Tag: nickels

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

by Al Doyle ……… Imagine being very wealthy – possibly a billionaire according to some accounts. If a person had that kind of capital, what coins would they buy? At a minimum, some rolls of $20 Libertys and Saint-Gaudens would make a nice stash for a high roller. If rare coins are sought, anything from […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Releases Report on Alternative Metallic Composition for Circulating Coins

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Releases Report on Alternative Metallic Composition for Circulating Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… For the first time since 1965 the U.S. Mint has done major research into possible alternative metallic composition and changes in the method of production for all circulating coins with the goal of reducing production costs. The study, which was conducted by an outside metallurgic research consulting company, found […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #114 This week, the firm of Stack’s-Bowers is conducting an auction at the Baltimore Convention Center. I viewed many of the lots. It turns out to be a much better and more important auction than […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #112 Click Here to read Part One of this article: An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins This week’s topic is the collecting of uncirculated Liberty Nickels. I focus on those that grade […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #111 For more than a half-century, Liberty Nickels have been extremely popular with collectors, partly because these are classic coins that are not expensive and are readily available in a wide range of grades. Liberty […]

Story of the Hobo Nickel

Story of the Hobo Nickel

Archie “Rollie” Taylor – President, Original Hobo Nickel Society Interviewer: David Lisot “Rollie” tells the story of the hobo nickel, how it came about and why they are so collectible today. He also discusses what is involved in making the nickels as well as how the OHNS came into being as a collector group. 5:49 […]

By July 14, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations. Classic […]

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Three Cents Nickels – Three Cent Nickel 1865-1889

Three Cents Nickels – Three Cent Nickel 1865-1889

Description: The three cent coin has an unusual history. It was proposed in 1851 both as a result of the decrease in postage rates from five cents to three and to answer the need for a small-denomination, easy-to-handle coin. The first Three cent coins we composed of silver (made up of three distinct types) however […]

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5 Cent Nickels – Shield Nickel With Rays, 1866-1867

5 Cent Nickels – Shield Nickel With Rays, 1866-1867

Description: Introduced following the end of the Civil War, the eponymously named Shield “nickel” was the nation’s first five cent piece with nickel metal content. The coin was proposed at least partly in response to the public?s (and Mint Director James Pollock’s) growing dislike of fractional currency. Even though there were already more than a […]

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5 Cent Nickels – Shield Nickel No Rays, 1867-1883

5 Cent Nickels – Shield Nickel No Rays, 1867-1883

Description: Because of consistent demand, production of the nickel five cent piece was higher than that of the equivalently valued silver half dime each year through the end of the half dime’s production in 1873, except for 1871. However, ongoing striking problems on the hard blanks lead to a modest design change of the Shield […]

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5 Cent Nickels – 1883 Liberty Head Nickel – No Cents Reverse

5 Cent Nickels – 1883 Liberty Head Nickel – No Cents Reverse

Description: The Liberty Head nickel, sometimes referred to as the V nickel due to its reverse design, was an American nickel five-cent piece. Officially, it was minted from 1883 to 1912; a few patterns were struck in 1881 and 1882, and five pieces were surreptitiously struck in 1913, which today number among America’s most fabled […]

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5 Cent Nickels – Liberty Head Nickel, With Cents, 1883-1912

5 Cent Nickels – Liberty Head Nickel, With Cents, 1883-1912

Description: Charles Barber’s Liberty Head five cent coin was first produced for circulation in 1883 after two years of development of various patterns for the proposed type, including an 1882 pattern virtually identical to the design actually released. The issued 1883 nickel did not have text indicating the denomination anywhere on the coin, but there […]

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5 Cent Nickels – 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel (1913 Only)

5 Cent Nickels – 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel (1913 Only)

Photos used with permission and courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries On March 4, 1913, coins from the first bag to go into circulation were presented to outgoing President Taft and 33 Indian chiefs at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the National Memorial to the North American Indian at Fort Wadsworth, New York.  James Earle Fraserr, a […]

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5 Cent Nickels – Buffalo Nickel, Type 2, 1913-1938

5 Cent Nickels – Buffalo Nickel, Type 2, 1913-1938

Description: Buffalo, or Indian Head, nickels have been a popular series with collectors since the start of the type, abetted by the introduction of collecting boards and albums in the 1930s. James Earle Fraser’s design for the coin included popular western themes represented by the native American on the obverse and the bison (more commonly […]

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5 Cent Nickels – Jefferson Wartime Nickel, 1942-1945

5 Cent Nickels – Jefferson Wartime Nickel, 1942-1945

Description: During World War II nickel metal was a strategic war material for munitions, and the supply of the raw material was not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of both the War Department and the Mint; and war needs came first. In the search for a replacement for nickel an issue that was first raised […]

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