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Small Cents – Indian Head Cent 1859 COPPER-NICKEL Laural Wreath Reverse

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent 1859 COPPER-NICKEL Laural Wreath Reverse

Description: The Indian Head one-cent coin was produced by the United States Mint from 1859 through 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. The obverse of the coin shows UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, an Indian head facing to the left, wearing a feather bonnet. The word LIBERTY is […]

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Copper-Nickel, 1860-1864

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Copper-Nickel, 1860-1864

Description: James B. Longacre’s Indian Head design for the cent debuted in 1859. The previous Flying Eagle design had been minted for only three years (including the 1856 pattern, usually considered a regular issue by collectors). The apparent reason for the change from the Flying Eagle design was weakness in the strike, brought about because […]

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Bronze, 1864-1909

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Bronze, 1864-1909

Description: The small “white cents”, so-called because of their light color compared to that of the older large cents, had at first escaped the hoarding of coins that came with the Civil War. But by 1862, in spite of the production of millions of the coins, the cent also disappeared from circulation, joining the silver […]

Small Cents – 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent

Small Cents – 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent

Description:The first year issue of perhaps one of the most popular and enduring designs in US Coinage. The new coin featured a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the front and two “ears” of wheat on the back. The designers initials “VDB” were placed near the rim on the reverse. A total mintage of 24,479,000 coins […]

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Bronze, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1909-1958

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Bronze, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1909-1958

Description: The Lincoln cent has been a favorite of collectors for many years. Part of the appeal lies in the fact that it is the first circulating U.S. coin to feature a likeness of an real person; who just happens to be one of the most respected and admired presidents in this country’s history. The […]

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Steel, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1943

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Steel, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1943

Description: Lincoln cents were made of bronze most years, but World War II resulted in a couple of changes to the cent composition. Because copper was a critical war material, efforts were made to find alternative materials (ceramics and plastics were considered) from which to produce cents, with the eventual selection of zinc-coated steel planchets […]

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Bronze/ Brass, Memorial Reverse, 1959-1982

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Bronze/ Brass, Memorial Reverse, 1959-1982

Description: The Lincoln motif on the cent was introduced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. The 150th anniversary of that event occasioned another design change, the replacement of the wheat seed heads on the reverse with a depiction of the Lincoln Memorial. The Memorial is located at the west end of the National […]

Two Cent Pieces – 1864-1873

Two Cent Pieces – 1864-1873

The two-cent coin was produced in the United States from 1864-1873 with decreasing mintages throughout that time. The two-cent piece was made of 95% copper with tin and zinc making up the remainder. It was very slightly smaller than a modern U.S. quarter. The two-cent piece was designed by James B. Longacre, the Chief Engraver […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1796 quarter, San Francisco Liberty Seated Dimes, 1931 Denver Mint $20 gold coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1796 quarter, San Francisco Liberty Seated Dimes, 1931 Denver Mint $20 gold coin

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #21 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week’s column was devoted to cents and half cents. This week, I am writing about a few silver coins and a 1931-D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle ($20 gold coin). Though 1931-D Saints may be […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1943-D copper cent, 1795 Reeded Edge cent, 1811/0 cent, and half cent errors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1943-D copper cent, 1795 Reeded Edge cent, 1811/0 cent, and half cent errors

News and Analysis on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #20 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I had originally intended to write this week about a variety of coins that were offered in the recently concluded Southern California auctions by the Goldbergs and Heritage. News regarding auction results, however, has been superseded […]

By September 29, 20100 Comments Read More →
US Coins: Those Magical CC Morgans

US Coins: Those Magical CC Morgans

The market is good – stable prices and strong demand for rarities along with an expanding collector base. In fact, an 1804 Class 1 Draped Bust Dollar just traded for $3.7 million at the Central States Numismatic Society coin convention in Rosemont, IL.

By September 24, 20101 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1856-O Double Eagles and other Great Rarities that I have seen

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1856-O Double Eagles and other Great Rarities that I have seen

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #19 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This week, I wish to focus upon the topic of viewing Great Rarities. This topic relates to several key concepts: (1) To understand and appreciate Great Rarities, there is a need to see them. (2) […]

1937 Battle of Antietam Half Dollar

1937 Battle of Antietam Half Dollar

The date of September 17, 1862 is remembered as the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War, as Federal forces under the command of General George B. McClellan countered the advance of Confederate troops led by General Robert E. Lee. By the day’s end, both sides had suffered losses of more than 2,000 dead, […]

Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys

Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys

By Michael S. Fey PhD; Jeff Oxman If you are an advanced collector of Morgan and Peace silver dollars, or just want to learn more about how to identify, buy, and sell rare silver dollar varieties, this is the book for you. There are silver dollars that in many cases are several times rarer than […]

Extreme Rarities in the Greatest Collection of U.S. Silver Coins to be Auctioned in More Than a Decade

Extreme Rarities in the Greatest Collection of U.S. Silver Coins to be Auctioned in More Than a Decade

By Greg Reynolds for CoinLink …..   On April 29 and 30 in Cincinnati, Heritage will auction the collection of “Joseph C. Thomas,” which features U.S. copper, nickel and silver coins, from the 1790s to the mid-20th century. As far as I know, the Thomas collection does not contain any gold coins. In terms of […]

Lincoln Cent Matte Proofs By Kevin Flynn

Lincoln Cent Matte Proofs By Kevin Flynn

The only book devoted entirely to matte proof Lincoln Cents. Over 250 color and black and white photos provide die diagnostics descriptions to identify and authenticate matte proof Lincoln Cents. Included are die state diagnostics and photographs of previously unpublished diagnostics and die combinations. The book also presents an analysis of the striking characteristics of […]

The Ted Naftzger Collection of United States Large Cents to be Sold

The Ted Naftzger Collection of United States Large Cents to be Sold

Ira and Larry Goldberg will auction The Ted Naftzger Collection of United States Large Cents in 2008 and 2009. The collection will be sold in two parts, the first of which will be of Early U.S. Large Cents, held on Sunday, September 14th, 2008 in Beverly Hills, CA and on Ebay Live. Chris McCawley of […]

A Decade of Top 100 Insights by Michael S. Fey

A Decade of Top 100 Insights by Michael S. Fey

Available from Wizard Coin Supply Here The book is a compilation of the last 10 years of Rare Coin Investments’ Top 100 Insights and Value Guide quarterly newsletter. It includes the first Fall, 1997 Value Guide with prices for Top 100 Morgan dollars as well as a current Value Guide to compare how prices of […]

Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent. Now, as the coin nears its 100th anniversary (and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth), Q. David Bowers provides a detailed study of this great American classic—our longest-running coin series. The book includes history, grading, varieties, a thorough market analysis for each date and […]

By February 23, 20081 Comments Read More →
Husak Large Cents Soar Past $10.7 Million At Heritage’s $25 Million Long Beach Signature Auction

Husak Large Cents Soar Past $10.7 Million At Heritage’s $25 Million Long Beach Signature Auction

The auction room was jammed with hundreds of bidders before the first lot of the Large Cent Collection of Walter Husak was offered at Heritage’s Official Auction at the February 14-16, 2008 Long Beach Coin Expo. When the last of his 301 Large Cents were sold, most every record known had been shattered, with a […]

By February 17, 20081 Comments Read More →
Looking Through Lincoln Cents  by: Charles D. Daughtrey

Looking Through Lincoln Cents by: Charles D. Daughtrey

Pull a few pennies from your pocket. Take a close look. You may be holding an oddity that the U.S. Mint did not want you to find. Yet millions of them have found their way into general circulation. Many are worth hundreds of dollars. Experts call these anomalies “die varieties.” Looking Through Lincoln Cents aims […]

Unique 1870 San Francisco Mint Half Dime Exhibited at CoinFest

Unique 1870 San Francisco Mint Half Dime Exhibited at CoinFest

By Greg Reynolds for CoinLink Only one 1870 San Francisco Mint half dime is known to exist. It was on display on Oct. 27 & 28 at the first CoinFest, at the East Greenwich (CT) Civic Center. Please see my separate article about the CoinFest event. Most collectors have either never heard of the 1870-S […]

 
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