Have You Noticed What’s REALLY On The 50 State Quarters? Some Surprising Findings

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The United States Mint's 50 State quarters program, which ran from 1999 through 2008, was perhaps the most popular commemorative coin series the nation has ever fielded.As I look back at the 50 different reverse designs that grace the U.S. 50 state quarters -- which honored each state in the order that they entered the Union -- I think of all the different artistic topic matter the coins cover.That's just one reason why I think a 50 state quarter set is so beautiful. … [Read more...]

What Happens To Coins Tossed In A Fountain?

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wondered about what happens to coins that are thrown into water fountains.Countless people all around the world toss coins into fountains to make wishes and for good luck. Why, there’s even a 1954 movie that showcases the custom. (Three Coins in the Fountain, anyone?)I always thought coins that have been tossed into a fountain are pretty much left there. After all, they represent people’s wishes, right?Well, I did some research on this topic, because I … [Read more...]

Junk Coins: Perfect For Investors And Collectors On A Budget

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Have you ever heard about junk silver coins and are curious what they are? If so, you may have wondered if they are even worth collecting, given the fact they are referred to as “junk.”Well, in fact, junk is largely a relative term. In numismatics, “junk” is in the eye of the beholder, as one person’s trash is another’s treasure.A junk coin, usually, is a piece that is of a lower wear-based grade than considered “collectible” for a certain coin type. Say, for example, a Roosevelt dime in … [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...]

Enormous Silver America The Beautiful Quarters Make Huge Debut

In 2010, America the Beautiful quarters made their debut. After much anticipation in the numismatic community, 5-ounce silver versions of the America the Beautiful quarters have finally been released. Here's the inside scoop on these large, silver America the Beautiful quarters and how you can get one (or more!)   … [Read more...]

2011 National Park Quarter Designs

The new 2011 quarter designs have been announced, and they'll soon be turning up in pockets and purses in your neck of the woods. National Park quarters, otherwise called America The Beautiful quarters, comprise an 11-year series honoring national parks and landmarks in each of the 50 states. The series began in 2010 and should continue on through 2021. Let's take a look at the 5 coins that'll be made in 2011.   … [Read more...]

10 Cheap & Famous Coins That You’ll Want In Your Coin Collection

There are many famous rare U.S. coins that attract the attention of coin collectors around the world, but what about famous coins that aren't rare? I'm talking about coins that, despite not being worth tons of money, still have managed to grab the spotlight and are among the coins that most coin collectors vie to have in their coin collections simply because they're important, famous, or popular. Here's a list of 10 such famous coins that surely deserve a spot in your coin collection.   … [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...]