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COINage October/November 2019

COINage has been a leading name in numismatic publications. We offer a fresh perspective of numismatics for the experienced coin collector and an introduction to key concepts for the novice.

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Beckett Collectibles Inc.
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1 min.
letters to readers

Dear COINage reader, We’d like to share news of a forthcoming change in COINage magazine, in that the magazine will be published every-other-month. You will see the change begin after this issue, what is now the October/ November issue. The December/January issue will begin shipping to subscribers the end of October and will appear on newsstands in mid-November. If you are an existing subscriber, please know you will receive the same number of issues for which you have already paid. In addition, we’re adding new features. While interesting, relevant content from industry experts remains the heart of COINage, going forward, the magazine will contain more pages, new features, and more news stories. Plus, you will find additional content on our website, www.coinagemag.com and in our revamped email newsletter. Be sure to follow us on…

2 min.
coinage question

Some of the most inspiring and entertaining stories we hear are those shared by collectors like you. This is the reason we’re incorporating this new feature, COINage Question, into the magazine. In each issue, you’ll find a new question and the opportunity to share your thoughts on the topic with the entire COINage community. We accept comments signed with your full name, initials, or a combination. To start, we’re sharing a couple of comments to a question we asked on our Facebook feed. The question was: How did your interest in collecting coins and notes develop? For me, it was noting the dates on the coins and wanting to keep one of each. This was when I was four years old. One day, my dad took me to the local hobby shop and…

3 min.
a “w” for the u.s. mint

Avid sports fans sometimes enthusiastically waive homemade “W” signs and banners in the stadium when their home team earns a victory. The United States Mint deserves a big win banner for its own “W” this year: the unprecedented West Point mint mark quarter dollars that have been going into circulation. It’s the first time a W mint mark has appeared on a circulating U.S. quarter. Only two million each of the five different designs of 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters® have been struck with the W mint mark at the West Point branch mint. The 10 million W coins were mixed in with quarters produced at Philadelphia and Denver over the past year, then distributed to banks and financial institutions by the Federal Reserve. Ten million may seem like quite a few,…

4 min.
$1,000 coin selling for $10,000 can be confusing

Here is a real-life example of a news report from a recent auction of a coin bringing 35 times its “book” price: A gorgeous-toned and near blemish-free PCGS 1938-S dime graded Mint State 68+ full bands (FB) with a green CAC sticker brought $364,250 at Legend’s June 27 Regency 33 auction in Las Vegas. The auctioneer estimated the coin to be worth $10,000 to $12,500 for this finest certified example. This was the highest price realized in the 514-lot auction. The 1938-S dime is common in most grades. PCGS has graded 175 in MS-67 full bands, and an MS-67+ FB CAC coin brought $1,880 in the same Legend auction. It has a PCGS population of 18. A non-CAC MS-68 FB brought $5,760 in a January Heritage Auction. The PCGS population for a…

18 min.
pocket change treasures

Want to easily find a fortune in hidden coin treasures? You may not need to dig any deeper than the bottom of your pocket or purse, because that’s exactly where some of the most valuable coins are hiding right now – in circulation. Many valuable and rare coins are hiding in plain sight. Some are under the noses of non-collectors who often don’t even know how to tell a rare coin from a common one. Others are sitting in the collections of seasoned coin collectors who occasionally may not realize the value of many modern errors, varieties, and other rarities. Then there are the classic, rare key dates that virtually everyone familiar with numismatics knows about and is looking for and, yes, those rarities are out there, too. It has been…

1 min.
finding a $20,000 1982-d bronze date cent

Determining the differences between a 1982-D small date bronze cent and any of the other Denver-minted varieties from 1982 confuses many collectors. But there are a few ways to tell whether or not your coin is a 1982-D bronze date cent. Some veteran collectors can tell a bronze cent apart from copper-coated zinc cents by simply looking at the coin in-hand. Others gently drop their pennies on hard surfaces such as a wooden table or countertop to listen for the audible difference between the two compositions – zinc-based cents make a clicking sound upon hitting the surface, whereas the bronze cents let out a quiet, warm ring. There is an easier way to tell the difference between bronze and zinc cents – just weigh them with a scale that measures in increments…