US Type Coins

The Coin Analyst: The Modern Commemorative Coin Program and the Launch of Infantry Soldier Dollars

The Coin Analyst: The Modern Commemorative Coin Program and the Launch of Infantry Soldier Dollars

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Critics often assert that too many modern U.S. commemorative coins have been issued, and that the program has been abused to raise money from surcharges. Each coin carries a surcharge that goes to non-profits groups that promote the interests of the constituency commemorated on the coins. In fact, the U.S. […]

By February 15, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the first part of this article, I discussed the ins and outs of assembling a year set of Liberty Head eagles from 1838 through 1866. In case you’ve already forgotten the premise, it’s that a collector can purchase one example of each year that this denomination/type was […]

By February 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner A popular feature of the www.raregoldcoins.com blog is the “what’s hot and what’s not” article that I write at the end of every year. As its the very end of what’s been an interesting and active year, let’s take a look at what was in demand […]

By January 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Denis W. Loring Collection of 1793 Large Cents featured in Heritage’s FUN Platinum night event

The Denis W. Loring Collection of 1793 Large Cents featured in Heritage’s FUN Platinum night event

Early American copper rarities cross the block Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL, as part Heritage’s FUN series of auctions DALLAS, TX – The Denis W. Loring Collection of 1793 Large Cents, 12 in all, will be offered as part of Heritage Auctions’ Thursday, Jan. 5 2012 Platinum Night auction, […]

Legend Numismatics Early November Market Report

Legend Numismatics Early November Market Report

We finally have been in a mini rut since Mid October-the ANA Pittsburgh Show. While not really a rut, its really a breather from the too many shows we had during August-September. Since many dealers skipped the ANA Pittsburgh Show, many finally have not traveled for 45 days. So as you can expect, there are […]

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Last week I wrote about why some economists believe our economy is going into a high inflationary period and how rare coins went into a runaway market during the last inflationary spiral, which occurred during the 1970s. I gave across-the-board examples of how “type coins” performed as an […]

By November 7, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 1, Dimes and Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 1, Dimes and Half Dollars

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #78 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The topic here is ideas for beginning and intermediate level collectors who wish to complete or nearly complete sets of U.S. silver dimes and half dollars. Advice is provided, especially for collectors who are not affluent. I […]

By October 26, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics – THE DAKOTA COLLECTION

Legend Numismatics – THE DAKOTA COLLECTION

Legend Numismatics WHEW! We finally finished working with almost 2000 GEM Buffalo Nickels and Walkers. Getting them regraded, imaged, and stickered was a huge under taking. But we will only offer the BEST coins from the collection on our web site, So far, we could only post 40 coins. Many more will be added next […]

Gold rarities highlight new Pittsburgh ANA Fall coin show

Gold rarities highlight new Pittsburgh ANA Fall coin show

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the Oct. 24, 2011, issue of Coin World. Dealers are gearing up for the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural fall National Money Show, Oct. 13 to 15, in Pittsburgh. More than 300 tables have been sold, although dealers are hesitant due to the cool-down in the precious metals […]

By October 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

By Dr. Thomas F. Fitzgerald – The California Numismatist….   Almost 60 years had passed since the two-cent piece was first proposed by a Senator in 1806. In 1864 this denomination finally became a reality during the coinage problems as a result of the Civil War. The two-cent coins then had a very short lifetime […]

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

One of Only Six Examples Positively Confirmed to Exist; The Breen Plate Coin Writing in the 1989 edition of his encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial proof coins, the late Walter Breen accounts for four die marriages of the proof 1836 Lettered Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar. Of the four varieties, two are of perhaps the […]

By March 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What should I collect?  Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins.

What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins.

Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report   During the holiday season I often reflect on the many blessings I have in my life. One of those blessings is the joy I receive from handling and looking at rare coins. In fact, I love my job. I get to look at coins virtually every day as a […]

By December 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Three Cent Silver – Three Cent Silver, Type 1, 1851-1853

Three Cent Silver – Three Cent Silver, Type 1, 1851-1853

Description: Called a trime in some Treasury Department records, the three cent silver coin was the smallest ever issued by the U.S. in terms of weight and thickness. Initially proposed in 1849, and again in 1850 in conjunction with a plan to reduce postal rates from five to three cents, production was finally authorized in […]

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Three Cent Silver – Three Cent Silver, Type 2, 1854-1858

Three Cent Silver – Three Cent Silver, Type 2, 1854-1858

Description: Though the initial production of three cent silver coins helped meet the need for small denomination circulating coins, the greater problem of rising silver prices (relative to gold prices) was still an issue. This was resolved by an 1853 Act which reduced the weight of all silver coins except the dollar, but also raised […]

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Three Cent Silver – Three Cent Silver, Type 3, 1859-1873

Three Cent Silver – Three Cent Silver, Type 3, 1859-1873

Description: The Type 2 design modification of the three cent silver coin failed to improve striking quality so additional, apparently successful, modifications were done to alleviate the problem, giving us the third type of the series. However, a growing surplus of small denomination coins since the mid-1850’s combined with the start of the Civil War […]

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Gold Dollars – Gold Dollar Type 1 (Liberty Head) 1849-1854

Gold Dollars – Gold Dollar Type 1 (Liberty Head) 1849-1854

Description: The Type 1 Gold dollar was produced from 1849 to 1854. Composed of 90% pure gold, it was the smallest denomination of gold currency ever produced in the United States. When the US system of coinage was originally designed there had been no plans for a gold dollar coin, but in the late 1840s, […]

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Gold Dollars – Gold Dollar Type 2 (Indian Head) 1854-1856

Gold Dollars – Gold Dollar Type 2 (Indian Head) 1854-1856

Description: In 1854 the US Mint issued the redesigned gold dollar with an increased diameter of 15 mm. As planned, neither its weight not its composition was changed. James Longacre designed a new obverse for the coin based on his work with the three-dollar piece. The head depicted on the obverse has commonly been described […]

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Gold Dollars – Gold Dollar Type III (Large Head) 1856-1889

Gold Dollars – Gold Dollar Type III (Large Head) 1856-1889

gDescription: In 1856, a newly durable gold dollar was released by the Mint. Dubbed “the Large Head type,” Longacre’s new design was very similar to that of the Small Head type, but the size of the Indian head on the obverse increased, while at the same time it became more flat. The headdress changed location […]

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Quarter Eagle – Capped Bust Right No stars 1796 Quarter Eagle

Quarter Eagle – Capped Bust Right No stars 1796 Quarter Eagle

Description: There is little doubt that the 1796 No Stars quarter eagle and the 1808 Capped Bust quarter eagle are two of the most important type coins in the entire panorama of American numismatics. After the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, was passed by Congress, steps were taken to proceed with a physical Mint […]

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Quarter Eagle – Capped Bust Right 1796-1807 Quarter Eagle

Quarter Eagle – Capped Bust Right 1796-1807 Quarter Eagle

Description: The Mint Act of 1792 authorized all of the gold and silver coins that would eventually be struck by the young Philadelphia Mint. After property was acquired, construction of the actual buildings was completed, and all was ready to produced the Nation’s first coinage, copper, silver, and gold. Despite completion of the physical components […]

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Quarter Eagles – Capped Bust Left Large 1808 Quarter Eagle

Quarter Eagles – Capped Bust Left Large 1808 Quarter Eagle

Description: The 1808 quarter eagle is a transcendent rarity that is well known outside collectors of 19th century gold type coins. John Reich’s design was struck in just this one year, and only 2,710 pieces were minted. Of that number it has been estimated that fewer than 2% exist today in all grades, with 35-40 […]

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Quarter Eagles – Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, Large Diameter, 1821-1827

Quarter Eagles – Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, Large Diameter, 1821-1827

Description: After the 1808 quarter eagle issue there was a 12-year hiatus in the production of the denomination. An uncertain world political scene combined with rising gold prices caused gold coins to vanish from circulation. Because of a fixed 15-to-1 silver-to-gold ratio in this country, speculators and brokers could exchange one ounce of U.S. gold […]

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Quarter Eagles – Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, Reduced Diameter 1829-1834

Quarter Eagles – Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, Reduced Diameter 1829-1834

Description: Though quarter eagles were an authorized gold coin denomination, few were produced by the Mint in the late 1820s and early 1830s. Mintage levels remained fairly constant for the Capped Head, Reduced Diameter type produced from 1829 through 1834, but the highest number of coins produced never exceeded 4,600 pieces in any of the […]

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Quarter Eagles – Classic Head Quarter Eagle, 1834-1839

Quarter Eagles – Classic Head Quarter Eagle, 1834-1839

Description: Gold quarter eagles had been produced since 1796, though mintage for any one year never exceeded 7,000 coins. Few gold coins of any denomination circulated, and those that did traded at more than face value because of the gold content; gold coins were preferred over paper money. Half eagles went mostly to export trade […]

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Quarter Eagles – Liberty Head Quarter Eagle, 1840-1907

Quarter Eagles – Liberty Head Quarter Eagle, 1840-1907

Pictured is the famous 1848 CAL NGC MS-68 Star sold at the 2008 January Orlando FUN sale by Heritage Auction Galleries. Lot 3091 $345,000 Description: Christian Gobrecht’s depiction of Liberty followed the Classic Head of William Kneass, a culmination of efforts to both standardize the design and find an acceptable representation that could be used […]

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Quarter Eagles – Indian Head Quarter Eagle, 1908-1929

Quarter Eagles – Indian Head Quarter Eagle, 1908-1929

Description: The early part of the 20th century was a time of great creativity in the design of U.S. coinage. August Saint-Gaudens’ double eagle was introduced in 1907, along with his Indian Head eagle. Victor D. Brenner’s Lincoln cent, commemorating in 1909 the centennial of the President’s birth, broke new ground- it was the first […]

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Three Dollar Gold – 1854-1889

Three Dollar Gold – 1854-1889

Description:The origin of this issue is shrouded in controversy. It is generally believed that the Three Dollar gold piece was adopted as a direct result of the postal rate dropping from five cents to three cents in 1851. A three dollar gold issue allowed purchasers to buy large quantities of the new stamps without having […]

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Half Eagles – $5.00 Gold Capped Bust Small Eagle 1795-1798

Half Eagles – $5.00 Gold Capped Bust Small Eagle 1795-1798

Description: This design type was coined between 1795 and 1798, with an estimated mintage of 17,555 pieces for all issues. The 2008 Guide Book lists 8,707 half eagles minted in 1795. According to information contained in Bullion Journal A of mint records, 1795 half eagle mintage occurred between July 31 and September 16 of that […]

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Half Eagles – Capped Bust Half Eagle, Large Eagle 1795-1807

Half Eagles – Capped Bust Half Eagle, Large Eagle 1795-1807

Description: This type is also labeled Draped Bust or Turban Head to distinguish it from the later Capped Bust type introduced in 1807 (the Guide Book calls this type Capped Bust to Right, and the later type Capped Bust to Left). The eagle on Robert Scot’s earlier Capped Bust Small Eagle design of 1795 was […]

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Half Eagles – Capped Draped Bust Half Eagles, 1807-1812

Half Eagles – Capped Draped Bust Half Eagles, 1807-1812

Description: The Capped Bust, Heraldic Eagle type of 1795-1807 was replaced in 1807 due to the addition of John Reich as Assistant Engraver at the Mint. His new design was significantly different than the old Robert Scot coinage with a large capped bust facing to the left wearing a large, loose-fitting cap; the reverse replaced […]

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