?

The American Numismatic Association has a Farran Zerbe Memorial Award. What can you tell me about Zerbe? Farran Zerbe (1871-1949) was president of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) between 1908 and 1910. One of his important contributions was to purchase … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: How Does Restoration Improve Coins?

What can a professional coin restoration service do to improve my coins that I can’t do by cleaning them myself? Restoration services don’t “clean” coins; they restore them. Such services can remove artificially and deliberately applied contaminants, these contaminants having … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Do I Determine the Grade on a Coin Described as ‘Uncirculated Details?’

How can I tell if my Hobo nickel is an original or a modern machined example? An extremely worn, dateless Buffalo nickel without a mint mark likely of low value is used as the host coin for most modern reproductions. … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: How Can I Determine the Value of an Error Coin?

Wouldn’t eye appeal be superior on a coin that has a better finish than another of the same grade? One person may like nicely toned coins while someone else doesn’t like toning at all. A third person might think the … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: Has the U.S. Ever Restruck Coins of Another Country?

There are now services that will “conserve” my problem coins. What is the difference between their conserving my coins and someone else cleaning them? The principle goal of conserving a coin is to remove any detrimental materials from the surfaces … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: Color Designations

Are the color designations Brown, Red Brown, or Red a judgment call on half cents, cents, and 2-cent coins or is there some standard a coin must reach to be identified as such? Uncirculated and Proof U.S. copper coins are … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: The Difference Between Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike

What is the difference between a Prooflike and a Deep Mirror Prooflike Morgan silver dollar? A coin must first be at least Mint State 60 to qualify for either. According to Professional Coin Grading Service, the Prooflike has “mirrored surfaces … Continue reading

Posted in Coin Clinic, Features | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: Contemporary v. Modern Fantasy

Why would it have been expected that there would be more demand for the 20-cent coin in western states in 1875 than in the East? There was a shortage of circulating currency in the West at that time, much of … Continue reading

Posted in Coin Clinic, Features | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

World Coin Clinic: What is a Boardwalk Flan?

By Richard Giedroyc What percentage of ancient coins being sold are from older collections and how many of them are from recent discoveries? There are no hard statistics on this, however, it appears that prior to 1975 it is likely … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, General News, News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coin Clinic: What Are World War Two Tokens Made Of?

Are World War Two ration tokens made of cardboard? The tokens are made of vulcanized fiber. The dyes used to make the tokens blue or red included an ultraviolet component meant to deter counterfeiters.   Why were these ration tokens … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features, General News, News | Tagged , | Leave a comment