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Collectible 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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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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Charge Coin Forerunner of Card

What is a charge coin? Charge coins are actually the forerunner of the modern charge card. Produced in various shapes and sizes as well of any of several metal compositions or celluloid plastic, the so-called coins usually had a small … Continue reading

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U.S. Mint Coin Glass Products

Has the United States Mint ever produced coin glass products? The Fostoria Glass Company in Moundsville, W.Va., is responsible for most of the coin glass likely to be encountered. The U.S. Mint has experimented with making coins of glass, but … Continue reading

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Disturbances, Interruptions on Coin Edges

The reeded edge of a coin I recently examined appears to be disturbed. Any thoughts on what this might indicate? Disturbances or interruptions to the reeding on a coin’s edge may suggest the coin has been repaired, especially if the … Continue reading

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Major Reed Count Varieties Exist

Differences in the reed count make for what I would consider being minor varieties. Are there any reed count varieties that are considered to be major? Several of the Morgan silver dollar reed count varieties usually command a strong premium … Continue reading

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Who Designed the Purple Heart?

Who designed the Purple Heart military decoration? Elizabeth Will with U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Sinnock can take credit. The medal is a revival of the earlier Badge of Military Merit. General Douglas MacArthur was influential in establishing the Purple … Continue reading

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Detecting Counterfeit Coins in Fake Slabs

Is there any way to reliably detect counterfeit coins that have been put into fake slabs? The saying “buy the coin, not the slab” still holds true. It may be more difficult to determine if a coin is a fake … Continue reading

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Gallery Mint Museum Replica Producer

Who is the Gallery Mint Museum and is it okay to buy their coins? The Gallery Mint Museum was located in Eureka Springs, Ark. It produced excellent replicas of U.S. coins between 1992 and 2007, operating in much the same … Continue reading

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Types of Deteriorating Die Doubling

Is there more than one type of deteriorating die doubling? Inside Abraded Die Doubling is caused by wear at the edges and inside the design detail. It appears as an enlarged, irregular outline overlapping the original design element. Outside Abraded … Continue reading

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