Category Archives: U.S. Silver Coins

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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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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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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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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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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The Great Silver Coin Swindle

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com …. Most U.S. coin collectors know that the United States Mint continued to pump 1964-dated 90% silver dimes, quarters and half dollars into circulation through 1965 and into early 1966. The reasons for doing this were several, some of them quite reasonable at the time. What most collectors do not […]

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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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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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Danville Collection Morgan Dollars Highlights David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1119 consists of over 300 brand NEW coins plus over 50 Vault Values and over 80 No Reserve Lots. The Danville Collection of Morgan Dollars is an excellent assortment of high quality common dates or slightly better date Morgan Dollars. With a focus on […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1992 Silver Proof Sets – The Return to Silver

1992 Silver Proof Set By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 1992 marked an important milestone for coin collectors who longed for the return of 90% silver Roosevelt dimes, Washington quarters, and Kennedy half dollars. For the first time since 1964, those three series were produced in 90% silver compositions and included in special […]

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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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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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Price Records Emerge for Finest CAC Commemorative Half Dollars

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ….. While prices for many classic commemorative half dollars are at historic lows, some high-end commems are trading at record high prices. A great example is the sale of a 1936 York County, Maine Tercentenary half dollar that sold at last August’s Stack’s Bowers Galleries American Numismatic […]

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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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NGC to Showcase Stunning Toned GSA Hoard Morgan Dollars at FUN Show

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) will display selections from Toneddollars’ high-ranking NGC Registry sets of GSA Hoard Morgan dollars at the 2020 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show in January. Each coin features vibrant, colorful toning, an attribute that is highly prized by collectors. Jack Kelly, who goes by Toneddollars in the NGC Registry, submitted his extraordinary […]

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Maine Centennial Half Dollar Turns 100 in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ….. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Maine Centennial Commemorative half dollar, a coin that was issued in 1920 to honor the 100th anniversary of Maine’s admission to the Union in 1820. As a pre-1930 issue, the Maine Centennial is among the earlier group of Classic United […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Coin Analyst: Silver’s Important Role in American History, Politics and Finance

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. If you’re reading this article, then you likely have more than a passing interest in silver. But while you may be familiar with the role the white metal has played in our coinage for thousands of years, you probably do not know the entire story of how the […]

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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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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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Watch: CoinWeek Goes Bust Buying $200 Graded Silver Coin “Mystery Box”

 What happens when a knowledgable numismatist drops $200 on a graded silver coin “mystery box” on eBay? You’re about to find out. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a shot at a 20-coin lot of NGC- and PCGS-graded silver coins, containing what the seller promised would be three silver dimes, […]

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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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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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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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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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The 1792 Half Disme: A Small Coin with Huge Historical Significance

By Blanchard & Company …… The United States of America was still in its infancy in the early 1790s. The Founding Fathers signed the Constitution just a few years before in 1787 and many landmark events that shaped the country we are today occurred in the years that followed. Up until this time, American colonists […]

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Coin Profile – United States 1873 Trade Dollar Silver Coin

Description: Throughout history, certain coins, often silver ones like the trade dollar, have circulated around large geographical regions far from their place of origin. The Maria Theresa thaler, the Spanish dollar, the Athenian owl – all were accepted as legal tender far and wide because of their precious metal content and reliability. During the Age […]

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Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….. The Walking Liberty short set is getting hot right now, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty half dollar is one of the most beautiful coins ever produced in the United States, and Collectors have long respected it as one of the great American coins. […]

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US Coins – Jack and Ike: The 40 Percent Club Short Set

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….. Collecting Strategies on building a 40% silver Short Set  1965 was a momentous year for U.S. coinage. It was the year we made the switch from silver alloy to clad, and for many it marks the boundary between “real” money and whatever you’d want to call our coinage since then. […]

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How Certified American Silver Eagles of the 2010s Have Fared in the Marketplace

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Since their debut in 1986, American Silver Eagles (ASEs) have been one of the most popular bullion coin series in the world, but their appeal extends well beyond the arena of precious metals investing. The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the passage of the Liberty Coin Act of […]

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How Certified American Silver Eagles of the 2010s Have Fared in the Marketplace

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Since their debut in 1986, American Silver Eagles (ASEs) have been one of the most popular bullion coin series in the world, but their appeal extends well beyond the arena of precious metals investing. The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the passage of the Liberty Coin Act of […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offers PCGS MS64 Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar at August 2017 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is delighted to feature the incredible Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar as part of their August 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Denver, Colorado. This MS-64 (PCGS) example was last offered at public auction in the firm’s sale of the Norweb Collection in November 1988. This incredible […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 5: “Standard Silver” Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #371 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. It is not practical to cover all dime patterns in one discussion. The topic here is Liberty Head, “Standard Silver” dime patterns that cost less than $5,000 each. These are dated 1869 […]

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United States 1873 Trade Dollar Silver Coin

Description: Throughout history, certain coins–often silver ones–have circulated around large geographical regions far from their place of origin. The Maria Theresa thaler, the Spanish dollar, the Athenian owl – all were accepted as legal tender far and wide because of their precious metal content and reliability. During the Age of Exploration and subsequent Age of […]

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Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….. The Walking Liberty short set is getting hot right now, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty half dollar is one of the most beautiful coins ever produced in the United States, and Collectors have long respected it as one of the great American coins. […]

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Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …. As modern U.S. coins grew in popularity and became an important segment of the coin market over the last several decades, there was no real concomitant emergence of a significant numismatic literature about this burgeoning field. There are a few key works, like Eric Jordan’s Modern Commemorative Coins (2010), […]

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United States 2016 Mark Twain Commemorative $1 Silver Coin

Description: On February 1, 2016, the United States Mint opened sales for the Mark Twain Commemorative $1 Silver Proof and Uncirculated coins. The silver commemoratives were originally supposed to go on sale January 14, the same time as the Mark Twain Commemorative $5 Gold Proof and Uncirculated coins, but the silver issue was delayed due […]

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American Silver Eagle Collecting Strategies

By Bullion Shark LLC ……..   American Silver Eagles have become one of the most popular silver bullion coins of the modern day. Although many investors buy Silver Eagles for their precious metal content, many coin collectors are also getting in on the hype. There are a few main ways a numismatic lover can put […]

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Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin Available Oct. 8

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (product code SN4) on October 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The three-inch coin is priced at $149.95; however, as with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, the […]

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Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

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CoinWeek Unboxing: 2015 U.S. Marshals $1 Silver Commemorative Proof Coin – Video: 4:56

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan unboxes a cool coin that recently arrived at the CoinWeek offices. Its a 2015 U.S. Marshals $1 Silver Commemorative Proof Coin from the United States Mint. Fans of the old west and the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency will enjoy this new legal tender commemorative coin series, which also features a gold $5 […]

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