Bust Dimes: Rare Coins From The 1800s

The dime has been an integral part of commerce since the 1790s, when the dime was first created for use in the United States. In 1796, the Draped Bust dime became the very first official dime created for widespread use in the nation. All Bust dimes are scarce, though the earliest ones have become quite rare. Let's take a look at the fascinating Bust dime series.   … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Handling An Estate Collection Of Coins

Handling an estate collection can be one of the most difficult things you'll ever have to do. However, being responsible for securing the sale or disbursal of a large coin collection doesn't have to be hard.While I'm not a lawyer and have no training in legal issues, I'm a longtime coin collector and would like to offer you some tips that you may find helpful if you're in a situation where you're having to handle issues surrounding an estate coin collection.The advice I offer assumes you have … [Read more...]

The Bust Quarter: Old Quarters From The 1800s

Quarters have become one of the most important denominations in the United States' economy. But they haven't been around forever (even though it seems like it!)In fact, the first U.S. quarter was minted in 1796 -- 20 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.The first design ever seen on the quarter was a profile of Miss Liberty commonly referred to as the Bust portrait.  … [Read more...]

Appraising Coins: 5 Tips Before Getting Coins Appraised

Appraising coins can be a serious undertaking.After all, if you've got a lot of valuable coins, you need to have some pretty accurate info on how much they're worth.Unless you've got a small coin collection and you really know what you have, getting your coins appraised can be a bit of work.You're probably quite looking forward to finding out how much your coins are worth.But before you do, here are 5 tips that'll go a long way in making the coin appraising process go more … [Read more...]

5 Amazing Videos Of Coin Errors You’ve Gotta See To Believe

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Coin errors always fascinate coin collectors and non-collectors alike.Error coins are relatively uncommon. And while many error coins aren't very valuable, some are.All error coins are popular.Let's look at a few particularly odd and interesting coins... Godless DollarsWhen the United States Mint began striking Presidential dollars in 2007, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was, for the first time, placed on the edge of a coin.Many people protested the absence of IN GOD … [Read more...]

The First United States Quarters: History Of Our Quarter Dollar Coin

It all had to start somewhere... What has become the most important coin in United States currency hasn't been around forever. The United States quarter wasn't even the first denomination of coin made in our nation when, in 1793, the U.S. Mint began making coins for mass production... that distinction goes to the half-cent and one-cent coins. However, when the first U.S. quarters were made in 1796, they quickly became an integral part of the national monetary system.  … [Read more...]

25 Rare Quarters You’ll Want For Your Quarter Coin Collection

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Quarters are truly the workhorse of American currency.Used for all kinds of transactions ranging from parking and highway tolls to vending machines, there probably is no coin that's more frequently used today than the quarter.Quarters, like pennies, are highly popular collectible coins -- and they've hit phenomenal heights since the introduction of the 50 States Quarters program back in 1999.But rare quarters -- those which are scarce and in demand among coin collectors -- have always … [Read more...]

The First Silver Dollar Coins

Silver dollar coins have a long history. In fact, our first silver dollar coins were made way back in 1794. We usually spend most our time talking about Morgan dollars and Peace dollars, which are by far the most popular silver dollars ever made. But you probably haven't thought much about the forerunners to the Morgan silver dollar and Peace silver dollar. Let's take a look at the coins that came before the Morgan and Peace dollars -- 18th and 19th century silver dollars.   … [Read more...]

Want Valuable Pennies? Here Are 10 Pennies You Should Be Looking For

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After years of writing coin articles, I have discovered that there is one coin everybody seems to always be asking about -- pennies. In fact, one of the most common questions people usually have about pennies concern which ones are the most valuable. Thankfully for coin collectors, there are plenty of valuable pennies to be looking for. Let's take a look at 10 of the most valuable pennies among rare U.S. coins...  … [Read more...]

Flowing Hair Dollars: The First Silver Dollar

America's silver dollar goes back a long way -- 1794, to be exact.The first silver dollar ever produced in the United States was the Flowing Hair dollar.The Flowing Hair silver dollar is a rare coin that marks the beginning of America's official production of the dollar, which is our nation's base unit of currency.  … [Read more...]