Have you ever held a piece of history in your hands? A commemorative coin is exactly that…A shining piece of history struck to mark an event or to honor a notable person. Almost all minting countries have released commemorative coins.
Have you looked at the schedule of 2016 U.S. coins? It’s a pretty interesting line-up, with coins and coin sets that are familiar and some that are totally new. Some coins have had an early release and some are about to be released. So let’s jump in and see what is in store for us, shall we?
'Proof’ is not a grade; it is the method by which the coin is manufactured. Proof coin manufacturing has been in vogue since the 19th century. Initially, proof coins were struck for checking the dies and for archival purposes.  But now they are struck especially for coin collectors. Proof coin collecting has now reached a point where collectors try collecting the proof sets with all denominations for every year starting from 1936. Sometimes collectors get a particular year set to make wonderful presents for any milestones achieved in the family like birth, graduation, landing a job and so on.
Another year is complete and it has been really good for the American coin aficionados. We have been delighted and surprised in equal measures with the great American coins for sale in 2015 that made it into numismatic collections across the country. Some of them were the well-known continuity sets from America the Beautiful quarters and the Presidential dollars, and some the not so famous, yet intriguing, Spouse sets. In this post, we have tried to compile some of the most interesting American coins for sale in 2015. Continue reading
The First Silver Eagle
The 1986 Silver Eagle—the inaugural year of the series—is a great place to start a collection! First struck in October ’86 at the San Francisco Mint, these coins were available for only two months! Certified coin collectors will have a difficult time locating this year in perfect MS70 grade. Continue reading
Mount Rushmore coins feature the iconic sculpture of the four greatest U.S. presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on the face of Mount Rushmore. This National Memorial has been a recurring theme in U.S. coins as it is a symbol of the birth, growth, development and preservation of our country.
Robert W. Woolley did a great service to the American Silver Eagle when he took over as Mint director in 1915. He misinterpreted mint law . He was of the belief that coin designs need to be updated every 25 years, by law. This gave us the most beautiful ‘Walking Liberty’ design for the Silver Eagle. Continue reading
“Arrgh… By all that is good and great…hand-over yer pieces of eight”
Sea-faring folks in the 16th century would have quaked in their boots to hear this. But we 21st century ‘bilge rats’ (read ignorant) would probably shrug and go back to our ‘candy crush saga’ or our iPhones. But that is a sure fire way to get ‘the end of a cut-lass’, as in pirate parlance ‘pieces of eight’ actually meant ‘a lot of money’. More precisely, ‘a lot of quarters’! Continue reading
Coin grading has long been a subjective science. To be very truthful, it is more of an art than a science. There are many grading systems out there in the market, that determine the condition of a coin. But what really decides a coins value? Is Coin grading the final authority in deciding the value of a coin? By the end of this post, we hope to get you an answer to that. Continue reading
James Earle Fraser would never have imagined that his 1913 Buffalo nickel design would one day adorn one of the most beautiful authentic American coins ever, the American Buffalo coin or simply the Gold Buffalo in 2006. It was the first ever 24-karat bullion coin offered by the U.S. mint with a face value of $50 for the public.  Continue reading