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Item of the Week: The 1833 Half Cent

Good values can be found in some surprising places. The 1833 half cent might well qualify as a surprising place as it is not a half cent that gets much attention, but when you consider the factors surrounding it as … Continue reading

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Item of the Week: 1949 Franklin Half Dollar

Franklin half dollars seem to have found an audience based on record prices and dealers running prices for coins they want to buy. An impressive list once came from the Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, N.H. In their buy list, … Continue reading

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1804: Standout Era Dime

Being a tough early dime of the United States is not an easy thing to do as virtually any early dime of the United States is tough and expensive. That said, the 1804 stands out as one of the better … Continue reading

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Item of the Week: Buffalo Nickel Error an Affordable Option

When you think of errors, you usually think “expensive.” For example, the 1955 doubled die obverse Lincoln cent is not cheap, and with good reason. It was a mistake, and the taxpayers are getting their investment and interest. When you … Continue reading

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Item of the Week; 1870-S $3 Gold

The 1870-S $3 gold piece is one of the great American rarities and one of the great American stories. You could also say it is one of the great American numismatic mysteries as well, for we have never fully been … Continue reading

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1793 Wreath Cent: Were Proofs Produced?

Life in 1793 at the United States Mint had to be exciting. It is unfortunate that there were no recordings or other ways of saving what went on that year. For historical reasons, it would be nice to determine exactly … Continue reading

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Item of the Week: The 1804 Gold Eagle

The 1804 gold eagle is closely related to the famous 1804 silver dollar. There is one variety of the 1804 gold eagle that is actually tougher than the 1804 silver dollar but much less expensive, making the 1804 potentially one … Continue reading

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1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

In the world of errors, there are relatively few major coins that have widespread recognition and general acceptance by collectors. The 1942/41 Mercury dime has to be considered one of the very few errors in U.S. history which has the … Continue reading

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The 1796 Quarter

There are not many coins in the history of the United States about which it can truly be said that they are both very scarce and very historic, but both things apply to the 1796 quarter, and that makes it … Continue reading

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The 1908 No Motto Double Eagle

Some coins are important because they are virtually impossible while others are important because they are more available than might be expected. It is the latter which is certainly the case with the 1908 No Motto Saint-Gaudens double eagle. The … Continue reading

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