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PRESIDENT Peter Miller VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER Corinne Zielke SENIOR MARKET ANALYST Richard Giedroyc DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Phil Graham DESIGNER Julie Green PRESIDENT & CEO Andrew W. Clurman EXECUTIVE VP & CFO Brian Sellstrom CTO Nelson Saenz
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2009-s proof Jefferson Nickel
Hello, I have been trying to find out if anyone else has found a 2009-s proof Jefferson Nickel with this clashed die. It is strongly clashed on the obverse and reverse with the most prominent clash showing both of Jefferson’s eyes visible in the word
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1878 Morgan $1 Varieties All Worth Owning
THE 1878 Morgan dollar is extremely historic, but it can get confusing because there are a number of different 1878 Morgan dollars. All are worth knowing – and probably owning. The Morgan dollar had been created by the Bland-Allison Act. Many people
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Gold We Might Still Afford
THE PRICE of gold in the year 2020 jumped to over $2,000 per ounce, at least for a short time. It has settled down since then, but plenty of us think this “settling” may be a lull before some greater storm. And while the cynics among us will routinel
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U.S. Mint Receives Five Coin of the Year Nominations
This global pandemic we are finding ourselves living through has put a damper on many things. But, the annual Coin of the Year Awards is not one of them. The nomination process for the 2021 Coin of the Year Awards did look a bit different this year,
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Draped Bust Cents, 1796-1807
WHEN COIN COLLECTING became a national hobby in the 1850s, the first coins to be saved were the old large cents struck before 1857. And then, as now, the most popular series was the Draped Bust design made from 1796 through 1807. Despite their fame a
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Collecting Saints On A Budget
A COUPLE OF decades ago, I read Ken Grimwood’s fascinating science fiction novel, Replay. Even though my wife is no fan of science fiction, she also read Replay and found it quite entertaining. Improbably, the book begins with the death of its main c
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Review of Mega Red 5th Edition
Humongous! Gargantuan! Big words for a giant book. I’m referring to my 2019 edition of Whitman’s Mega Red, the “Expanded Deluxe Edition of the Best-Selling Red Book.” If you need further evidence of its enormous size, Mega Red weighs six pounds and 1
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Numismatic Expert Kevin Vinton To Join The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Team
Costa Mesa, CA – Stack’s Bowers Galleries (“SBG”) is pleased to announce that Kevin Vinton, respected expert, dealer and auctioneer in United States colonial coinage and early federal copper will be joining the firm. Beginning in January 2021, Vinton
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Market Watch
The value of coins continued to improve during the past month despite a potential speed bump that may have impacted some individuals at what is often viewed as the entry level: bullion coins or bullion price-impacted coins. The U.S. dollar has contin
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PRESIDENT Peter Miller VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER Corinne Zielke SENIOR MARKET ANALYST Richard Giedroyc DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Phil Graham DESIGNER Julie Green PRESIDENT & CEO Andrew W. Clurman EXECUTIVE VP & CFO Brian Sellstrom CTO Nelson Saenz
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Coin Finds
In the early 1970s, when I was 14 years old, my parents and my brother and I flew to Las Vegas. We went to a bank in Vegas on the last morning of our trip. My brother and I each bought ten rolls of cents. The concept was for us to search through the
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Help Your Heirs to Dispose of Your Collection
Have you made plans for what will happen to your collection when you’re no longer using it? Notice I didn’t say when you’re deceased, although that’s what I’m talking about. We live most of our lives as though we’re immortal, unless we receive an unp
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Seated Liberty Dollars, 1840-1873
THERE IS CURRENTLY a strong collector market for Seated Liberty silver dollars, but this was not always true. Until the last few decades there was little interest in this series except as type coins. This has now changed as prices keep pace with the
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Seven Lucky Favorites
EVERYBODY HAS a lucky number, and seven seems to be one of the most common, perhaps because of all its gambling associations. When it comes to great coins, there surely have to be more than seven. But let’s look at seven favorites – seven pieces of b
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A Message from United States Mint Director David J. Ryder
Dear Mint Customers, I want to take this opportunity to speak to you about the Mint’s approach to our numismatic program. First off, the United States Mint is unique in that we are an agency of the Federal Government, and also a retail sales organiza
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Simpson Quarter Nets $630,000
Appearing at auction for just the second time in 113 years, a coveted 1807 Draped Bust quarter, the finest-known example of the type, ex: Stickney-Clapp-Eliasberg, brought a record-breaking $630,000 from the Bob R. Simpson Collection at Heritage Auct
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Registry Type Set of Classic Commemoratives
SEVERAL YEARS ago, my wife asked me to show her the coin I had just gotten in the mail. It was an upgrade to my PCGS Registry Set of 1932-1964 Washington quarters, a 1932-S in MS65. After looking at both sides of the coin (she rotated it rather than
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1954-s Franklin Half Remains A Sleeper
It gets so little attention that some might be surprised to learn that the 1954-S Franklin half dollar even exists. It does indeed exist, and for a variety of reasons it just might be a better coin than one would assume. Back in 1954, the 1954-S Fran
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Bad Press is Better than No Press
An old saying goes: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That could be said of the recent events grabbing headlines about rare coins. On one hand, you could say it was a negative that there was a lot of publicity surrounding the failure o
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Indian Head Cents: Focusing on Keys & Semikeys
LOOKING BACK on my long history as a coin person, I see that my first set, actually partial set, was of Indian Head cents. My father, I’m sure, purchased this set at a hobby shop in the town where I grew up. Among many other things, the hobby shop ha
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Another Silver Eagle Dollar “Instant Rarity?”
The U.S. Mint has issued some “Instant Rarities” over the years in the U.S. silver Eagle dollar series that began in 1986. • For the 10th Anniversary of the series, the Mint produced a 1995 West Point Mint Proof silver Eagle dollar with a mintage of
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Barber Half Dollars
OLDER COLLECTORS reading this story may well remember that in the early 1950s it was still possible to find old silver half dollars, well circulated, that were called Barber coins. Because they were so worn there was little demand for such pieces and
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The Cents Before the Cent
COLLECTING UNITED STATES copper is a part of our hobby that can take on many forms. Gathering cents from change, or trying to find the one-cent piece of the current year as early in the year as possible is a means of collecting, having fun, and doing
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Coin Spotlight 1889 Three-Cent Piece
There is always something special or maybe even sad about the last coin of a type. In the case of the 1889 copper-nickel 3-cent piece it was the last year of three-cent pieces of any type. The 3-cent piece might have deserved better but realistically
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Volatility in Bullion Market
The market for coins is not singular. For that reason, different sectors of this market may move in different directions. Values and prices realized in the scarce to rare market segment have continued to rise, in part due to an expansion in the amoun
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PRESIDENT Peter Miller VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER Corinne Zielke ASSOCIATE EDITOR Hannah Wiedmeyer SENIOR MARKET ANALYST Richard Giedroyc DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Phil Graham DESIGNER Edie Mann PRESIDENT & CEO Andrew W. Clurman EXECUTIVE VP & CFO
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Always Check Your Change
During a recent visit to our local grocery store, I received three quarters in change. I noticed they were shiny and new looking; I assumed they were new 2020 editions and put them in my pocket. When I got home I laid them on my desk to look at later
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A Journey Back in Time: ‘Coins’ Magazine
HAVE YOU ever wished you could go back in time and snag some rare coins at yesterday’s prices? When I started collecting, in the 1970s, I remember looking back at Standing Liberty quarter values from the decades prior and being envious. Besides that
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Cleaning Coins: Yes or No?
To clean or not to clean, that is the question. Ask almost anyone who has been a collector/dealer/investor in coins for a long time, and the answer will be: Don’t clean a coin. Now, ask that same person if he/she has ever cleaned a coin, and if the p
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