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  • Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold coin

    Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold coin

    What an exciting year 2016 has been for coin enthusiasts ?!!  In April we saw the release of the Mercury Dime Centennial Gold coin and it became unavailable within an hour. More about that here. The second in line this year was the Standing Liberty quarter designed in 1916 by Hermon Atkins Macneil. It has been honored with the Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold coin released on Sep 8th 2016. Each coin has one-quarter troy ounce of 24-karat gold symbolic of the denomination of the original quarter dollar.

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  • Classic Gold coins of the United States

    Classic Gold coins

    Classic Gold coins hold great value for collectors due to the history behind them. Gold coins were legal tender for many ancient empires like the Persian Empire, the Byzantine and the Greek in the 'Old World' and the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans in the 'New World'. And this wonder metal created these dynasties and toppled them too.

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  • Collecting Peace Silver Dollars

    Peace Silver dollars

    Though not as famous as the Morgan dollars, the Peace Silver dollars have an understated appeal to some coin collectors. Meant as a Commemorative coin of Peace after the First World War, the Peace Silver dollar ushered in the ‘roaring twenties’. It was the age of the newly affluent middle-class American family; the age where women got voting rights and the country enjoyed a stable economy. The Peace Silver dollar’s design reflected this emerging modern age with a Liberty sporting a modern profile compared to the neo-classical Roman profiles of earlier Silver dollars.

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  • 2016 Platinum coins for sale!

    2016 Platinum coins for sale!

    Platinum, nicknamed 'White Gold' was derived from the Spanish word ‘platina’ meaning ‘little silver’.  As early as the 18th century , Platinum coins were minted in Spanish-colonized America. The Russian Empire continued the practice in the 19th century, with Platinum mined from the Ural Mountain deposits. [1]

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  • Coins celebrating 4th of July

    4th of July

    After nearly 240 years of the 'Declaration of Independence', what do we really look forward to on the 4th of July? Is it the fireworks that light up the night sky across the country? Is it the parades and the barbecues or the baseball games? Or is it just the lure of a long weekend, a day to relax with your partner and kids? It's all such great fun, isn't it?! But amidst all the fun and celebrations, do we also reflect for a moment on the events that made all this possible? The Revolutionary war with the British Empire that gained momentum on the 4th of July 1776, when the Continental Congress came together and signed the 'Declaration of Independence'.

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  • 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters

    America the beautiful quarters

    The 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters are some of the most beautiful coins that have been released this year, with two more to go. In this post, we are looking at the origin of the term 'America the Beautiful' and what each of these 2016 Quarters represent.

    Katherine Lee Bates, an English professor from Wellesley College wrote the poem ‘America the Beautiful’ in 1893. She had been asked to teach a summer school session in Colorado College that year [1] and she travelled nearly 3000 miles by train to reach Colorado. Just imagine how the sights and sounds of a 19th century Nebraska and Colorado would have captured her imagination! The endless plains and grasslands, the untamed land and the beauty of the vast skies compelled her to write what would become one of the most celebrated songs, next only to the Star Spangled banner!

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  • Collecting Historic Bills and Notes

    Collecting historic bills and notes

    Collecting historic bills and notes is a widespread practice across the United States and other countries. But the question is... Why collect paper? After all it isn't any precious metal that has inherent value! It is just green paper (okay… a special green paper! And yes more colors are coming into picture now…but you get the point!) How does it still manage to wield so much power on us? While it doesn’t have any intrinsic value, a $50 bill when dropped on the sidewalk disappears just as easily as if you dropped a gold coin.

    What is this perceived value of a currency note? Is it more than the promise of the signatory in the bill? If you ask any John or James, he may not care who signed his bill but will sure know a counterfeit one from the real one most of the time. How does he do it? From the symbols littered throughout a note, of course!

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  • Reverse Proof Coins

    Reverse Proof Coins

    Proof coins have always been a collector’s favorite. As the highest standards are used while producing Proof coins (more about that here), they come out of the mint struck with designs in bold and sharp detail. But in 2006, the U.S. mint did something different to attract more collectors. It produced a brilliant variation of the Proof coin-the Reverse Proof coin!

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  • All about the 'Wartime' nickel!

    Wartime Silver Nickel

    The ‘Wartime nickel’ honors Thomas Jefferson the 3rd U.S. President and his plantation villa 'Monticello' designed by Jefferson himself. This nickel is also a symbol of the many sacrifices and hardships that Americans had to endure during the Second World War, 200 years after Jefferson's time. This five cent coin released between 1942 and 1945 has Jefferson's profile in the obverse and ‘Monticello’ in the reverse. Interestingly, the Wartime nickel had no Nickel in its composition! It was composed of 56% Copper, 35% Silver and 9% Manganese. That’s why it is also called the ‘Silver nickel’.

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  • 2016 Mercury Dime release – A century in the making!

    2016 Mercury Dime

    The 2016 Mercury Dime was released by the U.S. mint on April 21st last week and it became ‘unavailable’ within an hour. The U.S. mint site says ‘We are currently out of this item, but more may be available later.’  There is a background to all this Mercury Dime frenzy!  Its beautiful Winged Liberty design. The 2016 Mercury Dime is an ode to the 1916 Dime designed by Adolph A. Weinman.

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