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01 Jul 2022

The Unique 1870-S $3 Gold Piece

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

In our numismatic hobby, I have found that collectors are mainly knowledgeable on things they collect, or could collect later on. For instance, if I asked a YN to tell me three things about $20 gold pieces, most would stare at me blankly like I was insane. We naturally learn the history of coins that we collect, because it helps us better understand and appreciate the series. I believe that this is a huge loss, because the more you know about numismatics as a whole, the better numismatist you are. So here’s some history about a coin in a series I (and probably some of you) don’t collect: the 1870-S $3 gold piece.

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11 Jun 2022

Collecting Franklin Half Dollars: What Every Collector Needs To Know

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Most of you know that my favorite coin series of all time is the Franklin Half Dollar. While I do still very much enjoy collecting silver Washington Quarters and 21st Century varieties, the Franklin Halves are cemented at the top of my list. Even if you didn’t know this about me, you probably could have guessed it by my profile picture and my many references to Franklin Half Dollars through many of my blogs. I put our a blog when I was just starting to blog on Franklin Half Dollars called, and I quote, “Franklin Half Dollars.” Now even though I am a glass half full kind of guy, the blog was just as bad as the title. I made many mistakes that I made as a beginner. Now, as a serious collector of this series, I figured I had better do my favorite coins justice, and write a more updated and thorough blog. So here we are!

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01 May 2022

1936 Bridgeport Connecticut Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

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For the 100th anniversary of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the town decided that they wanted a commemorative coin to celebrate the occasion. The result was a commemorative half dollar that was minted and sold to to the public in 1936. The coin was authorized by the US Congress on May 15th, 1936 (Public Law 74-596). All 25,015 of the coins were minted at the Philadelphia mint, even though none feature a mintmark. They were sold at $2 each, with a limit of 5 coins per order. They have a reeded edge, and weigh (for a genuine one) 12.5 grams. They have a metallic composition of 90% silver, 10% copper. The obverse features a bust of P. T. Barnum (the only recognizable Bridgeport citizen), and the reverse features an Art Deco eagle. The designer was Henry Kries.

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28 Apr 2022

How To Make $275+ for 50 Cents

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Errors and varieties are a big part of numismatics. Varieties have slowly been increasing in value and popularity over the years, and some can be worth thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. Everybody talks about finding that $100,000 cent in pocket change (usually a 1909-S VDB). But let's be honest. Your chance of finding a 1909-S VDB is slim to none. Yet these kinds of videos on YouTube have hundreds of thousands, or even sometimes million, of views. Wishful people hoping to strike it rich, only to find their hands empty. I'm here to give you a coin that is realistically found, and I even know a few people who have found this variety!

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21 Apr 2022

Top Three Reasons You Should Start Saving Copper Cents

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

From the all Lincoln Cents from 1909-1981 (and some from 1982) are 95% copper. It has been heavily debated over the years wether or not it is worth the cost to save copper cents. Here are the three reasons that got me saving my copper coinage.

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12 Apr 2022

Where are the 2009s?

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Over the past few weeks, I have been getting some questions from members here on the site, and also other places, about how nobody can find a lot of 2009 dated coins. Here's your answer.

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03 Apr 2022

Circulation Strike San Francisco Mint ATB Quarters

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

When the America The Beautiful series began in 2010, the mint decided to add a new finish/mintmark combination to the list of collector options. Enter, the circulation strike San Francisco mint ATB quarter! Note: The mint did not make 2010 and 2011 circulation strike San Francisco mint quarters; they started in 2012. Although the San Francisco mint had produced circulation strikes once before (the subject of some upcoming blog), this was the first time they created a not intended for circulation (NIFC) circulation strike at that mint. The blanks are the same as regular circulating quarters, and as far as I know, the strike is the same as well. The reason these quarters are NIFC is because collectors can only get them from the mint website. They are sold for premiums above face value, and are worth more than 25 cents.

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25 Mar 2022

Pocket Change Errors Number Three!

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Look like this series will be an ongoing thing, because I find it fun to write, and it is nice to know to search for some varieties that you can actually find that aren't one in a million.

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19 Mar 2022

Wide AM “WAM” Cents

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

As WAM cents have suddenly come up as a topic of conversation, I figured I would make a blog out of them to keep people informed about this, as it will probably come up again in the future.

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