U.S. Coin Articles

  1. The Mother Mint

    The Mother Mint
    The Philadelphia Mint is known as the “Mother Mint” because all dies for branch Mints are prepared there. It is also unique because with a few exceptions, Mint marks are excluded from coinage struck there. That’s because when the Mint first began striking coins, it was the only U.S. Mint and there was no need to provi ...
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  2. Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

    Are Coin Shows on the Decline?
    As a member of the board of governors for the American Numismatic Association, one of the prime responsibilities is to make decisions about ANA conventions. That is no small task given the size and importance of the conventions. The World’s Fair of Money held each summer by the ANA is one of the organization’s largest reven ...
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  3. Who Can Be on a Coin?

    Who Can Be on a Coin?
    Who was the first living person to appear on a United States coin? Many people believe that Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, became the first living person to appear on a U.S. coin when she appeared on the 1995 Special Olympics Silver Dollar. However, the  ...
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  4. Hats Off to the Phrygian Cap

    Hats Off to the Phrygian Cap
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  5. The Origin of the Peace Dollar

    The Origin of the Peace Dollar
    America's Last Circulating Silver Dollar By the early 20th Century, it appeared that the era of the silver dollar in the United States had come to an end. By this time, most Americans preferred to use paper money instead of carrying around heavy silver dollars. In fact, silver dollars circulated widely only in the sparsely po ...
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  6. Should I Collect American or World Coins?

    Should I Collect American or World Coins?
    For generations, most coin collectors in the U.S. focused their energies on American issues. When I started collecting, world coins were a fringe specialty and most of the dealers were retired military many of whom had become interested in world coins while serving overseas. Factors to Consider when Choosing Numismatics ...
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  7. The History of Coin Grading

    The History of Coin Grading
    In the early days of coin collecting, the grade of a coin was subjective and limited. In today’s coin market, the grade of a coin is as much science as art, and independent third-party grading services guarantee the correct grade for scarce and high-quality coins. By the mid-1800’s, only a few grading terms were use ...
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  8. The Impact of Coin Grading

    The Impact of Coin Grading
    Nearly every day, my company submits rare coins to one of the two major grading companies in the United States, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Company (PCGS). Both have been in business for over 20 years and have graded and capsulated billions of dollars-worth of rare coins.  The cre ...
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  9. "Secret" US Silver Eagles

    "Secret" US Silver Eagles
    In 2011, Uncle Sam publicly cried ‘Uncle’ when the U.S. Mint admitted that it needed help keeping up with the record-smashing demand for its Silver Eagle dollars. The West Point Mint, which had exclusively struck these popular coins for the last decade, was simply too overwhelmed by the surge in public demand to ke ...
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  10. Should I Collect Vintage or Modern Coins?

    Should I Collect Vintage or Modern Coins?
    One of the most common questions I’m asked by new collectors is, “What should I collect?” People tell me they’ve developed an interest in numismatics, but they’re not sure how to get started.  So Many Options for Collectors Choosing an area of interest can be quite difficult for ...
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