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Coins June 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

4 min
amazing finds from surprising places

After reading On the Scene by Clifford Mishler in the January 19, 2021 edition of Numismatic News, I too have found two Jefferson nickels dated 1963D and 1964D in AU or better condition in change. One was received from a fast food restaurant in Brownsburg, IN and the other from a Sunoco service station, in the town of Lizton IN where I live, found just earlier this month. It always pays to check your change, especially if you’re a coin collector. Steve Little Lizton, IN I came across a 1975 Washington Quarter and it’s not in the red book. Now what’s up with that? Ken Jackson Madison WI I am age 78 and was interested in old coins as a boy but it did not lead into a hobby at the time. As a…

8 min
type collection of 20th century dollars

THERE ARE about as many different ways to collect coins as there are collectors. Often, the method employed by a new collector is to pick a series, often Lincoln cents, and then try to acquire at least one of each date/mintmark combination. This is not a bad approach if you're collecting Lincoln cents, as there are only a few such combinations that are problematic in terms of cost. These are the series keys: 1909-S, 1909-S VDB, 1914-D, and 1931-S. With 19th century U.S. coins, cost becomes more of a factor, as many pieces in a series are likely to be both scarce and pricy. If the collector focuses on early half dollars, for example, he or she will find that the number of rarities makes set completion difficult or impossible, depending…

12 min
the beginning of the morgan dollar

AT THE present time the Morgan dollar of 1878–1921 is one of the most popular coins of the United States. This was not true as late as the 1960s but good references, such as those by Van Allen and Mallis, have changed all of this. Prior to 1970 a few rare dates were of interest but otherwise collectors focused on other series, such as the Lincoln cent. Silver dollars were struck as early as 1794, but the coinage was halted in 1804 as too many of the coins were going to the Orient for luxury goods and did not return. In the 1830s Mint Director Robert M. Patterson thought the time was right for a resumption of dollar coinage and by 1840 full-scale striking had begun. The new coinage was primarily…

7 min
still at the center of it all, the morgan dollars

SOME UNITED States coin series undergo periods when they are hot, then times when they are cold. Classic commemorative half dollars might qualify as a good example. Some seem to just stay cold, like 2¢ or 3¢ pieces. And some appear to be in the spotlight no matter what happens within the hobby. It’s a fair bet to say that Morgan dollars fall into this category. With the year 2021 marking the centennial anniversary of both the end of the Morgan dollar series and the start of the Peace dollars – and with possible commemoratives for this – now might just be a good time to see how affordable these ever-popular Morgan dollars can be. Issued from 1878 up to 1904, and then in one final torrent in 1921, the Morgan…

2 min
png responds to ana dealer day

Editor’s Note: The following is a statement issued March 15 by Richard Weaver, president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), about ANA Dealer Day. As you may be aware, the current leadership at the American Numismatic Association declined to renew our contract for PNG Day this year for the first time in over 40 years. This was incredibly surprising, given that the Professional Numismatists Guild and its members have always supported the ANA and its endeavors, including giving up the PNG Day format to support ANA’s request for a PNG/ANA Trade Show to prevent competition to the World’s Fair of Money®. The recent move by the ANA to host a "Dealer Day" was made without any prior discussion or consultation with PNG. Not only were we not given the opportunity to negotiate,…

6 min
review of paper money guide book mike thorne, ph.d.

I’LL CONFESS at the outset that I’m not a collector of paper money, although I’ve spent a good bit of it in my adult life. About the oddest paper money I’ve used was the $2 bill. In fact, for years I’ve asked bank tellers for $2 bills and have spent them whenever I had the opportunity. Occasionally, one I’ve tendered has gotten an unusual response from the recipient. For example, when buying some frozen yogurt years ago, I handed one to a young woman who gave me a strange look. “I’m not sure I can take this,” she said, holding the bill as though it were a live eel. My response should have been, “If you think it’s counterfeit, call the police!” Instead, I gave her a couple of ones. I have…