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2020 Proof Set For Release Tomorrow

Published: 02/26/2020
2020 Proof Set For Release Tomorrow

The start of the new year and a new decade have been quite the impressive one. New Silver American Eagle options including the Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof versions, the Congratulations Set, the last five of six of the America the Beautiful Quarter Program, etc. Jam-packed schedule? Always. Do we like that? Definitely. Are we ready for more? Absolutely.

Tomorrow or February 27th to be exact, the 2020 Clad Proof Set in Original Government Packaging will be released and it will be similar to last year’s version. Not sure what that means? Let us refresh your mind.

2019’s 10-coin set included five America the Beautiful quarters in addition to the...read more

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Young Collector Series: Why Having A Hobby Is Beneficial

Published: 02/24/2020
Young Collector Series: Why Having A Hobby Is Beneficial

In today’s social climate of the past-faced, technology-driven world we now have evolved into, it is quite rare for one to have a hobby like one would have had twenty or thirty years ago. Although things have gotten easier in the grand scheme of things, things have also gotten equally, if not more, stressful mentally and emotionally as far as how much we focus on multiple things at one time instead of what is right in front of us. Having a hobby such as knitting, fishing, writing, or playing an instrument years ago was more common. Coin collecting, especially over the last 50 or 60, was one of those hobbies as well.

Continuing our blog series focusing on young collectors, our goal this time around is to focus more on the benefits alone of having a hobby, regardless of the focus. In our...read more

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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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