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The Stackers

A unique and somewhat underground group of new hoarders arrived just a few years ago. Calling themselves "stackers", this new counterculture of collectors have swarmed coin stores across the country. Their conquest is accumulating silver and gold and the demand…

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Grading Coins

I believe there is no other subject as difficult to the collector than grading. This is not surprising, nor should it be intimidating. Grading a coin requires practice. The best way to learn to grade is hands-on experience. First, purchase…

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The last few months have kept me busy with other priorities in my life. I have been asked why I don’t write more. We all have busy schedules, enthusiasm ebbs and flows, priorities may change. All of these apply to…

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The “Mercury” Dime

In 1916, Adolph Weinman’s designs of the “Winged” Liberty dime and Walking Liberty half won the design competition in their category for America’s new coinage. The other category in the competition was for the quarter, which went to Herman MacNeil…

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The Fugio Cent

Congress passed a resolution on April 21, 1787 authorizing a contract to produce a large quantity of copper cents. Another resolution on July 6, specified the devices to contain a sundial with the word Fugio (which means time passes quickly),…

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Demise of the Dollar Coin

There have been many attempts to produce a coin to replace the dollar bill. From 1971-1978, the production of Eisenhower dollar coins, those clunky Frisbees reminiscent of the American classic silver dollars produced 1794-1935. The one major difference which made…

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Troubling Trend

We are seeing a new trend in counterfeiting which has not been seen for many years. The 1950’s and 60’s, when coin collecting was coming into its prime, saw vast amounts of counterfeits making their way onto the market. Some…

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New Author

Those of you who attended our seminar this summer on Grading Modern Coins will be happy to hear that Matt Tucker will be adding his expert knowledge to our Facebook page. Matt has been promoted to a new level of…

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