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Lowell Quarter Released

February 4, 2019 0 Comments
Lowell Quarter Released

Today, February 6, 2019, marks the official release of the first quarter in the America the Beautiful series for the year. This is the 46th release – when the series ends in 2021 there will be 56 coins in the full set, with 5 coins released this year and again in 2020. This release features […]

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Apollo 50th Anniversary Two-nation Coin Set

January 14, 2019 0 Comments
Apollo 50th Anniversary Two-nation Coin Set

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic first landing of a man on the moon in 1969. Older people will almost certainly remember exactly where they were, watching on a tiny TV set the flickering, blurry pictures sent from the moon, and hearing John Armstrong say, “One small step for man, on […]

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2019 Native American $1-coin Design Revealed

December 17, 2018 0 Comments
2019 Native American $1-coin Design Revealed

2019 will be the 10th year in the on-going Native American Indian $1-coin series. It began back in 2009 with the Three Sisters – the traditional crops of corn, squash and beans. 2019 takes us as far away from the fields and the earth as possible, celebrating the role of Native Americans in NASA and […]

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30 Years of Canadian Platinum Coins

September 24, 2018 0 Comments
30 Years of Canadian Platinum Coins

The Canadian maple leaf is an iconic, and instantly recognizable emblem of Canada, that northern neighbor across the world’s longest open border. It figures prominently in the center of the national red and white flag. More importantly for coin collectors, it also features on the ever-popular Maple Leaf Gold Coins produced by the Royal Canadian […]

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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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