Vintage Coin Articles

  1. 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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  2. The 1804 Silver Dollar

    The 1804 Silver Dollar
    If you were to crack open a “2010 Guide Book of United States Coins,” also affectionately known as the “Red Book,” and turn to page 413, you will see a list of the Top 250 Coin Prices Realized at Auction.  Seven of the top 50 coins on this list are the 1804 Dr ...
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  3. The U.S. Treasury Hoard

    The U.S. Treasury Hoard
    The greatest silver rush in U.S. history didn't happen because of a strike in a mine shaft —it happened in Washington, D.C., right across the street from the White House. It was the release of the U.S. Treasury Hoard from 1961 to 1964, and for coin collectors, it was every bit as exciting and important as the California Gold Rush ...
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  4. The Importance of Hoards

    The Importance of Hoards
    What is a Coin Hoard? For most people, the term “hoard” infers a large quantity of something a person has gathered over a long period of time. Often, what the "hoarder" is passionate about is a valued collectible. In the world of numismatics, hoards can take on many forms. It ma ...
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  5. The Scandalous Stella

    The Scandalous Stella
    Stella Gold Dollar Coins The $4 gold "Stella" is one of the most famous and coveted U.S. pattern coins. The Stella pattern was minted in 1879 and 1880 in two types: Charles E. Barber's Flowing Hair type and ...
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  6. The First Commemorative? A Gold Rush Treasure Story

    The First Commemorative? A Gold Rush Treasure Story
    While the 1892 Columbian Half Dollar is officially published as the nation's first commemorative coin, there is another legendary issue that many argue is the true heir to this prestigious title: The 1848 "CAL." Gold Quarter Eagle. The reason for this claim? The 1848 Gold piece was minted from the very first gold sent ...
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  7. The Fabled 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar

    The Fabled 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar
    Whenever the Carson City Mint is mentioned, the discussion invariably recalls tales of grizzled miners, quick-draw gunslingers and saloon gambling. A simple look at the legendary "CC" mintmark and one is immediately carried back to the great coinage bonanza of the late 19th century. It's no wonder that today, the Carson City Mint is sy ...
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  8. Gobrecht Silver Dollars: The Most Understood U.S. Coin

    Gobrecht Silver Dollars: The Most Understood U.S. Coin
    Why I chose the Gobrecht Silver Dollar Series I was recently challenged to write about what I considered to be the most misunderstood U.S. coin. Based on my experience, I chose the Gobrecht Silver Dollar series. At first glance, many would think that this series would be rather simple to understan ...
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  9. Fresh Coins

    Fresh Coins
    Stars of the FUN Show & Auction I think it can be safely stated that the amazing array of fresh coins offered at this year's FUN a ...
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  10. Collecting Southern Gold Coins

    Collecting Southern Gold Coins
    Building A Southern Gold Collection I have been buying and selling coins for over 35 years. One of my early mentors was the late, great coin dealer, Jack Hancock. I first met Jack in the early 1970's on the southern coin show circuit. Jack was a wonderful character and one of the biggest advocates ever for collecting Southern ...
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