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Coins April 2021

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!

United States
Active Interest Media
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
rewards of crh

As a kid growing up in the 1980’s I avidly read Coins magazine and Coin Finds was always my favorite column. Unfortunately, as a kid unable to afford more than a roll or two of pennies from the bank, CRH never proved to be very fruitful. Now as an adult, I re-discovered CRH and wanted to share my experiences hunting my first two boxes of rolled pennies. My first box yielded a good assortment of Canadian pennies (not surprisingly) but my wheat cent haul was satisfying- 18 in all, mostly 40s and 50s but one 1937! I’m only halfway through my second box and have found 9 thus far, one of which was a 1934 and not one, but TWO 1919s! What a surprise and what are the odds of…

6 min
100th anniversary of 1921

PEOPLE LOVE to celebrate anniversaries. On February 1, my wife and I celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary. Of course, the 57th anniversary is not one you hear about. It’s not the golden anniversary or the silver anniversary or the platinum anniversary. The 100th anniversary is a truly exciting one that people often celebrate. This year I could celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of my mother in 1921, without whom I wouldn’t be writing this column. As a coin collector, I can also celebrate the 100th anniversary of 1921, as there were some very interesting coins minted that year. Most of the coins are either keys or semi keys in their series but can be obtained if you’re patient, save your money, and are content with a circulated specimen. For example, there’s…

7 min
stacking gold in 2021

IF YOU’RE a coin collector, chances are good that you have some bullion coins along with the coin series you’re working on. Perhaps you’re concerned with the world’s various problems, such as changing climate, civil unrest, a raging pandemic, burning forests, interminable wars, etc. I suspect that you’ve thought about what you might do to give yourself some peace of mind. As a coin person, one thing you can do is to “stack” silver or gold. I found the following statement online in a link to the website of Gainesville Coins: “Stacking silver or gold is a method of accumulating silver or gold bullion in physical form. Most stackers plan on holding onto their metals for long-term gains. Physical gold and silver are generally available in the form of coins, rounds,…

2 min
world’s most valuable gold coin: doubloon sets $9.36 million world record

“THE WORLD’S Most Famous Coin” is now “The World’s Most Valuable Gold Coin” yet again after it sold for a record $9,360,000 at a public auction of important U.S. coins held by Heritage Auctions, Jan. 21, 2021, in Dallas, Texas. The 1787 gold coin is the finest of the mere seven specimens known to exist. Bidding by phone with the successful bidder, from the moment the lot opened, was Heritage Auctions’ President Greg Rohan. The doubloon is the finest example of its kind and Thursday’s sale marked just the third time the coin has been auctioned since 1848. The coin has set records in auction in both previous sales as well, holding those records for years. Officially titled the 1787 New York-Style Brasher Doubloon, W-5840, NGC MS65K, it is known throughout numismatics and…

11 min
the early gold coinage, 1795–1807

WITH THE ARRIVAL of the American Revolution in the summer of 1776 there was not all that much coined money in what is now the United States. There was some silver, mostly Spanish from mints such as Mexico City and Potosí, but virtually no gold. What little gold did arrive in the Colonies came from the ships trading with the Spanish possessions in the Americas. The gold that did come to our shores usually left nearly as quickly. Merchants advertised in the newspapers to buy gold coins, usually with silver, and the coins thus gathered up were sent to Britain and the Continent to pay for luxury goods wanted by the wealthier colonists. During the Revolutionary War the French Government sent gold and silver to the Continental Congress so that the army…

6 min
comparing five-cent pieces – nickels and half dimes

AS THE pandemic cuts its path across the United States and the world, one problem we have faced is a shortage of coins. We’ll not debate the reason here, but note that in plenty of stores and business concerns, signs have popped up asking for correct change, if possible. This isn’t the first time the country has been short of coins, although mercifully, it has not happened all that many times. One period in our history that saw virtually all silver and gold coins vanish was the Civil War. The Mint was still pounding out coins each year, but the silver and gold ones simply were not circulating. And one of the littlest of those was the half dime. The established half dime The half dime was one of the original coin…