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The Shield Nickel
America’s first nickel was first coined in 1866. The Shield nickel was created to replace five-cent Fractional Currency notes that were issued during the Civil War. Hardly anyone expected the nickel to become as important as it has over time. The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Shield nickels in
Coin Grading 101
A "grade" is described as a shorthand designed by coin experts (numismatists) to reveal a coin’s appearance. Simply put, if a certain coin collector tells another collector that he owns an uncirculated Charlotte 50 half eagle, both should already have a concept of the coins appearance without even
Canadian Paper Money Goes Plastic
If you shop at your local grocery store, you are often asked if you want paper or plastic bags. In the future, when Canadians pay for stuff, they will have two choices: plastic or plastic.
The Return Of The Morgan Silver Dollar
The year 1921 brought the return of the Morgan silver dollar after a 17 year hiatus in production.
How To Become A Knowledgeable Cherrypicker
The first thing you will need is some good overall grading guides for your own library.
Ways To Cherrypick Coins
There are a number of ways to cherrypick coins. One way involves looking for undergraded coins rather than looking for die types. With luck, you may be able to find some undergraded coins at a bargain price.
How To Cherrypick The Best Coins
If you search for a definition of cherrypicking you will likely find several possible definitions for the term. One definition states that “cherrypicking” is to selectively choose from whatever is available.
50 Million Ration Tokens A Day
During World War II, the federal government initiated a new agency called the "Office of Price Administration aka the OPA." Its objectives included rationing of scarce commodities, price fixing on certain items to avoid speculation, Black Market activity, preventing runaway inflation during the war.
Red And Blue Ration Tokens
The Office Of Price Administration’s red ration tokens ran in a series of 30 two-letter combinations and could be used to purchase meats, fats, fish and cheese. The blue token series could be used for purchasing processed foods.
Morgan Silver Dollar Prehistory
In the early 1950’s, Morgan silver dollars were not very popular with the coin collecting community. Granted a few rare dates were of some interest to serious collectors, but collectors focused on more popular coins series. Of course, times have changed and Morgan silver dollars are extremely popula
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