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Giving the Gift of Coins

As Thanksgiving approaches my thoughts turn toward holiday shopping. Gift giving is a careful balance between pleasing the receiver and finding pleasure in sharing the gift. Choosing the right item can be challenging. We all like to give presents that … Continue reading

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American 3-Cent Coin & Nickel: What’s the Difference?

What is the strangest coin you’ve ever encountered? There are certainly quite a few unique and intriguing coins in the world. Two of the most unusual coins in American history are denominated 3-cents; the silver 3-cent coin and the 3-cent … 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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The Art of Coin Collecting: How Old is it Really?

  Figure 1: Guillaume Budé’s De Asse et Partibus As a collector, you might not realize you’re part of a long line of collectors, a line that stretches into ancient history.  You are participating in a tradition that was, for … Continue reading

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