Category Archives: Silver

What Does P.T. Barnum, Christopher Columbus and George Washington Have in Common?

Commemorative coins were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to record important events and pass along news of the time; they often recorded the victors of battles and new rulers. For example, large denomination decadrachms are thought to have … Continue reading

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Here is Why Peace Silver Dollars are Worth Owning

Collectors may wonder why they should bother to assemble a collection of Peace silver dollars when Morgan dollars, which are older and more available, generally get all the numismatic attention. These “little sister” Peace silver dollars have appeal of their … Continue reading

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Ten Great Coin Gift Ideas

We’ve all heard the saying, “Good things come in small packages.” Giving the gift of a collectible coin proves that famous quote. When you present a coin, you are giving much more than a gift. You are sharing a piece … Continue reading

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What is a Troy Ounce, Anyway?

Coin collecting and numismatics can be a cryptic business, often operating in what seems like a foreign language.  When it comes to silver and gold coins, some of the terminology surrounding them can get frustrating. “Troy ounce” seems to be … Continue reading

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How Much Silver is in a Silver Dollar?

Romance and mystery surround America’s big silver dollars: The cowboy sliding one across the bar in the western movie, a shiny holiday gift from Grandpa, a magician pulling one from behind your ear. Collectors love these historic treasures both for … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Morgan Silver Dollar: Its Inception, Purchasing Power, and the Standard of Value

Have you ever found an old silver dollar in the back of your mother’s jewelry box, hidden under the necklaces that were passed down to her from her grandmother?  Chances are it’s a Morgan dollar. The U.S. Mint’s 1878-1921 Morgan … Continue reading

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The Historic Lure of Gold Coins

The pirate opens his treasure chest, the dragon enters its lair, the king surveys his vault. All are filled with golden treasure, gold jewelry, gold tableware, gold ornaments and gold coins. We would all love to have a trove of … Continue reading

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