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Modern Certified Coins: Is there a substitute for perfection?

Is there a substitute for perfection?. It is more and more common for every coin the Mint releases to go straight to the grading services for certification. So much so, even older coins are looked down upon if they are not a perfect Mint State 70 condition! We all know the value of [...]

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Sound Like a Coin Pro

Speak the lingoCoin collectors soon find out that coin collecting comes with it's own set of terminology. Knowing the language puts all collectors on the same page so it is much easier to communicate. Let's talk about some of the most important ways to identify your coin to other collectors and dealers.  Know that [...]

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Hawaii overprints, why?

THE HAWAII OVERPRINTAfter the shock of Japan attacking Pearl Harbor, the United States realized if Hawaii were to be invaded, Japan would have access to quite a lot of U.S. currency in banks, as well as in private hands. In January of 1942, there was a recall of all regular issued Federal Reserve notes. [...]

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The New $25 Palladium Eagle!

Since the release of the American Platinum Eagles in 1997, there has been much talk of releasing a palladium coin for United States collectors. When the price of platinum soared to almost $2,000 an ounce a palladium coin seemed like an extremely good idea! In 2010, public law 111-303 was passed in order to [...]

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The Missing 2009 Proof American Silver Eagle

The ranks of coin collectors continuously grow from year to year and collectors often repeat the same questions.  A very common question from years ago is starting to resurface as collectors are looking to complete their American Silver Eagle collections.  Why am I missing the 2009 Proof Silver Eagle?For those of you who may not [...]

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How are new coin designs chosen?

Citizens Coinage Advisory CommitteeThe process of choosing the designs for new coins is lengthy and unfortunately a little wordy! I will do my best to answer the question at hand without losing you all. The ultimate decision of what design goes where falls into the hands of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. [...]

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Hawaii Federal Reserve Notes, Why?

WAR!Not to be glib or disrespectful but throughout time nothing has changed money and commerce more than war. In our own Country's history our currency and coins have been changed after every major war, starting with the Revolution. We have talked together of this in the past but there is a reason the [...]

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Most missed uncirculated Silver Eagles Part 3: Die Variety

As we have discussed in the last two parts, American Silver Eagles are some of the most collected coins in the world today.  Within this collection, collectors often miss some of the best coins out there thru lack of knowledge.  In this final installment of The Most Missed Uncirculated Silver Eagles we will discuss varieties. [...]

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Most Missed Uncirculated Silver Eagles Part 2: Burnished Silver Eagles

Burnished West Point Silver EaglesMint state Silver Eagles are the most collected precious metal coins in the United States and rightfully so! Since their release in 1986, they have been praised for their beauty and design. Mostly due to tradition, the mintmark on modern Silver Eagles was only placed on the proof examples [...]

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Most Missed Uncirculated Silver Eagles Part 1: (S) Mint

Why Do (S) Mint Silver Eagles Exist?Before we can tear off on to why these coins exist, a little coin history is in order. The Mint started production of the American Silver Eagles back in 1986 and collectors immediately loved them! The Mint produced the coins in two strikes: uncirculated and proof. [...]

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