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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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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 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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The End of the Canadian Penny: Death of Another Cent

Honestly, how many people really use pennies anymore?  How many pennies do you have in your pocket or lying at the bottom of your purse right now?  How many do you have hidden away at home in an old canning … Continue reading

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Back to School and Back to Collecting

Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in Vermont, featuring amazing scenery and fabulous weather. But the other thing I love about fall is the feeling of starting anew. The lazy days of summer are over and it’s the … Continue reading

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Be Glad You Waited — The Story of the U.S. 1999 Proof Set

The collecting world is full of interesting facts, wonderful tidbits and amazing stories. Recently I was researching the 1999 U.S. proof set for a new offer we are putting together here at International Coins & Currency. I was reminded of … Continue reading

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