28 Feb 2021

Mintmarks on United States Coins

Originally published in The Numismatist, November 2003

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29 Jan 2021

Pros and Cons of Collecting US Coins

When you’re first getting into coins, figuring out what you want to collect can be a daunting prospect. Most of us have a starter set that got us interested, commonly wheat pennies or buffalo nickels. But the question is, where do you go next?

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30 Oct 2020

The Myth of the Continental Dollar: Part Two

Originally published in The Numismatist, July 2018

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16 Oct 2020

The Myth of the Continental Dollar: Part One

Originally published in The Numismatist, January 2018

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14 Jul 2020

A More Accurate History of the 1792 Half Disme

A tale of three sources, two strikes and one president.

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03 Jul 2020

American Icons

It happened so gradually that it may not be immediately noticeable, but today’s American coin designs are symbolically quite different from their predecessors. It used to be a good bet that a circulating coin would have a portrayal of Liberty on the obverse, and a rendering of an eagle on the reverse. But these days, allegories of Liberty and images of.

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08 Jun 2020

On the Verge of Change: 1848-55

Originally published in The Numismatist, April 2013

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28 May 2020

George Washington: Gallant Revolutionary

Originally published in The Numismatist, February 2018

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21 Apr 2020

The Brilliant & Corrupt Franklin Peale

Originally published in The Numismatist, October 2015

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17 Mar 2020

Collecting U.S. Coins

Collecting U.S. coins is a popular numismatic pursuit, but deciding exactly how to collect them is not necessarily an easy task. Our nation's rich history and the eclectic artistry of its coinage have inspired many different approaches to collecting, with each option having a distinctive appeal.

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