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Top 5 Most Sought After Coins

Sports has always had their MVPs. Players who represent being the most valuable asset on their respective teams. Sometimes these players become so popular they become the figurehead for their team. Same can be said when collecting coins. There are certain rare coins that are highly sought after, and become the centerpiece of many numismatists collections. Here are our Top 5 Coin MVPs.

Walking Liberty Half DollarWalking Liberty Half Dollar – No. 5

Our first entry is the Walking Liberty half dollar. This coin is definitely one of the more popular coins for numismatists to collect because of its beauty. Minted through the roaring 20′s, the Great Depression, and two World Wars, the Walking Liberty Half Dollars carries a great deal of US history with it. Also, the obverse was so popular, that the US mint re-used it when they started minting the Silver Eagles in 1986.

Mercury Dime ObverseMercury Dime – No. 4

Our next MVP, is the Mercury Dime. The artistry on this coin is called one of the great designs of the 20th century. One interesting tidbit of trivia, is that the obverse does not in fact depict, Mercury, the messenger of the Roman gods. It is actually Liberty with a winged cap which symbolized freedom of thought. This coin also served through very turbulent times, and was even the part of the song, “Brother, can you spare a dime?” from the Great Depression.

Morgan Dollar ObverseMorgan Silver Dollar – No. 3

Coming in at number 3 is the Morgan Silver Dollar. A must-have for every collector, the Morgan Silver Dollar is one of the most popular and collected coin series in the US. We’ve talked about the Morgan Silver dollar before, so I won’t go into the history of it. However, this is definitely one that should be a cornerstone of your collection.

1935 Buffalo NickelBuffalo Nickel – No. 2

Now this was a close tie with number 3, but the Buffalo Nickel got the lead by a nose. Another coin we talked about recently, the rich history of this coin makes it another very popular showcase item for collectors. This coin series has several very rare strikes, including the 3 legged buffalo in the 1937-D series.

Saint Gauden’s Double Eagle/Flowing Hair Dollar – No. 1

Coming in at number one, is a tie between two of the most sought after coins by collectors around the world. The Flowing Hair Dollar was the first coin issued and used by the US. Today, scholars believe there are only between 130-140 known to still exist. This, of course, tied with the Saint-Gauden’s Double Eagle, considered one of the most beautiful coins minted by the US Mint. Very few of these coins still exist due to the Big Melt of 1933 when FDR recalled all the coins to be melted down. Any of the ones still existing as part of a collection, have been dealing with legal ramifications as the federal government claims that the coins are federal property not private property.

Flowing Hair Dollar1933 Saint Gaudens Gold Double Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buyer’s Guide to Indian Head Coins Pt. 2

Last week we featured some of the rare Indian head historical coins that are must have for any numismatics collector. Because of how rich the history of these coins are, we had to split up our guide into two parts. So without further ado, here is part two of our Indian Head coin guide.

1908-1929 Indian Head Half and Quarter Eagles

1914 Indian Head Half Eagle

Design for Half and Quarter Eagle

It is often said that the Saint Gauden’s Double Eagle is the single most beautiful coin in American numismatic history. I would like to debate that point however, because there are two coins from the same period that are much more innovative and were very risky. These two coins are the Indian Head half eagle and quarter eagle. At the time, the previous eagle series had all been around without a design change for over 50 years. It wasn’t until Theodore Roosevelt assumed office that the groundwork for the coins’ change would be laid. It was Teddy who arranged for Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign the famous double eagle and eagle (featured below). After these coins were received with rave reviews, President Roosevelt gave his blessing for the next two to be issued. These two coins stand out from the rest of US coinage because their relief is incuse instead of being raised. The quarter eagle was minted annually, until 1915 and then didn’t begin again until 1925, making the quarter eagle one of the smallest minted series in US history. This makes collecting a complete set attainable despite the current cost of gold. The only real rarity in the series is the 1911-D with only 55,680 minted. While the half eagle was minted annually until 1916 and wouldn’t resume production until 1929 right before the crash. The 1929 half eagle is the most sought after coin in this series as it appears only a handful escaped the smelter.

1907-33 Indian Head Eagle

1932 Indian Head EagleThe history behind this coin starts when Theodore Roosevelt was elected President in 1904. Unhappy with the inaugural medal designed by US Mint engravers Barber and Morgan, he commissioned Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create a new medal. The medal gained widespread fame for its beauty and in turn Roosevelt commissioned Saint-Gaudens to begin redesigning the nations coinage, much to Chief Engraver Barber’s chagrin. The final design that ended up on the gold 10 dollar coin was originally meant for the Double Eagle but was decided for the Eagle instead. After much trial and error with the striking of the coin, and under great pressure to get the new coin into circulation after the first batch was melted down, some of the design elements of the coin were removed for striking purposes. An interesting fact about this coin, early mintages of this coin do not feature the “IN GOD WE TRUST” motto as Roosevelt felt that it would be blasphemous to put the deity’s name on a coin that may be used for immoral purposes. However, the coins without the motto might be rare, but the rarest pieces of this series come in the later years after the great gold recall by another Roosevelt in 1933. The 1920-S, 1930-S, and 1933 coins were almost melted in entirety. Making these three mint dates the rarest of the series.

1913-1938 Buffalo Nickel

1935 Buffalo NickelOur final coin in our two part series is the Buffalo Nickel. This famous nickel came from a Roosevelt appointed Secretary of the Treasury and is inspired partially from Saint-Gaudens’ designs. The Buffalo Nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser, a former assistant of Saint-Gaudens and a very prolific artist who was best known for his “End of the Trail” sculpture. Up until this point, most of the “Indian” coins featured caucasians wearing an Indian headress. Fraser’s design accurately portrayed Indians as they look. The profile portrait on the obverse of the coin was a composite of three chiefs who had posed for Fraser. Wanting to keep the distinct American theme, he depicted the Buffalo on the reverse. Over 1.2 billion Buffalo Nickels were minted from 1913 to 1938. This series has an array of scarce dates and rarities. The most difficult coin to obtain is the 1918/17-D overdate. Additionally, another rare series is the coins minted from the San Francisco Mint from 1913-1928.

Well I hope you enjoyed our two part piece on the Indian Head coins as much as I enjoyed writing about it. This period is rich with beautiful artistry on our coins, and showcases a time when we were daring with the designs on our money. I hope this guide provides a helpful look into these coins along with a glimpse of their history.

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Buyer’s Guide to Indian Head Coins Pt.1

While the coins of the US have a very rich history. There are few coins that hold the fame (or infamy depending on how you look at it) like the Indian head coins. Used throughout the 19th and 20th century, on different denominations, these coins are some of the rarest and most valuable to numismatists. Often fetching high prices at auctions these coins are some of the prize jewels in collections. So here is part one of our buyer’s guide to Indian Head coins.

1859-1909 Indian Head Penny

1859 Indian Head PennyOur first Indian coin comes from the mid 19th century. The Indian Head penny was actually a replacement for the Flying Eagle design, which had numerous problems and was advised to be replaced. The legend behind the Indian’s design was that the artist James B. Longacre modeled the Indian head design after his youngest daughter, Sarah. However, researchers have proven this nothing more than an urban legend, saying that this was actually based off of the “Crouching Venus” statue that was on display at the Philadelphia museum at the time. Whatever Longacre’s inspiration was, the coin won immediate and continued acclaim from the American public. Cornelius Vermeule wrote in his book Numismatic Art in America, “[the coin was] perhaps the most beloved and typically American of any piece great or small in the American series.” Another interesting fact is that this coin was minted in two separate materials. Before the breakout of the Civil War, the coin was made of a copper-nickel alloy, but due to coin hoarding during the war, the coin’s composition was changed to brass and was made thinner as well. This coin continued use until it was replaced by the Lincoln Head Penny in 1909.

1854-56/56-89 Indian Head Dollar

1854 Indian Head Dollar Type 2

Type 2 Indian Head Dollar

Don’t let the dates confuse you, this is about the same coin, there were just two different strikings of the same coin. This coin came about due to the California gold rush in the late 1840′s that caused an influx of gold in the Union as $600 million in gold was found in the California hills. The first of the Indian Head dollar coins appeared in 1854 after the public complained that the first dollar coin minted was too small and easy to lose. This changed when James Snowden became the new director of the mint. Snowden agreed that the coin should be larger but thinner as well, to which he assigned the chief engraver, James Longacre (who would also design the indian head penny described above), to make this modification as well as come up with a new design. The new design ended being a female figure in a headdress and was frequently described as an “Indian princess.” The coin was larger than the earlier dollar coin and was easier to keep track of, but, the relief on the obverse was too high and cause an immense number of the coins to not be fully struck. Because of the striking difficulties, Longacre went back to the drawing board to come up with a solution. The Type 2 lasted until 1856 when it was replaced with the Type 3, which ran from 1856-1889. During its brief run, only 1.6 million of the Type 2 dollar were struck. Numismatic scholars estimate that less than 1% of the Type 2 Dollar mintage still exist, due to the fact that because of the high relief the coins that were in circulation wore down quickly and became illegible after a few years.

1888 Indian Head Dollar Type 3

Indian Head Dollar Type 3

 

 

 

 

 

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A Brief History of US Coins

Something that is quite fascinating that many people don’t actually know is the history of that change that sits in your change jar or in your car. For example, did you know that the dime is actually the third iteration of the dime? Or that there used to be a half dime before there was a nickel? Or that the Lincoln penny is actually the latest in a very long line of pennies? Today, we delve briefly into the history of our pocket change and see the rich history from where our currency comes from.

The Lincoln Penny

1909-S VDB Lincoln cent

For many of us, the Lincoln head penny is the only penny that we know, with Lincoln’s profile on one side and the monument on the other. But, the truth is that the Lincoln cent piece didn’t start in circulation until 1909 and broke the mold where minting was concerned as it was the first US coin to feature a president on it. It had been tradition since Washington’s presidency that no coin feature the depiction of a president past or present. So when this coin was brought up for review, it had met some resistance from traditionalists, but they all fell by the way side in front of Theodore Roosevelt who pushed the coin design through after having just approved four new designs for the gold eagle denominations. The first year it was minted the lincoln cent had the designers initials VDB at the base of the reverse. This led to a public outcry and the initals were quickly removed, which in turn, created the coveted 1909-S VDB cent. Another interesting fact, in 1943, when copper was scarce during World War II, the penny was made out of a steel alloy which led to another collector’s item. Who knew the penny would hold so much sway?

1943 Steel Lincoln Cent Obverse

The Steel Lincoln Penny

The Jefferson Nickel

1945 Jefferson NickelIntroduced in 1938, the Jefferson Nickel is the only coin to still be made of its original composition today. Almost 80 years later, this humble coin is still being minted honoring our third president. Early in 1938 the Treasury Department announced a competition for designs to replace the Buffalo/Indian Head nickel. The rules of the contest was that the obverse would feature an “authentic portrait” of our third president with the reverse featuring his home near Charlottesville. Additionally, the design had to fit the technical requirements of Mint. Out of 390 models, German-American Felix Schlag’s design was selected. Schlag’s initials didn’t appear on the nickel until almost 30 years later.

The Roosevelt Dime

Silver Roosevelt DimeAnother coin with a rich history is the dime. The first ten cent piece was coined in 1793 and was the last of the first issuance of coins when the US mint first opened. The dime’s design has changed over 11 times since its first issuance in 1793, with an average of 12 years per major design. The Roosevelt Dime has been the longest running design in the coin’s lifespan with it coming to it’s 70th birthday in 2016. The Roosevelt Dime was issued under pressure from the US public who, in 1945, wanted some memorial for the fallen leader. This coin broke the 40 year tradition of asking outside artists for designs and was tasked internally by the US mint to their chief engraver. While there are no rare dates for the Roosevelt dime, there is one premium dime that is worth more than its silver bullion value, the 1949-S dime that was minted out of the US mint in San Francisco.

The Washington Quarter

Washington Silver Quarter 1944

Our final coin today is the Quarter. The Washington Quarter’s story is interesting to say the least. After the dark shadow of the Great Depression had fallen across the us in 1931, Americans had little to celebrate. However, the following year, 1932, would mark George Washington’s 200th birthday and to help bolster public spirit the Treasury Department were ready to mark the occasion. Originally, the Treasury Department had proposed a half dollar be struck to honor the birth of the founding father. The contest was started early and while most entrants were denied, one had gained unanimous favor by the Commission of Fine arts. The original design of the coin was done by Laura Gardin Fraser, the designer for the Oregon Trail commemorative coin and wife to the creator of the Buffalo nickel. However, the commission wasn’t the only party that needed to be pleased for the coin to be minted.

Congress then got into the debate, due to the fact that the Treasury Department needed their approval to change the design for the half dollar. Once they were asked, they instead compromised and decided to change the quarter instead. But, it was the final person, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, who still had something to say.

Mr. Mellon, had his own views on art, and felt that the design by John Flanagan was superior to the Fraser design. Flanagan’s design was simple, more like a portrait with Washington’s profile on the obverse and a heraldic eagle adorning the reverse. With it’s simple design the mint was able to issue the coin easily and quickly. Since it began production of the coin in 1932, the mint has issued over 21 billion coins, an amazing quantity by any standard.

Well, I hope you liked our brief look into the history of our nation’s coinage, if you’re interested in our selection of collectable coins, you can browse through them here.

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The Top 5 Rarest US Coins

While there are many rare coins throughout the world and history, and many would debate where they would rank in rarity. Most believe in rarity based on number minted and how many are known to exist. Monetary value also has a big part to play. With that said, here is our list of the top 5 rarest US coins.

1863 Liberty Head Gold CoinNo. 5 – 1861 Liberty Head Gold Coin

This gold coin coming in at number five on our list was actually minted on accident. Late revisions for the coin were issued to the US mint but they didn’t receive word of them until after some of the coins had already been produced and put into circulation. Only two are know and in 2010 went for a cool 5.6 million dollars.

1804 Crosset Liberty Gold EagleNo. 4 – 1804 Ten Dollar Gold Piece

Less than 10 of these rare coins were ever produced, and only three are known to still currently exist today. Additionally, these coins were produced three decades after their minted year. The most recent sighting of this coin was seen in 2005 where it was sold 8.5 million dollars. These like their more rare silver dollar counterparts were mainly produced for diplomatic purposes.

1913 Liberty Head NickelNo. 3 – 1913 Liberty Nickel

Another US Mint mistake is the 1913 Liberty nickel. Produced in 1913, the liberty head nickels were produced without the US Mint knowing. Since the buffalo nickel was supposed to be produced that year, no liberty head nickels were to be minted but somehow a handful were made. Samuel Brown, an employee of the US Mint is credited for secretly minting these coins and then sneaking them out of the office. Only five are known to exist, two are exhibits in museums and the other three are part of private collections. The last time one of these nickels was at public auction was in 2010 where it fetched 3.7 million dollars.

1933 Saint Gaudens Gold Double EagleNo. 2 – 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

One of the rarest coins known, the Saint-Gaudens Double eagle was minted in 1933, but was never released into circulation due to a change in currency laws during the Great Depression. The entire run was supposedly melted down into gold bullion. However, a US Mint cashier is said to have given out some of the coins in exchange for earlier double-eagles. Outside of the two that are in the national currency collection at the Smithsonian there are two other known coins. The only known auction of the coin was handled by Sotheby’s where it fetched 7.5 million dollars.

1804 Silver DollarNo.1  – 1804 Silver Dollar

Coming in at the top of the list is the 1804 Silver Dollar also known as the Bowed Liberty Dollar. This coin is the holy grail of numismatic collectors. Currently, there are only 15 known genuine 1804 silver dollars. These rare coins were actually produced 30 years after their stamp date and used mainly for diplomatic purposes. One example is the famous King of Siam coin which can be seen in the movie, “The King and I” and in the novel, Anna and the King of Siam. This silver dollar is also one of the few coins to possess three separate classes of quality. Class I is considered the original genuine coin. Class II and III were produced illegally by an employee of the Philadelphia branch of the US Mint. All of the Class II were seized and destroyed save one which resides in the Smithsonian. Class III were also produced illegally and while the US Mint tried seizing all of these copies as well some had already been distributed to collectors.

That’s our list of the Top 5 rarest US coins, check out our collection of rare coins on our website. Think that we missed one or labeled one too high? Comment below or on our Facebook page.

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The History of the Continental Dollar and the Fugio Cent

Some of the most fascinating rarities of the numismatic world comes from the early years of American history with the creation of the Fugio cent and its predecessor, the Continental Dollar. These extremely rare coins both have a colorful history behind them and were used at a time when our experiment with democracy was hanging on by rapidly thinning threads.

The Continental Dollar

First minted in 1776, this coin didn’t have a denomination and was made from silver, brass, and pewter. Experts still don’t know how they were used due to the lack of a denomination and because no historical records authorizing the creation of the coins have survived. Only sixty of these coins are

Obverse of the Continental Dollar

Continental Dollar

known to still exist, and are mostly pewter. Out of those, only four of the silver varieties are known to survive and back in May, one sold at auction for $1.4 million. Pretty impressive for a coin who originally had no clear value.

The images on the coin were based on the design by Benjamin Franklin for the paper currency that was in issue at the time. The obverse featured a sun shining down on a sundial with the latin word “Fugio” (I fly) next to it with the legend “Mind Your Business” at the bottom. Historians believe that Franklin put this in due to him being a successful businessman and was supposed to be a saying such as time flies so mind your business. The reverse side featured 13 linked rings each labeled with the name of one of the original 13 colonies surrounding a sun containing the words “AMERICAN CONGRESS” and “WE ARE ONE.”

The Fugio Cent

Fast forward ten years later to 1787, to help unify our currency and help boost our economy Congress passes a resolution for the contract of coining a national copper cent. In what would eventually become the first penny, the Fugio Cent was born. The design was taken from Benjamin Franklin’s design of the Continental Dollar with the obverse featuring a sun and sundial with the legend “Fugio,” the date, and the legend “Mind Your Business” at the bottom. The reverse was also copied minus a few alterations it featured the thirteen linked circles (without the colony names) with the legends, “WE ARE ONE” and “UNITED STATES.”

Obverse Side of the Fugio Cent

Fugio Cent

The Fugio cent, or “congress coppers” as they were later called didn’t see much use as they were largely uncirculated. They remained in the national treasury until they were purchased at one-third face value in 1789 on credit by a New York merchant. A year later, the Bank of New York acquired a full keg of the Fugio cent where they were lost until they were rediscovered in 1856 when the bank was moving location. They were subsequently lost again until being rediscovered in 1926. From then on, they were slowly distributed to officials and favored customers of the bank. Today, the bank still retains 819 pieces of their original keg.

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4 Interesting Pennies You Should Know About

As an avid coin collector, I love showing off my collection. Surprising? Probably not.

One of my favorite parts about my collection is the pennies. Most non-collectors think of pennies as fairly useless and invaluable, despite how old they are. You can kind of see the logic. They’re obviously very light, and very small. But invaluable? Oh boy, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I love seeing reactions when I tell someone the value of a certain penny. “You mean to tell me THAT little penny is worth THAT much?” It’s really a funny thing to see.

Of course, even some of the older pennies aren’t worth much. But that doesn’t make them any less interesting.

Check out some of my favorite pennies still in circulation.

1943 Steel Wheat Pennies

It’s not all that uncommon to stumble across one of these in your pocket, and immediately think of putting it up on eBay. It’s probably not worth it, as they’re only worth around 10 to 50 cents a pop. What’s really interesting is the history. During World War II there was a great need for copper, so the coins were produced with steel instead. Buy them here.

1944 Steel Wheat Pennies

If you find a 1944 steel wheat penny, that’s an entirely different ballgame. If you find one of these error coins, it could be worth anywhere from $75,000 to over $100,000 – that is, based on condition. Be very careful if you’re thinking you’ve stumbled on one of these, because of course there are many fakes. In fact, there are only about 12 known to exist today.

Indian Head Pennies

Designed by James Barton Longacre, this coin doesn’t have an Indian on it – it’s Liberty wearing an Indian headdress. This coin is a must-have for three reasons. It’s super cool looking, it’s inexpensive, and was made during an interesting time period. The Civil War and Spanish-American War happened while this coin was being produced. It’s somewhat unlikely, but still possible you could even find one of these in your pocket change. Buy them here.

2009 Pennies

Chances are almost every penny you’ve ever seen had Abraham Lincoln on the front. In 2009, the U.S. mint produced four different pennies – each with Lincoln on the front, and an image displaying a different part of his life on the back. One shows where he was born (Kentucky), one shows where he grew up (Indiana), another shows a large chunk of his professional life (Illinois), and the last shows his presidential period (Washington, D.C.).

 

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A Look at Extremely Rare International Gold Coins

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Since we have one of the most extensive coin catalogs on the Internet, we’re offering you extremely rare gold coins, available in limited quantities. These coins are pre-1933, and they come from a time when the great countries of the world were operated on gold standard. AKA, all paper money was backed by real gold. We offer three different coins with five different options total – and although they’re similarly priced, there’s a lot to know about each. You can buy any of the coins below here.

British Sovereign

The Sovereign is a gold coin used in the UK, and it is still produced today. It is fairly small, with a 22mm diameter. It was designed in 1817, and largely produced until World War I. After World War I until 1932, the Sovereign was produced only at branch mints – Sydney, Perth, Ottawa, etc. The only exception was in 1925 – some were produced in London. It was after 1932 that there was a large (35 year) gap in production.

These coins are often counterfeited – don’t take your chances. This is a coin worth investing in to improve your investment portfolio.

Swiss 20 Franc

Nicknamed the “Swiss Miss”, there are actually two types of the Swiss 20 franc. This is one of the most famous coins in Switzerland’s history.

The first one has a head of liberty, with the words “Confederatio Helvetica” along the sides, almost circling the obverse of the coin. This type was issued 1886 – 1896.

The second coin also appears fairly standard. But then you realize the Swiss Alps in the background, and the word “Helvetia” over Vreneli’s head. This word refers to the region in central Europe named by the Romans, because there were a predominant number of Celtic inhabitants. This coin ceased as legal tender in 1936.

French 20 Franc (Rooster and Angel)

Rooster:
The obverse of this coin features the head of the Third Republic. Written around it are the words “Republique Francaise”, which as you could probably guess, means something similar to “Republic France.” The “First French Republic” is what it really means, founded on September 22nd, 1972. The obverse of the coin shows a rooster. The rooster is an unofficial national symbol of France. The original production of these coins was 1898 – 1914.

Angel:
This coin is an example of how the obverse side can actually look like a reverse. The obverse shows the guardian angel writing the French Constitution. As you’ll also notice, there’s a rooster right next to the image. The same writing as on the 20 Franc Rooster is above the guardian angel.

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Every Penny Counts: A Look At One Cent Replicas

Whoever said pennies are worthless obviously needs to learn a thing or two about the important ones. Certain pennies yield tons of money. And of course, those “certain” pennies are extremely rare.

We offer replicas of some of the rarest pennies around – all at the low price of $7.95 – $9.95 per penny. Here are some of our favorites.

1799 Draped Bust Large Cent Replica1799DrapedBustLargeCentReplica-gacc-reflection

How could a penny from 1799 be so valuable? After all, 1799 isn’t the stone ages. There was (relatively) plenty of currency minted back then.

Experts speculate that most 1799 coins were actually dated 1798. Very few coins dated “1799” actually existed. And of course, there are MUCH fewer around today.

This is you chance to score a replica of one of America’s rarest coins. A genuine one would sell for thousands of dollars today. Buy your replica here.

1877 Indian Head Cent Replica1877IndianHeadCentReplica-gacc-reflection00

Talk about low mintage! This coin has the second lowest mintage of any date in its series, and it’s very popular in its genuine form. Featuring a design by James B. Longacre, this coin doesn’t actually depict a Native American, but rather Lady Liberty wearing an Indian Headdress. This coin was later replaced by the Lincoln Cent in 1909. Buy your replica here.

1922 No D (Plain) Lincoln Cent Replica1922NoD(Plain)LincolnCentReplica-gacc

This was an interesting year for minting, because no half dollars, quarters, dimes, or nickels were made. You’ll notice that other pennies made in the same era have the letter “D” underneath the year on the front. This penny obviously does not – sort of. Since several worn dies were used, the “D” can be found in some instances extremely weak, but it’s also often invisible. Buy your replica here.

1955 Double Die Obverse Lincoln Cent Replica

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This coin was designed by Victor D. Brenner to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. The “double die” name comes from improperly manufactured dies. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the “1955” is not aligned correctly. The same goes for the other text.

Fun fact: this was also the first coin to have the motto ‘In God We Trust’ on it.
Buy your replica here.

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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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