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01 May 2022

1936 Bridgeport Connecticut Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

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For the 100th anniversary of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the town decided that they wanted a commemorative coin to celebrate the occasion. The result was a commemorative half dollar that was minted and sold to to the public in 1936. The coin was authorized by the US Congress on May 15th, 1936 (Public Law 74-596). All 25,015 of the coins were minted at the Philadelphia mint, even though none feature a mintmark. They were sold at $2 each, with a limit of 5 coins per order. They have a reeded edge, and weigh (for a genuine one) 12.5 grams. They have a metallic composition of 90% silver, 10% copper. The obverse features a bust of P. T. Barnum (the only recognizable Bridgeport citizen), and the reverse features an Art Deco eagle. The designer was Henry Kries.

28 Apr 2022

How To Make $275+ for 50 Cents

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Errors and varieties are a big part of numismatics. Varieties have slowly been increasing in value and popularity over the years, and some can be worth thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. Everybody talks about finding that $100,000 cent in pocket change (usually a 1909-S VDB). But let's be honest. Your chance of finding a 1909-S VDB is slim to none. Yet these kinds of videos on YouTube have hundreds of thousands, or even sometimes million, of views. Wishful people hoping to strike it rich, only to find their hands empty. I'm here to give you a coin that is realistically found, and I even know a few people who have found this variety!

21 Apr 2022

Top Three Reasons You Should Start Saving Copper Cents

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From the all Lincoln Cents from 1909-1981 (and some from 1982) are 95% copper. It has been heavily debated over the years wether or not it is worth the cost to save copper cents. Here are the three reasons that got me saving my copper coinage.

13 Apr 2022

Cool Currency

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It seems like no matter how many coins we exchange, or how many bills we receive, we always have something new we can learn. Modern pocket change can be quite exciting, especially if you find something no one has found before. We all say we've seen it all, but even on modern bills and coins, we can still discover new things. Here's a little blog for all you guys that collect currency, and the ones that will look a little closer at those bills after reading this blog.


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