Coins June 2019

Since its inception, in 1955, Coins magazine has been a hobby leader in providing collectors with important and timely information key to making wise decisions on what to collect and how to collect. With monthly contributions from leading hobby experts, it's your one-stop hobby source. Get market trends, buying techniques, and historical perspectives on all aspects of coins (numismatics). Each issue delivers in-depth analysis, up-to-the-minute valuations, answers to all of your coin questions and more!

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PUBLISHER Corinne Zielke ASSOCIATE EDITOR Hannah Wiedmeyer CONTENT EDITOR Kim Frankenhoff SENIOR MARKET ANALYST Richard Giedroyc GRAPHIC DESIGNER Rebecca Vogel F+W, A CONTENT+ ECOMMERCE COMPANY Chief Executive Officer Gregory J. Osberg SVP, General Manager F+W Fine Art, Writing, Outdoors and Small Business Group Ray Chelstowski Managing Director, F+W International James Woollam VP, Consumer Marketing John Phelan VP, Digital Jason Revzon VP, Product Management Pat Fitzgerald VP, ADVERTISING SALES Kevin D. Smith ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES April Krueger…

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1905 nickel

I always look at my change when leaving the grocery store. It can’t be classified as uncirculated; however, this 1905 5-cent piece looked it. I took it to a reputable coin dealer to have them classify it. Everyone in the place wanted to purchase it from me. I just wanted it graded. Their judgements put the 1905 at MS64 or 65 and valued it around $400 as per Coins Magazine, March 2019. Not bad for a circulated coin that some kid probably robbed out of his dad’s coin collection. You gotta keep looking at your change. Dave Sandy, Utah I bought an old piggy bank at an estate sale because you could tell it was old and it had change in it. There is no hole in the bottom, so getting change out will be a challenge. Hour…

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header odd denominations, yet even fun for collectors

COLLECTORS AND the general public today are used to four different denominations of workhorse coins when it comes down to everyday use. Cents, nickels, dimes, and quarters do almost all the heavy lifting when it comes to transactions that need small change, and half dollars and dollar coins are seldom seen. But our nation has experimented with several other denominations over the years. Forming collections of these often unknown or unremembered series has the potential to be a lot of fun. Two Cents Worth? As four bloody years of conflict drew towards its end, our nation had survived a Civil War with numerous casualties on both sides – and with a tattered money system. In 1864, the Mint released a new coin, the two-cent piece with James Longacres’ artwork. It weighed in…

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julius caesar

THERE ARE few men of antiquity so well known as Julius Caesar. We might think of a Caesar Augustus or Alexander the Great, but whatever their fame, Caesar is every bit their equal. He is the first of the famous “twelve Caesars” written about by the historian Suetonius; today, many astute collectors specialize in obtaining coins of these first rulers of the Roman Empire. Caius Julius Caesar was born in 100 B.C. (or 102; the date is disputed by scholars) and is the son of Lucius Julius Caesar and his wife Aurelia. He received a good education, and his family was well connected in Roman politics. One close relative, an uncle by marriage, was Marius, an important figure in the history of the Roman Republic; he was able to advance Caesar’s…

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header collecting nickel three-cent pieces

ARE YOU interested in a new series to tackle? How about one of the relatively short-lived 19th century types? The one I’m going to tell you about in this article is the nickel three-cent piece, minted between 1865 and 1889. You’ll note that this series began during the last year of the Civil War. Coin hoarding during the war was a big problem, and this was particularly the case for silver pieces. Even the silver three-cent piece had disappeared from circulation by this time. In fact, the highest denomination in circulation was the lowly copper two-cent piece, which had been introduced only the year before. As a result of the coin hoarding, various stopgap measures were introduced, such as Civil War tokens, encased postage stamps, and fractional currency. According to Walter Breen’s…

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grading your coins

Careful consideration must be given to the condition of a coin before arriving at its value, since a minor difference in grading can mean a substantial difference in price. There are several factors to keep in mind when attributing varying grades of preservation. Determining the condition of a coin is both an exact science and a subjective judgment call. Complete agreement on the exact qualities that constitute a grade of condition does not always occur between two individuals. The following chart is a consensus based on the 10 most frequently encountered coins commanding premium values in circulated condition (illustrations not actual size). The descriptive grades can be applied to other issues. Qualities described are based on the standards developed and adopted by the American Numismatic Association. MS-65 (uncirculated)—MS stands for mint state,…