Category Archives: Philadelphia Mint

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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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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US Mint Making Changes to Meet Exploding Demand for American Gold, Silver Eagles

By Bullion Shark LLC …… As a result of the pandemic and its effects on the U.S. economy, which have resulted in the largest-ever decline in the gross domestic product (32.9%) in the second quarter of 2020 and tens of millions of unemployed–as well as rising silver and gold prices (with gold having reached several […]

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Bowers on collecting: The famous Randall Hoard

Of all 19th-century American coin finds, the most famous is the so-called Randall Hoard, named after a later owner of the cache. Even today, mention of the Randall Hoard recurs with frequency in auction catalogs and sale lists

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Bowers on collecting: The famous Randall Hoard

Of all 19th-century American coin finds, the most famous is the so-called Randall Hoard, named after a later owner of the cache. Even today, mention of the Randall Hoard recurs with frequency in auction catalogs and sale lists

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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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NGC Certifies Majority of Emergency Production 2020(P) Silver Eagles

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has already certified more than half of April’s emergency production of 240,000 American Silver Eagles at the Philadelphia Mint. The Philadelphia Mint struck 240,000 American Silver Eagle bullion coins between April 8 and April 20, 2020, according to official United States Mint documentation. Bullion Silver Eagles, which have no mintmark, are […]

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1943 Steel Pennies: An Important Part of U.S. Numismatic History

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the history of American numismatics, there are few coins that are more popular or well-known — even outside the numismatic community – than the 1943 Lincoln steel pennies. These zinc-coated steel cents are numismatic icons that any collector can afford. 1.1 billion of them were struck, including 685 million […]

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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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The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program – A Primer

  By Bullion Shark LLC …… Mark your calendars for June 4! That’s when the United States Mint will launch the highly anticipated 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coin program. For only the third time in U.S. Mint history, a dome-shaped coin — in this case to resemble the shape of a basketball — […]

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Former House Speaker Boehner Signs Emergency Eagle Inserts

Westminster Mint offers scarce emergency production 2020 silver American Eagles with John Boehner-autographed NGC inserts   A former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the honorable John Boehner of Ohio, has personally signed inserts on a limited number of the scarce 2020 American Silver Eagles struck during the recent emergency production at the United […]

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A New Modern Rarity: 2020 (P) American Silver Eagles

By Bullion Shark LLC …… An unexpected modern rarity has emerged as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on production of the United States Mint’s flagship silver bullion coin series, the American Silver Eagle. Most production of American Silver Eagle bullion coins is done at the U.S. Mint’s West Point Mint and […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… The 1924-S Buffalo Nickel is a prime target for counterfeiters. In particular, sharp-eyed graders will pay close attention to additions or other alterations made to the mintmark. Prominent sculptor James Earle Fraser created an iconic design deeply rooted in Western Americana for the Buffalo […]

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Rare US Gold Coin Profiles: MS-68 CAC Three Dollar Gold

In response to the financial stresses and uncertainties of the Civil War, the government suspended specie payments late in 1861. Precious metal coinage was widely hoarded after that time and rarely seen in circulation in the eastern part of the country. As a result, gold coinage at the Philadelphia Mint was somewhat limited during the […]

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United States Mint 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set Available March 24

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™ (product code 20AA) on March 24 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Priced at $16.00 USD, this 10-coin set consists of five uncirculated quarters from the Philadelphia Mint and five uncirculated quarters from the Denver Mint. The […]

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United States Mint temporarily closes public tours, gift shops, and coin store

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) is temporarily closing public tours of its facilities in Philadelphia and Denver beginning Monday, March 16. The Denver and Philadelphia Mint gift shops and the Washington, D

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Coin Profiles: United States 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States, the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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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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NGC Signs Exclusive Signature Label Deal With Donna Weaver – Mint Coin Designer and Sculptor

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is excited to announce that Donna Weaver, sculptor of the Return to Monticello Nickel obverse (used since 2016 to present) and designer of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin common reverse, is signing certification labels exclusively for NGC. The NGC Donna Weaver Signature Label is the perfect complement to […]

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Collecting 1943 Lincoln Steel Cents

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… There are few 20th-century coins as popular with numismatists and non-numismatists alike as 1943 Lincoln Steel cents. Struck as an emergency measure to help save copper for ammunition shells to be used by Allied Forces during World War II, 1943 Lincoln Steel cents are a product of war-era rationing […]

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2020 America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Honoring National Park of American Samoa on Sale Feb. 18

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ containing coins honoring the National Park of American Samoa on February 18 at noon EST. Coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters set include one uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and […]

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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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The 1875 Dot Reverse Indian Head Cent: Did It Catch a U.S. Mint Crook?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… What’s up with the unusual raised dot on the reverse of some 1875 Indian Head cents? That’s the question many coin collectors have asked for decades. The little raised dot in question appears near the top left corner of the “N” in the word “ONE” on the reverse of […]

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The 10th Anniversary of the Lincoln Shield Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… It’s perhaps hard to believe that 10 years have already passed since the first Lincoln Union Shield cent emerged in 2010. It came about as the fifth and final reverse redesign in fewer than 13 months following 2009’s successful four-coin circulating commemorative program showcasing Abraham Lincoln’s colorful life from […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1923 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: The Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Coin Profile: United States 1939 Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson, open to “all American sculptors”, was held in 1937. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner. […]

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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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United States 1940 Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson, open to “all American sculptors”, was held in 1937. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner, […]

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United States Mint’s Last America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set of 2019 on Sale Nov. 26

The United States Mint will release the final America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ of 2019 on Nov. 26 at noon EST. The quarters in this set (product code 19AH) pay homage to Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. This America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set consists of an uncirculated quarter from the […]

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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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Final 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale Nov. 14

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (product code 19AN) on November 14 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $154.95 USD and is the last five-ounce silver uncirculated coin of 2019. 2019 America […]

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Final 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale Nov. 14

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (product code 19AN) on November 14 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $154.95 USD and is the last five-ounce silver uncirculated coin of 2019. 2019 America […]

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The Biggest Gold Heists of All Time, Part I

By Alan Carr, Buy Gold Online… The fame and fortune that is associated with a gold bullion heist are, for most of us, in the realms of our deepest and darkest fantasies. Nevertheless, the thought of living in riches and never having to work again has seduced some individuals to try their luck at stealing […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters 2019 Circulating Coin Set on Sale October 9

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 19AC) on October 9 at noon EDT. The set is priced at $8.95 USD. The 2019-dated set includes 10 circulating quarters—five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint–with reverse designs honoring Lowell […]

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Classic US Coins – Redesigning Currency with the Flying Eagle Cent

The Flying Eagle Cent By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. It was the 1850s and the United States Mint had a problem. The “large cent”, which was simply a penny, was becoming too expensive to manufacture. The coin was nearly the size of a half dollar and consisted entirely of copper. They needed an alternative. […]

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United States Mint Releases 4th 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Aug. 29

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ honoring San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (product code 19AM) on August 29 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $154.95. The reverse of this coin pays tribute to the missions in a depiction of […]

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United States Mint Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fourth Philadelphia Coining Facility

PHILADELPHIA – The United States Mint (Mint) marked a historic milestone today: the 50th anniversary of its fourth and current minting facility in Philadelphia, Pa. In celebration of this milestone, on Aug. 14, visitors will have a rare opportunity to speak directly with Mint personnel who make our nation’s coins

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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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United States Mint Marks 50th Anniversary of Fourth Philadelphia Coining Facility

The United States Mint marked a historic milestone today: the 50th anniversary of its fourth and current minting facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In celebration of this milestone, on August 14, visitors had a rare opportunity to speak directly with Mint personnel who make our nation’s coins. The original “five-handed” shovel used for the groundbreaking of […]

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United States Mint marks the 50th anniversary of the fourth Philadelphia coining facility

Philadelphia — The United States Mint marked a historic milestone today: The 50th anniversary of its fourth and current minting facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In celebration of this milestone, on August 14, visitors will have a rare opportunity to speak directly with Mint personnel who make our nation’s coins

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United States Mint marks the 50th anniversary of the fourth Philadelphia coining facility

Philadelphia — The United States Mint marked a historic milestone today: The 50th anniversary of its fourth and current minting facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In celebration of this milestone, on August 14, visitors will have a rare opportunity to speak directly with Mint personnel who make our nation’s coins

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The Second Life of the 1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

  By Blanchard & Company …… The United States expanded its reach in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. For $15 million the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles from France. The additional land doubled the size of the country. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson took the initiative to find out what awaited in that great wilderness. […]

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United States Mint Orders for 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, Silver Medals Start August 15

The United States Mint is opening sales for both the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin™ (product code 19DA) and the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Silver Medal™ (product code 19DB) on August 15 at noon EDT. The coin is struck at the West Point Mint, contains one ounce of 99.99 percent fine, 24-karat […]

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CoinWeek IQ: United States 1982-P Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and Third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson, open to “all American sculptors”, was held in 1937. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner. […]

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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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World Cup eBay

By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. The final match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World’s Cup took place in Lyon, France on Sunday, July 7, and once again the United States Women’s National Soccer Team proved their dominance of the sport with their second consecutive championship and fourth championship title overall. Captained by the charismatic Megan […]

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The Secondary Market for the 1994 World Cup Commemorative Coins

By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. The final match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World’s Cup took place in Lyon, France on Sunday, July 7, and once again the United States Women’s National Soccer Team proved their dominance of the sport with their second consecutive championship and fourth championship title overall. Captained by the charismatic Megan […]

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U.S. Mint launching Pride of Two Nations Set at Philadelphia Mint today

Limited Edition of 100,000 is the First Joint Numismatic Product Between the United States and Canada
The United States Mint is launching the 2019 Pride of Two Nations Set at noon (ET) today, at the Philadelphia Mint, and is the first joint numismatic product between the United States and Canada. The set commemorates the United States’ and Canada’s nationhood with coins that capture their rich history, pride, and close relationship as neighbors and partners

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U.S. Mint launching Pride of Two Nations Set at Philadelphia Mint today

Limited Edition of 100,000 is the First Joint Numismatic Product Between the United States and Canada
The United States Mint is launching the 2019 Pride of Two Nations Set at noon (ET) today, at the Philadelphia Mint, and is the first joint numismatic product between the United States and Canada. The set commemorates the United States’ and Canada’s nationhood with coins that capture their rich history, pride, and close relationship as neighbors and partners

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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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Classic US Gold Coins – The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: What should I collect? The answer, of course, depends on your budget, but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a […]

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Bullion Shark – For the Advanced Silver Eagle Collector: An Explanation of the Various Proof Finishes

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Proof Silver Eagles are undoubtedly some of the most stunning coins a modern coin collector can lay his or her eyes on. The cameo details (black to white contrast) and the painstaking detail that the respected engraver John Mercanti took in creating this coin have made this piece just breathtaking. […]

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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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United States Mint Annual Set of Uncirculated Coins on Sale Today

Latest set is the third to include premium penny from West Point   The 2019 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® (product code 19RJ) will go on sale starting on May 14 at noon (EDT). This annual collector favorite contains two folders with 10 coins each—one with coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia […]

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What Makes My Silver Eagles Worth Money?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Silver Eagles, just like any other coin, vary wildly in value. Some can be worth as little as a few dollars over the spot value of silver, while others go for five figures! As a collector or investor of modern rare coins, it is important to understand where the value […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Low Mintage Rarity 1885 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coins

United States $20 gold coins were extremely useful in foreign trade during the last half of the 19th century. Double eagles were immediately recognizable to European and Latin American trade partners and their weight and gold content were reliably guaranteed, making them ideal as a medium of exchange. On the other hand, 20 dollars was […]

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NGC Grades First Strike Delaware Quarters

The two are among the first of the billions of state quarters struck from 1999 to 2009   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has authenticated and graded a pair of 1999 Delaware State Quarters that were struck at the First Strike Ceremony held on December 7, 1998, at the Philadelphia Mint. Delaware was the first in […]

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Mariana Islands 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set Avail. From United States Mint April 17

Latest set contains coins honoring American Memorial Park in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands   The United States Mint will open sales for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ containing coins honoring American Memorial Park in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on April 17 at noon EDT. The set (product code […]

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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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How the Flying Eagle Cent Reinvented the Coin

By Blanchard & Company ……   For more than 60 years, the United States minted the large cent. These coins, about the size of a half dollar, consisted of nearly pure copper. They were heavy, cumbersome and falling out of favor for commerce. By the early 1850s the time had come to issue something more […]

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United States Mint Offers Lowell National Historical Park Coin Set Feb. 19

The United States Mint will release the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ containing Lowell National Historical Park quarters on February 19 at noon EST. The set (product code 19AD) is priced at $9.95. America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets™ consist of an uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, an uncirculated quarter from the Denver […]

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America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Coin Honoring Lowell National Historical Park on Sale Feb. 7

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Massachusetts’s Lowell National Historical Park (product code 19AJ) on February 7 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $154.95. The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck in .999 fine silver […]

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Sales open for America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Cumberland Island National Seashore on August 30

Washington — The United States Mint will release the America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin — Cumberland Island National Seashore (product code 18AM) on August 30 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This coin is priced at $154

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Historic 1794 dollar and Silvano DiGenova going “home” to Philadelphia For ANA show

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) August 8, 2018 — It will be a Philadelphia “homecoming” at the ANA 2018 World’s Fair of Money for one of the finest known surviving examples of a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar. It’s also the homecoming for the person exhibiting that historic coin, Silvano DiGenova, President of Tangible Investments, Inc

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Q&A: What is the real story behind “The King of American Coins?”

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: What is the real story behind “The King of American Coins,” the silver dollars of 1804?
A: Proclaimed the “King of American Coins,” the prestigious dollar of 1804 is an impostor. It is known to exist in 15 examples, not a one of which was actually struck in 1804

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

Counterfeit Coin Detection By Paul Sandler, NGC Grader/Researcher…… Altered dates and outright counterfeits are the two most common types of fake 1942/41 Mercury Dimes you will encounter in Counterfeit Coin Detection. The 1942/41 Mercury Dime from the Philadelphia Mint is one of the most well-known overdates on any US coin. Although the variety was first discovered […]

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Q&A: What separates Proof sets from Mint sets?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: What are Proof coins and sets?
A: The term “Proof” refers to the method of manufacturing a coin, not to its condition. Originally, Proof coins were struck for presentation, souvenir, exhibition, and display purposes

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CoinWeek First Look at the Pops of the New York Bank Morgan Dollar Hoard

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Sixteen bags of Morgan dollars, still sealed in their original bags, is not something that you expect to see these days, given that it’s been more than 50 years since the Treasury vaults were emptied by silver speculators. Since that time, there have been ups and […]

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United States Mint to release America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set of Voyageurs National Park quarters on June 19

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set—Voyageurs National Park (product code 18AF) on June 19 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
This set includes one Uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one Uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and one Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint

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United States Mint to release America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set of Voyageurs National Park quarters on June 19

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set—Voyageurs National Park (product code 18AF) on June 19 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
This set includes one Uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one Uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and one Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint

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United States Mint to Release Voyageurs National Park Quarters 3-Coin Set June 19

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™– Voyageurs National Park (product code 18AF) on June 19 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This set includes one uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and one proof quarter from the San […]

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Sales open for America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Voyageurs National Park on June 14

Washington — The United States Mint will release the latest America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on June 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The three-inch diameter coin (product code 18AL) honors Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

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Sales open for America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Voyageurs National Park on June 14

Washington — The United States Mint will release the latest America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on June 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The three-inch diameter coin (product code 18AL) honors Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

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Sales open for America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Voyageurs National Park on June 14

Washington — The United States Mint will release the latest America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on June 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The three-inch diameter coin (product code 18AL) honors Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota

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United States Mint bags and rolls of Voyageurs National Park quarters available starting on June 11

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Washington — Bags and rolls of United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota will be available for purchase starting on June 11 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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United States Mint bags and rolls of Voyageurs National Park quarters available starting on June 11

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Washington — Bags and rolls of United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota will be available for purchase starting on June 11 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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United States 1971 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

Description: While the country-at-large’s desire for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s was hardly demonstrable, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President Dwight D. […]

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1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle BD-2 Featured Highlight of Stack’s Bowers Direct

1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle. BD-2. Rarity-4+. Close 5D. MS-65 (PCGS). On June 18, 1812, President James Madison declared war on the United Kingdom in response to the impressment of American sailors and interference in America’s expansion westward, thus precipitating an armed conflict that would last the next two-and-a-half years. In the midst of […]

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United States Mint bags and rolls of Voyageurs National Park quarters available starting on June 11

Washington — Bags and rolls of United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota will be available for purchase starting on June 11 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

The quarter’s reverse (tails) depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background

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Legendary 1861-S Paquet Reverse Double Eagle Rarity at Stack’s Bowers Whitman Baltimore Auction

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers New Colorado Gold Rush on the 1861-S Paquet reverse Double Eagle …..   The Stack’s Bowers June 2018 Baltimore sale is fast approaching and among the stellar collections to be featured is the Fairmont Collection, a nearly complete set of Liberty Head double eagles. It is currently ranked […]

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Rittenhouse’s 1792 half disme and an 1861-P Paquet Double Eagle at 2018 World’s Fair of Money

ANA Governor Brian Hendelson will provide historic multi-million dollar Philadelphia Mint coins and early United States Mint appointment documents for the ANA Museum Showcase exhibit.
The finest known 1792 Half Disme, formerly owned by the first United States Mint Director David Rittenhouse, and the finer of the two known 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Liberty Head Double Eagles, will be featured exhibits in the Museum Showcase at the American Numismatic Association’s 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money

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Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme and an 1861-P Paquet $20 at 2018 ANA World’s Fair of Money

ANA Governor Brian Hendelson will provide historic multi-million dollar Philadelphia Mint coins and early United States Mint appointment documents for ANA Museum Showcase exhibit The finest known 1792 Half Disme, formerly owned by the first United States Mint Director David Rittenhouse, and the finer of the two known 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Liberty Head […]

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Coin Profiles – The United States $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin: 1849-1933

Too much gold? Start minting It was 1849, and the Philadelphia Mint had more Gold Rush gold than it could possibly mint. What to do? First, they minted $2.50 quarter eagles. Then half eagles. Then eagles. And still, the Mint’s coffers overflowed with unused gold (if only we all had that problem). So, Congressman James […]

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Coin Profiles – The United States $20 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coin: 1849-1907

Too much gold? Start minting the Liberty Double Eagle It was 1849, and the Philadelphia Mint had more Gold Rush gold than it could possibly mint. First, they minted $2.50 quarter eagles. Then half eagles. Then eagles. And still, the Mint’s coffers overflowed with unused gold (if only we all had that problem). So, Congressman […]

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United States Mint annual set of Uncirculated coins goes on sale on May 14

Washington — Sales will open for the 2018 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (product code 18RJ) on May 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
This set contains two folders with 10 coins each — one with coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and the other with coins from the United States Mint at Denver

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United States Mint annual set of Uncirculated coins goes on sale on May 14

Washington — Sales will open for the 2018 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (product code 18RJ) on May 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
This set contains two folders with 10 coins each — one with coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and the other with coins from the United States Mint at Denver

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Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists PAN eNews for May 2018

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …… PAN Spring Coin Show Issue One of the 10 very rare 1933 Gold Double Eagle coins will be displayed for a limited time during the PAN Spring Coin Show. Special arrangements have been made to bring this rarity from Fort Knox where the confiscated coins are stored to […]

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United States Mint annual set of Uncirculated coins goes on sale on May 14

Washington — Sales will open for the 2018 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (product code 18RJ) on May 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
This set contains two folders with 10 coins each — one with coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and the other with coins from the United States Mint at Denver

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What Is a 1999 Delaware State Quarter Worth?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Hard to believe but it’s been almost 30 years since the United States Mint inaugurated its 50 State Quarters program. For a certain generation, it was the first real change in U.S. coinage they had ever experienced–at once exciting as a variety of new designs began to […]

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Don Everhart: My Career in Coins, Part 3 – Historic Figures & Heads of State

By Don Everhart – Former Sculptor-Engraver, United States Mint ….. Exclusive for CoinWeek Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 During my 13+ years as a sculptor-engraver for the United States Mint, I had the opportunity to work on Congressional Gold Medals for many prominent leaders and heads of state. Additionally, I had the honor […]

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Bowers on collecting: Coins of the presidential administrations — George Washington

This week I start a new series: an overview of the various presidents from George Washington to date with a small selection of coins minted during their administration. To include all of the design types—never mind different dates and varieties—would far exceed the space available

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Lead Medallic Artist position opens up at the United States Mint in Philadelphia, applications accepted starting today

The United States Mint is now seeking a Lead Medallic Artist at its Philadelphia location. This position is primarily open to current or former federal employees (competitive service), surplus or displaced federal employees, veterans, and individuals with disabilities — however, any member of the public may apply under announcement 18-MINT-175-P

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Bowers on collecting: Coins of the presidential administrations — George Washington

By Q. David Bowers
This week I start a new series: an overview of the various presidents from George Washington to date with a small selection of coins minted during their administration

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Q&A: Do some Kennedy half dollars show where President Kennedy was hit by the assassin’s bullet?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers, 5th edition:
Q: A friend told me the slight bulge along the line of Kennedy’s neck on the half-dollar is intended to represent the point at which the bullet from the assassin’s rifle hit our late president. Is that true?
A: Absolutely not

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Sales open for five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on April 13

Washington — The United States Mint will release the second America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin of the year on April 13 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin (product code 18AK) honors Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter available on April 9

Washington — The United States Mint will offer bags and rolls of quarters honoring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin starting on April 9 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The quarter’s reverse (tails) design depicts the sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background and a kayaker paddling in the foreground

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries sets new record with sale of the 17th known Sacagawea dollar/Washington quarter mule

(2000)-P Sacagawea Dollar–Muled with a Statehood Quarter–MS-67. Hover to zoom

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United States Mint opens sales for 10-coin set of Uncirculated quarters on March 29

Washington — The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set (product code 18AA) beginning on March 29 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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U.S. Mint Begins Sales of Kennedy Half Dollar Product Options March 20

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for collectible bags and rolls of 2018 Kennedy Half Dollar coins on March 20 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Available product options and their prices are as follows: All product options contain circulating finish Kennedy Half Dollars from the Denver Mint and the Philadelphia Mint facilities that […]

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United States Mint to release set of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore coins on February 20

Washington — The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AD) beginning February 20 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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United States Mint to release set of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore coins on February 20

Washington — The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AD) beginning February 20 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
This set includes an Uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, an Uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and a Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint featuring Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop it on their reverse (tails)

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First America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin released to Authorized Purchasers on February 26

The following was sent to the Mint’s Authorized Purchasers on February 9,2018:
The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Monday, February 26, 2018.
We do not anticipate an allocation of these coins

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First America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin released to Authorized Purchasers on February 26

The following was sent to the Mint’s Authorized Purchasers today:
The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Monday, February 26, 2018.
We do not anticipate an allocation of these coins

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United States Mint to release first 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on February 9

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AJ) on February 9 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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United States Mint to release first 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on February 9

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AJ) on February 9 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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Liberty Head $5 Gold Half Eagles – The Only Coin Series Struck at All U.S. Mints!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #403 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. These were struck in Philadelphia (PA), Charlotte (NC), Dahlonega (GA), New Orleans (LA), San Francisco (CA), Carson City (NV), […]

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Morgan silver dollars part two

Continuing from my last column, I told about the release at the Philadelphia Mint in November 1962 of quantities of 1903-O dollars, hundreds of thousands of them. At the time the 1903-O cataloged in Mint State for $1,500 in the Guide Book of United States Coins, with no others priced higher

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The Mint’s World War I Centennial commemoratives for 2018

Although he campaigned on America staying out of the war, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war as a result of a series of events, including the sinking of the Lusitania, the Zimmerman Telegram, and the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare. America mobilized for war, aiding the Allies by providing financial and other resources, weapons, and troops

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Morgan silver dollars part two

By Q. David Bowers
Continuing from my last column, I told about the release at the Philadelphia Mint in November 1962 of quantities of 1903-O dollars, hundreds of thousands of them

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Collecting silver Morgan dollars

Welcome to my new series of columns. Over a period of time, I will touch on various subjects — from the popular, as here, to the obscure

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Collecting silver Morgan dollars

In the Guide Book of United States Coins in 1962, the 1903-O dollar cataloged at $1,500. There was not a single Morgan dollar listed higher

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U.S. Mint to Release Circulating America the Beautiful Quarter 10-Coin Set Nov. 21

  The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarter Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 17AC) starting on November 21 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set includes 10 circulating quarters–five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint–with reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), […]

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Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect With Motto Liberty Head Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In January 2017, I wrote a blog in the “So You’ve Decided to Collect…” series about No Motto Liberty Head eagles. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be interesting to write about the With Motto Liberty Head eagle coinage. […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Proof 1893 dollar, Proof-68 Star Cameo

The Mint produced an unexciting mintage of 792 proof Morgan dollars in 1893, but the issue was one of the more poorly rendered of the proof Morgans. The dies were spaced slightly too far apart in the press, causing numerous coins to show incomplete details on the central high points. The VAM reference calls the […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 31: Liberty Seated Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #386 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Overall, there are nine design types of half dimes, five of which are in the series of Liberty Seated half dimes. It is somewhat easy to collect these ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint […]

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U.S. Mint Ellis Island Quarters 3-Coin Set on Sale September 14

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ -Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 14, at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $9.95, this set contains two uncirculated Ellis Island quarters – one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint – and […]

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U.S. Mint News – Four Piece Silver Medal Set Pricing Announced

By CoinWeek News Staff …. According to the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 12, the United States Mint has announced its price for the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Four-Piece Silver Medal Set. The initial retail price for each set is $199.95 USD. The set will be available for order on the Mint’s website on […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 30: Three Cent Silvers

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #383 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Three Cent Silvers are much different from Three Cent Nickels. U.S. Three Cent Silver coins were minted from 1851 to 1873, while Three Cent Nickels were minted from 1865 to 1889. Before discussing […]

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Doug Winter – Lessons Learned: The Kentucky Collection of Quarter Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently purchased a nice specialized collection of 20 Liberty Head quarter eagles from an individual in Kentucky. The deal was consummated on a Monday, the coins were in my office on Tuesday, they were cataloged and imaged on Wednesday and “pre-listed” for DWN Preferred […]

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2017 America the Beautiful–Ellis Island 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coin available September 7

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The reverse depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty

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2017 America the Beautiful–Ellis Island 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coin available September 7

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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2017 America the Beautiful–Ellis Island 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coin available September 7

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The reverse depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty

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Ellis Island 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Coin Available Sept. 7

  The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. The hospital building can […]

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Third 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale July 11

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin-Ozark National Scenic Riverways (product code 17AL) on July 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins features the same designs that appear on their America the Beautiful […]

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Third 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale July 11

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin-Ozark National Scenic Riverways (product code 17AL) on July 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins features the same designs that appear on their America the Beautiful […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions Regency XXII Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek ….. Handpicked high-eye-appeal U.S. coins are the hallmark of Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) and on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the New Jersey-based firm will offer 515 PCGS- and NGC-certified coins at their Regency XXII Sale. Many are either conditionally rare or rare in […]

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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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Ozark Riverways Quarter 3-Coin Set Available June 26 from U.S. Mint

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Ozark National Scenic Riverways (product code 17AF) on June 26 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design of the quarters in this set depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894. This merchant mill was […]

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“Divisive” 2017 American Liberty Silver Medal Outperforms 2016 Versions*

*A lack of a mintage limit may have helped By CoinWeek News Staff …. First day sales of the 2017 American Liberty U.S. Mint 225th Anniversary Silver Medal totaled 26,833 units, according to Todd Martin, Deputy Chief of the Office of Corporate Communications of the United States Mint. In light of the “controversy” over the […]

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Fantastic Obsolete Coins from Our American Heritage: Liberty Seated 20-Cent Pieces

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… From its inception, the silver 20-cent coin was one of the most poorly conceived, ill-received and unpopular coins produced by the United States Mint. Its great similarity in design and size with the circulating 25-cent coin was confusing to many Americans. The 20-cent piece was allegedly introduced […]

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Whitman Releases New Search & Save Coin Books on Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars

Whitman Publishing announces the release of two new volumes in its series of combination book-albums trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each new volume consists of a 96-page hardcover book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a customized coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for […]

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U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Coin Set on Sale May 17

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® (product code 17RJ) on May 17 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set consists of 20 coins—one folder of 10 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one folder of 10 coins from the Denver Mint. Coins in […]

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NGC Certifies Rare 1942 and 1943 Wrong Planchet Cents

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extraordinary group of four 1942 and 1943 Lincoln Cents struck on the wrong planchets. Included in this group are two examples of the 1943 bronze (“copper”) cent, one of the most famous US error coins. In 1943, the US Mint used zinc-coated steel for Lincoln Cents instead of […]

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United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

Description: The 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar honors the 100th anniversary of the world’s largest service club. Founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has more than 1.4 million members working together to help improve communities around the world. There are more than 46,000 associated clubs […]

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Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never come […]

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US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since 1936, when the United States Mint offered the first modern proof sets after a two-decade hiatus. There was also a three-year intermission between 1965 and 1967, when a nationwide coin […]

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US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since 1936, when the United States Mint offered the first modern proof sets after a two-decade hiatus. There was also a three-year intermission between 1965 and 1967, when a nationwide […]

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2017 Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Available April 24

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™–Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AE) on April 24 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design of each quarter depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, DC in the background. Inscriptions […]

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2017 Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Available April 24

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™–Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AE) on April 24 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design of each quarter depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, DC in the background. Inscriptions […]

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PCGS to Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

UPDATE 4/7/2017 9:22AM PST: For 2014-2017 boxes that have a sticker on the side that includes the designation “WPM”, PCGS believes that these boxes, regardless of their serial number, originated in West Point. Therefore, at this time, and until we receive further clarification from the U.S. Mint, we will not be attributing such boxes to […]

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NGC Attribution of Mint Facility for Bullion Silver Eagles

NGC provides submission guidelines and mintage information for bullion Silver Eagles struck at various Mint facilities, 2011 to date Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) will attribute 2011 to 2017 bullion American Silver Eagles by the US Mint facility that struck the coins provided they are received by NGC in a sealed US Mint box. The attributions […]

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Circulated Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Gold Coins, Type 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #379 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head double eagle $20 gold coins were minted from 1850 to 1907. Before 1850, the largest U.S. coin denomination was the $10 gold piece (the eagle). This discussion is about collecting […]

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2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin Program off to Slow (but Steady?) Start

Mint surprises with five distinct versions of the 2017 American Liberty silver medal By CoinWeek News Staff …. Did the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Proof Gold Coin sell out on its first day? No. According to Michael White of the Communications Office of the United States Mint, the 2017 edition of the American Liberty […]

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U.S. Mint 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set Available Today

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set (product code 17AA) on April 10 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set contains 10 uncirculated quarters–five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint–with reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Frederick Douglass National […]

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United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial $1 Silver Coin

Description: The non-profit organization Boys Town, dedicated to helping at-risk youth and made famous by the 1938 movie of the same name, is commemorated on a clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a $5 gold coin celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1917. Established by Father Edward Flanagan, the charity’s main focus was […]

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U.S. Mint Releases Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter April 3

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for rolls and bags of America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins honoring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia starting on April 3 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin’s reverse design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home […]

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U.S. Mint Releases Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter April 3

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for rolls and bags of America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins honoring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia starting on April 3 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin’s reverse design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home […]

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Effigy Mounds America the Beautiful Uncirculated 5 Ounce Silver Coin Available March 7

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Effigy Mounds National Monument (product code 17AJ) on March 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin’s reverse design depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “EFFIGY MOUNDS,” “IOWA,” “2017,” and “E […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Quarter Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Liberty Head quarter eagles were issued from 1840 from 1907 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega and San Francisco mints. Including major varieties, there are over 150 different issues which range from very common to very rare. This series, while very long-lived, is completable with […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Quarter Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Liberty Head quarter eagles were issued from 1840 from 1907 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega and San Francisco mints. Including major varieties, there are over 150 different issues which range from very common to very rare. This series, while very long-lived, is completable with […]

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New Red Book Celebrates 225 Years of U.S. Coinage

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices 7,900 Coins The 71st edition of the hobby’s Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will launch at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo on March 30, 2017. It features new and extensively updated content reflecting the current market for collectible coins. To celebrate the […]

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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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Modern US Coins – Coinage of the Obama Era

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… It’s still unclear how history will ultimately remember the presidency of Barack Obama, who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 through 2017. But coin collectors can already honor the historic, two-term former commander-in-chief in their own ways. Over the course of the eight years […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates from […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates from […]

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Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… For a variety of reasons (including some below), No Motto Liberty Head eagles are exceedingly rare in higher grades. Even “common” issues from Philadelphia produced in the 1840s and ’50s are rare in the lower Uncirculated grades and mostly unknown in MS63 to MS64; let alone […]

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Errors & Coin Varieties: Doubled Dies vs. Machine Doubling

The distinction between genuine die doubling and mechanical doubling can be subtle, but they can easily be differentiated with just a loupe and a bit of knowledge One of the more common questions that NGC Customer Service receives is regarding the difference between a doubled die and machine doubling. This distinction is very important, because […]

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Errors & Coin Varieties: Doubled Dies vs. Machine Doubling

The distinction between genuine die doubling and mechanical doubling can be subtle, but they can easily be differentiated with just a loupe and a bit of knowledge One of the more common questions that NGC Customer Service receives is regarding the difference between a doubled die and machine doubling. This distinction is very important, because […]

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2016 U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set Available Dec. 14

The 2016 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (product code 16RB) will be available for purchase starting on December 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $49.95, this set contains the following uncirculated quality $1 coins in production this year: Three Presidential $1 Coins Struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the obverses of […]

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Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

By Leroy Van Allen, Special for CoinWeek …..   In November, Charles Morgan, Editor of CoinWeek, sent me an e-mail with three overall photographs of the two Morgan dollar hubs dated 1964 recently found by numismatists at the Philadelphia Mint. He wanted to know if I had any information on these hubs. This was the […]

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Whitman Announces New Guide Book of the United States Mint by Q. David Bowers

Whitman Publishing announces the release of A Guide Book of the United States Mint, by Q. David Bowers. The 448-page softcover book is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and at Whitman’s website for $24.95. The 23rd volume in the award-winning Bowers Series explores the heart of American coin collecting: the United States Mint […]

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Classic US Coins – The Last Wheat Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When the Lincoln wheat cents of 1958 were struck by the United States Mint, few individuals knew the coins would represent the end of a 50-year tradition. Collectors had little reason to suspect that the Lincoln cent, which had remained virtually unchanged since its debut in 1909, was set […]

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U.S. Mint Holds Strike Ceremony for Lions Clubs Commemorative Silver Coin – 4K Video

By CoinWeek News Staff ….. Today, November 9, 2016, at its main production facility in Philadelphia, the United States Mint held a special ceremony for the first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar coin. And CoinWeek was on hand to film the event in high-definition. According to the Mint’s Principal […]

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CoinWeek to Film Lions Clubs Silver Dollar First Strike Ceremony

On the morning of November 9, 2016, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan will be on hand at the Philadelphia Mint filming the ceremonial first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Silver Dollar. The new silver dollar is one of three coins authorized by the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act (part of […]

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Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 25: Liberty Head Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #355 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Publicly distributed, Liberty Head nickels were minted from 1883 to 1912. A set of business strike Liberty Head nickels may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. […]

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Modern Coins: A Lifetime of Change to Our Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   Look at the change in your pocket or purse. You’ll notice the coins in circulation look a lot different today than, say, in the mid-1990s. As recently as 1998, the array of current-production circulating coins included the Lincoln Memorial cent, the Jefferson nickel with traditional side-profile obverse bust, […]

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Gold & Silver PAC October 2016 e-Newsletter

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee ….. From the Political Coordinator Every four years we elect a president and vice president. By definition, elections are politically motivated exercises and candidates look to convince you to elect them and not their opponent. I used an opportunity to have a discussion about […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #353 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. The theme here is completing a set of Barber dimes in Very Fine to Almost Uncirculated grades, without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. Naturally toned and pleasant representatives of one or two of the scarcest […]

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Collecting US Coins – Modern Rarities: 1982 & 1983 Souvenir Coin Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   The United States Mint has released hundreds of products for coin collectors over the last four decades. Yet four of the scarcest, most popular items to come out of the U.S. Mint since the 1960s aren’t products hobbyists could originally order by mail or online. The 1982 and […]

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Whitman: New Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Sold Out

Early Sellout Reflects Strong Hobby Interest in Recent 1964 Morgan Discovery Whitman Publishing announces that the fifth edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars is temporarily sold out due to high demand. More copies are scheduled to arrive in mid-October. “Collectors can call our Customer Service number at 1-800-546-2995 to order […]

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Classic US Coins: Does a 1964 Morgan Silver Dollar Exist?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Rumors have long circulated in numismatic circles about the mystery of the 1964 Peace dollar, which would have been the last 90% silver dollar minted for circulation. That is, if the entire mintage hadn’t been melted down when the plan to coin new silver dollars (which hadn’t been […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Pt. 23: Proof Shield Nickels

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #349 The emphasis here is on PCGS- or NGC-certified, Proof-64 or -63 ‘No Rays’ Shield Nickels dating from 1867 to 1883, Choice Proofs. This is the 23rd installment in a series on classic U.S. coins that cost less than $500 […]

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The King Among Rarities: A Brief History of the United States 1804 Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. In all of numismatics of the entire world, there is not today and there never has been a single coin which was and is the subject of so much romance, interest, comment, and upon which so much has been written and so much talked about and discussed as the […]

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Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly all […]

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New Guide Book of Peace Dollars Explores America’s Last Silver Dollar and the Mysterious 1964-D Coinage

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the updated and revised third edition of the Guide Book of Peace Dollars, by award-winning numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette. The 288-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com). […]

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Coin Collecting – A Hobby for All

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …. Coin collecting is one of the oldest and certainly one of the most popular hobbies in existence. Some might say that if is not the most widely followed of hobbies, it’s right up there. Young and old alike have shared the pleasures and rewards of coin collecting for […]

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Coin Design and Manufacture on CBS Sunday Morning April 12

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Coin design and manufacturing are the subjects of two segments in this week’s CBS Sunday Morning, which airs April 12 at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). In the first coin-related segment, Anna Werner reports on the “miniature works of art” that are coins, focusing on the artists and engravers […]

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