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22 Sep 2021

Benjamin Franklin Half Dollars: A Personal Favorite

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

Benjamin Franklin Half Dollars were struck from 1948-1963. It was the last full coin design change before the ones we are familiar with today. It was struck in 90% silver. This was the fifth coin with an actual person, and the first with a person who had not held office as a president. The obverse has a bust of Mr. Franklin, one of the most liked, and in my opinion, interesting founding fathers to this day. The reverse of this particular 50 cent piece has the Liberty Bell in all of it's cracked glory, along with a tiny Eagle, which is the smallest of our national animal ever depicted on a coin. The Ben Franklin Half Dollar has a reeded edge. The circulation strikes were struck at the San Francisco mint, along with the Philadelphia and Denver mints. The proofs were made by the Philadelphia mint, in addition to the circulation coins.

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20 Sep 2021

GSA Morgan Dollars

Coins-United States | thatcoinguy

When Morgan Dollars we're still in circulation (late 19th and early 20th centuries), they were actually not very popular! The public didn't like them, so many Morgan Dollar bags went into banks storage systems. Until the 1970s. The treasury ran an audit, and the long forgotten Morgan Dollars were uncovered. Soon, the General Services Administration (GSA) took hold of the project to get the Morgan Dollars out. Before the treasury found this hoard, the 1903-O Morgan Dollar was very rare. But now, it is very common in high grades. The hype built up, and soon there was lines of people with wheelbarrows trying to get ahold of a few bags worth of dollars. But after the sudden increase in demand, the lines slowly stopped, and the GSA still had a lot of Morgans (most of which were the Carson City kind) to get rid of.

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31 Aug 2021

Select Highlights From The Smithsonian Museum

Coins | thatcoinguy

Class Two 1804 Dollar: This dollar coin is one that you won't find in ANYONE'S collection: it's the only one in existence today. What is interesting about this coin is that it was originally a 1857 Swiss Thaler (the producer decided to strike the coin over another existing coin instead of making a planchet for it to be struck on).

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30 Aug 2021

The St. Gaudens 1933 Double Eagle: Part Two

Coins | thatcoinguy

The US realized their mistake around 1952, and requested the coin back. But World War II happened, and the return was delayed. Then, many of King Farouk's coins were auctioned off, one of which was the 33' double eagle. The US asked once again for the coin, and authorities in Egypt said they would comply, but the coin vanished. Until 1996.

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