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“Blue, Gray and Greenbacks” Chosen as Theme for 2011 National Coin Week

“Blue, Gray and Greenbacks” is the theme of 2011 National Coin Week, April 17-23. The weeklong celebration of coins and currency will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the numismatic changes and innovations during the... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week’s column was about dealer recommendations for new collectors who seek coins valued at $250, more... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Advice for beginning and intermediate collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Advice for beginning and intermediate collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Until CoinFest occurs at the end of the month, there will not be a live event conducted by any of the four leading... 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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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,... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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,... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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... read more »

 

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;... read more »

 
 
 
 
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