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01 Sep 2021

Some Carson City Variations

| Mr. Monetary

Carson City Morgan Dollars are some of the most widely collected coins today. Their distinctive history, plus an appealing design, make them highly valued to collectors. Among these coins are some notable variations: the 1879 CC, cc over cc, “Capped Die”, 1880/79 CC, and the 1900 O/CC.

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05 Jul 2021

What is this nickel

Coins | Mr. Monetary

I have recently acquired some nickels from a friend, all of these nickels are very similar to the image of the nickel shown above. I know that it is a westward journey "American Bison" nickel, that was easy. The problem is, is that they seem a little proof like. After some research I am mostly sure that they are not copper satin finished, and they are probably in the MS 66+ grading. I just can't figure out if they are proofs, SMS, or just average nickels that have a high grade. My friend said that his grandfather purchased them at a coin shop around a decade ago, and that they came in somespecial boxes with a paper mint "certificate"; I'm not sure what that means except his grandfather may have been duped. If you have any idea on what this is, please let me know. Thank you.

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26 Jun 2021

Private and Territorial Gold

| Mr. Monetary

For this blog, I will be talking about Private Gold. I will not be talking about Private Tokens, which were made a few decades earlier, but still just as interesting.

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08 Jun 2021

A History of the Early Nickel

Coins-United States | Mr. Monetary

For this blog I will be writing about the early history of nickels. If you wish to read about the later history of nickels, you can refer to an earlier blog entitled “A Brief History of 20th Century Nickels”

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03 Jun 2021

A Brief History of 20th Century Nickels

Coins-United States | Mr. Monetary

For this blog post I have primarily chosen to discuss nickels that were minted in the 20th and early 21st centuries. I have not included earlier nickels due to the large amount of information needed to be covered(Hence the title of my blog: "A Brief History of 20th Century Nickels).

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22 May 2021

The Coinage Act of 1873

Coins-United States | Mr. Monetary

Hello, this is my first blog post, it may be short but I hopefully it is at least informative. Today I am writing about one of the most important coinage laws passed: The Coinage Act of 1873.

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13 May 2021

Type one or Type two?

Coins | Mr. Monetary

I recently acquired this 1981-S Susan B. Anthony and believe it is a proof. The only trouble is, is that there are two types of the coin. The 2021 red book tells me that a certain variation of the 's' mint mark makes the difference between them, but I can't see the 's' well enough under my magnifying glass to decide which type it is. Is there other variations I can use to mark the difference?

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09 Feb 2021

How much is this coin worth?

Coins-United States | Mr. Monetary

I've done some research and(according to multiple sources including a Red Book) I have found that it could be worth $130,000. It is a 1884-S dollar coin. Is this the actual price?

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