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27 Aug 2016

The Colombian Exposition Half Dollar

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Recently, hundreds of commemorative coins are produced in the United States, whether they are the newest National Parks quarters, the 2016 Mark Twain commemorative coin, or a Native American Dollar. The coin that started all of this, however, is not well known by anyone but coin collectors. This coin is the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar.

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27 Aug 2016

The Three Dollar Gold Piece

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In the history of United States coinage, many odd denominations have been made for one reason or another. The three dollar gold coin is one of these denominations. It was created for a similar reason as the three cent coin, for use in buying postage stamps, but overall was not well received by the public. This denomination, however unsuccessful at the time, has become a sought-after series, and has multiple major rarities within it.

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18 Aug 2016

The Aluminum Cent

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As I have illustrated in other articles (“The Elimination of the Cent”, April 16th, 2016) the cent denomination is costlier to make than its face value of one cent. This means that the government loses money for each cent made.The United States Mint has experimented with other materials to make the cent out of to save money. The 1974 Aluminum Cent is one of these such pattern pieces. This cent has since been the subject of a controversial case and many discussions about the legality of certain coins, such as the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle and 1913 Liberty Head Nickel.

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18 Aug 2016

Swedish Plate Money

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Throughout history, many items have been used as currency that appear drastically different than modern day coinage. One such example is the Swedish plate currency. These mediums of exchange are large rectangular sheets of copper with impressions on them. They were used for money for many years after a war put the country in an unfortunate place.

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05 Jul 2016

Coin Connections in Our Nation's Capital: Day One

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In the next month, I will be putting out blogs that tell about my trip to Washington D.C. Since we did so much there, I have decided to break up the trip day by day to include the most detail. Hope you enjoy!

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25 Jun 2016

ANACS

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The American Numismatic Association Certification Service is now partially overshadowed by other services such as NCG and PCGS, but since it was the first service and began the trend of slabs and numerical grading (Poor-1 to MS-70) we see so often on the marketplace today, so it has considerable history.

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14 Jun 2016

The Twenty Cent Piece

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The twenty cent piece, or double-dime, is one of many odd denominations made in years long past. It has a fascinating history filled with the West and coinage shortages. These coins also have low mintages and are sought by coin collectors.

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14 Jun 2016

The Trade Dollar

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In the late nineteenth century, the United States was growing into a strong country with a stable coinage system. The leaders of this country desired to compete with other dollar sized coinage circulating in Asia, so the United States officially released dollars slightly heavier than normal dollar coins. Ultimately, these coins were successful in Asia, but not in their home country, the United States.

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