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What are those circles on your coins?

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Definition: Tiny raised circles, semicircles, and occasionally spirals that are most often found in or near the center of the design.  The imperfections can be found on either face.  First recognized in 2004 cents, these die imperfections have now been found as far back as a 1965 cent and as recently as a 2015 nickel.  Other examples … Read more

Big Small Notes Popular at Stack’s Bowers Auction

1928 $5000 bill

It has become normal to see small-size high-denomination notes dominate the top price tier in contemporary auctions. These notes are nearly always from the Series 1934 issue. Seeing one from the earlier Series 1928 does not often happen, so the appearance of one such $5,000 note at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries currency auction at the … Read more

$349,000 RARE DIME WORTH MONEY – RARE DIMES TO LOOK FOR IN POCKET CHANGE

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SUPER RARE DIME Searching for error coins and rare coins continues to be a growing hobby. This is the the 1975 dime no mint mark error coin that sold for over $349,000!!! If your coin roll hunting for rare Roosevelt dimes you’ll want to search for this valuable dime error. For more valuable coin tips … Read more

The Cost to Make Coins in 2016

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The overall price of producing U.S. circulating coins fell for a fifth straight year even as the cost of making cents and nickels remained above their face values for an eleventh year in a row, the United States Mint disclosed in its recently published 2016 Annual Report. The unit cost to produce, administer and distribute … Read more

Gold and Silver Price Continues to Rise

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Gold and silver futures retreated from 14-week highs but they still extended their string of weekly wins — three for gold and seven for silver. On Friday, gold for April delivery shed $2.50, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,239.10 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. “Gold is close to … Read more

Coin Certification Organizations and How They Function

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Certification Organizations Several independent organizations exist for the sole purpose of grading coins, including the highly reputable Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). For a nominal fee, individuals can submit a coin for grading, which will be returned certified, graded and sealed in a tamper-evident plastic container known as a “slab.” … Read more

Coin Grading Scales and How are Coins Graded

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Grading Scales Since rare coin quality varies widely, numismatists have adopted several coin-grading methods to assign more specific levels of quality to rare coins. The overwhelmingly popular method to use is the American Numismatic Association (ANA) grading scale. The ANA grading scale divides circulated and uncirculated coins into 24 grades: 13 circulated grades and 11 … Read more