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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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Apollo 11 Proof Half Dollars Sent Into Space

Published: 03/27/2019
Apollo 11 Proof Half Dollars Sent Into Space

The launch of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program this January was one for the history books. One of the most hyped and anticipated right at the beginning of the year, the program made a splash in modern commemoratives and coin collecting in general. With silver five ounce proof coins, silver one dollar proof and uncirculated coins, clad half dollar proofs and uncirculated coins, a two-coin set that included a special edition Kennedy half dollar, and $5 gold proof and uncirculated, there were options for just about anyone.

With the anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of one of the biggest historical events in the United States and even the world, the first strike ceremony in December of 2018 brought about a promise by United States Mint Director David J. Ryder that would come ...read more

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Legislation Submitted For President George H.W. Bush To Be On Presidential Dollar

Published: 03/25/2019
Legislation Submitted For President George H.W. Bush To Be On Presidential Dollar

The Presidential Dollar program is one of the most recognized as issued by the United States Mint. Brought forth to Congress in 2005 as the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, the first four coins were produced and issued in 2007. Thus began a yearly series that would eventually end in 2016 with Nixon, Ford, and Reagan.

Currently within Congress now, legislation has been presented that if approved, would bring back the program. But starting with who you ask? George H.W. Bush.

After the passing of his wife, Barbara, in 2018, Bush soon died months later at the age of 94. If passed, the 41st President of the United States, in addition...read more

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US Mint Announces Basketball HOF Commemorative Coin Competition

Published: 03/20/2019
US Mint Announces Basketball HOF Commemorative Coin Competition

It is that time of year again. Spring has officially started (on the calendar at least) and the madness has started; March Madness, that is.

This time of year lends itself to the college basketball elite; the sports-crazed fans who spend all season waiting for this particular part of the year in hopes that the last few not-so-great games will be a wash and their team will somehow end up in the final selection. Sorry, Hoosiers.

But what this year brings differently than the rest is the announcement made by the United States Mint within the last week. What does this have to do with March Madness and basketball? The announcement was for a new design competition for a new...read more

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The Basics of the Sheldon Grading Scale

Published: 03/18/2019
The Basics of the Sheldon Grading Scale

Grading coins. It is a major part of the numismatic hobby. If you are a dealer, a buyer, a seller, a collector, it is imperative that you have a better than average grasp of the way coins are graded, how they are graded, and why. But have you ever wondered where the basis of those grades come from? It is based on something called the Sheldon Scale and we are here to drop the basics on the de facto standard of grading coins today.

Grading Coins - Before and Now

Developed by Dr. William Sheldon in 1949, the 70-point scale is used by third party grading services like NGC and PCGS when assigning a grade to a coin. The ...read more

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Women In History: Coin and Numismatic Contributions

Published: 03/13/2019
Women In History: Coin and Numismatic Contributions

Perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the numismatic hobby is how rich in history it is. Think about it; the change in your pocket could be 50+ years old. The collection you hold so dear is probably littered with paper money used in the 1800s. And let us not forget about the famed Morgan Silver Dollar that is one of the most coveted, if not the most coveted, coins in the business. Mintage years: 1878-1921. The most recently minted coin is nearly 100 years old. Is the picture painted yet?

Now as we identify the rich history of coins and currency, let us identify another key element in its...read more

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