Getting A Coin Appraisal: Tips for Finding Out the Values of Your Coins

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I get many inquiries on coin appraisal from the countless readers here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins, and I am always glad to answer the many questions received every day in the comments forum. Please keep it up, everyone!Now, as for learning more about the value of your coins, you’ve come to the right place. I specialize in 20th century coins, but have dedicated much of my numismatic research time to many other areas of coin collecting, including 19th century coins and gold coins, as well … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Morgan Silver Dollars

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There is probably no more popular a coin series than the Morgan dollar. United States Morgan silver dollars were first minted in 1878 and remained a regular entry in United States coinage circulation until the last of these giant silver coins was produced in 1921.Designed by George T. Morgan, this famous dollar coin features a large bust of a woman representing Miss Liberty. The design itself being modeled after Anna Willess Williams, who sat for Morgan and whose face has been immortalized … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Walking Liberty Half Dollars

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Considered one of the most beautiful coins of all time, the Walking Liberty half dollar was designed Adolph A. Weinman in 1916.The Walking Liberty half dollar features an obverse image of Miss Liberty with her right arm outstretched in peace as she strides toward the rising sun; the reverse design depicts an American bald eagle perched upon a large olive branch.Walking Liberty half dollars are popularly collected both as a complete set of coins and as a type coin, and are desired by both … [Read more...]

Historic Values for Barber Half Dollars

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The Liberty Head half dollar, better known as the Barber half dollar, was first minted in 1892.Designed by Charles E. Barber who was then the chief engraver, the Barber half dollar has long been popular as both a type coin and as a coin collected by date and mintmark within a series.The series ended in 1915, and over the course of 23 years several scarce, and even rare, dates were minted. Many of these scarce dates have long been recognized by coin collectors as “tough” dates, especially … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Standing Liberty Quarters

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Hermon A. MacNeil’s Standing Liberty design graced United States quarter dollar coins from 1916 to 1930.Replacing the Barber quarter and preceding the famous Washington quarter that would being production in 1932, Standing Liberty quarter production spanned from World I until the Great Depression.Tens of millions of Standing Liberty quarters were made, but for various reasons, it seems few non-coin collectors know much about this beautiful coin series.Part of that may be due to the … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Barber Quarters

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The Barber quarter, also called the Liberty Head Quarter, saw its heyday during the turn of the 20th century.Designed by Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint Charles E. Barber, it was one of 3 coins bearing a similar design (the other 2 being the Barber dime and the Barber half dollar) and was first struck in 1892.The Barber quarter is highly popular as a type coin but is also perfect for those who want to build a challenging date-and-mintmark series collection.Even though the last Barber … [Read more...]

Historical Values of Barber Dimes

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The Liberty Head dime (more commonly referred to as the Barber dime) was one of several designs created by Charles E. Barber for circulating U.S. coinage during the turn of the 20th century.Today, Barber dimes and other Barber coinage are highly popular in many coin collecting circles and collected both as a type coin and a date-and-mintmark series coin.In general, Barber dimes are highly common as tens of millions were made during their 1892 to 1916 run, with a large number of these … [Read more...]

Historical Values of Jefferson Nickels

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First struck in 1938, the Jefferson nickel continues to endure after more than 70 years in circulation.Replacing the Buffalo nickel which ceased production that same year, the Jefferson nickel was proposed by the United States Mint, which held a contest to find a suitable design.Felix Schlag submitted the winning design, which we see on our 5-cent coin to this day.  … [Read more...]

Historic Values of Buffalo Nickels

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Chances are, you’ve seen a Buffalo nickel in your life, even if not in person.From magazine advertisements to old-time movies, and even in some sayings, like “he holds a nickel so tight, the Indian rides the buffalo,” the Buffalo nickel has gained and maintained fame in a multitude of ways.The Buffalo nickel, designed by James Earle Fraser, was minted during 1913 and 1938 and due to its span of when it was minted is highly synonymous with World War I, the Roaring ‘20s, and the Great … [Read more...]

Historical Values of Lincoln Cents

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Lincoln cents, which have been in minted since 1909, are not only the United States’ longest-running coin series, but they are also one of the world’s most popular coins to collect.Millions of coin collectors clamor to assemble complete date-and-mintmark sets of Lincoln cents, and many will pay thousands of dollars just to own an entire run of this beloved one cent series.Lincoln pennies have been popular as collector coins since the 1930s, when the first coin boards, coin albums, and … [Read more...]