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17 Feb 2019

Learn Your Types: Standing Liberty Quarters

Coins-United States | iccoins

Last week I acquired a new 1923 Standing Liberty Quarter to add to my collection, which is what inspired me to write this blog. Designed by Hermon MacNeil, this is one of the most popular coin designs for collectors. The prices of these coins are generally much higher than other coins minted in the same time-period. The overall mintage of the Standing Liberty Quarter series is much lower than the popular Mercury Dimes and Buffalo Nickels. From 1916 to 1924, the dates wore off much sooner than any of the details. This is because the date is the highest part on early date Standing Liberty Quarters. This led to extreme difficulties for grading companies, like PCGS and NGC, as well as collectors and dealers. There is essentially only one that that is required to grade coins. That is that the coin must be identifiable by year, denomination, series, variety, etc. Unfortunately, many of the earlier Standing Liberty Quarters ended up “ungradable.” Coins that may normally be a good, or sometimes even a very good example, may be ungradable simply because of the lack of the date. From 1925 to 1930, the date was recessed, which was very beneficial. The coins weigh 6.25 grams and are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper.

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17 Feb 2019

4 Most Valuable Small Cents

Coins-United States | iccoins

To many people, a “penny” is worth just 1 cent. It’s a coin that, with only one, you could buy absolutely nothing with, except maybe a paperclip from someone on the street. Little do some people know, some cents are so valuable that you could use just one to pay for a nice house or pay off your exceedingly expensive student loans from college. This list goes in order of date. They do not go in any particular value order.

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18 Jan 2019

Choose Your Realm

Coins | iccoins

There are countless different coins any collector can collect. Therearetons of options for US coins, world coins, ancient coins, and even currency and tokens. You need to choose what you want to collect to allow you to be the happiest collector you can be. I already did an article about this for the types of sets you can collect, but you don’t even have to go into a set, but rather, collect something that fits you that may not even be a traditional route. The following are some important things to consider before starting a collection. Even if you’ve been collecting for years, you can always change it up and collect something different.

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23 Dec 2018

What Does "Genuine" Mean?

Coins | iccoins

You have probably seen them, the slabbed coins that either say “Genuine” or “Details” instead of an actual grade like you are generally used to. PCGS and NGC have slightly different ways of dealing with problem coins. PCGS considers these “Genuine,” while NGC calls them “Details.” Both mean essentially the same thing.

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16 Dec 2018

Annandale, Virginia Coin Show

Coins | Jonas's Coins

On Saturday, I attended the Annandale, VA coin show. Here is everything I got:

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07 Dec 2018

More Things To Never Do To Your Coins

| iccoins

My original article got very long, so I decided to break it up. I don’t want you to lose interest.

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06 Dec 2018

Attending Your First Coin Show

Coin Shows | ANAStaff

The best way to become a successful numismatist, as well as familiarize yourself with the culture surrounding the hobby, is to attend coin shows on a regular basis. This also is one of the best ways to purchase coins, tokens, medals and paper money. Some people prefer the anonymity of the Internet, but the prices can be higher there. Overall, you can’t beat the fun and camaraderie of being part of a hobby community.

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05 Dec 2018

How To Destroy Your Collection

Coins | iccoins

This is not a phrase people want to hear about their coin collection, but unfortunately, this happens every day to collectors who don’t know what to do, but mostly, don’t know what not to do. Some of these mistakes, surprisingly, are also done by professional collectors and dealers.

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02 Dec 2018

Learn Your Types: Barber Quarter

Coins | iccoins

The Barber Quarter, also known as the Liberty Head Quarter, was minted between 1892and 1916 andwasprecededbythe Seated Liberty Quarter and wassucceededby the Standing Liberty Quarter. These coins were designed by Charles E. Barber, hence the name Barber. The reason they are also known as the Liberty Head Quarter is because the head on the obverse is that of Lady Liberty. A common complaint about this coin is that many believe theportraitlooks much more like a man than a woman. Many would be led to believe that is Mr. Liberty, but it is not.Thecoin weighs 6.25 grams and is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. It has a diameter of 24.3, all the same as the previous Seated Liberty series and the Standing Liberty Quarters. These coins have the same obverse and reverse design as the Half Dollar and Dime of the time, both which were also designed by Charles E. Barber. In 1892, the coinhastwo differentvarieties, one with a larger eagle and one with a smaller eagle on the reverse. The coins were minted in Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans, and San Francisco. All proof coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. This series is generally low on errors, as the machinery forstrikingthe coins were greatly improved.

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29 Nov 2018

Numismatic Gifts

Coins | iccoins

With Black Friday just passed and the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start looking for gifts for your family and friends. If you have a friend who is a collector, these are some of the perfect gifts that you really can’t go wrong with.

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