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2019 Silver Proof Set Released With 2019W Reverse Proof Penny

Published: 04/17/2019
2019 Silver Proof Set Released With 2019W Reverse Proof Penny

Set to release today by the United States Mint is the 2019 Silver Proof Set in Original Government Packaging. If you do not perceive this as a big deal, to each their own. If you DO perceive this as a bigger release than normal, you have realized that contained in this annual set is the second of the special edition 2019 W pennies to be released this year.

The first special edition penny was the 11th coin of the annual 10-coin release that makes up the 2019 Clad Proof Set. It was a proof version struck at the West Point Mint and was sealed in a secured US Mint plastic wrap.

The second 2019 West Point Minted penny release contained in the 10-coin ...read more

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History of the Silver Certificate

Published: 04/15/2019
History of the Silver Certificate

If you are a fan of the show or a loyal online customer, you would have noticed the number of currency deals lately that have been offered. It is not often that we get to experience the number of currency deals we have done either, but it is something we have welcomed over the last month or so. Seeing vintage paper money alongside fractional notes, $2 red seals, funny backs, large size notes, and of course, silver certificates, is something we quite frankly enjoy.

Perhaps the most popular of deals we offer always include silver certificates. Whether they are circulated or uncirculated, include consecutive serial numbers, or have that prestigious star on them, paper money collectors are heavily involved with silver certificates. But do ...read more

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What Is the American Numismatic Association?

Published: 04/10/2019
What Is the American Numismatic Association?

“There is nothing like the alliance of kindred spirits to stimulate growth and interest.” -Dr. George F. Heath

Numismatics. It has quite the following as the larger than life hobby gained quite a bit of ground after numerous societies were formed to celebrate coin collecting back in the late 1800s. If one usually thinks about certain societies though, they usually think about one major one and that is the American Numismatic Association. But what is the ANA? You hear it nearly every day as a dealer or collector, but how did it come to fruition and why is it now...read more

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United States Mint Releases W-Mintmark Quarters Into Circulation

Published: 04/08/2019
United States Mint Releases W-Mintmark Quarters Into Circulation

National Coin Week is coming up, April 21-April 27 to be exact, and the United States Mint is taking full advantage of all its anticipated attention.

Parallel with the initiative to bring more awareness to the coin business and all the wonderful possibilities collecting has to offer by dropping rare coins into circulation, the Mint has decided to strike and produce 10 million America the Beautiful quarters throughout the year to be put into circulation with the “W” mintmark at the forefront.

Although the West Point Mint has produced quarters before, they never were given a mintmark and therefore were on the surface level, no different than the...read more

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US Mint Releases 2nd Coin Set Aimed At Youth

Published: 04/03/2019
US Mint Releases 2nd Coin Set Aimed At Youth

The United States Mint has become the catalyst at once again reaching out to the youth of America through numismatics. Young Collector’s coin sets were once an annual release geared towards the youngest of enthusiasts. It was a great way of getting a child involved in the hobby that you so actively participated in and held close to the heartstrings.

On March 28, 2019, the Mint continued its active approach at reaching a younger audience by releasing its second (the first was the 2019 Rocketship Coins) young person’s coin set in the last three months. This is a large amount only due to the fact that the last young collector’s driven product released was in 2014 with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Young...read more

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The History of the Buffalo Nickel

Published: 04/01/2019
The History of the Buffalo Nickel

The Buffalo Nickel. This is the part where an “enough said” should be inserted. While the coin holds its own in the world of numismatics against some of what coin dealers might call the “top dogs” of the sort, it can somewhat be romantic to take it back all the way to the beginning and remind ourselves just why this coin is one of the most collected amongst coin enthusiasts.

Replacing the Nickel Design

It was under Chief Engraver Charles Barber’s reign (1879-1917) that the idea for a new nickel design was put into place. Due to the Law of 1890, which prohibited new designs for denominational coins more than once during a 25-year period, eligibility was only...read more

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