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2020 America the Beautiful Silver Proof Quarters To Release Tomorrow

Published: 02/19/2020
2020 America the Beautiful Silver Proof Quarters To Release Tomorrow

Last month, we saw the first release for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters in the Clad Proof Set. Up next in another release of the quarter dollars is the Silver Proof Set ready to launch tomorrow on February 20th.

With the last five of six quarter dollars from the program being released this year, these quarters will be minted in 99.9 percent silver and packaged in a protective lens. Minted at San Francisco, these quarters have an exceptional finish and are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Each of the five quarters will share the same obverse as they have throughout the...read more

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Confederate Paper Money Series Part V: Counterfeit Notes

Published: 02/17/2020
Confederate Paper Money Series Part V: Counterfeit Notes

When it comes to money, there are a number of counterfeit and fake versions out there. Confederate paper money was not exempt from this fact, no matter how long ago it was. In fact, between the years of 1836 and 1896, Confederate notes were highly susceptible to fraudulent and altered notes. That time period in specific was branded as the Golden Age of Counterfeiting in the United States of America.

Before the start of the Civil War, bankers and merchants had a record of known counterfeit types or at least had bank note reporter magazines delivered to them. Case in point, counterfeiting during this time period was extreme and it was difficult to keep track of the number of notes that were being altered across a plethora of different banks...read more

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Behind the "CAC" Designation

Published: 02/12/2020
Behind the "CAC" Designation

In the numismatic hobby, the grading scale is the ultimate deciding factor when it comes to the quality of a coin. We all know quality equals bigger value in most cases, hence the importance of the scale in the first place. But past the raw coins and their conditions, whether it be Good or Brilliant Uncirculated, there is one verification that only comes with certified coins. Regardless of the condition listed on the holder, there is one particular sticker that takes an already valuable coin to be even more valuable in literal seconds: the “CAC” sticker.

Small, oval-shaped, green, shiny, generally placed on the right side of the coin just below the label. This description on the surface level explains the “CAC” sticker, but what else beyond those things can you determine about it? Well, we are here to answer...read more

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2020 Native American $1 Coin Design Next Up On U.S. Mint's Schedule

Published: 02/10/2020
2020 Native American $1 Coin Design Next Up On U.S. Mint's Schedule

There have been a number of $1 coins over the years produced by the United States Mint. From back in 1794 to the current day, dollar coins have been produced in a number of different precious metals and compositions as well as having a number of different faces and designs. One of those designs and dollars was first produced at the very beginning of the new century and is now in its 20th year of production in 2020. That dollar? The Native American $1 Coin.

In the year 2000, the Mint released what was then referred to as the Sacagawea Golden Dollar under Public Law 105-124, also known as the United States $1 Coin Act of 1997. The new small-dollar coin featured an image of Sacagawea carrying her infant...read more

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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 1968, No S, Roosevelt Dime, Proof

Published: 02/05/2020
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 1968, No S, Roosevelt Dime, Proof

One of the most profound Presidents of the United States was that of Franklin D. Roosevelt, or FDR. As the 32nd individual to take the position, Roosevelt was said to have helped the American people regain hope and faith during the most troubling of times. Elected in November of 1932 and sworn in a few months later in 1933, Roosevelt was the leader during the most intense times of the Great Depression. He served as President from 1933 until 1945 when he passed away from ongoing health issues in April of 1945.

Shortly after Roosevelt’s death, his profile was authorized to be on the ten-cent piece, or the dime. Minted from 1946 to the current year, Roosevelt’s high involvement with the March of Dimes organization was the biggest reason for the call to change...read more

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2020 Annual Sets From Mint Will Feature 2020-W Jefferson Nickel

Published: 02/03/2020
2020 Annual Sets From Mint Will Feature 2020-W Jefferson Nickel

Last year the United States Mint decided to do something they had not done before. With the monotonous tendency of the annual coin sets that are released each year, they decided to shake things up when it came to the 2019 Clad Proof Set, 2019 Silver Proof Set, and the 2019 Uncirculated (Mint) Coin Set.

What did they do exactly? Well, they added a coin. It is as simple as that really. What was considered to be a bonus coin to show appreciation for their customers, the Mint decided that an extra 2019 Lincoln Cent was necessary for each set. Sounds pretty mundane, right? Well, they also added a “W” mintmark on the obverse representing West Point and released...read more

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