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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 1975, No S, Roosevelt Dime, Proof

Published: 03/30/2020
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 1975, No S, Roosevelt Dime, Proof

We have introduced and explored just fifteen of the 100 coins that have made up the list of Greatest United States Modern Coins as published by Whitman Publishing in their fourth edition by authors Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett. Basically, we have only scratched the surface of what this blog series is going to continue to bring.

Of those fifteen though, we have talked about a variety coin that came in at #8: the 1968, No S, Proof Roosevelt Dime. Since that year, all Proof coinage has been struck at the San Francisco Mint and features an “S” mintmark denoting it so. However, what we learned was that Philadelphia produced some of the dies shipped to San Francisco without a mintmark and introduced us all to the No S Proof coins we see...read more

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New Blog Series: Women In History

Published: 03/25/2020
New Blog Series: Women In History

While Women’s History Month comes to a close, we wanted to keep the focus going on how important women have been in the history of not only coins and numismatics but in the world. We have another blog series going that breaks down the top 100 Greatest United States Modern Coins as put together in Whitman Publishing’s fourth edition by authors Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett. We hope you enjoy learning more about those coins and their importance to the collecting community as it was also heavily influenced by coin dealers from across the country. Following the same format, we will be exploring Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest Women on Coins publication that was released in 2015 in the same fashion.

Hundreds of women have appeared on coins from the beginning of...read more

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2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs Recommended by CCAC

Published: 03/23/2020
2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs Recommended by CCAC

Last year marked the official beginning of the multi-year American Innovation $1 Coin program. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia were the first four designs released with Proof, Reverse Proof, and Uncirculated Denver and Philadelphia minted versions. 2018 saw the release of the introductory coin for collectors.

Even though 2020’s designs (Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Connecticut) have yet to be released and are scheduled for late in the year, submitted reverse designs for the 2021 releases have been reviewed and three of the four have been recommended by the CCAC, or the Citizens Coinage Advisory...read more

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U.S. Mint Set To Release 4-Coin Proof American Gold Eagles

Published: 03/18/2020
U.S. Mint Set To Release 4-Coin Proof American Gold Eagles

We have mentioned a few times in other blogs, but tomorrow is finally the day when the 4-coin Proof Gold American Eagle set is released.

Much like every year, the annual set is struck in 22-karat gold in four different sizes: one-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce, and tenth-ounce. Minted at West Point, the Proof coins will feature the classic Lady Liberty design that collectors are used to seeing since its inception in 1986. Packaged in a burgundy velvet presentation case that is lined with satin, the four-coin set will also be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. In addition to the four-coin proof set, the coins will also be available for individual purchase in their own Original ...read more

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Confederate Paper Money Series Part VI: Bogus Notes (Part 1)

Published: 03/16/2020
Confederate Paper Money Series Part VI: Bogus Notes (Part 1)

In the last edition of this blog series, we touched on the numerous counterfeit and altered notes that riddled the Confederate Paper money scene circulating during the American Civil War. From engraving quality to the paper used, it was determined that some fake notes out there were easier to detect than others. We also talked about the fact that even though notes were determined counterfeit, like the well-known Havana counterfeit, it did not and has not deterred collectors from wanting them.

In that same vein, we are now switching over to bogus notes and their appeal. What is a bogus note? It is defined as a fantasy note of types that were never actually issued by the authorities that are mentioned on the notes themselves. The most well-known...read more

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Designs Brought Forth For Bush $1 and $10 Coins

Published: 03/11/2020
Designs Brought Forth For Bush $1 and $10 Coins

We have been following the proposal for the late President George H.W. Bush and late first lady Barbara Bush to be placed on a Presidential $1 Coin and a $10 Gold Coin. The last update we gave featured the passing of legislation in mid-December of 2019. There have now been designs brought forth to the Commission of Fine Arts for review.

On February 20th, a 2020 Presidential dollar and First Spouse gold $10 coin honoring the late couple have been recommended by the CFA to use the following designs above for the coins. The portraits honoring them are favored by the Bush family themselves.

The obverse of the Bush $1 coin depicts the portrait of the late President...read more

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