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The History Of the Standing Liberty Quarter Design

Published: 12/11/2019
The History Of the Standing Liberty Quarter Design

Centennial celebrations are a big deal. When it comes to the numismatic hobby, this was especially true in 2016 when the 100th Anniversary of three coins from a particularly popular coinage series was celebrated: the Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Struck in 24 karat gold, the series was a hit and an overall celebration of the beautiful coins that were first struck in 1916.

The Standing Liberty Quarter design, in particular, has been one that has accumulated a lot of attention over the years. Following the not-so-well received Barber coinage at the same time as replacing it, the brand new quarter design would not go without...read more

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The Man Behind the Famed V.D.B.

Published: 12/09/2019
The Man Behind the Famed V.D.B.

Picture this: you and your father have been sitting at the kitchen table for the past couple of hours sorting through a number of pennies you have just purchased from your first local coin show. While the time seems to be dragging and your search only leads you to find just a few 1930s and a couple of 1920s in the hours you have been grinding away, you are at the precipice of giving up while your father subtly reminds you that in fact, there are a lot more to go through. Suddenly, you had to wipe your eyes as if to believe what was in your hands! “It cannot be real” you mutter under your breath. Finally, all those hours have been worth it. A 1909 S V.D.B. Lincoln Wheat Cent sits in your palm as you look up proudly at your father.

In a lot of cases, that may have happened to just about anyone in...read more

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The History of the New Orleans Mint

Published: 12/04/2019
The History of the New Orleans Mint

Perhaps out of all the mintmarks on coins, there is one that would not necessarily be obvious to a collector starting out. ‘P’ is for Philadelphia, ‘D’ is for Denver, ‘W’ for West Point, ‘S’ for San Francisco, ‘CC’ for Carson City, and ‘O’ for New Orleans? Although a mintmark that is no longer in use today, the New Orleans Mint made quite the impact in the time that it was operational. Equally as impactful though is its story.

The Founding Of New Orleans

Near the mouth of the Mississippi River and located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans was founded in 1718 and became a great commercial...read more

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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 1996-S Centennial Olympics (Swimming) Half Dollar Commemorative

Published: 12/02/2019
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 1996-S Centennial Olympics (Swimming) Half Dollar Commemorative

Our 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins blog series has taken us on a journey that has already involved a few different commemoratives. According to the Whitman Publishing publication, we have a number to go yet.

But what is most interesting to find out in this fourth edition from authors Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett, the list of modern commemoratives in this top 100 fall into two categories. There are those commemorative coins that are what they call “thematically relevant” which makes their demand higher. Then there are those that are deemed unpopular at the time which in turn, caused for low mintages. Those coins are now considered...read more

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A Day To Give Thanks

Published: 11/27/2019
A Day To Give Thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Can you believe it?

As the days seem to go by faster and faster, the holidays have a way of making time stop for just a short period of time. How is that, you ask? Family traditions always bring back the fondest of memories. Memories and nostalgia are what make this time of year so enjoyable. While the world spins on, we as children and adults get to experience those moments over and over again while creating new ones.

While we get so excited for Thanksgiving because of the guaranteed food coma...read more

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Young Collector Series: It's A Generational Thing

Published: 11/25/2019
Young Collector Series: It's A Generational Thing

This year alone, the United States Mint has had a number of first-evers and set record-breaking mintages. Their production schedule was one that 20 years from now, collectors will still be talking about. All of this lends itself to the appeal of the numismatic hobby to younger generations.

But if we set newly released products aside, appealing to young collectors is super important for the future of this hobby. In doing this, it is also super important for those of us engrossed in the day-to-day of the business to explain all the ways in which becoming involved in it is special. The first thing that comes to mind? This hobby has been built and tended...read more

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