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Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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Silver War Nickels: History, Values and Varieties

By Bullion Shark LLC …… About 10 months into the U.S. involvement in World War II that begin in December 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack, the United States Mint began producing silver nickels. These coins were made of an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese rather than 75% copper and 25% […]

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The Roosevelt Dime – A Fitting Tribute, But Not Without Controversy

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Most circulating United States coins have received both scrutiny and some negative press when first issued. The first 1793 cents were denounced for their Chain reverse, adapted from the earlier Fugio cents but held to be a poorly chosen symbol for its Liberty head obverse. John Reich’s buxom […]

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PCGS Grades 1st New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Discovered in Nearly a Century

New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Graded by PCGS as an F15 and Designated a “Discovery Coin”   It still pays to scrutinize all coins for something new or unusual, even those belonging to a series as well studied as the Flowing Hair Half Dollar. Struck by the United States Mint from 1794 through 1795, […]

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2021 Morgan Silver Dollar, Peace Dollar Closer to Being Minted

By Bullion Shark LLC …… There is some very good news for collectors of U.S. coins who have been excited about the idea of the United States Mint striking 2021-dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars for several years now. On September 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6192, the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary […]

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Cameo Proof 1887 Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Just 710 Proof Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1887, and only about 500 examples survive in any condition. This issue presents a surprising challenge for collectors who seek the finest levels of preservation and production quality. As is the case with […]

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Silver Dollar Specialties Offered in Month-Long Heritage Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan and Peace Dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike (DMPL) Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Thursday, October 15 at 6 […]

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St. Helena — East India Company: The stately peacock, the national bird of India, features on second gold and silver coins in Treasures of India collection

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in partnership with the East India Company, have released (23rd September) their latest gold and silver coins struck in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, which is part of the series entitled “Treasures of India

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St. Helena — East India Company: The stately peacock, the national bird of India, features on second gold and silver coins in Treasures of India collection

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in partnership with the East India Company, have released (23rd September) their latest gold and silver coins struck in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, which is part of the series entitled “Treasures of India

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American Silver Eagles – A Brief History and Current Values

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the 1970s, silver that had been stored in the United States’ Defense National Stockpile for years had accumulated to the point that it exceeded projected needs. The Nixon administration proposed selling some of these holdings, but silver miners opposed the move since selling a lot of silver would depress […]

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United States 1923 Peace Dollar

Image: Coins in Motion. Description: The 1923 Peace dollar is one of the most common issues in the series of dollar coins (1921-35) designed by Anthony de Francisci. Peace dollars bear an obverse image of a young Lady Liberty crowned with rays, strikingly resembling the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. First issued five […]

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Over 650 Ounces of GOLD Offered in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Precious Metals Auction

Bidding Ends Wednesday, September 23 Click Here to Place Your Bids   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their September 2020 Precious Metals Auction, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Lunar Series III Year of the Ox Silver Proof Coins

The Perth Mint’s highly anticipated Australian Lunar Series III coin program is an array of superb silver coins celebrating the next animal in the zodiac, the ox. Released as a magnificent three-coin set, and as individual 1oz and 1/2oz silver proof coins, the coins feature original artistry portraying the kind-hearted ox. Those born under the […]

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A Rare Opportunity: GreatCollections Offers Mint State CAC 1798 Draped Bust Dime

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 20, bidding ends at GreatCollections for this toned 1798 Draped Bust dime of the Large 8 variety, graded MS-64+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. The Draped Bust dime was first issued in 1796, featuring what is called the Small Eagle reverse. In 1798, a new Heraldic Eagle reverse […]

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Incredible Gem 1894 Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With just 110,000 coins produced, the 1894 has the lowest mintage among circulation strike Morgan dollars from the Philadelphia Mint. It is a key date issue in this popular series, and is the rarest Philadelphia Mint Morgan in Mint State after only the 1901. When […]

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Roosevelt Dimes – History, Values and Some Key Dates: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the only U.S. president who served more than two terms in office, from 1932 to 1945. During that period, he took the country out of the Great Depression and guided it through most of World War II while also transforming the country in lasting ways […]

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A Quick Look at the Silver Clad Kennedy Half Dollar

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on March 26, 2013 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Talk about an under-appreciated series. The silver-clad Kennedy half dollar has always played second fiddle to its one-off 1964 and 1964-D 90% […]

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Classic US Silver Dollars – Brilliant Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar

Every circulation-strike issue from the inception of the Morgan dollar series in 1878 through 1904 was accompanied by a small run of Proofs, typically in the high hundreds of pieces. The year 1921, when Morgan dollar output resumed for one last time using newly created hubs, was different in a number of ways, including the […]

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Why Some Liberty Seated Coins Have Arrows by the Date

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Liberty Seated coinage, one of the longest-running motifs on United States coins, remains one of the most popular and widely collected 19th-century types. These coins were produced at a time when it was standard for multiple denominations to share a common design, as was the case with the […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Sell Collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah Jazz Owner for Nearly 25 Years

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the spectacular collection built by Utah businessman Larry H. Miller across two sales to be held in November and December 2020. Larry H. Miller was an entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous as the owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Utah Jazz from 1985 up to his death […]

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Australia: Seven Sisters constellation features on latest coin in “Star Dreaming” series

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The Royal Australian Mint has released (3rd September) their latest silver Proof coins in the series entitled “Star Dreaming” launched in May of this year and which highlights some of the more memorable stories in Aboriginal folklore about the constellations seen in the Southern Hemisphere

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The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… When it comes to commemorative coins, 1936 was one of the busiest years in United States Mint history. Some 21 distinct issues were minted that year, not even accounting for the numerous mintmark variations and some of the rare Proof and special presentation strikes that were also made that […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples […]

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Netherlands: Third silver ducat in “Castles” series features historic Hoensbroek Castle

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The Royal Dutch Mint has released (27th August) the third silver proof Ducat which is part of their new series entitled “Historic Castles” that combines the traditional depiction of the Anonymous Knight and representations of the 12 Dutch provinces by including images of famous Dutch historic castles located in various towns and villages

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Netherlands: Third silver ducat in “Castles” series features historic Hoensbroek Castle

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The Royal Dutch Mint has released (27th August) the third silver proof Ducat which is part of their new series entitled “Historic Castles” that combines the traditional depiction of the Anonymous Knight and representations of the 12 Dutch provinces by including images of famous Dutch historic castles located in various towns and villages

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E. Horatio Morgan Collection Half Dollars in Stack’s Bowers Sept. 2020 Online Auction

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… As collectors, we all have times in our lives when we push the hardest to build up our collections. For E. Horatio Morgan, that time was the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the market was abuzz. Major collections were coming to auction at a breakneck pace, coin shows were […]

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Condition Rarity MS-67+ 1937-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Online bidding ends Sunday, August 30 on GreatCollections.com for this 1937-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar, graded MS-67+ by NGC. While the 1937-D Walking Liberty’s mintage of 1.676 million pieces is over twice as large as the Denver Mint’s 1938 output of 491,600, it is still a middling to low number for the […]

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Simpson Collection Sale to Feature Finest Known 1795 Dollar With Silver Plug

The upcoming Heritage September 17 auction of Important Selections from the Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part I features, among many other outstanding coins, the finest known 1795 dollar struck with silver plug, graded MS65+ by PCGS and pedigreed to the Lord St. Oswald Collection. The Lord St. Oswald coins have earned exalted status in U.S. […]

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Mercury Dimes – History, Values and Some Key Dates: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In 1916 the dime, the quarter, and the half dollar were each eligible for a new design, and the Treasury Department held a competition to select the winning motifs. Designs submitted for the dime and the half dollar by German-born sculptor Adolph A. Weinman were selected. They became his most […]

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Australia: Third triangular gold and silver coins issued in popular “Australian Shipwrecks” bullion series

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The Royal Australian Mint has released the third coin which is part of the popular and unique “Australian Shipwrecks” series that focuses on some of the continent’s most intriguing tales of mysterious and tragic shipwrecks recorded

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Condition Rarity MS-67+ 1884 Carson City Morgan Sells Big at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, August 9, bidding ended on GreatCollections.com for this 1884-CC Morgan Silver Dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. It sold for $17,166 USD ($19,311.75 including buyer’s premium) after nine bids. Produced at the Carson City Mint, few of the issue’s official 1,136,000-coin mintage were known to have survived […]

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Australia: Third triangular gold and silver coins issued in popular “Australian Shipwrecks” bullion series

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The Royal Australian Mint has released the third coin which is part of the popular and unique “Australian Shipwrecks” series that focuses on some of the continent’s most intriguing tales of mysterious and tragic shipwrecks recorded

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Top Pop 1949-S Silver Roosevelt Dime Garners Over $10,000 at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. A Full Band, high Mint State 1949-S Roosevelt dime is one of the hardest coins in the Roosevelt silver series to collect, and an example that sold at GreatCollections.com on August 2 stands as proof of that statement. The sole top pop PCGS MS-68, which also happens to be a toner, went […]

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Silver Continues Upward Climb

In a trend continuing from last week, we are again singing the song of silver as it continues its upward climb at the time of this writing.
Up from second place a week ago, the best-seller this week was the 2020-W uncirculated silver American Eagle. As the spotlight on silver brightened, the unc

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Canada: Large silver coin celebrates 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Northwest Territories

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new large-size silver coins which are in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s Northwest Territories, one of the largest regions of land in North America. At 1,144,000 square kilometres (442,000 square miles), it represents 34 percent of Canada’s landmass

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The Market for Collecting Modern Key Date Half Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… It probably comes as no surprise that the three most widely collected United States half dollars are the Walking Liberty, Franklin, and Kennedy half dollars. Below is some information related to the markets for these coins, intended to help collectors make fruitful decisions when adding to or upgrading their collections. […]

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Extremely Rare 1851 Proof Three Cent Silver Certified by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… With a mintage of four examples the 1851 Proof Three Cent Silver is an American numismatic rarity. It has been written that these mere four coins were struck with the passage of the authorization of the Act of March 3, 1851, which authorized the United States Mint to produce […]

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Canada: Large silver coin celebrates 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Northwest Territories

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new large-size silver coins which are in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s Northwest Territories, one of the largest regions of land in North America. At 1,144,000 square kilometres (442,000 square miles), it represents 34 percent of Canada’s landmass

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Spectacular Toned 1879-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1879-S Morgan represents the second year of the series and serves as a popular issue among type collectors and VAM variety specialists. Almost all of the 9,110,000 coins struck at San Francisco were not paid out, but remained in the Mint’s vaults and were gradually […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: Franklin Half Dollar Full Bell Line Designations

CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses Franklin Half Dollars in this CoinWeek Streaming News segment, sponsored by NGC. Franklin Half Dollars are a popular silver coin series that was produced by the United States Mint starting in 1948 and continuing until the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Each coin in the series […]

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Enjoy ‘Gold Rush’ Prudently, Advises PNG

 
Buyers of physical gold and silver during the 2020 “Gold Rush” should be wary of potential counterfeits in the marketplace, mistaking plated “gold coins” for bullion products, and avoid overpaying for any purchases, cautions the Accredited Precious Metals Dealers division of the Professional Numismatists Guild in a July 31 advisory.
“Adding gold, silver or platinum bullion coins or ingots to an investment portfolio can be a smart choice, but knowing your seller can be a crucial choice,” said Richard Weaver, president of PNG-APMD. “If you don’t know gold, you’d better know your gold dealer

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Classic Commemorative Coins: Possibly Unique Matte Proof 1937 Boone Half Dollar

The Heritage August 3 – 9 US Coins Signature Auction features a Matte Proof 1937 Boone half dollar. This Philadelphia commemorative half dollar derives from the only Matte Proof set authenticated of the Daniel Boone type, and may well be unique. The production of these matte proofs was not recorded by the Mint, and their […]

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Bullion Shark: Collecting Classic, Modern, and Silver American Quarters

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and began striking pattern coins that year. The first regular issue coins were not produced until 1793. The first quarter dollars, however, were not issued until 1796 because Spanish colonial coins denominated in Reales, which still circulated in the U.S., filled the […]

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Ukraine: Now-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games theme for new silver Proof crown coins

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The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) new silver collector coins which are in recognition of Ukraine’s National Olympic Team, who would have been competing alongside top-class world athletes this month

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United Arab Emirates: New silver Proof coin celebrates now-postponed Expo 2020 hosted in Dubai

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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has released new silver Proof quality coins on the occasion of the Emirate hosting Expo 2020 in their capital city of Dubai

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United Arab Emirates: New silver Proof coin celebrates now-postponed Expo 2020 hosted in Dubai

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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has released new silver Proof quality coins on the occasion of the Emirate hosting Expo 2020 in their capital city of Dubai

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Key 1928 Peace Dollar in MS-66 CAC at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 26, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1928 Peace silver dollar, graded MS-66 by PCGS and approved by CAC. At 360,649 coins, the 1928 Peace dollar struck in Philadelphia has the lowest mintage of the entire series except for the 1922 High Relief variety. The coin’s rarity was appreciated […]

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Bullion Shark: Key Date Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Morgan Dollar Values The two most popular and widely collected classic silver dollars are Morgan dollars (1878-1921) and Peace dollars (1921-1935). And like the vast majority of other coins, their values are determined by the scarcity of the date based on the coin’s mintage, the coin’s estimated surviving population, the […]

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Ukraine: Silver one-ounce bullion coin series featuring Archangel Michael and new reverse design

The National Bank of Ukraine has released (10th July) their silver one-ounce bullion coins, which are part of their annual “Archangel” series begun in 2011. For the 2020-dated issue, the silver coins feature a new reverse design, which, for the first time, includes the new currency symbol ₴ for the hryvnia-denominated coins

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Ukraine: Silver one-ounce bullion coin series featuring Archangel Michael and new reverse design

The National Bank of Ukraine has released (10th July) their silver one-ounce bullion coins, which are part of their annual “Archangel” series begun in 2011. For the 2020-dated issue, the silver coins feature a new reverse design, which, for the first time, includes the new currency symbol ₴ for the hryvnia-denominated coins

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Finest Known 1883-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Although often overshadowed by the 1884-S, the 1883-S Morgan dollar presents a surprising challenge to collectors in Mint State. While the mintage was moderately large at 6,250,000 pieces, the 1883-S is one of the few issues that saw active circulation beginning in the 19th century. Worn […]

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Gem 1882-O/S Strong Overstrike Morgan Dollar Highlight at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 5, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1882-O/S Strong overstrike Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-65 by PCGS. It is pedigreed to the notable Bella Collection in the PCGS Set Registry. This coin is one of two coins of the Strong overstrike type graded MS-65 by PCGS, with only one […]

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The Secrets to Collecting Walking Liberty Half Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Walking Liberty half dollar, issued for 31 years from 1916 to 1947 and which includes 65 date and mint mark coins, is probably the most popular 20th-century U.S. coin and the most widely collected half dollar series. It was produced during a remarkable period in American history that spanned […]

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PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety

First major variety discovery of that Early Half Dollar date in nearly a century   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has confirmed a new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. The coin was struck with a previously unknown obverse die and is now recognized as the new Overton 133 variety. It is […]

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Encore Dollars: Dollar Coins That Came Back One More Time

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Many coin series come and go, never to be struck again. And others take a numismatic bow only to hit the stage one more time for a surprise encore appearance some years later. Many United States coins have come back after years absent from the production schedule, as […]

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1794 Dollar: Legend Auctions to Sell Most Valuable US Coin in October

The world’s most valuable US coin, a 1794 Dollar that last sold for $10 million USD, is set to appear in an auction again later this year. Legend Rare Coin Auctions, Inc. has announced the sale of the Bruce Morelan Collection, a collection of coins from the early period of US history, valued in total […]

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1827/3 Capped Bust Quarter, One of the Hobby’s Major Rarities, Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, June 14, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this toned overdate Original 1827/3 Capped Bust quarter, graded Proof-65 by PCGS. The coin on offer was once part of the Virgil Brand Collection but it has a much longer pedigree, having been owned by such other American numismatic luminaries as Waldo Newcomer, […]

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Abraham Lincoln: A Numismatic Legacy Considered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on November 6, 2012 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Prelude to War On January 12, 1848, a 39-year-old Whig congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln took to the House floor and […]

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New Plan for 2021-Dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Last year the 1921 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Act, which proposed issuing 2021-dated Morgan silver dollars and Peace dollars, was introduced. Though the proposed program remains popular with collectors, the bill never gained much support in Congress. Just before the year ended, the Congress passed the Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin […]

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The Uncertain Path to the Barber Quarter: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, set out to design a set of coinage consisting of a new dime, quarter and half dollar. While the coins would ultimately carry his name (“Barber coins”) he decided to invite artists to submit designs for the […]

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United States 1921 Peace Dollar

Description: The 1921 Peace dollar is the debut issue of Anthony de Francisci’s Art Deco design, produced from 1921-1928 and then again for two years in 1934 and 1935. Peace dollars bear an obverse image of a young Lady Liberty crowned with rays, strikingly resembling the Statue of Liberty. First issued five years after the […]

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Collecting Strategies: Peace Dollars – Mintage vs. Price in MS63

Market Analysis by CoinWeek ….. Hi folks. Today we wanted to draw your attention to the popular U.S. Peace dollar series and some collecting strategies for those who would like to buy uncirculated coins but stay within a reasonable price range. To help, we’ve split the series into two periods and have created a graph […]

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Fundamentals for Gold Still Strong – Good for Rare Coins

When gold and silver prices rise, many bullion buyers eventually also begin purchasing rare gold coins, advises award-winning writer Michael Fuljenz   By Mike Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion …… The fundamentals for gold continue strong as it reaches new highs worldwide and near an eight-year high in the United States, and that is helping to boost increased […]

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Top Pop Proof 1958 Franklin Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Proof 1958 Franklin half dollar is a modern rarity that presents a severe challenge to specialists seeking the highest grade levels. With only 875,652 Proof half dollars struck, the 1958 is the lowest mintage issue from the second half of the series, which would eventually […]

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Tuvalu: Second pirate ship coin issued in “Black Flag” bullion series featuring the Royal Fortune

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The government and treasury of Tuvalu have released the second gold and silver bullion quality coins in their ongoing series entitled “Black Flag,” which features some of history’s most notorious pirate ships to have sailed the seven seas

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Tuvalu: Second pirate ship coin issued in “Black Flag” bullion series featuring the Royal Fortune

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The government and treasury of Tuvalu have released the second gold and silver bullion quality coins in their ongoing series entitled “Black Flag,” which features some of history’s most notorious pirate ships to have sailed the seven seas

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Ascension: Silver crown coin remembers 50th anniversary of historic Apollo XIII mission

The government and treasury of Ascension have released (20th May) new silver Proof collector’s coins which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the heroic Apollo XIII mission. This was the seventh crewed mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third which was meant to land on the moon

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Condition Census 1845 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Throughout the 1840s, the United States Mint struck silver dollars only at the request of bullion depositors who asked for this denomination. There was no significant supply of domestically mined silver available during that decade, limiting the amount of bullion available for dollar coinage. The […]

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Ascension: Silver crown coin remembers 50th anniversary of historic Apollo XIII mission

The government and treasury of Ascension have released (20th May) new silver Proof collector’s coins which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the heroic Apollo XIII mission. This was the seventh crewed mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third which was meant to land on the moon

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Historic Browning Plate 1823/2 Quarter in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Few American rarities have been so carefully documented and studied for provenance as the 1823/2 Capped Bust quarters. The rarity of this date was already legendary by the time Montroville W. Dickeson wrote his 1859 American Numismatical Manual, where he pronounced this date “extremely rare.” In […]

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Two Rare U.S. Coins to be Auctioned for Charity by GreatCollections

The silver and gold coins are valued at over $60,000   Two of the most famous U.S. coins ever minted are being auctioned by GreatCollections for the benefit of the Andre’ F. Toce Sr. Family Foundation, a non-profit that has donated to a variety of causes, including supporting orphaned children in Africa and safe houses […]

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Why Are Full Bands 1945 Philadelphia Mercury Dimes Scarce?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Mercury dime specialists and anybody else who loves nicely struck examples of these mid-20th-century silver coins knows that examples with Full Bands (FB) details are among the most desirable. But certain issues are scarcer with fully struck horizontal bands across the fasces than others. And among the scarcest of […]

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Gem 1891-CC Morgan Dollar: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

Desirable Gem 1891-CC Morgan Dollar 1891-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).   This is an exceptionally well-preserved, highly attractive example of a conditionally challenging Carson City Mint Morgan dollar issue. Sharply struck throughout, both sides are brilliant with subtle hints of golden toning and faint prooflike reflectivity in the fields. Silky smooth in appearance and […]

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Australia: New Proof silver and colour coin captures Aboriginal Emu in the Sky constellation

The Royal Australian Mint has released new silver Proof coins with a captivating design that blends luminous colour with Aboriginal art to depict the story of the Emu in the Sky constellation, which also introduces a new collector coin series entitled “Star Dreaming.”
It can be said that Indigenous Australians were the first astronomers who have been using the stars as navigation maps, calendars, and to tell stories for tens of thousands of years

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Australia: New Proof silver and colour coin captures Aboriginal Emu in the Sky constellation

The Royal Australian Mint has released new silver Proof coins with a captivating design that blends luminous colour with Aboriginal art to depict the story of the Emu in the Sky constellation, which also introduces a new collector coin series entitled “Star Dreaming.”
It can be said that Indigenous Australians were the first astronomers who have been using the stars as navigation maps, calendars, and to tell stories for tens of thousands of years

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NGC Attributing Tomaska Die Varieties for Franklin, Kennedy Half Dollars

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is now attributing Proof Franklin half dollars and Proof Kennedy half dollars according to the die varieties cataloged by Rick Tomaska in Cameo and Brilliant Proof Coinage of the 1950 to 1970 Era. Submitters can request the attribution for applicable coins through NGC’s VarietyPlus® service. Tomaska, a renowned numismatic researcher and […]

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Austria: Third stopover in the “Reaching for the Sky” series, new silver coin features Airbus 380

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The Mint of Austria has released (13th May) the third coin in their ongoing and very popular coin series entitled “Reaching for the Skies,” that focuses on various aeroplanes and their contributions to world aviation history

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Canada: The 350th anniversary of the establishment of Hudson’s Bay Company featured on the latest coin in “Moments to Hold” series

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released new silver collector coins which mark the 350th anniversary of one of Canada’s oldest and historic commercial operations

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PCGS 1938 Half Dollar Proof Sells for Record $81,562 at GreatCollections

After spirited bidding from 11 different collectors and dealers, the finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar ended up selling for a new all-time record price of $81,562 USD at GreatCollections on Sunday, April 26. The coin, graded PCGS PR68+ CAC, is the single finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar known from an original mintage of […]

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Canada: Royal splendour, Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara features on new silver crafted coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released silver crafted coins that recreate a particular piece of jewellery which is one of the Queen’s most personally admired and recognised. The Aquamarine Tiara has been a part of Queen Elizabeth II’s own collection since her coronation in 1953

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Superb Gem 1892 Barber Quarter: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1892 Barber Quarter Description Stunning Superb Gem 1892 Barber Quarter The D. Brent Pogue Specimen MS-67 (PCGS) CAC Type II Reverse 1892 Barber Quarter. Type II Reverse. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC. This CAC-approved Superb Gem is an exceptionally well-produced and preserved example of this popular first-year Barber quarter. The strike is outstanding, the dies imparting a […]

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CAC-Approved 1928-S Peace Dollar MS-65 at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 10, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1928-S Peace silver dollar graded MS-65 by PCGS in a gold shield holder and approved by CAC. It’s hard not to notice the mintage of 1,632,000 Peace dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1928. But like many coins popular with […]

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Ukraine: St. Michael’s Vydubychi Monastery features on latest silver Proof coins as part of “Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine” series

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The National Bank of Ukraine has released (16th April) their latest coins which are part of an ongoing numismatic series entitled “Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine

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British Indian Ocean Territory: First bullion silver coins released featuring Sea Turtle

The government and treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have released their first-ever bullion-related silver coins to the market and collectors. Chosen for the reverse design is one of the territory’s most well-known sea inhabitants, the turtle

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Australia: New line introduces Australia beneath the Southern Skies gold and silver bullion coins

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The Royal Australian Mint has released a new line of bullion coins in both gold and silver which revisits a design once considered for a new series of coinage introduced for the country’s transition to a decimal currency

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Australia: New line introduces Australia beneath the Southern Skies gold and silver bullion coins

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The Royal Australian Mint has released a new line of bullion coins in both gold and silver which revisits a design once considered for a new series of coinage introduced for the country’s transition to a decimal currency

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British Indian Ocean Territory: First bullion silver coins released featuring Sea Turtle

The government and treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have released their first-ever bullion-related silver coins to the market and collectors. Chosen for the reverse design is one of the territory’s most well-known sea inhabitants, the turtle

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Ukraine: St. Michael’s Vydubychi Monastery features on latest silver Proof coins as part of “Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine” series

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The National Bank of Ukraine has released (16th April) their latest coins which are part of an ongoing numismatic series entitled “Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine

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Tuvalu: New silver ounce coin honours American actor John Wayne

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The government and treasury of Tuvalu have released new silver one-ounce coins in honour of American actor John Wayne, a staple of the Western film genre who starred in, directed, or produced more than 170 movies in a career spanning over 50 years

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Classic Coin Profile: United States 1838-O Dime

Description The New Orleans Mint was one of three branches of the United States Mint authorized to be opened by the Coinage Act of March 3, 1835. The same Act authorized the opening of an important assay office in New York City. The Louisiana facility was built on land donated to the federal government by […]

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Tuvalu: New silver ounce coin honours American actor John Wayne

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The government and treasury of Tuvalu have released new silver one-ounce coins in honour of American actor John Wayne, a staple of the Western film genre who starred in, directed, or produced more than 170 movies in a career spanning over 50 years

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1880-CC Morgan Dollar VAM-5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1880-CC Morgan Dollar Description Superb Gem 1880-CC 8/7 Morgan Dollar VAM-5, Ex GSA Hoard Just one finer in this category 1880-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. VAM-5. Top 100 Variety. 8/High 7. MS-67 (NGC). A brilliant and frosty snow-white gem with a dusting of original patina apparent on each side. This Morgan Dollar fields are considerably reflective […]

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NGC Certifies Bag of First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars for Rare Collectibles TV

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extraordinary bag of First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars submitted by Rare Collectibles TV (RCTV). The 2,000 Kennedy Half Dollars arrived at NGC still sealed in their original Federal Reverse Bank bag dated March 19, 1964 — five days before the coins’ official release date! The […]

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Somalia: Latest African Wildlife premier bullion coins feature new depiction of the majestic leopard

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The Central Bank of Somalia has authorised the release of new gold and silver bullion quality coins which are part of their new African Wildlife series introduced in 2018

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Heritage Offers Jesse Lopez Classic Silver Dollar Collection, Confederate Currency

The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection Heritage’s latest month-long coin auction is The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection, running through April 15 at coins.HA.com. As with most of our month-long auctions, this offering focuses on collector coins, with offerings for budgets of all sizes. Silver dollars are always popular, and like most of our US coin auctions, […]

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Think Commems Are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles […]

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Canada: New “ice-edged” pure silver coin remembers the 175th anniversary of Franklin’s lost expedition

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released new silver Proof mega-coins featuring an “ice edge” rim which brings attention to Franklin’s lost expedition, one of history’s great mysteries which is, however, getting closer to being solved

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The 6 Classic Mercury Dime Key Dates & Rarities

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Winged Liberty Head Dime, better known as the “Mercury” Dime, was struck by the United States Mint from 1916 through 1945 and became one of the most beloved coins of the 20th century. The Mercury Dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, a renowned sculptor who also lay […]

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Slovakia: New silver Proof coins issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Slovak National Theatre

The National Bank of Slovakia has issued new silver Proof collector coins which are in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the country’s first performance theatre. Established in 1920, the Slovak National Theatre (SND) played an essential role in supporting the objectives of the-then Czechoslovak Republic, formed in 1918

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Full Bands 67+ CAC 1936-S Mercury Dime at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 12, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this toned 1936-S Winged Liberty (Mercury) dime, graded MS-67+ Full Bands by PCGS and approved by CAC. In 1936, there were 9,210,000 dimes struck at the San Francisco Mint, which was a relatively average mintage for an S-mint Mercury dime. But in the […]

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 US Coin Auction Session Two Garners Nearly $1 Million

View All Lots & Bid in the Internet Sessions Here   Session Two of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction closed with total prices realized of nearly $1 million USD. The sell through rate based on the quantity of lots was 93%, with the sold lots achieving 104% of their total estimates, which had […]

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Support the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) and PAN President Thomas Uram are appealing to collectors to support new coinage legislation, House Bill H.R. 6192, directing the United States Treasury to produce 2021 Morgan and Peace dollars recognizing the significant silver dollar coinage change that occurred in 1921. The Morgan silver dollar that represented the nation’s […]

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Bulgaria: New silver crown coins celebrate unique Kukeri Festival

The Bulgarian National Bank has issued new silver Proof collector coins entitled “Bulgarian Traditions and Loves,” which feature a most unusual national custom, kukeri. Uniquely Bulgarian by custom and practice, it is believed that today’s Bulgarian masked good-spirited play-acting has its origins to the pre-nuptial rites practised by the ancient Thracians

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Scarce 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek ….   On Sunday, April 12, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1921-D Walking Liberty half dollar, graded XF-40 by NGC. The 1921 half dollar struck at the Denver Mint is the lowest-mintage issue of the entire Walking Liberty series. At only 208,000 struck, it is more scarce than the Philadelphia 1921 (at […]

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Finest Known 1852 Liberty Seated Quarter in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1852 Liberty Seated quarter has a relatively low mintage of 177,060 coins, a steep departure from figures that were multiples greater throughout the 1840s and that went on to exceed one million coins regularly throughout the 1850s. This population was further diminished by melting […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars Proposed as Ongoing Program

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On March 11, U.S. Representative Garland “Andy” Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 6192 – a bill which proposes the issuance of a silver dollar program starting in 2021 that would honor the centennial of the transition in 1921 from Morgan to Peace dollars. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2), whose district […]

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1806 Draped Bust Silver Half Dollar: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. She is a busty beauty with flowing long hair. This 1806 classic silver half dollar, the Draped Bust, has outstanding eye appeal and a natural heft to hold in your hand. Congress first authorized the creation of a half dollar in April, 1792. The Draped Bust version was struck […]

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NGC Counterfeit Detection: 1921 Peace Dollar

Among other problems, this fake is too thick to be a genuine example of this key date   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… In 1921, the United States was still reeling from the effects of World War I. Over 116,000 American serviceman lost their lives in what was then called The Great War. Due to […]

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Rare Proof Restrike 1852 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Philadelphia Mint struck only 1,100 silver dollars for commercial use in 1852, a fact that was not lost on contemporary numismatists. By the end of that decade, the 1852 had a reputation as a rare and desirable date in the silver dollar series. The United […]

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CoinWeek IQ: United States 1921-S Morgan Dollar Zerbe Proof

Description The Zerbe Proof 1921-S Morgan dollar is one of the rarest and most enigmatic issues of the Morgan dollar series. The Morgan dollar, known more officially as the Liberty Head dollar, is a silver coin that was struck at each branch of the United States Mint in operation between 1878 and 1904 and then once […]

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Three-Cent Silver Coins – Solving the Problem of Scarcity: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. The US three-cent silver coin was one of the many repercussions of the California Gold Rush. The country experienced a surging supply of gold as new discoveries opened in the east. This development created an economic scenario in which the price of gold relative to silver dropped. Thus, silver […]

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Top Pop PCGS CAC 1936 Long Island Commemorative Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, March 8, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned 1936 Long Island Tercentenary half dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. Rare in higher Mint State for reasons mentioned below, PCGS has certified 20 examples at its top pop grade of 67+. The fact that this example has […]

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Superb Gem 1921 Chapman Proof Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Rare Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar The Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan dollar is among the most elusive issues of the entire series, far exceeding in rarity the legendary Proof-only 1895. We are thrilled to offer one of very finest survivors from this clandestine issue in […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar

Description: The United States silver dollar denomination was authorized by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, but not produced until the fall of 1794. The legislation called for the coins to be struck at a weight of 416 grains and a fineness of .89243. In theory, the coin was meant to circulate as the […]

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Belgium: City of Bruges celebrates 20 years as UNESCO World Heritage Site with new silver Proof coin

The National Bank of Belgium has issued (26th February) new silver collector coins in celebration of the City of Bruges, having been named a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site 20 years ago. The designation as a World Heritage Site as an international landmark is part of the United Nations recognition of having cultural, historical, scientific, or other forms of significance, which is legally protected by international treaties

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique & Unlisted 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Patterns in the Standard Silver series, inscribed on each coin STANDARD SILVER, were produced in the dime, quarter dollar and half dollar denominations. The dies were engraved by William Barber with one common reverse die. They were struck in silver, copper, aluminum and brass. This discovery coin […]

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The Coin Analyst: How Might $100 Silver Impact the Coin Market?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Rising bullion prices have often been a boon for the numismatic coin market. They enable precious metal investors to direct some of the profits from the sale of their bullion holdings to numismatic pieces. This tends to have a substantial impact on the overall coin market because many large […]

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Million-Dollar Piece of Baltimore History Set for March Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction

Famous 1804 Dollar once owned by Garrett Family and Johns Hopkins University   A rare 1804 silver dollar, the most famous prize in coin collecting, will be sold in Baltimore on March 20, at an auction conducted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries of Santa Ana, California. One of just 15 known to exist, the auction house […]

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Top Pop PCGS/CAC 1879-O Morgan Dollar Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, March 1, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1879-O Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-66+ by PCGS and approved by CAC In only the second year of the series’ production, 1879 saw 2.887 million Morgans struck at New Orleans. But business strike silver dollars from the New Orleans Mint were weakly […]

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1792 Silver Disme Project Nears Completion

By Robert Rodriguez and Tony Lopez – 1792 Silver Disme Project …… After nearly four years of research, the 1792 Silver Disme Project is nearing completion. To complete this project, in January, the Resolute Americana Collection acquired the lone 1792 silver disme it did not own, the Judd-9a thick planchet. As such, for the first […]

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Rare Silver Plug 1795 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The early United States Mint practice of inserting silver plugs into half dollars and dollars to regulate their weights is perhaps one of the most romanticized techniques used to produce America’s first coinage. It recalls an era of handcrafted workmanship and motivates today’s collectors to […]

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Jeff Garrett: Coin Collecting by Die Variety

Variety is the spice of life — and coin collecting   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Over the last several months, a client of mine has taken a deep dive into collecting Morgan silver dollars. This client is quite studious and has spent considerable time learning the series. Every once in […]

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Lustrous 1795 Half Dime to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The half dime is significant as the first denomination struck by the United States Mint, starting with the “small beginning” of 1,500 half dismes delivered to Thomas Jefferson on July 13, 1792. The next issue of half dimes featured the Flowing Hair type designed by Robert […]

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Collecting Short Sets – Four Ideal Short Sets for Collectors of US Coins

Short Sets Collecting Strategies By Adrian Chacon for PCGS …… Collecting Short sets  of coins that represents a portion of an entire series. There is a particular range of years which accommodates these sets, and many of these short sets are very popular among collectors. All sets mentioned below can be found in the PCGS […]

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Standing Tall Against Controversy and Scandal – The Standing Liberty Quarter

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… One of my favorite 20th-century coin designs has always been the Standing Liberty quarter. It replaced the staid and certainly not provocative Barber quarter, which had been struck since 1892. But was the Standing Liberty quarter a controversial coin? Let’s review a quick history of this quarter dollar. In […]

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The 1920 Pilgrim Commemorative Half Dollar Turns 100

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 2020 represents a very special duo of commemoratives for numismatists who appreciate Colonial history. Among America’s earliest chapters is the landing of the famous Mayflower, an English ship that carried more than 100 Puritans, collectively known as The Pilgrims, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Prior to disembarking […]

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Legendary 1884 and 1885 Trade Dollars From E. Horatio Morgan Collection to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to continue their tradition of presenting world-class rarities at auction by featuring 1884 and 1885 Proof Trade dollars in their March 18-20, 2020 Baltimore Auction. The 1884 and 1885 trade dollars are legendary U.S. Mint rarities, ranking #78 and #15 respectively among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (Garrett & Guth, […]

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Mint State 1899-CC Morgan Dollar Highlight at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, January 12, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this 1892-CC Morgan dollar graded MS-62 by NGC. The 1892-CC Morgan dollar is interesting in that most of the run was entered into circulation. Most other Morgan dollars struck by the Carson City Mint were not, and collectors would have to wait almost […]

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Heritage Monthly Internet Auction Features Classic US Commemorative Coins

The newest Monthly Internet Auction of US Coins from Heritage features selections of classic (1892-1954) silver and gold commemorative coins. Open for bidding now, this auction is scheduled to close with a live session conducted exclusively through Heritage Live at 6 PM CT on Wednesday, January 15. Classic commemorative coins are typified by a wide […]

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Why Was the Mintmark Moved on Walking Liberty Half Dollars ?

Walking Liberty Half Dollars By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Walking Liberty half dollars are widely considered among the most beautiful coins the United States Mint has ever produced. The coin, designed by noted sculptor-engraver Adolph A. Weinman, was struck from 1916 through 1947 and has remained beloved by collectors since the coin was in […]

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Why Was the Mintmark Moved on Walking Liberty Half Dollars ?

Walking Liberty Half Dollars by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Walking Liberty half dollars are widely considered among the most beautiful coins the United States Mint has ever produced. The coin, designed by noted sculptor-engraver Adolph A. Weinman, was struck from 1916 through 1947 and has remained beloved by collectors since the coin was […]

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Mysterious “E”, “L” Counterstamps on Capped Bust Quarters Intrigue Numismatists

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   There are many unusual varieties among early United States Federal-era coinage, but perhaps few are as mysterious as some 1815 and 1825 Capped Bust quarters counterstamped with a single “L” or “E”. In all, there are a total of four different combinations of quarters with the counterstamps, including […]

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Rare Gem 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Offered in Stack’s Bowers January 2020 Collectors Choice Online Sale

Collectors Choice Online Features Nice 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar   By Ben Orooji – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   The Stack’s Bowers January Collectors Choice Online sale is coming up in a few weeks and, as usual, features a number of exciting coins perfectly suited to collectors of popular United States issues. […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents Extremely Rare 1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar in PCGS MS-66 CAC

1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-105. Rarity-3. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC An incredible and superior Gem surely destined for a top-tier PCGS Registry Set or cabinet of early half dollars. The brightest of blues is made brighter at the rims as the lustrous cartwheel passes it, corralling deep golden centers that turn orange and violet before […]

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Rare 1856-S/s Quarters Discovered in Amazing SS Central America Treasure

Nine elusive examples of the large mint mark over small mint mark variety now confirmed from treasure retrieved in 2014   The fabled SS Central America, the famous “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush treasure, continues to surprise and delight the numismatic world. California Gold Marketing Group LLC […]

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Results & Highlights From Brunk Auctions’ Premier Sale of US Coins in Richmond, VA

By Brunk Auctions …… It was a warm welcome from the River City at Brunk Auctions’ first premier sale in Virginia on November 9. With an impressive 94% sell-through rate and a $1,843,275 sale total, the auction was a resounding success. Coins and Currency captured a full 35% of the final total and posted a […]

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Spain: Silver and colour coins issued in celebration of Prado Museum’s bicentenary anniversary

The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre — Casa Real de la Moneda has released (20th November) new anniversary coins which recognise the bicentenary anniversary of perhaps one of the world’s most renowned and respected museums in the world — the famed Prado. First opened to the public on the 19th November 1819, The Museo del Prado was initially conceived as the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture

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Top Pop PCGS 1904-O Morgan Dollar Going Fast at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. In just a few short hours, bidding ends this evening on GreatCollections.com for this 1904-O Morgan dollar, graded MS-67+ in a gold shield holder by PCGS and approved by CAC. After 26 bids, the going price is $18,508 (at the time of writing), and it’s not hard to understand why. Business strike […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Buys 1838-O Half Dollar for $504,000

Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a rare coin dealership based in Portland, Oregon, was the buyer of a very rare 1838-O half dollar graded SP63 by PCGS and approved by CAC. Including a 20% buyer’s premium, the coin sold for $504,000 USD at the November 2019 Baltimore/Whitman Coin Expo conducted by Stack’s Bowers Auctions. The New […]

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United States 1860 Seated Liberty Dime

Description: The Seated Liberty (or Liberty Seated) dime debuted in 1837 and underwent a number of design modifications over the course of its 54-year run. In 1837, United States Mint engraver (and soon to be Chief Engraver) Christian Gobrecht’s design debuted with a fairly clean, yet simple obverse that featured a seated Liberty accompanied only […]

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The Book on Silver Coins That Shook Me to My Core

By K.W. Callahan ….. If you’re anything like me, you may have caught yourself wondering a time or two just how many coins have been lost or destroyed over the years. While pondering said losses, I’ve inwardly debated what the true values of certain coins would actually be if people knew how rare they really […]

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Austria: 2020 begins with new celebratory holiday silver and copper collector’s coins

The Austrian Mint has launched new 2020-dated New Year’s collector’s coins with the theme of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of Vienna’s legendary Musikverein concert hall in 1870. In keeping with the anniversary, the 2020 New Year’s coin features the Greek god, Apollo

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Austria: 2020 begins with new celebratory holiday silver and copper collector’s coins

The Austrian Mint has launched new 2020-dated New Year’s collector’s coins with the theme of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of Vienna’s legendary Musikverein concert hall in 1870. In keeping with the anniversary, the 2020 New Year’s coin features the Greek god, Apollo

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Pedigrees & Hoards: Shipwreck Coins

  By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. Thanks to a fellow pedigree collector, I’ve started to add shipwreck coins to my collection. There’s a lot of information available on each shipwreck, and the stories are as interesting as any “land-based” hoard so why not? The nice thing about building any pedigree collection is that you […]

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CoinWeek IQ: From Half Disme to Half Dime

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Quite a few denominations have been introduced and retired throughout our history, and while the half dime lives on in spirit through the nickel, the original small silver pieces are virtually unknown outside of the numismatic community. They tend to receive less attention than their larger counterparts, so let’s […]

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CoinWeek Video: Jeff Garrett and the Great Southern Treasury Hoard of Morgan Dollars

By CoinWeek …..   Near the beginning of last month, CoinWeek traveled to NGC headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, to get a first look at the Great Southern Treasury Hoard of 13,000 New Orleans Mint Morgan dollars. Coin dealer Jeff Garrett was instrumental in bringing this numismatic bonanza to the market, negotiating a deal with a […]

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Blanchard: Over 270 Million of These Coins Were Melted

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. Over 270 million Morgan silver dollars met their fate in the melting pot under the provisions of the Pittman Act of 1918. The U.S. government ordered this dramatic move to save Great Britain from a banking collapse and may have also helped the Allies win the war. How did […]

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Canada: Double crown silver coin replicates Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new double crown-size coins that have replicated one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks, the Centennial Flame, which is located on Parliament Hill in the capital city of Ottawa. Inaugurated by Prime Minister Lester B

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1899-O Morgan Silver Dollar in PCGS MS-67+ at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, October 27, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1899-O Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. Once thought of as a rare date in the series, the 1899-O was one of several Morgan dollar issues whose collector base was disrupted by the GSA Hoard and its […]

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Canada: Double crown silver coin replicates Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new double crown-size coins that have replicated one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks, the Centennial Flame, which is located on Parliament Hill in the capital city of Ottawa. Inaugurated by Prime Minister Lester B

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Draped Bust Dollars

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… In a discussion at the 2019 Dayton EAC Convention on counterfeits, we talked of three “families” of fakes: the 1804 “C-6” half cent set, the 1833 “N-5” large cent set, and the 1795 “off-center bust” dollar set. The 1795 off-center bust, known as variety B-14 or […]

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Jeff Garrett: Toned Coins – A Matter of Taste

Attractively toned coins continue to be one of the most enigmatic segments of the rare coin market   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Someone once said, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This sublime statement has become a reality in the rare coin business. Toned coins are now extremely […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Rare Early Proof 1831 Quarter

1831 saw the planchet diameter of quarters reduced by about 10%, with the Capped Bust design modified by Chief Engraver William Kneass. Multiple varieties exist for this date, including four Small Letters varieties and three with Large Letters. The change in dimensions and design increased the likelihood of proofs being struck, and Walter Breen suggested […]

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Romania: New silver Proof coin issued in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Northern Transylvania

The Banca Nationala a’ Romaniei will release (14th October) new commemorative silver Proof coins which are in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the return of Northern Transylvania to Romania.
Northern Transylvania, a region previously part of the defeated Austro-Hungarian Empire, was awarded to the Kingdom of Romania after the Great War and by the 1920 Treaty of Versailles, though not formally ratified

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All-Time Finest Morgan Dollar PCGS Coin Set Will Be Sold Intact

The all-time finest collection of Morgan silver dollars that was publicly revealed for the first time earlier this year is now being offered for sale intact. Known as The Illinois Set, the collection is ranked all-time finest in five different circulation strike Morgan dollar categories in the popular PCGS Set Registry®. The 117-coin set has […]

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Australia: New silver bullion series entitled “Australia’s Most Dangerous” launches with redback spider

Background photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen.
The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new bullion-related product which also sees the start of a new coin series

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Australia: New silver bullion series entitled “Australia’s Most Dangerous” launches with redback spider

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The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new bullion-related product which also sees the start of a new coin series

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Renowned Silver Dollar Expert Wayne Miller to Hand-Sign Special NGC Labels

Wayne Miller, whose groundbreaking books on silver dollars have guided numismatists for decades, is joining a prestigious group of people who hand-sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®). The label that Miller will sign features an image of his The Morgan and Peace Dollar Textbook, first published in 1983. Miller also wrote An […]

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New Zealand: New silver Proof crown coin celebrates All Blacks competition in Rugby World Cup

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has launched new collector crown coins in celebration of the country’s national rugby team which is currently competing in the international Rugby World Cup championships. The tournament, which is the ninth in the game’s history, is staged every four years and is administered by World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body

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The Coin Analyst: Girl on the Silver Dollar and the Merging of Greco-Roman and American Visions of Liberty

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Girl on the Silver Dollar by Roger W. Burdette (Seneca Mill Press, 2019) * * * Ask most collectors of the Morgan silver dollar issued from 1878 to 1921 who the model was for the image of Liberty that appears on the coin’s obverse, and they will likely say […]

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Heritage Auctions – 1797 16 Stars Half Dime in MS66

A Special Half Dime The 16 Stars was the second of three types of half dimes to be produced in 1797, after the 15 Stars and prior to the 13 Stars variant. Of the two 16 Stars varieties, this one has a leaf distant from the first T in STATES, while LM-2 has a leaf […]

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Percentages of existing examples of old series of coins

Has anyone compiled percentages of existing examples of old series of coins?
Walter Breen cites a few figures: An estimated 3 to 6 percent of the large cents survived, 4 to 8 percent of the early silver, and 0.02 to 2 percent of the half cents. Any such figures have to be classed as estimates as there is no known way of determining exact numbers

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Top-Pop Gem 1927 Peace Dollar in Stack’s Bowers November Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Peace silver dollar struck from 1921 through 1935 has always been one of the most popular United States coins series. Struck to commemorate the end of World War I, it is a relatively short series but a few of the issues present significant challenges […]

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Top-Pop Gem 1927 Peace Dollar in Stack’s Bowers November Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Peace silver dollar struck from 1921 through 1935 has always been one of the most popular United States coins series. Struck to commemorate the end of World War I, it is a relatively short series but a few of the issues present significant challenges […]

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Monster Toner PR-69 1942 Mercury Dime Sets Price Record at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 15, bidding ended on GreatCollections.com for this toned Proof 1942 Mercury dime graded PR-69 by PCGS. The 1942 Proof dime stands out as not only the last Proof of the Winged Liberty or “Mercury” dime series but also, thanks to World War II, the last Proof of the denomination […]

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Switzerland: Second silver coin features Furka Pass as part of Swiss Alpine Passes coin series

The Swiss Federal Mint has launched (12th September) their latest collector’s coin which is the second issue in the three-part Swiss Alpine Passes coin series. Following on from the “Klausen Pass,” the second coin features the “Furka Pass

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Greece: Latest Proof silver coin in “Greek Culture” series features ancient poet Alcaeus

The Bank of Greece will issue (17th September) their latest silver Proof-quality crown coin which is part of their ongoing series entitled “Greek Culture.” The coin focuses on poetry and one of the ancient world’s most well-known classical poets, Alcaeus of Mytilene (c

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Greece: Latest Proof silver coin in “Greek Culture” series features ancient poet Alcaeus

The Bank of Greece will issue (17th September) their latest silver Proof-quality crown coin which is part of their ongoing series entitled “Greek Culture.” The coin focuses on poetry and one of the ancient world’s most well-known classical poets, Alcaeus of Mytilene (c

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Switzerland: Second silver coin features Furka Pass as part of Swiss Alpine Passes coin series

The Swiss Federal Mint has launched (12th September) their latest collector’s coin which is the second issue in the three-part Swiss Alpine Passes coin series. Following on from the “Klausen Pass,” the second coin features the “Furka Pass

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NGC Grades One of First 10 Morgan Dollars Struck in San Francisco

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified one of the first 10 Morgan dollars struck by the San Francisco Mint. This incredible piece of numismatic history is now graded NGC SP 64. Hundreds of millions of Morgan dollars were struck from 1878 to 1921. Today, they are among the most popular coins with collectors because of […]

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Belgium: Extraordinary works of Renaissance artist Breugel the Elder feature on latest Europa Star coins

The National Bank of Belgium has issued new silver Proof collector coins which are part of the Europa Star programme, a unique numismatic project that was first launched in 2004, bringing various European monetary institutions together around a common annual theme. Each of the coins in this series has the unique characteristic of being marked with a stylised “E” logo which resembles the euro insignia, along with a star

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Australia: Famed “kookaburra” square cents recreated on new silver Proof three-coin set

The Royal Australian Mint has released a new collector’s set of coins which recreates the designs seen on trial pattern coins proposed for issue 100 years ago. Inspired by the trial designs which might have been used as square-shaped penny coins, the pieces carried depictions of the kookaburra bird on the reverse

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Jeff Garrett: The Big Five Coins Everyone Covets

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When I started my full-time career in numismatics around 1977, numismatic rarity was measured against five coins. Everything else was compared with them and was worth considerably less. The top three coins at the time were the: 1804 Silver Dollar 1913 Liberty Nickel 1894‐S Barber Dime The […]

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A Good Gun, a Good Horse and a Good Wife: Daniel Boone and the Missouri Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… Born in 1734 near Reading, Pennsylvania, Daniel Boone had all the ingredients for a happy life. “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife,” Boone said. Yet the father of 10 children with his wife Rebecca had a taste for adventure and […]

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Niue: The fabulous Miss Piggy makes her appearance on new silver Proof collector coins

The government and treasury of Niue have launched (6th August) new silver Proof and colour collector coins which feature one of the puppetry world’s most well-known and glamorous figures: The indomitable Miss Piggy.
She joins other familiar Muppets characters in the series, from Fozzie Bear to Kermit the Frog, and now it’s Miss Piggy’s turn to turn heads and “wow” her adoring public

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Niue: The fabulous Miss Piggy makes her appearance on new silver Proof collector coins

The government and treasury of Niue have launched (6th August) new silver Proof and colour collector coins which feature one of the puppetry world’s most well-known and glamorous figures: The indomitable Miss Piggy.
She joins other familiar Muppets characters in the series, from Fozzie Bear to Kermit the Frog, and now it’s Miss Piggy’s turn to turn heads and “wow” her adoring public

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United Kingdom: Adventurous travelling bear, Paddington, out and about in the city of London once again on new coins

The Royal Mint has released (13th August) two new commemorative coins featuring one of the world’s most lovable children’s characters, Paddington Bear. Following up on the popularity of the 2018-dated 50-pence coins which saw Paddington visit his namesake train station and the guards outside Buckingham Palace, the latest coins depict Paddington’s adventures to two of the capital’s most iconic landmarks: The Royal Mint’s former home, the Tower of London, and St

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Canada: New silver coin includes black light technology that reveals Northern Lights over Parliament Hill

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (6th August) new silver Proof-quality coins which incorporate new technology that reveals a surprising addition to the coin’s reverse design: The Northern Lights show on Parliament Hill. With impressive technology, a total of 17 separate projectors work together to form a single image on the front façade of Centre Block, creating a high-definition visual and sound experience which turns Parliament Hill into a screen of over 143 meters (470 feet) long and 30 stories high

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United States 1887-S Morgan Dollar

Description The 1887-S Morgan dollar, known more officially as the Liberty Head dollar, is a silver coin that was struck at the San Francisco branch of the United States Mint. The San Francisco Mint struck 1,771,000 Morgan dollars in 1887 and a majority of all of the U.S. gold coins struck during the year. Production […]

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US Proof Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2019 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present an impressive selection of United States Proof coinage as part of their official auction of the 2019 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money. Featured in the sale are complete sets of Proof Shield nickels and Proof Barber half dollars, as well as a nearly complete set […]

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Malaysia: New gold and silver collector coins issued for investiture of king

The Bank Negara Malaysia has officially presented (26th July) new collector coins which are in celebration of the investiture of the country’s new king, who ascended the throne on the 31st January. The Malaysian king, now known as His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, became the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the 30th January 2019

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Full Lines MS-67 1948-D Franklin Half Dollar One Highlight of Sunday’s GreatCollections Sale

By CoinWeek …. In just two days, bidding ends Sunday, August 4 on GreatCollections.com for this 1948-D Franklin half dollar, graded MS67 FBL by NGC. 1948 was the first year of issue for the Franklin half dollar, and 4,028,600 of the coins were struck at the Denver Mint. But while it’s not a minuscule mintage, […]

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Bid on This PCGS Proof 67 Cameo 1881 Morgan Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. In three days–on Sunday, July 28–bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1881 Proof Morgan dollar, graded PR67CAM by PCGS and sealed in a Secure Shield holder. Only the Philadelphia Mint produced Morgan dollar Proofs in 1881, and only 984 pieces were struck. This alone makes the 1881 Proof scarce, but when condition […]

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Ukraine: Mega-sized silver Proof coin marks autonomy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) their latest large-size silver Proof coin to mark the ultimate process for the autonomy of the country’s Orthodox church, which was finalised on the 5th January 2019.
On the 11th October 2018, the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it would proceed to the granting of independence to the Church of Ukraine, making it independent from the Russian Orthodox Church

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Calling All Collectors: Support the 2021 Morgan & Peace Silver Dollar Centennial Commemorative Coin Bill

Silver Dollar Commemorative Support By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …… The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is calling on all fellow coin collectors to contact their United States Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the H.R. 3757 Silver Dollar Commemorative legislation. This House Bill will require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration […]

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Ukraine: Mega-sized silver Proof coin marks autonomy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) their latest large-size silver Proof coin to mark the ultimate process for the autonomy of the country’s Orthodox church, which was finalised on the 5th January 2019.
On the 11th October 2018, the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it would proceed to the granting of independence to the Church of Ukraine, making it independent from the Russian Orthodox Church

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: An Insider’s Perspective on the Morgan & Peace 1921 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On July 16, 2019, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO5) and Andy Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 3757, the 2021 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act, which calls for the issuance of 2021-dated Morgan and Peace dollars to mark the centennial of the transition from Morgan to Peace dollars in 1921. […]

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Latvia: Eminent Modernist artist Niklāvs Strunke remembered on latest off-shaped silver coins

The Bank of Latvia has announced (7th July) they will issue new silver Proof collector coins of a specific shape dedicated to the creative heritage of Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966). Strunke was a Latvian painter, graphic artist, and stage designer

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Latvia: Eminent Modernist artist Niklāvs Strunke remembered on latest off-shaped silver coins

The Bank of Latvia has announced (7th July) they will issue new silver Proof collector coins of a specific shape dedicated to the creative heritage of Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966). Strunke was a Latvian painter, graphic artist, and stage designer

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A Man, a Plan, a Coin: The Classic Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… For many, the Oregon Trail evokes thoughts of untouched terrain, the untamed wild, and new beginnings. The reality was much different. Many lost their lives traveling the 2,170 miles spanning the distance of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. It is estimated that 20,000 people lie in unmarked graves. The […]

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Condition Rarity 1928-D Mercury Dime Online at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek ….   On Sunday, July 14, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1928-D Mercury dime, certified MS-66 by PCGS. With 4.161 million pieces struck, the 1928-D is the ninth-lowest mintage of the Mercury dime series and the fourth-lowest mintage from the Denver Mint. But thanks to hoarding and a boom in coin collecting […]

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China: Ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pingyao featured on new commemorative gold and silver coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued a set of gold and silver commemorative coins themed on the Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the first time the city has been commemorated on coins or currency since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949

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China: Ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pingyao featured on new commemorative gold and silver coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued a set of gold and silver commemorative coins themed on the Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the first time the city has been commemorated on coins or currency since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949

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Famous 1876-CC Twenty-Cent Piece Offered in Stack’s Bowers Official Auction at ANA World’s Fair of Money

A PCGS-Graded MS-65 Example Will Be a Highlight of Their Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money For a long time, the 1876-CC twenty-cent piece has been recognized as one of the most famous and most desired of all American coins, and the offering of an example attracts great attention in the numismatic community. […]

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General Lafayette on US Coins – The Hero of Two Worlds

A national hero to not one but two countries Born in 1757, Gilbert Lafayette came from an ancient noble family in France. By his teen years, Lafayette was orphaned and inherited an immense fortune. He joined the court of King Louis XVI, but yearned for something more meaningful and exciting. Lafayette wanted to become a […]

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Jim Bisognani: The Tale of Two Washingtons

A bureaucratic struggle behind the scenes in 1931 decided how the first US president would be portrayed on coins for years to come   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. The year is moving right along; I can’t believe that the Fourth of July, our greatest American holiday, is but a week away! Seemingly in […]

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PCGS 66+ CAC 1884 Liberty Head “V” Nickel a Highlight of Online Auctions at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Sunday, June 30 will see the end of bidding on GreatCollections.com for this 1884 Liberty nickel, graded MS-66+ by PCGS and granted a green sticker by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). A scarce coin in High Mint State, this specimen features light toning and a relatively sharp strike for the type. While there […]

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Previously Unreported Morgan Dollars Emerge as PCGS All-Time Finest

By Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company …… Quietly and patiently acquiring superb quality coin-after-coin over the past 14 years, an Illinois collector working with Barry Stuppler of Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company in Woodland Hills, California has now assembled the all-time finest collection of circulation strike Morgan silver dollars. The previously […]

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Classic US Coins: The 1921 Peace Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… The 1921 Peace Dollar has origins dating back to 1878 when the United States Congress passed the Bland-Allison Act. This measure required the Treasury Department to make a monthly purchase of $2 million in silver for the sole purpose of converting the metal into silver dollars. These pieces carried the […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Showcase the Famous 1894-S Dime at ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement. Over a long period of years Stack’s Bowers Galleries has offered several, always to excitement and acclaim. Now comes another–a coin that has been off the market […]

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Estonia: Design for 2020-dated memorial coin to statesman Juri Jaakson unveiled

The Bank of Estonia has unveiled (17th June) the successfully submitted design for planned €15 silver coins to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Estonian statesman Juri Jaakson (1870–1942), who emerged as a prominent figure before and after Estonian independence in 1918. During the outbreak of the Second World War, and while in the position of president of the Bank of Estonia, Jaakson was arrested by the occupying Soviet authorities and imprisoned on the 14th June 1941

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Nova Constellatio: The Story of America’s First Minted Coin

By Blanchard & Company …… In 1783 the monetary system in the United States was something of a mess. There was inconsistency among the coinage used throughout the 13 states governed by the Articles of Confederation. Some people used coins from other countries and others used money that was unique to their region. The value […]

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CoinWeek IQ: A Preview of Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 33rd Regency Sale

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions will hold their 33rd Regency Auction on June 27 in Las Vegas. It will feature a selection of US coins, including pieces from the Hunter Collection of early silver coins and the Hickory Ridge Collection of Peace dollars. Regency Auctions are held five times a […]

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Which toned silver coins bring the highest prices?

Which toned silver coins tend to bring the highest prices?
Since eye appeal is the main factor, there is no “one size fits all” formula for valuing toned coins. In general a coin exhibiting naturally occurring waves of neon hues on the obverse tend to be the most popular. I can’t be more specific than that

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Condition Rarity 1884-CC Morgan Dollar Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Bidding ends Sunday, June 16 on GreatCollections.com for this 1884-CC Morgan Silver Dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. Struck at the fabled Carson City Mint, very few of the issue’s documented 1,136,000-coin mintage were known to have survived. That is until the GSA (General Services Administration) sales of the […]

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St. Helena and East India Company: Silver crown coin version of popular “Empire Collection” celebrates the history of the EIC

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in association with the East India Company (EIC), have released a new silver version of their successful series entitled “The Empire Collection

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Niue: Muppets character Fozzie Bear features on second silver Proof and colour coin in current series

The government and treasury of Niue have issued (27th May) new silver crown coins which are part of the current coin series featuring The Muppets characters. Launched earlier this year with the first coin featuring the world’s most famous frog, Kermit, the second coin features his best chum, Fozzie Bear

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Niue: New Proof and colour four-pointed, star-shaped coin remembers first royal visit to Canada

The government and treasury of Niue have issued new collector coins which remember the first-ever royal tour of Canada, which occurred 80 years ago and set the standard for such future royal visits. With the accession and coronation of HM King George VI in December 1936 and May 1937, respectively, increased interest in the royal couple by many Canadians resulted in an announced visit by their Majesties in 1939

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Lightly Toned High Relief Silver 1921 Peace Dollar on GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. Semi-key Peace dollar among many GreatCollections auction highlights… On Sunday, June 9, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this toned High Relief 1921 Peace Dollar, graded MS-65 by PCGS. Over one million regular strike 1921 Peace dollars were minted at Philadelphia in the first year of the series, all of them featuring a […]

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Finest 1831 Capped Bust Dime Variety Featured in August 2019 ANA Sale

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The JR-3 variety of the 1831 Capped Bust dime is unremarkable in most grades and carries a Rarity-1 rating. It can serve as an ideal type coin as it is readily available up through Choice Mint State. However, in Gem condition, this variety becomes formidably scarce. […]

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Malta: New silver coins remember centenary anniversary of the Sette Giugno Riots

The Central Bank of Malta has issued (4th June) new silver collector coins to mark an event in Maltese history remembered as an essential step to self-rule and eventual independence. The day is remembered on the 6th June, when, in 1919, four Maltese nationals died when fired upon by British soldiers

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The Unusual Journey of the Three-Cent Silver Coin

By Blanchard & Company …… American coinage often follows a strange path. Each piece minted has a unique, twisting history, and this is especially true of the 1858 three-cent silver piece. The coin has origins in the most unlikely place: the Post Office. In early 1851, the United States Congress began discussing the reduction of […]

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