Coins January 2020

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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
searching for silver

I was shopping for lunch and dinner. As a habit, I checked the Coinstar machine and found a few coins. They turned out to be a 1946 Roosevelt, a 1940 “wheatie” and a 1999 Canadian quarter. Seems like this is the only way that I find silver these days. Theodore Ho Honolulu, Hawaii I continue to find the low mintage Kennedy half dollars that were not issued for general circulation at local banks. Today, I found a 2004-D, a 2008-P, and a 2009-D. Michael Wertz York, Pa. Due to a hectic work schedule, my finds have been a bit “skimpy” lately. I’ve found a few items, however. 1. A Honduran (20) Centavo coin 2. one Canadian penny (not a common sight in my area) 3. a 20 cent coin from Australia 4. a 1943 “war nickel” in poor condition 5.…

8 min.
indian head quarter eagles

COLLECTORS THRIVE on set completion, and many 20th century series are relatively easy to complete. For example, if you consider completion as having one of each date/mintmark combination, without major varieties, then you’ll have little difficulty assembling complete sets of Buffalo and Jefferson nickels, Roosevelt dimes, Peace dollars, and so on. The same is true for Walking Liberty half dollars, Franklin half dollars, Kennedy half dollars, and Eisenhower(Ike) dollars. It’s true that most of the series I listed have key coins, coins with relatively low mintages and often prices that are multiples of those for other coins in the series. As just one example, look at Peace dollars. With a mintage of only 360,649 pieces, the 1928 (P) has been a tough coin from the day it was issued, and it’ll…

8 min.
big rewards for budget-wise collectors

IT HAS been said that coin collecting started as the hobby of kings. The reason is that, in the distant past, it was only the nobility who could afford to strike special coins and medals and were usually awarded to each other. Fortunately for us, our hobby has become far more affordable of late–although there are still several major auctions of high-end coins that can make us think otherwise. For any of us who think those high end-pieces are the norm, let’s look at the other end of the price charts and see what sort of United States coinage is still attached to good prices. Let’s focus on United States silver. 20th Century Dimes The 20th century has seen a lot of dimes minted, but only three different designs for them. Our…

5 min.
my experiences at the 2019 world’s fair of money #2

In my last column, I told you about my efforts to sell coins, jewelry, and silverware at the World’s Fair of Money in August. I was able to sell the items relatively easily on the seemingly infinite bourse. In addition, I had the name and address of a firm that would purchase the rest of the jewelry I had left at home. With a couple of shipments from home to the firm plus the jewelry I had sold at the show, I was able to write checks to a widow for a little more than $20,000. After disposing of the coins from two small accumulations, I was now ready to sell coins from my collection. One of the main ones was a 1911-D Strong D quarter eagle. This is the big…

1 min.
ccac considers gold quarter and medal designs

Members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee were met with a robust agenda of coin and medal designs when the group met Oct. 15. The CCAC’s role is to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating, bullion and commemorative coins, Congressional Gold Medals and other medals produced by the Secretary. On the docket was the review and discussion of candidate designs for the following items: • 2021 American Liberty gold coin and silver medal • 2021 and Beyond Washington Crossing the Delaware quarter design • 2021 U.S. Navy 2.5-ounce Armed Forces silver medal • 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver medal: historic focus and modern focus Seen here are the artist-submitted designs for the 2021 and Beyond Washington Crossing the Delaware quarter which will be considered by CCAC…

11 min.
change comes to the gold coinage, 1834-1837

TODAY, WE look at the early gold coinage of the United States and perhaps wonder what people who lived two centuries thought of these coins. The plain truth is that they had very little opinion on this subject as U.S. gold did not circulate widely among ordinary citizens. Those who did use gold normally had access to Spanish coins such as the eight escudos (doubloon), which was worth about $16 in American money. The problem of the gold coins not circulating in the marketplaces was not the fault of the Mint but rather in the law passed in April 1792 and the steps leading up to that legislation. During the 1780s, a coin-starved public had repeatedly asked for a dependable national coinage. In March 1790, only a few months into the new…