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Don’t Get Extreme With Magnification
Coins are generally viewed with a 10X magnification device, which is usually some kind of 10X jeweler’s loupe. This magnification is sufficient to discern any defects the coin being examined has. When you use a device with a higher magnification factor greater than 10X the defects seen are not going

Early Dimes Series Have Hidden Gems
As an early U.S. Congress got down to business to authorize new coinage for our new nation in 1792, the first piece of monetary legislation included the dime, as a coin that should be one-tenth of the new dollar unit. The dime was one of the smaller denominations made of silver.

Early Gold To Silver Ratios
Today in the age of fiat money we are too far removed from the early times of the 19th century, when gold and silver coins circulated freely in the marketplace. In those earlier times the average citizen carefully scrutinized a coin to make sure it was genuine and of the full weight and value.

Early Half Dimes Were Heavily Circulated
While the 1796 half dime usually escapes most collectors interests, it is an issue that keeps getting better with the passing years. The 1796 along with the 1797 are the only two half dimes that feature the Draped Bust on the obverse, and the Small Eagle on the reverse. These two coins should not be

eBay Changes Rules On Coin Grading Standards
The numismatic market was alarmed when eBay, an online auction website, sent its sellers an email notification on April 17 that stated that as of May 30, 2012, only coins that meet new grading requirements will be allowed to be listed or relisted with a numerical grade in the auction’s title and in

eBay Introduces New Coin Grade Policies
eBay has recently introduced new policies that affect how certified coins may be sold on its auction site. What are these changes and how will they affect you?

Enjoy The Coins You Can Afford
This may sound like a strange title for an article. However, many collectors lament about the vast number of products that the U.S. Mint churns out yearly. They whine and complain about not being able to afford to buy every item the Mint creates. There are numerous letters and editorials that add t

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

Exonumia—What Is It?
What is exonumia anyway? It sounds like some kind of strange skin disease. Nothing could be further from the truth! While numismatics is the study of coins, few coin collectors may be familiar with the term exonumia. Read on to find out what it is.

Fake Bullion Bars Latest Scam
With the sky rocketing prices of precious metals today, coin dealers have to be especially careful of scams.

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