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Christmas on Coins

December 4, 2017 0 Comments
Christmas on Coins

Now that we are into December, our minds turn to the holidays, and there seems no reason why our interest in coins shouldn’t turn in that direction too. We have many coins that celebrate events, but one area that is surprisingly under-celebrated is the biggest celebration of all – Christmas. When we start looking around […]

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2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

November 27, 2017 0 Comments
2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

Over the year we have looked at each of the America the Beautiful quarter-dollars, as they have been released. This program has now completed its seventh year, with three more to go. It goal is to show a prominent National Park or National Site from each of the 50 states, one from the federal district […]

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George Rogers Clark Memorial Quarter

November 20, 2017 0 Comments
George Rogers Clark Memorial Quarter

The release of the latest quarter in the America the Beautiful series is always an interesting moment. This popular series is an obvious place for a collector to begin a full collection, and since the series is on-going, something new comes along regularly. The latest issue is the fifth and last for 2017, and the […]

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Veterans Day in Coins

November 15, 2017 0 Comments
Veterans Day in Coins

As Veterans Day, November 11, passes again this year, and we pause to remember those who fought, and those who sacrificed their lives for their country, it seems a good moment to consider coins that honor the military. This is especially true because next year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War […]

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Who Designs the Coins for the US Mint?

November 6, 2017 0 Comments
Who Designs the Coins for the US Mint?

You may never have heard of Donald Everhart II, but you have probably seen his work. He was a sculptor/engraver at the US Mint, until his retirement at the end of July 2017. His was the last of a series of retirements from this elite group of just five full-time staff, and the last to […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

October 30, 2017 0 Comments
Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

Few families are untouched by breast cancer. Everyone wants to see the rate continue to fall, and more women be saved, and go on to enjoy their lives. Now coin collectors can collect a unique coin, and at the same time help a truly vital cause. For 20 years now, since 1998, the US Mint […]

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Coin Collecting – Hobby or Investment?

October 23, 2017 0 Comments
Coin Collecting – Hobby or Investment?

It is impossible to escape the fever right now – the Dow Jones has broken through 23,000. Everyone is dashing into stocks. After all, since April 2013 the Dow has been breaking records continuously, and the fever for stocks is running high. Remember though, it peaked in October 2007 just over 14,000, and took almost […]

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American Liberty 225th Anniversary Set Hits the Market

October 16, 2017 0 Comments
American Liberty 225th Anniversary Set Hits the Market

October 19, 2017 is the grand finale to the US Mint’s 225th anniversary celebrations. At noon that day the Mint will release the fourth of its special celebratory sets, the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set. This is a set of four silver medals, designed to highlight the four minting facilities currently in use […]

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World War I Centennial Dollar Coin Design Announced

October 10, 2017 0 Comments
World War I Centennial Dollar Coin Design Announced

The USA entered World War I in April 1917, but it was the summer of 1918 before a significant number of troops engaged with the German enemy. So it is that year, 1918, that the US mint has chosen to commemorate with a new silver dollar. The coin itself is not yet available, but on […]

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Panama Canal Commemorative Quarter

October 2, 2017 0 Comments
Panama Canal Commemorative Quarter

The Republic of Panama is a popular destination for winter holidays for many Americans, with over half a million travelling there every year. As well, it is a popular lower-cost choice for long-term stays by those lucky enough to have left the rat-race and retired. So if you are thinking of expanding your coin interests […]

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A Look at the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

September 27, 2017 0 Comments
A Look at the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

The steps involved in bringing a new coin into circulation are many. Not only is federal legislation required for every new issue, but all stages of the process must be reviewed, and that is before the technical work of making dies and stamping the coins has even begun. The US Mint once worked in isolation, […]

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The Fascinating History of US $1 Coins

September 21, 2017 0 Comments
The Fascinating History of US $1 Coins

In most countries around the world the basic unit of currency is a coin. Although it was once often a bill, inflation has taken its toll of the purchase value, making it more economically to use coins. Visitors often express some surprise to find the $1 bill still widely used in America, despite its low […]

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America’s First Palladium Coin

September 18, 2017 0 Comments
America’s First Palladium Coin

First there was gold and silver, the traditional precious metals for coins. Then there was platinum, which has now become a third choice, with an increasing number of coins minted in that metal. Now, after a long incubation, the US Mint is about to give birth to its first palladium eagle. The egg has been […]

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First Spouse Gold Coins – Collecting First Ladies

September 11, 2017 0 Comments
First Spouse Gold Coins – Collecting First Ladies

In a time of gender equality, coin collectors too are paying more attention to coins portraying important women. One popular series, with a gender theme, is the First Spouse Gold Coin Program of the US Mint. Although the series has now finished, with 39 coins released between 2007 and 2016, almost all the coins command […]

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European Coin Trading Just Got Complicated

August 28, 2017 0 Comments
European Coin Trading Just Got Complicated

If you like to take your hobby on holiday – and what enthusiast doesn’t – then some changes in German law, that could spread across Europe soon, just made that more difficult. Visiting coin fairs, and doing some buying and selling, is a popular activity for coin collectors. It’s where you get to meet others […]

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