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United States Coins

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1804 Storied Silver Dollar star
The 1804 silver dollar has to be the most famous dollar coin to ever be issued by the U.S. Mint. You would have had to be living in a cave to have not even heard of its existence. Many legends surround this famous coin.

1875 Trade Dollar star
There are many good Trade dollar dates and nearly everyone was produced at the Carson City Mint. The main exception is the 1875 Trade dollar. If you aren’t familiar with the history of Trade dollars, they have a very colorful history.

1896-S Barber Quarter star
The 1896-S Barber Quarter could be considered a bit of a sleeper. Many specialists and those who specialize in key dates are well aware of the 1896-S Barber quarter, but seem to have overlooked it to a certain degree.

1916 Quarter Is A Key Date star
A slot in a Whitman folder has the space for a certain 1916 quarter filled in with the circular part and had it marked “rare.” Today this decision could easily be disputed that the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter is really rare.

1916 Was A Special Year For U.S. Coins star
Some of the most beautiful and popular American coins were minted in 1916. In fact three of our most beautiful coins were first struck in that year. These new designs were featured on the dime, quarter, and half dollar. In fact none of these three coins shared the same design like the Barber series

A Legendary Penny star
The 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent is not exactly rare to find. While there is a good supply of the coins around, it is not the easiest one to find. Approximately 484,000 pieces were issued which caused an immediate collecting sensation.

Accessories for Coin Collection star
When collecting coins, one thing to consider is how to arrange and take care of the coins. Coins that are collected may be antique, ancient, or limited editions coins.

Ancient Coins as Collections star
Collecting coins is so much fun! It is both a hobby and a source of income for many. One type of coin that you may want to consider collecting is ancient coins.

Another Scenario of how the 1943 Copper Penny came to be star
There are many stories of how the 1943 Copper Penny came into existance. An alternative story is presented for your consideration. It was nothing more then High School age boys entertaining themselves in the workplace.

Antique Coins as Cool Collections star
Coin collecting is a fun activity and it has been very popular because it does not only serve as a hobby but as an option to generate income.

Assembling A Liberty Head V Nickel Collection star
The Liberty Nickel series makes an aspiring, yet very achievable, series to complete. The Liberty Nickel, commonly known as the “V” nickel for the Roman Numeral "V" on the reverse was officially produced from 1883 to 1912.

Barber Half Dollar History star
In 1887, Mint Director James P. Kimball noted in his annual report the “inferiority of our coinage” compared to other advanced nations and that in his opinion, the coinage of the U.S. was out of date and should be chan

Can Damaged Coins Find A Home? star
Does a coin that is holed, bent, scratched, corroded, or otherwise damaged have any collector value? Read this article to find out the anser to this question.

Collecting Indian Head Pennies star
Like most collectors, you have probably collected Lincoln Cents, or some other recent series and now you want to go back in time a little bit more. Indian Head Cents were produced from 1859 to 1909, while its predecessor, the Flying Eagle Cent was produced from 1857 to 1858. Just think of the histor

Collecting the Lincoln Cent; It´s not just a Child´s Game Anymore star
A fascinating look at the history, the changes, the vatieties and anomalies of the Lincoln Cent

Design Types of US Coins and Coin Collecting star
Coin collecting is a fun hobby that anyone who has the time can do. A coin’s history and its development can be learned by collecting them.

Dissecting the Morgan Silver Dollar star
Through examining the intricacies of the Morgan Silver Dollar one will gain a greater appreciation for the most heavily collected coin in the world.

eBay Introduces New Coin Grade Policies star
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?

FBI Raids Liberty Dollar HQ star
The future of the Liberty Dollar is now in doubt with the raid by Federal Agents of the Liberty Dollar headquarters.

Federal Government Seeks Dismissal Of Liberty Dollar Lawsuit star
The saga of the Liberty Dollar Lawsuit continues. Read what the Government´s response to the lawsuit is.

Few Coins Minted In 1815 star
1815 is a special year as it is the only year that a cent coin was not minted in the United States. Collectors who specialize in collecting coins from that year, have few examples to choose from.

Finding Rare and Collectible Coins star
Coin collecting was started only as a hobby for most people, however you can hear what other people say (or you probably have heard yourself) about news of people cashing in on their old coin; and that encouraged more people to go on a coin-collecting streak. If you are one of those people who want

Flying Eagle Cent star
The Flying Eagle Cent is a short series of coins that has long been a favorite among collectors.

How Many Coin Denominations Are Enough? star
How many coin denominations does this country need to support the public’s buying needs? The current coin denominations are the penny, nickel, quarter, half-dollar and the dollar. Much discussion has been had over the last year or so to eliminate the penny.

How To Start A Coin Collection For Children star
Many people would like to start a coin collection for their children or grandchildren but do not know how or where to start. Before you decide to start collecting coins on behalf of your kids or grandkids, you need to take a moment to consider a couple of things.

In God We Trust star
The motto “In God We Trust” was first used in 1864. This motto was first used on the two-cent piece that was minted from 1864-1873. All of these two-cent coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. The design of a shield on the obverse and a wreath on the reverse has never made the list of best coin

Is It Time To Get Rid Of the Penny? star
There is a growing debate on whether to keep the penny of get rid of it. What is your opinion on this issue?

Is Zinc The Answer? star
The U.S. Mint is facing a rather difficult challenge in seeking more cost effective coin options as it tries to reduce operating costs. One option that has been suggested is coated zinc. Plated coin technology is in common use by other countries and seems to have a good track record in regards to co

Joining a Coin Club star
People engage in social activities for many reasons; most common is sharing in the same interest and passion as other people. It is in places like these that information about a certain subject is shared and new ideas and trends are revealed that keep its members up to date with current events that

Liberty Dollar Lawsuit Gets Extension star
This article is an update on a previous article on the Liberty Dollar. If you are the least bit curious about the Liberty Dollar´s legal status you will want to read this article.

More History Of The Buffalo Nickel star
While the identities of the models for the Indian on the nickel is open for debate, such isn’t the case for the model used for the buffalo. A buffalo named Black Diamond, who was a resident of the New York Zoological Park served as the model

Morgan's Goddess Miss Liberty star
The Morgan Silver Dollar changed the life of Anna Willess Williams, a Philadelphia school teacher, and it was not necessarily for the better.

New California Gold Coin Hoard star
A hoard of buried gold was found by a California couple walking their dog in February, 2013. The hoard of gold coins has been estimated to be worth at least $10,000,000.

Now Is The Time To Collect Copper star
With the price of precious metals so high, many coin collectors are being priced out of the market for gold and silver coins. Now is the time for these collectors to get back to the roots of our hobby. Perhaps it is time to remember that collecting coins is not just about the precious metal content

Peace Dollars Can Offer Low-cost Beauty star
As silver dollars go, most coin collectors immediately think about Morgan silver dollars. Much less often does the Peace silver dollar come to mind. Perhaps most collectors concerns focus on price or rarity as opposed to a coin’s historical importance or beauty.

Politics, Discrimination and the Washington Quarter star
The dirty politics and sexual discrimination behind the creation of the Washington Quarter

Problems Delay Issues Of Spouse Coins star
The U.S. Mint has encountered a number of issues that have prevented it from issuing all four of the four poof and uncirculated 2012 First Spouse half-ounce gold coins that were supposed to have been struck and issued this year. The Mint promises to remedy these problems by the end of this calendar

Proof Coins Are Always Popular star
Proof coins are considered to be the finest examples of medallic art. Anyone who collects proof coins would certainly agree. These specially made coins are struck more than once, thus showing off every detail of that individual coin’s design.

Searching For Dime Sleepers star
Over the years there have been many arguments and debates over whether dimes and quarters represent the last true working coins in U.S. small change. The arguments typically center around whether cents and nickels are simply too small to make a real difference when it comes to any real purchasing po

Seated Dollar Surprise star
The surprise of the 1860-O Seated Dollar is quite an interesting tale. Reportedly, a few thousand of these dollars were paid out by the Treasury at face value during the major silver dollar release during the years 1962-1964. One would have to wonder how minted coins that were already over a century

Should Our Currency Be Revalued? star
An editorial in a major weekly coin periodical advocates the need to revalue our currency. The article points out the fact that many major countries have revalued their money over the years while we have not significantly changed ours in over 200 years.

Silver Dollars Used To Support Silver Prices star
The story of the Morgan silver dollar is related more to the silver that the coins are made from. For many years, the U.S. Mint had trouble finding enough silver to make the coins that were needed. That situation changed considerably when silver was discovered in Nevada in the late 1850s.

Some Barber Bargains star
With the recent high prices for precious metals, many seasoned collectors have decided to abandon gold and silver coins for the time being. Many such collectors are turning to copper, while others aren’t quite ready to head in that direction. Many seasoned collectors use times like these to go barga

Some Historical Coin Flops star
In the 19th century there were a number of coins that flopped and were not popular with the public at large. In more modern times, the various dollar coins have never caught on with the public for making purchases. Most are either in storage or squirreled away in people’s homes.

Some Historical Coin Flops star
In the 19th century there were a number of coins that flopped and were not popular with the public at large. In more modern times, the various dollar coins have never caught on with the public for making purchases. Most are either in storage or squirreled away in people’s homes.

Starting a Coin Collection star
It is never too early or too late to have a hobby. Some people are hobbyists for fun while others see a bigger picture; and that is to make money. Some objects that may seem inexpensive now may become valuable or priceless later.

Steel Cent Bill Opposed By U.S. Mint star
The U.S. House of Representatives has finally taken some action in an endeavour to solve the current penny crisis.

The 1913-D Barber Half Dollar star
If you are looking for a sleeper then you may like the 1913-D Barber half dollar. Virtually everything concerned with it screams that it has been overlooked.

The 1943 Copper Penny star
We´ve all heard the stories about this "ghost" coin. Does it really exist? Get the real story on this elusive penny.

The 1964-D Silver Peace Dollar star
The 1964-D Peace silver dollar remains an enigma. The 1964-D Peace dollar is supposed to be the only U.S. coin of the 20th Century to have been struck, then melted in its entirely.

The American Eagle Bullion Coinage star
In 1986, the United States Mint threw its hat into the ring by introducing the American Eagle into the market place in the great international bullion coin race.

The Beauty Of The Walking Liberty Half Dollar star
The Walking Liberty half dollar has won many praises and criticisms in its time. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty design was more than an attempt to beautify the half dollar. It represented a concerted effort to revitalize the denomination and to get half dollars back into circulation in again.

The Enigma Of The 1913 Liberty Nickel star
The Liberty Nickel, typically known as the “V” nickel for the Roman Numeral "V" on the reverse was officially produced from 1883 to 1912. We use the word officially because one of the most famous coins of all is the 1913 Liberty Nickel which was brought forth under suspicious circumstances.

The Famous Buffalo Nickel star
The buffalo nickel AKA the Indian Head Nickel was minted from 1913 through 1938 and was designed by James Earle Fraser. On the reverse side of the coin, it is actually a bison pictured instead of a buffalo.

The Franklin Half Dollar star
It was the art of politics that created the Franklin Half Dollar, then came the scandal.

The Hibernia Coppers of Colonial America star
The coinage situation was so desperate in Colonial America that the colonists welcomed the coinage Ireland did not want and refused to use.

The History Behind the Morgan Dollar star
An amazing overview of 28 years of unrelated events that lead to the creation of the Morgan Silver Dollar.

The History Of The Eisenhower Dollar star
The Eisenhower Dollar is a dollar coin issued by the United States government from 1971–1978. The Eisenhower Dollar followed the Peace Dollar and is named for General and President Dwight David Eisenhower, who appears on the obverse.

The History Of The Morgan Silver Dollar star
No other coin being collected today conjures up visions of the old west like the Morgan Silver Dollar does. It is hard to believe that this coin was negleted by collectors for many decades.

The Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary Half Dollar star
A rather unknown Commemorative Half Dollar that some numismatics experts say violated the First Amendment of the U.S Constitution.

The Indian Head Cent star
The Indian Head Cent was one of the most important coins to the American Public because speculators, depression, a natural disaster and war were contributing factors.

The Isabella Quarter star
The brainchild of Bertha Honoré Palmer and Susan B. Anthony, the Isabella Quarter, of 1893, was a commemorative celebrating women in industry.

The Jefferson Nickel star
The rarest of all the Jefferson nickels is the 1942-S with the reverse of the 1941. This unique coin (1 known) was actually found in a group of circulated coins in 1961. Who knows, maybe one of you have one in your collection, and you may not even know it.

The Last Real Silver Dollar star
The Peace dollar was the last of the silver dollars. Despite having several low mintage numbers, it is still possible to assemble a set of Peace silver dollars. Some of these silver dollars were issued during some difficult economic times.

The Liberty Head Half Eagle star
The Liberty Head Half Eagle is a favorite among U.S. Coin Collectors, but if one intents to collect the entire series, you might have a better chance of finding the "Holy Grail."

The Mercury Dime star
As a symbol of freedom and peace to Americans, the Mercury Dime served to tell our enemies "Don´t Tread on Me."

The Most Magnificent Coin in U.S. History star
Augustus St. Gaudens ushered in the “Golden Era” of U.S. coins with his design of the $20 Double Eagle. Issued from 1907 to 1933, this coin set the standard for the creation of American Classics.

The New American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin star
While Coin Collectors in the United States and around the world are all buzzing about the new 24-Karat American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin, and are excited over this new issue, it seems that it has created more questions about future U.S. Bullion coin issues then it has answers.

The Peace Dollar star
The Peace Dollar was not only created to celebrate the peace following World War I, but they were produced to replace the 270 million silver dollars that were destroyed under the Pittman Act of 1918.

The Redfield Hoard star
LaVere Redfield stashed 411,000 Silver Dollars behind a false wall in his basement. After his death, the Internal Revenue Service got to it first.

The Roosevelt Dime star
The Roosevelt dime was created to honor the passing of a President, and his pet project, "The March of Dimes." Little did the U.S. Mint know that this dime would be steeped in controversy.

The Sacagawea Dollar star
This article will give you a serious look at the golden dollar

The Saint Patrick Coppers star
As American Colonial coins, the St. Patrick coppers fulfilled an important function. They were the small denomination coinage so desperately needed by the settlers in Western New Jersey.

The Standing Liberty Quarter Dollar star
Very few U.S. coins invoke as much passion as the Standing Liberty Quarter. It has everything the Coin Collector could want - beauty, history and a great story.

The Susan B. Anthony Dollar star
What´s the story behind the Susan B. Anthony dollar? Why was it doomed to fail? Will it ever be one of the great Collectibles?

The Twenty Cent Piece star
Some coins are destine to fail, and so it was for the U.S. Twenty-cent piece. That is what makes these coins so attractive to collectors.

The United States Four Dollar Gold Stella star
The $4 Gold Stella is one of the most highly desired U.S. gold coins, but it is also a coin that will be owned by an elite few.

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar star
The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was a coin that carried the U.S. through WWI, the Great Depression and WWII. It is now highly desired by collectors.

Two 1917-D Walking Liberty Halves star
In the Walking Liberty half-dollar series there are two 1917-D halves and neither seems to attract much attention from collectors. The 1917-D Walking Liberty mintages started out in a normal manner.

What Type of Coin Should You Collect? star
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.

Where Have All Of The Trade Dollars Gone? star
Many of the best U.S. coins have disappeared over the years. The mintage totals for many of these coins would suggest that there should be more of them around than what is actually the case.

Will The New Dollar Be A Success This Time? star
If you have not heard by now, the US mint (actually a congressional act mandates the production of these coins) is at it again. In 2007, a new US dollar coin will be put into circulation. Will it circulate? Unlike previous attempts, this coin has a shot at general acceptance.

World War 2 Steel Cents star
Steel cents were first struck in 1943 to help win the war. Copper was badly needed for shell cases and electrical equipment during the World War II period. Steel cents were minted to reduce the amount of critical war materials going into coins.

Your Own Coin Collecting Kit star
Coin collecting is not as simple as keeping coins: it may be observed from numismatists or even coin enthusiasts that it is a systematic and somewhat complicated hobby.

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