Is there any precedent for the U.S. World Cup Games coins that have the date on both sides?
There are numerous coins with two dates, especially from the Arabic countries. Many of the early Spanish cobs had two or even three dates. The Mexican 1950 5-peso railroad commemorative is another example, as is the 1960 10-peso. The Bahamas 1974 $100 commemorative has the date on both sides, marking the first year of independence. Uganda has a proof 20-shilling with the 1969 date repeated on both sides. Canadian coins include the 1982 Constitution dollar, the 1984 Cartier (Toronto) dollar and the 1978 silver XI Games dollar. These are tricky to catch, as the dated obverses aren’t shown in some catalogs.
Were there really silver bars issued commemorating the “double strike” 1955/1955 and 1972/1972 cents?
There were, and just as with many of the reports of the coins, the titles of the bars are wrong. The 1955 and 1972 cents with doubled obverses are both single strikes with hub-doubled dies, not “double strikes.”
What was the issue price of the 1972 ARBC Bicentennial Medal with George Washington on it?
The 1-1/2 inch bronze medal sold for $3.50. Packaged with four Bicentennial stamps, the list price was $5. As far as I can determine there is almost no aftermarket, or resale opportunity, for these and most non-bullion medals of recent manufacture.
With the astronomical numbers of subway tokens issued by New York, for example, why aren’t there more of the old ones available to collectors?
Principal reason is the policy of exchanging the new tokens, after a fare increase, for the old ones (redeemed at their old value), which took most of the old ones out of circulation. The same principal has been applied to many coinage issues.
Wasn’t the mintage figure for the 1893 Colombian half dollar much higher than the usually quoted 1.5 million?
Actual mintage was just over 4 million, but 2,501,700 of the coins were melted. Rather than confuse you with facts, the end result is usually quoted.
I have a glass paperweight with several silver dollars embedded in it. Is this the “coin glass” you referred to in a past column?
Coin glass has impressions of the coin design cast in the glass, not the coin itself, so you have something different.
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