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Squaring the Circle – Proposals for a Square Coin

August 13, 2018 0 Comments
Squaring the Circle – Proposals for a Square Coin

Today you have to put in some air-miles to find a square coin being used in circulation. Perhaps the nearest, and most likely to have been seen by an American collector, is the square 15 cents used in the Bahamas. They haven’t been made since 1992, but they are still in circulation, and could easily […]

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Innovators $1 Coin Process Runs Aground

August 6, 2018 0 Comments
Innovators $1 Coin Process Runs Aground

We talked back in June about the upcoming new $1-coin release that has been legislated, and back then it seemed that everything was moving along on schedule. But now, following the meeting of the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee on July 31, to review the proposed designs, things have become a bit unstuck. It seems the […]

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2019 American Legion Commemorative Coin

July 9, 2018 0 Comments
2019 American Legion Commemorative Coin

The process that leads to a new coin being released by the US Mint is a long one. There are several stages in the process, and the one that is perhaps the most interesting to coin collectors is the design process. Different methods are used for different coins, but however it is done, the design […]

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Voyageurs National Park – America the Beautiful Quarter

June 11, 2018 0 Comments
Voyageurs National Park – America the Beautiful Quarter

Jun 11, 2018 is the official entry into circulation of the latest quarter in the America the Beautiful series. The release ceremony will take place on June 14. This is the 43 in the series, and the third release for 2018. The choice of parks to show on these quarters is by date, and Voyageurs […]

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Coins that Commemorate Events that Never Happened

May 28, 2018 0 Comments
Coins that Commemorate Events that Never Happened

A fascinating story has been in the media this month, and it raises some interesting questions about commemorative coins. Everyone hopes and prays for peace in the world, and especially these days on the Korean peninsula. So when President Trump announced his plans for a historic summit with Kim Jong-un, The US Mint was quick […]

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American Buffalo Gold Coins Released

May 14, 2018 0 Comments
American Buffalo Gold Coins Released

Few coin images are as iconic as the American Buffalo and the Indian Head. When they both appear on a gold coin, this is sure to spark serious interest from collectors. The US Mint has done just that, with the release on May 10, 2018, of the 2018-W $50 Proof American Buffalo Gold Coin. First […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

April 9, 2018 0 Comments
America the Beautiful Quarters – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

One of the best things about the American the Beautiful Quarters series is their nod to democracy – anyone who can search their change can build a set of circulation coins at almost no cost. Serious collectors can buy proof sets in silver from the US Mint, but for children just starting to show an […]

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Record $5 Million Coin Sale – the Brasher Doubloon

March 26, 2018 0 Comments
Record $5 Million Coin Sale – the Brasher Doubloon

In 1897, workmen digging a cellar in Philadelphia found some coins. One turned out to be a Brasher Doubloon, the rarest American coin there is, and the last-found of only seven examples still in existence. This March one of those coins was sold for over $5 million, almost the highest price ever paid for an […]

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Our Northern Neighbors Celebrate 30 Years of Silver

March 19, 2018 0 Comments
Our Northern Neighbors Celebrate 30 Years of Silver

With the North American Free Trade Deal in the news, our northern neighbors are getting more attention than usual. For coin collectors, Canada offers a way to add interesting items to a collection without having to even leave North America, and one coin from the Royal Canadian Mint that is a long-standing favorite is the […]

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The Biggest Mint Error Ever: The Sacagawea Dollar/Washington Quarter Mule

March 12, 2018 0 Comments
The Biggest Mint Error Ever: The Sacagawea Dollar/Washington Quarter Mule

Perfection is a common goal when collecting coins – perfect finish, perfect example, but ironically it’s the mistakes that bring in the big money. Collectors love error coins – mistakes at the Mint that result in something unique. There are many different types of error that can and sometimes do occur when making coins. The […]

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WWI Centennial in Coins

January 22, 2018 0 Comments
WWI Centennial in Coins

2018 is an important Centennial year, because it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War One. Those celebrating its end in 1918 didn’t realize that within two decades they would be at war again, or that WWI marked the beginning of the modern era, with its great upheavals and power shifts. […]

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Buy British – Britannia Bullion Coins for Collectors

January 15, 2018 0 Comments
Buy British – Britannia Bullion Coins for Collectors

Britain’s position on the world stage may be diminished, but their coinage is as shiny as ever for collectors everywhere. If you have been rutted in collecting just American coins, maybe the New Year is an appropriate time to branch out into some less-familiar territory, and why not start with the coins of our cousins […]

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What Type of Coins Should I Invest In?

January 1, 2018 0 Comments
What Type of Coins Should I Invest In?

The start of another year seems like a good moment to step back a little, and consider what direction a coin collector might go in the coming months. A recent review of the growth in value of coin investments, by the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), gives us some helpful insights and guidance. The PNG found […]

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New Native American $1 Design Revealed

December 25, 2017 0 Comments
New Native American $1 Design Revealed

Although the US Mint no longer puts $1 coins into circulation, following their continuing rejection by the public, they do make a number of $1 coins for collectors. A very popular current theme is the Native American $1 Coin Program. This began in 2009, to mark and commemorate the important role that Native Americans have […]

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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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