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20 Oct 2018

I’ll take that damaged coin off your hands!

Coins-United States | JimmyD

Chop marked US Trade Dollars have always fascinated me. Chop marks are primarily Chinese characters stamped onto coins by merchants to attest to the authenticity and value of a coin, and show up on mostly large silver coins of several countries whose coins were accepted in Far East trade. Trade Dollars circulated readily in the Far East in the 18th century, and are often seen so heavily chopped that a coin's design is essentially obliterated. While some might consider them damaged, they represent to me a fascinating aspect of world trade and commerce during centuries gone by.

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12 Oct 2018

The End of the Line

Coins-United States | JimmyD

The Carver - Washington half was destined to be the last US commemorative coin until 1982. The legislative background and sales practices of this coin probably had something to do with ushering in an almost thirty year drought in commemorative coinage.

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29 Sep 2018

A Priceless Morgan Dollar

Coins-United States | JimmyD

I was inspired to write a “how I got started in collecting” post by iccoins’s cool blog on this subject.

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19 Sep 2018

A coin that sparked my imagination...

Coins-United States | JimmyD

I got my start collecting coins going through pocket change for the odd Buffalo Nickel, visiting the local coin shop to help along my circulated Lincoln Cent collection, and pouring over pictures and stories of coins I hoped to own someday (you know, the usual story).

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