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Liberty on American Coins

April 8, 2019 0 Comments
Liberty on American Coins

There is without doubt one enduring symbol on American coins – Liberty. This founding principle of the Union has a long history personified as a woman, going back to the ancient Romans, who depicted the principle of freedom as a woman, Libertas. In 1793, at the height of the French Revolution, Notre Dame Cathedral in […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters – American Memorial Park

April 1, 2019 0 Comments
America the Beautiful Quarters – American Memorial Park

As part of the on-going America the Beautiful Quarter series, April sees the release of the second coin for 2019, which steps outside continental USA, and goes to the remote Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a group of 14 islands in the Pacific, near Guam, which has been administered by the US since the […]

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The Lincoln Cent

April 1, 2019 0 Comments
The Lincoln Cent

The US Mint recently announced (February 2019) that the West Point Mint would strike some Lincoln cent with the ‘W’ mint mark, for special release as part of the annual sets of standard coins for 2019. This follows the un-publicized release of Lincoln cents with the Philadelphia ‘P’ mint mark in 2017 to mark the […]

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New Coins of the American Legion – Half-dollar

March 18, 2019 0 Comments
New Coins of the American Legion – Half-dollar

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been taking an in-depth look at the three coins now released by the US Mint to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. These are companion coins to those commemorating the larger conflict – World War I – that created the environment for […]

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New Coins of the American Legion – $1 Silver

March 11, 2019 0 Comments
New Coins of the American Legion – $1 Silver

Last week we looked at the $5 gold coin being currently released by the US Mint, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion in its present form. Now we will take a look at the $1 silver coin, that is part of the set of three coins created and released […]

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New Coins of the American Legion – $5 Gold

March 4, 2019 0 Comments
New Coins of the American Legion – $5 Gold

Back last year we gave some brief coverage to the designs for the American Legion Commemorative coins that the US Mint was preparing to release, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Legion. Now they are being released, it seems like a good moment to take a more detailed look at each one. There are […]

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The $3 Gold Coin

February 25, 2019 0 Comments
The $3 Gold Coin

Yes, that’s right, there is such as thing as a $3 coin made by the US Mint for 35 years, between 1854 and 1889. In the early 19th century gold coins were overvalued – their face value was below their melt value, so once minted they were exported for use in international trade. To keep […]

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Rare Coins from when Cash was King

February 18, 2019 0 Comments
Rare Coins from when Cash was King

In 1857, a 250-foot ship, the SS Central America, sank in a hurricane off the Carolinas, while sailing from Panama to New York City. Not only did 325 of the 578 passengers and crew on board perish, but 30,000 pounds of gold bullion was lost, triggering the world’s first financial crisis, the ‘Panic of 1857’. […]

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Glow in the Dark Coin-set for Kids

February 11, 2019 0 Comments
Glow in the Dark Coin-set for Kids

As the average age of coin collectors continues to rise, the idea of getting children interesting in this fascinating hobby becomes more and more relevant. Kids are always fascinating by things that glow in the dark, and the US Mint has obliged with a set that also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Moon […]

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Collecting National Bank Notes

January 28, 2019 0 Comments
Collecting National Bank Notes

Collecting bank notes is a natural companion to collecting coins, and many collections contain both. In the past people put their trust in hard coins of precious metals, but as banking developed the idea of issuing a piece of paper, which the bank would turn back into coins on request, grew. Before the Civil War […]

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What Coins Should I Collect?

January 7, 2019 0 Comments
What Coins Should I Collect?

In recent weeks we have been talking about coin collecting itself, rather than particular coins, and since there is so much to say on this topic, we are continuing the theme this week, with some answers to the basic question of new collectors, “So I want to collect coins, where do I start?” The simplest […]

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Start Collecting Coins (Part 2)

December 31, 2018 0 Comments
Start Collecting Coins (Part 2)

Last week, at a time when we all think about new starts for the New Year, we started talking about taking up coin collecting. We look at the two basic reasons to do so – which are often combined in a single collection – doing it for pleasure and interest and collecting for an investment. […]

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Start Collecting Coins (Part 1)

December 24, 2018 0 Comments
Start Collecting Coins (Part 1)

As one year turns into the next, and we all start thinking about doing something new for the New Year (such a better way to think about it than making resolutions), how about starting a coin collection? Over the next couple of weeks we’ll look at this thought, and cover the basics of why and […]

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Give the Gift of Investment – Give Coins

December 10, 2018 0 Comments
Give the Gift of Investment – Give Coins

Every year, when the holidays roll around, we all scramble to think of interesting gift ideas for family and friends. Children – our own, or our children’s – get lots of attention, but so many of the gifts we give have a very short life. Toys break; technology becomes outdated; clothes wear out or become […]

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American Innovators Dollar Coin Arrives

December 3, 2018 0 Comments
American Innovators Dollar Coin Arrives

It was 2011 when a circulation $1 coin was last released – the coin that Americans have shown surprising resistance to using every day. Since then only proof coins for collectors have been made, so the release on December 14, 2018 of the first of a new 15-year series called ‘American Innovators’ is big news […]

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