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The Underrated 1942-D Jefferson Nickel

With all the new interest in nickels thanks in large part to the special designs of 2004 and 2005, it would seem like the right time to take another and more serious look at Jefferson nickels. If we do, what … Continue reading

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1999 George Washington $5: An Overlooked Commemorative

It might well be suggested that the 1999 $5 gold coin marking the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington has basically slipped under the radar, receiving very little attention. Of course, when you consider George Washington and his … Continue reading

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1851-O 3-Cent Piece: An Obscure Piece of History

The year 1851 was an interesting but troubled time. The price of silver had moved to a point where silver coins of the United States could be sold, and as a result, people had started hoarding silver. That caused a … Continue reading

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The 1793 Liberty Cap Cent

The 1793 Liberty Cap cent, simply based on the date, is a good coin. The only thing likely keeping it from much higher prices is a greater appreciation for how tough it really is and the fact that unlike the … Continue reading

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The 1958 Roosevelt Dime Waits in the Wings

There is no way of getting around the fact that recent years have not been the best when it comes to higher prices for most Roosevelt dimes. It is hard to put a good spin on the situation, as prices … Continue reading

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Star Varieties for 1798/97 Gold Eagle

It should come as no surprise that the first gold eagles of the United States are very tough coins. After all, back in the 1790s, a $10 gold coin was a lot of money for almost everyone. It had not … Continue reading

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Item of the Week: The 1938 Washington Quarter

A better date when it comes to a Philadelphia Washington quarter can be a relative matter. The 1938 Washington quarter is certainly better than the 1964 but with a total mintage of 564,341,347, it is probably easy to make the … Continue reading

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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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