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Invest In Gold For The Long Run
It usually doesn’t take much to get the gold bugs excited these days. For the umpteenth time this year, gold has rose over $1,300. Does this signify that a new trend has begun? It is anybody’s guess on that one, and too premature to even attempt to guess correctly.

What Are My Coins Worth?
When one is just starting in coin collecting, often the first question is: What is the value of the coin?: and the answer is that the coin will cost as much as you are willing to pay for it and the amount can vary considerably.

: What Type of Coin Should You Collect?
Coin collecting is a fun hobby to start and the thrill of hunting for old coins is enough for many people to continue doing it. Other people consider coin collecting an investment, something they can receive a profit from. If you are one of those people, then you can find several types of coins in t

1802 Half Dime Is A Rarity
Many would assume that all of the great coin rarities of the United states would be well known. Of course, there could be a few exceptions in the form of some tough coins that turn out to be better than anyone hoped to imagine. Collectors have always known that the 1802 half dime is a very good coin

1849 Double Eagle
The 1849 double eagle can trace its existence to the rivers and streams of California. The gold discovered there in the late 1840s opened the way to approval of the $20 denomination. If you doubt the importance of California gold, consider that the next highest gold coin, the $10 gold eagle, had

1853-O Half Dime
Some coins are better than their mintage numbers might suggest. this is definitely the case with the 1853-O half dime. The fact is, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and it is the latter which is potentially much better that its mintage numbers

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

1860-O Seated Liberty Silver Dollar
The 1860-O Seated Liberty silver dollar has an interesting story. By 1860, the production of Seated Liberty dollars was limited to coins needed for export. We see this in the case of dates like the 1854, 1855, and 1856, which are all of the tougher dates to acquire despite what their mintage numbers

1872-CC Seated Liberty Dime
The 1871-CC Seated Liberty dime is a relatively rare coin to find in any condition. It has the distinction of being one of the rare coins that combines an important place in history with a very low mintage. The poor survival rate of this coin makes it a tough coin to find in any grade.

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

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