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1856-O Gold Mintage
It is likely no accident that New Orleans only produced two significant $20 rarities in the form of the 1854-O and 1856-O, just a couple of years apart. The facility at New Orleans was the only one of three facilities in the South to produce the still fairly new double eagle coins. Charlotte and Dah

Are You A Collector Or An Investor?
Retail prices for most coins continue to remain constant. Although, some of the more expensive and scarcer coins have declined modestly in value. Using a retail price guide, it is understandable that many collectors could consider all coins as an investment. What these collectors need to do is to se

Revaluing Our Currency
There has been talk in recent years of revaluing our currency for one reason or another, mostly due to inflation produced by the overprinting and production of our currency. Some have suggested we need to drop one decimal place in our currency so that the number of dollars required to make a transac

Bullion Chasers Vs Coin Collectors
A question arises as to where all of the silver is going to. As it appears to be in short supply, why isn't this reflected by some dramatic increases in the spot price of silver? Silver investors have quickly recognized that the price of silver is at bargain basement prices and are trying to acquire

1878-CC Seated Liberty Half Dollar
The 1878-CC Seated Liberty half dollar is not one of the major rarities that have come from Carson City. None the less, it is an interesting coin with a mintage of 62,000. The situation going on at Carson City in 1878 likely had much to due with the low mintage numbers. The facility had just opened

Epic Gold Battle Coming
Almost everyone loves an epic David versus Goliath story. The little perseveres against the evil big guy contrary to how we know what really happens in real life. The same is much the case with the outsider versus the insider in politics. When the outsider wins against the insider who has all of the

Younger Coin Collectors Needed
If you are a coin collector, you may have been involved in the hobby for years. As trends are going, in the not too distant future coin collecting will be as obsolete as much of the coinage is that is being collected. Newer and younger collectors need to be recruited to our hobby.

Counterfeit Coin Detection
A special machine does the stamping of coins to make them genuine. People who counterfeit coins are well trained and have the capacity to manipulate their duplication - especially those rare coins which have high value among collectors. The most common procedure used in counterfeiting is that they p

A Cashless Society
As a collector of coins you may have heard about the world going to a cashless society. Well you don't even have to be a collector to be concerned about the ongoing push to bring this about. Unfortunately it will only be a matter of time before this comes into being.

1931-D Mercury Dime
The Mercury dime is a set that has been studied heavily which should indicate pricing that would accurately reflect the availability and demand. If you rely on mintage totals alone, the 1931-D could be troublesome as its mintage numbers were only 1,260,000 pieces.

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