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11 Jul 2017

Great gift...for yourself

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You have to be good to yourself too. Buy yourself a present sometime. Maybe a new reference book, a nice coin, or a small hoard of coins.

21 Apr 2017

Small eagles are special

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Type collectors know that the hardest-to-find type is the small eagle type, used on silver coins from 1795-98. Half dimes, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars used this motif. The eagle is shown sitting on a cloud, holding its head high, surrounded by a wreath.

06 Feb 2017

Football coins 2.0

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The day after the Super Bowl, I recall the new football coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. Struck in .999 silver and .999 gold, the coins are shaped like footballs. The silver has a face value of $25 and the gold, $200. Coins are dated 2017. They are attractive looking and certainly look like prolate spheroids!

04 Feb 2017

War nickels

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The Jefferson nickels struck in Wartime alloy (copper-silver-manganese) form a set-within-a-set that is interesting to the historian, the WWII buff, and the collector. Only eleven coins are in the set, 1942-1945, P-D-S.They can be collected in circulated condition or all in Mint State. And they are a special set, as the coins havea large mintmark on the reverse, above Monticello, including the Philadelphia Mint issues.

01 Feb 2017

1921 Morgan dollars

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The three Morgan dollars of 1921 are probably the most common in the series. Many people who found family hoards of silver dollars undoubtedly had a 1921 Morgan or two in the bunch. These coins, the first dollars minted since 1904, are not known for strong strikes and blazing luster. But once in a while, a collector who keeps searching can be rewarded. If you really get in and look at a convention, you could find an exceptional specimen. You may not have to bid a fancy price at an auction or compete with registry collectors. Many silver dollar collectors overlook the 1921 coins, so you can have first crack at a nice one. The other day, I was downtown and stopped at my favorite coin shop. There was the best 1921-D Morgan I've ever seen. The strike was way above average, mint luster full cartwheel and blazing! A lovely 1921 Morgan is an appealing coin.

26 Jan 2017

Circulation finds

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In over fifty years of collecting, I've made my share of finds. When I began my interest in coins, silver coins were still found in change. Mercury dimes, Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters, and lots of wheat back cents could be seen often.

31 Dec 2016

Peace dollars

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Overshadowed by the Morgan dollar, the Peace dollar is a beautiful coin that has a lot to offer collectors. An attractive design, 90% silver content, and it's not that difficult to complete. There are only 24 coins to a set, and no real stoppers. Peace dollars were minted from 1921-1928, and again in 1934-35. The 1935 coins are the last of the old-fashioned silver dollars.

09 Dec 2016

Gift ideas

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Not sure what to get someone, a special person or the one who's hard to buy for? Consider a numismatic gift.

07 Dec 2016

I can dream, can't I?

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Whenever I'm downtown--and I go as often as I can--I enjoy stopping into my favorite coin shop and looking in the windows, browsing, talking about coins. It's a nice place for a longtime collector to dream.


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