Monthly Archives: June 2014

5 Coins to Show Your American Pride

With July 4th on the horizon, we fully expect you to be showing as much American spirit as possible. And since we are the Great American Coin Company, you could probably guess that most of the coins we sell are from the United States. Here are five coins you can display that are guaranteed to show your American spirit.

2014 American Silver Eagle

First things first, the 2014 American Silver Eagle – aka the official silver bullion coin of the U.S.A. The obverse side shows Lady Liberty wrapped in an American flag, while the reverse side shows the eagle with 13 stars (representing the original colonies.) These rare coins are an absolute must-have for any American coin collector. Buy it here.

Flying Eagle Cent (America’s 1st Small Cent) (1856-58)

There’s a reason we call this coin an American treasure; having one in your collection is truly something special. Minted for three short years (between 1856 and 1858), this coin contained 88% nickel and 12% copper, until the coin became too expensive to produce. Lucky for you, some still exist today. Buy it here.

Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) Morgan Silver Dollars Pre-1921

Named after George T. Morgan (a U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver), this coin depicts Lady Liberty on the obverse, and an eagle on the reverse side. We’re not like other companies that send you a Morgan dollar from the year mintage was resumed (1921). Ours come from any random date, between 1878 and 1904. These are great for a gift, great for investment, and obviously great for a collection. Buy it here.

90% Silver 1992-S Olympic Baseball Dollar Proof

Baseball is still America’s pastime, so obviously this coin is going to make the list. As one of the only U.S. coins in history to celebrate baseball, the obverse side of this beautiful 90% silver coin displays a pitcher alongside of the Olympic rings. At 20% off of our normal price, this is the perfect coin to buy now. Buy it here.

$1 – 1899 Black Eagle Silver Certificate Large Size Note

Okay, okay, it’s not a coin. But it is one of the most collectible U.S. notes ever minted. Take a close look and you’ll notice something special about the obverse side of this note. Yes – it shows two presidents! (Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant.) This is the only U.S. note in history to have two different presidents on it. Complete with black ink on the obverse. This is your chance to own a “silver dollar” that’s not a coin! Buy it here.

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Unique Jewelry Ideas for a Special Gift

Has someone you know ever asked for jewelry as a gift? Even if they gave you an exact description of what they wanted, you probably remember the search as being the most daunting task ever. Today, I’d like to introduce a new idea. Don’t let that special someone describe what they want. Tell them you’ve got it under control. Get them some totally unique jewelry. You’d be hard pressed to find any of these jewelry listed below anywhere else.

Gold Clad Lucky Horse Shoe Pendant Necklace

This necklace is perfect for a horse lover, or anyone who really loves animals. The first part of the necklace is a 1950’s coin from the country of India. Above it is another piece – a horse poking its head through a horseshoe. Both pieces are made of gold clad, so they’ll feel like the real deal. The pieces are about 2.25 inches long, and the necklace chain is approximately 12 inches. Buy this necklace here.

Wearable Cleaned Ancient Roman Rings

Take a quick look at the rings to the left. They can be as much as 2,000 years old. Roman centurions, noblemen, gladiators, and scholars may have worn them. So they’re pretty awesome, right? Of course. But are they really wearable? They sure are. They come in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes, but we do not pick the sizes out. If you feel like taking a gamble, you can buy one Roman ring and hope it fits. Or you can buy a lot of 5, 10, or 25 and increase your chances! Buy them here.

Gold Clad Starfish Coin Pendant Necklace

Going on a vacation to the beach soon? Surprise that special someone with this starfish coin pendant necklace. At the center is a genuine one-cent coin from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Behind it sits a 24 karat gold clad starfish pendant. Pretty cool right? That’s not even all. It has multi-colored gems, too. Just like the lucky horse shoe pendant necklace, this features a 12 inch chain. Buy this necklace here.

Cursed Aztec Toy Gold Treasure Pirate Coin

We know our customers love pirate coins. But how about something that doubles as a pirate coin AND a piece of jewelry? Look no further than the Cursed Aztec Toy Gold Treasure Pirate Coin, for only $4.95.

Perfect for “Pirates of the Caribbean” fans, kids, and pirate enthusiasts, this coin measures 1.5 inches in diameter, has a super cool design, and looks/feels like a real pirate coin. It has a small hole at the top, so you can insert a gold chain. You can even use the same gold chain from the horse shoe or starfish pendants! Buy it here.

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5 Places Every Coin Lover Should Visit

If you’re a coin collector, you’re probably very familiar with doing these three things:

-Buying coins online
-Buying from a coin shop
-Attending coin shows

All of that is fantastic. You should always buy and sell different coins to keep your collection fresh.

But there’s something else I maintain every true coin collector should do. What is that, you ask? Visit a place that’s literally dedicated to coins.  Seriously — it’ll open your eyes to this fascinating hobby even more. Today I’ll share with you my five places I believe every coin lover should visit.

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You’ve got two options if you want to tour the U.S. Mint. The Philadelphia location, or the Denver location.

If you’re going to Philadelphia, you’ll do a self-guided tour complete with video and audio stations. You’ll see coining operations, the Mint Deed signed by President Andrew Jackson, and the first coining press. But in all honesty, one of the coolest things is meeting Peter the Mint Eagle. That’s a real bald eagle, folks. Mint artists to this day study Peter to create new eagle designs.

If you’re going to Denver, you’ll see a lot of similarities. However, this tour is about 45 minutes and guided. A free guided tour is something you don’t want to miss.

Find U.S. Mint tour info here.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum

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This small but mighty stop is an absolute must for any summer or winter tourist venturing to Colorado. Here you’ll find many coins from the civil war era, as well as coins and paper currency that are, frankly, a once-in-a-lifetime sight. They have a coin-minting machine, too. Find visiting information here.

Royal Canadian Mint

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The Royal Canadian Mint buildings are arguably the most visited tourist destinations for coin lovers; you get to see money being made! We talked about them in a recent blog. Visit the Ottawa and Winnipeg locations 12 months a year, and don’t forget about the newest retail location in Vancouver. Find visiting information here.

The Perth Mint

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If you decide to visit the Perth Mint, you’re in for
a serious day of entertainment. Here’s a glimpse of what they offer:
Guided Heritage Talk: hourly guided talks with stories.
Gold Exhibition: experience the journey of gold discovery and watch molten gold being poured.
Record Breaking Coin: see the largest and most valuable coin in the world!
Gold weight scale: a special scale that determines what your weight is worth in gold.
Miner’s Campsite: a representation of the harsh conditions that early prospectors faced as they searched for gold.

And one more thing. They received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from tripadvisor.com.
Are you intrigued? Check it all out here.

Gold and Silver Pawn Shop

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Looks familiar doesn’t it…

This place is the filming location for the show “Pawn Stars”. It gets poor reviews for the same reasons time and time again. Why? It’s crowded and you won’t get to meet the cast of the show.

BUT, it also gets good reviews from those who know that going in. It’s interesting to stand in a place you get to see on TV, and it’s definitely interesting to look at what they have in stock. Sure, their gold, silver, and coins may be overpriced, so you’ll probably want to look elsewhere if you’re looking to make serious purchases.

Summary: If you’re already in Las Vegas, don’t miss out on this place. Check out their site for more info.

Know of any cool spots I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Gary Dyner is the owner of Great American Coin Company. Connect with him on .

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The Short Guide to Collecting Roman Coins

Most collectors love ancient coins. There’s something special about being able to hold a coin that’s thousands of years old!

Of all ancient coins, it’s safe to say Roman coins are the most popular. And that’s exactly why we offer a great selection of Roman coins and rings in our store. Today we’ll go into a little more detail about what our most popular Roman coins and rings are really all about.

AE 1&2 Uncleaned Romain Coins (19-32mm Diameter)

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When you see “AE”, it’s identifying the Latin name of the metal. AE comes from the Latin “aes” and stands for bronze or brass. These late Roman coins are extremely rare, and the ones we sell range in size from 19-32mm. Buy them here.

Wearable Cleaned Ancient Roman Rings

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The ancient Romans were known for their jewelry. Rings were fashionable for both women and men, and different rings often meant different things. Be it a gladiator, scholar, nobleman, or centurion — you can now own the ring of someone once in power. Most of our rings consist of bronze, but there are also some silver and copper ones you have a chance of receiving as well. Buy them here.

Uncleaned Byzantine Cup Coins

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The theory behind the Byzantine Cup coins is tough to explain… there’s no clear reason as to why their coins were designed this way. This design dates back to the 11th century under Emperor Constantine IX. These coins are extremely unique in their shape and the way they often have interesting detail. We have both large and small coins. We sell them both in lots.

Emperor Constantine Cleaned & Slabbed Roman Coins

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Speaking of Emperor Constantine, these coins date back to approximately 330 AD. This was around the tail end of Constantine’s building of a new imperial capital at Byzantium, which you may know as Constantinople. Constantine reigned until 337. These beautiful and rare coins come in coin holders, so you don’t even need to worry about buying cases. Buy them here.

 

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What is Clad? (And Why You Should Collect It)

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By definition, if something is “clad”, the outer layers of one metal are bonded to the core of a different metal.  A lot of products can technically be clad — mostly frying pans, boiling pots, and other kitchenware.  At Great American Coin Company, we sell clad art bars.

Often times clad gets a bad rap.  People are very quick to label it as a rip-off, fake, a scam, etc. But in reality, clad has many advantages.  It’s dense.  It’s corrosion and wear resistant.  It’s strong.  It’s nice looking.

Clad is not full-on silver or gold. Clad is cheap to purchase. And that’s exactly the point of adding some to your collection.  It looks awesome without you having to break the bank.

Think of clad like replica pirate coins, or silver/gold-plated eating utensils.  You buy replica pirate coins because they’re as close as you can get to the real deal without spending a fortune.  A real piece of ancient history from a shipwreck yields a LOT of money.  And the same idea goes for the eating utensils.  You don’t necessarily need the purest form of silver or gold that you can get. You just need something that gets the job done and looks nice.

Clad is a collector’s item. At the end of the day, our gold clad and silver clad bars are not solid gold or silver, but they have a base of either brass, or .999 copper overlain with 24K gold or .999 silver. And that’s still pretty cool, isn’t it?

We have a lot of designs to choose from.  You can get a picture of the Statue of Liberty, the Canadian Maple Leaf, and many more choices on your gold clad or silver clad bars.  We even have colorized bars, too.

So what are you waiting for? Shop our whole collection today!

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